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Preseason Injury Report

The 3rd week of preseason games are behind us (except for Monday Night's St. Louis/Detroit game on ABC), which means most of the teams' starters have finished up their preseason practicing/game-time. Traditionally starters sit out most or all of the final preseason games in order to rest up for the regular-season openers.

Now is the time to review the list of injuries suffered during the preseason by players considered fantasy-relevant. As there is no official NFL injury report issued during the preseason, the summation below has been gleaned from national and local media reports - realize that certain NFL teams (Indianapolis, for example) are more forthcoming about the status of their players than other NFL teams (Tennessee is notorious for withholding/suppressing injury news). The focus below is on starters and quality backups. Not every injury suffered by every player during the entirety of training camp is included, and early camp injuries that have since proved to be of little or no consequence are not included.


Chicago's Rex Grossman suffered a broken ankle in the preseason, and is expected to be out up to 3-4 months while rehabilitating from surgery to repair the injury.

Indianapolis' Peyton Manning bruised a shoulder during the Saturday night showdown with Denver , but is expected to be fine by the start of regular season.

Kansas City's backup QB Todd Collins left the team's last game due to a hand injury, and may be out at least 2 weeks.

New York Giant's starting QB Eli Manning sprained his throwing-arm elbow during the preseason game vs. Carolina week 2, and will likely miss the preseason finale. He hopes to be ready for the season opener, depending on his progress over the next two weeks. Right now the team is optimistic that he will be available, barring a setback.

New York Jet's backup QB Jay Fiedler is nursing a sore hand heading into the final preseason game.

Philadelphia's backup QB Mike McMahon is nursing a sore knee heading into the preseason finale.

Running Backs

Arizona's backup RB J.R. Redmond dislocated his shoulder during the game vs. Oakland , and is considered day-to-day at this point due to the injury. Redmond is battling for a spot on special teams as a KR/PR.

Baltimore's Jamal Lewis has been hampered during training camp by a bone spur in his foot, but is considered day-to-day heading into regular season. FB Alan Ricard has missed the last two preseason games due to a calf injury.

Carolina's backup RB Stephen Davis continues to slowly work his way back on the field while continuing his rehabilitation from microfracture surgery on his knee. He hasn't been able to play at all during games thus far in preseason

Cleveland's RBBC-member Lee Suggs has missed the last two games during preseason due to an ankle injury, and may not be available for the season opener, depending on his injury's progress during the next two weeks.

Denver's reserve RB Maurice Clarett looks to have cost himself a roster spot by missing practices with a sore groin. He has yet to see game-time during preseason. Reports on Sunday indicate that Clarett has been informed the Broncos intend to release him.

Detroit's starting FB Corey Schlesinger broke his leg in the August 12th game vs. the Jets - he's going to be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks.

Houston's starting RB Domanick Davis suffered an ankle injury last week, but is considered to be available for Thursday's contest vs. Tampa Bay (don't expect him to play much in the final preseason game, though).

Jacksonville's starting RB Fred Taylor played well in his week 3 preseason appearance, and the team is expected to rest him next week in anticipation of the regular-season opener. His surgically repaired knee seems to be OK.

Minnesota's RBBC has been banged up during preseason - projected starter Michael Bennett has a neck injury that is expected to keep him out of the regular season opener, and fellow runner Mewelde Moore sprained his left ankle during the game vs. San Diego. The sprain is not considered too serious at this point, so he'll probably see a lot of touches during the season opener, unless the ankle flares up. Coach Mike Tice has said that Bennett won't lose his starting job to injury. But we all know that depends on how guys perform on the field. The Whiz Kid, Onterrio Smith, has been lost for the season due to a violation of the NFL substance abuse policy (just in case anyone missed that item somehow.)

Philadelphia's short-yardage/change of pace RB Correll Buckhalter is out for the season (again) due to a season ending knee surgery. FB Thomas Tapeh is on the PUP due to a hip injury.

