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Week 17 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 28, 2005

Mike Anderson, RB, DEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Broncos' RB Mike Anderson will not play in the team's regular season finale because of a sprained ankle. Anderson twisted his left ankle in the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Raiders and he had to leave the game. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays and while the results were negative he was diagnosed with a sprain and he did not return to the field. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that Anderson won't be completely healthy for the team's Week 17 game and since he wants him at full strength for the playoffs Shanahan will keep Anderson on the sideline for the final game of the regular season. Tatum Bell will will get the start in Anderson's place and Ron Dayne will be used as the change-of-pace back.

Drew Bennett, WR, TEN
Knee Soreness / Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Titans' WR Drew Bennett, who has been dealing with and a strained groin for two weeks and soreness in his knee for nearly month, aggravated his injuries during Saturday's game against the Dolphins and he will be limited in practice for the remainder of the week. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he expects Bennett to play in Week 17 but he didn't think he would take part in a full practice until Friday. Bennett has found a way to play through his knee and groin problems the last couple of weeks but his status for next weekend's game remains questionable. We should know more about his availability at the end of the week.

Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI
Quadriceps Contusion

Huddle Up: According to reports Cardinals RB Anquan Boldin suffered a minor quadriceps contusion during Saturday's game against the Eagles but the injury didn't affect his performance and the team's medical staff doesn't expect it to be a problem for him in the final game of the season. Boldin, who is officially listed as day-to-day, was reportedly a little sore on Monday but the team is hoping that he will be able to practice on Wednesday. And since the injury isn't serious Boldin should be ready in time for the Cardinals' Week 17 game against the Colts.

Chris Brown, RB, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Titans' RB Chris Brown is listed as questionable for next weekend's game after spraining his ankle during Saturday's game against the Dolphins. Brown, who has sprained his ankle several times this year, was feeling stiff and point-tender on Monday and according to reports head coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect him to practice until Friday. To Brown's credit he has found a way to play hurt all year but he has proven himself to be one of the least durable players in the NFL. And at this point even if he plays there is a good chance that he will hurt himself again so avoid using him and start someone else instead.

Mark Brunell, QB, WAS
Sprained MCL / Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: Redskins' QB Mark Brunell, who is listed as day-to-day after leaving Saturday's game against the Giants with a sprained knee and a bruised shoulder, might be ready to play in time for the team's regular season finale. Brunell bruised his left throwing shoulder in the first half and was eventually forced to the sideline and replaced by Patrick Ramsey after injuring his right knee in the second half. An MRI performed on Brunell's knee revealed a grade 1 MCL sprain and since the injury is minor the team's medical staff believes there is a good chance that he will be ready in time for the Redskins' Week 17 game. According to reports his availability for next weekend's game will depend on his participation in practice and at this point the team expects him back at practice on Thursday. If Brunell doesn't play look for Ramsey to get the start in his place but since it is a crucial game for the Redskins look for the medical staff to do everything in their power to get him ready.

Tyrone Calico, WR, TEN
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Titans' WR Tyrone Calico re-injured his hamstring during Saturday's game against the Dolphins and according to head coach Jeff Fisher it doesn't look like Calico will be ready to play in the team's final game of the season. Calico's hamstring was reportedly extremely sore following the game and he was seen walking very gingerly on Monday afternoon. Calico has not been officially ruled out of the team's Week 17 game but his listed as doubtful so don't expect him to play.

Michael Clayton, WR, TB
Acute Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Bucs' WR Michael Clayton sprained ligaments in his big toe (acute turf toe) during Saturday's game against the Falcons and not only will he be out for the team's Week 17 game but his status for the playoffs appears to be in doubt. An MRI on Clayton's injured toe revealed a moderate amount of damage to the ligaments in his big toe and while surgery won't be needed he could be out anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks while he recovers. Clayton will be evaluated on a weekly basis but the team's medical staff isn't optimistic about his chances of playing during the post-season

Warrick Dunn, RB, TB
Strained Hamstring / Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Falcons' RB Warrick Dunn was slowed during Saturday's game against the Bucs after re-injurying his hamstring and spraining his knee. Neither injury is considered serious but they were significant enough to affect his performance in Week 16. And while head coach Jim Mora expects him to play in Week 17 Dunn's injuries won't be completely healed and they will affect his production during the game. Dunn might be held out of practice on Wednesday but he should be back on field on either Thursday or Friday.

Charlie Frye, QB, CLE
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: Browns' QB Charlie Frye suffered a mild concussion in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game but he was feeling OK on Monday and head coach Romeo Crennel has told reporters that Frye will be his starting QB in Week 17. The team's medical staff ran several neurological tests on Frye and according to reports he was given a clean bill of health and has since been cleared to play. Unless he suffers a setback look for Frye to play in the Browns' final game of the year.

