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Week 13 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
November 29, 2005

Marty Booker, WR, MIA
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Marty Booker left in the first half of Sunday's game after straining his left calf muscle and according to reports he will be evaluated on a daily basis. Booker was hurt on the first snap of the game when he felt his calf pull. He apparently injured the same calf earlier in the season and team officials are worried that he may need at least a week off to recover. The Dolphins' might not have an update on his status for Week 13 until the weekend but check back on Friday for an update.

Chris Brown, RB, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Titans' RB Chris Brown suffered a minor ankle sprain in the first half on Sunday but he was able to return to the field for the start of the third quarter and finish the game. Brown had a terrific statistical performance, particularly as a receiver, but he wasn't much of a factor in the running game and Travis Henry had the better rushing numbers in the second half which should indicate that his ankle altered the way the Titans were using him. Team officials still don't believe Brown's injury is serious and they expect him to be ready for Week 13.

Chris Chambers, WR, MIA
Dislocated Finger

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Chris Chambers dislocated his finger in Sunday's game while attempting to catch a pass. However the medical staff was able to reduce (fix) the dislocation on the sideline and he was able to return to the field. Precautionary X-rays on his finger came back negative so the team's medical staff expects him to practice on Wednesday and expects him to play without a problem in Week 13.

Trent Dilfer, QB, CLE
Bruised Knees

Huddle Up: Browns' QB Trent Dilfer, who was briefly sidelined in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with soreness in his right knee, underwent MRIs on both knees and while the results of the exams have not been released head coach Romeo Crennel is optimistic about Dilfer's chances of playing in Week 13. Dilfer was sacked five times and hit on a number of occasions during Sunday's game and at one point he was limping so bad that he had to be replaced by backup Charlie Fry. According to reports the team's medical staff evaluated his knee on the sideline but they did not find any ligament damage and after Fry tossed an interception Dilfer was sent back into the game. Both of Dilfer's knees were swollen and sore after the game and while the team did not believe his injuries were serious they sent him for tests just to make sure. The results of the MRIs have not been released but Crennel doesn't believe that there is any structural damage in either knee and he believes Dilfer will be in the starting lineup next weekend.

Bubba Franks, TE, GB
Head / Neck Injury

Huddle Up: Packers' TE Bubba Franks was carted off the field on a stretcher Sunday after suffering a head and neck injury that at the time caused severe back pain. But he was not seriously hurt and according to reports he did not suffer any permanent. Franks was hurt in the second quarter when he was hit in the head by Eagles' DB Brian Dawkins. The hit appeared to compress his neck and it sent him immediately to the ground After being examined by the medical staff Franks was quickly secured to a stretcher and taken to an ambulance. On the way off the field he demonstrated movement in his extremities by waving to the crowd. Head coach Mike Sherman told reporters that they were encouraged by the test results but the medical staff kept Franks in the hospital overnight as a precaution. Sherman told reporters that Franks complained of severe back pain on the field which is why they played it safe and sent him on a stretcher. But Franks is reportedly feeling much better and according to Sherman there is an outside chance that he will be ready to play in Week 13. I wouldn't count on Franks being active but it's nice to know that he's going to be OK.

Lamar Gordon, RB, PHI
Concussion

Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Lamar Gordon left Sunday's game with what the team called a minor concussion but the injury is not believed to be serious and he could be back at practice as early as Wednesday. In fact head coach Andy Reid did not include Gordon's injury in his post-game injury report so clearly he isn't worried about his status for Week 13. Check back on Friday for an update but expect him to be fine.

Brandon Jones, WR, TEN
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Titans' rookie WR Brandon Jones left Sunday's game against the 49ers after re-injurying his right knee and his status for Week 13 remains a question mark. Jones, who sprained his knee and missed a game last month, was hurt again when he tried to turn back for a pass at the end of the first half. He stayed down for a while but was able to walk off the field by himself. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he doesn't believe that the injury will keep Jones out for the remainder of the year but team officials are concerned that he may need at least a couple of weeks to recover. We will know more about his status for Week 13 and the remainder of the year when the results of his MRI are released.