Pittsburgh's RB corps is banged up heading into the preseason finale. Duce Staley is out for up to a month (initial diagnosis) after surgery to repair a tear in his right knee's lateral meniscus. He's rehabbing well and the Steelers hope to have him back by week 3 of the regular season. Jerome Bettis injured a calf during this weekend's preseason game and did not return to action. He had an MRI on the injury but there was too much blood in the calf to get a good result. They'll likely have another MRI this week but the word is he'll likely miss at least two weeks which means he probably won't be available for the regular season opener. As it stands right now, Willie Parker looks to be the starter on opening day with Bettis and Staley out.

San Diego's starting RB LaDainian Tomlinson has a minor abdominal strain, and is described as day-to-day right now but is expected to be good to go for week 1.

Seattle's backup RB Maurice Morris has a sore hamstring, and may miss the final preseason game due to the injury.

Tampa Bay's reserve RB Charlie Garner remains on the PUP due to a knee injury.

Tennessee's backup RB Travis Henry is struggling through a painful turf toe injury at this point in the preseason

Wide Receivers

Arizona's starting WR Anquan Boldin broke his nose during preseason and has been eased back into the starting lineup while he recovers. He's expected to be in the lineup for the season opener. WR Larry Fitzgerald tweaked his knee during the team's last game, and is considered day-to-day.

Atlanta's WR corps is banged up coming into regular season: Roddy White has been limited by a high ankle sprain; Dez White sprained a knee during the team's week 3 game vs. Jacksonville (day-to-day); and Peerless Price is suffering from sore ribs.

Buffalo's backup WR Roscoe Parrish had surgery to correct his injured right wrist earlier in preseason, and is not expected back for the season opener. He is sidelined indefinitely while recovering from the surgery.

Cincinnati's Kelly Washington has a hamstring pull and is day-to-day heading into the final week of preseason

Green Bay's WR corps has suffered some attrition during preseason; backup WR Antonio Chatman injured his neck during Friday's preseason game and is out indefinitely. Starter Javon Walker dislocated a finger on his right hand during the game but is expected to be fine for Week 1.

Houston's Jabar Gaffney has missed the last two preseason games due to a sore shoulder - his status for Thursday's preseason finale is unclear at this point. WR Derick Armstrong has been struggling with a sore foot.

Indianapolis' Brandon Stokley dislocated his shoulder early during preseason - he was initially expected to miss 3-4 weeks, and hopes to be ready for the season opener.

Kansas City's backup WR Freddie Mitchell is struggling with a knee injury, but has declined arthroscopic surgery to repair the issue (which would have sidelined him for up to 4 weeks).

Minnesota's WR Kelly Campbell has a sore quadriceps heading into the final week of preseason

New England's reserve WR Bethel Johnson is on the PUP due to a foot injury. Deion Branch's absence in preseason games has folks murmuring but he's fine. The Pats are just being careful with him.

New Orleans' backup WR Az-Zahir Hakim has a sore hamstring heading into week 4 of the preseason

Oakland's backup WR Doug Gabriel had surgery on his left middle finger to correct an injury and is out indefinitely. Starting WR Jerry Porter has been dealing with a groin injury during training camp, but it doesn't appear too serious at this time.

Philadelphia's projected #2 WR Todd Pinkston is out for the season after tearing an Achilles tendon. Starter Terrell Owens suffers from an annoying agent and has reportedly battled an ongoing groin injury that seems to flare up whenever he's due to face Ray Lewis. He is expected to be sidelined for the preseason finale, but looked great during the week 3 matchup. Owens has been playing through the groin condition for several seasons. Reserve WR Justin Jenkins is out for the season due to a torn ACL in his knee.

San Diego's starting WR Eric Parker has a strained hamstring heading into the preseason finale.

Tennessee's WR Tyrone Calico, who has been limited during training camp while recovering from 2004 ACL surgery, caught 1 pass for 7 yards on August 26th in a preseason game vs. San Francisco.

Tight Ends

Arizona's projected starting tight end Eric Edwards tore a pectoral muscle during preseason and is out for an indefinite period (perhaps 2-3 weeks).

