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Week 7 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
October 17, 2006

Reggie Brown, WR, PHI
Strained Quadriceps

Huddle Up: Eagles' WR Reggie Brown had a huge game on Sunday catching 6 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Brown also had a 15-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately head coach Andy Reid told reporters that he suffered a quadriceps strain at some point during the game and his status for Week 7 remains a question mark. According to reports if Brown does practice on Wednesday he will be limited to just individual drills. The medical staff will know more about his status later in the week so check back on Friday for an update.

Mark Brunell, QB, WAS
Torn Off Toenail and Bruised Foot

Huddle Up: Redskins' QB Mark Brunell had his toenail torn off and his foot bruised when he was stepped on by a defender in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Brunell was able to stay in the game but he struggled in the second half and he couldn't bring the team back against the Titans. Brunell did not want to blame is poor second half performance on his injured toe and foot. However he completed 11 of 14 passes before the injury and just 5 of 16 passes after it, so obviously it played a big part in his lack of production. Brunell will likely be held out of practice on Wednesday and be limited for the remainder of the week. But the team is optimistic that he will be ready to play in Week 7 against the Colts.

Shawn Bryson, RB, DET
Unspecified Knee Injury

Huddle Up: According to Lions' officials RB Shawn Bryson will likely miss the remainder of the season after injuring his right knee in Sunday's game against the Bills. Bryson was hurt on a kick return in the first quarter and after being examined by the medical staff on the sideline he was carted to the locker room. An MRI was performed on his knee on Monday morning, and while the results have not been made public, the team is already preparing the play the rest of the season without him.

Justin Fargas, RB, OAK
Dislocated Shoulder

Huddle Up: Raiders' RB Justin Fargas dislocated his left shoulder during Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, however according to reports he suffered minor structural damage and he could be ready to play in Week 7. Fargas' shoulder popped out of place in the first half after being tackled on a rushing play. The team's medical staff was able to reduce the dislocation (pop it back in place) but his arm was placed in a sling and he was held out of the second half of the game. The Raiders' originally thought that he could be out for a significant period of time. But an MRI revealed minor structural damage and there is a chance that Fargas will be able to play next weekend against the Cardinals. He'll likely be held out of contact drills this week and a decision on his availability for Week 7 may not come until gameday.

Robert Ferguson, WR, GB
Lisfranc Sprain

Huddle Up: Packers' WR Robert Ferguson has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot and according to team officials he could miss the remainder of the season. 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. Koren Robinson will now take over as the Packers' number 3 receiver behind starters Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
Stinger

Huddle Up: Giants' backup RB Brandon Jacobs left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Falcons after suffering a stinger, however the injury is not considered serious and the team expects him to be ready in time for their Week 7 game. Jacobs was hurt late in the game while trying to run out the clock. The medical staff examined appeared to examine his neck and shoulder on the sideline and team officials confirmed on Monday that he suffered a stinger. Jacobs will likely be held out of contact drills this week as a precaution. But he has already regained all of the feeling and strength in his arm and shoulder and the Giants expect him to be active for next Monday night's game against the Cowboys.

Julius Jones, RB, DAL
Quadriceps Contusion

Huddle Up: Cowboys' RB Julius Jones appears to be OK after suffering a quadriceps contusion on his final carry in the second half of Sunday's game. Jones reportedly took a helmet to the thigh and was seen with an ice bag wrapped on his leg in the locker room after the game. The good news is that the injury isn't considered serious, and while he might show up on the team's injury report, the team expects him to be ready for next Monday night's game against the Giants.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Hip-pointer

Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones briefly left Sunday's game against the Bills after suffering a hip-pointer. But after receiving a painkilling injection he was able to return and he ended up having a monster game rushing for 127 yards. Jones spoke with reporters after the game and admitted that the injury was extremely painful prior to receiving the injection. In fact during the interview he said that the medicine was wearing off and that it wasn't feeling good. According to reports Jones will likely be held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. But he should be back on the field by Thursday or Friday and at that point they will determine if he will be able to play in their next game. At this point there is no reason to think that he won't be ready for the Jets in Week 7, but keep an eye on his progress this week just in case he suffers a setback.

