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Week 6 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
October 13, 2006

Shaun Alexander, RB, SEA
Fractured Foot

Huddle Up: A recent MRI and bone scan performed on RB Shaun Alexander's injured foot showed that the fracture in his foot is healing properly, but there is still a small crack present and he's been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Rams. Head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters on Wednesday that he was pleased with Alexander's progress but that he would not be ready for Week 6. Holmgren remains optimistic about his chances of playing next week but don't be surprised if he isn't cleared to play until Week 8. Maurice Morris will get the start in his place.

Drew Bennett, WR, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Titans' WR Drew Bennett, who is listed as questionable for Week 6 because of a sprained ankle, did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports his availability for Sunday's game against the Redskins probably won't be known until gameday. The team's medical staff is hoping that Bennett will be able to participate in individual drills in practice today and the team walkthrough tomorrow. We should know more about his status soon, but don't be surprised if he's a game-time decision.

Marty Booker, WR, MIA
Strained Chest Muscle

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Marty Booker has already been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Jets because of a strained chest muscle and will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie WR Derek Hagan. Booker's injury has been reported as a separated shoulder but head coach Nick Saban told reporters on Thursday that Booker was dealing with a "deep muscle pull in his chest area." Based on Saban's description of the injury Booker is likely dealing with a pectoral muscle strain that could keep him sidelined for at least a couple of weeks. We'll keep you posted on his recovery.

Aaron Brooks, QB, OAK
Strained Pectoralis Major

Huddle Up: Raiders' QB Aaron Brooks has begun to do some light throwing under the supervision of the training staff, but he hasn't been cleared to practice with the team and according to reports he will not play this weekend against the Broncos. Brooks could reportedly make his return to the practice field as early as next week. However the team really isn't expecting him play until Week 8 against the Steelers. Andrew Walter will continue to start while Brooks is out.

Laveranues Coles, WR, NYJ
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: A strained calf continues to limit Jets' WR Laveranues Coles in practice and although he's being listed as questionable team officials expect him to be active on Sunday against the Dolphins. Coles has been dealing with the calf injury for a majority of the season. However he's found a way to play through the injury and be very productive at the same time. Unfortunately if he plays and aggravates the problem, which could happen at anytime, it could cost him at least a couple of games. So the Jets' are certainly rolling the dice, but it looks like they will continue to play him as long as he produces.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIA
Recovering from Major Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Daunte Culpepper will not play this weekend as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee. Head coach Nick Saban recently told reporters that Culpepper will not be cleared to play until he regains his explosiveness and demonstrates that he is able to move laterally without a problem. Saban went on to say that there was no timetable set for his return and that he hoped Culpepper would be able to return sometime this season. Obviously the Dolphins rushed him back too soon, I'm just not sure why it took them so long to figure it out. Joey Harrington will start while Culpepper rehabs, just don't be surprised if Harrington ends up being the starter for the remainder of the season.

Bobby Engram, WR, SEA
Thyroid Condition

Huddle Up: Seahawks' starting WR Bobby Engram has not practiced this week because of a flu-like illness that the team's medical staff believes could be a thyroid problem. Engram has been resting at home all week and he's still reportedly very weak. He's officially listed as questionable on the injury report but team officials don't expect him to be active. This means that Deion Branch will probably make his first start for the Seahawks on Sunday.

Robert Ferguson, WR, GB
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: The Packers' are reporting that WR Robert Ferguson, who was injured back in Week 5, will miss the next four to six weeks with a sprained foot. Ferguson was originally hurt in the Monday night game against the Eagles but the swelling in his foot prevented the medical staff from making a conclusive diagnosis. Rookie Greg Jennings has already passed Ferguson on the team's depth chart so this news doesn't have a big fantasy impact.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Partially Torn Hamstring

Huddle Up: As expected Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald has been ruled out for Week 6 because of a partially torn hamstring. Fitzgerald, who was hurt in last week's game, is still having trouble just to moving around. The team will evaluate him on daily basis but they don't expect him to start jogging until next week, which means that there is little chance that he will be ready for their Week 7 matchup with the Raiders. Bryant Johnson will start in his place.

