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Week 9 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
November 3, 2006

Joseph Addai, RB, IND
Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Colts' rookie RB Joseph Addai, who reportedly suffered a sprained wrist in last week's game against the Broncos, was able to practice with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like he will be able to play this weekend. Addai is currently listed as questionable on the official injury report but head coach Tony Dungy told reporters that the injury was not considered serious. Addai will likely have his wrist wrapped but unless he suffers a setback he will be upgraded after today's practice and he should be active this weekend.

Shaun Alexander, RB, SEA
Fractured Foot

Huddle Up: The Seahawks will be without RB Shaun Alexander for at least one more week as recent X-rays showed that the fractured in his injured foot has not completely healed. Alexander is no longer experiencing soreness in his foot following workouts however the team's medical staff won't clear him to play until the crack in his foot is gone. Head coach Mike Holmgren recently admitted to reporters that Alexander's injury has taken a lot longer to heal than the medical staff had anticipated, but it appears that there is a chance that he will be able to practice with the team next week and play in the Seahawks' Week 10 game. Maurice Morris will continue to start while Alexander is out.

Tatum Bell, RB, DEN
Bilateral Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Broncos' RB Tatum Bell took part in every drill in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, however he continues to experience pain in both big toes and it looks like he won't be completely healthy until after the 2006 season. Bell aggravated a turf toe condition in his left big toe during last week's game and he asked to be replaced in the lineup. He's been able to practice this week and he will probably be activated for Sunday's game against the Steelers. But he isn't 100% and he will be forced to split carries with Mike Bell. Turf toe is a condition that will linger without a significant amount of rest. So don't be surprised if Tatum has to deal with soreness and discomfort in both his left and right toes for the remainder of the year.

Aaron Brooks, QB, OAK
Partially Torn Pectoralis Major

Huddle Up: Raiders' QB Aaron Brooks returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his shoulder back in Week 2 however Andrew Walter will start on Monday night against the Seahawks. Brooks, who is listed as doubtful on the official injury report, is still about a week away from being "game ready." But according to reports Walter will continue to start as long as he is playing well.

Reggie Bush, RB, NO
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: After missing practice on Wednesday to receive additional treatment on his injured ankle Saints' RB Reggie Bush took part in every drill on Thursday. And while he continues to be listed as questionable on the injury report the team expects him to be active for this weekend's game against the Bucs. Bush sprained his ankle last Sunday but according to reports he's made a quick recovery and he should be close to full speed this weekend.

Reche Caldwell, WR, NE
Undisclosed Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots' WR Reche Caldwell missed portions of practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of an undisclosed knee injury but according to reports he should be ready to play this weekend's big game against the Colts. Caldwell reportedly injured his knee during Monday night's win against the Vikings but as expected the team has not said how he was hurt or what part of his knee was injured. The good news is that the injury does not appear to be serious and it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup, but we probably won't know his official game day status until the team declares its inactives moments before the game.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, MIA
Rehabilitation from Major Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Daunte Culpepper, who has missed the last three games while rehabbing his surgically repaired knee, is still experiencing soreness in the joint and according to local reports the team's medical is so concerned that they are considering placing him on Injured Reserve. Culpepper began to complain of soreness and discomfort a couple of weeks ago and he hasn't shown much of an improvement since then. The discomfort in his knee is reportedly being caused by scar tissue and the breakdown of this scar tissue has become the medical staff's top priority. Head coach Nick Saban recently told reporters that everything was going OK, however he confirmed again that there is no timetable set for Culpepper's return. Culpepper is out for Week 9 and Joey Harrington will replace him in the starting lineup.

Vernon Davis, TE, SF
Fractured Fibula

Huddle Up: 49ers' TE Vernon Davis has been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Vikings and he's still at least a couple of weeks away from being cleared to play. X-rays done this week showed that the fracture in his leg was still healing and according to reports the team's medical staff isn't sure why his recovery has taken so long. Davis did some light individual work on Wednesday and Thursday but he did not practice and he will not play on Sunday. Eric Johnson will once again start in his place.

