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All our week 3 content

Week 3 Early Injury Report

by Mark Wimer, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


Quarterback

QB Matt Cassel - NE - Cassel tweaked his right knee during the game on Sunday but stayed in the action - the incident was apparently minor.

QB Brodie Croyle - KC - Croyle missed the game on Sunday as expected (shoulder, out).

QB Jeff Garcia - TB - Garcia was inactive on Sunday due to his sore ankle and due to coach Gruden's decision to start Brian Griese. Garcia claimed he was healthy enough to play.

QB Damon Huard - KC - Huard didn't play the final three quarters against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday after suffering what the team called mild head trauma. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

QB Matt Moore - CAR - Moore missed another game on Sunday as expected (broken fibula, listed as out on Friday).

QB Carson Palmer - CIN - Palmer tweaked his left knee during the game on Sunday - the severity of the problem isn't currently known, but he stayed in the game after the initial injury was looked at in the locker room at half time.

QB Patrick Ramsey - DEN - Ramsey sat out of the action on Sunday after being listed as "probable" on Friday with a sore right elbow.

QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT - Roethlisberger played despite his sore throwing-arm shoulder, and although he visibly winced when taking a shot on it during the 2nd half, Roethlisberger stayed in the action throughout the game.

QB Troy Smith - BAL - Prior to the game being cancelled for week 2, Smith was listed as "out" due to his ongoing struggle with a tonsil infection.

QB Drew Stanton - DET - Stanton was inactive for the game on Sunday due to his injured right thumb (listed as probable on Friday) and due to being 3rd on the depth chart right now.

QB Seneca Wallace - SEA - Wallace suffered a strained calf during the pregame warmup on Sunday.

QB Vince Young - TEN - Young missed the game on Sunday due to his injured knee and injured hamstring - he was listed as out on Friday.


Running Back

RB Justin Fargas - OAK - Fargas left Sunday's win over the Kansas City Chiefs with an apparent groin injury early in the second half and did not return to action. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

RB Quinton Ganther - TEN - Ganther's sore hamstring forced him onto the inactive list this week (he was questionable to play as of Friday).

RB Ryan Grant - GB - Grant played on Sunday despite his sore hamstring, but was clearly limited by the injury during the game. "I'm not there yet," Grant said after the contest. "But I came out of it feeling pretty good. I'm not there yet, but I came out of this game feeling better than I did coming out of the Minnesota game, which is a good thing. So we're a week ahead. I've got a little bit of a break now coming up, so I'll be good against Dallas. I expect to be even better."

RB Ahman Green - HOU - Prior to the game being cancelled for week 2, Green was doubtful to play due to his ankle/foot injury - he'd been seen in a walking boot early in the week.

RB Maurice Hicks - MIN - Hicks missed the game on Sunday due to his sore foot (listed as questionable on Friday).

RB Maurice Jones-Drew - JAX - Jones-Drew limped off the field late in the third quarter on Sunday with an apparent leg injury. Jones-Drew was stuffed for no gain on a play and then hobbled to the sideline, looking to favor his right leg. On the sideline, MJD had his right shoe off and trainers appeared to be examining his lower right leg. His ankle/lower leg was placed in an ice bucket as part of the treatment. He did return to action late in the game.

RB Laurence Maroney - NE - Maroney injured his shoulder and missed most of Sunday's game against the New York Jets. He returned to action in the fourth quarter, but wasn't very impactful in his time on the field. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Darren McFadden - OAK - McFadden suffered from some degree of turf toe as of halftime on Sunday, according to coach Kiffin's remarks after the game: "Darren had turf toe during the game. At halftime I told the team 'I think Michael Bush can win this game.' I said the only way we're going to lose this game, with the way their quarterbacks are playing, is if we turn the ball over. I don't think you saw how fast Darren can be on that big run he had, but he made up for it on the touchdown." McFadden will be evaluated further as the week goes along - the severity of the toe problem is unknown as of mid day on Monday. McFadden didn't play on the final series on Sunday at least in part due to the toe issue.

RB Maurice Morris - SEA - Morris missed the game on Sunday as expected (knee, out).

RB Aaron Stecker - NO - Stecker missed the game on Sunday due to his injured hamstring as expected (listed as out on Friday).

