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Week 15 Early Injury Report


Quarterback

QB Tom Brady - NE

Tom Brady banged up his left knee/shin during the game on Sunday, and visibly limped at times, but stayed in the game until late in the 4th quarter (after the game was out of reach for the Bills). He said of the injury "Hopefully, I'll be out there next week; I'd love to be. We'll see how it goes. It'll be hard to not play." In a rare Monday comment on a player injury, coach Belichick told reporters that Brady was "Fine".

QB Marc Bulger - STL

Bulger continues to miss games due to his bum right shoulder, as expected (listed as out on Friday's injury report).

QB Jay Fiedler - NYJ

Fiedler's bum shoulder has cost him the 2005 season at this point (he was listed as out on Friday).

QB Matt Hasselbeck - SEA

Hasselbeck suffered a sternum injury during the game on Sunday when he took a helmet to the chest. He said after the game "I felt like I was drowning, except I wasnít in water, I just couldnít get any air.". He stayed in the game and should be fine despite the hard shot.

QB Brad Johnson - MIN

Johnson suffered a rolled right ankle during the game, but played on after having it taped up - it doesn't look like a problem as of Monday.

QB Byron Leftwich - JAX

Leftwich's broken ankle kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected.

QB Steve McNair - TEN

McNair reported soreness in his ankle and shin after the game, but indicated that everything was "fine". He doesn't look seriously injured.

QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT

Roethlisberger stated his thumb felt good and was lucky enough not to have it hit during the game. Roethlisberger is playing with a protective device and glove for protection. He is expected to start in week 15.


Running Back

RB Kevan Barlow - SF

Barlow tweaked a knee during the game on Sunday but is considered probable for the team's next game.

RB Michael Bennett - MIN

Bennett suffered a right arm stinger during the game on Sunday, but continued to play. The injury is not considered serious at this time.

RB Cedric Benson - CHI

Benson was sidelined on Sunday, as expected (knee, out on Friday's injury report).

RB Jerome Bettis - PIT

Bettis suffered a bruised quad during the game on Sunday, but it doesn't look like a serious injury at first blush. He'll be evaluated as the week goes along.

RB Derrick Blaylock - NYJ

Blaylock's ankle injury continues to keep him sidelined, as expected (listed as out on Friday).

RB Heath Evans - NE

Evans' sore shoulder kept him out of the game on Sunday (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

RB DeShaun Foster - CAR

Foster suffered a bruised shoulder during the game. He was able to return, but eventually ended up on the bench because the coaching staff believed the injury made him less effective than their other options. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Justin Green - BAL

Green was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured wrist, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report).

RB Travis Henry - TEN

Henry suffered an ankle injury during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further during the week.

RB Chris Hetherington - SF

Hetherington banged up his ribs during the game on Sunday but is considered probable for the team's next game.

RB James Jackson - ARI

Jackson's sore hamstring kept him on the sidelines on Sunday (he was listed as probable to play on Friday).

RB Terry Jackson - SF

Jackson tweaked an ankled during the game on Sunday but is considered probable for the team's next game.

RB Bryan Johnson - CHI

Johnson was forced out of the game on Sunday due to a lower back injury - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Kevin Jones - DET

Jones, slated to carry the ball in an expanded role on Sunday, suffered a nasty-looking elbow injury after 9 carries and was relegated to the sidelines thereafter, although he did return to the game for 1 play. "I landed on it and hyperextended it. I wanted to go back in, but coach said he didn't want to take any chances and he put (Artose Pinner) in. It's disappointing. Things aren't going the way you expect them to, especially for myself." Jones will be evaluated further during the week.

RB Jamal Lewis - BAL

Jamal Lewis was active but did not play on Sunday - he decided to scratch himself shortly before the game because of a thumb injury that wouldn't allow him to grip the ball properly. There are also rumors that Lewis isn't speaking to head coach Brian Billick - there may be more in play here than just a thumb injury. Stay tuned...

RB Curtis Martin - NYJ

Curtis Martin's season is over as his knee injury will require season-ending surgery.

