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Week 6 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
October 11, 2005

Arnaz Battle, WR, SF
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: 49ers WR Arnaz Battle, who was limited in practice last week because of a sprained knee, aggravated the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts and he did not play in the second half. The team has a bye in Week 6 but Battle is still being listed as doubtful for Week 7 and team officials don't think he will be ready to play until at least Week 8. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public but his knee was swollen and very sore on Monday and he could need several weeks of rest and treatment before he's ready to take the field.

Derrick Blaylock, RB, NYJ
Broken Foot

The Huddle: The Jets initially feared that RB Derrick Blaylock would miss the remainder of the season after breaking his right foot in Sunday's game against the Bucs but after an MRI and additional X-rays on Monday the team's medical staff believes he will be out only 6 - 8 weeks. It is unclear how or when Blaylock was hurt but according to team officials he will have a screw surgically inserted into his foot on Wednesday to help stabilize the fracture site. Rookie Cedric Houston will now move up the depth chart and will be Curtis Martin's primary backup.

Aaron Brooks, QB, NO
Bruised Hand

Huddle Up: Saints QB Aaron Brooks bruised his throwing hand in the second half of Sunday's game against the Packers. The injury was not considered serious but with the game being a blowout the team's medical staff felt it was unnecessary for Brooks to continue playing and risk further injury. He was seen with a bag of ice on his hand after the game but team officials don't expect the injury to be an issue so you can expect him in practice this week and in the starting lineup next weekend.

Najeh Davenport, RB, GB
Broken Ankle

Huddle Up: Packers RB Najeh Davenport has been placed on injured reserve and he will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right ankle. Davenport broke his ankle after being dragged down on a two-yard reception at the end of the first half. He was then taken to the locker room where according to team officials X-rays revealed a nasty break. Surgery was performed on Davenport's ankle on Monday and the team expects him to be at full strength in time for mini camps in 2006. Starting RB Ahman Green was inactive because of a thigh and knee injury so Tony Fisher replaced Davenport and was fairly productive. The Packers have a bye in Week 6 and they expect Green to be healthy for their next game in Week 7 but look for Fisher to serve as his backup for the remainder of the year.

Corey Dillon, RB, NE
Unspecified Leg Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots RB Corey Dillon left Sunday's game against the Falcons late in the fourth quarter after suffering an unspecified injury to his leg. As expected the Patriots have been very tightlipped about his injury but according to reports Dillon was feeling better on Monday. Even though he doesn't appear to be seriously hurt there isn't much to go on so it looks like we will have to wait several more days before we get something more specific.

Braylon Edwards, WR, CLE
Elbow Infection

Huddle Up: Browns rookie WR Braylon Edwards will remain in the hospital until at least today (Tuesday) after undergoing surgery on Saturday to clean out an infection near his right elbow. Edwards, who was inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears, noticed that his elbow was swollen following practice on Saturday and according to team officials he had several cuts and scrapes on his arms that apparently got infected. The Browns aren't sure if Edwards will be ready to play in Week 6 but the team is reporting that he is feeling much better and that they will know more about his status when he is released from the hospital.

Torry Holt, WR, STL
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: Rams WR Torry Holt played through Sunday's game against the Seahawks with a bruised knee. The injury occurred in the second quarter but he was able to stay in the game and he finished with 8 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Holt's knee was sore and a bit swollen on Monday so he underwent an MRI as a precaution. The MRI did not reveal any structural damage and while he might be limited in practice this week he should be back in the starting lineup next weekend.

Darrell Jackson, WR, SEA
Torn Knee Cartilage / Bone Bruise

Huddle Up: Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to remove a piece of loose cartilage from his knee that a specialist discovered during an examination last week. Jackson, who was already ruled out of Week 5 action with a bone bruise, was in Miami getting a second opinion on his ailing knee. According to reports doctors confirmed the presence of a deep bone bruise but also discovered loose cartilage from an injury that he suffered a couple of years ago. The Doctors advised that he could try and play with the loose cartilage but that it would be very uncomfortable and it could result in additional problems. So Jackson decided that surgery was the best course of action and if all goes well he could be back on the field in 4 - 6 weeks. Joe Jurevicius had a big game in his place on Sunday and he will continue to start as long as Jackson is out.

Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Texans WR Andre Johnson, who has been bothered by a minor calf strain over the last couple of weeks, left Sunday's game against the Titans after aggravating the injury. Johnson was hurt in the first quarter when he felt something in his calf pull during the first offensive pass play. He had to leave the game and after being taken to the locker room for an examination he returned to the sideline in street clothes. He apparently had an MRI on his leg last week according to the team's medical staff he may have made the injury worse. Johnson's status for Week 6 is currently up in the air but he will probably be held out of practice this week while he rests and rehabs.

Julius Jones, RB, DAL
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Cowboys RB Julius Jones left Sunday's game against the Eagles in the second quarter with a sprained ankle. Jones was hurt when he was tackled by an Eagles defender towards the end of the quarter. Jones attempted to warm up prior to the start of the second half but the team's medical staff decided to keep him out. Rookie Tyson Thompson took over for Jones and he was surprisingly effective against the Eagles defense. An MRI done on Jones' ankle did not reveal any significant damage however his status for Week 6 remains in question. Head coach Bill Parcells wasn't sure how long Jones would be out but he said he expects him to miss at least a day or two of practice this week.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: Lions RB Kevin Jones was knocked from Sunday's game against the Ravens with a mild concussion but the team doesn't expect him to miss more than a day or two of practice. Jones was hit on a goal-line run in the third quarter and had to leave the game after he began to experience headaches. Jones reported feeling a bit dizzy on Monday morning but the team's medical staff doesn't believe that his injury is serious and they expect him back in the starting lineup in Week 6.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Bears RB Thomas Jones left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns with a sprained knee and while he did not return an MRI done on his knee confirmed that the injury was minor. According to head coach Lovie Smith the MRI showed a minor ligament sprain. He did not say what ligament was sprained but he didn't seem too concerned. Jones will likely miss practice on Wednesday and Thursday but the Bears won't make a decision on his availability until they see how his knee responds to treatment and rehab. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

Deuce McAllister, RB, NO
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: It is not yet official but it looks like Saints RB Deuce McAllister will miss the remainder of the 2005 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday's game against the Packers. McAllister was hurt in the third quarter when his foot got caught on the turf at the end of a two-yard screen pass. Team physicians examined him and they initially thought that he had suffered damage to his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). He was helped off the field and taken to the locker room for precautionary X-rays. The X-rays were negative but the team's medical staff did not want him to return to the game and risk further injury without an in-depth examination of his knee. Unfortunately an MRI done on McAllister's knee revealed a torn ACL that will probably require season-ending surgery to fix. He will seek a second opinion on his knee but it looks like the Saints will be without their starting RB for the rest of the season. Antowain Smith replaced McAllister in Sunday's game and he will likely get a majority of the carries from here on out.

Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
Sports Hernia

Huddle Up: Eagles QB Donovan McNabb aggravated his sports hernia injury during a scramble in the second quarter against the Cowboys on Sunday but while he stayed in the game he complained of a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort and he was never able to get his game on track. McNabb was eventually replaced late in the second half as a precaution with the game out of reach. The Eagles have a bye this week, which gives McNabb a couple of weeks to recover before the next game but until he has surgery he will continue to experience problems that will affect his production.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Unspecified Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger was helped off the field and carted to the locker room following Monday night's game against the Chargers after injuring his knee late in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger was hurt when his left knee was bent back awkwardly following a hit. He then fell to the field holding his left knee in obvious pain. After being examined by the medical staff and helped off the field his knee was bandaged and wrapped in ice. The nature and severity of the injury is currently unknown but we will know more about his status for Week 6 and beyond over the next couple of days.

