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Early Injury Report - Week 16
Philip Gentles
December 22, 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 - Sprained Shoulder

Redskins’ QB Jason Campbell suffered what the team is calling a sprained shoulder during Monday night’s blowout loss to the Giants and his status for Week 16 is unknown. Campbell was hurt when he was sacked back Giants’ DL Osi Umenyiora late in the second quarter. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined and he was able to return to the field for the start of the third quarter. The severity of the injury is currently unknown however since he returned and finished the game it can’t be too serious. We’ll keep you posted.

Charlie Frye, OAK - Concussion

Raiders’ QB Charlie Frye was knocked out of Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion and his status for Week 16 is questionable. Frye was hurt when he was hit hard by Broncos’ LB Andra Davis in the fourth quarter causing his head to strike the turf. He was eventually escorted off the field and did not return. According to reports Frye complained of a headache and dizziness after the game and he apparently woke up on Monday with similar issues. JaMarcus Russell replaced Frye and lead the Raiders to a comeback win. However head coach Tom Cable has already announced that Frye will start in Week 16 of he is healthy. He’ll likely miss a lot of practice this week and we probably won’t know something definitive until the weekend.

Michael Vick, PHI - Quadriceps Contusion

QB Michael Vick’s status for Week 16 is uncertain after he left Sunday’s game with a quadriceps contusion. Vick, who was seen limping around the locker room after the game, was hurt when he was hit in the thigh after a short carry in the first quarter. He was able to leave the field on his own but he appeared to be in discomfort while sitting on the sideline. Vick was reportedly feeling sore on Monday and he team officials aren’t sure when he will be able to practice. Head coach Andy Reid hopes he will be ready for Week 16. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO - Strained Hamstring

Saints’ RB Reggie Bush appears to be OK after leaving Saturday night’s game with a strained hamstring. Bush pulled his hamstring after making a reception in the second quarter and he limped out of bounds. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. Head coach Sean Payton confirmed that Bush strained his hamstring, however he said that he expects Bush to practice at some point this week and play in Week 16.

Michael Turner, ATL - High Ankle Sprain

Falcons’ RB Michael Turner, who has been dealing with a high ankle sprain for nearly a month, aggravated the injury on his first carry of the game on Sunday and with the Falcons officially eliminated from the playoffs there is a chance that he won’t play again this season. Turner limped off the field and was examined on the sidelines before being declared out for the remainder of the game. As expected he was very sore on Monday and head coach Mike Smith confirmed that Turner aggravated the high ankle sprain. Smith said that he was “not sure” if Turner would be able to play in Week 16, and Turner told reporters that he wasn’t prepared to shut it down for the remainder of the season. However he won’t be completely healthy until the off-season when he has time to rest and with the Falcons having nothing to play for I can’t see why Turner would return to field in 2009 and risk additional injury.

DeAngelo Williams, CAR - Sprained Ankle

Panthers’ RB DeAngelo Williams appeared to aggravate an old ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the Vikings and his status for Week 16 is uncertain. Williams was forced out in the first quarter on Sunday night after twisting his left ankle and he was taken to the locker room where he was evaluated, treated and retaped. He later returned to the sideline but he was unable to return to the game. According to reports the injury is the same as the one that kept him out of Week 13. The Panthers have not updated his status but we should know more about his availability for practice and Week 16 either today or tomorrow.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Kenny Britt, TEN - Dislocated Finger

Titans’ rookie WR Kenny Britt was on the sideline for a few plays on Sunday after suffering what appeared to be a dislocated finger. Britt left the field in the third quarter in a lot of pain and the medical staff was seen examining his finger on the sideline. The dislocation was likely reduced and after being taped he quickly returned to the game. Team officials have not said what happened but it would surprise me if the injury was anything other than a dislocation. Britt will probably play on Friday against the Chargers.

Hakeem Nicks, NYG - Strained Hamstring

Giants’ rookie WR Hakeem Nicks strained his hamstring during Monday night’s game against the Redskins and his status for Week 16 is questionable. Nicks pulled his hamstring while running a route in the second quarter and left the game. He was treated in the locker room at halftime but he did not play in the second half. The severity of the injury is currently unknown but according to initial reports the strain is mild and he was held out as a precaution.

Sammie Stroughter, TB - Fractured Foot

Bucs’ rookie WR Sammie Stroughter has been placed on injured reserve and he will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his foot on Sunday against the Seahawks. Stroughter, who was hurt in the second half, was initially diagnosed with a sprain however X-rays in the locker room revealed that he had a fractured bone in his foot. Team officials expect him to be healthy in time for their off-season conditioning program.

Limas Sweed, PIT - Undisclosed Illness

Steelers’ WR Limas Sweed will miss the remainder of the season because of an undisclosed illness that began affecting him last week. The exact nature of Sweed’s illness has not be disclosed, but according to reports the illness prevented him from practicing last week and the team’s medical staff believes that he would need at least two more weeks to recover. He has been placed on the reserve/non-football injury list which means that even if he recovers and the Steelers make the playoffs he won’t be able to play.

Devin Thomas, WAS - Sprained Ankle

Redskins’ WR Devin Thomas sprained his ankle during Monday night’s game and the injury limited his productivity in the second half. Thomas twisted his ankle while returning the second half kickoff and he missed several minutes while his ankle was examined and taped. He later returned to the game, but his playing time was limited and he was held without a catch. The severity of the injury and his status for Week 16 are currently unknown.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Keith Bulluck, LB - Torn ACL

The Titans have lost defensive leader Keith Bulluck for the remainder of the season after the LB tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Bulluck’s knee gave out when he was hit by a Dolphin player in the third quarter and he was taken to the locker room where a preliminary examination revealed a severe knee injury. An MRI on Monday morning confirmed that his ACL was torn and head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed in his press conference that Bulluck is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery on his knee within the next two weeks. To complicate things for the Titans, LB David Thornton is also out for the season after being placed on IR with a shoulder injury. The team is now very thin at the linebacker position.

Aaron Curry, LB, SEA - Stinger

Seahawks’ LB Aaron Curry is considered doubtful for Week 16 after leaving Sunday’s game with a stinger. According to reports Curry was hurt in the third quarter and it appeared as if he was finished for the remainder of the game. However despite not having full strength in his arm he convinced the medical staff to let him return. Curry is reportedly dealing with soreness and weakness in his neck, shoulder and arm and team officials don’t expect him practice until at least Friday and at this point they doubt that he will be able to play against the Packers.

Adewale Ogunleye, DL, CHI - Fractured Fibula

According to reports Bears’ DL Adewale Ogunleye will miss the remainder of the season after X-rays on his injured leg revealed a small fracture on his left fibula. Ogunleye, who was hurt in the third quarter on Sunday, was seen with crutches and a walking boot after the game and he was understandably upset with what happened. Surgery does not appear to be an option and team officials believe that the injury will heal in about 6 weeks.

Lardarius Webb, DB, BAL - Torn ACL

Ravens’ rookie DB Lardarius Webb will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s game. According to reports Webb is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery and the team isn’t sure if he will be back in time for the start of training camp.

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