RB LaDainian Tomlinson - SD - Tomlinson was active on Sunday, but clearly limited by his injured big toe. He played early, but then was spotted on the bench with his shoe off, while trainers were attending to his injured toe. "It tightened up some, swelled up a little bit," Tomlinson said after the game. "The one thing I'm happy about is it didn't get any worse after the game. I don't feel any worse than I did last week after the game, which shows it is improving and healing." Tomlinson will be evaluated further as the week goes along, but the injury is clearly something to watch for his fantasy squads entering week 3.

RB Ryan Torain - DEN - Torain missed the game on Sunday as expected (elbow, out).

RB Michael Turner - ATL - Turner reportedly had his leg in a bucket of ice after the game. He suffered an ankle injury, but did not know when it occurred. The injury will be evaluated further as the week goes along.


Wide Receiver

WR Sam Aiken - NE - Aiken missed the game on Sunday (knee injury) after being listed as questionable to play on Friday's injury report.

WR Drew Bennett - STL - Bennett missed the game on Sunday due to his injured foot as expected (listed as out on Friday).

WR Deion Branch - SEA - Branch missed the game on Sunday as expected - he was listed as doubtful to play on Friday (knee rehabilitation).

WR Andre Caldwell - CIN - Caldwell couldn't play on Sunday due to his injured toe (listed as questionable to play on Friday).

WR David Clowney - NYJ - Clowney missed another game on Sunday due to his ongoing recovery from a broken clavicle (listed as out on Friday).

WR Marques Colston - NO - Colston missed the game as expected (thumb tendon surgery - out).

WR Bobby Engram - SEA - Engram missed the game on Sunday as expected (shoulder, out).

WR Justin Gage - TEN - Gage had a large bag of ice on his upper left leg late in the game, but said he didn't think he was seriously injured. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

WR Joey Galloway - TB - Galloway did not play in the second half on Sunday due to a foot sprain of unspecified severity, and was not available for comment after the game. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

WR Roy Hall - IND - Hall missed the game on Sunday as expected (knee, out on Friday).

WR Marcus Henry - NYJ - Henry couldn't play on Sunday due to his sore calf (listed as questionable on Friday).

WR Devin Hester - CHI - Hester was carted to the locker room on Sunday - he apparently injured the left side of his rib cage on a kickoff return and did not return to action. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner commented on Hester's bruised ribs after the game: "We'll just have to wait and see. Obviously he's a playmaker. [But we have] four other receivers out there capable of making plays."

WR Ruvell Martin - GB - Martin sat out of the game on Sunday due to his injured finger (he was listed as questionable on Friday).

WR Logan Payne - SEA - Payne played Sunday but left the game in the first quarter due to a knee injury, which coach Holmgren said after the game was a torn ligament. He'll be evaluated further, but initial indications are not good.

WR Jerry Porter - JAX - Porter missed another game due to his ongoing recovery from hamstring tendon surgery (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

WR Sidney Rice - MIN - Rice suffered a knee injury during the first half Sunday. He aggravated the injury in the third quarter and did not return in an 18-15 loss to Indianapolis. Rice said after the game he would have a magnetic resonance imaging exam performed on his knee today to determine the extent of the injury. He said he's hoping the injury is not serious. "I'm not sure what it is right now," Rice said. "I just felt it pop when I was trying to make a move off the line. I did it in the first half. I went up for a jump ball, and I came down and hit the ground. I did it then. I kept going. I came back out in the third quarter and I tried to make a move, and it just gave out on me. I felt it pop."

WR Ryne Robinson - CAR - Robinson missed another game on Sunday (knee, doubtful on Friday's injury report).

WR Donte Stallworth - CLE - Stallworth was sidelined on Sunday for a second week due to his sore quadricep (listed as doubtful to play on Friday).

WR Maurice Stovall - TB - Stovall missed another game on Sunday due to his sore back (listed as questionable on Friday).

WR Javon Walker - OAK - Walker started the game on Sunday but got limited playing time due to his ongoing hamstring troubles. He had no passes thrown his way during his time on the field.

WR Troy Williamson - JAX - Williamson's thigh injury cost him a game on Sunday (listed as out on Friday).


Tight End

TE Mark Bruener - HOU - Prior to the game being cancelled for week 2, Bruener was listed as "out" due to his sore hamstring.

TE Dallas Clark - IND - Clark sat out of the game on Sunday due to his sore knee (listed as questionable to play on Friday).

