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Week 9 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
November 1, 2005

Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI
Bone Bruise

Huddle Up: The Cardinals received good news about WR Anquan Boldin's injured knee. Boldin, who has been dealing with soreness in his knee the last couple of weeks, aggravated the problem in the second quarter of Sunday's game and he had to leave in the fourth quarter after the pain became unbearable. The team's medical staff initially feared that Boldin had suffered cartilage damage but an MRI performed on his knee on Monday morning apparently showed that his meniscus (which is knee cartilage) and ligaments were intact. However it did reveal a bone bruise that could keep him out of practice this week and possibly out of the Cardinals' next game. They will monitor his recovery over the next couple of days and they will know more about his status for Week 9 towards the end of the week.

Mark Bradley, WR, CHI
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Bears' WR Mark Bradley will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Sunday's game against the Lions. The rookie was hurt in the second quarter after turning up field following a 13-yard reception. Bradley, who was not touched, grabbed his knee while he fell out of bounds and after being examined by the team's medical staff on the sidelines he was carted to the locker room for further evaluation. Prior to the injury he had caught 5 passes for 88 yards making it his best game as a pro. An MRI performed on Monday morning revealed a torn ACL and he will undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling subsides. Justin Gage will likely take Bradley's place in the starting lineup and Bobby Wade will see an increase in playing time.

Tyrone Calico, WR, TEN
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: The results of an MRI performed on WR Tyrone Calico's injured calf have not been released but according to reports his calf is swollen and very sore and the team isn't sure if he will be ready to play in Week 9. Calico was hurt in Sunday's game against the Raiders and head coach Jeff Fisher is worried that if he tries to practice this week he could aggravate the problem and be sidelined for an extended period of time. Even if the MRI returns favorable results his current condition would lead you to believe that there is a good chance that he will be out for a while so don't be surprised if he is ruled out for their next game.

Ernie Conwell, TE, NO
Torn PCL

Huddle Up: The Saints are going to be without Ernie Conwell for the next 3 - 6 weeks after veteran TE tore his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) during Sunday's game against the Dolphins. It is unclear how he injured his knee but head coach Jim Hasslet told reporters that Conwell would not be back on the field until at least Week 11. Conwell will not require surgery but he will undergo an extensive rehabilitation program to strengthen his knee.

Chris Cooley, TE, WAS
Knee and Hip Injury

Huddle Up: Redskins TE Chris Cooley was hurt and carted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday's game and while he was able to return to the field in the second half the team sent him in for an MRI on Monday morning to determine the severity of his injuries. According to reports Cooley suffered injuries to his hip and knee and they were both very sore following the game. Team officials expect Cooley to miss practice on Wednesday but they will know more about his status for Week 9 once the MRI results are released.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIN
Torn ACL, MCL and PCL

Huddle Up: Vikings' QB Daunte Culpepper will miss the remainder of the season after severely injuring his knee during Sunday's game against the Panthers. Culpepper, who tore the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee, was injured in the first quarter when he was tackled by a Panthers defender at the end of an 18-yard run. The team's medical staff knew right away that Culpepper had suffered a major injury but they had no idea that the damage in his knee was this bad. An MRI done on Monday morning revealed multiple ligament tears that will not only require surgery but that will also require at least 10 months of rehabilitation. Team officials are hoping that Culpepper will be back in time for training camp next year but even if he beats the odds and is cleared to return he won't be back to full strength until sometime in 2007.

Stephen Davis, RB, CAR
Torn Scar Tissue

Huddle Up: Panthers' RB Stephen Davis left in the first quarter of Sunday's game after tearing scar tissue in his surgically repaired knee, but he was able to return to the field in the second quarter and finish the game. Davis apparently felt a pop when he was hit by Panthers' nose tackle Pat Williams. He was examined on the sideline and after the medical staff found that his knee was structurally fine they informed Davis that the pop was just the scar tissue from last year's surgery tearing. Davis was reportedly feeling sore on Monday and he might be held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution but team officials expect him to be back in the starting lineup in Week 9 against the Bucs.

Ken Dorsey, QB, SF
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: 49ers QB Ken Dorsey sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Bucs and while an MRI did not reveal any ligament damage his status for Week 9 remains in doubt. Dorsey's ankle was still very swollen on Monday but he will attempt to practice on Wednesday. He will get treatment on his ankle at least twice today and the team will wait to see how he does on Wednesday before they make a decision on his status. With rookie QB Alex Smith still out with a grade 2 MCL sprain if Dorsey can't play look for Cody Pickett to be the 49ers starting QB this upcoming weekend.

