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Early Injury Report - Conference Week
Philip Gentles
January 19, 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

Kurt Warner, ARI - Bruised Ribs

Cardinals’ QB Kurt Warner appears to be OK after being hit hard during Saturday’s game against the Saints. Warner suffered bruised ribs and had the wind knocked out of him after being blind-sided by Saints’ defender Bobby McCray during a second quarter interception return. He stayed down for several minutes before being helped to the sideline where he was examined. According to reports he passed a concussion test but he was taken to the locker room to have precautionary X-rays on his ribs. X-rays were negative and he returned to the game for the start of the third quarter. However he was pulled from the game for good in the fourth quarter with the Saints ahead by a large margin. Warner said that he will make a decision on his future in the NFL shortly and that the hit against the Saints would not be a factor.

RUNNING BACKS

Joseph Addai, IND - Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

The exact nature of RB Joseph Addai’s shoulder injury remains unknown but according to reports it does not appear to be serious and team officials expect him to start against the Jets in the AFC Championships. Addai left Saturday’s game against the Ravens after hurting his shoulder on a carry in the second quarter. Precautionary X-rays on his shoulder were negative but he remained on the sideline until late in the third quarter. He did return but his playing time was limited and he shared carried with Mike Hart and Donald Brown. Addai will likely miss some practice this week while he recovers.

Pierre Thomas, NO - Sprained Ankle

Saints’ RB Pierre Thomas, who had been recovering from cracked ribs, sprained his ankle during Saturday’s win over the Cardinals but the injury does not appear to be serious and he should be active against the Vikings in the NFC Championship game. Thomas “tweaked” his ankle after a run early in the fourth quarter and limped to the sideline. He was examined and taped by a team trainer and he returned to the game after missing just a handful of plays. Thomas told reporters after the game that his ankle was “fine” and that his ribs were “getting close to 100 percent. Don’t be surprised if he misses practice this week but unless something unexpected happens he’ll be in the lineup against Vikings.

WIDE RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS

Robert Meechem, WR, NO - Sprained Ankle

Saints’ WR Robert Meechem was a non-factor in Saturday’s game against the Cardinals and according to reports his left ankle was to blame. It isn’t clear how the injury occurred but Meechem sprained his ankle in the first half and he had trouble running his routes and gaining separation from defenders. X-rays on his ankle were negative but he was spotted wearing a protective walking boot in the locker room after the game. Head coach Sean Payton did not have an update on his status during his Monday press conference so we are going to have to wait until after Wednesday’s practice for a report.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, NO - Undisclosed Knee Injury and Chronic Turf Toe

Saints’ TE Jeremy Shockey told reporters on Monday that he plans on playing in the NFC Championship game, however the severity of his injuries are unknown and his status for the game remains unclear. Shockey injured his right knee in the first quarter but he remained in the game and made three catches including one for a touchdown. He rolled over and jumped up favoring his injured leg and limped off the field after the touchdown and he was examined on the sideline by the medical staff. He later returned to the game but his playing time was limited and he wasn’t a factor. According to reports Shockey also aggravated a lingering turf toe problem in his right foot and both injuries will likely limit his participation in practice this week. Shockey might end up playing against the Vikings, but don’t expect him to be healthy enough to have a big game.

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Ray Edwards, DL, MIN - Sprained MCL

Vikings’ DL Ray Edwards has been diagnosed with a mild medial collateral sprain in his knee and head coach Brad Childress told reporters on Monday that he expects Edwards to play against the Saints next Sunday. Edwards left the game after hurting his knee while rushing the QB in the second half. He briefly returned but he sat out the final few minutes of the game. An MRI on his injured knee revealed a grade 1 sprain and although he will miss practice this week Childress said that the medical staff will get him ready to play in the NFC title game.

Shaun Ellis, DL, NYJ - Fractured Hand

Jets’ DL Shaun Ellis fractured his hand on Sunday against the Chargers and according to reports the injury will require surgery to repair. However Ellis has confirmed that he will play in the AFC Championships against the Colts. Ellis injured his hand early in the game and he was taken to the locker room where X-rays revealed a broken bone. After consulting with the medical staff he decided that he wanted play so his hand was padded and wrapped and he was able to return and finish the game. He was re-examined and underwent additional testing after the game and it was determined that Ellis would need to have screws surgically inserted into his hand in order to fix the fracture. So with only a week to prepare for their next game the medical staff has scheduled the surgery for after the game against the Colts. If the Jets win he’ll have two weeks to recover before the Super Bowl and if the Jets lose he’ll have plenty of time to rest and rehab before OTA’s. He’ll likely have his hand padded and wrapped this upcoming weekend like it was against the Chargers which will affect his ability to wrap-up and tackle.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DB, ARI - Sprained MCL and Chipped Tibia

Cardinals’ DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie told reporters following Saturday’s game against the Saints that he probably tore a couple of ligaments in his knee. An MRI performed on Sunday revealed injuries that weren’t as severe, however he may still need to undergo surgery to repair the damage. Rodgers-Cromartie hurt his knee in the first quarter and he was taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. He later return to the sideline on crutches and he said after the game that the medical staff believed that was seriously injured. Fortunately his ACL is fine and his MCL was just mildly sprained, however he did chip his left tibia and the medical staff will see how he does over the next week before they determine if they need to operate.

Antrel Rolle, DB, ARI - Concussion

Cardinals’ DB Antrel Rolle is recovering well after leaving Saturday’s game against the Saints with a concussion. Rolle, who was hurt after taking a shot to the head in the first half, said on Sunday that he was feeling OK. He was still complaining of a headache on Sunday and Monday however he has been diagnosed with a minor concussion and the medical staff expects him to make a full recovery before the start of the team’s off-season conditioning program. 

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