NFL Injuries

A trip around the league to look at the injury situation after Sunday's games.

San Francisco 49ers

TE Vernon Davis left the game midway through the third quarter with a hairline fracture of his right fibula. Davis said he expects to miss four weeks of action with the injury.

RB Frank Gore left the game with an abdominal strain. He was listed as questionable for next week's game on the team's preliminary injury report. Gore rushed for 52 yards on 16 carries, and caught six passes for 22 yards. But he also lost a fumble for the third consecutive game.

RB Michael Robinson became the primary back after Frank Gore went down with an injury midway through the third quarter. Robinson gained 29 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Chris Simms underwent emergency surgery to have his spleen removed following Sunday's 26-24 loss to Carolina. Simms is not likely to play again this season.

QB Bruce Gradkowski will likely get the start in two weeks at New Orleans with the injury to starter Chris Simms. Gradkowski threw one pass and completed for 15 yards.

CB Brian Kelly did not play Sunday due to a degenerative turf toe injury.

LB Ryan Nece (knee) did not play against Carolina. The Bucs moved MLB Shelton Quarles to Nece's spot and started Barrett Ruud at MLB.

Carolina Panthers

WR Steve Smith made his return for the Panthers, catching seven passes for 112 yards. He was limited because of a hamstring injury. "I just played smart," Smith said. "It's hot, so I just kind of took my time and kind of came in and out so I wouldn't get fatigued and fatigue wouldn't set in and not be a factor in the long haul."

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Trent Green says he still wants to play this year after missing the last two games with a severe concussion sustained in the opener. But it's starting to look like it won't be following the Week Three bye, as some had hoped. The Chiefs right now are waiting for Green to get the OK from his doctors, and right now no one knows for certain when that will be. "There's no rush," insisted coach Herm Edwards. "He's going to come back when it's time to come back."

Philadelphia Eagles

S Brian Dawkins left the game with a concussion in the second half when he took a shot in the head from running back Michael Robinson on a Robinson touchdown run.

New England Patriots

RB Corey Dillon left the loss to the Broncos in the first half with an arm injury and did not return. In less than a half of action Dillon finished with five rushes for 16 yards.

WR Chad Jackson (hamstring) was inactive for the game. The rookie second-round pick made his pro debut a week earlier with two catches including a touchdown in New England's win at the Jets.

Indianapolis Colts

CB Nick Harper suffered a groin injury in the first quarter and did not return. His status for this week's game with the New York Jets won't be determined until midweek.

OG Ryan Lilja was cleared to play against the Jaguars. Lilja returned to practice last week after missing most of training camp and the first two games of the reglar season with a knee injury.

OT Ryan Diem suffered a hamstring injury late last week but was able to start against the Jaguars.

LB Freddie Keiaho returned for the Jacksonville game. Keiaho had been sidelined since the middle of training camp with a knee injury.

TE Ben Utecht was cleared to play against the Jaguars after suffering a concussion in last week's game with Houston. Utecht had missed two days of practice last week as a precaution.

PK Adam Vinatieri was forced to miss the first game of his 11-year NFL career due to a strained groin. Vinatieri did not practice the week prior to the Jacksonville game. He was a pre-game inactive.

S Bob Sanders (thigh) sat out the Jaguars game. He was a pre-game inactive. S Mike Doss made his first start of the season due.

DE Josh Thomas (hip flexor) did not play against Jacksonville. He was a pre-game inactive.

WR Brandon Stokley (ankle) was held of the Jaguars game. He was a pre-game inactive.

WR Aaron Moorehead moved into the Colts' three wide receiver rotation due to the injury of Brandon Stokley.

DT Corey Simon (knee) has yet to play in a game this season. He has been sidelined since injuring the knee during training camp and having subsequent arthroscopic surgery. Simon was a pre-game inactive.

TE Ben Hartstock (hamstring) did not play against Jacksonville. Hartstock has been injured since training camp. He was a pre-game inactive and has been placed on injured reserve.

RB De De Dorsey (ankle) returned to practice this week but was a pre-game inactive.

LB Tyjuan Hagler was a pre-game inactive.

CB Kelvin Hayden (groin) was a pre-game inactive.

Carolina Panthers

TE Mike Seidman left Sunday's game with a knee injury which could sideline the tight-end for several weeks. He did not return and was replaced by Michael Gaines and veteran Kris Mangum.

LB Dan Morgan (concussion) did not play and is not expected to play for several weeks.

C Justin Hartwig (groin) did not play, but could see practice time this upcoming week. At this time his availability is questionable at best.

SS Shaun Williams (foot) did not play.

RB Nick Goings (thigh) did not play.

