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Week 5 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
October 4, 2005

Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIN
Unspecified Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has not played well this season and he's finally giving us a good reason why. Culpepper told reporters following Sunday's loss to the Falcons that he "tweaked" his right knee back in Week 1 against the Bucs and that it has affected his mobility ever since. The Vikings have tried to keep the injury under wraps but a frustrated Culpepper made it clear that he wasn't healthy. Now the exact nature of the injury remains a mystery so there isn't much to go on but the team is hoping that he will be back to full strength following their Week 5 bye. We will keep a close eye on this situation.

Bobby Engram, WR, SEA
Cracked Ribs

Huddle Up: Seahawks WR Bobby Engram cracked a couple of ribs on his left side during the team's first play on Sunday against the Redskins but he was able to catch 9 balls for 106 yards before finally leaving the game in the second half. Engram was hurt when he was tackled on a 5-yard reception. He was able to stay in the game and actually made a 10-yard grab on the very next play but he began to complain of increasing pain and discomfort as the game went on and he was finally forced out of the game in the fourth quarter. X-rays in the locker room confirmed that he had suffered cracked ribs but at this point the team doesn't know what his long-term status is. Team officials don't expect him to practice this week but head coach Mike Holmgren isn't prepared to rule him out of Week 5 action just yet. We will keep you posted.

Antrel Rolle, DB, ARI
Torn Knee Ligament and Meniscus

Huddle Up: The Cardinals have lost rookie DB Antrel Rolle for the remainder of the season after physicians discovered a torn ligament and additional tissue damage during an arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Rolle, who was hurt in Week 3, was in Miami undergoing surgery to repair damage to the cartilage in his knee. The Cardinals initially thought that he would have to miss a month while he recovered, however during the surgery doctors unexpectedly encountered additional damage including a torn ligament. The Panthers have not said what ligament was damaged but it has already been repaired and Rolle will miss the remainder of the 2005 season.

Darren Sproles, RB, SD
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Chargers rookie RB and kick returner Darren Sproles, who sprained his ankle in the second half of Sunday's game against the Patriots, remains a question mark for next weekend's game against the Steelers but according to team officials there is a chance that he may be ready to play. Sproles was actually carted to the locker room for X-rays following the injury. He did not suffer any fractures but he did not return. The Chargers aren't expecting him to practice on Wednesday but feel he could be back on the field on either Thursday or Friday.

Michael Vick, QB, ATL
Mild MCL Sprain

Huddle Up: Falcons QB Michael Vick sprained the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee during Sunday's game against the Vikings but the good news is that an MRI did not show any significant damage and he is expected to be ready for next weekend's game. Vick was hurt in the second quarter when he was tackled by a Vikings player after throwing an incomplete pass. He was examined on the sidelines by the training staff and he wanted to go back into the game but the Falcons decided to play it safe and keep him out. An MRI done on Vick's knee showed that he had some joint inflammation and a grade 1 or mild MCL sprain but no significant ligament or cartilage damage. Vick is not expected to practice on Wednesday and he could be limited on Thursday and Friday but the team believes he will be in the starting lineup for their Week 5 game.

Cadillac Williams, RB, TB
Strained Hamstring / Strained Arch

Huddle Up: Bucs rookie RB Cadillac Williams strained his hamstring during the third quarter of Sunday's game and his status for Week 5 remains a question mark. Williams told reporters that the injury to his hamstring probably occurred because he was compensating for his injured foot. Cadillac did not practice last week because of a strained arch in left foot and according to team officials he was once again placed in a protective boot on Monday to help the injury heal faster and he will likely miss practice this week while he recovers. At this point the Bucs don't know if he will be ready for Week 5 but they will evaluate his arch and hamstring injuries on a daily basis and they will know more about his status later on in the week. Michael Pittman picked up the slack for Cadillac on Sunday and he will be the primary call carrier if Cadillac is unable to play.

Roland Williams, TE, STL
Dislocated Knee

Huddle Up: Rams TE Roland Williams will miss the remainder of season after dislocating and tearing several ligaments in his right knee during Sunday's game against the Giants. Williams was hurt after being tackled following a reception in the first quarter. His foot got caught in the field while being upended by a Rams' defender during the play. The team's medical staff immediately stabilized his leg in a vacuum splint and he was carted off the field and into a waiting ambulance. An MRI confirmed that Williams sustained tears to several of his knee ligaments and according to head coach Mike Martz he will require major knee surgery to repair the problems. Brandon Manumaleuna, who plays full back and tight end for the Rams, is also being slowed by a knee injury so don't be surprised of the team decides to bring back Cam Cleeland.