Baltimore's Todd Heap struggled to get on the field during preseason due to shoulder and ankle injuries - right now it looks like the shoulder is still hampering him heading into the final week of preseason Heap did not catch a ball during the week 3 preseason game vs. New Orleans.

Buffalo's Kevin Everett is on the PUP due to his torn/surgically repaired ACL.

Cincinnati's TE stable is banged up coming into the season, with projected starter Reggie Kelly slowed by a sore knee and backup Tony Stewart nursing a sore back.

Cleveland's Kellen Winslow II will miss the entire season due to non-football injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash.

Dallas' reserve TE Sean Ryan is out indefinitely after a surgery to put a screw into his left ankle.

Jacksonville's reserve TE Todd Yoder is suffering from a knee injury and may be out 2-3 weeks.

Miami's starting TE Randy McMichael has a sore shoulder, but he's considered day-to-day at this point.

New Orleans has lost one-time starting TE Boo Williams for the season after he tore both the MCL and ACL in his knee on August 26th.

San Diego's starting TE Antonio Gates is expected to miss the first regular season game due to a disciplinary suspension (didn't report to camp on time).

San Francisco's starting TE Eric Johnson has a foot injury coming into the preseason finale, and will miss the final game of the preseason. He may miss the first regular season game as well - his recovery isn't progressing as well as hoped.

St. Louis' starting TE Roland Williams has a knee injury that may keep him out of the week 3 preseason game. His status for the season opener is up in the air at this point.

Tennessee's TE corps is under the weather: Erron Kinney has a sore shoulder and Ben Troupe has been struggling with a foot injury during preseason

Washington's starting TE Robert Royal has a sore shoulder heading into the preseason finale.

Place Kickers

Cincinnati's PK Shayne Graham has missed the last two preseason games due to a groin injury. He's considered day-to-day right now.

Dallas' former PK Billy Cundiff suffered a hip flexor injury that will cost him 4 weeks of availability, and now Jose Cortez is to be the
Dallas PK entering regular season although the Cowboys seem interested in signing another kicker.

Minnesota's PK Aaron Elling, locked in a tough battle with Paul Edinger for the PK job, injured his hip warming up for the San Diego game and did not play.

Offensive Linemen

Arizona's starting C Alex Stepanovich had surgery to repair an injury in his snapping hand (plates were inserted to stabilize the hand). His return date is indefinite heading into regular season - coach Green indicated that it would "be awhile" after the surgery was completed.

Dallas' RT Jacob Rogers will miss the 2005 season due to a knee injury that has been surgically repaired. Rookie Rob Pettiti started at RT during the 3rd preseason game.

Houston's starting OG Zach Wiegert has missed the past 2 preseason games due to an ankle injury. His status for the season opener will depend on his progress over the next two weeks.

Indianapolis' starting C Jeff Saturday has missed most of preseason due to a hamstring injury. His status for the start of regular season is unclear at this point.

Minnesota's starting C Matt Birk has elected to have surgery to repair a sports hernia that has nagged him for quite some time after the team declined to up his guaranteed contract $ for 2006. He's probably lost for most of the season (up to 3 months is the initial estimate).

San Francisco's starting C Jeremy Newberry has a surgically repaired knee that has kept him on the PUP during training camp. He is expected to practice this week to test the joint's strength, but if he hasn't progressed with the injury he could miss the season. Eric Heitmann, normally a starting G who had been playing C in Newberry's absence, will miss the final game of the preseason due to a knee injury.

Tampa Bay's OT Derrick Deese has missed all three preseason games due to a foot injury. Fellow T Matt Stinchcomb has been struggling with a sore back. G. Jeb Terry has a knee injury - the Buccaneers line looks a little thin and banged up heading into the final week of preseason.

Defensive Linemen

Carolina's DE Julius Peppers missed practice last week due to an ankle injury.

