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Tuesday Injury Report: Week 11
Philip Gentles
November 15, 2011


Matt Cassel, KC - Undisclosed Hand Injury

According to Chiefs’ head coach Todd Haley QB Matt Cassel suffered a significant injury to his right (throwing) hand during Sunday’s game and there is a chance that he could be out for the remainder of the season. Cassel, who was hurt when he was sacked in the fourth quarter, was apparently seen after the game with his right index and middle fingers taped and his hand in a cast. He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public, Haley told reporters that Cassel would probably have to undergo corrective surgery sometime soon. Tyler Palko replaced Cassel on Sunday and according to reports he will likely get his first NFL start this upcoming week against the Patriots.

Matt Schaub, HOU - Lisfranc Fracture-Dislocation

Texans’ QB Matt Schaub is potentially out for the remainder of the season after suffering a Lisfranc fracture-dislocation in his foot during Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay. Schaub apparently injured his foot on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter, but he returned to the field on the next possession and although he was able finish the game he only attempted three passes after getting hurt. According to reports an MRI on his injured foot revealed a Lisfranc fracture-dislocation, but the severity has not been made public. Head coach Gar Kubiak has told reporters  that Schaub’s foot will remain in a boot for the next week and he is scheduled to visit with a specialist sometime tomorrow and again at the end of the week. The team is hoping that the injury will heal without surgery and he will be able to return in time for the playoffs. But things aren’t looking good and there is a very good chance that he is done for the remainder of the season. Matt Leinart will get the start in his place.

Matthew Stafford, DET - Fractured Index Finger

It was revealed after Sunday’s game that Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford has been dealing with a fractured right (throwing) index finger since Week 8 and that he will continue to play despite the injury not being completely healed. Stafford, who was spotted with an ice bag on his right hand in the locker room on Sunday, has been wearing gloves because he doesn’t have enough strength in his hand to grip the ball properly without them. He refused to blame his injury on his poor performance against the Bears in Week 10, but it’s obvious that his injury has been affecting his accuracy. Team officials expect him start in Week 11 against the Panthers, but his finger won’t be 100% anytime soon.

Michael Vick, PHI - Fractured Ribs

Eagles’ QB Michael Vick fractured two ribs early in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals and his status for Week 11 is considered questionable. According to reports Vick was hurt on the second play from scrimmage when he was hit by a Cardinals’ LB  Daryl Washington on a completion to TE Brent Celek. Vick was slow getting up, but he stayed on the field and despite experiencing pain and discomfort in his chest he did not tell the team he was hurt and he finished the game. He was X-rayed after the game and he underwent a bone scan on Monday and both tests revealed fractures to two ribs. The fractures will not require surgery and there is a chance that he could end up playing in Week 11. It’s a matter of pain tolerance, but we probably won’t know his status for the team’s next game until game time.


Frank Gore, SF - Bruised Knee

49ers’ RB Frank Gore suffered a bruised knee in the first half against the Giants and he was limited to just one carry in the second half as a result, however the injury is not considered serious and head coach Jim Harbaugh expects him to start in Week 11. According to reports Gore could have returned to the game but he was told by the coaching staff that he would be held out as a precaution. He was examined after the game and the injury was assessed as a minor bruise. He did not undergo an MRI on Monday and while he will probably miss practice time this week while he recovers, he should be healthy enough start against the Cardinals.

Willis McGahee, DEN - Strained Hamstring

Broncos’ RB Willis McGahee left Sunday’s game after straining his left hamstring, but the good news is that he was checked and cleared by the medical staff on Monday and he will be able to practice with teammates on Tuesday. McGahee, who was hurt on a carry in the first quarter, told reporters that his injury was minor and that he could have returned to the game if needed. He was a little sore on Monday morning, however he had full muscle strength and complete range of motion and the medical staff believes he will be healthy enough to play this Thursday.

