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Week 10 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
November 11, 2005

Jerome Bettis, RB, PIT
Quadriceps Contusion

Huddle Up: Steelers' RB Jerome Bettis continues to be slowed because of a quadriceps contusion. Bettis, who missed last week's game with the injury, did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he remains questionable on the team's official injury report. According to reports he is still experiencing a bit of discomfort in his thigh when he jogs and unless his condition changes dramatically over the next couple of days don't expect him to be active on Sunday. With Willie Parker hurt as well look for Duce Staley to get a bulk of the carriers.

Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI
Bone Bruise

Huddle Up: Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin, who missed last week's game because of a bone bruise in his knee, has already been ruled out for Week 10. Boldin is scheduled to undergo another MRI on Monday to determine if his injuries are healing. Boldin has not practiced since injuring his knee in Week 9 but the team remains cautiously optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 11.

Isaac Bruce, WR, STL
Sprained Toe

Huddle Up: It things continue to go well for WR Isaac Bruce he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Seahawks. Bruce has missed the last five games with severely sprained toe but according to reports he looked sharp in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. And although he is still being listed as questionable he could be upgraded soon and team officials believe that he will be ready to go on Sunday. An official announcement about his availability for Week 10 probably won't come until moments before kickoff but unless he suffers a setback it appears as if he is finally healthy enough to make his return.

Mark Brunell, QB, WAS
Calf Soreness

Huddle Up: After being held out of practice on Wednesday because of soreness in his calf Redskins' QB Mark Brunell was back on the practice field on Thursday and he will be in the starting lineup this weekend. Brunell actually missed practice last Friday because of calf soreness and he apparently aggravated the problem during last week's game against the Eagles. However the injury is not considered serious the team's medical staff doesn't believe that it will affect his performance on Sunday against the Bucs.

Marc Bulger, QB, STL
Sprained AC Joint

Huddle Up: Rams' QB Marc Bulger is no longer listed on the team's injury report and unless he suffers a setback in practice over the next two days he will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Seahawks. Bulger missed the last two games because of a sprained AC (Acromioclavicular) joint in his throwing shoulder. However he is no longer experiencing pain when he throws and according to reports he looked good in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. And with Holt and Bruce back on the field the Rams offense looks primed for a big week.

Michael Clayton, WR, TB
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: Bucs' WR Michael Clayton did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he is currently listed as questionable for Week 10 because of a bruised knee and according to team officials there is a good chance that he won't be active for Sunday's game. Clayton injured his knee in the first quarter of last week's game when he banged his knee against the turf at the end of a 10-yard reception. He was able to finish the game but he was limited to just 2 catches and his knee was reportedly swollen the next day. Clayton has received treatment at least twice a day since injuring his knee but he still can't run and team officials don't expect him to participate in practice with the team this week. Head coach Jon Gruden isn't prepared to rule him out and he probably won't make a decision until gameday but he didn't sound optimistic when he addressed the media on Thursday so don't expect him to play.

Domanick Davis, RB, HOU
Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: Texans' RB Domanick Davis practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday and while he is still being listed as questionable on the team's official injury report because of inflammation in his knee, team officials expect him back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Colts. Davis began experiencing swelling within his knee last week and he was subsequently held out of Week 9's game. Team officials have not said what is causing the inflammation in Davis' knee but they do believe that he will be ready to play this weekend. This is something to keep an eye on. If he makes it through the game without as problem then there is nothing to worry about, but if the same knee problem affects his performance and keeps him limited in practice next week then there is definitely something more to this injury than what we are being told.

Stephen Davis, RB, CAR
Undisclosed Hand Injury

Huddle Up: According to several reports Panthers RB Stephen Davis was seen wearing a large cast on his left hand on after practice on Monday fueling speculation about the severity of an injury. However he did not have a cast on his hand on Wednesday and he actually took part in the entire Panthers' practice. Davis also made it through practice on Thursday without a problem so it doesn't appear that his hand is an issue.

Corey Dillon, RB, NE
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Patriots RB Corey Dillon, who is still dealing with a sprained ankle, was limited in practice on Thursday but according to reports he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend. Dillon has not played well since injuring his ankle and since the Patriots have kept quiet about the specifics of the injury there is no telling if and when he will be back to full strength. The good news is that he will be playing, but don't expect him to have a big yardage game.