Denver's starting DE Courtney Brown has been missing practice and game-time due to a dislocated elbow. Starting DT Mario Fatafehi has a knee injury that is expected to keep him out 2-4 weeks.

Detroit's starting DE James Hall has a sore shoulder and may miss the Monday Night Football game vs. St. Louis .

Jacksonville's starting DT Marcus Stroud is nursing a sore hamstring as of the final week of preseason

New Orleans starting DT Brian Young has a kidney injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

New York Jet's starting DT/DE Dewayne Robertson has hand injury as of week 4 of the preseason (day-to-day). He may have to wear a cast to play in the season opener, but plans to be on the field.

Philadelphia's starting DE Jerome McDougle is out indefinitely due to an abdominal injury (he was shot by armed robbers on July 28th, and had surgery to correct his wounds). The team hopes he'll be back by the 5th or 6th game of the season.

St. Louis starting NT Ryan Pickett is struggling with a bad back and is not expected to play in the week 3 MNF game vs. Detroit.


Arizona's starting MLB, Gerald Hayes, has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He'll be out for at least 6-8 weeks. James Darling will replace Hayes as the starting MLB.

Atlanta's starting OLB Keith Brooking has a quadriceps injury - he's considered day to day right now. Fellow MLB Ed Hartwell is coming back from a hyper-extended knee. Rookie MLB Jordan Beck, Hartwell's backup after a great camp, has been lost for the season due to a broken left foot that will require surgery.

Carolina's starting OLB Brandon Short has an injured foot which kept him out of the preseason game vs. Cleveland . He has come along more quickly than expected and may be available for the season opener.

Cincinnati's LB Nate Webster was placed on PUP due to his continuing recovery from knee surgery. He'll miss at least the first 6 regular games.

Green Bay's starting OLB Nail Diggs has a partially torn MCL in his left knee and will miss at least 2 weeks.

Miami's starting MLB Zack Thomas has a nagging ankle injury that kept him out of the week 3 preseason game.

New England's starting OLB Mike Vrabel is struggling with an ankle injury as of the final week of preseason LB Tedy Bruschi will miss the entire season due to his ongoing recovery from a heart defect/stroke suffered shortly after the Super Bowl.

New York Giant's OLB Barrett Green has a knee injury that has cost him the last 2 preseason games.

Pittsburgh's starting OLB Joey Porter recently had knee surgery and is expected to return to the team sometime in mid-September.

San Diego's OLB Shawne Merriman is out a minimum of 2 weeks with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament. A MRI revealed a sprain, but that surgery is not required.

Defensive Backs

Atlanta's S Bryan Scott (hip) and CB Jason Webster (hamstring) are banged up right now, but the injuries aren't considered serious (day to day).

Chicago's starting CB Jerry Azumah had arthroscopic surgery on his hip recently and is expected to miss the start of the regular season - he may be ready to play by Mid-September.

Cleveland's secondary is banged up as of the last week of preseason: CB's Daylon McCutcheon (missed two games with migraine headaches), Gary Baxter (concussed in game vs. Detroit) and Michael Lehan (hamstring) have all been sidelined by injuries. The Browns are thin at CB right now.

Denver's CB Champ Bailey has missed the last 3 preseason games and lots of practice time due to a hamstring injury. He may well come out of the gates slowly during 2005 - if you have him on your roster watch and see how he progresses during the next 2 weeks.

Houston's starting SS Glenn Earl has missed the last two preseason games due to a shoulder injury.

Indianapolis' SS Bob Sanders has a nagging leg injury. With Mike Doss suspended for the first 2 regular season games, the middle of the Colt's secondary is in shaky shape heading into the start of regular season

St. Louis' starting CB Jerametrius Butler is out for the season after knee surgery to repair a torn ligament.

Washington is thin at CB as the regular season approaches: Walt Harris has a quadriceps injury, and Artrell Hawkins has been placed on IR due to a bad hamstring. S Matt Bowen tweaked his surgically repaired right knee (MCL Sprain) in practice two weeks ago, and is considered day-to-day right now.

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