Knowshon Moreno, DEN - Torn ACL

Broncos’ RB Knowshon Moreno will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. According to reports Moreno was hurt when he was tackled at the end of a 22-yard run in the first quarter. The team initially thought it was a minor sprain, however additional examination in the locker room revealed that his ACL was involved and an MRI on Monday confirmed that will need season-ending reconstructive surgery to repair the damage. Moreno will undergo surgery as soon as the swelling within the joint subsides. If the surgery and recovery go as planned he should be ready for the start of training camp next year.

LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ - Sprained MCL

According to reports Jets’ veteran RB LaDainian Tomlinson sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots and while the injury does not appear to be serious his status for Week 11 is in question. Tomlinson was hurt when he was hit low on a carry late in the fourth quarter. He was seen limping around the locker room after the game and he later admitted to reporters that he was in some pain and he was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. The results of the MRI have not been made public, but head coach Rex Ryan said that he believes LT “would be OK.” His status for Week 11 is still unknown, however the Jets will provide an update after their practice on Wednesday.


Doug Baldwin, SEA - Concussion

Seahawks’ WR Doug Baldwin was pulled from Sunday’s game after exhibiting concussion-like symptoms and according to reports additional testing on Monday has confirmed that he suffered a concussion. Baldwin, who was hurt in the second quarter, reportedly complained of a headache and dizziness while on the sideline and after failing the concussion test his helmet was taken from him and he was declared out for the remainder of the game. According to reports the team does not believe the concussion is serious, but he scheduled to undergo additional testing today and tomorrow and his status for Week 11 remains a question mark.

A.J. Green, CIN - Bruised Knee

Bengals’ WR A.J. Green suffered a bone bruise in his knee during Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, but he should be able to practice this week and team officials expect him to play in Week 11. Green hyperextended his knee as he made a touchdown catch in the first half. He actually stayed in the game but after being examined in the locker room at halftime he was kept on the sideline to start the second half. An MRI on Monday revealed some swelling and bruising, but nothing serious and he could return to practice as early as Wednesday or Thursday. Head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed on Monday that Green would be OK and it looks like he will be able to play against the Ravens.

Calvin Johnson, DET - Undisclosed Head Injury

Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson missed the team’s final offensive possession on Sunday after being hit hard by Bears’ LB Lance Briggs, and while the team has declined to comment on Johnson’s injury there is speculation that he suffered a concussion and his status is considered questionable for Week 11. Following the big hit in the fourth quarter, it appeared that the medical staff was evaluating Johnson for concussion-like symptoms on the sideline. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but QB Matthew Stafford did tell reporters that he wasn’t sure if Johnson would be able to play in the team’s next game. We’ll know more about his status later in the week.

Julio Jones, ATL - Strained Hamstring

WR Julio Jones’ status for Week 11 is still unknown after he left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. According to reports Jones aggravated his strained hamstring in the first half against the Saints and he did not play in the second half as a result. He was seen jogging up and down the sideline but the team’s medical staff decided to keep him out as a precaution. The Falcons did not provided an update on Jones’ injury on Monday, but we will likely get an update after practice on Wednesday. He’s dealt with hamstring injuries in both legs this season, so don’t expect him to practice a lot this week. We’ll keep you posted.

Jeremy Maclin, PHI - Sprained AC Joint and Strained Hamstring

Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin emerged from Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with two injuries that will likely keep him out of action in Week 11. According to reports Maclin banged his shoulder in the second quarter and had to leave the game. He made a quick return to the field, but he left the game for good in the fourth quarter after pulling his hamstring. An MRI on his shoulder on Monday morning revealed a sprained AC joint (commonly called a separated shoulder) and an additional examination confirmed that his hamstring is strained. Maclin admitted to reporters that he wasn’t sure if he could play against the Giants and team officials don’t expect him to practice at all this week. We’ll know more about his status on Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play in Week 11.

Sidney Rice, SEA - Concussion

Seahawks’ WR Sidney Rice banged his head while attempting to catch a deep pass in the third quarter on Sunday and he was held out for the remainder of the game after failing a concussion test on the sideline. According to reports Rice’s concussion is considered mild, but he is still scheduled to undergo additional testing today and tomorrow as a precaution. His status for Week 11 is still unknown, but team officials hope that he will be able to practice this week and play against the Rams.

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