Terry Glenn, WR, DAL
Dislocated Thumb

Huddle Up: The status of Cowboys' WR Terry Glenn is currently unknown for Week 17 after he dislocated his thumb during Saturday's game against the Panthers. Glenn was injured in the second quarter during a 19-yard reception. After making the catch he attempted to stiff-arm a Panthers' defender and his thumb got caught in the defender's shoulder pads. Glenn had the dislocation reduced on the sideline and after he was wrapped and taped he was able to return to the game. He had trouble catching the ball after the injury bobbling nearly every pass thrown his way and he was in a tremendous amount of pain following the game. Because he returned to the game after the dislocation it doesn't mean that he will be able to play with the injury in Week 17. Glenn was sent for an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released he will be reevaluated on Wednesday and head coach Bill Parcells will update everyone on his status either today or tomorrow.

Ashley Lelie, WR, DEN
Elbow Laceration

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Ashley Lelie is not expected to play in the team's regular season finale against the Chargers after getting 14 stitches to close a laceration on his elbow that occurred during Saturday's game against the Raiders. Lelie told reporters that the injury occurred in the second half when his arm was hit by a defender's helmet. Head coach Mike Shanahan has not said what he plans to do with Lelie in Week 17 but team officials believe that Lelie will be given the week off since there is nothing to really play for. An official decision won't come until later on in the week but don't expect him to be active for next weekend's game.

Steve McNair, QB, TEN
Strained Pectoral Muscle

Huddle Up: Titans' veteran QB Steve McNair will not practice on Wednesday and he might held out until at least Friday because of a strained pectoral muscle. McNair was injured during Saturday's game against the Dolphins and according to reports his shoulder and chest were feeling sore and very stiff on Monday. McNair, who is getting treatment twice a day, will not attempt to throw until Thursday but the team is hoping that he will be able to practice with the team on Friday. McNair's status for Week 17 is currently questionable so we will keep an eye on his recovery.

Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Bengals' QB Carson Palmer suffered a strained groin during Saturday's loss to the Bills and according to reports Marvin Lewis is considering resting Palmer this upcoming week. Palmer was hurt when he tried to scramble out of bounds late in the fourth quarter. He began limping after the play but remained in game. After throwing an interception that was returned for by the Bills for the game-clinching touchdown Palmer was replaced by backup Jon Kitna. According to reports the team's medical staff doesn't consider the injury serious but there is a chance that he won't be able to run at full speed until sometime next week and if he isn't completely healthy the team will likely keep him on the sideline. Check back on Friday for an update on his status.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis was seen wearing a wrap on his left wrist on Monday but according to reports the injury will not keep him out of the team's regular season finale. Portis has apparently been dealing with a wrist injury for over a month and he aggravated the injury during Saturday's game against the Giants. Portis called his wrist injury a "lingering" problem but said that he should be able to practice with the team on Thursday. This doesn't sound like a big deal guys but check back on Friday for an update.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, NYG
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey did not practice on Tuesday because of a sprained ankle but the team is hoping that he will do some running on Wednesday and expect him to be back on the practice field on Thursday or Friday. Shockey injured his ankle during Saturday's game against the Redskins but he was sideline for only a brief period of time and he was able to finish the game. Shockey, who has a history of ankle injuries, told reporters that his ankle was feeling better on Tuesday and if all goes well in treatment this week he should be back in the starting lineup next weekend.

Brandon Stokley, WR, IND
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: According to reports Colts' WR Brandon Stokley will likely miss Week 17 with what the team is calling a bruised left knee. Stokley was injured during Saturday's loss to the Seahawks and while there wasn't a lot of pain and swelling team the team's medical staff wants to play it safe and keep him sideline until the playoffs. Now the Colts have not ruled him out of, which means that Stokley could see some playing time if he makes a quick recovery. But he wouldn't play very much so even in the best-case scenario he won't be a good fantasy starter.

Jonathan Wells, RB, HOU
Quadriceps Contusion

Huddle Up: Texans' RB Jonathan Wells suffered a quadriceps contusion during Saturday's game against the Jaguars but it isn't expected to keep him out of the team's final game of the season. Wells, who has been getting treatment on his thigh twice a day, will not practice on Wednesday and might be limited during workouts on Thursday and Friday as a precaution. Well's injury is not considered serious and with Domanick Davis likely out again because of a knee injury look for Wells to close the regular season in the Texans' starting lineup.