NFL Injury Roundup

As is the case most weeks in the NFL, several teams suffered injuries to starters that will sideline them. We check around the league for the most important and significant injuries.

Cincinnati Bengals

LB David Pollack suffered a neck injury when his head slammed into tailback Reuben Droughns on the second play from scrimmage for the Browns. He spent Sunday night at a Cincinnati hospital. Rashad Jeanty, a three-year CFL veteran, replaced him. Pollack has movement in his arms and legs and the Cincinnati medical staff will know more after tests Monday morning.

C Rich Braham, in his 13th season, went down with a left knee injury in the second quarter. Braham's knee injury could put the veteran on the shelf anywhere from two-to-six weeks. He was taken off on a cart after trying to walk off, and second-year man Eric Ghiaciuc replaced him.

S Dexter Jackson, who hobbled through the locker room in a walking boot after the game, went down after his right cleats locked in the FieldTurf on a Cleveland run play. Coach Marvin Lewis called the injury an ankle sprain, but it appears it will keep Jackson out for weeks. His loss could be the most difficult to replace because Jackson plays a major role in the run defense. Kevin Kaesviharn replaced him.

Philadelphia Eagles

DE Jevon Kearse could be lost for the season after suffering a serious knee injury late in Sunday's loss to the Giants. An MRI is scheduled for today, with the Eagles' staff far from optimistic regarding his status for the remainder of the season.

CB Rod Hood left the game in the second quarter with what the Eagles are calling a heel contusion. The seriousness of the injury is not known, but Hood is expected to miss the Eagles game next week, at the very least.

CB Lito Sheppard, who injured his ankle in Week 1, didn't play Sunday and is expected to be sidelined at least another 3 weeks.

CB Joselio Hanson is expected to get his first start as an Eagle Sunday against San Francisco. He'll replace injured CB Rod Hood, who had replaced injured CB Lito Sheppard.

Indianapolis Colts

DE Dwight Freeney left the game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. He was escorted off the field and to the locker room by a team trainer.

Seattle Seahawks

TE Itula Mili suffered a knee injury against the Cardinals. Additional tests were planned for Monday. The injury is not considered season ending, but the team expects Mili to miss some playing time. Seattle is very thin at the position because starting TE Jerramy Stevens is out until October.

Baltimore Ravens

LT Jonathan Ogden hyperextended his right knee and sat out the fourth quarter of the Ravens victory over the Oakland Raiders. The injury is not considered serious and Ogden is expected to start next week.

CB Samari Rolle was limited in the second half with a foot injury. X-rays were negative, and Rolle is expected to start Sunday.

CB Evan Oglesby played for most of the second half with Samari Rolle out with a knee injury. He is expected to return to being the top cornerback backup because Rolle will likely start Sunday.

Houston Texans

LT Charles Spencer is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg. The third-round draft pick had started the first two games. It is not known if Spencer will require surgery at this time.

Minnesota Vikings

DE Erasmus James will have an MRI on his left knee Monday after being injured in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, but some information funneling out regarding James tends to lead towards some ligament damage. Rookie Ray Edwards saw extensive time with James out.

Detroit Lions

LB Alex Lewis suffered a left knee injury on the Lions' fourth defensive play of the game and was unable to return to their 24-7 loss Sunday at Chicago. Lewis, who has been one of the team's best defenders in the early season, was believed to have ligament damage, but coach Rod Marinelli was not certain about the seriousness of the injury.

LB Paris Lenon, who has started the Lions' first two games at MLB, suffered a shoulder injury on the punt coverage team in the fourth quarter and was down on the field for several minutes in the 34-7 loss at Chicago. Coach Rod Marinelli was not immediately certain of the seriousness of the injury.

SS Kenoy Kennedy suffered a foot injury, was unable to finish the first half and sat out the entire second half of the Lions' 34-7 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Rookie S Daniel Bullocks replaced him on the field and was credited with six tackles, second best among Lions defenders.

Cleveland Browns

LB Willie McGinest was in uniform but did not play against the Bengals because of a calf injury.

CB Gary Baxter aggravated a pectoral injury but continued to play.

Indianapolis Colts

PK Adam Vinatieri suffered a strained groin in the fourth quarter of the Houston game. Vinatieri did not kick for the remainder of the afternoon, allowing P Hunter Smith to handle PATs and kickoffs. Vinatieri said afterward that he did not consider the injury to be serious and that he sat out the fourth quarter as a precaution.

WR Brandon Stokley (ankle) returned to play against Houston. Stokley missed the regular-season opener with the Giants after suffering a high ankle sprain during training camp. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter before leaving later in the quarter after re-aggravating the injury.

TE Ben Utecht left in the first quarter with a possible concussion. He was injured after catching a 26-yard pass for a first down. He was able to return later in the game.

DT Corey Simon (knee) was inactive and did not play against the Texans. There is no timetable on when Simon will return to practice or will be ready to play in a game.

