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Early Injury Report - Week 10
Philip Gentles
November 10, 2009
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This early injury report will provide in-depth injury information on key fantasy players that suffered injuries in the previous weekend's games. All player injuries will be tracked during the week via our Mid-Week Injury Tracker Report which is published on Thursdays and updated on Fridays. Be sure you check out our Priority News often during the week as all breaking player news will be posted there.

QUARTERBACKS

Trent Edwards, BUF – Concussion

Bills’ QB Trent Edwards, who has missed the team’s last two games because of a concussion, told reporters following practice on Monday that he expects to start in Week 10 against the Titans. Edwards has already been cleared to take part in non-contact drills and he hopes to be cleared for contact by the end of the week. According to reports Edwards has shown strong signs of improvement and he looks ready to go. He’s had 3 diagnosed concussions during his short NFL career and there is a good chance that he could miss a significant amount of time if he suffers another one.

RUNNING BACKS

Glen Coffee, SF – Concussion

49ers’ rookie RB Glen Coffee will miss at least one week after suffering a concussion during Sunday’s game against the Titans. Coffee was hurt after being hit in the fourth quarter and he was down for a few minutes before being helped up and escorted off the field by members of he team’s medical staff. The 49ers have a game this Thursday against the Bears and it was determined that he would need at least a week before he will able to play. He will be watched closely this week and team officials hope that he will be back for their Week 11 game.

Frank Gore, SF – Eye Contusion

49ers’ RB Frank Gore appears to be OK after suffering a right eye contusion during Sunday’s loss to the Titans. Gore was reportedly poked in the eye while at the bottom of the pile but he was able to stay on the field and finish the game. The area around his eye appeared to be a little swollen but his vision has not been affected and he should be in the starting lineup on Thursday night against the Bears.

Darren McFadden, OAK – Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

According to reports Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden returned to practice on Monday and team officials expect him to play in Week 10 against the Chiefs. McFadden tore the meniscus in his right knee back in Week 4, he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage and he’s been out recovering ever since. He was seen making cuts and running without a problem last week and he told reporters following his return to team practice on Monday that his knee was feeling fine. Baring any setbacks in practice look for McFadden to be active when he faces the Chiefs this upcoming weekend.

Clinton Portis, WAS – Concussion

It appears that the Washington Redskins will be without starting RB Clinton Portis for their Week 10 game because of a concussion and the team isn’t sure when he will be cleared to return. Portis was knocked unconscious when he was sandwiched between two Falcon defenders at the end of a short run in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. He was eventually helped off the field and he later told reporters that he didn’t remember what happened. He complained of a headache after the game on Sunday and again on Monday and head coach Jim Zorn said that Portis was “doubtful” for Week 10. Zorn went on to say that the team was considering signing a running back (possibly FA Larry Johnson) which indicates that Portis could be out for more than one game. Ladell Betts will probably be the team’s starting RB against the Broncos. Betts is dealing with an ankle sprain, however the medical staff expects him to be OK.

Brian Westbrook, PHI – Concussion / Ankle Inflammation

Eagles’ RB Brian Westbrook was deactivated for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys because of a lingering headache and head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday that Westbrook will be out as long as the headaches persist. Westbrook was given medical clearance last week but he reportedly began to experience a headache on Friday that continued through Saturday and into Sunday. Reid said that Westbrook was retested and although the results were negative the medical staff decided that it was in his best interest to keep him out of Sunday night’s game. On another injury note Westbrook’s surgically repaired ankle was reportedly giving him trouble early last week and while it hasn’t affected his status it is a bit of concern that it is still an issue. We’ll keep an eye on both injuries.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Chris Henry, CIN – Fractured Forearm

Bengals’ WR Chris Henry will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on Injured Reserve with two fractured bones in his left forearm. According to reports Henry was injured when he was tackled hard at the end of a 20-yard reception in the second quarter on Sunday. He was carted off the field and into the locker room where he was X-rayed and treated. The X-rays reportedly revealed a fractured radius and ulna in his forearm and there was immediate concern that he would have to miss the remainder of the year. He was reevaluated on Monday morning and it was determined that he needed to undergo an immediate surgical procedure to repair the damage. He has since been placed on IR ending his season. He should be healthy in time for the team’s off-season conditioning program.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Thomas Davis, LB, CAR – Torn ACL

Panthers’ LB Thomas Davis will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s game. Davis, who injured the MCL in the same knee during training camp, was injured in the fourth quarter and had to be carted off the field. Team trainers and doctors tested his knee in the locker room and determined that his ACL had been compromised and an MRI done on his knee confirmed that the ligament was torn. He has since been placed on Injured Reserve.

Ellis Hobbs, DB, PHI – Stinger

Eagles’ DB Ellis Hobbs left Sunday night’s game with a stinger and according to reports he has met with a neurological specialist and his status for Week 10 is currently unknown. According to reports Hobbs complained of pain in his neck and shoulder and numbness and weakness in his hand and arm after Sunday’s game and although things have improved he continues to experience pain in his neck and shoulder and some weakness and numbness radiating down his arm. We should know more about his status later in the week. Eagles’ DB Asante Samuel left Sunday night’s game with a similar problem but he was able to return and he appears to be OK.

Chris Horton, DB, WAS – Torn Toe Ligament

Redskins’ DB Chris Horton will miss at least 4 weeks after tearing a ligament in his big toe and according to reports he could end up having surgery that would end his season. Horton was hurt during Sunday’s game and an MRI on his foot revealed the damage to his toe. The team is hoping that he will heal with just rehab and treatment which means he would miss anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks. But according to reports there is concern that the injury will require surgery which would mean a 4 – 6 month recovery period. Either way Horton won’t be on the field again anytime soon.

Aaron Kampman, LB, GB – Concussion

Packers’ LB Aaron Kampman suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Bucs and his status for Week 10 is currently unknown. According to reports Kampman suffered the concussion early in the first quarter however he stayed in the game until the fourth quarter when he began to experience headaches and have difficulty with his eyesight. He spoke with reporters on Monday and he admitted that he wasn’t feeling well and he said he didn’t know if he would be able to play the Cowboys this upcoming weekend. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Keith Rivers, LB, CIN – Strained Calf Muscle

Bengals’ LB Keith Rivers left Sunday’s game with strained calf muscle and did not return. According to reports Rivers was seen moving about with crutches as he left the stadium after the game and an MRI on Monday revealed that he suffered a moderate strain that could keep him out for several weeks. He’s officially being listed as “week to week” and it appears that he will miss the team’s Week 10 game.

Ernie Sims, LB, SEA – Strained Hamstring

Seahawks’ LB Ernie Sims suffered a strained hamstring and according to reports the team is concerned that the injury could keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. Sims was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday’s game and he looked to be in a lot of pain and he slowly limped off the field. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday however the results have not been made public. We’ll likely know more about his status today or tomorrow.

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