Injury News on Key Fantasy Players
Updated: August 31, 2010
Jason Campbell, Raiders (neck, wrist). Campbell suffered a stinger on a hard hit in Oakland's third preseason game (Aug. 28) and injured his wrist in the game as well. Early signs are that neither injury is serious.
Brett Favre, Vikings (ankle). The bum ankle almost kept him from returning for a 20th season, but expect him to fight through it one way or another. He’s always found a way before.
A.J. Feeley, Rams (thumb, elbow). Feeley suffered his injuries in the Rams’ second preseason game and sat out their third one. Sam Bradford started in his place and performed well. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Feeley likely won't play in the preseason finale, either.
Josh Freeman, Bucs (thumb). Freeman broke the tip of the thumb on his throwing hand in Tampa Bay’s second exhibition game and is out for the rest of the preseason. He is expected to be ready for Week 1, though he figures to play in pain for the first few games.
Charlie Frye, Raiders (wrist). The Raiders placed Frye on injured reserve, ending his season.
Eli Manning, Giants (head). Manning sat out the Giants’ second preseason game (Aug. 21) after getting 12 stitches in his forehead during their first one. Manning did not suffer a concussion, and the main problem is how his helmet rubs against the stitches. He finally was able to pull on a helmet Aug. 25, and he returned to practice. He started the Giants' Aug. 28 preseason game.
Donovan McNabb, Redskins (ankle). McNabb injured his ankle in the team’s second preseason game, and it's unlikely he'll play in any more. He has not practiced since the injury, and now there is concern that he won't be sufficiently healed by Week 1.
Tim Tebow, Broncos (bruised ribs, sore abdomen). Tebow was injured in the Broncos’ first preseason game and missed the second one, but it is not expected to be a long-term concern. He returned to practice Aug. 25 and played in the team's Aug. 29 preseason game.
Mike Bell, Eagles (hamstring, calf strain). Bell made his preseason debut in Philly’s third preseason game, rushing eight times for 17 yards.
Michael Bush, Raiders (thumb). Bush broke a thumb in Oakland's Aug. 28 preseason game. Missing some regular-season action is a possibility, though the Raiders are hopeful he won't.
Correll Buckhalter, Broncos (back). Buckhalter has been missing practice and sat out each of Denver's preseason games, but the Broncos expect him to be ready for the season opener.
Ryan Grant, Packers (concussion). The Packers are easing Grant back into things slowly, but his readiness for Week 1 is fully expected.
Lynell Hamilton, free agent (knee). The Saints cut Hamilton after he blew out his knee.
Montario Hardesty, Browns (knee). The rookie made his training camp practice debut Aug. 25 but has yet to play in a preseason game. He has been nursing a bone bruise but insists he'll be in the mix for playing time when the season starts. He is expect to play in Thursday's game.
Fred Jackson, Bills (hand). The timeline for Jackson after breaking his hand was 4-6 weeks, which would put him on target for perhaps a Week 2 return.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (knee). It is believed to be general soreness that is keeping Jones-Drew idle in recent days. Reports of him undergoing knee surgery have been refuted, and the Jaguars say no operation will be required. They likely are just being careful with MJD.
Marshawn Lynch, Bills (ankle). Lynch could be back in time to play in Buffalo’s preseason finale. A return by Week 1 is considered certain.
Darren McFadden, Raiders (hamstring). McFadden returned to practice Aug. 24 after being idle for a couple of weeks. He made his preseason debut Aug. 28, rushing seven times for nine yards.
Knowshon Moreno, Broncos (hamstring). The Broncos are proceeding carefully with Moreno, who has not participated in preseason activities since the first day of training camp. There is growing concern that he will not be ready by Week 1.
Clinton Portis, Redskins (ankle). Portis sprained an ankle in the team's third exhibition game (Aug. 27). He won't play in the preseason finale, but coach Mike Shanahan said the injury is not serious.
Steve Slaton, Texans (foot). Slaton left Houston's Aug. 28 preseason game with a turf toe injury.
Ben Tate, Texans (ankle, leg). Tate will miss his rookie season after breaking bones in his ankle and leg in his first preseason game.
LenDale White, Broncos (ankle). The speculation is that White’s ankle will be good to go by the time he’s done serving his four-game league suspension at the beginning of the season.
Donnie Avery, Rams (knee). Avery tore his ACL in the Rams' third preseason game and is out for the season.
Ramses Barden, Giants (back). Barden returned to practice Aug. 30 after suffering a stress fracture in his back, but his availability for the start of the season remains in question.
Antonio Bryant, free agent (knee). It had been suspected that Bryant's ongoing absence since the first day of Bengals training camp would lead to his release, and it did.
Dez Bryant, Cowboys (ankle). Bryant’s recovery from a high ankle sprain reportedly is proceeding well, and both a return to practice this week and an appearance in Thursday's final exhibition game are possibilities. He should be ready for Week 1.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers (neck). A neck strain slowed Crabtree a bit for a few few days, but the injury is considered minor and he appears to be practicing at full speed again. He has not played in any preseason games, but he is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Early Doucet, Cardinals (abdominal strain). The Cardinals are being cautious with Doucet, whose injury is not serious but who was held out of the team’s second preseason game. He played in Arizona's third exhibition game and will be ready for the start of the regular season.
