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Early Injury Report - Week 12
Philip Gentles
November 24, 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

Charlie Batch, PIT – Wrist Surgery

Steelers’ backup QB Charlie Batch will likely miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. Batch, who was hurt after replacing Ben Roethlisberger in overtime on Sunday, apparently complained of severe discomfort in his wrist following the game and an MRI revealed a torn ligament that requires surgery to repair. Team officials expect him to miss 6 weeks while he recovers, but he has not been placed on injured reserve because it appears that the team wants him to be available for the post-season.

Marc Bulger, STL – Fractured Knee, Strained Hamstring and Groin and Possible Concussion
                         
Rams’ QB Marc Bulger will reportedly miss at least “3 – 6 weeks” after an MRI on his swollen knee revealed a tibial plateau fracture (fracture near the top of the shin bone). Bulger was hurt during Sunday’s game and the team’s medical staff initially felt that the injury was just a contusion. Non-displaced tibial plateau fractures are non surgical but typically take up to 3 months to recover from so if the reports of this injury are accurate his season is over. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters on Monday that “Marc Bulger’s pretty banged up” and that he had “a few things going on.” That’s the understatement of the year. Not only is Bulger dealing with a fracture in his knee, a second MRI on his leg revealed groin and hamstring strains and he is scheduled to undergo neurological testing on Tuesday to determine if he is suffering from post-concussion syndrome. It appears that these 3 injuries also occurred during Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Kyle Boller will take over as the Rams’ starting QB.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – Concussion

Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger appears to be OK after leaving Sunday’s game with a minor concussion. Roethlisberger was hurt when he took a knee to the helmet as he was being sacked during overtime. He apparently complained of a headache while on the sideline but he told reporters that he was feeling fine after the game. Head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t seem concerned about his starting QB and the team expects him to be cleared to play in Week 12. We’ll keep you posted on his status.

Tony Romo, DAL – Lower Back Stiffness

Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo told reporters following Sunday’s game that his lower back was stiff, however he was present for Monday’s practice and he will be active on Thursday against the Raiders. It isn’t clear when or how Romo was hurt but he admitted that he was feeling good after the game. As expected he was still feeling stiff and sore on Monday but he still took part in a limited walkthrough on Monday and he should be in the starting lineup on Thanksgiving Day.

Matthew Stafford, DET – Separated Shoulder

QB Matthew Stafford’s status for Thursday’s game against the Packers is in doubt after an MRI on the rookie’s injured left shoulder revealed a sprained acromioclavicular joint (shoulder separation). Stafford was hurt on the second to last play of the game when he was hit as he threw a pass into the end zone as time expired. The medical staff quickly examined on the sideline and initially felt that his collarbone was fractured and advised him not to return to the game but he went back in anyway and made the game-winning touchdown pass on the untimed final play. X-rays on his shoulder in the locker room after the game were negative, but an MRI confirmed that the AC joint was sprained. Head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters that Stafford was “extremely sore” and “in a lot of pain” on Monday and while he wasn’t optimistic about Stafford’s chance of playing he said that he wasn’t prepared to rule him out just yet. That being said it looks like Daunte Culpepper will be the team’s starting QB in Week 12.

Kurt Warner, ARI – Mild Concussion

Cardinals’ QB Kurt Warner, who reportedly suffered a mild concussion when his head slammed into the ground when he was tackled in the second quarter on Sunday, is reportedly feeling a lot better however his status for Week 12 will be determined after he undergoes neurological testing on Tuesday. Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt said that Warner appeared to be fine after getting hurt, however he apparently failed a concussion test in the locker room at half time and was held out for the remainder of the game. Warner admitted that “things were a little unclear” while he was in the locker room getting checked out but he still felt like he could have returned. Team officials are optimistic that he will be cleared to play in Week 12, but we will know more about his status is after he undergoes his scheduled testing today.

RUNNING BACKS

Ryan Grant, GB – Minor Stinger

Packers’ RB Ryan Grant suffered a stinger at the end of Sunday’s game against the 49ers, however the injury does not appear to be serous and head coach Mike McCarthy expects him to be ready for Thursday’s game. Grant was hurt on the team’s final drive and was replaced by Brandon Jackson. He was later seen in the locker room and he appeared to be OK. According to McCarthy Grant was feeling better on Monday , but he will probably avoid contact in practice this week as a precaution.

