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Week 8 Early Injury Report


Quarterback

QB Kyle Boller - BAL

Boller continues to miss games due to his turf toe injury (out).

QB Marc Bulger - STL

Bulger missed the game on Sunday as expected (right shoulder, out on Friday).

QB Rex Grossman - CHI

Grossman continues to miss games due to his broken leg/ankle injury - as expected.

QB Tommy Maddox - PIT

Maddox was inactive on Sunday due to his right shoulder injury (questionable on Friday's injury report).

QB Mike McMahon - PHI

McMahon was inactive on Sunday, at least partly due to his injured knee and an unspecified illness (questionable on Friday's injury report).

QB Steve McNair - TEN

McNair was unable to play on Sunday due to his bad back (questionable on Friday's injury report). Coach Jeff Fisher sounded optimistic about McNair for this week: "I think Steve will be okay this week. I think the weekend off really helped him. I know he felt good before we left, but we chose to leave him behind and keep him off the airplane so he could rest, so I would expect him to play this coming week."

QB Alex Smith - SF

Smith strained his knee during the crushing loss to Washington on Sunday. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

QB Billy Volek - TEN

With McNair sidelined due to a sore back, Volek stepped into the top job on Sunday. Unfortunately, he suffered a concussion during the game, leaving Matt Mauck under center for the Titans. Volek will be evaluated further as the week goes along but sounds like he's ok. "You can't control a guy coming off the end who's not blocked at all. He got a good licking on me, and physically I'm fine. I'll probably be fine tomorrow. This is my first concussion." He described the play he was injured on: "I really can't recall it. I remember dropping back in a three-step drop, and I heard Jarrett Payton say 'watch out' or something. It was a three-step drop and I didn't think a guy could get there that quick and obviously he did and the next thing I know I'm sitting on the bench. The doctors are taking care of me right now." Coach Fisher said he expected McNair to play this week.


Running Back

RB Kevan Barlow - SF

Barlow injured his quadriceps on Sunday, and did not return to action. He is considered probable for the next game, though. Backup Frank Gore played well in Barlow's absence. Talking about his 9/89/1 performance, Gore said "It was my first touchdown in the NFL. Hopefully, it will show my coaches that they can believe in me when I'm in the game that I'm going to keep fighting no matter if we are up or down."

RB Fred Beasley - SF

Beasley bruised a hand during the game on Sunday. The injury does not appear serious as of Monday morning.

RB Chris Brown - TEN

Brown suffered a shoulder stinger during the game on Sunday, and did not return to action. Once stingers are inflicted on a player, they are likely to recur in future weeks - Jarrett Payton and Travis Henry (returning from suspension) are Brown's backups if the nerve injury lingers to bother Brown this week.

RB Ahman Green - GB

Ahman Green reinjured his quadriceps tendon during the game on Sunday. The team confirmed on Monday that Green is out for the season due to a torn right quadraceps tendon, and that Green will undergo surgery this week to reattach the tendon. The team hopes to have him back in the lineup for training camp next summer.

Tony Fisher is Green's primary backup, as Najeh Davenport is already on IR.

RB Larry Johnson - KC

Johnson suffered a chest contusion during the game on Friday evening - no word on the severity of the injury as of yet. He'll be evaluated further during the week.

RB Julius Jones - DAL

Jones was sidelined by his sore ankle again this week (questionable on Friday's injury report).

RB Ovie Mughelli - BAL

Mughelli missed the game on Sunday as expected (ankle, out on Friday).

RB Alan Ricard - BAL

Ricard, sidelined for most of the season with a calf injury, injured the other calf during the game on Sunday. An MRI is scheduled to further evaluate this latest calf injury.

RB Aaron Stecker - NO

Stecker aggravated his left ankle injury during the first half of the game on Sunday, but returned to action in the second half. He is expected to be listed as questionable on the initial Wednesday injury report due to his sore ankle.

RB Lee Suggs - CLE

Sugg's thumb injury kept him out of the game on Sunday, as expected.


Wide Receiver

WR Arnaz Battle - SF

Battle continues to be sidelined by his bad knee (doubtful on Friday).

