Week 1 Injury Updates, NFL Notes

Sure, the Vikings suffered a number of injuries that will sideline players for Monday Night's game against the Eagles, but Philadelphia took a few blows in their game this weekend as well. Get the rundown on both teams, as well as dozens of notes from across the NFC North and the league.

Minnesota Vikings

CB Ken Irvin ruptured his right Achilles' tendon during a non-contact warm-up drill Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve and will miss the entire season. "We have our work cut out for us," free safety Brian Russell said. "It's too bad about Ken, but we need a few other guys to come through and we'll be OK."

RB Moe Williams sprained his right ankle and might not be ready to practice by Thursday. Williams had only six carries for 27 yards. Also, it's possible RB Michael Bennett might not return from his knee injury until Week 3.

K Morten Andersen made all five of his PATs and attempted no field goals. He also kicked off for the first time in two years and was unimpressive. Although his kicks were inside the 10, they were line drives that put the Vikings' cover men in difficult situations. The Vikings gave up a 62-yard return that resulted in a 31-yard touchdown drive.

CB Rushen Jones had to play the nickel back and even he admitted he didn't play well. Coach Mike Tice was especially angry with Jones when he gave up a 32-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn with five seconds left in the first half.

"I think Rushen played with a lack of confidence," Tice said.

CB Antoine Winfield was fearless against the Cowboys, making a game-high nine tackles. With 9:35 left in the game and the Vikings leading 28-17 and Dallas in the red zone, Winfield made a tackle, stripped the ball and recovered. Four plays later, the Vikings scored to take a 35-17 lead.

WR Kelly Campbell showed great burst in catching up to a 43-yard touchdown from Daunte Culpepper.

When Culpepper let go of the ball, there didn't appear to be any way Campbell would catch up to it. But he did, catching on his fingertips as he crossed the goal line. But then Campbell showed his maddening other side when he was flagged for excessive celebration.

Philadelphia Eagles

RG Shawn Andrews will have surgery on his broken leg this week and will be out for the season. They're going to have to put a screw or plate in there," coach Andy Reid said. "Anytime you have to do that, it takes (more) time (to recover)."

RB Brian Westbrook got 20 touches against the Giants and notched his first 100-yard rushing game.

LG Jermaine Mayberry will return to RG, as Shawn Andrews is out for the season with a broken leg.

G Artis Hicks will become the starter at LG now that RG Shawn Andrews is out with a broken leg. Jermaine Mayberry, who had been the starting LG, will move to RG.

LB Keith Adams got his first start as an Eagle Sunday, replacing linebacker Nate Wayne. Wayne, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, may miss next week's game as well.

Detroit Lions

WR Charles Rogers suffered a broken right collarbone and is likely to miss the rest of the season. X-rays indicated the break was an inch or two away from the location of last year's break, five games into the season. The injury occurred when Rogers dived for a QB Joey Harrington pass on the Lions' first offensive series of the season.

CB Dre' Bly has a grade 2 sprain of the left knee and is expected to be out of action 2-4 weeks. Because they have the bye week the first weekend in October, he might miss only two games if he makes a speedy recovery.

DT Shaun Rogers continues to make a reputation as a difference maker in the Lions defense. Rogers blocked a Chicago field-goal attempt, his fifth block in four NFL seasons to set up a 92-yard return by teammate Bracy Walker in the Lions' 20-16 season-opening win against Chicago. Rogers also had a fumble recovery and a quarterback sack.

RB Kevin Jones had a 15-yard run but finished the game with only 36-yards on 15 rushing attempts. His bigger contribution was a 34-yard reception on a Joey Harrington pass, setting up the Lions' second field goal of the game in the third quarter.

SS Bracy Walker was forced into starting duty when Brian Walker went on injured reserve. Walker paid dividends in the season opener when he returned a blocked field goal 92-yards for a touchdown and intercepted Rex Grossman's final pass of the game in the Lions end zone to preserve their 20-16 win.

Chicago Bears

MLB Brian Urlacher played the entire game without getting a rest, and had a game-high 10 tackles. Urlacher missed the entire preseason and only practiced for two weeks after rehabbing a pulled hamstring for most of the preseason.

LB Lance Briggs was every bit the presence of the more publicized Brian Urlacher. Both players were outstanding, and Briggs finished with nine tackles, just one behind Urlacher, who led all players.

