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Week 8 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
October 24, 2006

Gary Baxter, DB, CLE
Bilateral Patella Tendon Ruptures

Huddle Up: Browns' DB Gary Baxter will not only miss the remainder of the 2006 season, but his status for the 2007 season appears to be in doubt after he tore the patella tendon in both knees during Sunday's game against Broncos. Baxter's knees gave out while he attempted to defend a pass intended for WR Javon Walker. He immediately fell to the ground and had to be carted off the field. An MRI performed on Monday confirmed that he had in fact ruptured the patella tendon in his right and left knee and he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery sometime today (Tuesday). This type of injury is very rare and very serious. Head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters that Baxter would be out for at least a year, but with both severely injured the recovery process could last anywhere from 18 months to 2 years.

Tatum Bell, RB, DEN
Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Broncos' RB Tatum Bell admitted to reporters on Monday that he has been dealing with a turf toe injury and that he was forced to leave the game for a few offensive series after he aggravated the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns. Bell did not specify how he aggravated his toe problem but he apparently had his toe taped on the sideline and he was able to return to the field. Turf toe injuries tend to linger so don't be surprised if he aggravates the problem again this season. Let's just hope that he can continue to play and produce through the pain and discomfort.

Mike Doss, DB, IND
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Colts' DB Mike Doss will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his knee during Sunday's win over the Redskins. Doss was injured in the fourth quarter and had to be taken to the locker room where a preliminary examination revealed a sprained ACL. An MRI performed on Monday has confirmed that his ACL is torn and he will require season-ending surgery to repair it. Doss was starting in place of Bob Sanders, but according to reports Sanders has recovered from knee surgery and he could be back in the starting lineup as early as next weekend.

Charlie Frye, QB, CLE
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: According to Browns' head coach Romeo Crennel QB Charlie Frye was diagnosed with a minor concussion in the locker room after the game and his status for next weekend is currently in question. Frye was apparently hit hard early in the game but he was able to stay on the field and finish the contest. Frye had a headache after the game and he was reportedly feeling groggy during the post-game press conference. The medical staff doesn't believe that his concussion was serious, but they will keep a close eye on him over the next couple of days and the team will know more about his playing status for Week 8 over the next couple of days.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA
Partially Torn MCL

Huddle Up: Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck will miss the next 3 - 4 weeks after suffering a grade 2 (partially torn) medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee during Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Hasselbeck was hurt when he was hit below the knee following an incomplete pass in the third quarter. At the time the hit didn't look serious, but Hasselbeck remained on the ground and had to be helped off the field by the team's medical staff. He was unable to put any weight on his leg and was carted to the locker room where he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL. An MRI performed on Monday confirmed that Hasselbeck had a grade 2 sprain or a partially torn ligament and according to head coach Mike Holmgren he won't be back until at least Week 10. Seneca Wallace will get the start while Hasselbeck is out.

Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Packers' rookie WR Greg Jennings suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday's game against the Dolphins and while he feels good about his chances of playing in Week 8 it looks like he may be out for at least one game. Jennings turned his ankle in the first half and he was taken to the locker room for X-rays. The X-rays came back negative but he couldn't put any weight on his injured ankle and he was unable to return to the game. Jennings was seen on crutches in the locker room after the game, and while he told reporters that he was sure that he would be back for the team's next game the Packers aren't so sure and they will prepare to play next weekend without him. An MRI was performed on his ankle and the results should be made public sometime today or tomorrow.

LaMont Jordan, QB, OAK
Lower Back Stiffness

Huddle Up: Raiders' RB LaMont Jordan, who sat out practice last Wednesday with tightness in his lower back, was active for Sunday's game but he didn't play because he began to experience discomfort in his back just prior to kickoff. Jordan told reporters that everything went well in practice on Thursday and Friday but that he felt his back tighten up just prior to Sunday's game and the team's medical staff decided to keep him on the sideline. According to reports Jordan underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released his status for Week 8 appears to be in question.

Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
Bruised Hand and Dehydration

Huddle Up: According to reports Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb was not only treated for dehydration following the team's loss to the Bucs on Sunday, but he also underwent precautionary X-rays on his injured left hand after the game. The team did not say when McNabb was hurt, however he suffered a bruise on his hand at some point during the game and it was painful enough that it required additional tests in the locker room afterwards. The results of the X-rays have not been released and head coach Andy Reid did not discuss the injury during his Monday press conference. McNabb's hand injury doesn't sound like a big deal but we should know more about his status for Week 8 sometime today.

Santana Moss, WR, WAS
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: The bye week came at the right time for the Redskins. WR Santana Moss left Sunday's game with a strained hamstring but according to reports he should be fine when the team returns in Week 9. Moss was hurt while running a route in the first half. After limping off the field the team's medical staff evaluated him on the sideline and decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. Moss will likely be held out of practice this week as a precaution but the team's medical staff feels that he should be close to full speed when the team plays Dallas in a couple of weeks. We'll keep you posted on his recovery.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
High Ankle Sprain and Calf Contusion

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis made it through Sunday's game, but not without suffering two more injuries. According to reports Portis has been diagnosed with a mild high ankle sprain and minor calf contusion. Both injuries occurred in the third quarter and it forced him to miss a couple of offensive series. But after getting his ankle taped he was able to return to the field and finish the game. While the ankle injury requires that Portis wear a protective boot for at least a couple of days neither injury is considered serious. He'll likely be held out of practice this week and he might be limited in practice next week, but he's expected to be healthy when the Redskins return in Week 9 from their bye.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Concussion

Huddle Up: Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger was knocked unconscious during Sunday's game against the Falcons and according to reports he has been diagnosed with a concussion, his second in about four months. Roethlisberger was injured in the third quarter when he was hit on the head hammered to the ground after an incomplete pass. He stayed on the ground for several minutes and had to be helped off the field. He appeared groggy as he left the field and was unable to finish the game. The good news is that Big Ben was able to drive his car to the Steelers' practice facility Monday and he reportedly was feeling a lot better. He's still scheduled to meet with a neurological specialist today so we should know more about his Week 8 status tomorrow.

Travis Taylor, WR, MIN
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: According to reports Vikings' WR Travis Taylor suffered a mild concussion early in the first half against the Seahawks but he was able to stay on the field and finish the game. Taylor began to feel the affects of the concussion after the game and he was reportedly experiencing a bit of nausea and had a slight headache in the locker room. Taylor will probably be limited in practice this week but the team does not consider this injury to be serious and they expect him to play in Week 8.

Andrew Walter, QB, OAK
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Raiders' QB Andrew Walter left Sunday's game against the Cardinals after suffering a mild hamstring strain. Walter was injured when he was sacked in the third quarter and he was seen limping to the sideline afterwards. He was replaced by Marques Tuiasosopo who remained in the lineup for the remainder of the game. Head coach Art Shell told reporters following the game that Walter's injury is not considered serious and that he expected him to be ready for their Week 8 game. In fact Shell went on to say that he was so pleased with Walter's performance that Walter would remain in the starting lineup regardless of Aaron Brooks' injury status.

Troy Williamson, WR, MIN
Concussion

Huddle Up: Travis Taylor isn't the only Vikings' receiver who suffered a concussion on Sunday. Troy Williamson was knocked from the team's Week 7 game after landing on the ground headfirst while trying to catch a pass in the first quarter. Williamson remained on the ground for several minutes but after being helped up he was able to jog off the field. He was taken to the locker room where team physicians diagnosed him with a concussion. He was having trouble with his balance and he began to feel dizzy so the medical staff decided to keep him on the sideline for the remainder of the game. Williamson will likely be held out of contact drills in practice and his status for Week 8 will be determined after he is reexamined later on in the week. But according to team officials he could be cleared to play as early as this upcoming weekend.