WR Drew Bennett - TEN

Bennett was inactive this week after corrective thumb surgery (out on Friday's injury report).

WR Mark Bradley - CHI

Bradley was icing his left knee after the game on Sunday - the injury is not considered serious at this time.

WR Isaac Bruce - STL

Bruce missed another game due to his turf toe injury (questionable on Friday's injury report).

WR Mark Clayton - BAL

Clayton was sidelined on Sunday due to his injured ankle (doubtful on Friday's injury report).

WR Patrick Crayton - DAL

Crayton missed the game as expected (ankle, out on Friday).

WR Eddie Drummond - DET

Drummond was sidelined due to his injured knee (questionable on Friday's injury report).

WR Bobby Engram - SEA

Engrams injured ribs kept him sidelined this week, as expected (out on Friday).

WR Robert Ferguson - GB

Ferguson injured his knee/ankle (conflicting accounts on Sunday) during the game on Sunday, and it appears to be serious. Further evaluations on Monday revealed a sprained LCL in his left knee, which will sideline Ferguson from 2-4 weeks. Antonio Chatman is Ferguson's likely replacement across from Donald Driver.

WR Torry Holt - STL

Holt was unable to play on Sunday due to his balky knee (probable on Friday's injury report).

WR Joe Horn - NO

Joe Horns' injured hamstring kept him out of the game on Sunday (questionable on Friday's injury report).

WR Darrell Jackson - SEA

Jackson missed the game on Sunday, as expected (knee, out on Friday).

WR Andre Johnson - HOU

Johnson sat out on Sunday due to his injured knee (questionable on Friday's injury report).

WR Kevin Johnson - DET

Johnson tore his Achilles tendon on Sunday and is out for the rest of the season. The Lions' receiving corps just keeps shrinking - Drummond and Roy Williams sat out this week due to injuries.

WR Brandon Jones - TEN

Jones left the game on Sunday with a right knee injury and did not return to action. He was spotted icing the joint after the game - no word yet on the severity of the injury. The Titan's passing game is unravelling due to injuries this week, with #1 WR Bennett, #1 and #2 QBs McNair and Volek all out or sidelined during the game.

WR Joe Jurevicius - SEA

Jurevicius suffered a pinched nerve in his neck during the 4th quarter of the game, and did not return to action. He indicated after the game that the injury is not serious, though.

WR Randy Moss - OAK

Moss did not start but got in the game late in the first quarter. He played with a flak jacket despite being listed as doubtful on Friday due to groin and rib injuries.

WR Samie Parker - KC

Parker was inactive on Sunday due to his injured knee (questionable on Friday's injury report).

WR Hines Ward - PIT

Ward tweaked his hip during the game but returned to action and scored a TD, then mocked Chad Johnson's "Riverdance" celebration - we think he's fine.

WR Roy Williams - DET

Williams missed another game on Sunday due to his quadriceps injury (questionable on Friday's injury report).


Tight End

TE Ryan Krause - SD

Krause missed anohter game on Sunday due to his foot injury (out on Friday).

TE Shad Meier - NO

Meier's bum knee kept him on the sidelines again this week (questionable on Friday's injury report).

TE Tony Stewart - CIN

Stewart missed another game on Sunday due to his injured back (doubtful on Friday).


Kicker

PK David Akers - PHI

Akers missed another game due to his injured hamstring (out on Friday).

PK John Hall - WAS

Hall missed another game due to his quadriceps injury, despite being listed as probable on Friday. Hall is reportedly close to being ready to return, and has a good shot to play in the next game.


Offensive Line

OL San Francisco 49ers - SF

T Patrick Estes (hamstring) was inactive on Sunday due to his injury (doubtful on Friday's injury report). T Jonas Jennings joined him on the sidelines (shoulder, doubtful).

OL San Francisco 49ers - SF

C/G David Baas suffered a shoulder strain during the game on Sunday, but is expected to play in the next game as usual.

OL Chicago Bears - CHI

G Ruben Brown missed the game on Sunday due to his chest injury (doubtful on Friday's injury report).