Byron Leftwich, QB, JAX
Fractured Ankle

Huddle Up: Jaguars' QB Byron Leftwich will miss at least 4 weeks and could potentially miss the remainder of the regular season after cracking a bone in his ankle during Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Leftwich was hurt on the Jaguars' first offensive play when he was sacked by several Cardinals players. He was able to stay in the game for four more plays but the pain became unbearable and he had to be carted off the field. X-rays done in the locker room revealed a cracked ankle bone but the team still announced that he was done for the day a sprain. It wasn't until after the game that head coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that Leftwich had fractured his ankle. Additional tests performed on his ankle confirmed that he does not need surgery however he will be non-weight bearing for two weeks at which point he will be reevaluated and his status for the remainder of the regular season determined. If the Jaguars advance to the post-season the team's medical staff expects Leftwich to be available, but he probably won't play until Week 16 at the earliest so look for David Garrard to start in his place until then.

Jamie Martin, QB, STL
Blurred Vision

Huddle Up: Rams' QB Jamie Martin, who was filling in for the injured Marc Bulger, left Sunday's game in the first half after a blow to his head caused blurred vision. Martin was hurt in the first quarter when he was hit in the head by a Texans' defender. He stayed in the game for three more plays but had to leave when his vision became a problem. Interim head coach Joe Vitt told reporters on Monday that Martin did not suffer a concussion but his blurred vision had the medical staff concerned and he was hospitalized for further examination and sent to an eye specialist on Monday as a precaution. The Rams were apparently worried that Martin's retina in his right eye had been damaged but the good news is that everything is fine and he's been cleared to play. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who came in for Martin, played extremely well and will probably get the start in Week 13 so look for Martin to be the backup next weekend.

IDP Report

Dolphins' DL Jason Taylor dislocated a finger in his left hand during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. However the training staff was able to reduce the dislocation and after missing just a couple of plays he was able to return to the field and finish the game. Team officials don't believe the injury is serious and don't expect it to be a problem in Week 13. Vikings' DL Kevin Williams will miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after spraining the medical collateral ligament in his knee. Williams will not need surgery but head coach Mike Tice has already ruled him out for Week 13 and there is a chance that he won't be back until Week 16.

Cowboys' LB Dat Nguyen, who has been dealing with a strained neck and a sore knee since Week 5, will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on Injured Reserve. The exact nature of his injuries has not been discussed with the public. But according to team officials Nguyen just wasn't happy with his contribution to the team this season and in his current condition he didn't think he could be much of a factor the rest of the way. Head coach Bill Parcells indicated that the decision to place Nguyen on IR was based mental state as well as his physical condition. There is speculation that Nguyen is actually considering retirement but we probably won't know much about his future until after the 2005 season. An orthopedic specialist has cleared Dolphins' LB Zach Thomas, who according to earlier reports could have missed the remainder of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and a high ankle sprain, to practice. Thomas was held out of Sunday's game and team officials weren't sure if he would be able to return this season but he will now attempt to practice on Wednesday and if all goes well he could be back in the starting lineup as early as next weekend. Thomas will wear a harness on his shoulder and the team's medical staff is confident that it will keep it stable enough to allow him to play but they are concerned about his injured ankle. In fact Thomas told reporters that he probably could have played on Sunday if his ankle was OK. We will keep you posted on his progress.

Raiders' DB Reggie Tongue will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his knee during Sunday's game against the Dolphins.Tongue is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday and he will be placed on Injured Reserve sometime later this week. Ravens' DB Will Demps will also miss the remainder of the season after reportedly tearing the ACL in his knee this past weekend. Demps will likely need surgery to repair the ligament and the because the injury happened so late in the season the team's medical staff isn't sure if he'll be ready for the start of training camp next year. According to initial reports Bills' DB Lawyer Milloy left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with a sprained foot. But head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters on Monday that all tests on his foot were back negative and that Milloy had simply stubbed his toe. If this is true Milloy should be back in the starting lineup in Week 13 but we will keep an eye on this situation in case the Bills are understating the nature of his injury. Seahawks' DB Kelly Herndon will miss the next 2 - 3 weeks after spraining his knee in Sunday's game against the Giants. The team's medical staff has not said what ligament was sprained but he will not need surgery and team officials are hoping that he will be back in time for Week 14.