By Christopher Harris
October 23, 2006
Concerned that your weekly Monday morning Damage Report hasn't had enough stars to make this list worth your time? How about both starting quarterbacks from last year's Super Bowl?
I thought that might grab your attention.
It was a big week for damage in the NFL. Read on, not-so-faint-of-heart:
Matt Hasselbeck, Sea – Hasselbeck took what some teammates considered to be a cheap shot on the third play of the second half, when he threw an incomplete pass and Minnesota linebacker E.J. Henderson jumped off the ground and into Hasselbeck's legs – No penalty was called on the play. The Seahawks are saying that Hasselbeck has a sprained MCL, and will be out at least a couple weeks pending more tests. Considering that the quarterback could put no weight on his right knee, some are worried the injury is worse than Seattle is claiming. Seneca Wallace is the backup, and he played shakily for the rest of Sunday's game.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pit – Roethlisberger suffered at least a concussion, though he was limping, too, after Atlanta LB Michael Boley rolled into his legs at the same time as a couple Falcons were smashing him in the head. The Steelers had no comment on the 'Berger's condition after the game.
Andrew Walter, Oak – Walter hurt his hamstring in the third quarter and didn't return, though the injury isn't thought to be serious.
Donovan McNabb, Phi – McNabb didn't miss any time, but he suffered badly in the hot Tampa sun, evoking memories of his Super Bowl dehydration. McNabb was seen vomiting (insert Chunky Soup joke here) during the second half of the Eagles' loss to the Bucs, and needed an IV to re-hydrate after the game.
Peyton Manning, Ind – Manning's back and neck were severely wrenched by the Redskins' Phillip Daniels and Andre Carter; Manning was forced to call a timeout as a result, and then ran a draw play on third-and-long deep in Washington territory, which probably cost Indy four points. However, Manning played great after that, going relatively crazy in the second half. He's fine.
Trent Green, KC – Green has been cleared to practice this week for the Chiefs, but told reporters that the earliest he'll play is early- to mid-November.
LaMont Jordan, Oak – Jordan was a surprise inactive because of a bad back. He'd been listed as "questionable," but then again, isn't everyone else in the NFL in any given week? Jordan reportedly tweaked his back in pre-game warm-ups, and couldn't go. Justin Fargas and Zack Crockett were Jordan's replacements.
Clinton Portis, Was – Portis had to leave the game twice: once when he slammed his knees against the turf on a tackle, and a second time when he took a horseshoed helmet to little Clinton. His voice may be a few octaves higher over the Redskins' bye week, but Portis returned to the game, and should be okay.
Thomas Tapeh, Phi – After registering his first career touchdown, Tapeh, Philly's starting fullback, had to leave the Eagles' game in Tampa with a strained groin.
William Henderson, GB – Henderson was considered "probable" with his calf injury, but was a surprise inactive at fullback for Green Bay.
Cory Schlesinger, Det – Schlesinger was inactive with a bad hamstring, which meant that tight end Marcus Pollard started at fullback in front of Kevin Jones. Pollard didn't have a carry (and Detroit ran more one-back sets than normal).
Santana Moss, Was – Moss committed a stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that seemed to turn the tide in the second half of Washington's game against the Colts, and then strained a hamstring running a pass pattern later in the game, tried to return, but couldn't run. He was seen on the sidelines with an ice bag taped to his leg. Washington has a bye this week, so more will be known about Moss's leg in several days.
Greg Jennings, GB – Jennings hurt his ankle after his only catch of the day, limped off the field and didn't return. He was seen in the locker room on crutches after the game, claiming that the injury was only a sprain, and was "definitely not broken." Nevertheless, he's scheduled to undergo tests on Monday.
Troy Williamson, Min – Williamson left during the Vikings' second offensive possession of the Seattle game with a concussion and didn't return. He told reporters he'd be able to play next Monday night against New England.
