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2012 NFL Week 1 injury updates

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Saffold was taken to the hospital with a neck injury. (US Presswire)

Here are some of the most important injuries in Week 1:

  • Rodger Saffold, Rams: As St. Louis' left tackle tried to keep his quarterback Sam Bradford from getting blasted by Lions safety John Wendling, Saffold got pushed into one of his teammates and hit his head. He immediately went to the turf, and he had to be carted off the field. He later was taken to the hospital with a neck injury. He was replaced by Wayne Hunter -- who you might remember being a disaster at tackle for the Jets. The good news: although the Lions won at the last second, Bradford survived the game. And more good news: Saffold reportedly has movement in his limbs, and it sounds like he might fly home to St. Louis with his teammates.
  • Pierre Garcon , Redskins: While Robert Griffin III got to celebrate the first touchdown pass of his career with an 88-yard strike to Garcon, you had to credit Garcon with a great grab on a throw that was slightly off-target. But he left the game with a foot injury after hurting himself on that long touchdown run. On the day, Garcon accumulated four catches for 109 yards, and afterward, he told reporters that he actually wanted to return to the game. X-rays on his foot were negative.
  • Fred Jackson, Bills: As CBSSports.com's NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported, Jackson sprained the LCL in his knee and will have an MRI on Monday. It's an unfortunate blow for Jackson, who suffered a season-ending injury last year after having such a wonderful first half of last season. The good news for the Bills is that C.J. Spiller carried the ball 14 times for 169 yards and one touchdown in what was mostly a Buffalo disaster against the Jets.
  • Jake Locker, Titans: His injury occurred on the same play Nate Washington got hurt after Locker threw what was first thought to be an interception (it was later ruled incomplete), and Locker hurt his non-throwing (left) shoulder while making a tackle on the would-be interception return. He didn't return to the game and gave way to last year's starter, Matt Hasselbeck, to finish the 34-13 loss to the Patriots. Afterward, Locker said the injury was more of a bruise and that he hadn't been told about needing an MRI. He is expected to play next week.
  • Nate Washington, Titans: He also was hurt on what was thought to be a Locker interception, and he eventually limped off the field with a leg contusion. Without Washington in the game, the Titans only had three healthy receivers to finish the game. Washington recorded two catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
  • Darrelle Revis, Jets: With his team dominating the Bills, Revis had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with what was termed a head injury. As is always the case in this kind of situation, you have to wonder if Revis has suffered a concussion.
  • Rashad Jennings, Jaguars: For as much talk as there has been about how Jennings would fare in place of Maurice Jones-Drew's long holdout, all the chatter might not matter. That's because he didn't return to the game in the second half after suffering a knee injury. He had eight carries and 31 yards in the first half, but now that Jones-Drew has returned and is in good form, Jennings might not get another chance to establish himself.
  • David Nelson, Bills: Though Jackson's injury was immediately discussed and dissected, the knee injury to Nelson, Buffalo's No. 2 receiver, might be more serious. According to Pro Football Talk, the Bills are feaful that Nelson has suffered a torn ACL in an injury that occured away from the ball near the end of the game. Obviously, that would be further devastating to an organization that will want to forget today ever existed.
  • With the Seahawks in the middle of trying to succeed on a late game-winning drive vs. the Cardinals, left tackle Russell Okung had to leave the game with what's being called a knee injury. Frank Omiyale replaced him, and the Seahawks barely fell short of the win. No word yet on the severity of the injury.

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