Thursday's Week 2 injury update
September, 16, 2010
By Stephania Bell | ESPN.com
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles: On Tuesday we outlined Kolb's injury and the steps that must occur before a player can return from a concussion.
Howard Smith/US PresswireThe Eagles will be very cautious with Kevin Kolb's concussion.
Since then, his failure to make significant progress suggests he will be sidelined this week. Despite coach Andy Reid's declaration that Kolb would be the starter if healthy (which does not appear he will be by Sunday), Kolb has not undergone any mental preparations in advance of this week's matchup, never mind any physical work. Everyone knows that a quarterback's decision-making is equally important as his ability to get the ball down the field, making it that much less likely that he will play.
Michael Vick took all the reps with the first team Wednesday and is expected to do so again Thursday. Expect Vick to be leading the Eagles against the Detroit Lions this Sunday.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: Stafford is not expected to play this week. He is expected to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his sprained right shoulder, although any discussion of surgery would be a surprise. On Tuesday, we outlined the nature of Stafford's injury and the range of time he could be out. Fantasy owners should prepare for an absence of at least a few weeks.
Jake Delhomme, Cleveland Browns: Delhomme injured his ankle during last Sunday's game and while he stayed in the entire four quarters, he has not seen any practice time yet this week. The Browns thought enough of Delhomme's injury to schedule an MRI, the results of which have not been made public. The fact that Seneca Wallace took all the first-team snaps in practice is no secret, however, and ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Delhomme will be a game-time decision. In the meantime, Delhomme wears his protective boot, continues to get treatment and hopes for the best.
Running BacksSteven Jackson, St. Louis Rams: What started out as no big deal Monday seemed a little more worrisome Wednesday when Jackson was held out of practice. Apparently the decision to rest him was a precautionary move according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as Jackson's knee MRI showed no significant injury. Jackson is expected to play this weekend against the Oakland Raiders, so fantasy owners can breathe a little easier.
Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals: After sitting out Week 1, Wells is hopeful to return from a knee bruise in Week 2, but much will depend on how he tolerates practice Thursday. Wells did limited work Wednesday and the team is expected to challenge him with a full workout Thursday to see how his knee responds. Following a deep bruise, one of the concerns is the return of swelling to the joint. If Wells' knee can tolerate practice and there are no aftereffects, it would certainly be a good indicator that he is likely to play Sunday in Atlanta.
Fred Taylor, New England Patriots: Who says a thirty-something can't be the starting running back in a potent offense? Not Taylor, who had a nice showing Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately Taylor's efforts also resulted in him showing up on the Wednesday injury report with a toe injury. While toe injuries are nothing to sneeze at, the good news is that Taylor did participate on a limited basis, suggesting the injury is minor. With the Patriots trading away Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos, it appears that they were not overly concerned about Taylor's health, either. Naturally, practice reports throughout the week will provide more insight, but this does not appear to be a big concern for fantasy owners, at least not yet.
Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald owners who were worried about his status heading into the season had to be relieved to see him on the field Sunday. But even Fitzgerald acknowledged that he wasn't quite up to speed. Literally.
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesLarry Fitzgerald was sidelined with a knee injury for much of the preseason and he's trying to get back into midseason form.
According to Associated Press reports, Fitzgerald related his injury and the time missed during the preseason to being out of sync with his quarterback. "We haven't worked extensively together and that's going to come with time," said Fitzgerald. "We're going to be better than we were last week." And as one has come to expect with Fitzgerald being the consummate professional, he took it upon himself to be better. "I need to get myself together so I can be the best player I can be for [QB Derek Anderson] and this ballclub," Fitzgerald said. To that end, he was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Doucet suffered what was called a groin injury in Week 1 and has already been declared out for Sunday's game, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Somers reports that Doucet is undergoing further tests to determine if he indeed has a sports hernia. Doucet had preseason issues with what the team called an abdominal strain. It is often the case if an athlete has abdominal and groin pain, a sports hernia is the culprit. If a sports hernia is the diagnosis, Doucet will undergo surgery and could be sidelined for a few weeks.
• Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis appears on the injury report again this week but not because of his ankle. Portis has a wrist ailment, but it didn't limit him at all in practice Wednesday. Expect him to play Sunday.
• Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and all-around scoring threat Percy Harvin sat out Wednesday's practice with a hip ailment. There haven't been many specifics, but it is yet another practice session where Harvin is out. For what it's worth, quarterback Brett Favre was a full participant, although "back" has been added to his injury ailments, along with his ankle.
• After being named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte showed up on the injury report because of a knee ailment. The good news is that he did participate in some portions of Wednesday practice, but this is worth keeping an eye on.
• Last year Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez earned a spot in this column after Week 1 when he suffered a PCL sprain. Although initial projections had him missing about a month, he never did return during the 2009 season. Gonzalez is back in the column for all the wrong reasons. He suffered what is being called a high ankle sprain, and Schefter is reporting that he is already ruled out for this week. Savvy fantasy owners know that high ankle sprains are not typically a one-week injury.
See you at the injury chats (Tuesday and Friday, 3 p.m ET) and we'll have the latest injury updates affecting Week 2 in the Saturday morning blog!