Cedrick Wilson, Pit – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Wilson had a "leg injury" which caused him to miss much of the second half; he was replaced by rookie first-rounder Santonio Holmes, who turned in a big day (five catches, 91 yards and a 42-yard kickoff return), and may have made a case for starting.
Sam Aiken, Buf – Aiken, Buffalo's fifth wide receiver, pulled a hamstring on Sunday and didn't return.
Dante Hall, KC – Hall was replaced by Eddie Kennison on the Chiefs' final special teams return because Hall was cramping.
Kynan Forney, Atl – Forney re-separated his shoulder against Pittsburgh and didn't return. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he felt the shoulder pop out of joint, and his participation in next week's game against the Bengals is in question.
Wayne Gandy, Atl – Gandy seemed to hurt his knee on Atlanta's series in overtime, and was seen limping off the field as the game ended.
Stephen Neal, NE – The Boston Globe reports that Neal left Sunday's game with "an undisclosed injury." What a shock: Bill Belichick didn't specify.
Ryan Tucker, Cle – Tucker suited up for the Browns despite being extremely sick with the flu. He missed a few plays, and still felt bad after the game.
Matt Lepsis, Den – Lepsis told the Denver Post: nothing. Denver's offensive linemen don't talk to the media. But according to the team, Lepsis felt his planted knee "give out" while he was blocking on a run play, and Lepsis didn't return.
Richard Seymour, NE – New England's best defensive player hurt his elbow in the second quarter when Rodney Harrison landed awkwardly on the pile and trapped Seymour's arm beneath him. Seymour couldn't return, and according to The Boston Globe was scheduled to undergo tests on Monday, though it was considered a good sign that he wasn't in a sling in the locker room.
Jason Taylor, Mia – Taylor left the Green Bay game in the fourth quarter with a rib injury, but told reporters afterward he didn't think he'd miss any time.
Casey Hampton, Pit – According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hampton left with a pulled hamstring at halftime, and didn't return.
Gerard Warren, Den – Warren wrenched his right big toe on Denver's first defensive play of the game, and couldn't return. He missed all four preseason games with a left big toe problem.
Montae Reagor, Ind – Reagor got into a serious car crash before the Colts' game on Sunday; his SUV rolled over, and Reagor wasn't wearing a seat belt. (It's worth noting that the other driver involved in the crash was considered "at fault" by the police, not Reagor.) The Indianapolis Star reports that Reagor was "resting comfortably" in a local hospital on Sunday.
Ryan Denny, Buf – The Buffalo News reports that backup DE Denney left Sunday's game against the Patriots early because of a hamstring problem, and didn't return.
Shawne Merriman, SD – Nothing on the field, but word has come down that Merriman, last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year, will be suspended four games for steroid abuse.
Shaun Phillips, SD – Phillips hurt his calf in the second quarter, and the Chargers are saying he's out four-to-six weeks with a "calf strain." Phillips had been playing (and playing well) for linebacker Steve Foley, whose run-in with police this fall may have ended his playing career.
Gary Baxter, Cle – The cursed top cornerback for Cleveland hurt his knee with 50 seconds left in the first half against Denver and had to be carted off the field. Baxter had missed three straight games with a pectoral injury, and simply can't stay healthy since he signed a big free-agency deal with the Browns. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer expects this injury to be "serious." Baxter reportedly told Denver's John Lynch that he "blew out both knees" when Lynch went to check on him.
Eugene Wilson, NE – Wilson, who missed each of New England's last two games with hamstring issues, suffered another leg injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game and didn't return.
Mike Doss, Ind – Doss suffered a knee injury that the Colts were calling a "sprain" in the fourth quarter of Indy's big win on Sunday, and didn't return. He's scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.
Ken Lucas, Car – Lucas had to leave in the fourth quarter with a sore hip. He told the Charlotte Observer: "It isn't something that's a long-term thing; it just kind of stiffened up on me as the game went on, and I wasn't able to move around like I was in the beginning of the game. So they just had to take me out."
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, Oct 23, 2006 11:51 am, EDT
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