RB Willis McGahee - BUF

McGahee suffered an unspecified head trauma during the game on Sunday that sidelined him for a large part of the action, though he did return to play after a time on the sidelines. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

RB Mewelde Moore - MIN

Moore was not in shape to make an impact on Sunday, according to coach Tice who said "He had that quad banged up before he went out, and the trainers notified me he wasn't in any mental shape to go out and be an impact." Michael Bennett has seen an increased role while Moore has struggled with a variety of injuries over the past few weeks.

RB Patrick Pass - NE

Pass was unable to play on Sunday due to his hamstring injury (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

RB Chris Perry - CIN

Perry was knocked out of the game with a left ankle sprain - he said after the game "It's always something." Coach Lewis commented "Chris has some kind of ankle sprain. The first (MRI) scans were negative." Perry will be evaluated further as the week goes along. In his absence, Rudi Johnson racked up 30/169/1 rushing and 3/11/0 receiving, one of his best games this season.

RB Paul Smith - DET

Smith's sore hamstring sidelined him on Sunday (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).

RB Fred Taylor - JAX

Taylor insisted after the game vs Indianapolis (in which he had only a few opportunities to touch the ball) that he is healthy "I can say I was more than healthy, and that's about it. I do want an opportunity to get in there and play, but they just didn't call my number."

RB LaDainian Tomlinson - SD

Tomlinson played on Sunday, but was limited by the sore ribs that kept him out of almost all of the team's practices during the preceeding week. Tomlinson commented after the game "I'm feeling OK. I've been better, but this what I chose to do, so ... pain is no excuse at all. You play through it. We're all battling injuries out there. I'm not the only one."

RB Brian Westbrook - PHI

Westbrook missed the game on Sunday as expected (mid foot injury, out on Friday's injury report). He was placed on IR Monday, but the good news is that he doesn't need surgery and his foot injury should heal in a relatively brief period of time (6-9 weeks). There are conflicting reports about whether or not the injury is a Lisfranc sprain, but the key fact for Westbrook owners in dynasty/keeper leagues is that he should be good to go during 2006.


Wide Receiver

WR Arnaz Battle - SF

Battle's injured knee kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report).

WR Reche Caldwell - SD

Caldwell injured a calf during the game on Sunday - the severity of the injury isn't currently known.

WR Eddie Drummond - DET

Drummond missed the game on Sunday due to his injured knee (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).

WR Bryan Gilmore - MIA

Gilmore's shoulder injury forced him to miss the game on Sunday (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

WR Darrell Jackson - SEA

Jackson was unable to play on Sunday due to his continuing knee problems (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

WR Darrell Jackson - SEA

Jackson is finally expected to be back to full speed/participation in the Seahawk's offense this week. Said coach Holmgren after the game on Sunday "This week, itís business as usual for Darrell Jackson. Heíll be active next week."

WR Johnnie Morton - SF

Morton missed Sunday's game after hitting the wall with the flu. He is expected back on the field in week 15.

WR Steve Smith - CAR

Steve Smith had to leave the game after a hard shot on Sunday, but returned to action - he isn't seriously injured.

WR Sloan Thomas - TEN

Thomas was inactive for the game on Sunday due to his injured groin (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

WR James Thrash - WAS

Thrash's sore hamstring cost him a game this past Sunday (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

WR Roydell Williams - TEN

Williams missed the game on Sunday as expected (wrist, listed as out on Friday's injury report).


Tight End

TE Casey Fitzsimmons - DET

Fitzsimmons missed the game on Sunday due to his head trauma (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).

TE John Paul Foschi - OAK

Foschi's sore foot sidelined him on Sunday (he was listed as doubtful on Friday).

TE Bubba Franks - GB

Franks' neck/back/spinal column injury kept him out of the game on Sunday (he was listed as doubtful to play on Friday).

TE Michael Gaines - CAR

Gaines' sore ankle forced him to stay out of the game on Sunday (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

TE Daniel Graham - NE

Graham was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured shoulder (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

TE Erron Kinney - TEN

Kinney missed the game on Sunday, as expected (knee, out on Friday's injury report).

