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Week 11 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
November 18, 2005

Drew Bennett, WR, TEN
Dislocated Thumb

Huddle Up: Titans' WR Drew Bennett, who hasn't played since Week 6, has made tremendous strides in his recovery from surgery to repair a dislocated thumb and according to reports he could make his return to the lineup this weekend against the Jags. Bennett practiced on Wednesday and Thursday with the aid of a brace and he apparently looked good. The medical staff will probably wait to see how his thumb responds over the next couple of days before they determine if he can play on Sunday but at this point it looks like he will be ready to go.

Ladell Betts, RB, WAS
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB/KR Ladell Betts sprained the MCL in his left knee during last Sunday's game and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for Week 11 remains in question. Betts is remaining optimistic about his chances of playing but the coaching staff is preparing to play without him. A decision on his availability won't come until gameday but don't count on him being active. Rock Cartwright will take his place on the depth chart if Betts can't go.

Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI
Bone Bruise

Huddle Up: Cardinals' WR Anquan Boldin was upgraded to probable after taking part in the entire practice on Thursday and according to reports he is expected back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Rams. Boldin has missed the last two games because of a bone bruise in his knee but an MRI done on Monday showed that his knee was structurally and that the swelling within the joint has subsided. He will continue to get ice after practice as a precaution but baring a setback he should be active in Week 11.

Nate Burleson, WR, MIN
Shoulder / Knee Soreness

Huddle Up: As expected Vikings' WR Nate Burleson has been held out of practice this week because he continues to be bothered by soreness in his shoulder and knee. Head coach Mike Tice, who has mentioned on several occasions that he was worried about Burleson's health, told reporters that he is still expecting Burleson to suit up and play this weekend. Burleson missed three games earlier in the season because of a sprained PCL in his knee and a bruised shoulder and according to team officials he hasn't completely recovered from those injuries. So even if he plays on Sunday he won't be at full strength so don't expect him to be productive.

Tyrone Calico, WR, TEN
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Titans' WR Tyrone Calico, who remained on the sideline for workouts on Wednesday and Thursday, hasn't practiced or played since straining his calf in Week 9 and according to reports he could be out for at least another week. Calico, who is currently being listed as questionable, continues to complain of tightness in his calf when he runs but the team's medical staff is hoping that he will be back on the field soon. This is looking like a game-time decision but don't be surprised if Calico is inactive.

Michael Clayton, WR, TB
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: Bucs' WR Michael Clayton is currently being listed as questionable for Week 11 but he was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to team officials he should be ready to make his return to starting lineup this weekend. Clayton was inactive last week because of a bruised knee but he is back running at full speed and if his knee doesn't swell between now and Sunday he should be ready to play.

Domanick Davis, RB, HOU
Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: Texans' RB Domanick Davis, who was inactive for the team's last two games because of inflammation in his knee, was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and his status for Week 11 remains questionable. According to team officials the inflammation within his knee has been controlled but he was held out of contact drills this week as a precaution. If all goes well over the next couple of days the Texans expect him to start this weekend. However they will probably wait until gameday before they make an official decision.

Corey Dillon, RB, NE
Strained Calf / Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Patriots' RB Corey Dillon was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a strained right calf and a sprained left ankle and he remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. Dillon has been dealing with an ankle injury for quite some time and while compensating for the injury in last week's game he pulled his calf muscle. The Patriots are not talking about his injuries and his actual status for this weekend remains a mystery. But with Patrick Pass practicing don't be surprised if Dillon is deactivated.

Tony Fisher, RB, GB
Cracked Rib

Huddle Up: Packers' RB Tony Fisher was inactive for the team's last two games because of a cracked rib that caused a fluid buildup. However he has been cleared by the team's medical staff and he's expected to play this weekend. According to reports the fluid that was putting pressure on Fisher's lungs is no longer present. The crack in his rib hasn't completely healed but that shouldn't prevent him from playing. Samkon Gado will remain the starting lineup but look for Fisher to see some playing time as well.