Harry Douglas, Falcons (knee). Douglas’ return from a knee injury that cost him the entire 2009 season reached a significant milepost when he made his preseason debut in Atlanta’s second preseason game.
Marcus Easley, Bills (knee). The Bills placed the rookie on injured reserve.
Mike Furrey, Redskins (concussion). He will spend the season on IR.
Justin Gage, Titans (thumb). His thumb isn’t broken, but he might have ligament damage. The severity of the injury is unclear. He returned to practice Aug. 25 but has missed Tennessee's last two exhibition games.
Pierre Garcon, Colts (undisclosed). The Colts haven’t announced why Garcon missed the team’s first two preseason games, but he returned to the practice field Sunday and played in preseason game three, catching two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
James Hardy, Bills (foot). Hardy's ailing foot was keeping him out of preseason games and, until Aug. 25, off the practice field. He played in the team's third preseason game (Aug. 28).
Percy Harvin, Vikings (migraines). The Vikings says it wasn’t a migraine that caused him to collapse on the field and be taken to a hospital in an ambulance Aug. 19. They say it was factors they can control. Maybe so, but migraines are always a risk with Harvin.
Torry Holt, free agent (knee). The Patriots released Holt after he suffered what is believed to be a season-ending (and perhaps a career-ending) knee injury in camp.
DeSean Jackson, Eagles (neck). Jackson strained his neck in Philly's third preseason game (Aug. 27). He might miss some practice time, but that should be about it.
Malcolm Kelly, Redskins (hamstring). Kelly finally participated in a preseason practice Aug. 30 and promptly pulled his hammy again.
Kerry Meier, Falcons (knee). The Falcons placed Meier on injured reserve, ending his rookie season.
Sidney Rice, Vikings (hip). Rice had hip surgery and could miss half of the season — or more. At the very least, he’ll start the season on the PUP list and miss at least six games.
Chaz Schilens, Raiders (foot). Schilens has yet to play in a preseason game, has missed several practices and recently had his knee scoped. He is out indefinitely and seems unlikely to be ready by Week 1.
Steve Smith, Panthers (arm). Smith is unlikely to play in any exhibition games but is very likely to be ready for Week 1. He returned to full practice Aug. 23.
Donte' Stallworth, Ravens (foot). Stallworth broke a foot in Baltimore's Aug. 28 preseason game and will be sidelined for two months.
Maurice Stovall, Bucs (ankle). Stovall will finish the preseason without playing in any exhibition games following the opener, in which he suffered what is believed to be a high ankle sprain.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (foot). Thomas returned to practice Aug. 24 after missing more than two weeks, but then came reports of a loose screw in his surgically repaired foot and he still has not played in a preseason game. Coach Josh McDaniels played down the setback, but it's hard to get a handle on the extent of the injury.
Wes Welker, Patriots (knee). Welker’s miraculous comeback appears to be cruising along. Seven months after blowing out his knee in New England’s season finale, he made his preseason debut Aug. 19 and was targeted three straight times by Tom Brady, catching two passes for 20 yards. He caught two more passes in New England's next preseason game.
Kevin Boss, Giants (hamstring, ankle). Boss returned to practice Aug. 18 after missing most of camp to that point with multiple injuries. He started New York's Aug. 28 exhibition game and did not catch the only pass thrown his way.
Dallas Clark, Colts (leg). The Colts have been mum about the nature of the injury that had sidelined Clark from Aug. 13 until he practiced Aug. 28, but he says he’ll be good to go for the regular-season opener.
Owen Daniels, Texans (knee). Daniels says an MRI revealed his knee is fully healed and he is on schedule to be ready for the season opener. He won't play in any preseason games, but he should return to the practice field soon. He might not plays as many snaps as usual early in the season.
Vernon Davis, 49ers (knee). Davis injured his knee in the 49ers' first preseason game and could well remain on the sideline through the rest of the preseason. However, the team likely is just being careful with Davis. He should be back in action by Week 1.
Jimmy Graham, Saints (ankle). A high ankle sprain kept the rookie on the sideline since the Saints' first preseason game until Aug. 30, when he returned to practice.
Zach Miller, Jaguars (foot). Miller returned to practice Aug. 25 and played in the team's Aug. 28 preseason game. He has battled foot problems since April, and the potential TE sleeper is a question mark in terms of being ready for Week 1.
Ben Patrick, Cardinals (knee). Patrick is expected to sit out all or most of the preseason.
Derek Schouman, Bills (knee). Schouman will be out 3-6 weeks after hurting his knee in Buffalo’s second preseason game (Aug. 19).
Kellen Winslow, Bucs (knee). After missing two exhibition games, Winslow made his preseason debut Aug. 28 and caught one pass for five yards.
Jason Hanson, Lions (knee). Hanson had arthroscopic surgery in early August but is expected to be ready by Week 1.