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Week 15 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 13, 2005

Tom Brady, QB, NE
Leg Contusion

Huddle Up: Patriots' QB Tom Brady suffered a contusion to his left leg just below during Sunday's blowout win over the Bills, but according to reports the injury is not considered serious and he should be ready to play in Week 15. Brady was hurt at the end of his 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He got up limping and was examined by the team's medical staff on the sideline. However he returned to the field on the Patriots' next offensive possession and while he looked gimpy at times he was able to play the entire game. Head coach Brian Belichick told reporters on Monday that Brady was "fine" and he didn't appear to be concerned but you never know when it comes to the Patriots. This injury doesn't appear to be a problem but keep an eye on his status throughout the week just to make sure.

DeShaun Foster, RB, CAR
Stinger

Huddle Up: Panthers' RB DeShaun Foster left Sunday's game after suffering a stinger (brachial plexus trauma causing pain in the shoulder and neck and affecting strength and sensation) and his status for Week 15 appears to be in question. Foster was hurt when he was hit by a Buccaneers' defender following the reception. He reportedly felt pain in his shoulder and had an immediate loss of strength in his hand. The pain subsided and he began to regain his strength so he was cleared to return to the field. But Foster re-injured his shoulder and was taken to the locker room for an examination. Foster told reporters that he could have returned to the field in the second half but with the game a foregone conclusion there was really no point. Head coach John Fox said that Foster would be reevaluated on Wednesday but at this point his status for the Panthers' next game is up in the air.

Travis Henry, RB, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: According to reports Titans' RB Travis Henry will likely miss one week and could miss up to two weeks with what the team is calling a sprained right ankle. Henry was hurt in the third quarter on Sunday against the Texans and while X-rays in the locker room were negative he did not return. Head coach Jeff Fisher said that Henry was feeling very sore on Monday and several team officials don't expect him to practice this week and to play next weekend. Henry actually tore ligaments in the same ankle and missed 5 games last season but Fisher said that this recent injury isn't as severe. We will keep you posted on his recovery but don't expect him to be active in Week 15.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Sprained Elbow

Huddle Up: The Lions will be without starting RB Kevin Jones for at least one week and potentially for the remainder of the season after he sprained his elbow during Sunday's game against the Packers. Jones, who has missed several full games and parts of other games this season because of a variety of injuries, was hurt in the first quarter when Lions' offensive lineman Damien Woody fell on his arm. His elbow was forced into hypertension and while he looked OK jogging off the field the word out of Detroit is that Jones suffered possible ligament damage and according to interim head coach Dick Juron he "could be lost for some time." We'll keep you posted on his status but if he can't play look for Artose Pinner and Shawn Bryson to split the carries in his place.

Curtis Martin, RB, NYJ
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Curtis Martin is scheduled to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to fix damaged cartilage in his right knee, an injury that has bothered him since Week 2. Martin has been limited in practice since suffering the injury 3 months ago and according to reports the discomfort and inflammation in his knee worsened following last week's game. With the Jets already eliminated from the playoffs the medical staff felt there was no need to wait until after the season to perform the surgery. The exact nature of Martin's knee injury has not been publicly disclosed but a source close to the Jets told The Huddle back in September that he suffered a mild ligament sprain and cartilage damage. Martin will probably make a full recovery in time for the 2006 season but his long-term status with the team remains a question mark. Rookie Cedric Houston will now take over as the team's featured RB and how he plays in the final three weeks could go a long way into determining what the Jets do with C-Mart next year.

Willis McGahee, RB, BUF
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: Bills' RB Willis McGahee left in the first half of Sunday's game after suffering a mild concussion but he returned to the field in the second half and while he wasn't very effective he was able to finish the game. McGahee was shaken up while trying to make a block in the second quarter. He was hit in the head by a defender's knee and had to be helped off the field. He didn't look good walking to the sideline but he was cleared by the medical staff to return in the second half. McGahee didn't do well finishing the game with just 3 yards on 8 carries but according to team officials the concussion did not affect his performance and it shouldn't be a problem in Week 15.

