Injury roundup: No serious damage to Romo's ribs
Here's a look at the most important injury information we've gleaned from Sunday's games.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys (ribs): Good news for Cowboys fans -- Romo will play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, as the rib injury he suffered as the result of a brutal hit in the first half of Dallas' Sunday night win over the Giants is not serious. According to Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, x-rays showed no serious structural damage. Romo played through the injury Sunday night, and he's played through rib injuries before -- the most notable time being several straight games in the 2011 season.
"It's part of football," Romo said after the game. "You take some hits sometime. You've got to play. You just get back out there and play."
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys (foot): Bryant is usually Romo's top receiver, but he caught just four passes for 22 yards against the Giants. Bryant said that was due to the Giants' defense throwing double teams at him throughout the game, but he was also dealing with a sprained foot that he suffered in the fourth quarter. ESPN Dallas reports that Bryant had x-rays at the stadium, and they came back negative. Bryant expects to play against the Chiefs, though he does not yet know if he will practice Wednesday.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons (ankle): White played in 66 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps Sunday, catching two passes for 19 yards, in the team's loss to New Orleans. After the game, he said that the high ankle sprain he's been dealing with remains a problem. "Yeah, it's hard to cut," White told the media. "It's hard to do just about everything at the position. No excuses. When you go out there, you try to win." ESPN's Adam Schefter heard from sources who told him that White's injury should have kept him out of action for a month.
White also had a few words on Twitter regarding those fantasy owners disappointed by the undefined nature of his injury reports -- the Falcons have denied any major injury.
No I can't give out an injury report before the game. I play real football and it would be stupid to tip the other team off and say I'm hurt
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 9, 2013
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots (groin): Amendola played in just 59 of New England's 94 (!) offensive plays and grabbed 10 catches for 104 yards despite aggravating a groin injury that had him listed as probable through the week. He was out for a time in the first half, but returned to play in the third quarter, and put up an impressively gutsy performance in his regular-season debut for the Pats.
"I really didn’t have my legs under me in the first half," he said after the win over the Buffalo Bills. "Came in, made some adjustments and just tried to make as many plays as I could in the second half."
Given that TE Zach Sudfeld pulled a hamstring in the game, and Rob Gronkowski's status is uncertain, you can bet that Bill Belichick will ride this horse as much as he possibly can. Amendola has a short week of recovery, as the Patriots face the Jets on Thursday night.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (hand): It was reported on Monday that Gabbert, who aggravated a thumb injury in Jacksonville's loss to the Chiefs, will not play against the Raiders next Sunday. Gabbert had a laceration and got stitches on the sideline, head coach Gus Bradley said after the game. Gabbert completed three of six passes for 36 yards, and was replaced quickly by Chad Henne. The Jags were held to just two points on the day on a safety -- they were shut out on offense -- and this may be the beginning of the end for Gabbert in what has been a tremendously disappointing time in Jacksonville.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (quadriceps): Against the Jags, Charles suffered what head coach Andy Reid termed a 'quad contusion.' "He does have a range of motion, but we’ll just see how he does here over this week." Reid said of Charles. "He is moving around today; he’s okay." Charles finished with 77 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving in the opener, and he could afford to rest late in the blowout. He should be good to go against the Cowboys.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions (thumb): In his regular-season debut for the Lions, Bush became the third back in team history to rush for more than 100 yards and grab at least 90 receiving yards in a single game. The other two to do it? Barry Sanders and Billy Sims, so it was a sufficiently impressive feat. It was even more impressive given that Bush suffered a dislocated thumb in the first quarter of the Lions' win over the Vikings.
”Reggie’s a tough guy," head coach Jim Schwartz said on Monday. "I don’t know how many running backs carry or touch the ball as many times as he did yesterday, but anybody that did is probably experiencing the same kind of things today. His thumb happened on a pass. That’s life in the big city. You’re a running back in the NFL, there’s going to be some Monday’s where you’re not going to be feeling great. Feel a little bit better when you get the win and when you make the plays that he made. That’s what we’re looking for from him and not anything else.”
Unless there are setbacks, expect Bush to be ready for Detroit's Sunday game against the Arizona Cardinals. Note: On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed center Maurkice Pouncey (knee), running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee), and linebacker Larry Foote (bicep) on the Reserve/Injured list.