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Week 10 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
November 8, 2005

Chris Baker, TE, NYJ
Fractured Left Fibula

Huddle Up: Jets TE Chris Bakers has been placed on Injured Reserve and will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his left fibula during Sunday's game against the Chargers. Baker was injured at the end of the third quarter and was taken to the locker room for X-rays. X-rays showed a fracture in the fibula bone in the area of the ankle, however he underwent an MRI on Monday to rule out ligament damage. Results of the MRI have not been released and the exact nature of his treatment and rehab has not be detailed but team officials expect him to be completely recovered in time for the start of training camp next year.

Wayne Chrebet, WR, NYJ
Concussion

Huddle Up: Jets' WR Wayne Chrebet will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion in the late stages of Sunday's game against the Chargers. Chrebet, who considered retirement in the off-season because of his long history of concussions, is a high-risk candidate for long-term brain trauma so don't be surprised if after consulting with specialists and his family that he announces his retirement. The team has already placed him Injured Reserve.

Tony Fisher, RB, GB
Cracked Rib

Huddle Up: With Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport out for the year, Tony Fisher was supposed to be the featured running back for the Packers this past weekend. However a cracked rib and the resulting fluid buildup forced him to miss the game and depending on what tests show later this week it could keep him sidelined for at least another game. Fisher began to complain of shoulder pain last week and the team's medical staff discovered that a crack in his rib was causing the discomfort. They also found that the cracked rib was causing fluid to buildup around the injury and it put pressure on his lungs. According to reports the Packers believe that Fisher can play with the crack in his rib however they are concerned that if they don't get rid of the fluid it could result in lung damage especially if he is given clearance to play. A lot can happen between now and Sunday so look for an update and his status soon. If Fisher can't play ReShard Lee will get the start for the Packers.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: According to reports Lions' RB Kevin Jones left Sunday's game in the second quarter after suffering what the team is calling a bruised shoulder. Jones was taken to the locker room for an examination and did not return. Team officials don't believe that the injury is serious however he is being listed as questionable for Week 11, which means that he status is up in the air. Jones has been knocked out of several games this year because of a variety of injuries and if this recent episode should raise questions about his toughness and durability.

Thomas Jones, RB CHI
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Bears RB Thomas Jones, who wore padding on Sunday to protect his bruised ribs, was forced from the game in the second quarter after aggravating the injury and he did not return. X-rays in the locker room were negative and according to reports the team does not believe that the injury is serious. However head coach Lovie Smith told reporters that the team's medical staff is leaning towards keeping Thomas out for a week to allow his ribs to completely heal. Smith was happy with the performances of rookie Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson this past weekend but he went on to say that if Jones is the starter when he is healthy enough to play. We'll keep you posted on his status.

Joe Jurevicius, WR, SEA
Shoulder Soreness

Huddle Up: Seahawks WR Joe Jurevicius was held out of the second half of Sunday's game against the Cardinals because of stiffness and soreness in his shoulder. Jurevicius told reporters that he could have played but with the team in complete control of the game the medical staff decided there was no reason to risk further injury. According to reports he could be back at practice as early as Wednesday or Thursday and he should be good to go in time for team team's next game.

Kris Mangum, TE, CAR
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Panthers' TE Kris Mangum left in the first quarter of Sunday's game after spraining his knee and he did not return. According to reports Mangum was seen limping on crutches on Monday morning and while he's already undergone an MRI the results have not been released to the public. Head coach John Fox told reporters that he didn't think the injury was anything more than a minor sprain but that he we will update everyone on his status after Wednesday's practice.

Keenan McCardell, WR, SD
Hip Pointer

Huddle Up: Chargers' WR Keenan McCardell suffered a hip pointer (bruised hip) in the first half of Sunday's game against the Jets and he did not play in the second half. McCardell complained of increasing pain and stiffness in the locker room at half time and the team's medical staff decided to play it safe and keep him out. The Chargers have their bye in week 10 so don't expect him to practice this week. However team officials aren't concerned about the injury and they expect him to be ready for their next game in Week 11.

