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Week 5 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
October 6, 2006

Aaron Brooks, QB, OAK
Strained Pectoral Muscle

Huddle Up: Raiders' QB Aaron Brooks has not been able to practice this week and according to reports he will not play this weekend against the 49ers. Brooks spoke with reporters earlier this week and he was in good spirits and he appeared to be pleased with his recovery. Team officials actually expect him to practice at some point next week, which means that there is a chance that he will be back as soon as Week 6. Andrew Walter has not played particularly well in place of Brooks. So it looks like Brooks will be back in the starting lineup when he's healthy and ready to return.

Reggie Brown, WR, PHI
Sprained AC Joint

Huddle Up: Eagles' WR Reggie Brown, who suffered a minor sprain to the Acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder during Monday night's game against the Packer, was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and has been upgraded on the official injury report to probable. Brown told reporters that he was feeling good and that he was getting himself ready to play. The team's medical staff has been pleased with his recovery and they expect him to be active on Sunday against the Cowboys.

Desmond Clark, TE, CHI
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Bears' TE Desmond Clark has not practiced this week and remains questionable on the team's official injury report for Week 5 because of a sprained foot. However Clark did play through the injury last weekend and according to reports he should be able to play on Sunday against the Bills. Clark admitted to reporters that his foot was far from being 100% but that he doesn't intend to miss any games. This injury limited his production last weekend so don't be surprised if it affects his performance this weekend as well.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIA
Shoulder Injury

Huddle Up: Dolphins' head coach Nick Saban revealed on Thursday that QB Daunte Culpepper has been dealing with a shoulder injury since Week 2. And after aggravating the problem in practice on Wednesday he did not take any snaps with the first-team offense on Thursday's and was added to the official injury report. Saban did not specify what the shoulder injury is but he downplayed its severity and told reporters that team expects him to be ready for this weekend's game against the Patriots. Culpepper will probably play through this injury on Sunday, but his biggest problem right now is his knee. Although his knee is healthy, he is nowhere near as mobile as he was prior to tearing his knee up last year and it has certainly affected his productivity. Athletes coming off of ACL surgery usually need 12 - 18 months to make a full recovery, so Culpepper is still a long time away from being back to full strength.

Vernon Davis, TE, SF
Fractured Fibula

Huddle Up: 49ers' rookie TE Vernon Davis will not play this weekend against the Raiders because of a broken leg and he will likely be out until at least Week 7. Davis fractured his right fibula in Week 3 and was inactive for last week's game against the Chiefs. The fibula is a non-weight bearing bone in the leg and recovery from a fracture in that bone is typically quick and problem-free. Eric Johnson will continue to start while Davis is out.

Donald Driver, WR, GB
Bruised Ribs / Minor Hip-Flexor Strain

Huddle Up: Packers' QB Donald Driver is listed as questionable for Week 5 because of minor hip-flexor strain and bruised ribs, but the team believes that he will be ready to play in Sunday's game against the Rams. Driver apparently suffered both injuries during Monday night's game against the Eagles and he has been limited to individual and non-contact drills in practice this week as a precaution. Driver could return to practice with the team today (Friday), but if he doesn't he will likely be a game-time decision. The Packers' expect him to play, but check back on Sunday for an update.

Reuben Droughns, RB, CLE
Bruised Acromioclavicular Joint

Huddle Up: Browns' RB Reuben Droughns remains questionable on the team's official injury report for Week 5 because of a bruised Acromioclavicular joint in his shoulder, but he was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and team officials expect him to play this weekend against the Panthers. Droughns was inactive for Week 3 because of the injury but returned last Sunday against the Raiders and had a very productive game despite aggravating his shoulder problem in the first half. Droughns was reportedly feeling very sore on Monday, but he's feeling much better and he should be able to play on Sunday.

Brett Favre, QB, GB
Stinger

Huddle Up: Packers' QB Brett Favre appears to be OK after leaving Monday night's game against the Eagles with a stinger. Favre was hurt in the fourth quarter when he was hit hard by Eagles' defenders while attempting a pass and complained of numbness and pain in his neck, shoulder and arm on the sideline. Favre told reporters that his neck felt stiff and sore on Monday, but the feeling in his arm and shoulder had returned. He was held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution but was back on the practice field on Thursday. According to reports he will start on Sunday against the Rams.

Ahman Green, RB, GB
Bilateral Hamstring Strains

Huddle Up: Packers' RB Ahman Green, who was inactive for Monday night's game against the Eagles because of injuries to both hamstrings, has been limited in practice this week and his status for Week 5 remains questionable. Green took part in individual drills on Wednesday and Thursday, but was held out of team drills as a precaution. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he expects Green to play this week, but that will depend on how he does during a pre game workout. An official decision on his availability probably won't be made until after that workout on Sunday, but it looks like the team believes he will be ready.