TE Jim Kleinsasser - MIN

Kleinsasser suffered a lower right leg contusion on Sunday but finished the game - the injury is not considered serious.

TE Ben Troupe - TEN

Troupe suffered a mild concussion on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further during the week, as after-effects can take days to show up.

TE Daniel Wilcox - BAL

Wilcox sprained his ankle during the game on Sunday and did not return to action. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.


Kicker

PK Nate Kaeding - SD

Kaeding injured his shoulder during the game on Sunday. The severity of the injury isn't currently known.


Offensive Line

OL Chicago Bears - CHI

G Terrance Metcalf was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured shoulder (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

OL Cincinnati Bengals - CIN

C Rich Braham tweaked his sprained left knee during the game on Sunday, but it doesn't appear to be seriously aggravated. He expects to play in the next game.

OL Buffalo Bills - BUF

T Mike Williams was sidelined on Sunday due to his injured chest.

OL Denver Broncos - DEN

T Cornell Green was inactive on Sunday, despite being listed as probable to play on Friday (shoudler injury).

OL Arizona Cardinals - ARI

G Elton Brown (knee, questionable) and G Jeremy Bridges (ankle, probable) were sidelined for the game on Sunday due to their injuries.

OL San Diego Chargers - SD

T Roman Oben missed another game on Sunday (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday due to his injured foot).

OL Miami Dolphins - MIA

C Seth McKinney's season may be in danger of ending as he suffered what may be a serious knee injury during the game on Sunday. When asked how it was doing after the game, his only comment was "Not good." He'll be evaluated further on Monday to determine the nature and severity of the knee problem.

OL Philadelphia Eagles - PHI

C Jamaal Jackson landed awkwardly on his back during the game on Sunday and had to leave - he said after the game "I'm all right, I landed on my back, but I should be fine."

OL New York Giants - NYG

OT's Luke Petitgout (back) and Kareem McKenzie (hamstring) were knocked out of the game on Sunday - they will be evaluated further as the week goes along.

OL Jacksonville Jaguars - JAX

C Brad Meester missed the game on Sunday, as expected (listed as out on Friday).

OL New England Patriots - NE

T Matt Light missed yet another game on Sunday due to his bad ankle (he was listed as doubtful on Friday).

OL New England Patriots - NE

T Nick Kaczur was sidelined due to a shoulder injury on Sunday. The severity of the injury is not currently known.

OL St. Louis Rams - STL

T Alex Barron missed the game on Sunday, as expected (thumb, listed as out on Friday).

OL St. Louis Rams - STL

Orlando Pace tweaked his sore hamstring and injured his groin during the game on Sunday - he did return to action, though. "I just kind of felt it in the first half a little bit," Pace said of the groin injury, "Fought through it, came back. It doesn't feel that bad. We'll see how it feels Monday."

OL Baltimore Ravens - BAL

G Keydrick Vincent was sidelined on Sunday due to his injured thigh, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report). It was his fourth game out due to this injury.

OL Baltimore Ravens - BAL

The Ravens line was banged up after the game vs. Denver - Jonathan Ogden injured his ankle during the game.

OL Washington Redskins - WAS

T Chris Samuels sprained an ankle and the MCL in his right leg during the game on Sunday. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along, but the MCL injury is not good news. Samuels was optimistic after the game "It's just a little sprain. I'll be fine, though, and I'll be back for the Dallas game. If I can run on it, I'll be out there." Players are often overly optimistic about their status - time will tell whether Samuels can play in the next game - he's a key blocker for Clinton Portis and Mark Brunell.

OL Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT

T Marvel Smith missed another game on Sunday due to his injured ankle (listed as out on Friday).


Defensive Line

DL Luis Castillo - SD

Castillo banged up his hip on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DL Shaun Ellis - NYJ

Ellis was unable to complete the game on Sunday due to a pulled hamstring - the severity of the pull is under evaluation. Ellis owners will want to pay attention to his practice status as the week moves along.

