Shaun Alexander, RB, SEA
Huddle Up: Seahawks' head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters earlier this week that RB Shaun Alexander, who is out this weekend while he recovers from a fractured bone in his left foot, is still at least two weeks away from being cleared to play. Alexander is reportedly walking without the use of crutches but the medical staff doesn't want him running until the broken bone has completely healed. Team physicians are concerned that if the bone doesn't heal properly it will break again and force them to repair it surgically. So don't expect the Seahawks to rush him back to the field. Maurice Morris will continue to start while Alexander is out.
Marty Booker, WR, MIA
Strained Pectoral Muscle
Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Marty Booker, who was inactive for last weekend's game against the Jets because of a strained pectoral muscle, returned to practice on Wednesday and according to reports the team expects him back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Packers. Booker has not participated on contact drills in practice this week, but head coach Nick Saban said that the medical staff was just being cautious and that Booker would be ready to play.
Aaron Brooks, QB, OAK
Partially Torn Pectoralis Major
Huddle Up: Raiders' QB Aaron Brooks, who hasn't played since Week 2 because of a partially torn pectoral muscle, has not been cleared to practice with the team and he's already been declared as "out" for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. According to reports Brooks could return to the practice field as early as next week, but a timetable for his return to game action has not been set. Brooks will probably be with his wife this weekend and they are expecting their first child.
Reggie Brown, WR, PHI
Huddle Up: Eagles' WR Reggie Brown strained his quadriceps in last week's game against the Saints. But Brown was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem and according to reports he's made a quick recovery and he should be back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Bucs.
Laveranues Coles, WR, NYJ
Huddle Up: For the fifth straight week Jets' WR Laveranues Coles was limited in practice because of a lingering calf strain and is listed as questionable for Week 7. But as he has done all year, the team expects him to play this weekend against the Lions. Football players usually see a drop in production when dealing with a lingering injury like this (Hines Ward). However Coles has found a way to remain productive and that's not only a credit to his toughness, but also a credit to the medical staff. The only problem Coles faces is the possibility that he could aggravate the injury during the game, which could knock him out for several weeks. But as long as he plays he'll remain among the elite fantasy receivers in the league.
Ernie Conwell, TE, NO
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Saints' TE Ernie Conwell will miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure to repair a medial meniscus tear in his knee. The injury apparently occurred during last Sunday's game and an MRI performed on Monday confirmed the severity of the problem. Conwell wasn't much of a fantasy factor prior to the surgery, but if you did have him on your roster it's definitely time to get rid of him.
Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIA
Recovering From Major Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Daunte Culpepper continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee and according to reports he will not play in Week 7 against the Packers. Culpepper recently admitted to reporters that he stopped rehabbing his knee once he was cleared to practice with the team. As we've said on many occasions it usually takes football players anywhere from 12 - 18 months to completely recovery from an ACL tear. Let's not forget that Culpepper also tore two other ligaments further complicating his recovery. So even if he stuck to his rehab program he still wouldn't be completely recovered until after the 2006 season. But I have several questions for the Dolphins' medical staff. Why did they allow Culpepper to stop his rehab program? Why would they rush him back to play when they knew he hadn't regained his explosiveness and lateral mobility? The decision to play Culpepper early has ruined the Dolphins' season. With that in mind don't be surprised if Culpepper is held out for the remainder of the year.
Bobby Engram, WR, SEA
Huddle Up: According to reports Seahawks' WR Bobby Engram will miss his second straight game this weekend because of a thyroid condition. Head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters that Engram was doing better but that he was still feeling weak and a bit fatigued. Holmgren went on to say that the team's medical staff wasn't sure what was caused Engram's thyroid to become overactive and that he wasn't sure when Engram would be able to practice again. Deion Branch will once again start opposite Darrell Jackson this weekend against the Vikings.
Justin Fargas, RB, OAK
Huddle Up: Raiders' RB Justin Fargas, who dislocated his shoulder during last Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, was absent from practice on Wednesday and was limited in practice on Thursday and his status for Week 7 remains questionable. Fargas was reportedly held out of contact drills on Thursday and wore a harness to protect his injured shoulder. The team isn't sure if he will be able against the Cardinals and a decision on his availability probably won't be made until gameday. So check back with The Huddle on Sunday morning for an update.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Partially Torn Hamstring
Huddle Up: The Cardinals are still officially listing injured WR Larry Fitzgerald as doubtful for Week 7, but he will not play this weekend against the Raiders and according to reports he is still at least 2 weeks away from being able to play. Fitzgerald, who is dealing with a partially torn hamstring, was held out of practice this week but he continued his rehab and received treatment at least twice a day. He's reportedly making steady progress in his recovery but the Cardinals aren't expecting him back until at least Week 9. Bryant Johnson will start in his place while he is out.
Ahman Green, RB, GB
Bilateral Hamstring Strains
Huddle Up: According to reports Packers' RB Ahman Green has almost completely recovered from strains in both hamstrings, he practiced with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and the medical staff expects him to play this weekend against the Dolphins. However head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he plans on limiting Green's playing time this weekend and that he will split the carries between Green, Vernand Morency and Noah Herron. Green has had a tough time staying healthy over the last couple of seasons and McCarthy wants to limit his touches so that he is fresh and healthy for the balance of the season. While this will help keep Green on the field, it certainly affects his value so start bumping him down your rankings.