Priest Holmes, RB, KC
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: Chiefs' RB Priest Holmes left in the third quarter of Sunday's game with what the team called "mild head trauma" (which is the same thing as a concussion) and he did not return. Holmes was injured when he was hit hard by Chargers' rookie LB Shawne Merriman. He immediately began to feeling dizzy so the team's medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. According to head coach Dick Vermeil the injury to Holmes is not considered serious and while he might be held out of practice on Wednesday he should be ready to go in time for next weekend's game. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

Chad Johnson, WR, CIN
Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: Bengals' WR Chad Johnson left in the second quarter of Sunday's game with what appeared to be a bruised shoulder and after walking to the locker room he quickly returned to the sideline and was back on the field. Johnson was hurt when he was slammed to the ground after a catch and he looked like he was in a bit of pain. However according to reports the team doesn't consider his injury serious. Now the Bengals have not said what the injury is and if it will affect his status for their next game but the fact that he was able to return and finish the game after the injury indicates that it can't be very serious. We will know more about his status later in the week so check back on Friday for an update.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Bears' RB Thomas Jones missed the team's final two offensive possessions in regulation time and the entire overtime after bruising his ribs in the fourth quarter. Jones was hurt when he was hit by a Lions defender prior to fumbling the ball during a fourth quarter run. He was having a hard time breathing and rotating his body on the sideline so he was not allowed to return to the game. The good news is that X-rays in the locker room following the game were negative and a further examination on Monday revealed mild bruising. Head coach Lovie Smith told reporters that he wasn't worried about Jones and that he expected him to be ready for their next game. We will see how he is in a couple of days but he should be fine for Week 9.

Terrell Owens, WR, PHI
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Eagles WR Terrell Owens is listed as day-to-day because of a sprained ankle that occurred during Sunday's game against the Broncos. According to reports the injury isn't considered serious however it is the same ankle he surgically repaired last year. So the team's medical staff sent him for an MRI just to make sure that his ankle was OK. The results of the MRI are pending but head coach Andy Reid doesn't anticipate this being a problem. Check back on Friday morning for an update on his status.

Patrick Pass, RB, NE
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: With Corey Dillon still being hampered by a sprained ankle the Patriots decided to start backup Patrick Pass. However Pass strained his hamstring in the second quarter and he was replaced by Dillon who went on to post decent numbers. Pass did not return to the game and although head coach Bill Belichick said that he was fine he was seen walking with a limp on Monday morning. His status for Week 9 is currently unknown but even though the injury doesn't sound serious you can never really tell when it comes to the Patriots. Dillon should be back in the starting lineup so Pass' health is really not an issue.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger twisted his right knee during the first quarter of Sunday's game and while he was able to remain on the field his mobility was affected and he looked uncomfortable moving throughout the game. Roethlisberger hyperextended his left knee in Week 5 but there are reports that he actually injured his right knee several weeks ago as well and that he aggravated the problem against the Ravens. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public but I'm sure he will undergo tests at some point today to determine its severity. His knee doesn't appear to be too bad but check back on Friday for an update.

Ben Troupe, TE, TEN
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Titans' TE Ben Troupe left in the second half of Sunday's game after suffering a high ankle sprain and did not return. According to head coach Jeff Fisher Troupe was felling very sore on Monday morning and that his status for Week 9 is currently up in the air. He will probably be held out of practice this week while he receives treatment but don't be surprised if he doesn't make a quick recovery. High ankle sprains can linger for several weeks so this could affect him for a while to come.

Reggie Williams, WR, JAX
Concussion

Huddle Up: Jaguars' WR Reggie Williams left Sunday's game in the first half after suffering a blow to the head. Williams attempted to return but he left the game again and remained on the sideline for the remainder of the day. According to reports Williams has been diagnosed with a concussion but he status for Week 9 has not been determined. He underwent further testing on Monday and he will apparently see a specialist but head coach Jack Del Rio did indicate that there was still a chance that Williams would be ready to play in Week 9. With Williams on the sideline Ernest Wilford stepped up and had a huge game in his place. Del Rio did not say if Wilford would be replacing Williams on a permanent basis but look for Wilford to see an increase in his playing time.

IDP Report

Eagles DL Jevon Kearse, who sprained the AC joint in his shoulder during Sunday's game, is officially listed as day-to-day but the team's medical staff isn't optimistic about his chances of playing in their next game. There is a chance that he will make a quick recovery but the team is preparing to play without him. Cowboys' LB Al Singleton could be out for the remainder of the season after fracturing his right clavicle during Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Singleton will reportedly see a specialist to determine what course of treatment is necessary but at this point the only way he will be able to play for the Cowboys again this season is if they advance deep into the playoffs. Broncos' LB Al Wilson dislocated a finger during Sunday's game against the Eagles but he was able to return to the game after a team trainer popped his finger back into place. Team officials don't appear to be concerned about this and they expect him to be ready for their next game. Broncos' DB Champ Bailey continues to be bothered by a strained hamstring. Bailey was forced to leave Sunday's game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. He will probably miss practice on Wednesday but even if he is cleared to play in Week 9 expect this to be a problem for the remainder of the season.