Mewelde Moore, RB, MIN
Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Vikings RB Mewelde Moore took himself out of Sunday's game after injuring his wrist in Sunday's game against the Lions. Moore was hurt in the third quarter when he fell on his wrist during a hit out of bounds by Lions' safety Kenoy Kennedy. According to reports the Vikings' medical staff gave him the OK to return but after attempting to hold the football he felt that he wasn't going to do and good job securing the football and told the coaching staff that he couldn't play. Head coach Mike Tice actually commended Moore on making a smart decision and said that while they were still awaiting the results of an MRI he didn't consider the injury to be serious. At this point it looks like just a minor sprain but we will know more once the MRI results are released.

Willie Parker, RB, PIT
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Steelers' starting RB Willie Parker left Sunday's game in the third quarter after spraining his ankle. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays and although they were negative the team's medical staff diagnosed him with a sprain and he did not return to the field. According to reports an MRI performed on Monday on Parker's injured ankle confirmed that it was just a sprain and the team expects him to be ready for Week 11. With Jerome Bettis inactive Duce Staley took for Parker this past weekend and had a rather productive game. Head coach Bill Cowher has not said what Staley's role will be once Bettis makes his return however if Parker is not completely healthy expect Staley to be a major part of their offense in their next game.

L.J. Smith, TE, PHI
Concussion

Huddle Up: The status of L.J Smith for Week 11 is currently unknown after the TE was knocked from Sunday's game against the Redskins with a concussion. Smith underwent several neurological tests on Monday but the results of the tests have not been made public. Head coach Andy Reid did not appear to be concerned about the injury however he did not say whether or not Smith will be ready to practice on Wednesday. I'm sure we will know more about his injury status as the week goes on but there isn't much to go on at the current moment.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAC
Sprained Ankle / Bone Bruise

Huddle Up: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor left Sunday's game after re-injuring his ankle an according to head coach Jack Del Rio his status for Week 10 remains a question mark. Taylor was hurt in the third quarter when he twisted his ankle at the end of a 5-yard run. He was helped off the field and did not return. Taylor, who has a bone bruise and a minor sprain in his ankle, underwent an MRI on Monday but Del Rio said that the results would not be made public until Wednesday. He did say that there wasn't a lot of swelling in Taylor's ankle and that he was hoping to see Taylor running at full speed by the end of the week.

Mike Williams, WR, DET
Foot Injury

Huddle Up: According to a local report in Detroit WR Mike Williams may have broken his foot in Sunday's game against the Vikings. Williams apparently injured his foot in the first quarter and despite the pain he continued to play. He was in and out of the lineup all day but according to head coach Steve Mariucci he did the best he could dealing with the pain and discomfort. X-rays in the locker room after the game were reportedly inconclusive and Williams told a reporter that there was a chance that his foot was broken. He was seen wearing a protective boot while leaving the stadium. Williams underwent additional testing on Monday but the results of the tests have not been made public.

IDP Report

Cardinals' DL Bert Berry, who leads the team in sacks, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left pectoral muscle during Sunday's game. Berry will likely undergo surgery to repair the tear and the team's medical staff expects him to be ready for training camp next year. Steelers' LB James Farrior will miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after suffering a grade 2 MCL sprain in his knee. The team is hopeful that he will be back in time for Week 11 but they will know more about his status at the end of the week. Packers LB Na'il Diggs was given clearance by the team's medical staff to make his return to the field after missing several weeks with a knee injury however the coaching staff felt that he hadn't practiced enough so they decided to keep him inactive. If he makes it through practice this week without suffering a setback look for him to be activated against the Falcons. Chargers LB Donnie Edwards tore cartilage in his left knee during Sunday's game against the Jets and while he was originally scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday Edwards decided to postpone the surgery until after the season. While this is good news for fantasy owners don't expect Edwards to be at his best for the remainder of the year. Chargers' rookie LB Shawn Merriman left Sunday's game with a bruised hip and a wrist injury. According to team officials his hip is OK, but his wrist was a lot worse than what was being initially reported. Merriman had pins surgically inserted into his wrist on Monday morning to stabilize a dislocated bone and with the team on a bye in Week 10 the team's medical staff believes that he will have plenty of time to recover.