Bobby Engram, WR, SEA
Graves Disease

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR Bobby Engram, who hasn't played since Week 4 because of Graves Disease, is making strides in his recovery and he finally returned to practice with the team this week. However he remains questionable on the team's injury report and head coach Mike Holmgren isn't sure if he will be able to play this weekend. According to reports Engram actually practiced with the starting offense on Thursday however the team's medical staff thinks he may need at least one more week of conditioning before he is back in "game playing" shape. Check back on Sunday for an update.

Trent Green, QB, KC
Severe Concussion

Huddle Up: Chiefs' QB Trent Green, who has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Rams, continues to make steady progress in his return from a severe concussion and according to reports he could be cleared to play in Week 10 or 11. Green participated in individual drills on Wednesday and Thursday and head coach Herman Edwards told reporters that he was looking good. He hasn't been cleared to take part in team drills but team officials believe that he could get clearance as early as next week. Damon Huard has done a great job in place of Green this season however Edwards said that Green will regain the starting job as soon as he is healthy.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA
Partially Torn MCL

Huddle Up: Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck will not play this week and he will likely miss at least two more weeks while he recovers from a partially torn MCL in his knee. Head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters this week that Hasselbeck's recovery was going extremely well and that he expects him to play in Week 11 against the 49ers. Seneca Wallace, who made his first NFL start last weekend, will once again get the start on Monday night against the Raiders.

Todd Heap, TE, BAL
Strained Quadriceps

Huddle Up: Ravens' TE Todd Heap reportedly injured his quadriceps in practice on Wednesday and he was held out of drills on Thursday while he received treatment. The team has not said how severe the injury is but they added him to their official injury report and his status for Week 9 is in question. If Heap returns to practice today he will likely play on Sunday, however if he is held out once again then he will likely end up being a game-time decision.

Priest Holmes, RB, KC
Spinal Column Bruise / Stenosis

Huddle Up: According to reports Chiefs' veteran RB Priest Holmes is scheduled to meet with a neurological specialist sometime over the next couple of days in hopes that he will be cleared to resume his football career. Holmes has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp and he hasn't played in over a year because spinal column stenosis. According to reports Holmes has been working out on his own but he isn't close to being in playing shape. NFL rules stipulate that any player on a team's PUP list has to start practicing on November 7 or he has to be placed on IR. At this point it doesn't look like Holmes will be back this year but we should know more about his 2006 status in less than a week.

Joe Horn, WR, NO
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Saints' WR Joe Horn has not practiced with the team this week and has been limited to supervised individual drills because of an injured groin but according to reports the team expects him to be active for this weekend's game. Horn apparently suffered a minor groin strain during last week's game and he was having trouble walking around on Monday. Horn has a history of lingering leg strains so the medical staff wants to make sure that he gets as much rest and treatment as possible so that this recent injury doesn't become a season-long problem. He could return to the practice field today but don't be surprised if he remains limited. Check back on Sunday for a final update on his status.

Chad Jackson, WR, NE
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: According to reports Patriots' rookie WR Chad Jackson aggravated a strained hamstring during Monday night's win against the Vikings and his status for Week 9 is in question. Jackson was limited earlier in the season because of a strained hamstring and he reportedly re-injured himself in the fourth quarter of last week's game. He was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday while working with the medical staff but the team is not saying if he will be able to practice today or play this weekend against the Colts. We should know more about his playing status later today but check back with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
Hyperextended Knee

Huddle Up: Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs, who reportedly left last Sunday's game after hyperextending knee, has practiced with the team without a problem this week, is not listed on the team's injury report and will be active for this weekend's game against the Texans. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that an MRI on Jacobs' knee revealed "normal wear and tear" but it did not show any ligament or cartilage damage. He has practiced this week without restriction and Coughlin expects him to be active for Sunday's game.

Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Rookie WR Greg Jennings, who was inactive for last Sunday's game because of a sprained ankle, returned to practice on Thursday and head coach Mike McCarthy is optimistic that he will be able to play this weekend against the Bills. Jennings was limited in practice on Wednesday but he was cleared to work with the team on Thursday and if he makes it through practice today he will probably be upgraded. Jennings won't be 100% but unless he suffers a setback he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend.