Ken Dorsey, QB, SF
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: The 49ers have already decided to stick with Cody Pickett as their starting QB because rookie Alex Smith is still a few weeks away from returning from a sprained knee and Ken Dorsey is still not completely recovered from a sprained ankle. Dorsey actually practiced on Thursday but head coach Mike Nolan told reporters that Dorsey is not as mobile as he would like and he does not want to start him until he is back to full strength. Dorsey will be active this weekend but he will serve as Pickett's backup.

T.J. Duckett, RB, ATL
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Falcons' RB T.J. Duckett, who has missed the last two games because of a sprained ankle, looks ready to make his return to the lineup this weekend. Duckett actually looked ready to go last week and he told reporters that he could have played but the team's medical staff wanted to make sure his ankle was completely healthy before they cleared him so they played it safe and held him out. Duckett is still being listed as questionable on the official injury report but he practiced without restriction on Wednesday and Thursday and he should be active this weekend. Because of his official status we probably won't know if he will be available until gameday but at this point it looks like he is a go.

Robert Ferguson, WR, GB
Sprained LCL

Huddle Up: According to several reports the Packers are hoping that WR Robert Ferguson, who is still recovering from a sprained LCL (lateral collateral ligament) in his knee, will be ready to make it back this weekend. However it appears as if he is still at least one week away from returning to the starting lineup. Ferguson took part in warm-ups prior to Thursday's practice but he still can't run routes and he was held out of all individual and team drills. He did some work with the training staff but not enough to convince us that he is close to returning. He probably won't be ruled out until Sunday, but don't expect him to play.

Tony Fisher, RB, GB
Cracked Ribs

Huddle Up: Packers' RB Tony Fisher is listed as doubtful for Week 10 because of a pair of cracked ribs that has resulted in fluid buildup and according to team officials he will likely miss Sunday's game. Fisher has not practiced this week and according to reports the fluid buildup on top of his lungs remains a problem. Unless they find a way of getting rid of the fluid Fisher will remain on the sideline until at least next week.

Priest Holmes, RB, KC
Cervical Spine Trauma

Huddle Up: Chiefs RB Priest Holmes has been placed on Injured Reserve and he will miss the remainder of the 2005 season after several neurological specialists diagnosed him with cervical spine trauma. According to reports Holmes has been dealing with tingling, numbness and loss of strength in his arms since training camp and he apparently aggravated the problem when he injured his shoulder against the Raiders back in September and when he was hit in helmet two weeks ago against the Chargers. Holmes has been examined by 3 different head and spine specialists since suffering his most recent injury and all 3 recommended that he avoid contact for at least 30 days at which point he would be reevaluated. And while surgery doesn't appear to an option at this point Holmes has agreed to act cautiously and shut it down for the remainder of the year. There is speculation that this injury is career-threatening however GM Carl Peterson has told reporters that Holmes intends on making a return in 2006. Larry Johnson will take over as the featured RB for the remainder of the season and he automatically becomes one of the best fantasy backs in the game.

Torry Holt, WR, STL
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Rams WR Torry Holt, who has missed the last two games with a sprained knee, returned to practice on Wednesday and according to reports he looked terrific. Holt made it through practice on Thursday as well and team officials are pleased with what they see. He's officially listed as probable but unless he suffers a setback he should be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Seahawks.

Darrell Jackson, WR SEA
Knee Surgery To Repair Meniscus

Huddle Up: Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson, who is still recovering from knee surgery, has not practiced this week and he has already been ruled out of this weekend's game. Jackson has shown signs of improvements and the team is hoping that he will be ready to practice next week but it could be another two weeks before he is ready to play. With Jackson out Joe Jurevicius will once again start opposite Bobby Engram.

Julius Jones, RB, DAL
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Cowboys RB Julius Jones, who has missed the last 4 games because of a high ankle sprain, has taken part in every single practice session this week and according to reports his ankle appears to be fine and he should be ready to make his return to the active roster on Monday against the Eagles. However head coach Bill Parcells has not said how he plans on using Jones. With Jones on the sideline the last month rookies Marion Barber and Tyson Thompson have impressed Parcells. He believes they have earned the right to be a part of the offense even with the return of Jones to the active roster. So even though he's healthy he won't be the featured back and he will likely have share carries with Barber and Thompson for the remainder of the season.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: Lions RB Kevin Jones, who was knocked out of last week's game with a bruised shoulder, was able to practice on Thursday and according to team officials he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend. Jones was limited earlier in the week but he's apparently made a quick recovery and he's ready to play. Jones has proven himself to be one of the least durable running backs in the NFL. At this point it's a surprise if he makes it through a game without an injury so start him at your own risk.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Bears' RB Thomas Jones looks like he will be a game-time decision after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday with bruised ribs. Jones originally injured his ribs back in Week 8 and he was forced from last week's game after aggravating the problem. The injury is not considered serious but the team's medical staff would prefer if he would miss this weekend's game so that his ribs have time to completely heal. We probably won't know if he's going to play or not until gameday but at this point it looks like he will be inactive.