WR David Terrell had the most productive day of his career, catching five passes for 126 yards. But the overly emotional Terrell was flagged for a ridiculous 15-yard taunting infraction. After a 35-yard reception, he was forced out of bounds, where he stuck the ball in the stomach of Lions punter Nick Harris.

RB Thomas Jones scored two touchdowns, but his 21 rushes netted just 67-yards. He also had six receptions that totaled only 38-yards.

QB Rex Grossman had his worst game as a pro, completing just 16-35 passes for 227 yards. Grossman also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. His passer rating of 43.4 was the lowest of his four NFL starts.

San Francisco 49ers

QB Tim Rattay's availability for Sunday's game might not be known until later in the week. Rattay left the 49ers' 21-19 loss to the Falcons in the first half with a sprain of his right AC joint. But he was forced back into the action in the fourth quarter after Ken Dorsey suffered a right shoulder stinger. The 49ers hope to have their starting quarterback on the field against the Saints. He was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

LB Julian Peterson sustained a right hip pointer, but should be ready to go against the Saints. Peterson made his presence felt in the season debut, recording two sacks, forcing two fumbles and batting down a pass.

CB Mike Rumph left the game in the first quarter with a right groin strain. He is not expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

CB Jimmy Williams took over as the right cornerback when Mike Rumph went down with injury. However, he was replaced by rookie Shawntae Spencer. The 49ers are a little reluctant to fully use Williams because of a broken right thumb. He won't be able to return kicks for another five weeks, until he gets his cast removed.

TE Eric Johnson was kept in to block a lot more than expected due to the Falcons' blitzes. Johnson, who is playing with a cast on his right thumb because of torn ligaments, still managed to catch a career high eight passes for 86-yards and could be a major factor in the offense this season.

New England Patriots

CB Ty Law was in and out of action before finally leaving in the fourth quarter of the opener. Bill Belichick said Law's leg tightened up, but Law vows to be ready for Sunday's game in Arizona. With the Patriots' bye upcoming, Belichick may rest Law to give him an extra week of recovery time.

WR Troy Brown was a game-time decision but was held out of the opener with a leg injury. He was evasive during the week about a knee injury suffered in the third preseason game at Carolina. He will likely remain questionable for Sunday.

NT Vince Wilfork was a surprise starter on the nose over veteran Keith Traylor. Neither was overly impressive in his Patriots debut as they combined for seven tackles despite Indy running the ball 42 times, most of which came between the tackles.

Tennessee Titans

LG Zach Piller tore a biceps muscle and will be gone for an extended period, if not the season.

K Gary Anderson status is in flux as the Titans sort out Craig Hentrich's back spasm problems. Aaron Elling did pretty good work filling in for both Joe Nedney and Craig Hentrich in Miami.

P Craig Hentrich couldn't punt against Miami because of a new round of back spasms. While the Titans are hopeful, he could need a rest and they could need a sub.

K Aaron Elling was signed to handle kickoffs in Miami. The Titans expected to use Craig Hentrich for field goals. When Hentrich couldn't play, Elling didn't only kickoff and try field goals, he won a quick audition and punted ahead of Drew Bennett. He averaged 45.3 yards on six punts while missing a 33-yard field goal from the Pro Player Stadium dirt and hitting a 22-yarder. The Titans are still expected to ultimately sign Gary Anderson to take over for injured Joe Nedney, who is out for the season.

S Lamont Thompson continues to play very well in his chances as the team's dime. He made a nice cut en route to a 37-yard interception return in Miami.

WR Derrick Mason was the only Titan to catch a pass longer than 9 yards in Miami. He had three catches for 51-yards.

RB Chris Brown gained 100-yards on 16 carries, all in the first half, against Miami. He sat out after halftime with a sprained ankle.

QB Steve McNair was just 9-14 for 73 yards Saturday and a touchdown to TE Erron Kinney.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck made smarter decisions and didn't absorb a single sack Sunday. Hasselbeck, sacked 42 times last season, threw the ball away several times to avoid the oncoming rush. He also benefited from generally solid pass protection, save for a few lapses by aging RG Chris Gray. Hasselbeck wound up finishing 19-29 for 246 yards, with one TD, one INT and an 89.2 passer rating.

WR Koren Robinson dropped a couple of potential big-gainers Sunday. One third-down drop killed a promising drive in the fourth quarter. Robinson likely would have gained at least 20 yards on the play, with a chance to break free for what might have been a 68-yard touchdown. Instead, the Seahawks had to punt, failing to stretch their 217 lead with 12:14 remaining.

