This injury update covers the key player injuries from the previous week’s NFL action.
Jake Locker, TEN – Thumb Contusion
Titans’ QB Jake Locker suffered a right thumb contusion during Sunday’s game against the Browns and his status for Week 6 is currently unknown. According to reports X-rays on his thumb were negative and an MRI on Monday ruled out ligament sprains so it appears that he avoided serious injury. However his hand and thumb are reportedly bruised and swollen and team officials expect him to miss a lot of practice time this week while he recovers. We should know more about his status on Wednesday.
Drew Stanton, ARI – Concussion
Cardinals’ QB Drew Stanton, who was starting in place of the injured Carson Palmer, was knocked out of Sunday’s game after being hit in the head and he has since been diagnosed with a concussion. Stanton was hurt when he was hit by Broncos’ linebacker Von Miller on an incomplete pass in the third quarter and after an evaluation in the locker room he was declared out for the remainder of the game. According to reports Stanton complained of dizziness, headaches and light sensitivity after the game and he was seen leaving the stadium wearing sunglasses. The severity of the concussion is still unknown but he will be evaluated daily and a decision on his availability for Week 7 won’t be made until later in the week.
Montee Ball, DEN – Strained Groin
Broncos’ RB Montee Ball will miss at least 2 weeks after leaving Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a strained groin. According to reports an MRI on Ball’s injured groin revealed a small tear and there is concern that he could be out for an extended period of time while he recovers. Ronnie Hillman will get a bulk of the carries while Ball is out.
Donald Brown, SD – Concussion
Chargers’ RB Donald Brown was unable to finish Sunday’s game against the Jets after suffering a concussion and his status for Week 6 is currently unknown. Brown was injured when he was hit high on a second quarter carry that resulted in his helmet being knocked off. He seemed to be OK, but he was apparently complaining of a headache and he was taken to the locker room where he was evaluated. Team physicians identified several concussion symptoms and he was ruled out for the remainder of the game as a result. He has already undergone a neurological evaluation and he is scheduled to be tested again today and tomorrow. We won’t know anything concrete about his availability for Week 6 until later in the week.
Reggie Bush, DET – Sprained Ankle
Lions’ RB Reggie Bush is being considered “day-to-day” after leaving Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle. Bush rolled in his ankle in the fourth quarter and after limping to the sideline he was unable to return. He was reportedly feeling a little sore after the game, but he told reporters on Monday that he was feeling good and that he was going to do everything he could to play in Week 6 against the Vikings. We will keep you posted on his recovery.
Rashad Jennings, NYG – Sprained MCL
Giants’ RB Rashad Jennings has been diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee and he will miss the next 4 weeks while he recovers. Jennings was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Falcons and he was later seen with a wrap on his injured knee. An MRI reportedly revealed a grade 2 sprain and while it won’t require surgery it should keep him out until after the team’s Week 8 bye. Rookie Andre Williams ran well in his place on Sunday and he will continue to be the team’s top running back while Jennings is out.
Zack Stacy, STL – Strained Calf
Rams’ RB Zack Stacy, who was unable to finish Sunday’s game against the 49ers after hurting his calf, has been diagnosed with a minor calf strain and team officials are confident that he will be healthy enough to play in Week 6. Stacy pulled his calf muscle on a third quarter carry that resulted in a fumble and after being examined by the medical staff he was ruled out for the remainder of the contest. There was some initial concern that the injury was serious, but he showed signs of improvement after getting treatment in the locker and according to reports an MRI has confirmed that the strain is minor. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Stacy would likely miss some practice this week, however he expects his top RB to play on Monday night against the 49ers.
Malcom Floyd, SD – Strained Calf
Chargers’ WR Malcom Floyd was having a big first half against the Jets on Sunday. Unfortunately he pulled his calf muscle right before halftime and he was unable to finish the game. According to reports Floyd has been diagnosed with a calf strain and as expected he was dealing with tightness and soreness in the muscle on Monday morning. He’ll likely be limited in practice this week and hopefully we will know more about the injury and his status for Week 6 later in the week.
Calvin Johnson, DET – Sprained Ankle
Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson, who has been dealing with a problematic right ankle sprain, aggravated the injury in Sunday’s game against the Bills and according to reports he could be out for the next 1 – 2 weeks. Johnson was hurt when his ankle got bent awkwardly on a low tackle in the third quarter. He was able to walk off the field on his own but after a brief examination the team’s medical staff decided to hold him out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Jim Caldwell told reporters on Monday that he was “strongly” considering keeping Johnson out for Week 6. Truth be told, Megatron’s ankle will continue to be an issue unless he is given time to heal and recover. So while it isn’t official yet don’t expect him to play against the Vikings.
Jimmy Graham, NO – Sprained Shoulder
Saints’ TE Jimmy Graham left Sunday’s game after hurting his right shoulder during a collision with a defender in the second quarter and his status for the team’s next game is currently unknown. Graham, who tried playing through the injury, was eventually taken to the locker room where he was examined and treated. According to reports precautionary X-rays were negative but he was declared out for the remainder of the day. An MRI was done on Monday and while the results have not been made public it is believed that Graham is dealing with a minor sprain. The Saints have a bye this week which means he has an extra week to recover, but it is too early to tell if he will be healthy enough to play when the team plays again in Week 7.