Shaun Alexander, RB, SEA
Huddle Up: A recent MRI performed on RB Shaun Alexander's injured foot revealed that the crack in his fourth metatarsal has still not completely healed and according to reports he will likely miss this weekend's game against the Rams. Alexander has reportedly been pain-free for over a week now and he has been cleared to run. However the medical staff wants to make sure that his foot is 100% healthy before they clear him for game action. So while he hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game it looks like Maurice Morris will make another start at RB for the Seahawks.
Tatum Bell, RB, DEN
Bilateral Turf Toe
Huddle Up: Broncos' RB Tatum Bell continues to deal with turf toe in both of his feet and although he was able to take part in full practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for Week 10 remains questionable and a decision on his availability probably won't be made until gameday. Bell was full-go during practice last week, yet the medical staff decided to keep him out of last week's game. So even though things look like they are going well this week it doesn't mean that he is a lock to play on Sunday. Turf toe is a lingering problem that requires several weeks of rest to get rid of. The fact that he has it in both toes complicates the recovery process and there is a good chance that he will have to deal with this for the remainder of the season. Check back on Sunday for an update, but have a backup plan ready in case he is deactivated again.
Bernard Berrian, WR, CHI
Huddle Up: Bears' WR Bernard Berrian is officially being listed as doubtful on the official injury report for Week 10 because of bruised ribs, however team officials don't expect him to start practicing until next week and they don't think he will play until at least Week 11. Berrian is no longer experiencing discomfort when he breathes and according to reports he has begun to move around a lot better. But he's still not able to run and take contact and there is a chance that he could be out for another three weeks. We'll continue to keep you posted on his recovery.
Aaron Brooks, QB, OAK
Partially Torn Pectoralis Major
Huddle Up: According to reports Raiders' QB Aaron Brooks is getting closer to full strength and after practicing on Wednesday and Thursday he was upgraded to questionable on the team's official injury report. Brooks hasn't played since partially tearing his Pectoralis major muscle in Week 2, but he has been practicing for over a week and according to reports there is a chance that he will be cleared to play this weekend. Head coach Art Shell continues to support current starting QB Andrew Walter, however as poorly as Walter has played don't be surprised if Shell decides to go back to Brooks on Sunday against the Broncos. It looks like he will be a game-time decision so check back on Sunday for an update.
Plaxico Burress, WR, NYG
Lower Back Strain
Huddle Up: Giants' WR Plaxico Burress finally made his return to the practice field on Thursday and if he doesn't suffer another setback he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Bears. Burress has been dealing with back problems for over two months and after aggravating the problem during last week's practice he was deactivated for the game against the Texans. He complained of tightness in his lower back prior to practice on Wednesday and the team's medical staff decided to keep him off the field as a precaution. But he was back on the field on Thursday and according to reports everything went well. Burress is positive that he will be ready for this Sunday's game and while there are no guarantees with this type of injury Amani Toomer's absence will likely force the Giants to find a way to get him game-ready.
Kevin Curtis, WR, STL
Minor Rib and Abdomen Contusion
Huddle Up: Rams' WR Kevin Curtis, who left last Sunday's game after suffering contusions to his ribs and abdomen, is not listed on the team's injury report this week and according to the coaching staff he will be active for this weekend's game against the Seahawks. Curtis told reporters that his chest and stomach were sore following last week's game but that he felt great on Tuesday and he was cleared to take part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Curtis admitted that the soreness has lingered, however the medical staff has classified his injuries as minor and they expect him to play on Sunday.
Vernon Davis, TE, SF
Huddle Up: 49ers' rookie TE Vernon Davis continues to have problems with his fractured leg and according to reports it looks like he will miss his sixth straight game this weekend. Davis was able to participate in individual drills on Wednesday and Thursday however he was held out of team drills and according to reports the medical staff is not sure why it has taken this long to heal. He's currently listed as doubtful on the 49ers' injury report but if he misses practice on Friday he will likely be ruled out. Eric Johnson will once again get the start on Sunday.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Partially Torn Hamstring
Huddle Up: Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald, who has not played since Week 5 because of a partially torn hamstring, is listed as probable for this weekend's game and it appears that he is ready to make his return to the starting lineup. However head coach Dennis Green told reporters that the team will continue to work Fitzgerald back slowly and that he expected his playing time to be limited. Fitzgerald returned to full practice on Monday and according to reports he's looked sharp. He's had plenty of time to rest and recover and it looks like he is very close to 100%. But the medical staff does not want to put him in position where he might aggravate the problem. So even though it looks like he will be active this weekend against he Cowboys, the team will limit his involvement in offense.