Gus Frerotte, QB, MIA
Sprained Finger

Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Gus Frerotte did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a sprained index finger on his right hand and he remains questionable for this weekend's game. Frerotte, who was hurt in last week's game, worked with the training staff on Thursday and according to reports he threw the ball on the side. Unfortunately his finger hasn't improved and it remains very swollen. Frerotte told reporters that he may have it injected before the game to reduce the swelling but team officials aren't sure if that will be enough. This is looking like a game-time decision guys. Sage Rosenfels, who has taken all the snaps with the first team this week, would get the start if Frerotte cannot play.

Jeff Garcia, QB, DET
Fractured Fibula

Huddle Up: Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci is not happy with the play of Joey Harrington and earlier in the week he told reporters that Jeff Garcia is his starting QB as long as he was healthy. However Garcia, who missed the first 6 games of the regular season because of a fractured fibula, continues to experience soreness and discomfort in his leg and his status for Week 11 remains up in the air. Garcia hasn't played since Week 8 because of the lingering soreness but the good news is that he has improved and there is a chance that he will be active this weekend. He took snaps with the first team during practice on Wednesday and Thursday and while he remains limited the coaching staff were happy with what they saw. This will come down to a game-time decision to check The Huddle's Sunday Updates for a final word on his status.

Kelly Holcomb, QB, BUF
Concussion

Huddle Up: Bills' QB Kelly Holcomb, who was knocked out of last week's game with a concussion, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he will probably be held out of this weekend's game. Holcomb is reportedly feeling much better but he hasn't been cleared by the team's medical staff to resume activity. Rookie J.P. Losman, who replaced Holcomb when he got hurt last week, will likely get the start on Sunday.

Darrell Jackson, WR, SEA
Arthroscopic Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR Darrell Jackson continues to recovery from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and he's already been ruled out of this weekend's game against the 49ers. Jackson recently visited an orthopedic specialist in Florida and while the team has not said if the visit had positive results head coach Mike Holmgrem is hoping to see Jackson on the practice field sometime next week. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

Bryant Johnson, WR, ARI
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: Cardinals' WR Bryant Johnson, who was inactive for last week's game with a sprained shoulder, has already been ruled out of this weekend's game and team officials aren't sure when he will be ready to return. Johnson injured his shoulder while diving for a ball in practice last week. The Cardinals have not said exactly how severe the injury is but it is bad enough to keep him out for at least another game.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Bears' RB Thomas Jones is expected to make his return to the starting lineup this weekend after missing last week's game against the 49ers because of bruised ribs. Jones, who returned to the practice field this week, is still not completely healed and he continues to experience discomfort. However the team's medical staff has fitted him for a padded vest that he will wear on Sunday. Adrian Peterson will also get carries this weekend but look for Thomas to be the featured back.

Ashley Lelie, WR, DEN
Knee Soreness

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Ashley Lelie hyperextended his knee and left last week's game feeling sore but according to reports his knee is OK and he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend. Lelie returned to practice on Wednesday and took part in full workouts on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem. The soreness in his knee has almost disappeared but he will continue to get treatment on his knee as a precaution. Barring a setback look for Lelie to start on Sunday.

Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
Sports Hernia

Huddle Up: Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb, who has already been ruled out of Week 11 after aggravating his sports hernia injury in Monday night's game against the Cowboys, has been told by the team's medical staff to undergo surgery to correct the problem. McNabb has been presented with two options: the first is to have the surgery now and potentially miss the remainder of the season, and the second is to delay the surgery and see if he responds to rest, treatment and rehab. The medical staff is urging him to have the surgery now because he tries to play with the sports hernia it could have long-term lingering effects. McNabb told reporters that he wants to explore all options before having what could turn out to be season-ending surgery. We should know more about his status for the remainder of the year next week. Mike McMahon will get the start in McNabb's place this weekend.

