By Christopher Harris
December 11, 2006
What, no quarterbacks?
That's right: for the first time in 2006, the weekly Damage Report includes no quarterbacks. Not that there isn't any interesting signal-caller news. After all, Charlie Frye missed the Browns' Thursday night game in Pittsburgh, and the Cleveland newspapers are starting to call the question of Frye versus Derek Anderson a "controversy." Jake Delhomme missed Carolina's ugly loss against the Giants in favor of Chris Weinke, and Panthers fans never knew they had it so good with Jake the Rake at the helm. In the absence of Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington is staking a claim to some future Miami employment. Jeff Garcia has tossed eight touchdowns and zero interceptions so far in relief of Donovan McNabb. Some are wondering whether Trent Green is still somewhat concussed, and whether the Chiefs would've been better off sticking with Damon Huard, you know, that guy who won all those games for Kansas City. David Garrard is a favorite Jacksonville son, while Byron Leftwich ponders his future. Bruce Gradkowski continues to make Tampa Bay fans hunger for the days of Chris Simms' intact spleen.
But so far as I can tell, no signal-callers actually left a game on Sunday. All were healthy, wealthy and … um … wise? (Two out of three ain't bad.) But we did get to watch Jared Lorenzen warm up his impossibly fat body when Eli Manning took a big hit. And that was worth the price of admission.
Let's take a look at the non-quarterback injuries that will shape your fantasy world in Week 15:
Kevin Jones, Det – The Detroit Free Press reports that the foot injury Jones suffered near the end of the Lions' loss to Minnesota "looks serious." On second-and-goal from the 1, Jones planted his left foot and tried to punch the ball through a wall of defenders. He lay on the turf for a long time, and when he was helped off the field, he didn't put any weight on the foot. He was on crutches in the locker room after the game. The fear is that Jones may have broken the foot.
Warrick Dunn, Atl – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Dunn left Sunday's win over Tampa Bay in the third quarter after injuring his left calf. Jim Mora, Jr. told reporters that "it could be later in the week before the Falcons get a true read if Dunn … will be able to play Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys at the Georgia Dome."
Jerious Norwood, Atl – The AJC also reports that Norwood re-aggravated the right knee strain that's bothered him for the last month on the same drive where Dunn got hurt, and that Mora was similarly concerned about whether Norwood would be able to go Saturday against the Cowboys. Justin Griffith received most of the Falcons' carries after Dunn and Norwood left the game.
Oliver Hoyte, Dal – According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph, Hoyte, the Cowboys' starting fullback, missed most of Sunday night's game with a "knee injury."
Larry Johnson, KC – Johnson appeared to injure his wrist or forearm in Sunday's loss against Baltimore, but did return for a late carry and was in on the Chiefs' final series. Herman Edwards didn't mention any possible injury in a post-game press conference.
Fred Taylor, Jac – The Florida Times-Union reports that the hamstring injury which caused Taylor to leave the Jags' win over Indy was a "minor tweak," and that he could've stayed in the game if he'd needed to.
Travis Henry, Ten – According to the Nashville Tennessean, Henry "(left) the game late with an ankle injury. Henry, who left the stadium wearing a protective boot, said he twisted his ankle 'but I'll be all right.'"
Ahman Green, GB – The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that Green temporarily left Sunday's win in San Francisco with a "blow to the head," but that he returned and the injury isn't considered serious.
Willis McGahee, Buf – McGahee yacked after a 57-yard touchdown run and temporarily left Buffalo's win in New York, replaced by Anthony Thomas because of an upset stomach, sore ribs and a hurting ankle. McGahee returned to the game after eating a sandwich, though, and should be fine for next week.
Randy Moss, Oak – The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Moss "pulled up limp on the second play of the second quarter, one down after he made a 16-yard catch. (Art) Shell said Moss rolled his ankle and he doesn't know if Moss will be able to play Sunday against the visiting Rams." In Moss's absence, Ronald Curry caught eight passes for 99 yards and a score.
Darrell Jackson, Sea – Mike Holmgren indicated to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Jackson suffered a "jammed toe" (which is better than "toe jam") in Sunday's loss to Arizona, which will leave him "iffy" for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Brandon Stokley, Ind – Stokley suffered what appeared to be an Achilles' injury while simply pushing off at the line of scrimmage Sunday, and didn't return to the game. The Indianapolis Star reports that Stokley "had to be assisted off the field and was on crutches in the locker room." It would be a surprise if Stokley didn't tear his Achilles'.
Greg Jennings, GB – According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Jennings had to leave Sunday's game after re-aggravating his perpetually injured ankle, but that he was able to return. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Jennings said he was "limited" after the injury.
