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All our week 8 content

Week 8 Early Injury Report

by Mark Wimer, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


Quarterback

QB Marc Bulger - STL - Bulger had his left (non-throwing) hand X-rayed after the game, asserting that the test was for precautionary reasons only. Keep an eye on his practice status this week - it could flare up and become an issue.

QB Nate Davis - SF - Davis was ill and unable to practice on Thursday and Friday - he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

QB Trent Edwards - BUF - Edwards did not play on Sunday after not practicing throughout last week - he was listed as out on Friday (head injury/concussion).


Running Back

RB Donald Brown - IND - 'I'll be all right,' he said. 'It's something I've had before in college. I know how to handle it. I'll be back (today).' Brown will be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Heath Evans - NO - Evans suffered a right leg injury during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Korey Hall - GB - Hall was out of practices all week long (calf injury), and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

RB Brad Hoover - CAR - Hoover's sore back kept him out of practice on Wednesday. He did fully practice Thursday and Friday, but was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

RB Jeremi Johnson - CIN - Johnson tweaked a knee during the game on Sunday - he was moving around well after the game and the injury is considered minor at this time.

RB Brian Leonard - CIN - Leonard, who practiced fully last week, was listed as probable to play on Friday (groin injury), but ended up on the inactive list on Sunday anyway.

RB Darren McFadden - OAK - McFadden was out of practices last week, was listed as out on Friday, and was inactive on Sunday as expected (knee injury).

RB Corey McIntyre - BUF - McIntyre suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter on Sunday and didn't return to action. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Sammy Morris - NE - Morris was out of the game on Sunday as expected after not practicing all week long - he was listed as out on Friday (knee injury).

RB Ovie Mughelli - ATL - Mughelli was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday (calf injury) - he was limited during his only practice of the week, on Friday.

RB Jerious Norwood - ATL - Norwood did not practice last week, and after being listed as doubtful on Friday due to his hip injury, he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

RB Adrian Peterson - CHI - Peterson was inactive on Sunday due to his knee injury, after being listed as doubtful on Friday (he didn't practice last week).

RB Clinton Portis - WAS - Portis didn't practice on Thursday or Friday due to his sore ankle, and was limited in practice on Saturday. He was officially listed as questionable on Saturday's injury report for the Monday Night Football game. According to reports out of Washington, he is expected to play in the game.

RB Bernard Scott - CIN - Scott suffered a minor knee injury on Sunday, but it is not believed to be a big issue as of Monday morning.

RB Clifton Smith - TB - Smith was unable to practice on Wednesday and limited in practices Thursday and Friday after sustaining a concussion last week (he was questionable to play on the Friday injury report) - Smith was inactive on Sunday.

RB Jonathan Stewart - CAR - Stewart suffered a hand injury of unspecified severity on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Fred Taylor - NE - Taylor was out of the game on Sunday as expected after not practicing all week long - he was listed as out on Friday (ankle injury).

RB Leon Washington - NYJ - Washington, who was carted off in the 1st quarter on Sunday, reportedly has a fractured fibula and is expected to be out for the year. The break in his bone was serious enough that Washington underwent emergency surgery to correct the condition - he'll require a long rehab period to recover from this serious injury. The compound fracture was later confirmed by a person with knowledge of the injury. 'I could see blood spurting out,' one player said. 'I've never seen anything like that before.'

RB DeShawn Wynn - GB - Wynn was out of practices all week long (knee injury), and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday. He's on IR now.


Wide Receiver

WR Bernard Berrian - MIN - Berrian suffered a hamstring injury during the game on Sunday and didn't return to action - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along. This appears to be a significant issue as of Monday morning. Berrian declined comment when asked about his injury after the game. He had a wrap around his left thigh as he dressed in the Vikings' locker room. He did sound more optimistic Monday in a radio interview when he was asked if he would play in this week's game against Green Bay. "That's the plan," Berrian said. "I'm hoping so."

WR Anquan Boldin - ARI - Boldin suited up and played Sunday night, but he was obviously hurting (limping visibly at several points) and didn't have his top gear running down the field.

