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Week 12 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
November 25, 2005

Kevin Barlow, RB, SF

Huddle Up: 49ers' RB Kevan Barlow, who was knocked out of last week's game with a concussion, has already returned to practice and he is no longer being listed on the injury report. Barlow reported several headaches on Monday but he's improved since then and doctors have cleared him for contact. Barring a setback team officials expect Barlow back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Titans.

Ladell Betts, RB, WAS
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB/KR Ladell Betts has not practiced this week because of a sprained knee and according to reports the team doesn't expect him to be active for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Betts sprained the MCL in his knee against the Bucs in Week 10 and he hasn't played since. Betts appeared optimistic about playing last week but he isn't quite as confident about his chances of playing this week. Redskins' officials are preparing to play without him so look for Betts to be sidelined for at least another game.

Brooks Bollinger, QB, NYJ

Huddle Up: Jets' QB Brooks Bollinger is healthy and will start this weekend against the Saints. Team doctors could not find anything wrong with Bollinger after he suffered what was called a mild concussion during last week's game. He made it through practice on Thursday without a problem and according to reports head coach Herman Edwards has already penciled Bollinger in as the team's Week 12 starter.

David Carr, QB, HOU

Huddle Up: Texans' QB David Carr was sent home on Thursday after he reported to the team's training facility suffering from what head coach Dom Capers called the "24-hour flu." Capers told reporters that Carr was sent home to rest and that he expected his starting QB back at practice sometime today (Friday). He should be fine but check back on Sunday for a final update.

Domanick Davis, RB, HOU
Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: Texans' RB Domanick Davis continues to be bothered by inflammation in his knee. Davis was held out of practice on Wednesday and a source close to the team has told The Huddle that his knee won't be completely healthy until after the season. The source did not say what was causing the inflammation and discomfort in his knee but he did mention that he expects Davis to be limited in practice for the remainder of the year. The good news is that Davis returned to the field on Thursday and he will start for the Texans this weekend. He won't be at full strength so consistency is going to be a major problem for him down the stretch but at least he will be able to play, which is good news if you have him on your fantasy team.

Corey Dillon
Sprained Ankle / Strained Calf

Huddle Up: According to reports Patriots' RB Corey Dillon will probably miss another game because of a strained right calf and a sprained left ankle. Dillon, who is officially being listed as questionable, has not practiced this week and while team officials are not commenting on his injuries the Patriots are clearly preparing to play without him. Patrick Pass is being listed as questionable and is looking like a game-time decision because of a strained hamstring. Pass re-injured his hamstring in last week's game and he's been unable to practice this week. Kevin Faulk, who has been out since Week 3 with a broken foot, was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on the team's official injury report and he appears close to making his return to the active roster. Faulk has not taken part in a full practice this week but he is also looking like a game-time decision. With all of these injuries and question marks at the running back position so don't be surprised to see Heath Evans in the starting lineup this weekend.

Antonio Gates, TE, SD
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Chargers' TE Antonio Gates, who sprained his right foot in last week's game, had his foot removed from the walking boot on Thursday morning but he was limited in practice and his status for this weekend's game remains a major question mark. The team's medical staff has been encouraged by Gates' progress but he still hasn't been cleared for contact and it looks like a decision on his availability won't be made until gameday. Gates appears optimistic about his chances of playing but players are usually over optimistic so check back on Sunday for an update.

Frank Gore, RB, SF
Strained Hip Flexor

Huddle Up: 49ers' rookie RB Frank Gore will probably miss his second straight game this weekend because of a strained hip flexor. Gore has not taken part in a full practice since suffering the injury two weeks ago and the team's medical staff doesn't know when he will be back to full strength. He will continue to receive treatment twice a day and work with trainers to strengthen the muscle but it looks like he will be out for at least another week while he recovers. Maurice Hicks will take Gore's place as the team's backup RB until Gore is healthy.

Rex Grossman, QB, CHI
Broken Leg

Huddle Up: Bears' QB Rex Grossman appears ready to make his return to the active roster after practicing for the second straight day on Thursday. Grossman has not played since breaking his left ankle during the team's second pre-season game. However Grossman's rehab has gone extremely well and if all goes to plan in practice on Friday he could be activated for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Rookie Kyle Orton will start this weekend and veteran Jeff Blake will be the backup which leaves Grossman as the number 3 QB but he could be in a position to regain his starting job in a week or two.

