Early Injury Report: Week 6
Philip Gentles
October 9, 2012


Matt Cassel, KC - Concussion

Chiefs’ QB Matt Cassel left Sunday’s game against the Ravens with a concussion and his status for Week 6 appears to be in doubt. Cassel was briefly knocked unconscious when he was hit by two Ravens’ defenders while attempting a pass in the fourth quarter. He stayed down for about a minute before being escorted off the field and into the locker room. According to reports Cassel was dealing with a headache and some light sensitivity on Monday and head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters that it was “highly unlikely” that he would be available to play against the Bucs this upcoming week. If he isn’t cleared look for Brady Quinn to get the start in his place.

Robert Griffin III, WAS - Concussion

Redskins’ rookie QB Robert Griffin III was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Falcons after suffering a concussion, but according to reports he is making a quick recovery and team officials are hoping that he will be cleared to play in time for their Week 6 game. RG3 was taken to the locker room after being hit in the head following a carry in the third quarter. He was initially examined on the sideline and it became apparent that he suffered a concussion when he wasn’t sure what the score of the game was or what quarter he was in. He later complained of nausea and dizziness and he was declared out for the remainder of the day. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday that Griffin was showing signs of improvement and that early neurological testing has indicated that his concussion is mild. Obviously the medical staff will wait to see how he progresses over the next couple of days but things are looking up right now and team officials believe he will be cleared to practice before the end of the week.

Alex Smith, SF - Sprained Finger

49ers’ QB Alex Smith sprained the middle finger on his right (throwing) hand during Sunday’s game but the team expects him to ready in time for their big Week 6 match up with the Giants. According to reports Smith jammed his finger in the second half and although he could have kept playing he was replaced as a precaution. Smith’s finger was wrapped while he spoke to the media after the game and he told reporters that he expected to be OK. So it looks like Smith will play, but Jim Harbaugh has been quoted as saying that Smith’s injury is a concern since it could affect the way he throws the football. This is definitely worth keeping an eye on and we’ll continue to keep you posted on his status and recovery throughout the week.


Cedric Benson, GB - Lisfranc Injury

Packers’ RB Cedric Benson will be sidelined for at least 8 weeks and could be out for the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured left foot revealed a Lisfranc Injury. Benson was injured on a short reception in the second quarter against the Colts and although he walked off the field on his own he was taken to the locker room for an evaluation. He did not return to the game and he was later seen leaving the stadium with his foot in a walking boot. According to reports an MRI on Monday morning revealed what appears to be a Lisfranc injury that will keep him out for a minimum of 8 weeks. The MRI film has been sent for a second opinion, but if the team is told that Benson’s injury requires surgery then his season will be officially over. Either way he won’t be back anytime soon.

Andre Brown, NYG - Concussion

Giants’ RB Andre Brown was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Browns with a concussion and his status for Week 6 appears to be in question. Brown, who was hurt on a kickoff return in the first quarter, was evaluated on the sideline and after failing a concussion test he was ruled out for the remainder of the afternoon. According to reports he had some short-term memory loss and he complained of feeling dizzy and lightheaded. Head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed on Monday that Brown was diagnosed with a concussion and he told reporters that Brown was still feeling the effects of the injury. He is scheduled to undergo additional testing this week and we should know more about this status after Wednesday’s practice. 

Adrian Peterson, MIN - Sprained Ankle

According to reports Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson suffered what is being called a mild ankle sprain during Sunday’s win over the Titans and even if he misses practice time this week he should still be able to play in Week 6. Peterson apparently rolled his ankle on his first carry of the game but he stayed in the game and played through the injury. His ankle was sore and bit swollen afterwards and he was seen in the training room with his ice wrapped around his leg. Head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters on Monday that Peterson’s ankle was not a concern and that the team expects him to be ready for their next game.

Bernard Scott, CIN - Torn ACL

Bengals’ RB Bernard Scott has been placed on Injured Reserve and he will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured left knee confirmed that his anterior cruciate ligament is torn. Scott was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday’s game and it was immediately feared that his injury was a serious one. A preliminary assessment in the locker room revealed an injury to his ACL and an MRI on Monday showed that the ligament is torn and that it will need to be surgically repaired. Scott is scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint has subsided. If all goes well with the procedure and his recovery he should be ready for the start of training camp next year.

Daniel Thomas, MIA - Concussion

The Dolphins will likely be without RB Daniel Thomas for at least a week after he suffered his second concussion of the season during Sunday’s win over the Bengals. Thomas, who was diagnosed with concussion in Week 1, was hurt on a first-down run in the fourth quarter and he appeared to be a little woozy on the sideline. He did not return to the game and it appears that he has suffered another concussion. The concussion itself does not appear to be serious, but since this is his second head injury in such a short period of time he will likely be held out of Week 6 as a precaution.

Ryan Williams, ARI - Severe Shoulder Separation

Cardinals’ RB Ryan Williams will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured left shoulder revealed a severe shoulder separation that will require surgery. Williams, who was hurt in last Thursday night’s game, originally told reporters that the injury was not serious and that he expected to play in Week 6. Unfortunately the pain in his shoulder and chest did not subside and the team’s medical staff discovered that not only was there damage to his acromioclavicular joint but his clavicle was displaced as well. After consulting with a specialist it was determined that surgery was needed to repair the damage and Williams will be sidelined for the remainder of the season while he recovers.


Alshon Jeffery, CHI - Fractured Hand

Bears’ WR Alshon Jeffery will miss the next 2 - 6 weeks after breaking a bone in his right during Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Jeffery appeared to hurt his hand while trying to get by a defender on his way to catching a 10-yard touchdown pass. The injury did not appear to be serious, but X-rays after the game revealed a small break. It’s not serious enough to require surgery, but his hand has been placed in a cast and he will be out for at least a couple of weeks while it heals. Jeffery won’t be 100% for at least a month, but the medical staff will try and find a way to get him back on the field in time for Week 8. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.


Jermichael Finley, GB - Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Packers’ TE Jermichael Finley left Sunday’s game with an undisclosed injury and while he could have returned the medical staff did not want to risk further damage and held him out as a precaution. The exact nature and severity of the injury have not been made public, but according to reports Finley’s shoulder problem will keep him limited in practice this week. Head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that Finley was doing OK and that he “has a chance” of playing in Week 6. Hopefully we’ll know something more definitive about his injury and status after practice on Wednesday.

Jimmy Graham, NO - Sprained Ankle

Saints’ TE Jimmy Graham suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday night’s game against the Chargers, but with the team on a bye this upcoming week he should have plenty of time to recover. Graham hurt his ankle on a reception in the first quarter and he missed the rest of the half while getting treatment. He did return to the field in the second half but he was having trouble planting and cutting and he was used primarily as a blocker and decoy. As expected Graham’s ankle was sore and swollen after the game, but it appears he avoided serious injury and he should be ready to play when the Saints return from their Week 6 bye.

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