WR Jerricho Cotchery - NYJ - Cotchery didn't practice at all last week, and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday (hamstring injury).

WR Kevin Curtis - PHI - Curtis didn't practice at all last week; he was listed as out on Saturday; and he will be inactive for the Monday Night Football game (knee injury). Curtis had his knee injury scoped (arthroscopic surgery) on Saturday, Oct. 24th - coach Reid expects him to recover from the procedure and play again 'at some point' this season.

WR Craig Davis - SD - Davis was sick last week and missed all the practices - after being listed as questionable to play on Friday he was inactive on Sunday.

WR Julian Edelman - NE - Edelman was out of the game on Sunday as expected after not practicing all week long - he was listed as out on Friday (forearm injury).

WR Anthony Gonzalez - IND - Gonzalez missed another game due to his knee injury - he was listed as out on Friday after not practicing at all last week.

WR Greg Jennings - GB - Jennings said after the game on Sunday he got some dirt in his eye in the fourth quarter but could have returned if the team had needed him to - he'll be fine for the rematch vs. Minnesota.

WR Andre Johnson - HOU - Johnson was taken to a hospital Sunday, Oct. 25, due to a chest injury sustained during the game vs. San Francisco. He is expected to be available to play in week eight as the injury turned out to be a contusion and not something more serious as was initially feared.

WR Lance Long - KC - Long was shaken up with a hit to the head and didn't return to action, but said after the game he was fine. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

WR Ruvell Martin - STL - Martin was officially questionable to play on Friday (hamstring injury) after being limited in practices all week long. He was inactive on Sunday.

WR Nick Miller - OAK - Miller was out of practices last week, was listed as out on Friday, and was inactive on Sunday as expected (shin injury).

WR Muhsin Muhammad - CAR - Muhammad suffered a knee injury during the team's Week seven game - he was sidelined on the stationary bike for a time.

WR Jordy Nelson - GB - Nelson was out of practices all week long (knee injury), and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

WR Darius Reynaud - MIN - Reynaud was officially doubtful to play on Friday (hamstring injury) after being limited in practices all week long. He was inactive on Sunday.

WR Chaz Schilens - OAK - Schilens practiced Wednesday and Thursday, but soreness came into his injured foot on Friday and limited him in practice. He was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday. 'There is no setback,' HC Tom Cable said. 'We've X-rayed it. We've looked at it. There is no re-fracture... it's just soreness.'

WR Brad Smith - NYJ - Smith didn't practice at all last week, and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday (quadricep injury).

WR Reggie Wayne - IND - Wayne was in and out of the game on Sunday due to a groin injury. He left the game in the second quarter, returned in the third and then departed for good. Wayne spent time with the medical staff after the game and declined to talk with reporters regarding the injury. He'll be evaluated further to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury. Coach Jim Caldwell says Wayne's playing status against San Francisco won't be known until the end of the week.


Tight End

TE Kevin Boss - NYG - Boss was seen leaving the X-ray room following the game on Sunday. Boss received a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the game and was slow to get to his feet - he looked woozy coming off the field and on the sidelines, but he did return to the field after the injury. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

TE Jermichael Finley - GB - Finley suffered a sprained left knee on Sunday, leaving his status in doubt for the upcoming rematch with the Vikings at Lambeau Field. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along, but initial indications are not good. A MRI is scheduled for Monday to examine the injury in more detail.

TE Steve Heiden - CLE - Heiden did not practice last week (knee injury), and was inactive on Sunday as expected after being listed as doubtful on Friday.

TE Shawn Nelson - BUF - Nelson did not play on Sunday after not practicing throughout last week - he was listed as doubtful on Friday (illness).

TE Robert Royal - CLE - Royal did not practice Wednesday-Thursday due to illness, and hamstring and finger injuries. He was limited in practice on Friday and inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play.

TE Stephen Spach - ARI - Spach was unable to practice last week, and after being listed as out on Friday he was inactive on Sunday as expected (ankle injury).


Kicker

PK Phil Dawson - CLE - Dawson did not practice last week (right calf injury), and was inactive on Sunday as expected after being listed as doubtful on Friday.