Kelly Holcomb, QB, BUF

Huddle Up: Bills' QB Kelly Holcomb returned to practice this week and he's being listed as probable after missing last week's game with a concussion. However rookie QB J.P. Losman has already been named the starter, which means that Holcomb will be the team's backup no matter how healthy he is.

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

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR Darrell Jackson is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, he's already been ruled out of this weekend's game and according to reports the team isn't sure when he will be ready to return. Jackson's rehab has apparently picked up in its intensity and head coach Mike Holmgren is hoping to see him at practice next week, but team officials have indicated that no timetable has been set for his return.

Bryant Johnson, WR, ARI
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: Cardinals' WR Bryant Johnson, who has been inactive for the team's last two with a sprained shoulder, practiced on a limited basis on Thursday but he's being listed as doubtful on the team's official injury report and he will probably miss his third straight game this weekend. Johnson's shoulder has shown signs of improvement but he still experiences soreness following activity and the team's medical staff feels he needs at least another week to completely recover. We'll update his status on Sunday but don't expect him to be active.

Erron Kinney, TE, TEN
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Titans' TE Erron Kinney was held out of practice on Wednesday because of soreness in his injured calf, however he returned to the practice field on Thursday and head coach Jeff Fisher expects him to play this weekend against the 49ers. Kinney, who is dealing with a strained calf, is still getting treatment and doing rehab twice a day consisting of electrical stimulation, ice therapy and heat therapy for pain and inflammation management. According to reports the treatment is going well and he should be good to go on Sunday.

Greg Lewis, WR, PHI
Sprained Elbow

Huddle Up: Eagles' WR Greg Lewis, who is listed as questionable because of a sprained elbow, did not practice on Wednesday but he was back on the field on Thursday and head coach Andy Reid expects him to be in the starting lineup this weekend. Lewis apparently hurt his elbow in last week's game but the team's medical staff has done a great job controlling the swelling. He still experiences pain when he moves his arm but he will reportedly try and play through the discomfort. An official decision on his availability probably won't come until they see how he does in pre-game warm-ups but it looks like he will give it a try.

Joe Nedney, PK, SF
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: 49ers' kicker Joe Nedney will probably miss Sunday's game against the Titans after aggravating a groin injury during practice on Wednesday. According to head coach Mike Nolan Nedney has been dealing with a groin problem all season but the injury flared up after Wednesday's practice and he was unable to take the field on Thursday. He's currently being listed as doubtful for Week 12, which means there is little chance of him playing so don't be surprised if he is deactivated. Nolan told reporters that he would bring former 49ers' kicker Jose Cortez in for a workout today.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Undisclosed Illness

Huddle Up: According to reports Redskins' RB Clinton Portis, who is being listed as probable for Week 12, did not practice on Thursday because he was dealing with an undisclosed illness. Team officials don't believe the illness is serious and they expect him back at practice today (Friday). But check back on Sunday for a final word on his Week 12 status.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

Huddle Up: Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger will make his return to the starting lineup this week after missing the last three games while he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery. Roethlisberger, who is listed as probable, practiced on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem so unless he suffers a setback in practice over the next couple of days he should be active and starting on Monday night against the Colts.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, NYG
Bruised Chest

Huddle Up: Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey, who is still being bothered by a bruised chest, was held out of practice on Wednesday but was able to return to practice on Thursday and he should be healthy enough to play this weekend against the Seahawks. Shockey missed practice last week as well with the same problem and according to reports the soreness in his chest has not improved. We can't expect Shockey to be consistently productive if he is still not completely healthy so we will keep a close eye on this situation.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Sprained Ankle / Bone Bruise

Huddle Up: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor, who has been dealing with sprained ligaments and a bone bruise in his ankle as well as a muscle contusion in his thigh, was able to practice with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and appears ready to play this weekend. However head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that he isn't impressed with Taylor's timing and conditioning and there is a chance that he may be deactivated for Sunday's game regardless of his health. Taylor was added to the injury report after Thursday's practice and is being listed as probable but Taylor believes that he is more than ready to start. This is an interesting situation and despite his good health we won't know what his availability for the game will be until gameday so check back with us on Sunday for an update.

Troy Williamson, WR, MIN
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: Vikings' rookie WR Troy Williamson has been limited in practice this week because of a sprained shoulder and while he is being listed as probable for Sunday's game team officials aren't sure if he will be healthy enough to make a significant contribution. Williamson hasn't been much of a fantasy factor this year anyway so as long as he is hurt don't expect him to be productive. He's looking like a game-time decision but he probably won't do much even if he is activated.