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Playoff Injury Recap - Wildcard Weekend
Philip Gentles
January 9, 2006

Tedy Bruschi, LB, NE
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Patriots' LB Tedy Bruschi, who strained his calf against the Jets back in Week 16, was officially active for Saturday's playoff game but did not play and his status for next weekend's game remains a question mark. According to reports Bruschi did not look good during pre-game warm-ups and was seen limping on the sidelines prior to the game. Buschi stood on the sideline for the entire first half and was seen sitting on the team bench in the second half. He refused to answer questions after the game but he appeared very frustrated. As expected team officials aren't commenting on his injury or his status for their next game but we will do our best to keep you posted on his availability.

James Harrison, LB, PIT
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Steelers' LB James Harrison left in the first quarter of Sunday's playoff game with a high ankle sprain and did not return. According to reports Harrison has not been ruled out of their next game but the team's medical staff doesn't expect him to be ready for at least a couple of weeks.

Chris Henry, WR, CIN
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Bengals' WR Chris Henry left Sunday's Wild Card game after injuring his right knee in the first quarter and he did not return. The initial diagnosis on Henry's injury is a sprain but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI today to determine the severity.

Quincy Morgan, WR, PIT
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Steelers' WR Quincy Morgan will likely miss at least one week after leaving Sunday's playoff game against the Bengals with a high ankle sprain. The team has not disclosed the severity of the injury but the medical staff doesn't expect him to be ready until at least next week.

Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
Torn ACL and MCL

Huddle Up: Bengals' QB Carson Palmer is schedule to undergo reconstructive knee surgery in the next couple of days after suffering what the team is calling "clean tears" of the anterior cruciate ligament and medical collateral ligament. Palmer was injured in the first quarter of Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers and he had to be carted off the field. According to reports the Bengals are hoping that he will be ready in time for the starting of training camp. It's nice to hear them being optimistic but realistically he won't be ready to play until sometime in October and he won't be 100% until after the 2006 season. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Shoulder Stinger / Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis was in and out of the lineup during Saturday's playoff game because he was having problems with his lingering shoulder and wrist injuries. Neither injury is considered serious but they began to bother him early in the game so he was forced to share the carries with Ladell Betts. Portis will probably be limited in practice this week but the team expects him to be back in the starting lineup next weekend.

James Thrash, WR, WAS
Fractured Thumb

Huddle Up: Redskins' WR James Thrash is scheduled to undergo surgery today (Monday) to repair a fractured bone in his thumb but according to reports he could practice later this week and might play in next weekend's playoff game against the Seahawks. Thrash will be fitted for a thumb splint sometime tomorrow and if all goes well over the next couple of days Thrash could be back on the practice field as early as Thursday.

Renaldo Wynn, DL, WAS
Fractured Forearm

Huddle Up: Redskins' DL Renaldo Wynn will miss the remainder of the post-season after breaking two bones in his forearm during this past weekend's playoff game. Wynn has pins surgically inserted into his forearm on Sunday and he will be out for the next 8 - 12 weeks. According to reports the injury is not considered career threatening.