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Early Injury Report - Divisional Week
Philip Gentles
January 12, 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 Practice & Injury 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

Joe Flacco, BAL - Hip Contusion

Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco was a non-factor in the team’s win over the Patriots on Sunday. The passing game wasn’t needed as the defense and the running game did most of the damage. However Flacco admitted that pain in his quadriceps associated with his injured hip limited his mobility during the game and affected his performance. Flacco is dealing with a painful hip contusion that is causing additional pain and discomfort in his thigh. According to reports Flacco didn’t look comfortable during pre-game warm-ups and it became obvious that he would have trouble moving around in the pocket, rolling out and scrambling. He’ll likely be limited throughout practice this week however team officials expect him to start against the Colts. The Ravens will look to run the ball a lot so don’t expect Flacco to have a big game.

Carson Palmer, CIN - Torn Thumb Ligament

Bengals’ QB Carson Palmer revealed after Saturday’s playoff loss to the Jets that he is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left (non-throwing) thumb sometime this week. Palmer apparently tore the ligaments in his thumb in October and he has had it taped and worn a protective glove on the injured hand since then. He said that the injury did not affect his ability to throw but he admitted that it gave him trouble when he handed the ball to running backs. The surgery will keep him out for several months but the team expects him to be ready for team OTA’s.

RUNNING BACKS

Marion Barber, DAL - Knee Bursitis

Cowboys’ RB Marion Barber carried the ball just 3 times on Saturday before his injured left knee began to bother him, but head coach Wade Phillips told reporters that he expected Barber to be fine and he believes that he will play against the Vikings. Barber, who is dealing with an inflamed bursa sac in his knee, told the medical staff that his knee wasn’t feeling right during the first quarter and after consulting with Phillips the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. Phillips has already ruled him out of practice on Wednesday and even if he does practice this week he will probably be limited. There are questions surrounding Tashard Choice’s status so the Cowboys will do everything they can to get Barber game-ready. However if he is cleared to play don’t expect him to have more carries than Felix Jones who tore apart the Eagles’ defense this past weekend.

Tashard Choice, DAL - Unspecified Head Injury

The status for Cowboys’ RB Tashard Choice is uncertain after he was knocked out of Saturday’s wild card playoff game with an unspecified head injury. Choice suffered a minor concussion during the team’s Week 17 game and his status for the first round of the playoffs was in question right up until weekend. He was cleared to play and he appeared to be OK, however he took a shot to the side of the helmet in the fourth quarter and he appeared to be a little woozy while leaving the field. It appeared that he suffered another concussion.  But the exact nature of his injury has not been specified. What’s surprising is that Phillips told reporters that he expects Choice to practice this week. His status for the game against the Vikings is unknown but even if he is cleared he won’t get many carries.

WIDE RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS

Sam Aiken, WR, NE - Concussion

Patriots’ WR Sam Aiken left Sunday’s game with what appeared to be a concussion and he did not return. Aiken was hurt when he collided with Ravens’ DB Frank Walter in the fourth quarter. He was examined by the medical staff on the sideline and the decision was made to keep him out for the remainder of the game. According to reports the injury is not considered serious and team officials expect him to make a quick recovery.

Laveranues Coles, WR, CIN - Concussion and Sprained Thumb

Bengals’ WR Laveranues Coles left Saturday’s game against the Jets twice, first with a sprained thumb and finally with a concussion that kept him on the sideline for the remainder of the day. Coles sprained his left thumb in the second quarter and he was out just long enough to have the injury examined and taped. He quickly returned but later left the game for good after taking a helmet to face-mask hit in the fourth quarter. Coles was helped off the field and he appeared to be out of it while on the sideline. The Bengals have not officially said if Coles’ injury is a concussion however he was dizzy right after the hit and he did have a headache after the game. Coles should be fine when the team begins it’s off-season conditioning program.

Todd Heap, TE, BAL - Lower Back Spasms

Ravens’ TE Todd Heap, who has dealt with back problems in the past, is reportedly dealing with lower back spasms and soreness related to the injury that occurred during Sunday’s win over the Patriots. Heap injured his back while blocking in the fourth quarter. His legs were bent awkwardly and he initially had pain running down the back of his legs however the team called the injury a “back stinger” and reported that the primary problem was to his lower back. X-rays on his back were negative but Heap admitted to reporters on Monday that he was “hurting pretty good”  at the moment. He’ll likely miss several practices this week while he rests and recovers and his status for the divisional playoff game against the Colts is questionable.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Rashad Jeanty, LB, CIN - Fractured Tibia

Bengals’ LB Rashad Jeanty left Saturday’s playoff game against the Jets with a fractured left tibia and according to reports the injury will keep him sidelined 6 - 8 weeks. Jeanty was hurt during the opening kickoff and he was taken to the locker room where X-rays confirmed that his leg was broken. The injury will not need surgery but he will be in a cast for at least 4 weeks. The medical staff expects him to be completely healthy in time for OTA’s.

Bart Scott, LB, NYJ - Sprained Ankle

Jets’ LB Bart Scott is reportedly dealing with a minor ankle sprain and while he will be limited in practice team officials expect him to play against the Chargers. It isn’t clear how or when he was hurt but Scott was seen limping in the locker room after the game. Head coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Sunday that Scott was dealing with an ankle injury that would limit him in practices this week. However Ryan seemed confident that Scott would be in the starting lineup for the Jets this upcoming weekend.

Shawn Springs, DB, NE - Concussion

Patriots’ DB Sean Springs took a shot to the head during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens and after leaving the field he did not return. Team officials have not commented on the nature and severity of the injury but it appears that he suffered a concussion. According to reports he appeared to be OK on Monday.

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