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Week 2 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
September 12, 2006

Mike Bell, RB, DEN
Dislocated and Broken Finger

Huddle Up: Broncos' rookie RB Mike Bell dislocated and broke his right middle finger during Sunday's game against the Chiefs. And while surgery may be needed to repair the damage to Bell's finger, head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that Bell may forego surgery and try and play through the injury. The injury occurred early in the first half when Bell was pushed into QB Jake Plummer by a Rams' defender. He wasn't sure exactly how the injury happened but it was bad enough that the bone tore through the finger and pushed his fingernail up. The medical staff had to remove the fingernail on the sideline but they were able to reduce the dislocation (put the finger back in place). After being taped Bell was able to return to the field and finish the game. According to reports Bell will need surgery at some point to repair the damage, but it looks like he will try and play this weekend without undergoing the surgical procedure. You've got to admire the rookie's toughness, however if he aggravates the injury he could be forced to have that surgery at any point during the regular season. We'll keep you posted.

Chris Brown, RB, TEN
Turf Toe

Huddle Up: It didn't take very long did it. Titans' RB Chris Brown, who has been dealing with a chronic case of turf toe for the last one and a half seasons, aggravated the problem on Sunday against the Jets and according to reports he will be limited in practice this week and his status for Week 2 is in question. Brown was reportedly seen walking with a slight limp in the locker room after the game. The Titans have not released any other information about this injury, but clearly this is the last thing fantasy owners wanted to hear. Don't be surprised if this is an issue for Brown all season.

Trent Green, QB, KC
Severe Concussion

Huddle Up: Chiefs' QB Trent Green will miss at least two weeks and could be out for much longer after suffering what the team is calling a severe concussion during Sunday's game against the Bengals. Green was knocked unconscious after being hit on the helmet by Bengals' DL Robert Geathers while he slid after running with the ball. He did regain consciousness on the field but he was secured to a stretcher and taken to a local hospital for an examination. According to reports he never lost the feeling in his arms and legs and both a CAT scan and MRI done at the hospital came back negative. However the Chiefs' medical staff said that Green did suffer severe head trauma and they reportedly don't expect him to play until at least Week 4. Damon Huard, who filled in for Green on Sunday, will start while Green is out.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck bruised his ribs during Sunday's win over the Lions but the injury is not considered serious and the team's medical staff expects him to start next weekend against the Cardinals. Hasselbeck was hurt when he was hit in the chest by a defender's helmet. He did not miss a play but he complained of soreness in his ribs after the game. X-rays were reportedly negative and he has since been diagnosed with a bruise. Hasselbeck will probably be limited in practice this week but he should be in the starting lineup against the Cards.

Travis Henry, RB, TEN
Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Titans' RB Travis Henry was a Week 1 fantasy surprise after scoring two touchdowns against the Jets. Unfortunately the team reported that Henry suffered a turf toe injury, similar to Chris Brown's injury and similar to the one that plagued Henry for much of the 2005 season. The team did not indicate how serious the injury is but they expect him to be limited in practice this week and his status for Week 2 appears to be in question. Check back on Friday for an update.

Joe Jurevicius, WR, CLE
Broken Ribs

Huddle Up: The Browns will be without WR Joe Jurevicius for the next 4 - 6 weeks after he broke a couple of ribs in the first half of Sunday's game against the Saints. Jurevicius was hurt on the team's third offensive series when he was hit hard by a defender following a reception (reception was nullified because of a penalty). He was helped to the locker room where X-rays revealed broken ribs. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to see if there is additional damage to his chest but the team's medical staff doesn't expect him back on the field until at least the middle of October.

Willis McGahee, RB, BUF
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Bills' RB Willis McGahee, who suffered a minor ankle sprain in the first half of Sunday's game against the Patriots, will be limited in practice over the next couple of days but the team expects him to start in their next game. The Bills did not say how the injury occurred, but it clearly affected his mobility in the second half. This doesn't appear to be a big deal. McGahee will probably show up on the team's official injury report but he should be ready to play next weekend.

Javon Walker, WR, DEN
Dislocated Finger

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Javon Walker dislocated a finger during Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but the injury was reduced by team trainers on the sideline and according to reports he should be available for next weekend's game. Walker was hurt in the third quarter when he attempted to catch a hard pass from QB Jake Plummer. He dropped the pass and immediately went to the sideline in obvious pain. The medical staff was able to put his finger back in place but he was limited the remainder of the game. The good news is that Walker reportedly did not break any bones and he should be ready for the Broncos' Week 2 game.

Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Reggie Wayne appears to be OK after he injured his knee in Sunday night's game against the Giants. Wayne was hurt in the second quarter after being tackled by LB LaVar Arrington following an 8-yard reception. He was slow to get up but after being examined on the sideline he quickly returned to the field and was able to finish the game. The Colts' aren't worried about Wayne's injury so expect him to be ready for Week 2 action.

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, RB, TB
Back Spasms

Huddle Up: Bucs RB Cadillac Williams, who was bothered by back spasms early in training camp, complained of pain and stiffness in his back at the end of the first half and it continued into the second half of Sunday's blowout loss to the Ravens. Williams was eventually pulled from the game as a precaution, although he told reporters following the game that he could have finished the game if he had to. He will probably be limited in practice this week but head coach Jon Gruden expects him to start next weekend against the Falcons.