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My apologies for no injury report last week, but hey, I was swamped with things. Give me a break! Anyways, here is what you need to know before setting your lineup for Sunday. Of course there are other players in jeopardy of missing the week two game, but these are the players who would likely start on your team if they were not injured.
Donovan McNabb (PREDICTION: OUT)
The Eagles quarterback had to be helped off the field last Sunday after being crushed by three Panther defenders on his three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. In the time he did play, McNabb threw for a total of 79 yards and did score twice.
The official injury was announced as being a single cracked rib. Andy Reid tells reporters that it is broken “almost all the way through.”
McNabb hasn’t practiced all this week, and wasn’t really expected to. Kevin Kolb took the bulk of the first-string snaps, along with newly acquired Jeff Garcia getting a couple. In a news conference on Friday, Reid said that Kevin Kolb is likely to be the starter, Donovan is listed as doubtful, and Garcia will be the #2 or #3 depending on if McNabb starts.
Tony Romo (PREDICTION: IN WITH FULL WORKLOAD)
Despite dominating the Tampa Bay defense for 353 yards and three touchdowns, Romo did sprain his ankle in the 34-21 victory.
An MRI was conducted earlier in the week to see just how bad the ankle was, and it came back negative (which is a good thing).
Romo did not miss any snaps in the opener, and isn’t expected to miss any in week two. He fully participated in practice on Wednesday without any lingering problems.
When speaking with Dallas reporters, Romo said, “I’ll be fine. There’s nothing wrong with it. It will be 100%.”
LaDainian Tomlinson (PREDICTION: OUT)
LT fantasy owners are already livid. Just think what they will be like when they catch wind of his newest injury.
Tomlinson rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown in a limited role against the Oakland Raiders last Monday night.
To add to the rest of his possible nagging injuries, he sprained his ankle during the Raider game. LaDainian has not practiced all week and has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Pierre Thomas (PREDICTION: IN BUT VERY LIMITED)
Unlike the rest of the players on this list, Thomas did not play in the Saints opening game. He has been dealing with a right knee sprain for a month, and is still recovering.
Thomas fully participated in practice on Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday. His leg was reportedly “wrapped” during practice, and “iced” afterwards (per Yahoo! Sports). Wednesday was the first time he had practiced in weeks.
Despite what it sounds like, Pierre says he will in fact play against the Eagles. However, I really doubt if he appears too often. If he does play, it will be in a very limited role.
His backup, Mike Bell, had an insane game vs the Detroit Lions in week one. Bell rushed for 148 yards on 28 carries and should get quite a few touches this coming week.
Anthony Gonzalez (PREDICTION: OUT)
This is the more serious of the injuries I am discussing today. Gonzalez may be in for a little vacation, if you will.
After stepping across the line of scrimmage in the first quarter of Indianapolis’ opener without touching a player, Gonzalez fell to the ground clutching his knee.
It has been announced as being a PCL sprain in his right knee. The ligaments are not seriously injured, but Gonzo will miss a significant amount of time. This type of injury usually, on average, requires at least 5 weeks of rehab. However, he could miss up to two months. The very best case scenario would be Gonzalez missing four games.
Peyton Manning, who should be concerned more than anybody, just hopes “it’s not a season ending injury.”
Anquan Boldin (PREDICTION: IN)
#81 was obviously bothered by his hamstring injury in week one, but decided to test the sore hammy anyway. The result was two receptions for 19 yards. Good decision, eh coach?
Luckily, it sounds like he did not damage anything more than it already was. He actually practiced this week more than he has in a month.
The word out of Arizona is that Anquan Boldin will be ready to play come Sunday.
That’s it for this week. If you have any questions at all, contact me at StLDieHard24@gmail.com.
As always, take it easy.