Kevan Barlow, RB, SF
Huddle Up: According to reports 49ers' RB Kevan Barlow left last Friday's pre-season game after suffering a quadriceps contusion. The injury is not believed to be serious and he could return to practice as early as this week. However Frank Gore impressed the coaching staff with his play in that game and it appears that he is now the favorite to win the starting running back job.
Cedric Benson, RB, CHI
Huddle Up: Bears' RB Cedric Benson, who dislocated his left shoulder in practice over a week ago, has still not been cleared to practice and according to reports he will be out at least another 7 - 14 days. Benson's recovery has reportedly gone well and team officials believe that he will be able to play in their final pre-season game. But he still gets treatment on his shoulder at least twice a day and he continues to work with trainers on strengthening the injured joint. He should be back in time for Week 1, but keep an eye on his progress.
Alge Crumpler, TE, ATL
Recovering from Off-season Shoulder and Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: According to reports Falcons' TE Alge Crumpler has a made a full recovery from off-season knee surgery, however he still hasn't completely recovered from off-season shoulder surgery and his status for the team's next pre-season game this upcoming Saturday remains a question mark. Crumpler was held out of last Friday's pre-season opener because the team's medical staff just didn't think his shoulder was strong enough. Head coach Jim Mora is pleased with Crumpler's recent progress but he recently told reporters that won't know if he'll be ready to play in their next exhibition game until later in the week. Even if Crumpler is held out again, it's nice to know that he is getting closer to being cleared.
Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIA
Recovering From Surgery to Repair Torn ACL, MCL and PCL
Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Daunte Culpepper took a very large step in his recovery from major knee surgery this past weekend. Culpepper started his first game since tearing the ACL, MCL and PCL in his knee and while he took only six snaps the team's medical staff was pleased with what they saw. They strongly believe that Culpepper is ready for contact and that he will be strong enough to start in Week 1 of the regular season. That certainly doesn't mean that they are going to turn him loose. They will keep him out of contact drills for the remainder of pre-season as a precaution and he will continue to have his knee taped and braced prior to practices and games. It appears that Culpepper has defied the odds in his quick recovery, but no matter what he tells the media he still has some physical and a lot of pyschological healing to go. So don't be surprised if he is inconsistant early in the season.
Domanick Davis, RB, HOU
Recovering from Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: According to reports Texans' RB Domanick Davis continues to be bothered by a sore knee and the team isn't sure when he will be ready to play. Davis, who had off-season surgery on his knee, began to complain of swelling and soreness in the same knee at the start of training camp and has missed a majority of the team's practices. In a recent interview with a local newspaper head coach Gary Kubiak referred to the injury as a "bruise," so we don't even know if this is a new injury or a lingering problem from his previous injury. Either way the Texans' appear to be playing the waiting game. They hope that with rest the swelling and soreness will subside. But the regular season is right around the corner and he doesn't appear to be improving. We'll keep you posted on his recovery but at this point things aren't looking good.
Braylon Edwards, WR, CLE
Recovering From ACL Surgery
Huddle Up: Browns' WR Braylon Edwards, who is recovering from ACL surgery, made a surprising return to practice two weeks ago and while he has been cleared to take part in certain team drills, the medical staff isn't sure when he will be ready to play in a game. Edwards took part in 11-on-11 drills with the team this past weekend and according to reports he has looked good. Head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters Edwards was a "lock" to play by Week 2 of the regular season, but even so Crennel went on to say that the Browns' will continue to cautious with his recovery. Before you get excited and jump the gun, remember that he is coming off of major knee surgery and it can take an athlete anywhere from 12 to 18 months before he has made a full recovery. So even if Edwards cleared to play by Week 1 or 2 don't expect him to have much of a fantasy impact this season.
Samkon Gado, RB, GB
Huddle Up: Packers' RB Samkon Gado left Saturday's pre-season game against the Chargers with a strained groin and did not return and according to reports we will know more about his status for the team's next pre-season game sometime over the next couple of days. Gado told the team's medical staff that he felt fine on Monday but they decided to limit him to light stretching and the stationary bike. The injury is not believed to be serious, but the Packers' don't want him to aggravate the problem so don't be surpised if they limit him in practice for the remainder of the week.
Erron Kinney, TE, TEN
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Titans' TE Erron Kinney, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee a couple of weeks ago, could miss the remainder of the pre-season. Kinney suffered cartilage damage in his knee while running a route during practice at the start of training camp. He actually had surgery to repair a similar problem in the same knee in the off-season and the team's medical staff wants to make sure that his knee is completely healed before they allow him to play. Head coach Jeff Fisher remains optimistic about Kinney's availability for Week 1, but at this point there are no guarentees.
Derrick Mason, WR, BAL
Huddle Up: Derrick Mason, who left the team's pre-season game against the Giants this past weekend with a mild concussion, was back on the practice field on Monday and according to reports he isn't suffering from any lingering problems. Mason was involved in several of the team drills during Monday's practice and he appeared to be OK. The Ravens may still hold him out of their next pre-season game as a precaution, but don't be surprised if he plays.
