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Training Camp Injury Update #3
Philip Gentles
August 13, 2010
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QUARTERBACKS

Brett Favre, MIN - Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery

Veteran QB Brett Favre has said on a number of occasions that he intends to play this season if he is healthy. Unfortunately Favre’s surgically repaired ankle is still not 100% and if things don’t improve quickly he will probably announce his retirement. Favre reportedly met with Dr. James Andrews, the physician that performed the surgery, on Thursday. Details of the visit have not been made public but there is a lot of speculation as to why he went. Some media outlets believe he went to get medical clearance while others are assuming that he wanted to find out why his ankle wasn‘t getting better. The good news is that we’ll likely have an update on his 2010 status either today or sometime this weekend so keep an eye on The Huddle’s newswire.

RUNNING BACKS

Darren McFadden, OAK - Strained Hamstring

Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden was inactive for Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Cowboys because of a hamstring strain. According to reports McFadden hasn’t practiced since last weekend because of pain and tightness in his left hamstring. The medical staff does not believe that the injury is serious, but McFadden has had issues with durability the last couple of years and it looks like the team will make sure that he is completely healthy before they allow him to practice and play. Obviously time away from the field means that he will lose ground in his battle with Michael Bush for the starting job.

Knowshon Moreno, DEN - Partially Torn Hamstring

Broncos’ RB Knowshon Moreno, who isn’t practicing because of a partial tear in his hamstring, will not play in the team’s first pre-season game and he could reportedly miss the entire pre-season while he recovers. However team officials are confident that he will be ready for Week 1. Moreno told reporters earlier this week that his leg was feeling a lot better and that he hoped to start practicing on a limited basis soon. Teammate Correll Buckhalter has been dealing with a neck and back problem and he has been in and out of practice as a result. He will also miss the team’s first exhibition game but the team expects him back for their second one. LenDale White is dealing with a leg problem so look for Lance Ball to start against the Bengals on Sunday and newly signed Justin Fargas to get a lot of playing time.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Antonio Bryant, CIN - Knee Inflammation

Bengals’ WR Antonio Bryant remains out because of a bothersome knee and head coach Marvin Lewis said that he wasn’t sure when he would be able to start practicing again. Bryant continues to complain of discomfort in his swollen knee and he told reporters on Thursday that he wasn’t sure when he would begin running. Bryant probably should be on the team’s active PUP list, however he convinced the team that he was healthy enough to practice at the start of training camp and by practicing he became ineligible for the list. The exact nature of Bryant’s injury remains a mystery, but if it isn’t healed by now I doubt that he will be 100% at any point this season without some sort of surgical intervention and/or a significant amount of rest. Terrell Owens will start opposite of Chad Ochocinco and look for rookie Jordan Shipley to get a lot of playing time in the slot.

Dez Bryant, DAL - High Ankle Sprain

Cowboys’ rookie WR Dez Bryant, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain, is still in a walking boot and according to reports he is at least 2 weeks away from returning to practice. Bryant has spent a lot of time in the team’s training room since getting hurt and he is reportedly getting stronger every day. But the Cowboys aren’t going to take any chances with talented rookie receiver. So even if Bryant returns to the practice field a week or two before the start of the regular season there is good chance that he will be held out of the team’s final pre-season games as a precaution.

Michael Crabtree, SF - Strained Neck

According to reports 49ers’ WR Michael Crabtree is day to day after leaving practice on Wednesday with a strained neck. Crabtree was apparently hurt when he fell down while trying to catch a pass in the end zone during 7-on-7 drills. The injury is not considered serious, however there is a good chance that he will not play in the team’s first pre-season game. Crabtree could return to practice as early as next week.

Donald Driver, GB - Strained Calf

There were a lot of questions and concerns about WR Donald Driver’s health after the veteran missed a large portion of the team’s off-season workouts while recovering from arthroscopic left and right knee surgeries. He was eventually given full medical clearance and he was reportedly looking good in practice at the start of training camp. Unfortunately he picked up a calf strain last weekend and he missed five straight practices. Driver surprised a lot of people and practiced on Thursday night, however he is still scheduled to meet with a doctor on Friday. There is a good chance that he will be inactive for Saturday’s pre-season game.