TE Derek Fine - BUF - Fine missed the game on Sunday due to his hand injury (listed as out on Friday).

TE Casey Fitzsimmons - DET - Fitzsimmons injured his thumb during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further on Monday.

TE Antonio Gates - SD - After the game was over, Gates left wearing a sandal on his left foot. He'll continue to be evaluated as the week goes along. He seemed to be affected as he was targeted just once deep down the field, and the pass was nowhere within reach for him. He also wasn't thrown to once down near the end zone, typically a staple of Gates' game. He did see a total of 7 targets though.

TE Matt Murphy - BUF - Murphy didn't play on Sunday due to his shoulder injury (he was listed as doubtful to play on Friday).

TE Martin Rucker - CLE - Rucker missed the game on Sunday as expected (knee, out on Friday).

TE Jacob Tamme - IND - Tamme missed the game on Sunday due to his sore ankle (out on Friday).

TE Jerame Tuman - ARI - Tuman missed the game on Sunday as expected (hamstring, doubtful to play on Friday).

TE Ben Utecht - CIN - Utecht suffered a chest injury during the game on Sunday. QB Carson Palmer said after the game - a 24-7 Bengals loss - that Utecht would be out for a few games at least. Utecht will be evaluated further as the week goes along, but initial indications are not good.

TE Ben Watson - NE - Watson missed the game on Sunday (knee injury) after being listed as questionable to play on Friday's injury report.


Kicker

PK Mike Nugent - NYJ - Nugent missed the game on Sunday due to his right thigh injury (listed as out on Friday).

PK Lawrence Tynes - NYG - Tynes missed the game on Sunday due to his sore left knee as expected (listed as out on Friday).


Offensive Line

OL San Francisco 49ers - SF - RT Jonas Jennings left the locker room with his shoulder in a sling after being forced from the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along. The initial diagnosis is a sprained shoulder.

OL Chicago Bears - CHI - T Chris Williams couldn't play on Sunday due to his bad back (listed as out on Friday).

OL Denver Broncos - DEN - C Tom Nalen missed the game on Sunday as expected (knee, out).

OL Cleveland Browns - CLE - T Ryan Tucker was unable to play on Sunday due to his sore hip (listed as doubtful on Friday).

OL Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB - G Davin Joseph missed the game on Sunday as expected (foot, out on Friday).

OL Indianapolis Colts - IND - OL Tony Ugoh left the game on Sunday due to a groin injury and did not return to action. The severity of his groin injury isn't currently known.

OL Indianapolis Colts - IND - G Mike Pollak (knee injury) and C Jeff Saturday (knee) both missed the game on Sunday - Pollak was listed as out on Friday, while Saturday was listed as questionable.

OL Atlanta Falcons - ATL - Rookie OL Sam Baker suffered a head injury in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "He just got his bell rung and the doctors just felt like it was in his best interests and our best interests for him to come out," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We'll evaluate that as the week goes on." C Alex Stepanovich sat out of the game due to a bad back (listed as questionable on Friday).

OL Jacksonville Jaguars - JAX - C Brad Meester missed another game on Sunday as expected (listed as out on Friday due to his biceps injury). OT Todd Wade (ankle injury) hasn't been able to play yet this season as he continues to recover from a preseason ankle sprain.

OL Green Bay Packers - GB - G Josh Sitton (knee) and C Scott Wells (back) missed the game on Sunday as expected. Both were listed as out on Friday.

OL New England Patriots - NE - OT Erick Alexander (calf injury) was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday's injury report.

OL Oakland Raiders - OAK - T Kwame Harris missed the game on Sunday due to his injured knee (listed as doubtful to play on Friday).

OL St. Louis Rams - STL - G Jacob Bell missed the game on Sunday due to his sore hamstring (listed as questionable on Friday).

OL Seattle Seahawks - SEA - T Sean Locklear sat out of the game on Sunday as expected (knee, doubtful).

OL Minnesota Vikings - MIN - OT Artis Hicks was inactive on Sunday due to his injured elbow (listed as questionable on Friday).


Defensive Tackle

DT Jacob Ford - TEN - Ford was sidelined on Sunday due to his sore chest (listed as questionable on Friday).

DT Kelly Gregg - BAL - Prior to the game being cancelled for week 2, Gregg was doubtful to play due to his sore knee.