PK Adam Vinatieri - IND - Vinatieri missed the game on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday (right knee injury) - he didn't practice last week.


Offensive Line

OL San Francisco 49ers - SF - RT Tony Pashos left the game on Sunday because of a shoulder contusion and was expected to get an MRI exam on Monday to further evaluate the injury.

OL Cincinnati Bengals - CIN - OT Andre Smith (foot injury) was limited in practices Wednesday and Thursday, and despite practicing fully on Friday he was listed as out on Friday and was inactive on Sunday as expected.

OL Buffalo Bills - BUF - OT Jonathna Scott did not play on Sunday after not practicing throughout last week - he was listed as out on Friday (ankle injury).

OL San Diego Chargers - SD - C Nick Hardwick was out of practices last week, was listed as out on Friday, and was inactive on Sunday as expected (ankle injury).

OL Kansas City Chiefs - KC - OT Branden Albert (ankle injury) was limited in practices last week, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

OL Kansas City Chiefs - KC - C Rudy Niswanger hobbled off the field in the first quarter because of a knee injury and didn't return to action - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

OL Indianapolis Colts - IND - OG Jamey Richard came down with an illness on Friday and missed pratice - he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

OL Philadelphia Eagles - PHI - G Todd Herremans (foot injury); G Max Jean-Giles (shoulder injury) and OT Jason Peters (knee, ankle injuries) are all listed as questionable for the Eagles heading into the Monday Night Football game. Jean-Giles was limited in practice on Saturday due to the injury - Herremans and Peters both practiced fully throughout last week.

OL New York Giants - NYG - OT Kareem McKenzie was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday (groin injury) - he was limited in practices throughout last week due to his injury. 'Well, we thought he might be ready,' coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. 'But when we worked him out before the game he couldn't do enough to be dressed.'

OL New York Jets - NYJ - RG Brandon Moore tweaked his knee during the game on Sunday but returned to action - the injury is not considered serious.

OL Green Bay Packers - GB - OT Chad Clifton (ankle injury) and C Jason Spitz (back injury) did not practice last week, and they were inactive on Sunday as expected after being listed as doubtful on Friday. OT Mark Tauscher (knee injury) was limited in practices all week long, and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

OL New England Patriots - NE - OT Matt Light was out of the game on Sunday as expected after not practicing all week long - he was listed as out on Friday (knee injury).

OL Oakland Raiders - OAK - OT Cornell Green (calf injury) and OG Robert Gallery (broken fibula) did not practice last week, they were listed as out on Friday, and they were inactive on Sunday as expected.

OL St. Louis Rams - STL - The Rams have lost long snapper Chris Massey for the season due to a severe knee injury, believed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. RG Richie Incognito suffered what coach Steve Spagnuolo called a mid-foot sprain on Sunday. Spagnuolo said Incognito would undergo additional testing Monday - Incognito left the stadium wearing a boot on his left foot.

OL Washington Redskins - WAS - OT Chris Samuels (neck injury) was unable to practice last week and is listed as out as of Saturday - he won't be in the Monday Night Football game.


Defensive Tackle

DT Chris Canty - NYG - Canty was unable to practice throughout last week; he was listed as out on Friday by the Giants (calf injury); and he was subsequently inactive on Sunday as expected.

DT Sedrick Ellis - NO - Ellis left the game on Sunday with a sprained right knee of unspecified severity - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DT Aubrayo Franklin - SF - Franklin suffered a right knee injury during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes by.

DT Tommie Harris - CHI - Harris was inactive on Sunday due to his knee injury, after being listed as doubtful on Friday (he didn't practice last week). However, Harris asserted after the loss to Cincinnati that his knee was not the reason he was held out of the game, but refused to elaborate: 'It wasn't true,' Harris said when asked why his knee kept him out of the game. 'You talk to them. If you came here earlier, you saw, I worked out before the game.' Stay tuned...

DT Albert Haynesworth - WAS - Haynesworth was unable to practice Thursday or Friday and was limited in practice on Saturday - he was officially listed as questionable to play Monday night on Saturday (ankle injury). According to reports out of Washington, he is expected to play in the game.

