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Week 16 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 20, 2005

Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
Sprained Ankle / Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Dolphins' rookie RB Ronnie Brown left in the second quarter of Sunday's game with a sprained ankle and sprained knee but he was able to return and head coach Nick Saban told reporters that he expected Brown to be ready for their Week 16 game against the Titans. Neither of Brown's injuries are considered serious and according to reports tests done on both his ankle and knee revealed no structural damage. He was still a bit swollen on Monday and he may be limited in practice over the next couple of days but Saban is optimistic about his chances of playing, which is good news.

Alge Crumpler, TE, ATL
Swollen Elbow

Huddle Up: Falcons' TE Alge Crumpler had a swollen right elbow following Sunday's game and his status for Week 16 is currently unknown. It is unclear how the injury occurred or how bad it is but Crumpler was seen with a bandage on his elbow on Monday. According to team officials his practice status for the remainder of the week and for their next game will be determined once he is reevaluated on Wednesday.

Gus Frerotte, QB, MIA
Sprained Finger

Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Gus Frerotte missed the second half of Sunday's after aggravating his sprained index finger on his throwing hand and his status for Week 16 is questionable. Frerotte was hurt when he was trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception late in the first half. He reportedly had trouble throwing the ball on the sideline prior to the start of the second half and was replaced by Sage Rosenfels. Frerotte's finger has been a problem for over a month and CBS reported on several occasions that his finger was broken, not sprained. The Dolphins' have always called the injured a sprain. Regardless head coach Nick Saban said that the team will evaluate Frerotte on a daily basis and he indicated that a decision on the starting QB might not come until gameday.

Samkon Gado, RB, GB
Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Packers' RB Samkon Gado left Monday night's game with a undisclosed knee injury and his status for Week 16 is currently unknown. Gado was hurt during a 2-yard run late in the first quarter. He was examined on the field and he was helped to the sideline and eventually to the locker room. He was having a great game before the injury rushing for 45 yards on just 6 carries but he was unable to return to the field. We will keep you posted on his status.

Marvin Harrison, WR, IND
Fractured Finger

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Marvin Harrison suffered a non-displaced fracture to a bone at the top of his right hand during Sunday's game against the Chargers and according to reports there is a good chance that he will be held out of the team's final two games. Harrison was injured in the first quarter and he complained of discomfort but he remained on the field and he went on to have a big statistical game. He was seen shaking his hand a couple of times and he appeared to be in pain on several occasions but it didn't affect his performance. An X-ray in the locker room after the game revealed a hairline fracture in his hand and further examination on Monday showed that the injury, while not severe, will need 2 - 4 weeks to completely heal. Now team doctors have advised head coach Tony Dungy that the injury cannot get any worse if his hand is properly padded and wrapped. But the Colts have already secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and we all know that Dungy wants his best receiver completely healthy for the playoffs so don't be surprised if Harrison is deactivated for the final two regular season games. Brandon Stokely would start if Harrison is kept on the sideline.

Joe Horn, WR, NO
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Saints' veteran WR Joe Horn was in and out of the lineup on Sunday after aggravating his strained hamstring. Horn, who has been battling a sore hamstring all season, felt it tighten up early in the first half and he was used sparingly for the remainder of the game. Head coach Jim Haslett told reporters that he expects Horn to be OK but this has become a lingering problem so don't expect him to bounce back anytime soon.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, CIN
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Bengals' WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is listed as probable for Week 16 after leaving Sunday's game with what is being described as a minor foot sprain. Houshmandzadeh was able to return to the game after the injury but his playing time and effectiveness was limited. He was seen on crutches following the game, however head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters that he expects Houshmandzadeh to play in their next game. He might be held out of practice on Wednesday but look for him to return on Thursday or Friday and play next weekend.

Steven Jackson, RB, STL
Hip-pointer

Huddle Up: Rams' RB Steven Jackson suffered a hip-pointer (bruised hip) in the first half of Sunday's game and although the injury kept him limited for the remainder of the game team officials don't consider the injury serious and they expect him to be ready for their next game. Jackson was banged on his hip during a run in the second quarter and he was reportedly feeling stiff and sore as he limped to the sideline. He tried to return in the second half but he was having trouble running and contact made it feel a lot worse so his playing time was restricted and he was eventually replaced by Marshall Faulk and Arlen Harris. The Rams' plan on keeping Jackson out of practice on Wednesday but he may return as soon as Thursday and he should be ready to go by Sunday.