DT Albert Haynesworth - TEN - Haynesworth played on Sunday despite suffering a concussion last week - "I still wasn't 100 percent myself," said Haynesworth after the game. "Once I get back there, you'll see more production out of me and hear my name called a little bit more. But I was happy we got the win, and happy I could contribute where I could."

DT Grady Jackson - ATL - Jackson, one of the Falcons top run defenders, was a surprise inactive after his knee swelled up early Sunday. "At about 3 a.m. this morning, his knee blew up," coach Smith said after the game. "When we woke up this morning, it was a game time decision that we had to make. We took a look at it. It was unexpected."

DT Antwan Lake - NO - Lake missed the game on Sunday due to his injured groin as expected (listed as out on Friday).

DT Alvin McKinley - NO - McKinley's sore foot cost him a game on Sunday despite being probable to play on Friday.

DT Daniel Muir - IND - Muir missed the game on Sunday due to his sore knee (out on Friday).

DT Josh Shaw - DEN - Shaw suffered a laceration to his lower left leg that required stitches during the game on Sunday.

DT Pat Sims - CIN - Sims was sidelined on Sunday due to his sore toe (listed as questionable to play on Friday).

DT Gabriel Watson - ARI - Watson missed the game on Sunday (knee, questionable to play on Friday).

DT Corey Williams - CLE - Williams left the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.


Defensive End

DE Baraka Atkins - SEA - Atkins couldn't play on Sunday despite being listed as probable on Friday (back injury).

DE Brett Keisel - PIT - Keisel was helped off the field after hurting his calf near the end of the first quarter on Sunday night. He did not return to the game, and will be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DE Leonard Little - STL - Little missed the game on Sunday due to his sore hamstring as expected (listed as doubtful on Friday).

DE Turk McBride - KC - McBride was kicked in the abdomen in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders and did not return to action after the injury. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

DE Robaire Smith - CLE - Smith had to be carted off the field in the second half of the team's Week 2 game after injuring his ankle. He'll be examined further as the week goes along. On Monday, it was revealed the injury is to Smith's Achille's tendon: "He is not in the best of shape," coach Crennel said. "For a big man, an Achilles is a tough thing to deal with." Smith is likely out for a substantial period of time.

DE Jason Taylor - WAS - Taylor left Sunday's game after tweaking his already-sore knee and limping off the field. He was able to return in the third quarter, though. Taylor will be evaluated further as the week goes along.


Inside Linebacker

ILB Jonathan Goff - NYG - Goff's back forced him onto the inactive list on Sunday despite being listed as probable to play on Friday.

ILB Napoleon Harris - KC - Harris missed the game on Sunday as expected (knee, out).

ILB Mark Simoneau - NO - Simoneau's injury landed him on IR this week (back). His season is over.

ILB Patrick Willis - SF - Willis has left Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a leg injury - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along. He did return to action, and finished with a game-high eight tackles.


Outside Linebacker

OLB Darryl Blackstock - CIN - Blackstock suffered a neck stinger during the contest on Sunday, but later returned to the game.

OLB Khary Campbell - WAS - Campbell missed the game on Sunday due to his injured thigh (listed as doubtful on Friday).

OLB Justin Durant - JAX - Durant suffered a groin injury of unspecified severity in the game on Sunday.

OLB Scott Fujita - NO - Fujita missed the game on Sunday due to his injured knee as expected (listed as out on Friday).

OLB Louis Green - DEN - Green missed the game on Sunday as expected (hamstring, doubtful).

OLB Marques Harris - SD - Harris suffered a hip bruise of unspecified severity on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

OLB Matthew McCoy - TB - McCoy missed the game on Sunday due to his sore groin despite being listed as probable to play on Friday.

OLB Shaun Phillips - SD - Phillips suffered a groin injury of unspecified severity on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

OLB Corey Smith - DET - Smith missed the game on Sunday due to his injured hamstring (listed as questionable on Friday).

OLB Marcus Washington - WAS - Washington missed the game due to a hamstring injury after being listed as questionable on Friday.

OLB Pierre Woods - NE - Woods suffered an unspecified injury on Sunday, but after the incident he got up under his own power, walked to the sidelines and later returned to action.


Cornerback

CB Randall Gay - NO - Gay missed the game on Sunday due to his injured hamstring and an ongoing illness, as expected (listed as out on Friday).