L.J. Smith, TE, PHI
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Eagles' TE L.J. Smith injured his ankle in the first half of Sunday's game but he was able to return in the second half and according to head coach Andy Reid the injury is not considered serious. An MRI done on Smith's ankle confirmed what Reid told reporters. It showed a minor ligament sprain but no major structural damage. Smith will have an extra week to rest since the Eagles will be on a bye next weekend so expect him to be at full strength in time for the team's next game in Week 7.

Roy Williams, WR, DET
Strained Quadriceps

Huddle Up: Lions WR Roy Williams could miss the next 1 - 2 weeks after straining his left quadriceps during Sunday's game against the Ravens. Williams was hurt while chasing Ravens' LB Terrell Suggs following an interception. He pulled up holding his leg and he started limping to the sideline. Following an examination on the sideline the team's medical staff felt it was best if he sat out the remainder of the game, so he did not return to the field. Williams was reportedly feeling sore on Monday and he will likely be held out of practice this week while he recovers. Team officials don't expect him to play in Week 6.

IDP Report

Patriots' DL Willie McGinest was seen wearing a soft cast on his hand after Sunday's game against the Falcons. According to reports McGinest actually broke his hand during the game but as expected the team has not commented on the injury. We probably won't get any specific information about this injury but we should know more about his status for Week 6 and the remainder of the season later on in the week. Rams' DL Leonard Little strained his lower back in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks and he experienced intense bouts of pain and spasms that forced him out of the game on several occasions. Little underwent an MRI on Monday but the results have not yet been released. Team officials don't expect him to practice on Wednesday. Bills' DL Ron Edwards, who injured his shoulder during the team's Week 4 game against the Saints, underwent surgery on Friday and according to team officials he will probably miss the remainder of the season. Tim Anderson started in Edwards' place on Sunday and he will continue to start as long as Edwards is on the sideline.

Falcons' LB Edgerton Hartwell will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his Achilles' tendon during Sunday's game against the Patriots. Hartwell was helped off the field after being injured in the third quarter and he was eventually carted to the locker room where he was fitted for crutches and a boot. An MRI performed on his leg confirmed the injury and he has already undergone surgery to repair the tear. Ike Reese will probably start in Hartwell's place. 49ers' LB Jeff Ulbrich could miss the remainder of the season after tearing his biceps muscle while trying to make a tackle on Colts' RB Edgerrin during Sunday's game. The team's medical staff has told Ulbrich that he could try and play through the injury but he could then face long-term problems if the muscle didn't heal right. The only way to guarantee a complete recovery is if he undergoes season-ending surgery to reattach the muscle. Ulbrich will probably seek a second opinion before making a final decision. Dolphins' LB Junior Seau re-aagravated his calf injury during Sunday's game against the Bills. Seau reported soreness in his calf and while he might be held out of practice on Wednesday head coach Nick Saban expects him to be ready to play in Week 6.

Seahawks' DB Michael Boulware was doing much better on Monday after losing the feeling in his lower body during Sunday's game against the Rams. Boulware injured his back in the second quarter and he told the team's medical staff on the field that he didn't have any feeling in his legs. He was stabilized, carted off the field and taken to the hospital where he underwent X-rays. The results came back negative and according to team officials he quickly regained the feeling in his legs and he rejoined the team in the locker room following the game. Head coach Mike Holmgren did not know if Boulware would be ready or not for next weekend's game against the Texans but he said that Boulware will probably be held out of practice this week as a precaution. The Seahawks' could have Boulware back for Week 6 but it looks like they will be without DB Andre Dyson for at least a couple of weeks. Dyson suffered a strained hamstring during Sunday's game that could keep him out for the next 2 - 4 weeks. He will have his leg reevaluated later on in the week but team officials don't expect him to be active against the Texans next weekend. Kelly Herndon will get the start if Dyson is unable to play.