Greg Jones, RB, JAX
Pinched Nerve

Huddle Up: Jaguars' RB Greg Jones pinched a nerve in his neck and briefly loss feeling in his arms and legs during Sunday's against the 49ers but the team's medical staff doesn't believe the injury is serious and they don't expect him to suffer from any long term effects. Jones told reporters that he jammed his neck when he was hit in the fourth quarter. He admitted that he was scared when he lost feeling but it quickly returned and he was able to walk off the field. Jones underwent several precautionary neurological tests on Monday and while the results have not been released team officials are expecting him to be ready for their next game.

LaMont Jordan, RB, OAK
Sprained Toe

Huddle Up: Raiders' RB LaMont Jordan sprained his big toe (acute turf toe) during Sunday's game against the Browns and his status for Week 16 is currently unknown. Jordan was hurt at the start of the fourth quarter and had to briefly leave the game. He returned but he was having trouble with his toe and he was seen limping after plays. He underwent an MRI on Monday but the results have not been released but this is something we will keep an eye on.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, SF
Sprained Neck

Huddle Up: 49ers' WR Brandon Lloyd, who left Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a sprained neck, is considered questionable for Week 16 and his availability for their next game might not be determined until sometime prior to kickoff. Lloyd told reporters that he will be ready and healthy enough to play but team officials want to see how he does over the next couple of days before they make any decisions. According to reports Lloyd might be a game-time decision depending on how he does in treatment this week so check back on Friday for an update.

Peyton Manning, QB, IND
Swollen Knee

Huddle Up: According to reports Colts' QB Peyton Manning experienced swelling in one of his knee's following Sunday's loss to the Chargers. But while the team's medical staff doesn't consider the injury serious there is speculation that head coach Tony Dungy will want to play it safe and either limit Manning's playing time in Week 16 or even completely hold him out. The exact nature of Manning's injury has not been made public but he did undergo a precautionary MRI on Monday and we should know more about his status once the results have been released.

Chris Simms, QB, TB
Sprained Thumb

Huddle Up: Bucs' QB Chris Simms sprained the thumb on his left (throwing) hand in the first quarter during Sunday's game but head coach Jon Gruden told reporters after the game that the injury is not serious and he expects him to be ready for their next game. Simms, who played the entire game hurt, was reportedly feeling sore on Monday but there wasn't a lot of swelling which is a good sign. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday so we will know more about his status then.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: If you listen to RB LaDainian Tomlinson not only will he tell you that this ribs are fine but that they are beginning to improve. But after aggravating the injury in the third quarter during Sunday's win over the Colts and missing most of the fourth quarter Tomlinson's ribs have got to be of major concern, especially for fantasy owners entering their league semifinals or finals. Tomlinson told reporters that as he began to take hits in the second half his ribs became sore and in the fourth quarter the pain and discomfort became unbearable. But he went onto say that he felt his ribs have improved and that he believes he is very close to being completely healthy. Now if his ribs were truly improving why was he unable to play during the crucial moments of Sunday's game? According to team officials Tomlinson will be held out of practice on Wednesday and limited to non-contact drills on Thursday and Friday and his status for Week 16 remains up in the air. The Chargers are fighting for a playoff spot so look for the team's medical staff to do everything in its power to get him ready. But even if he is cleared to start against the Chiefs he could aggravate the problem again at any time and be forced to miss portions of the game. We will keep you posted on his status.

Kurt Warner, QB, ARI
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Cardinals' QB Kurt Warner will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the medical collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee during Sunday's game against the Texans. Warner was hurt in the first quarter when he was sacked Texans linebacker Jason Babin. Babin hit Warner just below the knee causing his leg to twist. He reportedly felt some discomfort but remained in the game and even threw a TD pass in the second quarter. The pain and swelling in his knee finally forced him to sidelines where the team's medical staff quickly determined that he had suffered damage to his MCL. An MRI done on his knee on Monday confirmed that he has a torn ligament. Head coach Dennis Green said that Warner will undergo several more tests over the next couple of days to see if he will need surgery to repair the injury but as of right now the official recovery period stands at 6 - 8 weeks. Josh McCown, who left Sunday's game with the flu, has been named the starter for Week 16 and will start in Week 17 if he is healthy enough to do so.

Jermaine Wiggins, TE, MIN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Vikings' TE Jermaine Wiggins was seen wearing a boot on his ankle on Monday but according to head coach Mike Tice he is not seriously hurt and he should be ready in time for their Week 16 game. Wiggins left Sunday's game after spraining his ankle in the second half. According to reports the sprain in a grade 1 but there was some swelling so the team's medical staff decided to fit him for a precautionary protective boot. Wiggins will likely get rid of the boot on Wednesday and he should be able to practice on Thursday or Friday.