CB Aaron Glenn - NO - Glenn went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter, and did not return to action. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along. Initial indications are that the injury is a bruise - x-rays were negative for a break.

CB Kelly Jennings - SEA - Jennings suffered a rib injury on Sunday but returned to the game. Initial indications are that the injury isn't serious.

CB Johnathan Joseph - CIN - Joseph was in a protective walking boot after the game, reported he sprained his ankle on Sunday and asserted that he would be fine for next week. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

CB Derrick Martin - BAL - Prior to the game being cancelled for week 2, Martin was doubtful to play due to his sore shoulder.

CB Mike McKenzie - NO - McKenzie was unable to play on Sunday due to his sore knee, after being listed as probable to play on Friday.

CB R.W. McQuarters - NYG - McQuarters was unable to play on Sunday due to his sore calf (listed as questionable on Friday).

CB Justin Miller - NYJ - Miller was unable to play on Sunday due to his sore foot (listed as questionable to play on Friday).

CB Shawntae Spencer - SF - Spencer suffered a knee injury of unspecified severity on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further.

CB Scott Starks - JAX - Starks missed the game on Sunday due to his sore pectoral muscles (listed as questionable on Friday).

CB Donald Strickland - SF - Strickland couldn't play on Sunday due to his sore knee (listed as questionable on Friday).

CB Patrick Surtain - KC - Surtain injured his shoulder in the Chief's week two loss to the Oakland Raiders. He was replaced by rookie DB Brandon Carr and didn't return to action.

CB Aqib Talib - TB - Talib suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday. After the game, Talib said he was fine - he'll be evaulated further by the training staff as the week goes along.

CB Terrell Thomas - NYG - Thomas missed the game on Sunday due to his sore hamstring as expected (listed as out on Friday).

CB Deshea Townsend - PIT - Townsend missed the game on Sunday as expected (foot/heel contusion, doubtful on Friday).

CB Fabian Washington - BAL - Prior to the game being cancelled for week 2, Washington was listed as "out" due to his neck injury.

CB Charles Woodson - GB - Woodson played through a broken toe on his right foot on Sunday, and made two critical fourth-quarter interceptions while playing through the injury. "It hurts, but we'll let it rest and worry about next week," Woodson said after the game.


Safety

S Gerald Alexander - DET - Alexander suffered a concussion during the game vs. Green Bay - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along. The severity of the concussion wasn't immediately known.

S Atari Bigby - GB - Bigby cramped up in his hamstring at the end of the first half and didn't return in the second half. Second-year pro Aaron Rouse played in his place. "Probably just didn't hyrdrate enough," Bigby commented after the game.

S Chris Crocker - MIA - Crocker injured his neck and was forced out of the game on Sunday, but was able to return later in the contest. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

S Dashon Goldson - SF - Goldson sustained a sprained knee in the game on Sunday of unspecified severity - he'll be evaluated further.

S Roman Harper - NO - Harper missed the game on Sunday due to his injured hamstring as expected (listed as out on Friday).

S Clinton Hart - SD - Hart suffered a hand injury of unspecified severity on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

S Dexter Jackson - CIN - Jackson was sidelined on Sunday as expected (thumb injury, out on Friday).

S Michael Johnson - NYG - Johnson suffered a "burner" (minor nerve problem caused by a strong blow) in the second half, but returned to action.

S Herana-Daze Jones - CIN - Jones missed the game on Sunday due to his injured hamstring (doubtful to play on Friday).

S Sean Jones - CLE - Jones was out of the game on Sunday as expected (knee injury/arthroscopic surgery to repair it last week).

S Brandon McGowan - CHI - McGowan apparently sprained his ankle in Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. He was seen with a walking boot and crutches following the game.

S Kareem Moore - WAS - Moore sat out of the game on Sunday (hamstring, doubtful) as expected.

S Bob Sanders - IND - Sanders injured an ankle in the second half on Sunday and didn't return to action. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along - the severity of the injury wasn't initially known to coach Dungy.

S Donte Whitner - BUF - Whitner left for a few plays in the first half on Sunday after getting his bell rung, but he returned to action. He also had some heat/hydration issues after the game. Whitner should be fine for next week's game.

S Madieu Williams - MIN - Williams was out on Sunday as expected (neck, listed as out on Friday).