Trent Green, QB, KC
Severe Concussion

Huddle Up: Chiefs' QB Trent Green continues to make steady progress in his recovery from a severe concussion, but he hasn't been cleared to practice and he will be out for at least one more week. Head coach Herm Edwards confirmed on Tuesday that Green will be inactive for their Week 5 game against the Cardinals, and while he could be back soon he isn't sure when doctors will allow him the work with the team. Damon Huard will continue to start while Green is out.

Cedric Houston, RB, NYJ
Hyperextended Knee

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Cedric Houston hasn't officially been ruled out of this Sunday's game against the Jaguars, but it doesn't look like he will be ready to play. Houston hyperextended his knee last weekend and according to reports he could be out for at least a couple of weeks. The Jets' organization has decided to keep the results of his MRI private, but the injury appears to be severe enough to keep him inactive against the Jags.

Matt Jones, WR, JAX
Strained Hamstring and Groin

Huddle Up: Jaguars' WR Matt Jones, who strained his hamstring during last weekend's game, has not been able to run at full speed this week and he's been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jets. Jones has been dealing with a groin strain for several weeks and team officials believe that he pulled his hamstring while overcompensating for his injured groin. The Jags have a bye in Week 6, which gives Jones an extra week to rest and recovery. And if all goes well he should be very close to full strength when the team plays again in Week 7.

Terrell Owens, WR, DAL
Broken Hand

Huddle Up: Cowboys' WR Terrell Owens did not report any problems with his surgically repaired hand after playing in last weekend's game against the Titans. Owens continues to wear a protective wrap and pad under his glove, but he is full go in practice and he isn't listed on the team's official report. T.O. is all set for Sunday's big matchup against the Eagles.

Donte Stallworth, WR, PHI
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Eagles' WR Donte Stallworth continues to be bothered by a strained hamstring and his status for this weekend's game against the Cowboys remains in doubt. Stallworth, who was inactive for Week 3, made his return to the starting lineup on Monday against the Packers. However he aggravated his hamstring injury and watched most of the second half from the sideline. Stallworth has not practiced this week but will attempt to take the field today. But even if he improves and is active on Sunday offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told reporters that his playing time would be limited. The Eagles are preparing to play without him so I suggest you do the same.

Brandon Stokley, WR, IND
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: According to reports Colts' WR Brandon Stokley returned to practice on Thursday and he remains optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend. Stokley has played in only one game this year because of a high ankle sprain, but he's made steady progress and he feels that there is a good chance that he will be active against the Titans. He did admit that he won't be at full strength for at least another week and team officials are still taking a "wait-and-see" approach and he will likely be a game-time decision. But if Stokley is able to practice on Friday and take part in the walkthrough on Saturday he should be able to play.

Ben Utecht, TE, IND
Lower Back Contusion

Huddle Up: Colts' TE / H-Back Ben Utecht, who suffered a lower back contusion during last week's game against the Jets, has not practiced this week and according to reports the team expects him to be inactive for this Sunday's game against the Titans. Utecht took a facemask to the back during the Colts' Week 4 game and he was reportedly feeling very sore and stiff on Monday and Tuesday. The team's medical staff doesn't believe that the injury is serious, but don't think he will be ready to play until Week 6 at the earliest.

Adam Vinatieri, PK, IND
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Colts' kicker Adam Vinatieri, who was inactive the team's last two games because of a strained groin, was able to practice on Thursday and with the release of Martin Gramatica is looks like he will be kicking this weekend against the Titans. According to reports Vinatieri was very close to making his return last week but the team was concerned about the potential for rain, which would increase the chances of reinjury. He's still listed as questionable on the team's official injury report this week, but unless he suffers a setback he should be ready to go on Sunday.

Hines Ward, WR, PIT
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Steelers' WR Hines Ward recently told a reporter that his hamstring would be an issue for the remainder of the 2006 season. Ward strained his hamstring during training camp and he's reportedly had treatment on his leg every day since the injury occurred. He did not blame his slow start on his hamstring, but it certainly explains his lack of production to this point. It doesn't look like Ward plans on sitting anytime soon, and without rest the injury will likely linger the remainder of the year.

Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook, who was inactive for Monday night's game against the Packers, continues to deal with swelling in his injured knee. But according to reports he will try and practice today (Friday) and he will attempt to play on Sunday against the Cowboys. Team officials are calling Westbrook's injury a bone bruise, however he's had his knee drained at least twice indicating that there is a lot more going on that just a bruise. The team's medical staff will keep a close eye on Westbrook over the next couple of days, however a definitive word on his availability for Sunday's game won't come until a pre game workout. And unfortunately for Westbrook owners the game isn't until 4:15pm est. Check back with us on Sunday for an update on his status.