DT Vaughn Martin - SD - Martin was limited in practice on Wednesday by his sore hamstring, but fully practiced Thursday and Friday - he was inactive on Sunday despite being listed as probable to play on Friday.

DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo - SD - Nwagbuo suffered an ankle injury during the team's Week seven game - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DT Kyle Williams - BUF - Williams started Sunday, but left after one series with a knee injury. Coach Dick Jauron didn't know how serious the injury was - 'The fact that he didn't return was not good,' Jauron said. 'Bud [Carpenter, the Bills' head trainer] told me right away he wasn't coming back.' Williams will be evaluated further as the week goes along, but initial indications are not good.


Defensive End

DE Victor Abiamiri - PHI - Abiamiri didn't practice at all last week; he was listed as out on Saturday; and he is expected to be inactive for the Monday Night Football game (knee injury).

DE Shaun Ellis - NYJ - Ellis tweaked an ankle but returned to action on Sunday - the injury is not considered serious.

DE James Hall - STL - Hall was officially questionable to play on Friday (groin injury), but was limited on Friday in his only practice of the week due to his injury. He was inactive on Sunday.

DE Darren Howard - PHI - Howard was limited in all three practices last week; he is listed as questionable to play as of Saturday (calf injury).

DE Curtis Johnson - DAL - Johnson, who fully participated in practices last week and was listed as probable to play on Friday (hamstring injury), was inactive on Sunday anyway.

DE Travis Kirschke - PIT - Kirschke suffered a calf injury during the Week seven game - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DE Antwan Odom - CIN - Odom is out for the season due to an Achilles injury - he did appear on the Friday injury report as out.

DE Justin Smith - SF - Smith suffered a left calf strain during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along to assess the extent and severity of the injury.

DE Robaire Smith - CLE - Smith suffered a stinger during the game on Sunday, but returned to action shortly after incurring the injury. He'll be evaluated further, but as of Monday morning this doesn't look like a serious concern.

DE Ty Warren - NE - Warren left in the second half on Sunday with a right ankle injury and did not return to action. Warren was examined by team doctors and coach Bill Belichick, then was carted off the field. Following the game, Warren commented that he does not believe the injury is serious. He was visibly limping, but with the upcoming bye week, he doesn't feel like he'll miss any time. Stay tuned...

DE Jarius Wynn - GB - Wynn did not practice last week (hamstring injury), and was inactive on Sunday as expected after being listed as out on Friday.


Inside Linebacker

ILB Kevin Burnett - SD - Burnett was unable to practice last week, was listed as doubtful on Friday, and was inactive on Sunday as expected (ankle injury).

ILB Brandon Chillar - GB - Chillar contused his elbow late in the game on Sunday - the injury is considered minor as of Monday morning.

ILB Omar Gaither - PHI - Gaither didn't practice at all last week; he was listed as out on Saturday; and he is expected to be inactive for the Monday Night Football game (foot injury). The Eagles traded for Will Witherspoon (late of St. Louis) to replace Gaither in the lineup as his absence from the lineup is expected to be an extended one. Gaither underwent surgery on his foot to repair his Lisfranc injury last Saturday. Head coach Andy Reid said the team will not put Gaither on Injured Reserve at this time.

ILB Bart Scott - NYJ - Scott suffered a minor knee injury late in the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further but at first blush this is more of a tweaked knee than a serious concern.

ILB Takeo Spikes - SF - Spikes suffered a right shoulder strain during the game on Sunday - he'll be evalauted further during the week.

ILB Lawrence Timmons - PIT - Timmons suffered an ankle injury during the team's Week seven game - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.


Outside Linebacker

OLB Michael Boley - NYG - Boley was unable to practice throughout last week; he was listed as out on Friday by the Giants (knee injury); and he was subsequently inactive on Sunday as expected.

OLB Ricky Brown - OAK - Brown was out of practices last week, was listed as out on Friday, and was inactive on Sunday as expected (ankle injury).

OLB Thomas Davis - CAR - Davis was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday (hamstring injury) - he did not practice last week.

OLB Andre Frazier - PIT - Frazier was officially questionable to play on Friday (thigh injury) after being limited in practice on Thursday but fully practicing on Friday. He was inactive on Sunday.