New Orleans Saints

FB Mike Karney, who was upgraded to questionable for Monday night's game with the Atlanta Falcons, continues to make a speedy recovery from the strained right calf he suffered in the season opener.

DT Brian Young worked through a shoulder injury last week after being injured at Green Bay. An MRI on Young's shoulder early last week was negative.

C Jeff Faine has an injured arch, but practiced over the weekend and was expected to play in Monday night's game with the Falcons.

Miami Dolphins

LB Derrick Pope was inactive for Sunday's 13-10 victory over Tennessee because of a strained hamstring. A core special teams player and top backup at linebacker, Pope's status for Sunday's game against Houston also is in question after getting injured in a Sept. 17 game against Buffalo.

CB Eddie Jackson sprained his right big toe during Sunday's 13-10 victory. Jackson was inserted at nickel cornerback in the second half when Dolphins coach Nick Saban benched Daniels because of fatigue concerns.

New York Jets

LG Pete Kendall (left hamstring) was inactive for the second straight game. Norm Katnik made his second consecutive start.

RB Kevan Barlow made his first start as Derrick Blaylock was inactive. Barlow rushed for only 31 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries and came out with an apparent minor leg injury late in the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Matt   Jones saw limited action because of his groin injury against the Colts and didn't catch a pass.

TE Desmond Clark left the game with a sprained foot after catching two passes for 31 yards.

Chicago Bears

LB Jamar Williams, a rookie backup and special teams player, suffered a shoulder injury.

OLT John Tait missed a couple snaps with an elbow injury but returned to the game.

Minnesota Vikings

DE Kenechi Udeze shifted from left to right end against the Bears, replacing the injured Erasmus James. James has been lost for the season because of a knee injury.

The Vikings had several other injuries, with most of those players returning to the game. CB Fred Smoot had a concussion; G Steve Hutchinson had a hamstring spasm; LB Ben Leber had a knee sprain; and G Artis Hicks had a knee contusion.

Buffalo Bills

FB Daimon Shelton suffered a possible concussion while covering a kickoff in the first half and did not return. His condition and availability for the Vikings game will be updated later in the week.

TE Robert Royal, who caught one pass for 20 yards, suffered an apparent wrist or hand injury late in the game.

LB Takeo Spikes was a game-time scratch with a hamstring pull. It was the second consecutive game he has missed.

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

Cincinnati Bengals

LT Levi Jones left the game for a short while with a re-injured ankle but returned and said he would be ready for Week 4 against New England.

Cleveland Browns

RB Reuben Droughns was inactive because of a shoulder injury. Rookie Jerome Harrison started in Droughns' place.

Tennessee Titans

RB Chris Brown was inactive with a toe injury but is likely to resume practicing on Wednesday and could be first in line against Dallas.

RB Travis Henry started with Chris Brown inactive because of a tie injury and Henry ran well in the first half. But he finished with just 60 yards on 21 carries and headed back to Nashville with a toe issue of his own.

Seattle Seahawks

RG Chris Gray suffered a sprained knee in the first half and did not return. Rob Sims replaced him. Gray could miss a couple of weeks.

Baltimore Ravens

DE Terrell Suggs injured his right hamstring early in the fourth quarter and did not return. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. Jarret Johnson replaced Suggs.

Philadelphia Eagles

RB Brian Westbrook played Sunday despite a sore knee that kept him out of practice last week. He likely won't practice this week either.

CB Rod Hood aggravated his heel injury in Sunday's win over San Francisco. He was listed as doubtful all week, but played in the game before re-injuring the heel in the second half.

WR Donte Stallworth didn't play against the 49ers. Listed as probable all week with a hamstring injury, he had spasms in the hamstring before the game and was deactivated.

S Sean Considine, who plays in the Eagles' dime package on passing downs, suffered a strained hip.

Denver Broncos

LB Al Wilson sat out much of the fourth quarter with a tight hamstring. The injury is not believed to be serious.

Washington Redskins

DT Joe Salave'a sat out with a strained calf. It was just the fourth game that Salave'a has missed in his three years with Washington. Strangely, the Redskins are 4-0 in those games.

Green Bay Packers

RB Ahman Green managed to play the entire game Sunday, after he was a late addition to the injury report Friday as questionable with a sore hamstring. Green struggled running the football with only 63 yards in 22 carries and a potentially costly late fumble. However, he had a game-high eight catches for 68 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the outcome.

LG Daryn Colledge made his second straight start in place of fellow rookie Jason Spitz, who is nursing a thigh injury sustained in the season opener Sept. 10.

St. Louis Rams

CB Fakhir Brown will be evaluated for a possible ankle injury.

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