OL Cincinnati Bengals - CIN

C Eric Ghiaciuc missed the game on Sunday due to ongoing ankle problems ((questionable on Friday's injury report).

OL Buffalo Bills - BUF

RT Mike Williams, after missing three games with an injured right ankle, went down briefly in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle. His backup, Greg Jerman, sprained his right ankle four plays later, forcing Williams back into action at less than 100%. Right guard Chris Villarrial was shaken up and left the game early in the third quarter. Coaches refused to call his injury a concussion, but acknowledged that he was "woozy" after coming out of the game. The Bill's OL was beaten up by Oakland.

OL Denver Broncos - DEN

RT George Foster is playing through a second-degree MCL strain in his knee, but managed to hold Michael Strahan sackless none-the-less. How long Foster can continue to play through the injury is not known.

OL Arizona Cardinals - ARI

T Oliver Ross missed the game on Sunday due to a hand injury (out on Friday's injury report). T Adam Haayer joined Ross on the sidelines due to his sore back (questionable on Friday's injury report).

OL San Diego Chargers - SD

C Nick Hardwick was sidelined on Sunday due to his injured ankle (questionable on Friday's injury report). Ladainian Tomlinson had a hard time finding room to roam on Sunday, partly due to the banged-up condition of the OL. The Eagles physically dominated the Charger's linemen all day long. Said RT Shane Olivea "The (linemen) are hurting right now, physically, emotionally and mentally. We felt if we got this game we would be on a huge roll. It's a long flight home right now. We didn't play well enough to win offensively."

OL Kansas City Chiefs - KC

T. Kevin Sampson was inactive on Sunday due to an illness.

OL Dallas Cowboys - DAL

T Flozell Adams missed the game on Sunday as expected (knee, out; he'll be on IR soon due to a torn ACL).

OL Detroit Lions - DET

C Don Muhlbach missed another game due to his injured knee (doubtful on Friday).

OL Green Bay Packers - GB

C Mike Flanagan missed the game on Sunday due to a hernia (questionable on Friday's injury report).

OL Oakland Raiders - OAK

C Jake Grove (knee) missed the game on Sunday (doubtful on Friday's injury report).

OL New Orleans Saints - NO

T Jammal Brown was inactive on Sunday due to his injured ankle (questionable on Friday's injury report).

OL Seattle Seahawks - SEA

Seattle's T Wayne Hunter (hamstring) continues to warm the bench rather than open holes for Shaun Alexander (questionable on Friday's injury report).

OL Houston Texans - HOU

G Zach Wiegert missed the game on Sunday due to his injured ankle, as expected (out on Friday).

OL Tennessee Titans - TEN

G Benji Olson suffered from dizziness during the game on Sunday - caused by a concussion. T Brad Hopkins was also concussed during the game - they'll both be evaluated further as the week goes along. Long-snapper Ken Amato suffered a fractured fibula and may be out for some time.

Said Olson after the game "I got drilled in the side of the head, hit right in the temple, probably one of the worst shots I've ever taken. I started getting a migraine and nausea and dry-heaving and I played for probably about 20 plays after it happened. I've taken some medication and it's kind of subsided, but it's going to be hard sleeping with this headache I've got."

OL Minnesota Vikings - MIN

New free agent G Toniu Fonoti missed the game on Sunday as he continues to recover from hand surgery (out on Friday).


Defensive Line

DL Jared Allen - KC

Allen suffered a right groin strain during the game on Friday. The severity of the strain isn't currently known.

DL Vincent Burns - IND

Burns missed the game on Sunday due to his injured knee (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DL Bryce Fisher - SEA

Fisher appeared to injure a hand during a late 4th quarter play on Drew Bledsoe - there is no word how serious the injury may be as of Monday morning.

DL Cornelius Griffin - WAS

Griffin suffered a strained hip flexor during the victory over San Francisco, and will be evaluated further as the week goes along. Right now he's day-to-day due to the injury.

