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Week 12 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
November 22, 2005

Tiki Barber, RB, NYG
Foot Injury

Huddle Up: Giants' RB Tiki Barber, who was helped off the field in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with a foot injury, told reporters following the game that he could have gone back in but with the team already winning big there was no need to risk further injury. Barber was seen walking without a limp on Monday morning and according to reports the team's medical staff does not consider the injury serious and they expect him to be back in the starting lineup in Week 12. We will keep you posted on his recovery but he appears to be fine.

Kevan Barlow, RB, SF
Concussion

Huddle Up: 49ers' RB Kevan Barlow, who left in the second half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks with a concussion, is tentatively being listed as questionable for Week 12 and he might be held out of the team's next game as a precaution. Barlow suffered a concussion earlier in the season and according to reports the team's medical staff could decide to play it safe and keep him out for a week. Barlow underwent several tests on Monday so we should know more about his status when the results of those tests are released.

Tatum Bell, RB, DEN
Bruised Chest

Huddle Up: Broncos' RB Tatum Bell, who left in the third quarter of Sunday's game after bruising his chest, did not practice on Monday and according to reports his status for Thursday's game remains a question mark. X-rays on Bell's injured chest were negative but according to head coach Mike Shanahan he was feeling very sore on Monday. The Broncos will evaluate his condition today and we could know more about his availability for Thursday's game at some point tonight or tomorrow. Check the Priority News on Thursday for an update.

Brooks Bollinger, QB, NYJ
Minor Concussion

Huddle Up: Jets' QB Brooks Bollinger left in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Broncos after being hit in the helmet and according to reports he was diagnosed with a concussion. There was speculation that Bollinger had suffered a severe concussion. However head coach Herman Edwards told reporters that Bollinger will start in their next game after several tests and neurological exams performed on Monday revealed nothing serious.

Marc Bulger, QB, STL
Sprained AC Joint / Concussion

Huddle Up: Rams' QB Marc Bulger will miss at least two weeks and he could potentially miss the remainder of the season after re-injurying his shoulder and suffering a concussion in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Bulger was hurt in the second quarter when he was hit by a blitzing Cardinals' player. He was immediately diagnosed with a concussion but he began to complain of pain in his throwing shoulder and an MRI done on Monday revealed a significant amount of swelling in the area around his AC joint. Bulger originally sprained the AC joint in his shoulder in Week 7 and he was forced to miss the team's next two games. However according to reports the MRI on his shoulder revealed additional damage that will require a longer recovery period. The Rams are hoping that Bulger will be back in time for Week 14 but there is a chance that he could be out for the remainder of the regular season. Jamie Martin will start at QB as long as Bulger is sidelined.

Jason Elam, KIK, DEN
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Broncos' kicker Jason Elam strained his left calf during pregame warm-ups on Sunday but he still played and converted on both field goal attempts and all four extra points. According to reports Elam adjusted his kicking technique by going to a one-step approach and by doing so it eased the pressure on his injured plant leg. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that Elam was OK and that he expected him to kick for the Broncos on Thursday against the Cowboys.

Antonio Gates, TE, SD
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Chargers' TE Antonio Gates was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills with a sprained foot but according to head coach Marty Schottenheimer the injury isn't bad and the team is optimistic about his chances of playing in their next game. An MRI performed on Gates' foot revealed mild inflammation and minor ligament damage but fortunately there were no tears or bone breaks. Gates has been fitted for a protective-walking boot that he will wear until at least tomorrow. According to reports he will get rid of the walking boot tomorrow and attempt to practice. Obviously we will know more about his status for Week 12 over the next couple of days so keep an eye on his progress and check back on Friday for an update.

Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
Sports Hernia

Huddle Up: Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, who was inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants, will undergo sports hernia surgery after Thanksgiving and will miss the final 6 games of the regular season. McNabb had hoped to delay the surgery until after the season however he aggravated the injury in Week 10 against the Cowboys and according to reports the damage to his lower abdomen and groin was so bad that the team's medical staff felt that immediate surgery was the only option. Mike McMahon started in place of McNabb on Sunday and played fairly well but head coach Andy Reid hasn't named a starter for Week 12.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Thigh Contusion

Huddle Up: Jaguars' RB Fred Taylor was surprisingly activated for Sunday's game against the Titans but after struggling throughout the game and he was knocked from the game after suffering a right thigh contusion in the third quarter. Taylor, who had 6 carries for minus 8 yards to that point, did not return to the field and his status for Week 12 is once again a question mark. I'm not sure why the Jaguars rushed him back from his ankle injury but he was clearly not ready and now he has another injury to deal with. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

IDP Report

49ers' DL Bryant Young will miss at least 3 weeks and could be out for the team's final 6 games after an MRI on his injured right knee revealed a partially torn MCL and torn meniscus. Surgery is currently not an option but the team's medical staff will reportedly wait to see how Young's knee responds to rest, treatment and rehab over the next couple of weeks before they make a decision on his status for the remainder of the season. Dolphins' LB Zach Thomas will miss the next two weeks and according to reports he could be out for the remainder of the season after suffering an AC joint sprain or shoulder separation during Sunday's game against the Browns. Thomas, who was carted off the field after injuring his shoulder on Sunday, underwent an MRI on Monday but the results have not been released. Panthers' LB Dan Morgan, who was carted off the field during Sunday's game, reportedly suffered a sprained ankle and while he will be reevaluated on Wednesday the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Head coach John Fox did not have much to say about Morgan but team officials believe there is a chance that he will be ready in time for their next game. Eagles' DB Lito Sheppard will likely miss the remainder of the season after he suffering several ligament tears in his ankle during Sunday's game against the Giants. Sheppard will reportedly need surgery to repair the ligament tears and while the team's medical staff hasn't announced a recovery period there is little chance that he will be back on the field this year. Rams' DB Adam Archuleta will miss at least one game after suffering a concussion in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Archuleta, who was hurt when he collided with a teammate during pass coverage in the first quarter, was hospitalized after the game as a precaution but he appears to be OK. According to reports Chiefs' DB Patrick Surtain will likely miss at least two weeks after spraining his ankle during Sunday's game. Surtain was reportedly feeling very sore on Monday and while the results of his MRI have not been released team officials aren't expecting him back until Week 14.