Fred Jackson reportedly has an LCL injury per Jason LaCanfora. A low-mid grade isolated LCL strain could keep Jackson out anywhere from 2-6 weeks, but as I posted last night, there may be associated injuries that could keep him out longer. We may learn more after his MRI today.
Jake Locker reportedly separated his left shoulder (aka AC joint sprain) while making a tackle after throwing an interception yesterday. The medical staff had Locker’s arm/shoulder harnessed and iced during the game and elected to hold him out despite his requests to return to play. Locker will be re-evaluated today, but he should be able to play through an AC sprain of his non-throwing shoulder in Week 2.
The Cardinals feared that John Skelton broke his ankle yesterday, putting his leg in an air splint and carting him off the field. X-rays are reportedly negative and Mike Jurecki tweeted that Skelton has a high ankle sprain that could keep him out 4-6 weeks. Ken Whisenhunt said much the same in his post-game press conference and the on-field mechanism of injury was consistent with the same. Expect Skelton to have an MRI to assess the extent of the ligament damage today.
David Nelson injured his knee and the Bills reportedly believe he has a torn ACL. Pierre Garcon left yesterday’s game with a foot injury. X-rays were negative and Garcon says he expects to be ready next week. Rashad Jennings suffered a knee injury yesterday. He didn’t return, but Mike Mularkey doesn’t believe the injury is serious. Colin McCarthy injured his ankle and left the game after briefly trying to return. He was in a walking boot after the game, but said he’d be fine. Charles Tillman left the game with an injured leg. Teammate Tim Jennings told reporters it wasn’t serious, but neither Tillman nor Lovie Smith commented after the game. Darrelle Revis left in the fourth quarter with a head injury and didn’t return, but reportedly does not have a concussion. Dwight Freeney is scheduled for an MRI to evaluate an ankle injury suffered during the first quarter yesterday. Rodger Saffold was carted off with a neck injury. Imaging was negative last night, but Saffold remained in the hospital overnight for observation. The Rams also lost Scott Wells with a foot injury. Russell Okung left with a knee injury of unknown severity.
RETURNED TO PLAY IN WEEK 1
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns a little over nine months after a torn ACL, torn MCL and torn meniscus. In what amounted to his first real contact since December, Peterson showed no hesitancy in his lateral movement and was nearly as explosive and powerful as ever. The results speak for themselves. Superman is back.
Arian Foster finished a couple of runs tentatively, but held up over a surprising 26 carries yesterday. There were pregame reports that the Texans had planned to use Ben Tate more often even before Foster’s knee soreness surfaced, but Gary Kubiak gave Foster three times as many carries as Tate despite having at least a two possession lead for the entire second half.
Trent Richardson didn’t find much room to run, but looked healthy. Pat Shurmur showed that he has no interest in using Brandon Jackson or Montario Hardesty to spell Richardson in the base offense in close games. The Cleveland offensive line and passing offense must improve to keep teams from stacking the box against Richardson, but his knees are not a limiting factor for now.
Marshawn Lynch was not limited by the back spasms that kept him out of much of the past two weeks of practice. He did not change his running style, seeking contact often and carrying multiple tacklers on many of his touches.
Peyton Manning doesn’t always throw a pretty ball, but his accuracy and anticipation and command of the line of scrimmage were more than good enough against Pittsburgh last night. I wasn’t as impressed with Manning’s arm strength as Cris Collinsworth seemed to be, but there’s enough velocity to make the majority of the throws. Manning also didn’t appear to fatigue over the course of the game, but he only made 26 throws.
Ryan Williams looked quicker and more decisive than Chris Wells, but neither running back had much room to run and neither running back made many tacklers miss. I still think Williams is the healthier back, but Wells looks like he’s slowly rounding into form.
Stevie Johnson reportedly looked very limited in pregame warmups and wasn’t as quick coming out of his breaks as usual in the first half. He was a non-factor for much of the game and his 29-yard touchdown pass came in garbage time against zone coverage with Darrelle Revis sidelined with a head injury.
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