Ryan Moats, RB, PHI
Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Ryan Moats made his return to full-contact practice after missing over 2 weeks because of a sprained knee. According to reports Moats is running with the third team and he may still be held out of Thursday's pre-season game for precautinary purposes. The goal is for Moats to be ready for the start of the regular season so don't be surprised if the coaching staff continues to bring him along slowly.
Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
Recovering From Surgery to Repair Torn ACL, MCL and Medial Meniscus
Huddle Up: The Bengals' continue to paint a positive picture in regards to the recovery of QB Carson Palmer. However they really aren't sure when Palmer will be ready to play and there is a chance that he won't be cleared for contact until after the start of the regular season. Palmer, who is only seven months removed from major knee surgery, has made a lot of progress and according to reports he appears to be gaining confidence in the surgically repaired joint. But realistically is still about a month away from being game-ready and at least five months away from making a full recovery. Draft him at your own risk.
Todd Pinkston, WR, PHI
Bi-lateral Achilles Tendinitis
Huddle Up: Things have gotten so bad for Eagles' WR Todd Pinkston that the team's medical staff is reportedly considering placing him on Injured Reserve. Pinkston, who missed the entire 2005 season with torn left Achilles tendon, began to experience soreness and swelling in his right Achilles tendon just after the start of training camp. With the help of the medical staff he tried to manage the pain and play through the problem, but then he began to experience swelling in his left Achilles and he was unable to practice with the team for nearly two weeks. Pinkston actually returned to practice this past weekend but he continues to have problems and a local newspaper in Philadelphia has reported that if his problems don't improve he could be placed on Injured Reserve. This is not looking good so do yourself a favor and keep him off of your draft day cheat sheets.
Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis will miss the remainder of the pre-season and his status for Week 1 of the regular season is uncertain after he suffered a left shoulder subluxation (partial dislocation) during the team's exhibition game against the Bengals on Sunday. Portis opened up the game with an impressive 8-yard carry, but he got hurt later in the first quarter while trying to make a tackle on a Bengals' defender following an interception by Redskins' QB Mark Brunell. According to reports Portis was furious that he was left in the game so long. He was later seen with his shoulder in a sling and he told reporters that he was likely done for the remainder of the pre-season. An MRI has been performed and the team's medical staff confirmed that he suffered a partial shoulder dislocation and that he will miss the remainder of the pre-season. The exact nature of the damage to his shoulder has not been made public, but the team's medical staff is reportedly considering surgery as a way of fixing this injury. So at this point there is no way of knowing if he will be ready in time for kickoff in Week 1. We will keep you posted on his recovery.
Jeremy Shockey, TE, NYG
Huddle Up: Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey, who was held out of last Friday's pre-season game as a precaution, has finally returned to full-contact practice indicating that the team is no longer worried about any long-term effects from the mild concussion he suffered several weeks ago. Shockey actually told reporters last week that he was fine but the medical staff did not want to take any chances and they decided to limit him to non-contact drills for a little while longer. This is no longer an issue guys.
Steve Smith, WR, CAR
Huddle Up: Panthers' WR Steve Smith was held out of Saturday's pre-season game because of a strained left hamstring, and while the injury isn't considered serious the team's medical staff doesn't want to take any chances. Smith will likely be held out of practice for at least another week and he could miss the next two pre-season games. However team officials have told reporters that Smith is a very big part of their offense and they want to make sure that this hamstring injury doesn't become a lingering problem. At this point there really isn't a reason to be concerned, but let's just hope he is healthy enough to play within the next couple of weeks.
Brandon Stokley, WR, IND
Huddle Up: Colts' WR Brandon Stokley left Sunday night's team workout with what is being called a sprained left ankle and his status for their next pre-season game remains questionable. Stokley was hurt when he collided with a teammate while trying to make a catch. He landed awkwardly on his left leg and after limping off the field he was taken to the locker room on a golf cart. A preliminary exam indicated that Stokley had suffered an ankle sprain but the team sent him for an MRI to comfirm the intial diagnosis and to see if any additional damage was done. The results have not been released to the public but head coach Tony Dungy believes that Stokely is "going to be OK." Even if the injury is minor, the Colts may decide to hold him out of their next pre-season game as a precaution. We'll keep you posted on his status.
Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook is still dealing with a sprained left foot and according to head coach Andy Reid he might be held out of the team's final three pre-season games. Westbrook, who missed the last month of the 2005 season with a mild Lisfranc Sprain in his right foot, sprained his left foot in the team's first pre-season game and he hasn't practiced since. The Eagles have not been very open about Westbrook's injury so we really have no idea how bad it is, but team officials have told reporters that he could return to practice as early as next week. And while he could sit for the team's final three exhibition games they feel he will be ready to play when the regular season begins. This is something worth watching because if Westbrook can't make it back in time for the start of the regular season backup Ryan Moats would probably be the Eagles' featured back.
Vince Young, QB, TEN
Huddle Up: Titans' rookie QB Vince Young was reportedly feeling a bit stiff and soar after spraining his left ankle during Saturday's pre-season game. Young was hurt when he was tackled from behind, and although he was examined on the sideline and diagnosed with a mild sprain the team's medical staff decided to keep him out as a precaution. Young will likely be limited in practice this week but this is not considered a serious injury so he should be back on the field soon.