DL Brian Howard - STL

Howard was unable to play on Sunday due to his concussion/after effects from the concussion (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

DL Darren Howard - NO

DL Junior Ioane - HOU

Ioane missed the game on Sunday, as expected (calf, out on Friday).

DL William Joseph - NYG

Joseph suffered a leg injury that knocked him out of the game on Sunday. He'll be evaluated further this week.

DL Cedric Killings - WAS

Killings was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured groin (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

DL Leonard Little - STL

Little, who is suffering from bone spurs in his ankles that will require surgery after the season, tweaked his knee during the game on Sunday "I'll get it checked out Monday and see how everything goes," Little said after the game. "Hopefully, it'll be all right for next week."

DL Anthony McFarland - TB

McFarland suffered a strained hamstring in the first quarter and did not return to action during the game - he'll be evaluated further during the week.

DL Dewayne Robertson - NYJ

Robertson was knocked out of the game on Sunday due to aggravating his injured thigh - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along (he's been struggling with this injury for a few weeks now).

DL Bryan Robinson - CIN

Robinson's injured foot kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday).

DL Mike Rucker - CAR

Rucker's bad ankle cost him the game on Sunday (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report). ."We were taking it day by day, and it was getting better," Rucker said. "It just didn't get better fast enough. That hurt, not being able to help your teammates out. When you love a sport like that and you love your teammates, it's hard not being able to help them."

DL Joe Salave'a - WAS

Salave'a was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured foot (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

DL Corey Simon - IND

Simon suffered a sprained left foot that sent him out of the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DL Keith Traylor - MIA

Traylor's knee injury kept him out of the game on Sunday (he was listed as doubtful on Friday).

DL Anthony Weaver - BAL

Weaver's bad back sidelined him this week (he was listed as doubtful to play on Friday).

DL Kevin Williams - MIN

Williams missed another game due to his sore knee (he was listed as doubtful to play on Friday).

DL Pat Williams - MIN

Williams aggravated his sprained right knee during the game vs. St. Louis, and was visibly writhing in pain after the re-injury. He hasn't missed any games yet due to this several-week-old injury, but it is a problem for him.

DL Bryant Young - SF

Young's injured knee kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report).


Linebacker

LB Lavar Arrington - WAS

Arrington was sidelined on Sunday due to his injured thigh (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).

LB Boss Bailey - DET

Bailey missed the game on Sunday due to his injured ankle (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).

LB Marquis Cooper - TB

Cooper's injured chest kept him sidelined on Sunday (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

LB Cato June - IND

June was unable to play on Sunday due to his multiple injuries (groin/knee/ankle) - he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report.

LB D.D. Lewis - SEA

Lewis's knee injury kept him out of the game on Sunday (he did not play, though he was active) - he was listed as questionable to play on Friday.

LB Dan Morgan - CAR

Morgan left the game on Sunday after being "shaken up" - the team refused to make further comment on his injury status until Wednesday, which may be an ominous sign. Stay tuned...

LB Keith Newman - MIN

Newman sprained his right knee during the game on Sunday, and the team is concerned that he may miss several weeks due to the injury. Preliminary tests indicated a sprained PCL in the knee - said DC Ted Cottrell "We're very concerned, Keith is one of our main players, and I'm hopeful that he's OK. I don't think he's ever been hurt before. So this could be new for him."

LB Julian Peterson - SF

Peterson suffered a mild concussion during the game on Sunday, but is considered probable for the next game.

LB Antonio Pierce - NYG

Pierce suffered an ankle injury during the game on Sunday - the severity of the injury isn't currently known, and he will be evaluated further as the week goes along.

LB Brady Poppinga - GB

Poppinga injured his knee during the game on Sunday, his first ever start - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along (he was unable to return to action after the injury).

LB Jamie Sharper - SEA

Sharper's injured knee kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report). Sharper has missed many games in a row and is done for the season due to this injury.

LB Robert Thomas - GB

Thomas was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured quadriceps (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).


Defensive Back

DB Mike Adams - SF

Adam's knee injury kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report).

