With three games on Thanksgiving Day, there were fewer games Sunday, and, on a positive note, seemingly fewer overall injuries. Last Friday, we took a look at Thursday's injuries, so today we look at the quick hits from Sunday's matchups. As usual, the information is preliminary at this point, as players are awaiting further tests to assess the overall severity of their injuries. While most of these guys just have bumps and bruises, there are a couple of players whose seasons appear to be in jeopardy.
Cedric Benson, RB, Bears: Benson hurt his left ankle when he was tackled in the second quarter by Broncos safety Hamza Abdullah, and he had to leave the field on a cart. After the game, Benson was seen on crutches, wearing a walking boot. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Benson is expected to miss the rest of the season, although his exact injury remains unknown at this point. It looks as though Adrian Peterson will get the call going forward.
D.J. Hackett, WR, Seahawks: At first glance, this situation does not look good. Hackett, who looked fantastic in his return from a high ankle sprain earlier this season, was listed as questionable for Week 12 because of some knee swelling but decided to give it a go. Unfortunately, a Rams defender fell on his leg in the third quarter, and Hackett had to be helped off the field, unable to put any weight on his right foot. After the game, coach Mike Holmgren described Hackett's injury as "problematic," according to the Tacoma News-Tribune. This happens to be the same ankle that Hackett injured in September, which does not bode well for his prognosis. We should know more later this week, but if indeed the injury is a re-injury to the "high" ankle region, do not plan on his return this fantasy season.
Marc Bulger, QB, Rams: Bulger was taken to the hospital after suffering a concussion in the first quarter Sunday. Bulger reportedly felt some nausea, a common side effect of concussions, and coach Scott Linehan told the Belleville News-Democrat that Bulger "didn't seem quite right on the sidelines." As is typical with these injuries, Bulger will be evaluated on an ongoing basis throughout the week to determine whether he will miss any time. For now, plan on having a backup ready for next week.
Isaac Bruce, WR, Rams: Bruce had a nice game Sunday but appeared to suffer an injury to his right upper extremity late in the fourth quarter while diving for a low-thrown ball in the end zone. The Rams have not yet reported anything official related to this, so it might be minor. We will monitor the practice reports to see if this is anything to be concerned about for Bruce owners going forward.
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Jackson left Sunday's game briefly with a head injury but returned to play in the fourth quarter, which suggests that the injury was minor. Despite missing a bit of playing time, Jackson had a very productive afternoon, and should not see this affect his status for Week 13. Incidentally, if you were wondering how healthy his groin is, that leap Jackson made up the wall to greet the fans following his touchdown tells me that it is doing quite fine.
Antwaan Randle El, WR, Redskins: Randle El suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of Sunday's game and left without a single fantasy point. Randle El has dealt with various muscle strains this season and is a risky play going forward.
That's a quick hit for Monday. Be sure to check back throughout the week as further information becomes available and we update these and other injuries.