Percy Harvin, MIN - Migraines

Vikings’ WR Percy Harvin, who has been away from the team for the last two weeks while grieving the death of his grandmother, was supposed to rejoin the team on Monday. However it was revealed that Harvin has been dealing with migraines and head coach Brad Childress isn’t sure when he will be able to return. Harvin dealt with migraine headaches all of last season and also during the recent off-season. According the reports the migraines make it very difficult for him to practice or play. He still has plenty of time to recover, however this is a problem that will reoccur at some point this season. He missed a number of practices last year because of the problem but he found a way to play through it. That’s the best we can hope for this year.

Robert Meachem, NO - Toe Surgery

According to reports the Saints still don’t know when WR Robert Meachem will be able to practice and play. Meachem injured the second toe on his left foot at the end of last season and the team initially thought that it was a minor problem. However he complained of escalating pain and discomfort during the early portions of the team’s off-season conditioning program and he eventually had torn cartilage in the toe surgically repaired. The medical staff hoped that he would be ready by the start of training camp, however an evaluation prior to camp showed that he wasn’t ready to practice and he was placed on the active PUP list. He still hasn’t practiced, but team officials remain optimistic and they expect to see him on the field before the start of the regular season. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery.

Steve Smith, NYG - Strained Groin / Lingering Hip Soreness

Giants’ starting WR Steve Smith injured his groin in practice late last week, but an MRI showed that the injury is not serious and he should be able to return soon. Smith reportedly suffered a minor strain and although he hasn’t practiced since getting hurt he has resumed running and he believes that he will be back on the field with teammates next week. Smith has also been dealing with soreness in his hip but he said that he has had problems with his hip since college and that it wouldn’t be an issue this season. The Giants will play their first pre-season game on Monday and Smith will likely be held out as a precaution. 

Demaryius Thomas, DEN - Fractured Foot / Torn Scar Tissue

Rookie WR Demaryius Thomas gave the Broncos a scare last weekend when he appeared to re-injure his foot in practice. Thomas, who fractured his left foot prior to the draft combine, landed awkwardly on the same foot during a touchdown catch and after being examined by trainers he was escorted off the field and taken back to the locker room for X-rays. According to reports the X-rays were negative and additional tests which included a CT scan and an MRI revealed that he tore scar tissue (calcification around the fracture site). So it doesn’t appear that he re-fractured his foot. Thomas will not play in the team’s first pre-season game and the team isn’t sure when he will be able to return to practice or play.

Wes Welker, NE - ACL Surgery

As expected Patriots’ WR Wes Welker was inactive for the team’s pre-season game against the Saints on Thursday. Welker, who is recovering from ACL surgery, has been participating in contact drills for over a week now and according to reports his knee has held up well. However he is still just 7 ½ months removed from reconstructive knee surgery and the Patriots don’t want him playing just yet. Team officials are hoping to see him on the field for their third pre-season game, but the ultimate goal is for Welker to be ready for the start of the regular season. The good news is that is looks like he will be healthy enough to play in Week 1, but don’t be surprised if he splits playing time with Julian Edelman.

TIGHT ENDS

Kevin Boss, NYG - Hamstring Tightness / Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery

Giants’ TE Kevin Boss, who has been recovering from off-season ankle surgery, is now dealing with tightness in his hamstring and he was unable to practice on Thursday as a result. According to reports Boss has been overcompensating for his surgically repaired ankle. The injury to Boss’ hamstring is not believed to be serious, however he told a reporter that he is frustrated with his recovery and he indicated that although he expects to play in Week 1 he probably won’t be completely healthy for the start of the season.

Owen Daniels, HOU - ACL Surgery

Texans’ TE Owen Daniels remains on the active PUP list however head coach Gary Kubiak recently said that he was happy with Daniels recovery over the last week. Kubiak told reporters about a week ago that Daniels, who is recovering from ACL surgery, had a setback in his recovery and that he was behind in schedule. But it appears that things have taken a turn for the better. According to reports Daniels is now catching over 100 balls a day from a machine and team officials believe that he is getting closer to joining his teammates on the practice field. I‘d be surprised if he was cleared to play in any of the team‘s pre-season games, but the local media in Houston is reporting that he will be cleared in time for the start of the regular season. Obviously we’ll know more the closer we get to Week 1.

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