Injury - Football Wiretap

DeMarcus Ware Considered Retirement After 2009 Injury

Aug 31, 2012 4:18 PM

DeMarcus Ware strongly considered retirement in 2009 when he had a serious neck injury.

Ware is considered one of the NFL's two or three best defensive players, being voted to six Pro Bowls since he was the 11th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2005 Draft.

"You never think that you'll be the guy who's on the stretcher," said Ware. "It's usually a special teams guy, because they have those big impact hits. But the guys on offense and defense, we don't have enough speed built up to have that impact. When I went down, everything just stopped. I thought, "Why am I here?" I actually thought that my body was moving. I thought I was moving my arms, I thought I was moving my legs. But I wasn't. I couldn't move. Mentally, I was moving. But physically, I wasn't. I'm sitting there, just thinking. I was thinking, "I'm that guy." Everyone was watching me, just lying there, unable to do anything. I felt embarrassed, actually. They strapped me up, and I wasn't able to move my neck or arms or legs, but I said, "I'm alright. I'm alright." Then it finally hit me when they took my facemask off. When they took that facemask off, they took something out of me."

Ware considered walking away from the game, but not due to the physical pain.

"No, because I was scared. I was so scared. I started thinking about my family. I thought, "I might have to give football up." I really thought I might have to retire, because I just couldn't imagine going through something so traumatic again."

Peter Schrager/GQ

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Injury, Misc Rumor

Dalton Fine After Suffering Scary Arm Bruise

Aug 31, 2012 8:55 AM

Andy Dalton appears to have escaped serious injury despite leaving Thursday night's preseason finale against the Colts early with a bruised arm.

Marvin Lewis says Dalton is "fine" and would have returned had it been a regular-season game.

Dalton was hit by Robert Mathis and others on Cincinnati's sixth offensive play. Initially, he stayed down, then got up and walked toward the sideline where he dropped to the ground again.


Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Injury

Adrian Peterson Likely Game-Time Decision For Opener

Aug 31, 2012 1:49 AM

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday night that star running back Adrian Peterson probably will be a game-time decision for next week's regular season opener against the Jaguars, according to an report.

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Injury

Vick Plans To Try New Flak Jacket

Aug 29, 2012 9:59 AM

Michael Vick's ribs are still sore from the hit he took last week against the Patriots.

He plans to try a new flak jacket for Philadelphia's season opener against Cleveland. It will be designed to cover more of his torso than the previous model.

"I really can't explain what goes into the type of material," Vick said. "I'm just trying something different -- that's all I can tell you ... It's Kevlar. I'm looking forward to it ... to give me more protection and just to see what comes out of it. It's going to be custom fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, across my ribs. I think it'll be a better fit."

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury

Chargers May Be Without LT Jared Gaither In Week 1

Aug 28, 2012 10:58 PM

The Chargers may be without their starting left tackle for Week 1 against the Raiders, as Jared Gaither underwent an MRI on Tuesday for an undisclosed injury.

Gaither was claimed off waivers last November from the Chiefs and signed a four-year deal in the offseason.

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter)

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Injury

Kenny Britt Activated From PUP List

Aug 28, 2012 10:45 PM

The Tennessee Titans have activated Kenny Britt from the PUP list, allowing him to begin practice with the team next week.

The NFL is expected to suspend Britt.

Britt tore his right ACL last September after a fast start to 2011.

Jim Wyatt/Tennessean

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Injury

Vikings Allowing Peterson To Take Hits During Practice

Aug 28, 2012 8:42 AM

The Vikings are now allowing Adrian Peterson to take hits in practice as he approaches a full recovery from his anterior cruciate ligament surgery.

Peterson was hit on Monday for the first time this summer.

"There were times there was nowhere to go and he had to run into people, and he responded well," coach Leslier Frazier said. "That was good to see. There were some good, hard hits. Nothing to the ground, just guys thudding him."

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Injury

Broken Blood Vessel Unlikely To Keep Stafford From Opener

Aug 27, 2012 2:49 PM

Matthew Stafford broke a blood vessel in his left hand, but still expects to be ready for his team's regular season opener against the Rams.