DE Josh Thomas (hip flexor) was inactive and did not dress for the Houston game. Thomas did not practice the week prior to the game.

OG Ryan Lilja (knee) was inactive and was held out of the Houston game. Lilja has been bothered by a knee injury since the middle of training camp.

TE Ben Hartstock (hamstring) was inactive and remains sidelined and did not play against the Texans. Hartstock has bene bothered by the injury since the start of training camp. He may be able to begin running this week.

LB Freddie Keiaho (knee) was active for the Houston game. He has not practiced or played in a game since he was injured in the Colts' preseason opener with St. Louis. Keiaho continues to rehab the knee and may be able to resume light practice work sometime this week.

Green Bay Packers

LG Jason Spitz was deactivated for Sunday's game against New Orleans. The rookie didn't practice all week after suffering a deep thigh bruise in his left leg during the season opener Sept. 10. Spitz will begin the week questionable for the Sept. 17 game at Detroit.

CB Al Harris left the game late in the first half because of leg cramps. He was taken to the locker room and received intravenous fluids at halftime before returning for the start of the third quarter.

CB Will Blackmon was deactivated for the second straight game and will be sidelined indefinitely. The rookie has yet to recover from a broken right foot sustained in May. Blackmon returned to practice during the week leading up to the season opener but suffered a setback with the foot.

OL Junius Coston was kept out for the second game in as many weeks because of a torn medial-collateral ligament in his right knee. The return of Coston, who was injured in the final preseason game and had been the top backup at guard and tackle on the right side, isn't imminent.

Carolina Panthers

WR Steve Smith sat out with a hamstring injury. Smith will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis again this week, coach John Fox said. Smith did not even make the trip to Minnesota.

MLB Dan Morgan, who has a history of concussions and head injuries, did not make the trip to Minnesota. Look for him to miss at least two more games, as Adam Seward fills in.

Seattle Seahawks

LG Floyd Womack suffered a sprained knee against the Cardinals. Former first-round pick Chris Spencer replaced him and played well. This could be the break Spencer needed to get on the field and stay there. Womack has struggled in the first two games.

Buffalo Bills

LB Takeo Spikes did not play due to the right hamstring injury he suffered a week early at New England. It's believed he should be OK for Sunday's home opener against the Jets.

LB Keith Ellison, a sixth-round pick out of Oregon State, earned his first NFL start at Miami. Ellison played the weak-side with Angelo Crowell shifting to the stong-side after Takeo Spikes was scratched with a hamstring injury.

FS Ko Simpson, a fourth-round pick out of South Carolina, started the game as expected in place of veteran Troy Vincent, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week. Simpson had a nice sack on a blitz, one of seven on the day for Buffalo.

SS Matt Bowen missed his fifth consecutive game going back to preseason with a bone bruise on his lower right leg.

Houston Texans

C Mike Flanagan injured his left foot and will continue to be reevaluated. If he cannot start, Steve McKinney would likely replace him.

LT Ephraim Salaam will takeover the starting job now that Charles Spencer is out for the season.

New Orleans Saints

FB Mike Karney did not play in Sunday's game at Green Bay and will likely be out for another 1-to-3 weeks with a strained right calf.

FS Bryan Scott, who starts in the dime, did not play for the second straight week on Sunday because of a hamstring injury.

DT Rodney Leisle, who sprained his right medial collateral ligament in training camp, was inactive once again Sunday.

CB DeJuan Groce did not play against the Packers because of a hamstring injury. His return is not known.

San Francisco 49ers

LT Jonas Jennings did not suit up for the game because of a right high ankle sprain he sustained in the opening-week loss at the Cardinals. He has a good chance to be ready for the game Sunday against the Eagles.

Miami Dolphins

RG Bennie Anderson suffered a triceps injury late in the first quarter of Sunday's 16-6 loss to Buffalo and didn't return. It's unknown how long Anderson, who was replaced by Kendyl Jacox, will be out of action but he was wearing a brace after the game.

RG Kendyl Jacox played the final three quarters in place of the injured Bennie Anderson (triceps) in Sunday's 16-6 loss to Buffalo. Released by New Orleans in March, Jacox wasn't signed by the Dolphins until two weeks ago when injuries to Joe Toledo (knee), Seth McKinney (neck) and Joe Berger (foot) prompted the team to add veteran depth.

LB Derrick Pope injured his right hamstring in the second quarter of Sunday's 16-6 loss to Buffalo and is out of action indefinitely. A core special teams contributor, Pope's presence was missed when replacement Justin Peelle missed a blocking assignment that resulted in P Donnie Jones having his kick blocked.

CB Travis Daniels was declared inactive for Sunday's 16-6 loss to Buffalo as he continues recovering from a preseason ankle injury. Andre' Goodman made his second consecutive start in place of Daniels and finished with three tackles and a pass defensed.

New York Jets

LG Pete Kendall (left hamstring) was inactive. Norm Katnik, who had replaced him against Tennessee, started both halves Sunday but was pulled in favor of Adrian Jones, normally a tackle.


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