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Early Injury Report - Week 13
Philip Gentles
December 1, 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

Jason Campbell, WAS - Concussion

QB Jason Campbell’s status for Week 13 is in doubt after suffering a concussion during Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. Campbell, who was hurt when he was thrown to the ground hard on the game’s final play, told reporters on Sunday night that he “blacked out” and that his left arm went numb indicating that he may have suffered a stinger as well. Head coach Jim Zorn said that he expected Campbell to be “OK,” however mentioned that he wasn’t sure if he would be cleared to play in Week 13. He’s scheduled to undergo additional neurological testing on Tuesday and we probably won’t know more about his availability until later on in the week.

Jake Delhomme, CAR - Broken Finger

According to reports QB Jake Delhomme is in danger of missing the remainder of the season after an X-ray on his sore right hand revealed as broken bone in an undisclosed finger. Delhomme was apparently hurt when his hand was hit by a defender after throwing the ball late in the fourth quarter. He did not complain of any serious problems after the game, but he told members of the medical staff on Monday morning that his hand was feeling sore and after being examined he was taken for X-rays. The severity of the break has not been made public and it isn’t clear if the injury will require surgery. Delhomme might have been replaced based on his poor performance this season anyway, but with this injury it would be a shock if Matt Moore isn’t in the starting lineup against the Bucs in Week 13.

Joe Flacco, BAL - Sprained Ankle

Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco has been dealing with a chronic ankle sprain for several weeks entering Sunday’s game and he aggravated the injury against the Steelers. Flacco appeared to twist his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried avoiding a sack in the second quarter. Flacco limped off the field at the end of the possession but he returned on the next offensive possession after having his ankle retaped on the sideline. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters after the game that Flacco’s ankle wasn’t serious and although he will probably miss some practice this week the team expects him to start in Week 13 against the Packers.

Matt Ryan, ATL - Sprained Big Toe

Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan has already been ruled out for Week 13 and his status beyond this upcoming weekend is unclear after leaving Sunday’s game with a sprained big toe on his right foot. Ryan jammed his toe on the first series of the game and he was examined on the sideline and eventually escorted to the locker room where he was X-rayed and treated. He did not return and according to reports a team physician diagnosed him with acute turf toe. Ryan underwent an MRI on Monday that reportedly revealed ligament damage that requires at least a full week of rest and possibly more. Chris Redman will start in Week 13 against the Eagles and he will remain in the starting lineup as long as Ryan is out.

Mark Sanchez, NYJ - Bruised Knee

Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez bruised his left knee in Sunday’s game against the Panthers and although he was limited in Monday’s practice he will be in the starting lineup against the Bills on Thursday night. Sanchez injured his knee when he was hit hard by a defender on a scramble in the third quarter. He missed a handful of plays while he recovered but he was quickly back on the field and he finished the game. According to reports the team is calling the injury a bruise and team officials don’t expect it to be an issue moving forward.

Kurt Warner, ARI - Post-Concussion Syndrome

Cardinals’ veteran QB Kurt Warner told reporters that he expects to play in Week 13 after being held out of Week 12 because of post-concussion syndrome. However he recently admitted that he is still having problems with his vision and that he plans on seeing an ophthalmologist this week as a result. Warner reportedly passed all the necessary neurological tests prior to Sunday’s game, unfortunately he complained of vision “fogginess” and sensitivity to light and he was held out as a precaution. Warner is confident that he will be back for the team’s next game. But his vision problems have lingered and unless things change soon he will likely be deactivated for the second straight week.

RUNNING BACKS

LeRon McClain, BAL - Abdominal Strain

Ravens’ RB LeRon McClain left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game after suffering an abdominal strain and did not return. According to reports McClain was in a lot of pain after the game and he admitted to reports on Monday that it still felt sore. However he believes that he will be able to play against the Packers in Week 13. It’s nice that he’s being optimistic, but it is still too early to tell. Expect him to miss practice time this week while he recovers and don’t be surprised if he ends up as a game-time decision.

