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Week 6 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
October 10, 2006

Marty Booker, WR, MIA
Strained Shoulder

Huddle Up: The results of the MRI performed on WR Marty Booker's injured shoulder have not been released to the public but the Dolphins are preparing to be without him for an extended period of time. Booker was hurt when he fell on his shoulder in the first half of Sunday's game against the Patriots. He was taken to the locker room for an examination and he did not play in the second half. Booker was seen wearing a sling after the game and according to reports the team believes that he could be out for several weeks. An update on his status should be made available today so keep an eye on the news wire.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIA
Recovering from Major Knee Surgery / Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: Dolphins' head coach Nick Saban told reporters on Monday that QB Daunte Culpepper would be out indefinitely so that he could resume rehab on his surgically repaired knee. Saban admitted that Culpepper was having trouble moving laterally and that he wasn't as quick and explosive as he was prior to the injury last year. He has clearly struggled this season and while Saban said that he respected Culpepper's toughness the Dolphins aren't going to start him again until he's regained his mobility. No timetable exists for his return so don't be surprised if Joey Harrington is the starter for at least the next two games.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Partially Torn Hamstring

Huddle Up: The Cardinals will be without WR Larry Fitzgerald for at least two weeks after he partially tore his right hamstring during Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Fitzgerald was hurt late in the fourth quarter while trying to block. The player he was trying to block moved out of the way at the last second and he told reporters that he felt a pop in the back of his leg when he tried to stop himself. An MRI done on Monday revealed a grade 2 strain or partial tear and he's expected to miss anywhere from 2 - 5 weeks. So Fitzgerald is definitely out for Week 6 and he might not return until Week 11. Bryant Johnson will start in his place.

Dante Hall, WR, KC
Hip Pointer

Huddle Up: Chiefs' WR and kick returner suffered a hip pointer during the second half of Sunday's game and his status for Week 6 is questionable. A hip pointer is a contusion or bruise to the iliac crest of the pelvis that results in point-tenderness and extreme pain during ambulation. The Chiefs will likely prevent Hall from participating in contact drills this week as a precaution and there is a chance that they will hold him out of practice completely. Check back for an update on his status on Friday.

Larry Johnson, RB, KC
Neck Strain

Huddle Up: According to reports Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson is doing OK after giving everyone a scare on Sunday and it looks like he will be back on the field next weekend against the Steelers. Johnson was injured late in the fourth quarter against the Cardinals at the end of a 78-yard reception. He was grabbed by the facemask and his neck was turned awkwardly. Johnson stayed face down on the turf and did not move for about a minute but he eventually got up and walked back to the sideline under his own power. The team's medical staff has reportedly diagnosed him with a neck strain. Head coach Herman Edwards told reporters that Johnson's neck was sore on Monday, but that he expected him to be fine.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Concussion

Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones left Sunday's game late in the fourth quarter with a concussion, but according to reports it appears that his injury isn't serious. Jones was reportedly feeling a lot better on Monday however his status for Week 6 remains in question. Jones had only 8 yards on 10 carries during the game but the injury came on the Lions last possession so his poor performance can't be blamed on his concussion. Jones has really struggled holding onto the ball this season and he hasn't been very productive running with the ball. The team's medical staff will reevaluate him on a daily basis and we should know more about his status later in the week.

Dennis Northcutt, WR, CLE
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Browns' WR Dennis Northcutt, who left Sunday's game with injured ribs, has been diagnosed with a bruise and he should be ready to play in Week 7 when the Browns return from their bye. X-rays on Northcutt's injured ribs reportedly came back negative and while he had trouble breathing after the game he was apparently doing a lot better on Monday. Northcutt hasn't been much of a fantasy factor this year and with the return of Joe Jurevicius there is no reason to think that he will turn his season around.

Mike Peterson, LB, JAX
Torn Pectoral Muscle

Huddle Up: Jaguars' LB Mike Peterson will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2006 after tearing his left pectoral muscle during Sunday's game against the Jets. It isn't clear how the injury occurred but he left the game in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room where he was examined by the team's medical staff. Head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that Peterson would likely get a second opinion but that he expected Peterson to out for the rest of the year.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, NYG
Sprained Ankle / Injured Foot

Huddle Up: Things went well for TE Jeremy Shockey in practice this week and it appeared that his ankle injury was no longer an issue. But according to reports Shockey aggravated his sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Redskins and his status for Week 6 is currently unknown. Shockey left late in the second half with what the team initially reported as a sore right foot and he did not return. X-rays performed after the game came back negative but he reportedly underwent an MRI on his ankle on Monday and he's scheduled to undergo additional tests at some point today. We will keep you posted.

Brandon Stokley, WR, IND
Sprained PCL

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Brandon Stokley made his return from a high ankle sprain on Sunday but it looks like he could miss the team's next game in Week 7 after he sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Stokley told reporters that he was hurt in the second half at the end of a 23-yard reception. The back of his knee began to swell and he was unable to return to the game. He underwent an MRI on Monday but the results have not been made public. Stokley mentioned that he had a similar injury a few years ago but that it didn't cause him to miss any games. The Colts have a bye in Week 6 so it gives Stokley an extra week to rest. Let's just hope that he is healthy for their next game.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Panthers' rookie WR and kick returner DeAngelo Williams could be out for at least a week after suffering a sprained ankle during Sunday's game against the Browns. Williams was injured on his first carry of the game early in the second quarter and he had to be helped off the field and carted to the locker room. X-rays on his injured ankle were negative but he was apparently having trouble putting weight on his leg on Monday and team officials are concerned that he could be out for a while. Head coach John Fox told reporters that he would have an update on Williams after practice on Wednesday. The injury looked pretty bad when it occurred and while he doesn't have any broken bones this could end up keeping him out for at least a week.

Roy Williams, WR, DET
Stinger and Upper Back Strain

Huddle Up: Lions' WR Roy Williams left Sunday's game in the first quarter after straining a muscle in his upper back and suffering a stinger. Williams was hurt on the third play of the game after being hit in the back following a first down reception. He was examined on the sideline and he was eventually taken to the locker room for further evaluation. He was diagnosed with a neck stinger and an upper back strain and he did not return to the game. According to reports Williams was feeling very sore on Monday and the team will likely limit his participation in practice this week. His availability for Week 6 is currently unknown but we should know more about his status later in the week.