Terry Glenn, WR, DAL
Degenerative Knee Condition
Huddle Up: Cowboys' head coach Bill Parcells revealed on Thursday that veteran WR Terry Glenn a degenerative condition in the back of his knee, and not a quadriceps injury. Parcells told reporters that Glenn has a "bone-on-bone" condition, and basically that means the cartilage in posterior aspect of his knee has deteriorated leaving the femur and tibia to rub against one another. Glenn has apparently been dealing with this problem since the start of training camp but it didn't affect his ability to play until last week. He apparently aggravated the lingering injury in practice and it limited his production in last Sunday's game. Unfortunately he was unable to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports his knee continues to bother him. Parcells said that if Glenn doesn't practice today (Friday) he won't play on Sunday against the Cardinals. So we should know more about his Week 10 status soon. However his status for the remainder of the season will still be in question and even if he's able to play through the pain his production will likely suffer because of it.
Trent Green, QB, KC
Huddle Up: According to reports Chiefs' QB Trent Green will not play in Week 10, however team officials expect him to be cleared for contact drills next week and they believe that he will make his return to the starting lineup in Week 11 against the Raiders. Green, who is working his way back from a severe concussion, took part in all non-contact drills on Wednesday and Thursday and he's since been upgraded to questionable on the Chiefs' official injury report. However the team's medical staff isn't ready to clear him and he will once again be inactive for this weekend's game. Damon Huard will make what could be his last start on Sunday.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA
Huddle Up: Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck, who is out for at least another week while he recovers from a sprained MCL, will reportedly attempt to practice today. According to reports Hasselbeck has made a quick recovery and the team would like to see him take a portion of the snaps in practice. Seneca Wallace has already been named the starter for Week 10, but it is beginning to look like Hasselbeck will be back in time for Week 11.
Todd Heap, TE, BAL
Huddle Up: After being limited in practice last week because of a strained quadriceps Ravens' TE Todd Heap has been held out of team drills this week because of a sprained ankle that apparently occurred in last Sunday's game. Heap's ankle was reportedly very sore on Monday, but he has improved and he recently told reporters that the medical staff is simply treating his injury cautiously and that he expects to start this weekend against the Titans. The Ravens don't appeared to be concerned about Heap's latest injury however check back with The Huddle on Sunday for a final update on his availability.
Joe Horn, WR, NO
Huddle Up: Saints' veteran WR Joe Horn made his return to practice on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday with a lingering hamstring injury and the team is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday against the Steelers. Horn injured his groin back in Week 8 and missed practice last week while he recovered. He did not heal in time for Saints' Week 9 game and he was subsequently deactivated. According to reports Horn isn't exactly 100% but it appears that he may be healthy enough to play. If he's able to practice today (Friday) then there is no reason to think that he won't be back in the starting lineup.
Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Huddle Up: Packers' rookie WR Greg Jennings, who left in the fourth quarter of last week's game after aggravating his sprained ankle, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. But according to reports Jennings will attempt to practice today (Friday) and how he does will determine if he will be active or inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Jennings continues to battle soreness in his injured ankle and he apparently gets treatment at least twice a day. He has shown signs of improvement but even if he is cleared to practice and play he won't be completely healthy so keep that in mind when you set your lineups this weekend.
Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
Huddle Up: A sprained ankle has kept rookie RB Laurence Maroney limited in practice for the last two weeks, however he was able to play through the injury last Sunday and team officials expect him to play this weekend against the Jets. As expected the Patriots have been very tightlipped about Maroney's ankle injury but according to their injury report he was held out of their team drills on Wednesday and Thursday. His status for this Sunday is officially being listed as questionable but it appears that he will be healthy enough to play.
Willis McGahee, RB, BUF
Three Fractured Ribs
Huddle Up: Bills' RB Willis McGahee is not only out for this weekend's game against the Colts but he is out for at least two weeks and potentially more after being diagnosed with three fractured ribs. McGahee was hurt in last Sunday's game and initial X-rays revealed a crack in his 9th rib. Unfortunately additional tests performed on Monday and Tuesday revealed cracks to the 8th and 10th ribs as well, an injury that could sideline him up to a month. Head coach Dick Jauron addressed the media on Wednesday and said that he wasn't sure when McGahee would be back and that his return would be based on the condition of his ribs and McGahee's pain tolerance. Anthony Thomas, who took over last week, will be the featured RB while McGahee is out.
