Published: September 11th, 2011 | Tags: Week 1 injury roundup, Andy Dalton, Brian Price, Danny Amendola, Daryl Washington, Derrick Ward, Eric Berry, Ernie Sims, Gary Brackett, James Harrison, Jason Smith, Jimmy Smith, Jon Beason, Kevin Walter, Lance Lewis, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Luis Castillo, Marcedes Lewis, Marvin Lewis, Michael Crabtree, Michael Robinson, Mike Tolbert, Mike Tomlin, Nate Kaeding, Ron Bartell, Roy Williams, Sam Bradford, Sammie Stroughter, Steven Jackson, Terrence McGee, Week 1 injuries 2011
With Week 1 nearly in the books, here’s a look at the notable injuries from Sunday’s games:
- The Rams’ loss to the Eagles was compounded by a number of injuries. The team announced X-rays on QB Sam Bradford’s injured right finger were negative, but he could have suffered nerve damage. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said WR Danny Amendola (dislocated left elbow) will have an MRI exam, RT Jason Smith sustained a high ankle sprain, and more would be known about RB Steven Jackson (quad) on Monday. The stinger that sidelined CB Ron Bartell isn’t considered serious.
- The shoulder injury that sidelined Texans WR Kevin Walter turned out to be an injury that NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports will keep him out 10-12 weeks. Derrick Ward also left Sunday’s game with a right ankle injury.
- The Chargers lost K Nate Kaeding to a knee injury on the opening kickoff against the Vikings, which La Canfora reports could be a season-ending injury. Mike Tolbert (right leg) and DL Luis Castillo (left knee) were also sidelined late in the game. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Castillo has a fractured tibia in his leg. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports that Tolbert’s injury isn’t expected to be serious.
- In what looks to be a huge blow for the Panthers, LB Jon Beason exited Sunday’s game in Arizona with an ankle injury. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported early Monday that the team fears a torn Achilles for Beason, citing a league source. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Beason will undergo an MRI exam Monday and called the injury “dire.”
- Chiefs S Eric Berry missed most of the game against the Bills after sustaining a knee injury.
- Bengals QB Andy Dalton said “the plan is to play” next week after he missed the second half Sunday with a wrist injury. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said initial tests on Dalton’s wrist were negative.
- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t consider LB James Harrison’s knee injury to be serious.
- The Bears lost two starters on offense, as WR Roy Williams (groin) and RG Lance Lewis (ankle) couldn’t finish against the Falcons.
- Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis missed most of the second half with cramping in his leg.
- Two Colts linebackers — Gary Brackett (sprained shoulder) and Ernie Sims (sprained knee) — were sidelined against the Texans.
- Buccaneers DT Brian Price didn’t return against the Lions after suffering a hamstring injury during the third quarter. WR Sammie Stroughter also left during the first quarter with a left foot injury, and according to the St. Petersburg Times, left the stadium in a walking boot.
- Ravens rookie CB Jimmy Smith injured his ankle during the first quarter and did not return.
- It was a short day for Bills CB Terrence McGee, who was sidelined early by a hamstring injury.
- Seahawks FB Michael Robinson suffered a left ankle injury against the 49ers, an injury La Canfora reports is a high sprain and could keep him out eight weeks.
- Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling sustained a right hand contusion against the Panthers. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Stephens-Howling seemed OK, but more would be known on Monday, and added that LB Daryl Washington suffered a calf strain.
- 49ers WR Michael Crabtree missed most of the second half against the Seahawks because of a sore foot, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, but X-rays on his foot after the game came back negative.
— Frank Tadych