Week 5 saw the return of several injured players and some of them made quite a splash. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck overcame the pain of still healing rib fractures to throw for four touchdowns and lead all signal-callers in fantasy points this week. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb also returned from a rib injury to the tune of three touchdown passes. Teammate Brian Westbrook rejoined the team as well after resting his sprained ankle during the bye. Westbrook played a limited role but emerged from Sunday's contest feeling fine, which may have been his most important stat.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy E. Williams did not make the trip to Kansas City with the team, being forced to rest his injured rib cartilage that kept him out of practice all week. It never really appeared that he would be able to play, but Williams will have the benefit of a Week 6 bye. New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was active Monday night ... barely. He had one reception for four yards and was not at full strength with his recently strained hamstring. In fact, according to a Newsday report, he may have aggravated it further, potentially calling into question his status for Week 6.
Fortunately it was not a huge weekend for new injuries to key fantasy players but here's what we're looking at so far after Week 5's action ...
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Johnson headed into Sunday's game probable with a thigh bruise sustained in Week 4. He didn't last long, however, as an injury to his right knee forced him out in the first quarter. Coach Jim Schwartz does not offer injury details but did indicate that Johnson's injury does not appear serious.
Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: The bad news: Palmer suffered an injury to his thumb when he landed awkwardly on the ground. The good news: It's his left (non-throwing) hand. It's hard to imagine that this will threaten Palmer's status for Week 6.
Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts: The last time something happened to Manning's knee, he didn't miss any regular season playing time but many claimed that it affected his performance for several weeks. After Sunday night's game, Manning mentioned in his news conference that his left knee was bothering him after a couple Tennessee Titans hits that resulted in roughing-the-passer calls. On Monday, coach Jim Caldwell indicated that Manning's knee was sore but not injured, according to the Associated Press. As a point of reference, this is the same knee that Manning had surgery on last preseason to address an infection. Fortunately for the Colts, this is a bye week, so it appears Manning will have plenty of recovery time.
Other quick hits:
San Francisco 49ers running back Glenn Coffee left the game with a leg contusion. The 49ers have a bye this week and hope to have Coffee and Frank Gore available for Week 7. There is plenty of time between now and then to see how things really shape up in practice.
The Detroit Lions will see what quarterback Matthew Stafford can do in practice this week and he remains day-to-day with his knee. Coach Jim Schwarrtz told the Detroit Free Press that the decision on whether to play Stafford will come down to his mobility, and the upcoming bye in Week 7 will not be a factor.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reportedly felt fine after his Sunday half-game performance. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Manning believes he will be able to put in a full practice this week. The foot condition is something that Manning will likely have to contend with throughout the season, but the fact that he is feeling so good after a recent setback bodes well for him.
See you at the injury chats (Tuesday 11 a.m.-noon, Friday 11 a.m.-noon and Sunday pregame 10-10:30 a.m.), and we'll have the latest injury updates affecting Week 5 in the Saturday morning blog!