Santana Moss, WR, WAS
Huddle Up: Redskins' WR Santana Moss, who was inactive for last week's game because of a strained hamstring, has made strides in his recovery but his status for this Sunday's game remains a question mark. Moss ran routes, caught passes and did some light work under the supervision of team trainers on Wednesday and he although he was held out of team drills on Thursday he was able to take part in the individual portions of the practice. Head coach Joe Gibbs told reporters that he was encouraged with what he saw from Moss on Thursday and he remains optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 10. However it looks like this will come down to another game-time decision. Check with us on Sunday for an update.
Josh Reed, WR, BUF
Huddle Up: The Bills have already ruled out WR Josh Reed for this weekend's game against the Colts and according to reports he could be out for at least another two weeks. Reed left last Sunday's game after bruising a kidney and he spent a couple of nights in the hospital as a precaution. He was released on Tuesday and he is reportedly feeling a lot better, however injuries of this nature typically require 3 - 4 weeks of rest so don't expect him back on the field before Week 12.
Marcus Robinson, WR, MIN
Lower Back Contusion
Huddle Up: Vikings' WR Marcus Robinson, who has last two games with what the team is calling a lower back contusion, will not play this week and according to reports a timetable for his return has not been set. Robinson has not practiced since injuring his lower back in Week 7. In fact he is still not able to run and he's been limited to pool work and rehab. Robinson has a history of herniated discs in his back and despite what the Vikings have said about the injury it appears he is dealing with a similar problem. Don't be surprised if Robinson remains out for at least another couple of weeks.
Rod Smith, WR, DEN
Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Rod Smith, who played most of last Sunday's game with a separated shoulder, returned to practice on Wednesday, participated in every team drill on Thursday and the team expects him to play this weekend against the Raiders. Smith told reporters that his shoulder felt fine and according to those watching him at practice it doesn't even look like he dealing with an injury. The team still has him listed as questionable, but he will probably be upgraded after he practices today. An official decision on his availability for Sunday's game won't come until Sunday, but it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup.
Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Huddle Up: According to reports Vikings' RB Chester Taylor suffered a strained calf in last week's loss to the 49ers and he was held out of Wednesday's practice as a precaution. Taylor reportedly was doing a lot better on Thursday but he was still feeling a bit sore and the medical staff decided to limit him to individual drills. Taylor told reporters after Thursday's workout that he was certain that he would play this weekend against the Packers. And although he is being listed as questionable on the official injury report team officials expect him to practice on Friday and start on Sunday. But check back on Sunday for an update just in case.
Amani Toomer, WR, NYG
Partially Torn ACL
Huddle Up: Giants' WR Amani Toomer will miss the remainder of the 2006 season after an MRI on his knee revealed a partially torn ACL that he has decided to surgically repair. Toomer complained of soreness in his knee following last Sunday's game against the Texans, but at the time the medical staff did not think that the injury was serious. The discomfort in his knee was still present on Tuesday morning so the medical staff decided to send him for an MRI. To everyone's surprise the MRI revealed a partially torn ACL. Toomer did not know how the injury occurred but team physicians think that it could have happened two weeks ago. They told Toomer that he could enter a rehab program and attempt to return this season. However they advised that the chances of him playing this year were very slim. So Toomer has decided to undergo season-ending surgery, which is scheduled for today. The Giants expect him to be ready for training camp next year, but he won't be completely healthy until midway through the 2007 season.
Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, CLE
Undisclosed Knee Injury
Huddle Up: Browns' TE Kellen Winslow Jr., who has been dealing with an undisclosed problem in his knee since the start of the season, aggravated the injury in last Sunday's game and missed practice on Wednesday. But Winslow returned to practice on Thursday and although he is still listed as questionable head coach Romeo Crennel expects him to start this weekend against the Falcons. Crennel told reporters earlier in the season that Winslow's surgically repaired knee would not be 100% at any point this year and that he would likely have problems in the same knee for the remainder of his career. Winslow has found a way to play through this problem and he's put up big number in the process so this really hasn't been a big story. However don't be surprised if this becomes an issue in the near future.