More injury woes in Philly
November, 24, 2008
By Stephania Bell | ESPN.com
Correll Buckhalter, RB, Eagles: The running back situation in Philadelphia has become very murky. Buckhalter, who looked good when he ran the ball early in the game Sunday, left with what coach Andy Reid referred to as a "sprained MCL," according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Buckhalter is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. The degree of the injury will influence how much time, if any, Buckhalter will miss. Steelers RB Willie Parker missed a month with the same injury (and now has another setback), but Redskins RB Clinton Portis did not miss any time. The severity of the injury has to do with where the injury actually is within the ligament and the degree of tissue tearing, as well as the running back's style of play.
In the meantime, Brian Westbrook clearly is not yet 100 percent. He may not be for the remainder of the season while he valiantly continues to try to play through his injuries. In fact, he may be called on even more thanks to this latest setback to Buckhalter. Next in line? Lorenzo Booker may see some action if Buckhalter is indeed sidelined. Because there are only three days before the Eagles' next game, Booker likely will see some playing time.
Other noteworthy injuries from Sunday:
Dolphins improving wide receiver Greg Camarillo has been lost for the season because of a knee injury he suffered Sunday, according to the Palm Beach Post. No specifics were provided as to the nature of his injury, but if he's on your fantasy team, you need to find a replacement right away.
Richard C. Lewis/Icon SMIGreg Camarillo is done for the year just after putting up his best fantasy performance of the season.
Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has taken many blows this season, and on Sunday he suffered one to the head. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Bulger suffered a concussion very early in the game against the Bears. More tests will be done Monday, at which point we should be able to update his status for this week.
Ahman Green, who had been contributing more to the Texans' running game of late, injured his left knee in the third quarter Sunday. Coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle after talking with the team's head athletic trainer that he expects Green to miss a few weeks. Green will have an MRI on Monday, but this is the same knee that Green injured last year, and he missed plenty of time with that injury before eventually going on injured reserve.
Brady Quinn was pulled in the third quarter of Sunday's game because of ineffectiveness. Whether that can be attributed in part to the fractured tip of his index finger is unclear, but do not expect him to miss time because of the finger. In fact, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that coach Romeo Crennel already has confirmed that Quinn will start next week against the Colts. For his part, Quinn did not blame his finger but rather pointed to some of his decision-making. Quinn's finger will not be a factor going forward, but he doesn't have great fantasy matchups forthcoming, either.
Wraps and boots in North Carolina are raising some eyebrows Monday. Quarterback Jake Delhomme reportedly took a hit to his throwing elbow during Sunday's game and was seen wearing a wrap on his throwing arm. Although he was a little sore, Delhomme said he was fine, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Observer also is reporting that rookie running back Jonathan Stewart, noticeably absent from the team's offense Sunday, was wearing a protective boot on his left foot after the game as a precautionary measure. It is worth watching how much these two do in practice this week before setting your lineups.
Be sure to check back here throughout the week as we update these and other injuries. With three games coming up on Thursday, you'll need to make some fantasy decisions early, so Wednesday injury reports become even more important. Don't forget to stop by the injury chat (11 a.m. ET Tuesday this week) to discuss the status of your injured players. Hope to see you there!