Linebacker Chad Greenway got poked in the eye last Sunday. It was already swelling after the game and looked even worse mid-week. He lost his vision in the eye for a few minutes after it happened but eventually ended up returning to the game.
Players deal with injuries every game of every week. It's part of life in the NFL. Players have to find ways to play through problems with their ankles, knees, hamstrings, shoulders and backs all the time. By this time of the season, everybody has a certain amount of aches and pains. But when an injury causes temporary blindness, it is a problem.
In last week's game against the Packers, linebacker Chad Greenway
got a finger stuck in his right eye. Days later, there was still significant swelling around the eye and the whites of his eye were flush with blood. It was an ugly sight, but it was markedly worse at the time of it happening.
Initially, Greenway ran away from the training staff grasping his eye in pain. At the time, he feared that he might have lost the sight in the eye, which could have been career threatening. He said the situation improved as time went by, but those initial moments were pretty terrifying.
"There was a time during the game that it was pretty bad, but there was no permanent damage," Greenway said. "I just needed a second to figure out what was happening. It was painful, but things like that happen every game. Losing the vision in my eye was the scary part."
The sight began to return to the eye within a couple of minutes, but it remained blurry and difficult to focus for some time after that – even after he returned to the game.
"It took about a half hour," said Greenway, who returned to the field within about 15 minutes. "I was doing a one-eye deal, but it was alright. They put a visor on it and I played the final three quarters."
Greenway said that, despite looking like he was on the losing end of a fight, he feels fortunate that the injury wasn't more severe than it was. He said that injury scares are prevalent around the NFL, but he feels thankful that his wasn't any more severe that an ugly-looking black eye.
"You deal with injuries in the game, but this was one that was new to me," Greenway said. "There were some tense moments there, but I'm just happy that there wasn't any permanent damage. I'm going to wear the visor this week and hopefully everything will be back to normal soon."
With the Vikings in Washington D.C. for the weekend, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is going to interview for the head coaching position at Colorado, according to the Star Tribune. Bieniemy, a former Buffaloes player, is viewed as one of the frontrunners for the vacant position.
Safety Jamarca Sanford has been ruled out of Sunday's game. Four others are questionable – Sidney Rice (hip), Chris Cook (knee), Bernard Berrian (groin) and Eric Frampton (hamstring). Five other players are listed as probable – Brett Favre (shoulder/foot/ankle), Greenway (eye), John Sullivan (calf), Jared Allen (neck) and Husain Abdullah (ankle).
The Redskins injury report is considerably more extensive. Four players have been ruled out – RBs Clinton Portis (groin), Ryan Torain (hamstring) and Chad Simpson (foot/ankle) and safety LaRon Landry (Achilles.) Nine other players are listed as questionable – WR Santana Moss (knee), guards Artis Hicks (thigh) and Derrick Dockery (knee), center Casey Rabach (knee), DEs Kedric Golston (elbow/groin) and Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring), LBs Rocky McIntosh (thigh) and Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring) and CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring).
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is no stranger to listing multiple players on the injury report as questionable, only to have most of them play on Sunday, so, while the injury report looks bleak for the Redskins, don't be surprised to see most (if not all) of the players listed as questionable on the field Sunday.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.