DL Spencer Johnson - MIN

Johnson was sidelined on Sunday due to his injured knee (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DL Cedric Killings - WAS

Killings missed the game on Sunday due to his injured ankle (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DL Leonard Little - STL

Little missed the game on Sunday due to personal reasons (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DL Shaun Rogers - DET

Rogers injured one of the ligaments in his right knee. The severity of the strain or sprain isn't currently known - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DL Joe Salave'a - WAS

Though Salave'a played on Sunday, he was limited and in considerable pain due to plantar fasciitis in one of his feet. He didn't practice last week due to this injury and is likely to rest a lot this week, too.

DL Ryan Sims - KC

Sims missed yet another game due to his foot injury, as expected (out on Friday).

DL Jason Taylor - MIA

Taylor said after the game Friday that he has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He'll play through the pain, he insists.

A torn plantar fascia is considered better than having simply a sore one - a torn plantar fascia usually heals faster than an inflamed plantar fascia.

DL Craig Terrill - SEA

Terrill missed part of the first half on Sunday due to a sprained left ankle, but returned to ation in the second half. The injury is not considered significant at this point.

DL Larry Tripplett - IND

Tripplett was sidelined on Sunday by his injured ankle (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DL Gary Walker - HOU

Walker missed another game on Sunday due to his injured shoulder, as expected (out on Friday). He's been sidelined for several weeks in a row.

DL Anthony Weaver - BAL

Weaver continues to be sidelined by his turf toe injury (out on Friday's injury report).


Linebacker

LB Jason Babin - HOU

Babin missed the game on Sunday due to his injured shoulder, as expected (out on Friday).

LB Nail Diggs - GB

Diggs missed another game due to his injured knee (out on Friday).

LB Carlos Emmons - NYG

Emmons suffered a pectoral injury that knocked him out of the game on Sunday. Afterwards he refused to speculate on the severity of the injury, instead saying that he'd know more later this week.

LB Carlos Emmons - NYG

Emmons suffered a pectoral injury that knocked him out of the game on Sunday. Afterwards he refused to speculate on the severity of the injury, instead saying that he'd know more later this week. "I'm on a bad streak right now," was his only comment.

LB DeLawrence Grant - OAK

Grant missed the game on Sunday due to his ankle injury (doubtful on Friday).

LB Barrett Green - NYG

Green missed another game on Sunday due to his injured ankle (questionable on Friday's injury report).

LB Clark Haggans - PIT

Haggans was inactive on SUnday due to his injured groin (doubtful on Friday).

LB Hunter Hillenmeyer - CHI

Hillenmeyer suffered a bruised knee and bruised shoulder during the game on Sunday - he's expected to be O.K.

LB Derrick Johnson - KC

Johnson suffered a strained A/C joint during the game on Friday (shoulder injury) - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

LB Alex Lewis - DET

Lewis' injured ankle kept him off the field on Sunday (doubtful on Friday). As the ankle has not responded to treatment, the staff placed Lewis on I.R. before the game - he's done for the season.

LB Ray Lewis - BAL

Lewis aggravated his thigh injury during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

LB Dat Nguyen - DAL

Nguyen continues to miss time due to his injured neck - this week, he was listed as probable but still did not play.

LB Keith O'Neil - IND

O'Neil missed the game on Sunday, as expected (shoulder injury, out on Friday).

LB David Pollack - CIN

Pollack injured his left knee in the game on Sunday, and did not return to action. His injury is being evaluated further.

LB Saleem Rasheed - SF

Rasheed missed the game on Sunday due to his knee injury (out on Friday).

LB Junior Seau - MIA

Seau missed the game on Sunday due to his ongoing calf/Achilles injury (questionable on Friday's injury report).

LB Jason Short - PHI

Short missed the game on Sunday due to his injured ankle (doubtful on Friday).

LB Peter Sirmon - TEN

Sirmon missed another game on Sunday due to his ongoing ankle problems (questionable on Friday's injury report).

LB T.J. Slaughter - NO

Slaughter missed another game due to his ongoing groin injury woes (questionable on Friday's injury report).

LB Derek Smith - SF

Smith suffered a hamstring strain during the game, but is expected to play as usual next week.