Kris Magnum, TE, CAR
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Panthers' TE Kris Magnum did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of sprained knee and he has since been downgraded to doubtful for this weekend's game. Magnum injured his knee in last week's game and at the time the injury appeared to be serious. He was reevaluated on Monday and things weren't as bad as the team had initially feared but he hasn't recovered as quickly as they would have hoped and he will probably miss this weekend's game. If Magnum doesn't play look for Michael Gaines to get the start.

Curtis Martin, RB, NYJ
Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Curtis Martin continues to be bothered by a sore knee that the team continues to claim isn't a problem. Martin injured his knee earlier in the season and according to head coach Herm Edwards the MRI results did not show any structural damage. I find that hard to believe since he's been dealing with soreness in his knee every week since then. Martin did practice on Thursday but he was once again experiencing soreness in his knee afterwards and he was subsequently downgraded to questionable. Edwards isn't sure if Martin will be ready to play this weekend although he remains optimistic. But if he does practice with the team today (Friday) I would expect him to be active on Sunday. We will know more about his knee after the season but don't be surprised if his knee is an issue for the remainder of the season.

Mewelde Moore, RB, MIN
Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Vikings RB Mewelde Moore took himself out of last Sunday's game after spraining his wrist and did not return to the field. But Moore was able to practice with the team on Thursday and he's listed as probable for this weekend's game. According to reports he will likely have to wear a brace on his wrist as a precaution but he should be active. However head coach Mike Tice hasn't decided on who the starting running back will be for the game. Michael Bennett ran well in Moore's place last week and he could find himself back in the starting lineup. A decision could be made as early as today so if Moore keeps his starting job he should be healthy enough to have a decent game this weekend.

Willie Parker, RB, PIT
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Steelers' RB Willie Parker, who is listed as questionable for Week 10 because of a sprained ankle, has not practiced this week and team officials aren't sure if he will be active or not. Parker's ankle remains sore and he still can't run and cut at full speed but he told reporters that he would ready by Sunday. However according to several reports the Steelers will likely go with veteran Duce Staley as the starter. If Parker doesn't practice today don't expect him to be a factor this weekend.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Torn Meniscus

Huddle Up: Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger has already been ruled out for this weekend's game but he told reporters that he would like to make his return next week against the Ravens. Roethlisberger is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and he appears to be making steady progress, but one has to wonder if things are going fast enough for him to be ready by Week 11. On Wednesday he walked without crutches for the first time since the surgery and he is taking it easy on the stationary bike. The team's medical staff is hoping that he will be ready to start running next week but that appears to be a bit optimistic as this point. Charlie Batch will once against the start in his place this weekend and he will continue to start as long as Roethlisberger is out.

L.J. Smith, TE, PHI
Concussion

Huddle Up: Eagles' RB L.J. Smith believes that he will be ready to play on Monday night against the Cowboys, but the team's medical staff isn't sure if he will be cleared by then. Smith left last week's game with a concussion and while the injury wasn't considered serious he has yet to practice this week and the team isn't sure when he will be ready to resume contact drills. Head coach Andy Reid said that he hopes Smith is back on the practice field today but if he doesn't get clearance to work with the team don't expect him to be ready for Monday's game. Veteran Chad Lewis has been brought back by the Eagles as a precaution and if Smith doesn't play look for Lewis to see a significant amount of playing time.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Bone Bruise / Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor, who aggravated his ankle injury in last week's game, has not practiced this week and he is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. According to head coach Jack Del Rio Taylor's ankle remains sore and team officials don't think that he will be able to play until at least Week 11. Greg Jones, who usually lines up at the FB position, shifted to RB when Taylor went down and he will likely get a bulk of the carries if Taylor is inactive.

Mike Williams, WR, DET
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Lions' WR Mike Williams, who suffered a sprained foot in last week's game against the Vikings, has not practiced this week and according to reports he will likely miss this weekend's game. Williams has been diagnosed with a midfoot sprain and he had his foot in a walking boot until Thursday. He is currently being listed as questionable but head coach Steve Mariucci doesn't believe that he is close to playing. This will officially come down to a game-time decision but there is nothing that suggests that he will be healthy enough to play so don't expect him to be active.