Injury Rundown: AP is for apprehension
By Andy Behrens
November 12, 2007
A.J. Hawk took down Larry Johnson cleanly and decisively in the fourth quarter of the Packers' Week 9 win. Based on the speculation and fear surrounding it, you'd think LJ's foot had nuclear ambitions and pandemic flu. Whatever else it is, the foot is clearly damaged. Johnson will miss multiple weeks.
Let's hope that Adrian Peterson's right knee injury isn't so severe.
In Week 10, Al Harris tackled Peterson in the middle of the field after an 11-yard gain. If you're a defensive back attempting to bring down the Vikings' rookie in that situation, going low offers the greatest chance to succeed and avoid humiliation. There wasn't anything cheap about the tackle, and it was obviously effective. Peterson writhed for a while before leaving the field. He remained on the Minnesota sidelines.
After the game, Peterson said, "I'm banking it's a sprained knee." He'll have an MRI on Monday.
These are the other Week 10 injuries with fantasy significance …
Marshawn Lynch, ankle
Lynch injured his left ankle late in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's 13-10 win. The Bills' website reports, "Dick Jauron was hopeful that it wasn't serious." That's just the sort of sunny optimism we miss here in Chicago. Lynch could be limited in the week ahead, but the early reports seem encouraging.
LenDale White, knee
Reggie Bush, knee/head/misinformation
Damon Huard, head/neck/ineffectiveness
Herm Edwards has announced only that he's going to commit to thinking about the quarterback issue. Expect Brodie Croyle to take over in Week 11. It's not really a great matchup against the Colts, but Kansas City's end-of-season schedule is interesting for fantasy purposes. They'll face Detroit in Week 16 and the Jets in Week 17.
Brian Griese, shoulder
Rex Grossman could very well start for Chicago at Seattle next week, which would make the Seahawks defense the best imaginable free agent add. Rex fumbled twice against the Raiders, but neither was lost. Grossman connected on a late 59-yard touchdown fling to Bernard Berrian.
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Updated on Monday, Nov 12, 2007 1:36 pm, EST