Early Injury Report: Week 3
Philip Gentles
September 18, 2012


Blaine Gabbert, JAX - Strained Gluteal Muscle/ Sprained Toe

Jaguars’ QB Blaine Gabbert suffered two injuries on Sunday against the Texans, but neither injury is considered serious and he should be available to play in Week 3. According to reports Gabbert pulled a gluteal muscle (buttocks) and jammed his big toe in the first half. He remained in the game and tried to play through the discomfort, however he was having a difficult time moving around so he was eventually replaced by backup Chad Henne in the fourth quarter. Head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters on Monday that Gabbert’s injuries would probably limit him in practice this week but that he should be ready to play in time for their next game. Check back on Wednesday for an update.


Ahmad Bradshaw NYG - Sprained Neck

Giants’ RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who left in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a neck injury, has been diagnosed with a minor sprain but his status for Thursday’s game remains unclear. As expected Bradshaw was absent from practice on Monday and head coach Tom Coughlin did not give the media an update on his injury. He hasn’t been ruled out yet so the injury can’t be serious, but since it is to his neck the medical staff will  proceed with extreme caution. He’ll likely be a game-time decision.

Matt Forte, CHI - Sprained Ankle

It was originally believed that Bears’ RB Matt Forte suffered a high ankle sprain during last Thursday’s game against the Packers. But head coach Lovie Smith told reporters on Monday that Forte did not suffer a high ankle sprain and indicated that the injury would not keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. Forte was hurt when he was hit by Packers’ DB Charles Woodson in the third quarter. X-rays in the locker room were negative and an MRI has apparently revealed that he suffered a regular ankle sprain. The ankle is still swollen and he probably won’t be able to practice this week or play in Week 3 against the Rams, but team officials are optimistic that he will be back in time for Week 4.

Steven Jackson, STL - Strained Groin

Rams’ RB Steven Jackson suffered a strained groin during Sunday’s game against the Redskins and although head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters on Monday that Jackson could have returned to the field he was held out for the remainder of the game because rookie Daryl Richardson was playing well. Jackson apparently felt his groin pull during the second-quarter drive that ended with his unsportsmanlike conduct. He said that he thought he was going to return on the next drive, but that while standing on the sideline it began to tighten so a decision was made to keep him out for the remainder of the half. Jackson was apparently ready to play in the second half, however Fisher stayed with Richardson as his primary ball carrier. As expected Jackson was feeling sore on Monday and he will likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. Team officials believe that he will be ready to play in Week 3.


Jeremy Maclin, PHI - Unspecified Hip Injury

Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin had to be carted off the field after aggravating his previously injured hip during Sunday’s game and his status for Week 3 is in question. Maclin, who was limited in practice last week after getting hurt in Week 2, reinjured his hip when he was hit in the third quarter and he was in so much pain that he had to be carted to the locker room. His Week 2 injury was being called a strained hip flexor, but according to reports his latest issue is being classified as a hip contusion. It isn’t clear if this latest injury is a true aggravation of his previous one or a new injury all together. Maclin admitted after the game that he didn’t feel good and that he wasn’t sure when he would be able to return to the field. We should know more about this status on Wednesday.


Kevin Boss, KC - Concussion

Chiefs’ TE Kevin Boss left Sunday’s game against the Bills after suffering a concussion and his status for Week 3 is currently unknown. Boss was hurt when he took an elbow to the helmet while falling to the ground at the end of a long reception in the second quarter. He was able to walk off the field on his own, but he was examined on the sideline and subsequently held out for the remainder of the game. The concussion does not appear to be serious, but he won’t practice with the team this week and there is a chance that he could miss Week 3 while he recovers.

Fred Davis, WAS - Concussion

Redskins’ TE Fred Davis did not finish the game on Sunday and initially we weren‘t sure why. But head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday that Davis suffered a concussion during the game and that his status for Week 3 is unknown. The severity of the concussion has not yet been determined and Davis is scheduled to undergo neurological testing today and tomorrow in hopes that he can be cleared to play in the team’s next game. He probably won’t take part in team drills on Wednesday or Thursday regardless of his status, but check back later in the week for an update.

Todd Heap, ARI - Sprained PCL

An MRI on Todd Heap’s injured left knee has revealed a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament and although it is not considered serious his status for Week 3 is in question. Heap, who left Sunday’s game against the Patriots in the fourth quarter, was reportedly having a hard time extending his knee on Monday and team officials don’t expect him to do much in practice this week while he recovers. They aren’t prepared to rule him out for the game against the Eagles, but he definitely won’t be 100% in time for the game so even if he is active don’t expect him to perform like he did on Sunday.

Aaron Hernandez, NE - High Ankle Sprain

Patriots’ TE Aaron Hernandez will miss at least one week and according to some media outlets he could be out until sometime in October after suffering what is being described as a high ankle sprain during Sunday’s home loss to the Cardinals. Hernandez was hurt in the first quarter when Patriots’ WR Julian Edelman fell on the back of his leg causing it to twist awkwardly. He had to be helped off the field and escorted to the locker room. X-rays in the locker room were negative, but he did not return to the game and he was later seen moving around on crutches. As expected the Patriots have not said much about the injury, but multiple sources close to the situation are reporting that Hernandez is definitely out for Week 3 and if he does have a high ankle sprain he could be out anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

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