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Week 17 Detailed Injury Recap
Philip Gentles
January 3, 2006

The following is a more detailed recap of the injuries occurring in the season's final week.

Tiki Barber, RB, NYG
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Giants' RB Tiki Barber was reportedly experiencing soreness in his ankle on Monday but team officials don't consider the injury a problem and they expect him to be at full strength for the start of the playoffs. Barber suffered a minor ankle sprain during Saturday's game but he did not miss any plays and it certainly didn't affect his performance. The team's medical staff might limit him in practice over the next couple of days but he should be fine for next weekend's game.

Drew Brees, QB, SD
Torn Labrum

Huddle Up: According to reports Chargers' QB Drew Brees will soon undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and he could be out anywhere from 3 - 6 months. Brees injured his shoulder during Saturday's game against the Broncos and an MRI done his shoulder reportedly revealed a torn labrum. Now the exact nature and severity of the tear has not been made public but he might not be back to full strength until sometime in June. The Chargers are out of the playoffs so this injury isn't an immediate problem, but it does complicate his long-term status with the team. Brees will be seeking a multi-year contract from the Chargers in the off-season. However don't be surprised if the team decides to wait until they know what his prognosis for the 2006 season is before they enter into any contract discussions with his agent.

David Carr, QB, HOU
Bruised Elbow

Huddle Up: Texans' QB David Carr left Sunday's game against the 49ers with what the team is calling a bruised elbow and was replaced by Tony Banks who played the entire second half. According to reports Carr was not severely hurt but the team's medical staff prevented him from returning to the game. Carr told reporters after the game that he was fine and that he would make a full recovery very soon.

Chris Cooley, TE, WAS
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Redskins' TE Chris Cooley suffered a strained groin during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game but he was able to remain on the field on the finish the contest. According to reports Cooley's groin was a little sore on Monday but the team's medical staff doesn't believe the injury will be a problem and they expect him to be ready in time for next weekend's playoff game.

Joe Horn, WR, NO
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Saints' WR Joe Horn, who has been dealing with a bad hamstring all season, aggravated the injury in the first quarter and it kept him limited throughout the game. Horn's 2005 season was a complete wash because of his lingering hamstring injury but the team's medical staff will work with him during the off-season and they expect him to be completely healthy for the start of the 2006 season.

Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Texans' WR Andre Johnson missed the entire second half of Sunday's game against the 49ers with a high ankle sprain but with the team expects him to be fully recovered in time for minicamps in May. Johnson was injured in the first quarter and tried to play through the discomfort but he was limited to just one catch. And after testing his ankle on the sideline prior to the start of the second half he decided not to go back in and make the injury worse. According to reports Johnson will need 2 - 4 weeks of rest and treatment before he's back to full strength.

Eli Manning, QB, NYG
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: According to reports Giants' QB Eli Manning suffered a minor knee sprain during Saturday's game against the Raiders but the injury is not considered serious and he will be ready in time for next weekend's playoff game. Manning twisted the knee in the second half but he was able to stay on the field and finish the game. The Giants have not said if he went for an MRI or if he will be limited in practice this week but the injury doesn't appear to be of major concern so expect him to be in the starting lineup against the Panthers next weekend.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Shoulder Stinger / Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis suffered several minor injuries during Sunday's game against the Eagles but he's expected to be ready for the team's opening playoff game. Portis apparently felt numbness in his hand and arm after being tackled during the game but he quickly regained the feeling in his extremity and returned to the field. He was later diagnosed with a minor shoulder stinger. He also reportedly reaggravated his sprained wrist. Portis will likely be held out of the team's first practice this week as a precaution but team officials expect him to start in next weekend's playoff game.

Shawn Springs, DB, WAS
Groin Injury

Huddle Up: Redskins' DB Shawn Springs, who has been dealing with a groin injury, aggravated the problem in the second quarter of Sunday's game and according to reports the team's medical staff doesn't expect him to play in the post-season. Springs reportedly suffered what the team believes is either a torn groin muscle or hernia. He underwent an MRI on his groin on Monday but the results won't be available until sometime today. Springs told reporters that he wasn't ruling himself out but that he wasn't optimistic about his chances of playing.