Trent Green, QB, KC
Huddle Up: As expected Chiefs' QB Trent Green has been ruled out for Week 7 and according to reports he will be out until at least Week 9. Green has not been cleared to practice with the team but several media outlets have reported that he could attempt to practice as early as next week. He'll probably need more than just a week of practice before the team can determine if he's ready to play in a game but there is an outside chance that he will be cleared for the Chiefs' Week 9 game against the Rams. Damon Huard will continue to start in his place.
Chad Johnson, WR, CIN
Huddle Up: Bengals' WR Chad Johnson apparently suffered a bruised shoulder last weekend against the Bucs but at the time the team didn't consider the injury to be a problem. However Johnson complained of soreness in his shoulder on Tuesday and he was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution. With Chris Henry out because of suspension and Kelley Washington out because of injury the Bengals will be shorthanded at the WR position this weekend. So the medical staff is doing everything in their power to get Johnson ready. He should be back on the practice field today and the team expects him to start this weekend.
Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones, who suffered a hip pointer in last Sunday's game, was removed from the injury report after practicing with the team on Thursday and according to reports his injury won't be an issue when the team plays this weekend against the Jets. Jones admitted to reporters earlier in the week that his hip injury was extremely painful and he was still complaining of discomfort in his hip area as late as Tuesday. But he was reportedly feeling great on Wednesday and he was able to practice with the team on Thursday without a problem. So unless Jones suffers a setback in practice over the next couple of days look for him to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Matt Jones, WR, JAX
Strained Hamstring and Sprained Ankle
Huddle Up: Jaguars' WR Matt Jones is officially listed as doubtful for Week 7 after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a lingering hamstring strain and a lingering ankle sprain and according to reports the team isn't expecting him to be active. Jones, who has also dealt with a strained groin this season, had an extra week to recover because of the team's Week 6 bye. However the team's medical staff is concerned that they push him to play this week that he will aggravate his injuries. So don't expect Jones to practice or play until he is completely healthy. Ernest Wilford will continue to start while he is out.
LaMont Jordan, RB, OAK
Huddle Up: Raiders' RB LaMont Jordan practiced on Thursday and appears to be OK after he was held out of Wednesday's practice with a sore back. According to reports Jordan's back began to tighten up after doing weight training on Tuesday. He continued to complain of tightness and soreness on Wednesday and he was subsequently held out of practice as a precaution. Jordan was reevaluated on Thursday morning and he was cleared to practice. The team's medical staff no longer considers his back a problem so expect him to start on Sunday against the Cardinals.
Dominic Rhodes, RB, IND
Huddle Up: Colts' RB Dominic Rhodes is officially listed as questionable for Week 7 because of a sprained ankle, however he's been able to practice with the team this week and according to reports he should be back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Redskins. Rhodes apparently injured his ankle during last week's game and he was reportedly feeling sore on Monday. However he took part in several team drills on Wednesday and Thursday and if all continues to go well in his recovery he should be ready to play on Sunday. If Rhodes practices on Friday he'll likely be upgraded but check back on Sunday for a final update on his status.
Donte Stallworth, WR, PHI
Huddle Up: Things aren't looking good for Eagles' WR Donte Stallworth. Stallworth, who has been inactive for 3 of the team's last 4 games because of a strained hamstring, did not practice on Thursday and according to several media outlets it doesn't look like he is ready to play this weekend. Stallworth reportedly tested out his hamstring during Wednesday's practice and while the Eagles have not said how he did he was seen running on his own on Thursday, which is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately he did not take part in any team drills and the team is once again preparing to play without him. He's officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars but we won't know if he will be activated until gameday.
Jerramy Stevens, TE, SEA
Recovered from Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Seahawks' TE Jerramy Stevens, who missed the team's first 5 games of the season while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, is no longer listed on the official injury report and team officials expect him to make his 2006 regular season debut this weekend against the Vikings. Stevens has a history of cartilage problems in his left knee and he re-tore his meniscus during training camp and had it surgically repaired prior to the start of the regular season. He finally made his return to practice last week but was deactivated for last Sunday's game as a precaution. According to reports Stevens was back at practice this week and he's looked so good that the team's medical staff is ready to clear him to play.
Michael Vick, QB, ATL
Huddle Up: Falcons' QB Michael Vick was held out of practice on Wednesday because of a sore right shoulder but he was back at practice on Thursday and he should be ready to play this weekend against the Steelers. Vick reportedly complained of soreness in his right shoulder following last Sunday's loss to the Giants. The team has not said what caused the soreness but they held him out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution allowing him to get an extra day of rest and an extra session of treatment. Vick was feeling much better on Thursday and he was cleared to take part in several team drills. This really isn't an issue guys. Vick should be active for this weekend's game.
Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Knee Cartilage Problems
Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook continues to deal with inflammation in his knee caused by cartilage problems. After practicing on Wednesday his knee became swollen and he was unable to practice on Thursday. He is still being listed as probable and head coach Andy Reid still expects him to play on Sunday against the Bucs. But there is no way guarantee that he will be active because he could aggravate the injury at anytime. So check back on Sunday to make sure that he is playing.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
High Ankle Sprain
Huddle Up: Panthers' RB and kick returner DeAngelo Williams will likely miss his second straight game because of a high ankle sprain and according to reports he could be out for an additional 2 weeks. Williams has not practiced this week and while the team has not officially ruled him out for Sunday's game, they don't expect him to play. Nick Goings will be DeShaun Foster's primary backup while Williams is out.