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Week 12 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
November 24, 2006

Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
Fractured Hand

Huddle Up: Dolphins’ RB Ronnie Brown left Thursday’s game with a fractured left hand and according to reports the injury will require surgery that will sideline him for at least one week. Brown was hurt when his hand was hit by a defender’s helmet at the end of a carry in the third quarter. After being examined on the sideline he was taken to the locker room where X-rays were performed. He later returned to the sideline with his hand wrapped in ice. Saban spoke with reporters after the game and refused to comment on the results of Brown’s X-rays. But it is now being reported that Brown suffered a fracture to the first metacarpal and he will reportedly undergo surgery to repair the break as soon as possible. Sammy Morris will likely be the Dolphins’ starting RB in Week 13 and he will continue to start while Brown is out.

Marques Colston, WR, NO
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Saints’ WR Marques Colston, who is recovering from a high left ankle sprain, did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and while his official status for Sunday’s game is questionable it doesn’t look like he will be healthy enough to play. Colston told reporters on Wednesday that his ankle was at about “60 percent” indicating that he still has a lot of healing to do before he’s able to play. He did say that his ankle had progressed well and that there as a chance that he could play this weekend even if he doesn’t practice. But don’t expect him to be active if he doesn’t take the field with the team today (Friday).

Reuben Droughns, RB, CLE
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Browns’ RB Reuben Droughns was inactive for last week’s game because of a sprained right foot, but the injury has improved and after practicing on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Bengals. Droughns was originally hurt back in Week 10 and he apparently complained of swelling and pain in his foot the entire week after. The medical staff has done a great job controlling the swelling and if all goes well in practice today he should be ready to play on Sunday.

Bobby Engram, WR, SEA
Grave’s Disease

Huddle Up: Seahawks’ veteran WR Bobby Engram, who has been out since Week 4 because of Grave’s Disease, practiced with the regular team on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he will likely make his return to the active lineup on Monday night against the Packers. Engram lost a lot of weight as a result of his thyroid condition and he was having a hard time working himself back into playing shape. But it looks like he is now in good condition and very close to full speed. An official decision on his availability probably won’t be made until Sunday so check back then for an update.

Brett Favre, QB, GB
Bruised Ulnar Nerve

Huddle Up: Packers’ QB Brett Favre, who bruised the Ulnar nerve in his right elbow in last week’s game, continues to experience tingling in his arm and he hasn’t regained the strength in his hand but he told reporters that he will practice with the team today (Friday) and that he expects to play on Monday night against the Seahawks. Favre was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and even though he was still experiencing symptoms the medical staff feels that he will be strong enough to grip and throw the football by Monday. Favre is one of the toughest quarterbacks in league history and if he says that he is going to play then we would be foolish not to believe him. But check back on Sunday for an update on his recovery.

DeShaun Foster, RB, CAR
Hyperextended Elbow

Huddle Up: Panthers’ RB DeShaun Foster continues to recover from a hyperextended elbow and he was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday while he received treatment. Foster’s status for Week 12 is officially listed as questionable but the team is preparing to play without him. Head coach John Fox has yet to provide the media with details regarding Foster’s injured elbow and he will likely wait until game day before he says if he will play or not. But the injury appears to be fairly serious and it looks like rookie DeAngelo Williams will get the start in his place.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Seahawks’ QB Matt Hasselbeck, who is recovering from a sprained MCL in his knee, was able to practice with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like he is ready to make his return to the starting lineup. Hasselbeck has taken a majority of the snaps with the first-team in practice this week and according to reports he has looked pretty good. He’s officially listed as probable on the team’s official injury report and head coach Mike Holmgren remains cautious about his return. However Hasselbeck appears to be close to full strength so unless he suffers a setback in practice today he should be active and starting on Monday night.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Bears’ RB Thomas Jones is dealing with a minor groin strain and he was held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. But the good news is that Jones was feeling a lot better on Thursday and he took part in team drills without a problem. Baring a setback he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Patriots.

Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Deep Quadriceps Contusion

Huddle Up: Texans’ WR Andre Johnson, who left last Sunday’s game with a quadriceps contusion, has not been able to practice this week and it looks like he will be a game-time decision. Johnson continues to have trouble running and head coach Gary Kubiak recently told reporters that the injury was more severe than what the medical staff had originally thought. Kubiak remains optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday, but he would need to take part in practice today (Friday). Check back on Sunday for an update.

