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Week 11 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
November 15, 2005

Charlie Batch, QB, PIT
Fractured Hand

Huddle Up: Steelers' QB Charlie Batch will likely miss at least a couple of weeks after fracturing the metacarpal bone in his right pinkie finger during Sunday's game against the Browns. Batch was apparently hurt during his 1-yard touchdown run just prior to half-time. His status for Week 11 has not been determined however team officials don't expect him to active and they believe he could be out until Week 12 or 13. Ben Roethlisberger could be back as early as this week but if he is still out and Batch is inactive look for Tommy Maddox to be the starter.

Cedric Benson, RB, CHI
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Bears' rookie RB Cedric Benson, who left Sunday's game with a knee injury, will miss the next 3 - 6 weeks after an MRI done on Monday revealed a partially torn medial collateral ligament (MCL). Benson was hurt midway through the second quarter when 49ers' DT Isaac Sopoaga fell on his leg during a run. Benson's knee immediately buckled and he fell to the floor holding it in pain. He was carted to the sideline and limped to the locker room for an examination. According to reports Benson will not require surgery but he could face up to 6 weeks of rehab before he's ready to return. Thomas Jones should be back this week and when he returns he will regain the starting job and Adrian Peterson, who played well against the 49ers, will be the backup.

Ladell Betts, RB, WAS
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Redskins RB/KR Ladell Betts is coming off a big game for the Redskins however according to several newspaper reports he suffered what the team is calling a sprained MCL in his knee and his status is questionable for Week 11. The Redskins have not mentioned the severity of the injury nor have they said when and how the injury occurred but we will update you on his status and recovery on Friday.

Nate Burleson, WR, MIN
Knee and Shoulder Soreness

Huddle Up: A source close to the Vikings organization has told The Huddle that Nate Burleson complained of soreness in his knee and shoulder following Sunday's game. According to the source Burleson is still not completely recovered from the injuries that kept him on the sideline for several games earlier in the season. Head coach Mike Tice told several reporters that Burleson isn't playing like "himself" and it appears that he could be held out of practice for at least a couple of days to give him extra time to rest and recover. Burleson is healthy enough to play but clearly he isn't back to full strength so don't expect him to be a consistent producer until he does.

Corey Dillon, RB, NE
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Patriots' RB Corey Dillon was active and in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Dolphins but he was forced out of the game after straining his right calf on the first play of the game. Dillon, who has been dealing a sprained left ankle, told reporters that he felt something pull in his calf when he was running and he believed that he was hurt because he was compensating for the weakness in his ankle on the opposite leg. Team officials aren't saying how bad this new injury is or if he will miss any additional practice time. The Patriots will likely list him as questionable but don't be surprised if he is inactive for several more games. With Patrick Pass and Kevin Faulk out with injuries Heath Evans played in place of Dillon and did fairly well but there is a chance that Pass and Faulk could make it back for the team's next game so don't count on Evans being the starter in Week 11 just yet.

Gus Frerotte, QB, MIA
Sprained Finger

Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Gus Frerotte sprained the index finger on his throwing hand at the end of Sunday's game against the Patriots. While it didn't affect him during the game Frerotte's finger was very swollen afterwards and according to head coach Nick Saban he will be monitored and reevaluated on a daily basis. He was apparently hurt when his finger hit the helmet of a Patriots defender late in the fourth quarter. His status for Week 11 remains up in the air but Saban told reporters that he would have an update on his status on Wednesday. If Frerotte can't play look for Sage Rosenfels to get the start.

Dante Hall, WR/KR, KC
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: Chiefs' WR and Pro Bowl kick returner Dante Hall suffered a knee contusion during Sunday's game. Hall was able to finish the game but he did have his knee wrapped and iced in the locker room afterwards. Team officials don't believe that the injury is serious however he did undergo precautionary tests on Monday and we will know more about his status once the results are released.

Kelly Holcomb, QB, BUF
Concussion

Huddle Up: Bills' QB Kelly Holcomb suffered what the team is calling a severe concussion during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Chiefs and his status for Week 11 and beyond remains a big question mark. Holcomb was injured when he was hit hard and sacked by a Chiefs defender. He was helped off the field and replaced by rookie J.P. Losman for the remainder of the game. According to reports Holcomb was feeling dizzy and nauseous on the sidelines and a bit groggy on Monday morning. Head coach Mike Mularkey said that he would not make a decision on his starting QB for Week 11 until he knows more about Holcomb's health. But if further testing confirms the team's initial diagnosis of a severe concussion then look for Losman to be in the starting lineup against the Chargers and possibly for the remainder of the season.

Ashley Lelie, WR, DEN
Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Ashley Lelie slightly hyperextended his left knee during Sunday's game against the Raiders and while he stayed in the game he complained of soreness in the locker room afterwards. Lelie was hurt in the second quarter when a Raiders' defender fell on his leg following his 37-yard reception. According to reports the team's medical staff didn't send Lelie in for an MRI but there is a chance that he could be held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. We will keep you posted on his status but this doesn't appear to be serious.

Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
Sports Hernia

Huddle Up: Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his groin and abdomen after aggravating his sports hernia injury during Monday night's game against the Cowboys. McNabb hurt himself trying to make a tackle during the interception return by Roy Williams. He attempted to return for the next offensive series but he was in a tremendous amount of pain and Mike McMahon replaced him for the team's final drive. I have been warning you about this since the injury was first reported. Let's just hope that the MRI results are favorable and allow him to finish the season.

Ernest Wilford, WR, JAX
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: Jaguars' WR Ernest Wilford left Sunday's game against the Ravens with a sprained shoulder and he is considered questionable for Week 11. Wilford was hurt in the fourth quarter following an incomplete pass near the goal line. He was helped off the field and taken to the locker room for X-rays. X-rays were apparently negative and he was diagnosed with a sprain. Wilford had an MRI on his shoulder but the results have not been released. Head coach Jack Del Rio didn't have much to say about Wilford's injury but he did tell reporters that he would have an update in his status by Wednesday.

IDP Report

Seahawks' LB Jamie Sharper could miss the next four weeks after being hospitalized with a serious case of staph infection in his knee. It is not clear what caused the infection but Sharper's knee had to be drained prior to Seattle's game against the Cardinals and after swelling up on Tuesday he had it drained again. The swelling returned on Thursday and after being examined he was diagnosed with a staph infection and was hospitalized. Recovery from this type of infection can take anywhere from 2 - 4 weeks so there is a chance that Sharper will be out until Week 14. 49ers' DB Tony Parrish was placed on Injured Reserve and will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his left fibula during Sunday's game against the Bears. Parrish told reporters that he felt several pops in his leg but what tried to walk it off. Needless to say he only got a few yards before collapsing to the ground. Parrish will likely need surgery to stabilize the bone but the team's medical staff believes he should be back in time for training camp next year. Browns' DB Daylon McCutcheon was hit in the stomach during Sunday's game and had to be carted off the field after complaining of abdominal pain and trouble breathing. He did not return however an MRI performed on Monday did not reveal any internal injuries. His status for Week 11 has not been determined but we should know more on Friday. Bills' DB Troy Vincent left in the second quarter of Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and did not return but the exact nature of the injury and his status for Week 11 has not been specified. Head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters that Vincent would be reevaluated throughout the week but look for an update following practice on Wednesday.