DB Ronald Bartell - STL

Bartell suffered an ankle injury during the game and didn't return to action - he'll be evaluated further this week.

DB Leigh Bodden - CLE

Bodden was knocked unconscious during the game on Sunday, and suffered memory loss (after the game he couldn't remember being penalized twice late in the game) - Bodden will be evaluated as the week goes along due to his head trauma/concussion.

DB Michael Boulware - SEA

Boulware suffered a minor shoulder injury during the game on Sunday, but stayed in the game. He said (after the game) "I hurt my shoulder a couple of plays before that, and I was a little leery of going out there. Then I had that big hit [on SF FB Chris Hetherington], and that got some confidence for me."

DB Mike Brown - CHI

Brown was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured calf (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report). Brown suffered a pulled calf muscle in practice last Thursday and there are rumors in the Chicago press that the injury may sideline him for several weeks. He was in a walking boot at the end of the week and not moving around very well - his fantasy owners will want to make other plans at DB.

DB Ahmad Carroll - GB

Carroll suffered a hip pointer during the game on Sunday, but returned to action and completed the game - the injury is not considered serious at this time.

DB Jarrod Cooper - OAK

Cooper's calf injury kept him out of the game on Sunday (he was listed as questionable on Friday).

DB Andre Dyson - SEA

Dyson's injured ankle kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report).

DB Travis Fisher - STL

Fisher was sidelined on Sunday, as expected (groin, out on Friday's injury report).

DB Eric Green - ARI

Green missed the game on Sunday due to his injured groin (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

DB Walt Harris - WAS

Harris' sore calf kept him on the sidelines on Sunday (he was listed as questionable to play on Friday).

DB Artrell Hawkins - NE

Hawkins was sidelined on Sunday due to his injured thigh (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

DB Kelly Herndon - SEA

Herndon's injured knee kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report).

DB Reggie Howard - MIA

Howard was inactive on Sunday, despite being listed as probable to play on Friday (ankle injury).

DB John Howell - SEA

Howell's injured hamstring kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report).

DB Quentin Jammer - SD

Jammer banged up his shoulder during the game on Sunday - the severity of the injury isn't currently clear.

DB Joseph Jefferson - IND

Jefferson was inactive on Sunday due to his injured knee (he was listed as out on Friday).

DB Bhawoh Jue - SD

Jue suffered a knee injury during the game - he'll be evaluated further this week.

DB Michael Lehan - CLE

Lehan's sore hamstring kept him sidelined on Sunday (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

DB Jon McGraw - DET

McGraw missed the game on Sunday due to his injured shoulder (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Ifeanyi Ohalete - CIN

Ohalete bruised his ribs during the game and did not return to action. He does expect to play in the next game, "I'll be all right. I'll be back next week.", Ohalete commented after the game.

DB Ahmed Plummer - SF

Plummer's ankle injury kept him sidelined on Sunday, as expected (he was listed as out on Friday's injury report).

DB Lewis Sanders - HOU

Sanders missed the game on Sunday due to his injured hip (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

DB Shawn Springs - WAS

Springs injured his back and groin during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along, but his initial comments about the injuries were not encouraging - "Not good."

DB Michael Stone - NE

Stone missed the game on Sunday due to his injured ankle (he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday's injury report).

DB Deshea Townsend - PIT

Townsend suffered a concussion during the game on Sunday, and was reportedly woozy after the game. He'll be evaluated futher as the week goes along - post concussion symptoms can take several days to rear their ugly head.

DB Darrent Williams - DEN

Williams suffered a strained groin during the game on Sunday and did not return to action - the team is fearful that the injury may be serious. He'll be evaluated further this week, but initial indications are not good.

DB Shaun Williams - NYG

Williams was unable to play on Sunday due to his injured hamstring (he was listed as doubtful to play on Friday).

DB Jerome Woods - KC

Woods missed the game on Sunday due to his bad hamstring (he was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Charles Woodson - OAK

Woodson's broken leg cost him another game on Sunday, as expected.




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