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Week 11 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
November 14, 2006

Tiki Barber, RB, NYG
Sprained Thumb

Huddle Up: Giants' Tiki Barber sprained the thumb on his right hand in the first quarter of Sunday's game. But after having the thumb taped on the sideline in between offensive series he was able to return to the field and finish the game. According to reports the team's medical staff does not consider the injury a problem and they don't expect him to miss any practice time because of it. They will likely tape his thumb prior to him working out, but it is not expected to affect his performance. This appears to be a non-issue guys, but check back on Friday for an update just in case.

Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Dolphins' RB Ronnie Brown, who has apparently been dealing with a strained groin for the last couple of weeks, aggravated the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Chiefs. But he was able to return to the field and finish the game and according to reports he should be ready for Week 11. Brown was hurt during a carry in the first quarter. He missed an offensive series but he was cleared to return to the game. Brown told reporters on Monday that the injury affected his performance and that he felt it the most when he tried running to the left. Brown will likely be limited in practice this week, however team officials expect him to be play in next weekend's game.

David Carr, QB, HOU
Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: Texans' QB David Carr left Sunday's game after suffering a bruised shoulder but according to reports the injury is considered minor and he should be back in the starting lineup next weekend against the Bills. Carr was hurt when he was hit while attempting to complete a pass. He was replaced by Sage Rosenfels and did not return to the game. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Carr was sent in for a precautionary MRI on Monday morning. And while the results have not been made public Kubiak said that he expects Carr to play in Week 11. Check back on Friday for an update.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald made his return to the field on Sunday for the first time since partially tearing his hamstring 4 weeks ago. Unfortunately he aggravated the injury after a long reception and his status for Week 11 is now in question. Fitzgerald reportedly limped off the field following a 38-yard reception in the second half. It was later reported that he began experiencing discomfort in his hamstring following that play and he was held out for the remainder of the day. Fitzgerald will likely be held out of practice on Wednesday but the team is hoping that he will be able to take part in team drills on Thursday. So check back on Friday for an update on his status.

David Givens, WR, TEN
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Titans' WR David Givens will miss the remainder of the 2006 season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's game against the Ravens. Givens was injured when his left leg gave while he attempted to throw a block during a Travis Henry run in the fourth quarter. Givens was carted off the field and he was unable to return. An MRI on Monday morning confirmed that Givens had torn his ACL and head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he will undergo corrective surgery on his knee as soon as the swelling has subsided. If all goes well with the surgery the team expects him to be cleared to play in time for the start of the 2007 regular season.

Tony Gonzalez, TE, KC
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: Chiefs' TE Tony Gonzalez has already been ruled out of Week 11 and he could miss the next 2 - 3 weeks after spraining his left shoulder in Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Gonzalez was hurt while trying to prevent an interception in the fourth quarter and he was unable to play the game's final minutes. He was later seen wearing a sling and it was soon being reported that initial tests revealed that his shoulder was sprained. Gonzalez underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released to the public it appears that he will miss the next 2 - 3 weeks while he recovers. Jason Dunn will get the start this upcoming weekend and he will continue to start while Gonzalez is out.

Frank Gore, RB, SF
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: 49ers' RB Frank Gore had a record breaking first half against the Lions on Sunday but was forced to leave the game in the second half after suffering what the team is calling a minor concussion. Gore set a team record for rushing yardage in the first half and he was on his way to a monster game. However he apparently got hurt while being tackled on a carry in the third quarter and he was unable to return to the game. Gore did not take questions from reporters after the game because he was feeling dizzy and groggy. But he was feeling a lot better on Monday and team officials expect him to take part in practice on Thursday and Friday and they believe that he will be ready to play in time for their Week 11 game.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, CIN
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: Bengals' WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh left Sunday's game after suffering a minor concussion and while he did not return to the field the medical staff does not consider this injury to be a problem and they believe that he will be ready play in Week 11. Houshmandzadeh was hurt when his head struck the helmet of a Chargers' defender after a tackle in the fourth quarter. He reportedly laid motionless on the field for several seconds and he had to be helped off the field. His condition apparently improved as the game went on but the medical staff did not want to take any chances so they decided to keep him out. Head coach Marvin Lewis addressed the media on Monday morning and he said that Houshmandzadeh was doing well and that he has already been cleared to work out on his own. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday but Lewis expects him to return to practice on Thursday or Friday and he expects him to play next Sunday.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Surgery To Repair Fractured Hand

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis, who fractured the fourth metacarpal in his right hand during Sunday's game against the Eagles, had surgery on Monday to repair the damage and according to reports he will miss the next 3 - 4 weeks. And if the team is eliminated from the playoffs by the time Portis is ready to return the medical staff could decide to sit him for the remainder of the year as a precaution. Portis was injured in the first quarter and he was immediately taken to the locker room where X-rays revealed a break in his hand. Additional tests were performed on Monday morning and the team's medical staff decided to surgically insert three screws into the damaged bone to help it heal properly. Portis will reportedly where a hard cast for at least a week and he will be reevaluated on a weekly basis. The Redskins haven't played very well and are likely out of the playoff hunt. So with nothing to play for the team is reportedly considering keeping Portis out even after his hand has healed to give his ankle and shoulder a chance to get healthy. Ladell Betts will take over as the featured RB while Portis is sidelined.

Musa Smith, RB, BAL
Stinger

Huddle Up: Ravens' RB Musa Smith appears to be fine after he was strapped to a spine board and taken off the field during Sunday's game against the Titans and according to reports he could be ready to play in time for Week 11. Smith was hurt when a Titans' defender landed on his neck after a tackle in the second quarter. He was examined on the field and he reportedly lost the feeling and strength in his arms and neck so the medical staff decided to be cautious and strap him to a spine board. While being carted off the field he began to regain the sensation in his arms and in the locker room he was diagnosed with what head coach Brian Billick called a "severe body burner" or stinger. Smith was later seen walking around after the game indicating that the injury was not serious. An MRI was performed today and while the results have not been released to the public the team believes there is a chance that he will be cleared to play in Week 11.