Marshawn Lynch, BUF – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Bills’ coach Perry Fewell told reporters on Monday that RB Marshawn Lynch is “day to day” after hurting his shoulder during Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Lynch was hurt when he was hit hard and fumbled at the end of a run in the second quarter. He walked off the field on his own but he appeared to be in a lot of pain and he was eventually carted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. He returned to the sideline in the third quarter in street clothes indicating that his day was over. Lynch underwent an MRI on Monday morning and although the results have not been made public the team seemed encouraged with what the MRI showed. Fewell said that Lynch was feeling a lot better on Monday morning but a decision on his availability won’t be made until later on in the week.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG – Bruised Knee

Giants’ RB Brandon Jacobs left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and did not return, however head coach Tom Coughlin left Jacobs off his injury list on Monday and team officials expect him to start in Week 12. Jacobs was injured in the third quarter and remained in the field for a couple of minutes while the medical staff examined his knee. He was helped up but he walked off under his own power and he appeared to be OK as he made cuts on the sideline. But he did not return to the game and there was some concern that his knee injury was serious. But according to reports the injury appears to be just a bruise and even if his limited in practice this week he should be ready for the team’s game against the Broncos on Thursday night.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Arnaz Battle, SF – Strained Leg

49ers’ WR Arnaz Battle left Sunday’s game with a strained right leg and his status for Week 12 is questionable. Battle, who did not return after getting hurt, appeared to be in pain while on the sideline and according to reports he was walking with a limp in the locker room after the game. Battle will likely miss some practice this week and his availability for the game won’t be known until closer to kickoff.

Calvin Johnson, DET – Undisclosed Hand and Knee Injuries

Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson was absent from practice on Monday with what the team is calling hand and knee problems and his status for Thursday’s game against the Packers appears to be in question. Johnson was apparently hurt on the second to last play of the game. He was not in the game for the untimed game-winning play and according to reports he was seen walking with a slight limp while on the sideline. The exact nature and severity of Johnson’s injuries remain a mystery but head coach Jim Schwartz didn’t sound optimistic when asked if Johnson would be available for Week 12.

Hakeem Nicks, NYG – Undisclosed Injury

According to reports Giants’ rookie WR Hakeem Nicks went for X-rays on an undisclosed body part following Sunday’s overtime win against the Falcons. The nature of Nicks’ problem has not been made public but was on the field for the team’s game-winning drive and he appears to be OK. We’ll keep you posted on his status.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Al Harris, DB, GB – Torn ACL

Packers’ DB Al Harris, who had to be carted to the locker room after hurting his knee in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured knee confirmed that his anterior cruciate ligament is torn. Harris is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery on his knee as soon the swelling in the joint subsides.

Aaron Kampman, LB, GB – Torn ACL

According to reports Packers’ LB Aaron Kampman will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Kampman, who was carted to the locker room in the second quarter after getting hurt, was diagnosed with sprained ACL and an MRI on Monday morning confirmed that the ligament was in fact torn. Kampman is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery in his knee sometime this week and team officials believe that if all goes well with his recovery he will be back in time for training camp next year.

Richard Seymour, DL, OAK – Lower Back Strain

Raiders’ head coach Tom Cable told reporters on Monday that DL Richard Seymour is considered questionable for Thursday’s game against the Cowboys because of a lower back strain. Seymour was hurt in the first half on Sunday’s game and according to reports he was complaining of pain and stiffness in his lower back. Cable indicated that Seymour would miss some practice this week and he will likely end up being a game-time decision.

Bryan Smith, DL, JAX – Severe Shoulder Sprain

Jaguars’ DL Bryan Smith will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve with a severe shoulder sprain. Smith, who was hurt in he first quarter on Sunday, underwent an MRI on Monday and according to reports it revealed damage that will likely require surgery to repair. Team officials believe that he will be completely recovered in time for the off-season next year.  

Fabian Washington, DB, BAL – Torn ACL

Ravens’ DB Fabian Washington will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured knee revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Washington was hurt during Sunday’s game and head coach John Harbaugh indicated during his Monday press conference that he will need reconstructive knee surgery to repair the damage.

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