OLB Scott Fujita - NO - Fujita was out of the game on Sunday after being listed as questionable on Friday (calf injury) - he didn't practice last week.

OLB Marques Harris - SF - Harris suffered a hamstring strain of unspecified severity on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury.

OLB Marques Murrell - NYJ - Murrell was limited by his head injury in practice on Wednesday, but fully practiced Thursday and Friday. He was listed as probable to play on Friday, but ended up on the inactive list on Sunday.

OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa - CHI - Tinoisamoa was unable to practice on Wednesday and was out of practices Thursday and Friday - he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

OLB Jamie Winborn - HOU - Winborn was unable to practice last week, and after being listed as doubtful on Friday he was inactive on Sunday as expected (calf injury).


Cornerback

CB Will Allen - MIA - Allen tore his ACL on Sunday and is now out for the season.

CB Bradley Fletcher - STL - Fletcher suffered a hyper-extended knee on Sunday - a MRI is scheduled for Monday to further evaluate the damage to his joint.

CB Antoine Harris - ATL - Harris did not practice last week, and after being listed as out on Friday due to his knee injury, he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

CB Kelvin Hayden - IND - Hayden suffered a neck sprain during the team's Week seven game - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

CB Marlin Jackson - IND - Jackson missed the game on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday (knee injury) - he didn't practice last week.

CB Malcolm Jenkins - NO - Jenkins didn't practice Thursday or Friday (ankle injury), and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

CB Tim Jennings - IND - Jennings missed the game on Sunday after being listed as questionable on Friday (calf injury) - he didn't practice last week.

CB Justin King - STL - King was officially questionable to play on Friday (groin injury) after being limited in practices all week long. He was inactive on Sunday.

CB Dimitri Patterson - PHI - Patterson didn't practice at all last week; he was listed as out on Saturday; and he is expected to be inactive for the Monday Night Football game (quadricep and hand injuries).

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - ARI - Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a sprained ankle during the game on Sunday and was sidelined for the rest of the contest with a big bag of ice on the injury. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

CB Aaron Ross - NYG - Ross was unable to practice throughout last week; he was listed as out on Friday by the Giants (hamstring injury); and he was subsequently inactive on Sunday as expected.

CB Allen Rossum - DAL - Rossum, recently signed by the Cowboys, suffered a hamstring injury during a return early in the game and didn't return to action. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

CB Lito Sheppard - NYJ - Sheppard didn't practice at all last week, and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday (quadricep injury).

CB Reggie Smith - SF - Smtih was out of practices all last week, and after being listed as out on Friday he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

CB Leigh Torrence - NO - Torrence was inactive on Sunday despite being listed as probable to play on Friday (hamstring injury) - he was limited by the injury during practices last week.

CB Antoine Winfield - MIN - Winfield was officially doubtful to play on Friday (foot injury) after being unable to practice all week long. He was inactive on Sunday.


Safety

S Nick Ferguson - HOU - Ferguson was unable to practice last week, and after being listed as out on Friday he was inactive on Sunday as expected (knee injury).

S Michael Hamlin - DAL - Hamlin, who fully participated in practices last week and was listed as probable to play on Friday (wrist injury), was inactive on Sunday anyway.

S Michael Lewis - SF - Lewis was limited all last week due to his concussion; he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

S William Moore - ATL - Moore did not practice last week, and after being listed as doubtful on Friday due to his hamstring injury, he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

S Jarrad Page - KC - Page practiced in full Wednesday-Friday, and was said to be probable to play on Friday - however, he was inactive on Sunday anyway.

S Bryan Scott - BUF - Scott did not play on Sunday after not practicing throughout last week - he was listed as out on Friday (ankle injury).

S Donte Whitner - BUF - Whitner did not play on Sunday after not practicing throughout last week - he was listed as out on Friday (ankle injury).

S Roy Williams - CIN - Williams did not practice last week, and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as doubtful to play on Friday (forearm injury).

S Adrian Wilson - ARI - Wilson spent some time on the sidelines during the game vs. New York due to cramps in his calf muscles - he did return to action after getting attention from the team's trainers.