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Playoff Injury Recap - Divisional Weekend
Philip Gentles
January 16, 2006

Shaun Alexander, RB, SEA

Huddle Up: Seahawks’ RB Shaun Alexander left in the first quarter of Saturday’s playoff game with a concussion but according to reports he was doing well on Sunday and team officials expect him to be available for next weekend’s NFC Championship game against the Panthers. Alexander is scheduled to undergo several tests over the next couple of days but he was reportedly doing fine and while he probably won’t take part in contact drills this week head coach Mike Holmgren is optimistic about his chances of playing.

Bernard Berrian, WR, CHI
Hip Injury

Huddle Up: Bears’ WR Bernard Berrian, who was putting up good numbers against the Panthers on Sunday, left the game in the second half with a hip injury. The exact nature and severity of the injury is unknown but with the Bears eliminated from the playoffs Berrian will have plenty of time to recover.

Mike Brown, DB, CHI
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Bears’ DB Mike Brown has been battling a strained calf for nearly two months and after aggravating the injury on Sunday against the Panthers he had to leave the game and was unable to return. Brown appeared frustrated on the sidelines and according to reports he said he would work hard in the off-season to get healthy and he plans on getting stronger so that he has a better chance of avoiding injuries like this.

Andre Dyson, DB, SEA
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Seahawks’ DB Andre Dyson left Saturday’s playoff game after aggravating his ankle injury and his status for next weekend’s NFL Championship game appears to be in question. The Seahawks have not commented on how Dyson’s ankle was feeling or if he will be available for next weekend’s game but high ankle sprains can severely limit mobility so let’s just hope he responds well to treatment over the next couple of days.

DeShaun Foster, RB, CAR
Broken Ankle

Huddle Up: Panthers’ RB DeShaun Foster will miss the remainder of the playoffs after breaking his right ankle in the third quarter of Sunday’s playoff game against the Bears. The team’s medical staff originally reported the injury as a high ankle sprain but X-rays done in the locker room after the game confirmed that he suffered a break. The severity of the injury has not been made public but he will not be able to run until sometime during the off-season. Nick Goings will now take over as the starter.

Brad Hoover, RB, CAR

Huddle Up: Panthers’ RB Brad Hoover left in the second half of Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion. Hoover’s status for next weekend has yet to be determined but team officials are hoping that with Foster out that he will be available to play. He’s scheduled to see a neurological specialist sometime today (Monday) and we should know more about his status tomorrow.

Darrell Jackson, WR, SEA
Knee Inflammation / Bruised Back / Sore Jaw

Huddle Up: Seahawks’ WR Darrell Jackson had himself a big game against the Redskins on Saturday despite battling problems with his surgically repaired knee. The team’s medical staff wasn’t expecting a big game from Jackson who has complained of soreness and inflammation in his knee ever since having arthroscopic surgery back in October. Jackson’s knee was reportedly inflamed again following this past weekend’s game but that wasn’t the only problem he is dealing with. He also complained of soreness in his jaw and back that apparently occurred at different points in the game. According to reports Jackson will probably be held out of practice until Thursday, which should give him enough time to recover in time for the NFC title game. His knee won’t be 100% but the team’s medical staff expects everything else to be fine.

Dan Morgan, LB, CAR
Separated Shoulder

Huddle Up: According to reports Panthers’ LB Dan Morgan aggravated his separated shoulder during Sunday’s playoff game but he was able to remain on field and finish the contest. Morgan missed several tackles late in the game so the injury appeared to limit his effectiveness but he has been dealing with this injury for long time so team officials expect him to bounce back and be ready for next weekend’s game.

Julius Peppers, DL, CAR
Shoulder Injury

Huddle Up: Panthers’ DL Julius Peppers was helped off the field and taken to the locker room after injuring his shoulder in the second half of Sunday’s game. Peppers did not return to the game and while the team has not gone public with the nature of the injury Peppers told several reporters that he expects to play next weekend. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI today so we should know more about his official status for the game sometime later today or early tomorrow.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Arm Contusion

Huddle Up: Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered a contusion to his right arm during Sunday’s game that caused a bit of numbness and a temporary loss of strength. But he was able to stay in the game and he was a big part of the Steelers’ upset win over the Colts. According to reports Roethlisberger had a big welt on the back of his arm after being hit by a helmet. He immediately began to feel tingling in his hand but he quickly regained sensation and strength. He continued to suffer from a bit of discomfort throughout the game but the team’s medical staff expects him to be ready in time for next weekend’s AFC Championship game.