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Week 14 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 6, 2005

Braylon Edwards, WR, CLE
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Browns' rookie WR Braylon Edwards will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured right knee revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Edwards was hurt while trying to make a leaping catch in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. He has already been placed on Injured Reserve and he is scheduled to undergo. But since the injury took place this late in the season he definitely won't be ready for the start of the 2006 season (10 - 12 months before athletes can return from an ACL).

Brett Favre, QB, GB
Swollen Wrist

Huddle Up: According to reports Packers' veteran QB Brett Favre complained of swelling in his right wrist following Sunday's game and on Monday morning the team reported that his forearm was bruised and he had a laceration on his hand. Favre apparently got hit by a defender's helmet but he remained on the field and was able to finish the game. On top of that, he apparently has a nasty blister on his foot that will need to be wrapped prior to next week's game. Head coach Mike Sherman told reporters that none of Favre's injuries are serious and that he expected him to be in the starting lineup next week. But as banged up as he is don't be surprised if he is held out of practice this week.

Bubba Franks, TE, GB
Strained Neck and Lower Back

Huddle Up: Packers' TE Bubba Franks left in the first half of Sunday's game after re-injurying his back and according to head coach Mike Sherman his status for Week 14 is "very suspect." Franks originally injured his back and suffered a concussion in Week 12 but an MRI performed the next day did not show any significant injuries, he practiced on Friday and was given clearance by the team's medical staff to play. However Sherman admitted that Franks wasn't completely healed and that the injury seemed worse now than it was before. Franks will probably be held out of practice this week and don't be surprised of the team decides to deactivate him for at least a week.

Gus Frerotte, QB, MIA
Concussion / Broken Finger

Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Gus Frerotte was replaced by backup Sage Rosenfels in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills after he suffered a concussion while being sacked for a safety. Frerotte complained of feeling a little dizzy so he remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game. Head coach Nick Saban told reporters that Frerotte was scheduled to undergo a series of tests on Monday and Tuesday but despite Rosenfels' performance he went on to say that Frerotte was going to start for the team in Week 14 if everything checks out normal. On a side note there have been several reports that Frerotte broke the middle finger on his right hand back on November 20 and in fact he was seen with a cast on the finger after the injury apparently occurred. But Frerotte denies that his finger is broken and since he started on Sunday even if it is it can't be much of a problem.

Erron Kinney, TE, TEN
Knee Injury

Huddle Up: According to reports Titans' TE Erron Kinney is doubtful for Week 14 after suffering what the team is just classifying as a knee injury during Sunday's game against the Colts. Kinney, who underwent an MRI on Monday, will be held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and at this point team officials don't expect him to be ready in time to play next weekend. Head coach Jeff Fisher indicated to reporters that Kinney could potentially miss more than just one week, but we should know more once the MRI results have been released. If Kinney is out look for Ben Troupe to see a significant increase in his playing time.

Steve McNair, QB, TEN
Sprained Ankle / Bruised Shin

Huddle Up: Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher reported that QB Steve McNair suffered a couple of injuries during Sunday's game and he will likely be held out of practice on Wednesday. So what else is new? It seems like McNair has been dealing with some kind of injury every week since the start of the season. This time he apparently suffered a minor ankle sprain and shin bruise in his left leg. Neither injury is considered serious and with McNair's history of playing hurt you should expect him to be in the starting lineup in Week 14.

Mewelde Moore, RB, MIN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Vikings' RB Mewelde Moore, who has complained of soreness in his right ankle this season, was re-injured while he returned a punt in the first quarter of Sunday's game and he was limited to just one carry. Moore told reporters that he will do whatever it takes to get back to full strength but team officials are concerned that he may not completely healed until sometime next week. Moore will likely be held out of practice on Wednesday and possibly Thursday so that he can get extra treatment on his ankle but we should know more about his status on Friday so check back then for an update.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Bruised Shin

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis had a big day against the Rams on Sunday and didn't appear to be hurt but the team announced following the game that Portis suffered a bruised shin. The team did not release any specific information regarding the injury and they did not say if he will miss any practice time because of it but shin bruises are fairly minor especially if they are treated properly so don't expect this to be a problem.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson left in the first half of Sunday's game with a rib injury but after being examined in the locker room at half-time he returned to field and started the second half. Tomlinson was injured when he was hit in the ribs on a 3-yard run late in the second quarter. He came off the field, spoke to the team's medical staff and jogged to the locker room for an X-rays and an examination. The X-rays reportedly came back negative and while he was able to return to the game his status for Week 14 remains in question. The Chargers want to see how his ribs respond to treatment over the next couple of days but team officials are remaining cautiously optimistic about his chances of playing in their next game.

Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Foot Injury

Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook left in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Seahawks after injuring his right foot. Westbrook was hurt when he was forced out of bounds at the end of first-down reception. He was able to go back into the game and finish out the first half but he was replaced for good in the second half by rookie Ryan Moats. Westbrook is scheduled to undergo an MRI sometime today (Tuesday) and the results will be released later tonight or early tomorrow.

Roydell Williams
Dislocated and Fractured Wrist

Huddle Up: Titans' rookie WR Roydell Williams will miss the remainder of the season after dislocating and fracturing his right wrist during Sunday's game against the Colts. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that the injury occurred when he was hit by a defender's helmet. Williams was scheduled to have a pin surgically inserted into his wrist on Monday and according to reports the pin will be removed in 6 - 8 weeks. The team's medical staff believes that he will make a full recovery and they expect him to be completely healed in time for the start of minicamps in May.

IDP Report

Dolphins' DL Jason Taylor was in and out of the lineup on Sunday because of a shoulder injury and had to be fitted for a stabilizing harness but the team's medical staff expects him to test his shoulder in practice on either Wednesday and Thursday. Taylor underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released head coach Nick Saban believes that there is a good chance that Taylor will be able to play through with the injury. Falcons' DL Patrick Kerney left Sunday's game with a strained groin but according to reports the injury is considered minor and the team expects him to be healthy in time for Week 14.

Rams' LB Dexter Coakley will miss the remainder of the season and his career could be over after severely dislocating and breaking his ankle in Sunday's game. Coakley will have a metal plate and several pins surgically inserted into his leg and ankle that should help keep everything stable but his injuries are so bad that interim head coach Joe Vitt told reporters that he may never play professional football again. Ravens' LB Ray Lewis, who hasn't played since Week 7 because of a partially torn hamstring, will likely miss the remainder of the season. The Ravens were hoping that Lewis would be back on the field by now. But with the team all but eliminated from the playoffs they are considering officially shutting him down for the year.

Falcons' DB Allen Rossum will miss at least two weeks after spraining the PCL in his knee during Sunday's game. Rossum told reporters that he will try and return in time for Week 15 but team officials don't expect him back until at least Week 16 and there is a chance that he could be held out until the start of the playoffs. Eagles' DB Andre Dyson, who had an interception and a fumble returned for touchdowns on Monday night, left the game in the second half after injuring his ankle. Dyson was carted to the locker room and he scheduled to undergo an MRI and several other tests today and we should know more about his status later in the week. Jets' DB Ty Law left Sunday's game in the second half after apparently aggravating his foot, the same foot that he broke last season. Law missed most of the 2004 season with a broken foot and it took him a long time to recover from the injury. The exact nature of the injury this time is currently unknown and his status for Week 14 remains a question mark. Chiefs' DB Eric Warfield left Sunday's game after suffering a concussion but according to the team's medical staff he could be back on the practice field as early as Wednesday and he should be back in the starting lineup next weekend.