LaMont Jordan, RB, OAK
Lower Back Strain

Huddle Up: After practicing without restriction on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like Raiders' RB LaMont Jordan will be back in the starting lineup on Monday night against the Seahawks. Jordan, who did not play in Week 7 and was limited in Week 8 because of a lower back strain, is reportedly feeling much better. He is no longer experiencing pain and stiffness in his lower back but the team is still listing him as questionable because there is still an outside chance that he could aggravate the problem. But if all goes well over the next couple of days he will be active and starting on Monday.

Byron Leftwich, QB, JAX
Ankle Soreness

Huddle Up: According to several reports Jaguars' QB Byron Lefwich will not play this weekend against the Titans and he has once again been replaced in the starting lineup by David Garrard. Leftwich has not been able to practice since experiencing soreness in his ankle two weeks ago, but he claims that his ankle is feeling fine and that he isn't sure why head coach Jack Del Rio is keeping him out of practice and out of the starting lineup. Del Rio has reportedly been very unhappy with the play of Leftwich this season and he may be using Leftwich's ankle problem as an excuse to bench him. Either way it looks like the starting QB job belongs to Garrard and if he plays well on Sunday it could be his to lose regardless of Byron's health.

Curtis Martin, RB, NYJ
Degenerative Knee Condition

Huddle Up: The Jets have finally confirmed what we have long since suspected: RB Curtis Martin's season and possibly his career is over because of a degenerative knee condition. Martin, who spent the last two months working with the medical staff in an attempt to get his knee ready, isn't close to making his return and according to reports he believes that his career might be over. C-Mart told reporters that his knee has improved but that it wasn't healthy enough for him to play this year. So the team has placed him on the Reserved PUP list, which officially ends his 2006 season.

Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
Undisclosed Injury Report

Huddle Up: The Patriots' added rookie RB Laurence Maroney to their injury report after he apparently injured his quadriceps in practice and his status for Week 9 is listed as questionable. The team has not commented on the injury but according to local reports the injury is not considered serious and he should be active for this weekend's game. Maroney will probably return to practice today, but if he doesn't check back with The Huddle on Sunday for an update on his status.

Vernand Morency, RB, GB
Herniated Disc

Huddle Up: Packers' RB Vernand Morency will miss this weekend's game against the Bills and he will likely be out until at least Week 10 because of a herniated disc in his back. Morency was hurt in the fourth quarter of last week's game and he was reportedly in a lot of pain immediately afterwards. Surgery doesn't appear to be an option and the Packers' medical staff believes that he will play again this season, but it looks like he could be out for longer than 2 weeks. Noah Herron will take over as Ahman Green's backup while Morency is out.

Santana Moss, WR, WAS
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Redskins' WR Santana Moss, who has not practiced since straining his hamstring back in Week 7 against the Colts, is listed as questionable for this weekend's game and head coach Joe Gibbs isn't sure if he will be ready to play against the Cowboys. The Redskins had a bye last week and the team was hoping that Moss' hamstring would have healed by now but the medical staff believes that he won't be completely healthy for at least another week. Gibbs hopes that Moss will be involved in the team's practice today and the walkthrough tomorrow, but nothing is guaranteed at this point. It looks like he will be a game-time decision so check back on Sunday for an update on his availability.

Marcus Robinson, WR, MIN
Lower Back Contusion

Huddle Up: Vikings' WR Marcus Robinson was inactive for Monday night's game against the Patriots because of what the team has described as a lower back contusion and his status for Week 9 appears to be in question. Robinson has not been able to practice with the team this week and according to reports he is still experiencing pain and stiffness in the injured area. Robinson has had several surgeries in the past to repair herniated discs in his lower back, so this did have the medical staff concerned. But a recent MRI confirmed that surgery was not necessary to fix the injury. That being said head coach Brad Childress isn't sure if he will be able to practice today or tomorrow and it doesn't look like he will be ready to play until at least Week 10.