Trent Green, QB, KC
Severe Concussion

Huddle Up: Chiefs' QB Trent Green will not play this weekend against the Steelers and according to reports he's at least three weeks away from being able to make his return. Green, who hasn't played since Week 2 because of a severe concussion, has still not been cleared to work out. The good news is that he continues to improve and head coach Herman Edwards is very confident that he will be able to play again this season. Damon Huard will continue to start in Green's place,

Dante Hall, WR, KC
Hip Pointer / Back Spasms

Huddle Up: Chiefs WR and kick returner Dante Hall was downgraded to questionable on the team's official injury report after missing practice for the second-straight day on Thursday and according to reports he may not be able to play this weekend against the Steelers. Hall suffered a hip pointer while returning a kick during last week's game and although he's feeling a lot better head coach Herman Edwards told reporters that he's been limited to jogging and light exercises. Hall is also still dealing with back spasms, which has complicated his recovery from the hip injury. Coach Edwards is hoping that Hall will be able practice on Friday and play on Sunday, but at this point is looks like if he is cleared to play he will only be used as the team's kick returner.

Todd Heap, TE, BAL
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who is listed as questionable on the official injury report, continues to be bothered by a lingering ankle problem. Heap was reportedly very sore following last week's game and he's been limited to individual drills and non-contact exercises during practice this week. The good news is that that team expects Heap to start in Sunday's game against the Raiders, but don't be surprised if an official announcement on his availability doesn't come until gameday.

Larry Johnson, RB, KC
Strained Neck

Huddle Up: Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson, who suffered a strained neck in last week's game, is listed as probable for Week 6 and according to head coach Herman Edwards he should be back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Johnson was hurt last weekend against the Cardinals when a defender grabbed his facemask and his head was twisted at the end of a long reception. Johnson was held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution but he was back on the field on Thursday. Coach Edwards told reporters that while Johnson's neck was feeling stiff and a little sore after the practice he was definitely showing signs of improvement and that he believed that he would be healthy for their game against the Steelers.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones left last week's game with a mild concussion. However he has not experienced any problems, he is not listed on the team's official injury report and he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Bills. Jones returned to non-contact practice on Wednesday and was full-go on Thursday. According to reports Jones is no longer suffering from headaches and the team's medical staff doesn't expect the injury to be an issue on Sunday against the Bills.

Randy McMichael, TE, MIA
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Dolphins' TE Randy McMichael was able to practice without a problem on Thursday and according to reports he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Jets. McMichael apparently bruised his ribs in last week's game and he was reportedly feeling sore on Monday. But he's recovered nicely and the injury shouldn't be a problem this weekend.

Donte Stallworth, WR, PHI
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Eagles' WR Donte Stallworth, who did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a lingering hamstring injury, is officially listed as doubtful and the team expects him to miss his second straight game this weekend. Stallworth was originally hurt back in Week 2 and was inactive for the team's Week 3 game. He was cleared to play in Week 4 but he aggravated the injury and he hasn't been able to practice with the team or play since. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Thursday that he was preparing to play on Sunday without Stallworth and that he wasn't sure if he would be able to practice next week. Hank Baskett, who started for Stallworth last week, will likely get the start again this week.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, NYG
Sprained Ankle and Foot

Huddle Up: Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey has played hurt all season and he'll enter Week 6 with injuries to his right ankle and foot. According to reports Shockey is now dealing with two injuries, a sprained right ankle and a sprained right foot. He was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday but head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Shockey was still feeling sore. Coughlin went on to say that Shockey has shown signs of improvement and that he expects him to start this weekend against the Falcons. Shockey will play, but his ankle and foot injuries will likely affect his production.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: According to reports Panthers' rookie RB and kick returner DeAngelo Williams will not play this weekend against the Ravens because of the sprained ankle. Williams was hurt in last week's game and had to be carted to the locker room. The team's medical staff was concerned that Williams had fractured his foot but X-rays were negative and he's since been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. Head coach John Fox hasn't said very much about Williams' injury but there are reports that he could be out for at least two weeks, which indicates that the sprain could be severe. Nick Goings will replace Williams this week as DeShaun Foster's backup.

Roy Williams, WR, DET
Stinger and Strained Upper Back

Huddle Up: Lions' WR Roy Williams, who is listed as probable because of neck and back injuries, has not practiced this week because of what the team is calling "personal reasons." Williams is recovering from a stinger and an upper back strain and according to reports he is still feeling sore, very stiff and he's having trouble sleeping. The Lions have not said exactly why Williams was unable to practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he probably would have been limited because of his injuries anyway. We should know more about his status after practice today but don't be surprised if he is downgraded.

Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Knee Cartilage Problems

Huddle Up: Head coach Andy Reid finally admitted to reporters earlier this week that the inflammation in RB Brian Westbrook's knee was being caused by a cartilage problem in the joint, but he denied that surgery was being considered to correct it. Westbrook has shown signs of improvement this week as he's been able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday. According to reports Westbrook, who has had his knee drained at least twice since the injury was first reported, has not experienced a lot of swelling in his knee this week and the team's medical staff appears confident that he will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Saints. But setbacks are very common with injuries like this do keep a close eye on his status over the weekend.