LB Derek Smith - SF

Smith suffered a hamstring strain during the game Sunday, but is expected to play as usual next week.

LB Nick Speegle - CLE

Speegle missed the game on Sunday due to his injured ankle (doubtful on Friday's injury report).

LB Dontarrious Thomas - MIN

Thomas was inactive on Sunday due to his injured shoulder (questionable on Friday's injury report).


Defensive Back

DB Roc Alexander - DEN

Alexander missed another game due to his sore hamstring, despite being listed as probable to play on Friday.

DB Gary Baxter - CLE

Baxter suffered a serious pectoral muscle injury on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season after tearing the muscle free from his chest. Backup Leigh Bodden is likely to step into the rotation with Baxter out.

DB Dre Bly - DET

Bly injured his wrist during the game on Sunday and my miss significant time due to the injury. He's being evaluated further today.

DB Sam Brandon - DEN

Brandon missed the game on Sunday due to his shoulder injury (out on Friday).

DB Ricardo Colclough - PIT

Colclough missed the game on Sunday due to his injured shoulder (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Sammy Davis - SD

Davis injured his ribs during the game on Sunday - the severity of the injury isn't currently known.

DB Drayton Florence - SD

Florence missed the game on Sunday due to his sore ankle (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Vincent Fuller - TEN

Fuller was out on Sunday due to his injured ankle, as expected.

DB Derrick Gibson - OAK

Gibson dislocated his wrist during the game on Sunday and will be out 6-8 weeks - his season is essentially over, for fantasy purposes.

DB Eric Green - ARI

Green was sidelined by his shoulder injury on Sunday (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Ken Hamlin - SEA

Hamlin's extensive head injuries (sustained in a fight outside of the stadium) kept him sidelined for this week, and will keep him there for the foreseeable future.

DB Joseph Jefferson - IND

Jefferson was inactive on Sunday due to his toe injury (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Tebucky Jones - MIA

Jones has been lost for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle suffered Friday night vs. K.C.

DB Earl Little - GB

Little missed the game on Sunday due to his injured hamstring (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Dexter McCleon - KC

McCleon missed the game on Sunday due to his injured groin (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Mel Mitchell - NO

Mitchell's sore hamstring forced him onto the inactive list again this week (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB William Peterson - NYG

Peterson missed another game due to his ongoing back problems (out on Friday).

DB Ahmed Plummer - SF

Plummer missed the game on Sunday, as expected (ankle, out on Friday).

DB Keiwan Ratliff - CIN

Ratliff suffered a hip pointer during the game on Sunday - the severity of the injury isn't currently clear.

DB Ed Reed - BAL

Reed missed the game on Sunday as expected (ankle, out on Friday).

DB Carlos Rogers - WAS

Rogers missed the game on Sunday due to his bum ankle, despite being listed as probable on Friday.

DB Antrel Rolle - ARI

Rolle continues to be sidelined by his knee injury (out on Friday's injury report).

DB Dwight Smith - NO

Smith was inactive on Sunday due to his injured knee (questionable on Friday's injury report).

DB Deshea Townsend - PIT

Townsend played on Sunday despite being listed as doubtful on Friday (hamstring).

DB Lenny Walls - DEN

Walls was forced out of the game on Sunday due to a groin pull. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along - his status for the next game is currently unknown.

DB Darrent Williams - DEN

Williams was knocked out of the final moments of the game vs. NYG on Sunday due to cramps in both of his calves. The injuries are not considered serious, but they annoyed the DB "Punk cramps got me. I don't know what it is. They bothered me almost the whole game."

DB Madieu Williams - CIN

Williams was inactive on Sunday, as expected (shoulder, out on Friday).

DB Jerome Woods - KC

Woods suffered a hamstring strain during the game Friday night - the severity of the pull isn't clear. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.

DB Charles Woodson - OAK

Woodson broke his leg on Sunday and will be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks, effectively ending his season for fantasy purposes. Stanford Routt and rookie Fabian Washington are the next two players on the depth chart at CB behind Nanmdi Asomugha - one of them figures to step into the starting lineup at CB.




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