Chris Chambers, Mia – The Miami Herald reports that Chambers "twisted his knee late in the second quarter. Although he returned on the next play, Chambers said he planned to have the knee evaluated after the game. The issue is not expected to be serious."
Derrick Mason, Bal – The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens released Mason's name on their post-game injury report as having hurt his thigh, but that the injury was "not considered serious."
Benjamin Watson, NE – Watson injured his left leg when Tom Brady tried to hit him on a seam route in the third quarter of the Patriots' loss to Miami. Watson is the team's leading pass-catcher, but couldn't return.
Bo Scaife, Ten – The Nashville Tennessean reports that Scaife left Sunday's win over Houston with a sprained ankle. Scaife said "he was in pain but still waiting on X-ray results to know the severity of the injury." Casey Cramer and Ben Hartsock, the team's fourth and fifth tight ends, got a lot of playing time against the Texans.
Chris Cooley, Was – The Washington Post reports Cooley "was woozy from a hit in the second half. 'I got a knee in the side of the helmet, so I was kind of spinning for a little bit. It ended up being fine,' he said."
Kris Mangum, Car – The Charlotte Observer reports that Mangum left Sunday's loss against the Giants with a hip injury and didn't return.
Kareem McKenzie, NYG – The New York Daily News reports that McKenzie missed the second half of New York's win in Carolina with a "neck sprain." McKenzie told reporters "he's fine and expects to play on Sunday."
Ross Verba, Det – The Detroit Free Press reports that Verba left Sunday's game early with a "pretty severe groin strain," and couldn't return.
Joe Andruzzi, Cle – Andruzzi left Thursday night's loss in Pittsburgh with an injured knee, and didn't return. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the results of his MRI aren't known yet.
Eric Ghiaciuc, Cin – Ghiaciuc, already questionable with a knee he sprained a couple Thursdays ago, was able to play into the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against Oakland, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. It remains to be seen whether the Bengals' regular center, Rich Braham, will be able to return from his bad knee to play again this year.
Blaine Saipaia, Det – The Lions' starting right guard, Saipaia left Sunday's game against Minnesota with what the Detroit Free Press called a "chest problem."
Casey Rabach, Was – Washington's starting center broke his hand in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss against the Eagles, but according to the Washington Post was able to return, and expects to play in Week 15.
Adam Terry, Bal – The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens released Terry's name on their post-game injury report as having hurt his back, but that the injury was "not considered serious."
Vince Wilfork, NE – The Boston Globe reports that Wilfork "hurt his right leg on a four-yard run by Sammy Morris," and couldn't return. He was seen limping in the locker room after the game.
Craig Terrill, Sea – Mike Holmgren told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Terrill had a "possible sprained knee," and would be reevaluated in advance of Seattle's Thursday night game.
Joe Tafoya, Sea – Special-teams standout Tafoya strained both of his calves in Sunday's loss in Arizona, and didn't return. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports he'll be questionable for Thursday's game.
Jacques Cesaire, SD – The San Diego Times-Union reports that Cesaire had to leave Sunday's win against Denver in the second half with a "strained neck." Luis Castillo, lately back from his own injury, replaced Cesaire.
Antoine Bethea, Ind – Bethea, the Colts' starting strong safety on Sunday, led the parade of injured Indianapolis secondary players; the Indianapolis Star reports that he left Sunday's loss in Jacksonville with a "shoulder injury" in the first quarter, and couldn't return.
Marlin Jackson, Ind – The Indianapolis Star reports that Jackson, who started at free safety for the Colts, "exited in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury."
Nick Harper, Ind – The Indianapolis Star also reports that Harper, who started at cornerback for the Colts, "also left the game with an undisclosed injury." The Colts play Cincinnati next week. Not good news in the secondary for these guys.
Nnamdi Asomugha, Oak – Asomugha intercepted two Carson Palmer passes in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle was forced to leave the game late with a right knee injury. After the game, he told reporters he didn't believe the injury was serious.
DeMarcus Faggins, Hou – Faggins recovered a fumble and deflected three Vince Young passes on Sunday, but had to leave the game late with a leg injury.
Shawntae Spencer, SF – After practicing for the full week before last Sunday, Spencer was a surprise inactive in the San Francisco secondary because of his bad ankle. The Niners' extreme downturn on defense has corresponded with Spencer's absence.
Donald Strickland, SF – The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Strickland was listed on the Niners' post-game injury report with a left-knee strain.
Sammy Davis, SF – The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Candy Man was listed on the Niners' post-game injury report with a quadriceps strain.
Christopher Harris is a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award-winning columnist and beagle-owner who has written about fantasy sports for SportsIllustrated.com, NBA.com, and TalentedMrRoto.com. Send Christopher a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated on Monday, Dec 11, 2006 12:47 pm, EST
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