RB Shaun Alexander has a bruised right knee and is considered day-to-day. It was unclear Monday whether Alexander might miss any playing time. The Seahawks were not yet required to qualify his situation on an injury report. But an MRI showed nothing serious. "He's OK, thank goodness," coach Mike Holmgren said. "They're calling it a bone bruise. There was no ligament damage." Alexander was injured in the opener Sunday after racking up 135 yards rushing and all three Seattle touchdowns.

DE Chike Okeafor was the Seahawks' most dominant player at times Sunday. Okeafor flat-backed Saints RT Victor Riley ran right over the top of him on his way to a first-half sack. Okeafor also came within inches of blocking a first-half punt. He is benefiting from the presence of DE Grant Wistrom on the other side.

WR Darrell Jackson led Seattle with seven catches for 98-yards. He also did not drop a pass, building on a strong finish to last season and an even stronger training camp. Jackson, who endured a case of the dropsy's midway through last season, is clearly the Seahawks' top receiver at this point.

LT Walter Jones dominated in his first game since last season. Jones skipped all of training camp while protesting stalled contract talks, only to perform at a Pro Bowl level right out of the gate. The Seahawks did not allow a sack in the opener Sunday.

DE Grant Wistrom provided consistent pressure in his first game with Seattle on Sunday. "It's exciting, it's fun, I love these guys I'm playing with," Wistrom said. "It's a great environment, a great organization, and for a team to come out and dominate the first game like we did, it's very exciting. It gives us a lot of optimism for the season."

Cleveland Browns

DE Kenard Lang tied a career high with three sacks of Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller. It was the 14th straight game the Browns have had at least one sack, the most since they had a sack in 14 games in 1994.

RB Lee Suggs should be back from a neck injury that kept him out of the Ravens game. He was injured Sept. 1 and did not practice leading to the Ravens game, but made 'dramatic improvement' two days before the game, coach Butch Davis said.

TE Kellen Winslow caught three passes in four preseason games. He caught four against the Ravens.

St. Louis Rams

MLB Trev Faulk suffered a torn hamstring against the Cardinals and is expected to miss a few weeks.

LB Pisa Tinoisamoa suffered a dislocated shoulder in the game. But he returned to play wearing a harness to protect the injury.

Dallas Cowboys

RB Eddie George extended his record starting streak to 129 straight games. However, it might soon come to an end if George doesn't run show some improvement. He struggled in the preseason and had only eight carries for 25-yards against the Vikings.

WR Keyshawn Johnson showed there is nothing wrong with his game. Johnson caught nine passes for 111 yards in his first action since being fired with six games to go in the 2003 season by the Buccaneers. He will be Vinny Testaverde's go to guy in a Cowboys offense that might be pretty dangerous through the air.

QB Vinny Testaverde completed 29-50 passes for 355 yards with one TD and one INT. It was the most attempts for the 40-year old quarterback since 2000.

OG Andre Gurode suffered a sprained knee and could be out for a while. Matt Lehr, who started at center last season, replaced him against the Vikings.

RB ReShard Lee gave the Cowboys a spark with a 62-yard kickoff return. He also might be answer to the Cowboys dormant rushing attack. Lee had 5 carries for 35 yards, including a seven yard touchdown run, compared to 8-25 for starter Eddie George.

QB Tony Romo will now serve as the primary holder on field goals. Punter Mat McBriar cost the Cowboys points with a dropped snap on Sunday.

Washington Redskins

LB Mike Barrow stretched on the field prior to the game but was declared inactive. After missing the entire preseason with tendonitis in his knee, it is unclear when he might return.

QB Mark Brunell posted just a 68.9 rating on 13-24 passing for 125 yards. He fumbled a handoff attempt to Clinton Portis, which was scooped up and run in by Tampa Bay for the tying touchdown, but he recovered nicely and helped Washington rally for the win.

S Sean Taylor played very little on defense, ceding his starting role to Andre Lott. Coaches said they limited Taylor's snaps because of the illness that kept him out of meetings and practice early in the week. The decision followed a preseason in which Taylor dominated.

RB Clinton Portis sparkled in his Redskins debut, rushing 29 times for 148 yards. Portis broke off a 64-yard touchdown run on his first carry.