Willie Parker, RB, PIT
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Steelers' RB Willie Parker, who was inactive in Week 10 because of a sprained ankle, is being listed as questionable for Week 11 because of a sprained ankle. But Parker returned to practice on Wednesday , was running at full speed on Thursday and according to reports head coach Bill Cowher expects him to start this weekend against the Ravens. Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis will be active and should get playing time but if Parker's ankle holds up he will get a majority of the carries.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Arthroscopic Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

Huddle Up: Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger continues to make steady progress in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery however he hasn't been cleared by doctors to return and Tommy Maddox has already been named the starter for Sunday's game. Head coach Bill Cowher told reporters that Roethlisberger could be active this week and serve as the backup but right now his status for the game remains a question mark and a decision probably won't be made until gameday.

Jimmy Smith, WR, JAX
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Jaguars' WR Jimmy Smith, who is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report because of a strained hamstring, was held out of practice on Wednesday but he was able to practice on Thursday and team officials are hoping that he will be healthy enough to play this weekend. Head coach Jack Del Rio has declined to provide specifics about the injury but according to several reports Smith has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks. The fact that he returned to practice on Thursday indicates that the injury isn't severe, however we probably won't know if he will be active this week or not until a few hours before kickoff.

L.J. Smith, TE, PHI
Sprained Knee / Ankle

Huddle Up: According to reports Eagles' TE L.J. Smith was held out of practice on Wednesday because of a minor knee sprain and a preexisting ankle sprain. Smith, who is listed as questionable for Week 11, apparently injured his knee in Monday night's game against the Cowboys and he has soreness in the ankle he injured several weeks ago. Neither injury is considered serious and he was able to return to the practice field on Thursday. His status for Sunday's game remains up in the air but team officials are confident that Smith will be ready to play.

Brandon Stokley, WR, IND
Groin Stiffness

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Brandon Stokley left Thursday's practice after experiencing stiffness in his groin. According to reports the team's medical staff believes that the cold weather contributed to his groin problem. Stokley might be held out of practice today (Friday) as a precaution but head coach Tony Dungy expects him to be active on Sunday. Keep a close eye on this situation guys. Groin injuries are tough to come back from so let's just hope that this is minor.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Bone Bruise / Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Jaguars' RB Fred Taylor, who missed last week's game because of a bone bruise and sprained ligament in his ankle, has not practiced this week and he is currently listed as doubtful for this weekend's game against the Titans. Taylor worked with the training staff on the sidelines on Wednesday and Thursday but he did not take part in any team drills and according to reports the Jaguars don't expect him to play until at least Week 12. Taylor told reporters that he will test his ankle prior to Sunday's game and that he will be a game-time decision but that he didn't want to rush back and further aggravate the problem. Greg Jones ran well in his place last week and will get the start this week if Taylor is deactivated.

Ben Troupe, TE, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Titans' TE Ben Troupe, who missed Week 9's game because of a sprained ankle, rested during the team's Week 10 bye and according to reports he is close to making his return to active roster. Troupe is listed as questionable but he was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and the team's medical staff is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday. The Titans will wait until they see how he does in practice over the next couple of days before they decide on his availability. But he looks much better and he should be healthy enough to play against the Jags.

Ernest Wilford, WR, JAX
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: Jaguars' WR Ernest Wilford left last Sunday's game with what the team called a sprained shoulder. However Wilford was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Titans. According to reports his shoulder has been wrapped prior to each practice and he will likely wear the wrap during this weekend's game. But rookie Matt Jones has begun to play well so don't be surprised if Wilford's playing time is limited.

Mike Williams, WR, DET
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Lions' WR Mike Williams, who missed last week's game because of a sprained foot, returned to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and team officials expect him back in the starting lineup this weekend. Williams is no longer being listed on the team's official injury report so he appears to be healthy and ready to go.