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Week 14 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 5, 2006

Marc Bulger, QB, STL
Bruised Rib

Huddle Up: Rams' QB Marc Bulger, who has been dealing with a bruised rib for over a month, aggravated the injury for the second straight week and he will reportedly undergo a precautionary MRI sometime this week to see if there is any additional damage to the area. Bulger was hit several times on Sunday and he was reportedly in pain for much of the second half. He did not miss a play but team officials said that the injury made it hard for him to move and throw deep passes. Hopefully the MRI comes back negative but at this point it looks like this injury will affect his performance until he gets an extended period of time to rest and recover.

Michael Clayton, WR, TB
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Bucs' WR Michael Clayton will likely miss at least one game after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Clayton was hurt in the third quarter following an 11-yard reception but he was able to jog off the field without a limp. He was examined on the sideline and then taken to the locker room where he was examined and diagnosed with an MCL sprain. He underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released to the public, team officials aren't expecting him to play in Week 14.

Jason Elam, PK, DEN
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Broncos' veteran PK Jason Elam strained the hamstring in his plant leg during Sunday's game but according to reports the injury will not prevent him from kicking in Week 14 against the Chargers. Elam was hurt late the second quarter on a fake field goal and while he stayed in the game he appeared to limp after every extra point and field goal attempt. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that Elam's hamstring injury is not considered a problem and that he expected his kicker to be ready for next weekend's game.

Charlie Frye, QB, CLE
Sprained Wrist and Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Despite earlier reports that his wrist was broken, Browns' QB Charlie Frye actually sprained his wrist during Sunday's game and we'll know more about his status when the results of his MRI are released today (Tuesday). Frye was hurt in the second quarter and taken to the locker room where head coach Romeo Crennel said that X-rays came back negative. He was taped and he returned to the game. Unfortunately Frye said that the pain was too much for him to bear and he was replaced by backup Derek Anderson at halftime for the remainder of the day. TE Kellen Winslow told reporters after the game that he thought Frye's injury was a fracture and several high profile media outlets reported the injury as a broken wrist. However Crennel made it clear that X-rays on his wrist were negative. According to reports Frye also sprained his ankle but that injury isn't believed to be serious. We'll keep you posted on his status.

Joe Horn, WR, NO
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Saints' WR Joe Horn left Sunday's game against the 49ers after aggravating a lingering groin injury and his status for Week 14 is currently in question. Horn was hurt after making an 18-yard reception in the first quarter and was seen limping immediately afterwards. He left the game shortly thereafter and did not return. According to reports the medical staff will monitor his recovery over the next couple of days and his status for be determined later on in the week. Don't be surprised if he misses practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
Concussion

Huddle Up: According to reports Patriots' rookie RB Laurence Maroney suffered an apparent concussion in Sunday's game against the Lions and his status for Week 14 is currently unknown. Maroney was reportedly hurt on his fourth carry of the game when he banged heads with a Lions' defensive back. He was immediately taken to the locker room and at the time the Patriots said that he had the "wind knocked out of him," however he did not return to the sideline or the game. As expected head coach Bill Belichick had little to say about Maroney's status. It certainly sounds like he suffered some kind of concussion, but we won't know what his availability for Week 14 will be until later on in the week.

Willis McGahee, RB, BUF
Fractured Ribs

Huddle Up: Bills' RB Willis McGahee appeared to aggravate his injured ribs early in the game and he was on and off the field for the remainder of the day. According to reports McGahee reported feeling sore after the game and the medical staff would likely keep him limited in practice this week as a precaution. The Bills don't appear to be concerned but if his ribs aren't completely healed there is always a chance that he could aggravate them. So keep an eye on his status this week and keep in mind that you are taking a risk if you plan on starting him in Week 14.

Cecil Sapp, RB, DEN
Fractured Leg

Huddle Up: Broncos' RB Cecil Sapp will be placed on Injured Reserve thus ending his 2006 season after fracturing his left leg during Sunday's game. Sapp was hurt on a kick return in the fourth quarter and he had to be helped off the field and carted to the locker room. He is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the damage sometime soon and the Broncos expect him to be ready for their off-season conditioning program.

Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Vikings' RB Chester Taylor left Sunday's game after bruising his ribs and according to reports his status for Week 14 is questionable. Taylor was apparently injured in the first half and he told reporters that he tried to stay in the game and fight through the pain. Unfortunately the pain became unbearable and he forced to the sideline for good in the third quarter. X-rays on Taylor's chest were reportedly negative and he has since been diagnosed with bruised ribs. He was scheduled to undergo additional tests on Monday and head coach Brad Childress said that he would update Taylor's status later on in the week. This doesn't look like a serious injury but there is still a chance that it could keep him out for a game. Check back on Friday for an update.

Cedric Wilson, WR, PIT
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Steelers' WR Cedric Wilson will likely miss at least one game after suffering what the team is calling a high left ankle sprain in Sunday's game against the Bucs. Wilson was injured when his ankle and leg were bent awkwardly after making a 13-yard reception in the first quarter. He had to be helped off the field and after being examined in the locker room he did not return to the game. Head coach Bill Cowher told reporters that since the team has the game on Thursday he didn't expect Wilson to recover in time to play. Which means that rookie Santonio Holmes will join Nate Washington in the starting lineup for Week 14.