S Matt Bowen recorded two sacks, the first and second of his career. Defensive coaches put him in a versatile, attacking role on defense. Bowen suffered a stinger but returned to play.

Oakland Raiders

OL Robert Gallery performed in a substitute's role at both right tackle and left guard. He blocked well and recovered one of Gannon's fumbles.

WR Jerry Rice was none too pleased with his diminished role in the second half comeback. "If you'd have asked in like my second or third year in the NFL you probably would have got some curt words, but I think I'm a little more mature now," he said.

LCB Charles Woodson was declared a starter by Norv Turner two days before Sunday's game. He wound up holding Steelers' WR Plaxico Burress to one catch for 13 yards.

QB Rich Gannon was responsible for three Raiders turnovers Sunday. Two interceptions and a fumble that looked curiously like the pilloried "tuck rule" that ousted the Raiders from the 2001 playoffs helped do the Raiders in. Only this time, instead of Tom Brady's fumble being ruled an incompletion, Gannon appeared to be tucking only to have it ruled a fumble. Coach Norv Turner chose Gannon over backup Kerry Collins because of his experience, reliability and high touchdown to interception ratio over the years. "I pride myself in taking care of the football," Gannon said. "The ball was on the ground way too much against Pittsburgh. The turnovers really hurt us. I will accept that responsibility."

RB Tyrone Wheatley ran just 11 times for 24 yards after averaging 5.4 yards in the preseason.

RCB Phillip Buchanon's primary responsibility, Hines Ward, had seven catches for 99-yards. Buchanon also whiffed on possible sack off a corner blitz. Buchanon had primary coverage on five of Hines' catches for 80 of his 99 yards.

San Diego Chargers

DE Adrian Dingle missed the second half with a quad injury.

QB Drew Brees completed 17-24 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. "This is his third season in the system and he knows where to go with the ball," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "He was just being the quarterback we knew he could be in the first place."

TE Antonio Gates proved to be a reliable threat. Gates had a game-high eight catches for 123 yards.

K Nate Kaeding was successful on attempts of 48 and 29 yards in his NFL debut.

New Orleans Saints

RB Deuce McAllister will be trying to get back on track next week. He was bottled up most of the day by the Seahawks. He found little running room and gained just 56 yards on 17 carries, with one of them ending in a costly fumble.

Arizona Cardinals

RB Emmitt Smith gained 87 yards on 16 carries against St. Louis. Smith is providing evidence that he might not be done, even though he's 35. Smith looked quick and his touchdown run was vintage Smith, patiently following his blockers and using his burst to score.

QB Josh McCown has been efficient, but he has yet to throw a touchdown pass. He might have to take some chances downfield for this team to score.

LB Raynoch Thompson might be able to play next week after missing the opener with a sprained knee. His return is critical because the club can use his speed and hitting ability.

RB Josh Scobey is a threat as a kick returner, but he is also the team's third-down back. He replaced Emmitt Smith in passing situations last week in St. Louis. Scobey caught three passes for 23 yards and rushed twice for 9 yards.

WR Bryant Johnson isn't 100 percent after missing camp with a stress fracture in his foot. But he's getting close, and coaches hope he can provide a deep threat. He had three catches for 19-yards against the Rams.

Buffalo Bills

RB Travis Henry left the game early in the fourth quarter with leg cramps. It was 74 degrees at kickoff and Henry "was cramping every time he accelerated,' coach Mike Mularkey said. Henry is expected to be fine.

RB Willis McGahee saw his first regular season action, gaining 31-yards on nine carries. Mostly all of his work was between the tackles as Buffalo tried to kill some clock and protect a slim lead in the fourth quarter.

FS Izell Reese intercepted a Byron Leftwich pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 33-yards. The interception set up a Bills field goal. It was the first interception by a Buffalo safety in 43 games.

Atlanta Falcons

LG Michael Moore left the game for good in the second quarter with a sprained shoulder. His right arm was in a sling after the game, but Falcons officials offered no more information. He was replaced by Steven Herndon.

LT Kevin Shaffer was knocked out of the opener in the fourth with a knee injury, and sore ribs. He was replaced by backup left guard Steven Herndon, who already was spelling injured left guard Michael Moore. Roberto Garza then went into the game at left guard.

TE Alge Crumpler caught a career high six passes for 82 yards and a TD all in the first half. He stiff-armed Pro Bowl safety

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