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Week 15 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
December 15, 2006

Joseph Addai, RB, IND
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Colts' rookie RB Joseph Addai, who suffered a minor foot sprain in last week's game, took part in all team drills in practice on Thursday and according to reports he will be back in the starting lineup on Monday night against the Bengals. Addai complained of soreness in his foot earlier in the week but the pain and swelling has subsided. He'll continue to have his foot and ankle taped as a precaution but the medical staff doesn't expect the injury to be an issue against the Bengals.

Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
Surgery To Repair Fractured Hand

Huddle Up: Dolphins' RB Ronnie Brown has officially been ruled out of Week 15 because his surgically repaired hand has not completely healed. Brown continues to wear a cast on his left hand and according to reports he is still at least a week away from being cleared to practice. Head coach Nick Saban told reporters that he was pleased with Brown's recovery and that he is optimistic that he will be back in time for the team's final two regular season games. Sammy Morris will start this weekend in Brown's place.

Chris Chambers, WR, MIA
Sprained Knee and Ankle

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Chris Chambers was upgraded to probable on the team's injury report after practicing with the team on Thursday and according to reports he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Bills. Chambers suffered sprains to his ankle and knee in last week's game and he was held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. However he's made a quick recovery and it looks like he is ready to go.

Jake Delhomme, QB, CAR
Partially Torn Thumb Ligament

Huddle Up: Panthers' QB Jake Delhomme did not play in last week's game because of partially torn ligament in his right (throwing) thumb and it looks like the injury will keep him out of at least one more game. Delhomme continues to experience soreness in his injured thumb and he was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach John Fox told reporters that Delhomme will attempt to throw passes today, but the team is preparing to play this weekend without him. Chris Weinke, who has taken all the snaps with the first team in practice this week, will get the start if Delhomme is unable to play.

Donald Driver, WR, GB
Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: Packers' WR Donald Driver complained of soreness in his injured shoulder following last week's game and he was held out of workouts on Tuesday and practice on Wednesday as a precaution. However he was feeling a lot better on Thursday and he was able to practice with the team without a problem. Driver continues to receive treatment on his shoulder before and after practice, however the medical staff expects him to be ready for this weekend's game against Detroit.

Warrick Dunn, RB, ATL
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: According to reports Falcons' RB Warrick Dunn will be a game-time decision this weekend after being held out of practice this week with a strained calf. Dunn, who was hurt in last week's game, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He did work with the medical staff on the side and he has reportedly looked OK running. However it looks like Dunn is still about a week or two away from being back to full strength so don't be surprised if the Falcons' decide to keep him out of this week's game.

Charlie Frye, QB, CLE
Bone Bruise in Wrist

Huddle Up: Browns' QB Charlie Frye, who is dealing with a bone bruise in his right (throwing) wrist, was able to grip a football on Thursday for the first time in 2 weeks. However he did not throw in practice and according to reports he will likely miss his second straight game this weekend. Frye is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report but he hasn't improved as quickly as the medical staff had expected and his status is really in doubt. Frye would need to practice today to stand a chance of playing in Week 15, and right it now it looks like he is still several days away from being able to practice with the team. But keep an eye on the Browns' practice report just in case and check back on Sunday for an update.

Joey Harrington, QB, MIA
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Dolphins' QB Joey Harrington, who turned his ankle in last week's win over the Patriots, was able to practice with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he will start this weekend against the Bills. Harrington told reporters that he was feeling a little sore on Monday, however his ankle has improved and it shouldn't be an issue on Sunday against the Pats.

Travis Henry, RB, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Titans' RB Travis Henry is still not 100% and his status for Week 15 remains questionable. Henry sprained his ankle in last week's game and he has not been able to practice this week. According to reports he has shown signs of improvement and the team is still hoping that he will be cleared to play this weekend. However this looks like it is going to come down to a game-time decision so make sure you check with The Huddle for the latest on his Week 15 status.

Joe Horn, WR, NO
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: According to several media outlets Saints WR Joe Horn will not only miss this Sunday's game against the Redskins because of a lingering groin injury but the medical staff will keep him out of the remainder of the regular season in hopes that his injury heals in time for the start of the playoffs. Horn, who was missed two games earlier in the season and was inactive for last week's game because of his strained groin, has not practiced with the team since aggravating the injury back in Week 13. Joe Horn's agent denied reports that his client would miss the Saints' final regular season game and said that Horn is going to try and play this week. However it looks like Horn will in fact miss his second straight game and don't be surprised if the Saints decide to rest him until the playoffs.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Surgery to Repair Lisfranc Fracture and Dislocation

Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones has been placed on Injured Reserve and will miss the remainder of the season after having several screws surgically inserted into his foot to help repair and stabilize the fractured and displaced bones near the Lisfranc joint. Jones, who was hurt in last week's game, will not be able to put weight on his foot for 6 weeks and he faces at least 6 months of rehabilitation. In fact the medical staff says that Jones' injury is so bad that it could take him up to a year before he's ready to play, which means that his status for the 2007 season is very much in doubt. We'll keep you posted on his recovery throughout the off-season.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: We knew that Fred Taylor left last week's game with a hamstring injury. Well according to reports rookie RB Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a similar injury during the same game and as it turns out Jones-Drew's injury appears to be more serious than Taylor's. The rookie is still experiencing discomfort in his leg when he runs and was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday while he received treatment and worked with the athletic training staff. Jones-Drew is still being listed as probable on the team's official injury report and head coach Jack Del Rio remains confident that he will be ready to play this weekend. But we probably won't know for sure until gameday so make sure to check back with us then for an update.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Following last week's game Bears' officials called the ankle sprain suffered by RB Thomas Jones minor. But Jones is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will end up being a game-time decision. The Bears haven't said much about Jones' injury, however according to reports his ankle is still bothering him and there is a chance that it could keep him out of Week 15. Check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
Undisclosed Back Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots' RB Laurence Maroney, who was inactive in Week 14 because of an undisclosed back injury, has not practiced with the team this week and his official status for this Sunday's game against the Texans is being listed as questionable. At the time of Maroney's injury back in Week 13 the team initially said that he had "the wind knocked out of him." The day after local newspapers reported that Maroney had suffered a concussion and later in the week it was being reported that he strained his neck. However in a recent interview with reporters Maroney said that his was dealing with a back injury. He went on to say that he was feeling OK, however he hasn't practiced with the team in 2 weeks and unless he takes part in practice on Friday there is little chance that he will be able to play this weekend. An announcement on his Week 15 availability probably won't be made until gameday so check back with The Huddle for an update.

Randy Moss, WR, OAK
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Raiders' WR Randy Moss has not been able to practice this week because of a badley-sprained ankle and according to reports he will probably be inactive for this weekend's game against the Rams. Moss, who was hurt in last week's game, continues to experience pain and discomfort in his ankle. There are even reports that the medical staff is considering keeping him out for the remainder of the season. Moss has done nothing for the Raiders' offense this season so don't be surprised if the team uses his injury as an excuse to keep him off the field.

Jerious Norwood, RB, ATL
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Falcons' RB Jerious Norwood, who left last week's game after aggravating a knee injury, was held out of practice on Wednesday. But to everyone's surprise he was able to practice with the team on Thursday and it looks like he will be active for this Saturday's game against the Cowboys. Norwood missed a game earlier in the season with the same injury and the team thought that he would be out for at least a week after aggravating the problem last Sunday. But the medical staff has a done a great job getting him ready and with Warrick Dunn's injury making him a big question mark Norwood could actually end up being the featured running back this weekend.

Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Vikings' RB Chester Taylor, who is still being listed as questionable on the team's official injury report because of bruised ribs, took part in all non-contact drills in Thursday's practice and the medical staff remains optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday. According to reports Taylor will test out several types of protective vests and jackets under his uniform in practice today and if all goes well he could be cleared to play against the Jets. There appears to be optimism but there are certainly no guarantees. So check with us on Sunday for an update on his status.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Minor Hamstring Strain

Huddle Up: As expected the Jaguars decided to keep Fred Taylor out of practice on Wednesday to give his injured hamstring a chance to recover. And by the looks of things the extra rest may have worked. Taylor was back at practice on Thursday and according to reports he looked pretty good. He's officially listed as probable and if all goes well in practice today and in the walkthrough tomorrow he will be back in the starting lineup against the Titans on Sunday.

Hines Ward, WR, PIT
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Steelers' veteran WR Hines Ward, who was inactive for the last two weeks while he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery, returned to practice on Tuesday and according to reports the team expects him to make his return to the starting lineup this weekend against the Panthers. Ward told reporters that he wasn't sure how his knee would respond to the increased workload this week. But he reportedly looked comfortable running and making cuts and head coach Bill Cowher said that he looked ready to play. Barring a setback Ward will be active on Sunday so make sure he's in your starting lineups.

Ben Watson, TE, NE
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Patriots' TE Benjamin Watson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with what is being described as a sprained knee and his status for Week 15 remains in question. As expected the Patriots have been very tightlipped regarding this injury so keep an eye on Friday's practice report for an update on his status. If Watson practices today then there is a good chance that he will be able to play. But if he is held out then don't expect him to be active against the Texans on Sunday.