Curtis Martin, RB, NYJ
Degenerative Knee Arthritis

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Curtis Martin, who continues to deal with a degenerative arthritis in his surgically repaired knee, is eligible to come off the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list this week and begin practicing with the team. However the team's medical staff doesn't expect him to try and practice until after their Week 8 game. According to reports head coach Eric Mangini has been pleased with Martin's progress and he's willing to give him an opportunity to win back the starting job. Players must either be added to the team's active roster or placed on Injured Reserve within three weeks of coming off the PUP list. So if Martin doesn't practice until after Week 8, Mangini will only have one week to look at Martin and decide if he is healthy enough to contribute. We'll keep you posted.

Deuce McAllister, RB, NO
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Saints' RB Deuce McAllister missed a portion of Sunday's game against the Eagles with a strained hamstring and although he was able to return to the field he was clearly affected by the injury. McAllister told reporters that he felt his hamstring tighten up in the first half and rather than try and run it off he didn't want to risk further injury do he just went down on the field. He was helped to the sideline and eventually taken to the locker room where the team's medical staff treated him and wrapped him up. McAllister told reporters that he had to "change from a power guy and a guy who was going to cut, to just north and south," indicating that the injury limited his ability to run. The Saints have a bye this week, which means that Deuce will have an extra week to rest and recover. His status for practice next week is still unknown but the team expects him to be ready to play in Week 8.

Steve McNair, QB, BAL
Concussion and Strained Neck

Huddle Up: Ravens' QB Steve McNair was knocked from Sunday's game against the Panthers after suffering a concussion. He did not return to the field however head coach Brian Billick told reporters that he expects McNair to be back in the starting lineup for their next game after their Week 7 bye. McNair was hurt in the first quarter when he was sacked by Panthers' DL Mike Rucker. He was helped to the sideline and after being examined by the medical staff he was held out of the remainder of the game. McNair also complained of pain in his neck and was diagnosed with a mild strain. According to reports McNair was feeling a bit groggy on Monday and team officials said that his neck was sore and stiff. He will likely be held out of practice this week, but Billick expects him to be back at practice next week and believes that he will be ready to play in Week 8.

Randy Moss, WR, OAK
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Raiders' WR Randy Moss, who missed a small portion of Sunday night's game against the Broncos because of strained hamstring, is reportedly doing fine and the team's medical staff expects him to be ready for their next game. Moss pulled up short while running a route in the first half and he appeared to reach for his hamstring. He was taken to the locker room where he was stretched and wrapped and he was able to return and finish the game. According to reports Moss will likely be limited in practice this week but he should be back on the field next weekend.

Roscoe Parrish, WR, BUF
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: The status of WR and kick returner Roscoe Parrish remains unknown after he left Sunday's game with a strained hamstring. Parrish was injured late in the first half and did not play in the second half. The Bills have not commented on the severity of Parrish's injury but he apparently underwent tests on his leg on Monday and we should know more about his status later today or tomorrow.

Carlos Rogers, DB, WAS
Surgery To Repair Broken Thumb

Huddle Up: Redskins' DB Carlos Rogers, who broke his right thumb during Sunday's game against the Titans, had three screws surgically inserted into his hand on Monday to help stabilize the fracture site. However according to reports Rogers might still be be cleared to play in Week 7 against the Colts. The team's medical staff will wait and see how his thumb responds to the surgery before they decide if he can play or not. Obviously if Rogers is still in pain they will hold him out, but if they can control the pain he could be cleared to play. Rogers is currently sporting a hard cast and if he is active next weekend the cast will be padded. We'll keep you posted.

Roydell Williams, WR, TEN
Fractured Finger

Huddle Up: According to head coach Jeff Fisher WR Roydell Williams fractured a finger during Sunday's game against the Redskins and if surgery is required to fix the injury he could be out at least a month. It isn't clear how Williams was hurt but Fisher told reporters that the fracture was pretty bad and that the medical staff was considering surgically inserting a pin into his finger to help stabilize the break. We'll know more about his status later in the week so check back on Friday for an update.

Vince Young, QB, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Titans' rookie QB Vince Young was feeling sore on Monday but he appears to be OK after spraining his ankle in Sunday's game against the Redskins. Young was injured early in the fourth quarter and briefly left the game to have his ankle taped. He returned and helped lead the team to their first win of the season. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Young's ankle would likely be sore for a couple of days but that the injury was minor and that he expected him to be completely recovered when they return from their Week 7 bye.