Early Injury Report: Week 2
Philip Gentles
September 11, 2012


Tom Brady, NE - Possible Broken Nose

Patriots’ QB Tom Brady suffered what appeared to be a broken nose during Sunday’s win over the Titans, but the injury did not keep him from finishing the game and it won’t affect his status for the team’s Week 2 game. Brady was hurt when he was sacked by Kamerion Wimbley in the second quarter. He suffered a laceration on the bridge of his nose and there was blood all over his face as he came off the field. He returned on the very next series with a bandage on his nose and played the remainder of the game. As expected head coach Bill Belichick hasn’t said much about the injury and in an interview on Monday Brady refused to confirm if his nose was indeed broken. But he said that he was feeling better and that he will be in the starting lineup against the Cardinals.

Jake Locker, TEN - Shoulder Subluxation

Titans’ QB Jake Locker is scheduled to practice this week and play in Week2 against the Chargers despite suffering a left (non-throwing) shoulder subluxation (partial dislocation) during Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Locker suffered the injury while trying to make a tackle in the fourth quarter on a play that the officials originally ruled as a fumble (but later overturned to an incomplete pass). He was replaced by Matt Hasselbeck and he appeared to be in a lot of discomfort as he left the field, but after a quick examination on the sideline the medical staff fitted his injured shoulder for a protective harness and he was seen throwing balls on the sideline. The medical staff ultimately decided to keep him out of the game as a precaution. Head coach Mike Munchak told reporters on Monday that Locker was feeling sore, however he should be able to practice at some point this week and that he expected him to start in Week 2.

John Skelton, ARI - Severe Ankle Sprain

According to reports Cardinals QB John Skelton has suffered a severe ankle sprain that could keep him out of action for an extended period of time. Skelton was carted off the field after being hit by Seahawks’ DT Brandon Mebane in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. He was taken to the locker room and while X-rays were negative he was ruled out for the remainder of the day after an examination revealed damage to several ligaments within his ankle. There was concern from the local media that Skelton had suffered a high ankle sprain, however an MRI on Monday confirmed that he did not. But there are reports that suggest Skelton may have suffered a grade two or three ankle sprain and the Cardinals have apparently began calling around the league for a replacement QB. We should know more about Skelton’s injury later in the week, but his status for the Cardinals next couple of games appears to be in doubt.


Fred Jackson, BUF - Sprained LCL

Bills’ RB Fred Jackson will miss at least 1 game and possible longer after suffering a sprain to the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. Jackson, who was injured when his was hit during a carry in the second quarter, underwent an MRI on Monday morning. But according to reports there was a lot of inflammation within his knee joint and the results were somewhat inconclusive. The medical staff knows that they are dealing with an LCL sprain, but they aren’t sure how serious it is and thus they don’t know when he will be able to return. The Bills have said that they should know more about his status in 7 - 10 days, but he won’t practice or play before then. So look for C.J. Spiller to get the start in Week 2.

Daniel Thomas, MIA - Concussion

Dolphins’ RB Daniel Thomas left Sunday’s game against the Texans after suffering a concussion and his status for Week 2 is in question. Thomas was hurt after being hit on the head during a carry in the first half. Thomas fumbled the ball on the play and he had to be escorted off the field and into the locker room. He was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game, but it’s unclear how serious the concussion is. He’ll likely be held out of practice this week while he recovers and a decision on his availability for the game against the Raiders probably won’t be made until the weekend.


Pierre Garcon, WAS - Sprained Foot

Redskins’ WR Pierre Garcon left Sunday’s game with what appears to be a minor foot sprain, but the injury is not serious and he should be able to play in Week 2. Garcon apparently hurt his foot on his 88-yard touchdown catch and run in the first quarter and according to reports the increasing soreness and discomfort kept him off the field. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that X-rays on Garcon’s foot were negative and he indicated that the injury was not believed to be serious. He’ll probably be limited in practice this week, but if reports on his injury are accurate he should be healthy enough to play against the Rams.

Greg Jennings, GB - Strained Groin

Packers’ WR Greg Jennings, who left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the 49ers, reportedly suffered a groin strain and his status for Thursday night’s game against the Bears is in question. Jennings apparently pulled his groin while running a route in the closing moments of the game and according to reports he was having trouble moving around the locker room afterwards. Head coach Mike McCarthy said that Jennings was feeling better on Monday but that he wasn’t sure if Jennings would be able to play in Week 2. Don’t expect him to practice before Thursday and there’s a god chance that he’ll end up being a game-time decision.

Jeremy Maclin, PHI - Strained Hip and Cramps

Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin was in and out of Sunday’s game against the Browns because of a strained right hip flexor and muscle cramps and his status for Week 2 is considered questionable. Maclin reportedly began complaining of pain and tightness in his hip and leg during the first quarter and he left the game several times as a result. He appeared to OK in the second half, but unfortunately he began to cramp and he missed additional playing time while getting an IV. As expected Maclin was sore on Monday morning and there is some concern that he won’t be ready in time for the team’s Week 2 game. We should know more about his status after practice on Wednesday so check with us then for an update.

David Nelson, BUF - Torn ACL

Bills’ WR David Nelson will miss the remainder of the 2012 season after an MRI on his injured knee confirmed that his anterior cruciate ligament is torn. Nelson, who was hurt in the fourth quarter away from the play, is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint has subsided. It isn’t clear at this time if he suffered any additional injuries, but if all goes well with the procedure and his recovery he should be able to participate in portions of the team’s 2013 off-season conditioning program.

Nate Washington, TEN - Leg Contusion

Titans’ WR Nate Washington, who suffered a leg injury during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, will probably miss some practice time this week while he recovers but according to reports he should be able to play in Week 2 against the Chargers. Washington was hurt when he took a shot to his leg during a pass play in the fourth quarter (the same play that Locker hurt his shoulder). The injury bothered him at the time, but an examination on the sideline revealed that it was just a contusion and he was able to walk around the locker room without much difficulty afterwards. There’s a good chance that Washington will be held out of contact drills this week, but he should be able to play against the Chargers.

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