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.
Louis – (Concussion) Will
likely be replaced by Marc Bulger this week against the
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.