Clinton Portis, WAS - Concussion

Redskins’ RB Clinton Portis, who hasn’t played since Week 9, continues to suffer from post-concussion syndrome and according to reports the team does not expect him to play in Week 13. Portis was re-evaluated on Monday and the medical staff determined that he was still over a week away from making his return. There is growing concern that Portis will not be back this season and don’t be surprised if he is placed on IR the moment the Redskins are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

Michael Turner, ATL - High Ankle Sprain

The Falcons tried to rush Michael Turner back from a high ankle sprain and unfortunately he aggravated the injury on Sunday and his status for Week 13 and beyond is unknown. Turner, who appeared to be limping throughout the game, re-injured his ankle on a carry in the third quarter and after staying down for several minutes he limped off the field and did not return. Precautionary X-rays were negative however it appears that he aggravated his previous high ankle sprain and at the very least he will miss practice this week while he recovers. Head coach Mike Smith told reporters on Monday that Turner has not been ruled out of Week 13 yet, however he will be re-evaluated later in the week and a decision on his availability will be made then. Even if he plays he won’t be close to 100% and there’s always a chance of re-injury.

WIDE RECEIVERS

DeSean Jackson, PHI - Mild Concussion

Eagles’ top WR DeSean Jackson suffered what team officials are calling a mild concussion during Sunday’s game and although the injury does not appear to be serious his status for Week 13 remains in question. Jackson was injured when he was hit in the third quarter. According to reports he did not lose consciousness and he was able to leave the field on his own. Unfortunately he complained of dizziness and a slight headache on the sideline and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Andy Reid spoke with reporters on Monday and said that Jackson’s shoulder absorbed most of the force from the hit and that he wasn’t feeling bad. However he said that the team will be cautious with the injury and that the medical staff will monitor him over the next couple of days to see how he does. There is a chance that he will be cleared to play in Week 13, but it will probably come down to a game-time decision.

TIGHT ENDS

Brent Celek, PHI - Torn Hand and Thumb Ligaments

Eagles’ TE Brent Celek told reporters following Sunday’s game that he played with torn ligaments in his hand and thumb but it appears that his injuries won’t keep him out of any games. It isn’t clear when or how Celek was hurt but he said that he was injured early and that he was able to finish the game despite what he called multiple “torn ligaments” in his hand and thumb. Head coach Andy Reid said on Monday that Celek has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb (torn ligaments are considered severe sprains) and that the injury would likely heal without surgery. He also said that the injury is “something he can function with” indicating that Celek will be active in Week 13.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Lance Briggs, LB, CHI - Sprained Knee

Bears’ LB Lance Briggs sprained his knee during Sunday’s game and according to reports his status for Week 13 remains unknown. Briggs, who was in and out of the lineup, indicated to reporters that he didn’t think the injury was serious. An MRI on Monday revealed a minor ligament sprain, although the ligament involved has not been made public. He also banged his hip on Sunday and complained of soreness in the area on Monday morning.  We should know more about his status after practice on Wednesday.

Shawne Merriman, LB, SD - Foot Tendonitis

Chargers’ LB Shawn Merriman, who has been dealing with foot tendonitis for several weeks, was forced out of Sunday’s game after aggravating the injury and according to head coach Norv Turner he could be sidelined for at least a week while he recovers. Turner told reporters that he was strongly considering keeping Merriman out for Week 13 and on the sideline until his foot was completely healed. Rookie Larry English has played in his place and would likely start if Merriman doesn’t play next weekend.

Shaun Rogers, DT, CLE - Fractured Leg

Browns’ DT Shaun Rogers has been placed on IR and will miss the remainder of the season after severely fracturing his leg near his ankle during Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Rogers, who was carted off the field, will need to have surgery to stabilize the injury site and repair the damage. Team officials are confident that he will be back in time for their off-season conditioning program.

Charles Tillman, DB, CHI - Mild Concussion

Bears’ DB Charles Tillman left Sunday’s game with a mild concussion and according to reports the team is optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 13. Tillman, who was unable to return on Sunday, reportedly had a headache after the game. Team officials aren’t concerned about the injury and they appear optimistic that he will be cleared to play. It’s still too early to tell of course but we should have more on his status later on in the week.

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