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Week 15 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 12, 2006

Stephen Alexander, TE, DEN
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Broncos' TE Stephen Alexander missed a couple of offensive series after bruising his ribs but he was able to return to the field and finish the game. Shortly after getting hurt the team announced that Alexander had the "wind knocked out of him," however after the game he had his ribs wrapped. According to reports X-rays on his ribs were negative and he has been diagnosed with a bruise. Rookie TE Tony Scheffer took advantage of the situation and hauled in two touchdowns while Alexander was hurting. So even if Alexander is healthy enough to play in Week 15 don't be surprised if head coach Mike Shanahan tries to get Scheffer more involved in the offense. Check back on Friday for an update.

Chris Chambers, WR, MIA
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Chris Chambers suffered a minor knee injury during Sunday's game against the Patriots and according to reports it shouldn't prevent him from playing in Week 15. Chambers twisted his knee in the second quarter but after missing just one play he was able to return to the field and finish the game. He was seen limping after a couple of plays in the second half and he was reportedly walking with a bit of limp in the locker room after the game. However the medical staff does not believe that the injury is serious, however he underwent an MRI on Monday as a precaution. The results have not been released but head coach Nick Saban will give an update on his status at some point today or tomorrow.

Warrick Dunn, RB, ATL
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Falcons' RB Warrick Dunn, who left Sunday's game against the Bucs with a strained calf, will be limited in practice this week and his status for Week 15 is questionable. Dunn injured his calf in the third quarter and was unable to return to the game. As expected he underwent an MRI on Monday but the results have not been released and head coach Jim Mora told reporters that he will have an update available later on in the week.

Travis Henry, RB, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Titans' RB Travis Henry wore a protective boot on his injured ankle following Sunday's game against the Texans. The medical staff does not believe that the injury is serious however there is a chance that the injury could keep him out of the team's Week 15 game. Henry was hurt at the end of his second touchdown late in the game and according to reports his ankle was sore and very swollen on Monday morning. Henry will probably miss practice on Wednesday and Thursday but if he is held out of practice on Friday then don't expect him to play against the Jags.

Darrell Jackson, WR, SEA
Acute Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Seahawks' head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters on Monday that Darrell Jackson has been ruled out of this Thursday night's game against the 49ers because of an acute turf toe problem that occurred in Sunday's game. Jackson hyperextended his big toe in the fourth quarter on Sunday and he did not return to the field because he was having trouble moving around. An MRI on Monday confirmed that the ligament in his toe was sprained and with the team's Week 15 game only a few days away the medical staff doesn't think he has enough time to recover. We'll keep you posted on his recovery.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Lisfranc Fracture / Dislocation

Huddle Up: According to several published reports not only is Lions' RB Kevin Jones out for Week 15 but he is out for the remainder of the season after suffering what is being described as a complete Lisfranc fracture and dislocation during Sunday's game. Jones got his foot caught in the turf in the fourth quarter and after laying on the ground for several minutes in tremendous pain he was helped off the field and carted to the locker room. The Lions' have yet to confirm the nature of Jones' injury but if the reports are accurate then he will likely undergo surgery to correct the problem and he will be out up to 6 months. At this point any injury to the Lisfranc joint would end his season, but a fracture/dislocation would certainly keep him from participating in the team's off-season conditioning program and all of the team's off-season mini camps.

Willis McGahee, RB, BUF
Upset Stomach

Huddle Up: Bills' RB Willis McGahee missed a couple of plays after throwing up on the sidelines during Sunday's game but he was able to return to the field and according to reports he is doing fine. McGahee told reporters on Monday that he didn't have a pre game meal and that he didn't feel good during the game because of that. Head coach Dick Jauron said that he expects McGahee to be fine. McGahee might be limited in practice this week to give his ankle some rest but it appeared to hold up fine on Sunday, which is great news for fantasy owners.

Randy Moss, WR, MIN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Raiders' WR Randy Moss left Sunday's game against the Bengals after suffering a sprained ankle and his status for Week 15 is questionable. Moss turned his ankle after making a catch in the second quarter and had to limp to the sideline. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined and he did not return to the field. Head coach Art Shell told reporters that he expects Moss' injury to be a problem. Not that his participation has really helped fantasy owners this year, but don't be surprised if he's held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jerious Norwood, RB, ATL
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: After replacing injured Falcons' RB Warrick Dunn in the third quarter Jerious Norwood left the game as well just a few plays later after aggravating a previous knee injury and he was unable to return. Norwood missed the team's Week 10 game with a sprained knee and according to reports he aggravated the same injury during a carry. Head coach Jim Mora did not say how serious the injury was but he said that he would have an update available later on in the week. Norwood will be listed as questionable for Week 15 on the injury report and he will likely be limited in practice this week while he recovers. Check back on Friday for an update.

Brandon Stokley, WR, IND
Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Brandon Stokley will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing his right Achilles' Tendon during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars, this according to teammate Ricky Proehl. Proehl told reporters that Stokley was hurt as he began to run a route in the third quarter. He was not hit and he did not slip or lose his footing. He appeared to be in a tremendous amount of pain after the injury occurred and he was later seen on crutches and in a protective boot. The Colts' have not confirmed the severity of the injury but if Proehl's story is accurate Stokely will likely undergo corrective surgery this week be placed on Injured Reserve soon there after.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Jaguars' RB Fred Taylor had a monster first half against the Colts this past weekend but after tweaking his hamstring on a carry late in the second quarter he was replaced in the lineup and he did not return to the game. Taylor spoke with reporters on Monday and said that his hamstring was a little sore but he called the injury a "minor tweak." There is a chance that the team will hold him out of team drills on Wednesday and Thursday but the Jags expect him to be ready for Week 15.

Ben Watson, TE, NE
Unspecified Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots' TE and leading receiver Ben Watson left Sunday's game with an unspecified knee injury and his status for Week 15 is currently unknown. Watson was hurt in the third quarter when he was hit but a pair of Dolphins' defenders following a reception. He appeared to land awkwardly but he was able to walk off on his own power. As expected the Patriots have been very tight lipped about this injury so keep an eye on the team's practice reports and we will have an update on his status later on in the week.