Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Week 3 injury report: Fitzgerald, Bush, more
By Stephania Bell
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (hamstring): Fitzgerald entered Sunday’s game with a "questionable" status after tweaking a hamstring in practice last Wednesday. Although he participated on a limited basis in practice on Thursday and Friday, the notion that he would be fully recovered from a fresh injury just a few days earlier, even a mild ailment, was more hopeful than anything else. Still, Fitzgerald took to the field Sunday to try to help his team but did not last the entire game (although Fitzgerald believes it was not as much of a setback as it was a case of being less than 100 percent to start, according to Josh Weinfus of ESPN.com). “I didn’t have much in the second half, just because I was fatigued,” Fitzgerald said. “I didn’t want to be a liability for my team.”
The natural question heading into this week is whether he will play at all. Fitzgerald said there is “no question” he will play against the Saints in Week 3, according to Darren Urban of ArizonaCardinals.com. While the Cardinals are leaving the door open for him to play depending upon how he feels, the team is understandably taking a wait-and-see approach to observe how he progresses throughout the week.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions (thumb/groin/knee): Bush sustained three injuries in Week 1 but declared himself ready for Week 2 after a full week of practice. Late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, however, he took a hit from a helmet to his left leg, the same one he hyperextended the week before. Bush returned to play briefly in the third quarter but left after a fumbled handoff from quarterback Matthew Stafford, a mishap he said was a direct consequence of his knee.
Bush indicated he was “reaching for the ball” and subsequently left the game when he knew he wasn’t able to perform up to par, according to the Detroit Free Press. On Monday, he had an MRI on his knee but the results were not made available. However, per ESPN.com reports, coach Jim Schwartz described the results as “encouraging.” Like Fitzgerald, this will be another wait-and-see situation throughout the week. But the question going forward is not just whether Bush will be available for Week 3, but whether he can be expected to hold up to this type of physical duress for the remainder of the season. After all, Bush has played in all 16 regular-season games only twice during his seven-year career.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants (finger): Sometimes we’re reminded just how tough football players are. Nicks dislocated a finger in the first half of Sunday’s game but missed only a couple of plays while it was, ahem, relocated. He finished out the game and should be in no danger of missing Week 3.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers (hamstring): There was both insult and injury in the 49ers’ crushing loss to the Seahawks on Sunday night. Davis managed only three receptions for 20 yards, then left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter with a left hamstring injury. He spent the remainder of the game on the sideline with a large bag of ice wrapped around the back of his thigh. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Davis would be evaluated over the course of the week prior to determining his availability for Sunday, according to CSNBayArea.com.