Notable Pre-Injury Report Status - Week 2 -

Quick bits and pre-official injury list updates regarding notable players heading into week-two of the NFL season.

Pre-Injury Report Notables heading into week-two of the NFL season.

 

QB Kurt Warner, St. Louis – (Concussion) Will likely be replaced by Marc Bulger this week against the San Francisco. This move once again will ignite the quarterback controversy in St. Louis, especially if the Rams win. Bulger has proven that he can win with this team and should play well, though the Rams have depth and quality issues at the wide receiver position behind starters Torry Holt and Issac Bruce.

 

QB Steve McNair, Tennessee – (Sprained knee) Will start the week as questionable for the Titans upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts, but McNair stated on Monday that the injury is not serious and he will play.

 

TE Frank Wycheck, Tennessee – (Concussion) Wycheck suffered another concussion during the Titans victory over the Oakland Raiders, Sunday night. Coming off a recent concussion in training camp, the Titans medical personnel have told Wycheck that he is out indefinitely. Look for tight-end Erron Kinney to assume a larger role in the Tennessee offense with Wycheck being shelved.

 

K Joe Nedney, Tennessee – (Knee/Torn ACL) Nedney is scheduled to have season ending surgery. This could be a major blow as the Titans appear primed for a successful run in the AFC. Tennessee will tryout a couple place-kickers this week.

 

QB Rich Gannon, Oakland – (Hyperextended knee) Was injured, but returned to play in the Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans. Gannon is expected to be listed as questionable, but he will play if he does not aggravate the condition.

 

WR Jerry Porter, Oakland – (Abdominal) The Raiders need the speedy Porter on the field to provide a vertical threat to this speed challenged corps of wide receivers. Heading into the week, Porter is extremely questionable for the Raiders upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals and may not play against the defensively challenged Bengals.

 

WR Donald Driver, Green Bay – (Neck strain) The Packers were worried that Driver had suffered a serious injury when he was upended and landed on his head in the Packers loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Driver was not seriously injured, but will not play this week in the Packers upcoming game against the Detroit Lions.

 

WR Robert Ferguson, Green Bay – (Knee/Ankle) The injury to Ferguson, along with those to WR's Donald Driver and Karsten Bailey leaves the Packers in a difficult position. Ferguson has suffered torn ligaments in his ankle and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The overall injury status of the Green Bay wide receiver corps have forced the team to enter into serious discussions with free agent and former Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman.

 

WR Karsten Bailey, Green Bay – (Hamstring) Bailey is questionable heading into the Packers upcoming battle against the Detroit Lions. Bailey, if he can suit up Sunday would play opposite second-year receiver Javon Walker.

 

RB Tiki Barber, New York Giants – (Dislocated finger) Finger could pose problems holding onto the football, but Barber injured the finger during the Giants contest against the Rams and played without issue.

 

RB Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh – (Groin) The mild groin strain is not expected to hamper the Steelers running back. Expected to be listed as questionable on the team's injury report, but the injury is not expected to keep Bettis from playing. While Bettis is now backing up Amos Zereoue, he could regain his starting spot at any time if the Pittsburgh running game continues to struggle.

 

CB Denard Walker, Minnesota – (Concussion) Walker suffered a mild concussion during the Vikings 30-25 victory in Green Bay against the Packers. Walker left the game, but returned to play and is expected to play this Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

 

S Corey Chavous, Minnesota – (Knee) Presently Chavous is expected to be listed as doubtful on the injury report with what is being called a sprained MCL, at this time. An MRI was taken Monday and Chavous' status won't be known until later in the week if there is no significant structural damage. If Chavous is unable to play Willie Offord will replace the veteran defensive back.

 

CB Ken Irvin, Minnesota – (Toe) Cornerback Ken Irvin played with a dislocated toe in the team's game Sunday in Green Bay. On Monday, Irvin was suffering from swelling in the region, but expects to play this weekend.

 

OG Chris Villarrial, Chicago - (Knee) Villarrial suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in the Bears season opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers and will be lost 4-6 weeks. The Bears intend on inserting the relatively unproven Josh Warner into Villarrial's offensive guard spot for this week's game against the Minnesota Vikings. For the Bears this is a major loss, as Villarrial arguably is the team's best offensive lineman. 


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