With information hotter than Jaime Edmondson, here is week 4 injury info for week 5 NFL picks.
Michael Vick, Eagles: RIBS
Is the Eagles’ season about to go south in a hurry? Michael Vick has been one of football’s most exciting stories in 2010 but his glory may be short-lived thanks to a nasty hit he took in Philly’s loss to Washington on Sunday. As he walked off the field grimacing, it looked like he broke a rib or his collarbone. For now, the Eagles are calling him “day to day or week to week” with a rib cartilage injury. It’s still too early to tell how long he’ll be out and whether or not the injury will affect his throwing motion.
Jay Cutler, Bears: CONCUSSION
Poor Jay Cutler took nine sacks in just two quarters against the New York Giants before exiting with a concussion on Sunday night. Reportedly, he’s “doing OK” and may not miss any time, but the Bears’ offensive line is so bad that we should expect Cutler to take more big shots and get hurt again.
Darren McFadden, Raiders: HAMSTRING
Just when it looked like Run DMC was about to become a superstar…he gets hurt again. McFadden injured his hamstring and looks like he’ll turn over the running back reins to Michael Bush for at least a week.
LeSean McCoy, Eagles: RIBS
This news only broke today. Apparently more than one Philly skill player got his ribs banged up on Sunday. Starting running back LeSean McCoy fractured a rib in the defeat. If he doesn’t miss the Eagles’ next game, he’ll still probably be limited. The Eagles’ NFL futures suddenly don’t look like they did even one week ago.
Clinton Portis, Redskins: GROIN
The creaky veteran Portis showed surprising burst yesterday before “hearing his groin pop.” Ouch. Looks like Ryan Torain will get the lion’s share of the carries if Portis is out for a while. It certainly looks like he will be.
Pierre Thomas, Saints: ANKLE
Thomas didn’t play at all yesterday as he had trouble planting or cutting on his ankle before the Saints’ game against Carolina. Thomas’ Week 5 status is uncertain but, after Ladell Betts and Christopher Ivory did fine in his stead, perhaps the Saints won’t rush Thomas back.
Steve Smith, Panthers: ANKLE
We already had enough reasons to avoid betting on Carolina – but now Panthers’ top wideout Steve Smith is out with a high ankle sprain. The Panthers have a bye in Week 6 so we probably won’t see him until Week 7. Then again, Smith is a famously quick healer. Remember when he broke his arm over the summer?