LaMont Jordan, RB, OAK
Torn MCL

Huddle Up: The Raiders’ organization hasn’t made it official, but RB LaMont Jordan told reporters this week that he would miss the remainder of the season with a torn MCL in his left knee. Jordan was hurt in last week’s game and an MRI performed on Monday confirmed that his medial collateral ligament was torn. Team physicians told Jordan that surgery was not necessary to repair the damage, however there was a good chance that he would miss the team’s final 6 games. Well Jordan has confirmed what we already suspected: that his 2006 season is over. Justin Fargas will take over as the Raiders’ featured back.

Willis McGahee, RB, BUF
Fractured Ribs

Huddle Up: Bills’ RB Willis McGahee, who hasn’t practiced or played since breaking three ribs in Week 9, returned to practice on Wednesday wearing a protective flack jacket and worked out in full pads on Thursday. However McGahee continues to experience soreness in his chest and the team’s medical staff isn’t sure if he’ll be ready to play this weekend. Head coach Dick Jauron told reporters that he was pleased with McGahee’s recovery and that he was “guardedly optimistic” about his chances of playing. The problem is that he is still behind in his conditioning. So even if his ribs have improved and he’s ready for contact (and that still might not happen this week) don’t be surprised if the Bills decide to keep him out for at least one more week.

Santana Moss, WR, WAS
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Redskins’ WR Santana Moss continues to be slowed by a lingering hamstring injury and his status for Week 12 remains up in the air. Moss wore pads in practice on Wednesday but according to reports he was held out of all drills as a precaution. He took part in practice on Thursday but he was once again limited raising questions about his availability for Sunday’s game. There is speculation that the Redskins are very concerned about Moss’ injury and that they are considering placing him on Injured Reserve. Head coach Joe Gibbs told reporters earlier this week that the team is still hopeful that Moss will recover in time to play this week, but it is clear that this hamstring injury will be an issue for the remainder of the season. This could come down to another game-time decision so check back on Sunday for a report.

Josh Reed, WR, BUF
Bruised Kidney

Huddle Up: Bills’ WR Josh Reed, who was inactive for the team’s last two games because of a bruised kidney, was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday but the medical staff believes he is still at least a week away from being able to play. Reed wore extra padding around his sides and lower back as a precaution while participating in practice but the team is concerned that his injured kidney is still not completely healed and therefore not ready for contact. He’ll likely be deactivated this weekend so don’t expect him to play.

Donte Stallworth, WR, NO
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: According to reports Eagles’ WR Donte Stallworth aggravated his hamstring injury and his status for Week 12 is now questionable. Stallworth reportedly felt soreness in his leg after practice on Wednesday and since it was the same leg that kept him out of 4 games this season the medical staff decided it was best to keep him limited in practice on Thursday. Head coach Andy Reid doesn’t appear to be worried, but this is something we will definitely keep an eye on. Check back with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Brandon Stokley, WR, IND
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: There were reports earlier this week that the Colts were expecting WR Brandon Stokley to make his return to the active lineup this weekend. However he continues to have problems with his injured knee and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will be inactive once again. Stokley has played in only one game this season and at this point there is no reason to think that he will make it back in time this season to be a fantasy factor.

Ben Troupe, TE, TEN
Fractured Ankle

Huddle Up: X-rays and additional tests performed on TE Ben Troupe’s injured right ankle have revealed a fracture that has forced the Titans to place him on Injured Reserve ending his 2006 season. Troupe was hurt at the end of his touchdown reception in last week’s game and while it won’t require surgery he would likely miss the next 6 – 8 weeks.

Hines Ward, WR, PIT
Hyperextended Knee

Huddle Up: Steelers’ WR Hines Ward missed practice on Wednesday and was limited in practice on Thursday because of an injured knee but the team expects him to take part in team drills today (Friday) and they believe that he will be ready to play this weekend against the Ravens. The team originally reported Ward’s injury as a bruise however according to reports he hyperextended his knee last Sunday causing it to swell. If he does take part in full practice today then there is no reason to think that he wouldn’t play in this Sunday’s big game. But check back with The Huddle for an update just in case.