Sunday Injuries: Locker HurtMonday, October 01, 2012
Sunday wasn’t an overly hectic day in the gridiron infirmary, but there are still some key injuries to discuss. Here’s the early word on who hurt what in Week 4:
Jake Locker’s non-throwing shoulder: not in good shape. One week after the best game of his young career, the Tennessee QB is headed for an MRI on Monday after once again injuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder. When Locker injured the same shoulder during Week 1, he was able to return the following Sunday. But this time, Jason La Canfora of CBS reports that “it looks like it could be several weeks” before Locker is back. In the meantime, Matt Hasselbeck (17-of-25, 193 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT) is worth a look in two-QB leagues.
Greg Jennings caught a touchdown early, but was on the sideline (and not in uniform) during the second half after aggravating his groin injury. No word yet on Jennings’ availability for Week 5, but at this point he obviously has to be considered very iffy for Green Bay’s matchup with Indianapolis.
Santonio Holmes was carted off in the second half after suffering a non-contact injury to his left foot. We’ll know more after Holmes gets an MRI on Monday, but initial word as of Sunday night didn’t sound all that encouraging.
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After a surprisingly quiet Sunday for Julio Jones (1 rec, 30 yds), the Associated Press noted in its game recap that Jones was “hindered” by his injured right hand. First things first: The hand injury (which first surfaced during Week 3) has been called a cut, so even if it did hinder Jones on Sunday, it really shouldn’t be any sort of long-term concern. Furthermore, a big reason for Jones’ quiet Sunday was that the majority of the downfield shots ended up going to a single-covered Roddy White. Jones is going to get his chances, and plenty of big games should be ahead. As for the hand, Jones looked absolutely fine hauling in a deep pass down the sideline for what would have been a big gain – had he not barely stepped out of bounds. Bottom line: I wouldn’t expect the hand to be a significant issue going forward, and I would absolutely buy low in fantasy leagues if the opportunity is there.
Editor’s note: For a complete look at all the key happenings from Sunday, check out Chet Gresham’s The Morning After column on Monday. And on Tuesday, don’t miss Chris Wesseling’s Waiver Wired column, plus Evan Silva’s Season Pass Live Chat.
Other Injury Notes: Andre Brown (5 rush, 14 yds) appeared to limp off the field in the second half, but there was no word on an injury as of late Sunday night … Fred Jackson (knee) and C.J. Spiller (chest) both made it through Week 4 without aggravating their injuries … Matt Forte (ankle) put in a limited practice on Saturday, but the Bears were still being cryptic about his status as of Sunday night … Scott Chandler had a big day (4-62-2), but left with a possible concussion … Calvin Johnson was able to return after taking a vicious shot to the head … Laurent Robinson may have sustained his second concussion in a week … The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirmed that Rashard Mendenhall (knee) is slated to make his season debut next week against Philadelphia ... Kenny Britt (ankle) is expected to return for Week 5.