Mike McMahon, QB, PHI
Bruised Hip

Huddle Up: Eagles' QB Mike McMahon strained his hip flexor and bruised his knee during Sunday's game against the Giants and while he was able to play through the pain head coach Andy Reid said that McMahon wasn't feeling good on Monday and that he considered the injuries a"concern." According to reports McMahon was hurt on several occasions, the first coming in regulation and the second coming in overtime. The severity of his injuries have not be announced but Reid told reporters that the team will see how he responds to treatment and rest over the next couple of days before his Week 15 status is determined.

Chris Perry, RB, CIN
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Bengals' RB Chris Perry will miss Week 15 and could be out until the playoffs after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's game against the Browns. Perry injured his ankle when he was hit while making a cut on the last play of the first quarter. He was examined on the sideline and in the locker room and did not return. X-rays and an initial MRI on his ankle were negative but further tests showed that he had indeed suffered a high ankle sprain. The severity of the sprain has not been disclosed but Perry didn't sound optimistic when he was asked if he would be able to return during the regular season.

Ben Troupe, TE, TEN
Concussion

Huddle Up: Titans' WR Ben Troupe, who left Sunday's game with a mild concussion, was reportedly feeling better on Monday and according to head coach Jeff Fisher he should be ready to play in time for their next game. Troupe will be watched closely over the next couple of days and he may be held out of practice as a precaution on Wednesday but Fisher doesn't believe that his concussion to be an issue by the end of the week. It looks like Troupe is OK and unless he suffers a setback he should be in the starting lineup for the Titans next weekend.

Michael Vick, QB, ATL
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Falcons' QB Michael Vick left in the fourth quarter of Monday night's game with bruised ribs but the good news is that the injury doesn't appear to be serious and head coach Jim Mora told reporters following the game that he expects Vick to play next weekend against the Bears. Vick was hurt when he took a hard hit in the chest by a Saints' defender. He was slow to get up but he remained in the game for several more plays. He appeared to be in pain and eventually had to be taken to the locker room for X-rays. The X-rays were negative but he was having a hard time breathing and he did not return. Vick will probably be held out of practice on Wednesday limited the remainder of the week but Mora is already confident that Vick will play so at this point it looks like he will. But we will keep you posted on his status.

IDP Report

Titans' DL Albert Haynesworth left Sunday's game with a mild concussion but head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Haynesworth was feeling improved on Monday and the team expects him to be ready in time for Week 15. Jets' DL Shaun Ellis strained his hamstring during Sunday's game and according to head coach Herman Edwards his status for Week 15 is questionable. Ellis was feeling sore on Monday, will probably be held out of practice until at least Thursday and could end up as a game-time decision. Vikings' LB Keith Newman will miss 2 - 3 weeks after spraining the PCL in his right knee during Sunday's game. With the Vikings in the hunt for a playoff spot look for the team's medical staff to do everything they can to get him back on the field but this injury will need at least 2 weeks to heal so don't expect him to play until Week 16. Panthers' LB Dan Morgan left Sunday's game after re-injurying his shoulder and ankle. Neither injury is considered serious and he should be back in time for their next game. Fox told reporters that he called Morgan "shaken up" following the game not because Morgan had a concussion but because Morgan had dealt with the same injuries before.

Broncos' DB Darrent Williams suffered a strain in two places of his groin muscle during Sunday's game and according to reports there is a chance that he may have suffered tears in the muscle that would sideline him for at least a couple of weeks. Williams has undergone several tests since the game but the results have not been released. If the tests show that he has suffered a muscle tear the Broncos would likely be without him until the playoffs. Steelers' DB DeShea Townsend left in the second quarter of Sunday's game with a mild concussion and a strained neck and according to team officials he should be able to play in their next game. The team's medical staff was reportedly concerned about Townsend's neck but the tests showed minimal structural damage. He might be limited in practice this week but head coach Bill Cowher is optimistic about his chances of playing next weekend. Redskins' DB Shaun Springs could be out for Week 15 after leaving Sunday's game with a hyperextended back and strained groin. Head coach Joe Gibbs told reporters that Springs was not doing well on Monday and that he was concerned about his status for next weekend's game. Redskins' rookie DB Carlow Rogers was also hurt and his status for Week 15 remains unknown. Rogers apparently strained his biceps muscle but the nature and severity of the strain has not been made public. He reportedly saw a specialist about the injury on Monday and Gibbs said he would have an update on his status on Wednesday.