Stafford suffered the injury against the Raiders on Saturday.

"It was just scary to look down and see your hand swelling up by the second," Stafford said. "That kind of freaked me out. The skin kind of just grew by the second. I didn't know what was going on."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Injury

Ravens Place Suggs On PUP List

Aug 27, 2012 11:06 AM

The Ravens have placed Terrell Suggs on the physically unable to perform list.

Suggs will therefore miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

Suggs tore his Achilles' tendon while playing basketball.

Albert Breer/ (via Twitter)

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Injury

Injuries Have Giants Concerned About Depth

Aug 26, 2012 11:57 AM

The Giants have seen a number of players suffer injuries this preseason, leading Tom Coughlin to worry about the team's depth.

Prince Amukamara suffered a high-ankle sprain, while Terrell Thomas reaggravated his surgically repaired right ACL and has been out indefinitely.

"We started with a lot of numbers and those numbers have dwindled now," Coughlin said of New York's secondary. "We are certainly concerned. Concerned is a very modest word."

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Tags: New York Giants, Injury

Steelers May Lose First-Round Pick For Season
Steelers first-round pick David DeCastro has a torn MCL, but the team is unsure if he also tore his ACL.

Adam Schefter/

Stafford Hurts Left Hand, Injury Appears Minor
The Lions quarterback was hit in the hand by a helmet in the second quarter.

Associated Press

Theismann's Advice To Mariani: Don't Watch Video Of Injury
It was twenty years before Joe Theismann watched a replay of his gruesome leg injury and he has some advice for Tennessee return man Mike Mariani.


Amukamara Suffers High Ankle Sprain
Prince Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Bears on Friday night and may be out several weeks.

Ohm Youngmisuk/

Davin Joseph Carted Off With Serious Knee Injury
Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph suffered what is believed to be a serious knee injury in Friday night's 30-28 preseason victory over the Patriots.

Associated Press

Trent Richardson Expected To Start In Week 1
Trent Richardson underwent "routine arthroscopic" knee surgery on August 9th.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Titans Lose Marc Mariani For Season With Broken Leg
Marc Mariani suffered a broken leg on a punt return in the first quarter of the Titans' preseason game on Thursday against the Cardinals.

Jim Wyatt/Tennessean

Mark Ingram Ahead Of Schedule In Recovery
Mark Ingram underwent offseason surgeries on his toe and to clean up his right knee, but is getting healthier.

RealGM Staff Report

Jahvid Best May Begin Season On PUP List
Jahvid Best continues to recover from a concussion he sustained last season, the third of his career.

Anwar S. Richardson/MLive

Steve Smith Has Foot Infection
Steve Smith missed Panthers' practice on Wednesday and was spotted on crutches.

Joseph Person/Charlotte Observer

McFadden Won't Be Limited By Raiders Due To Injury Fears
Darren McFadden has a history of missing chunks of time because of injury.

San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Vick To Play Week 1
Michael Vick has injured his thumb and ribs in two preseason games.

Associated Press

Witten Won't Need Surgery On Spleen
Surgery on Jason Witten's spleen would have ended his season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jones Doesn't Believe Basketball Contributed To Dez Bryant's Injury
Dez Bryant has been diagnosed with jumper's knee.

Joe Machota/Dallas Morning News

Vick Leaves With Rib Injury; X-rays Negative
Andy Reid expects Michael Vick to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, even if he doesn't play in the team's final two preseason games.


Dez Bryant MRI Reveals No Major Damage To Left Knee
Dez Bryant injured his knee during the Cowboys' practice on Monday against the Chargers, slipping when coming out of a break.

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Austin Collie Tested For Concussion Symptoms
Austin Collie was forced out of Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers after he took a blow to the head in the first quarter.

Shurmur: Richardson 'A Little Ahead' Of Schedule
Trent Richardson had what the team termed "routine arthroscopic" knee surgery on Aug. 9.


Redskins Get Good News After Orakpo's MRI
The Redskins were thrilled to learn that an MRI on Brian Orakpo's left shoulder showed "nothing serious at all," according to the linebacker's agent.

Jacoby Ford May Miss Opener
Jacoby Ford is expected to miss time with a sprained left foot.