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Week 16 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 19, 2006

Joseph Addai, RB, IND
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Colts' rookie RB Joseph Addai left Sunday's game after suffering what is being described as a high ankle sprain, but according to team officials he could be back on the field next weekend. Addai turned his ankle after being pushed out of bounds at the end of his 41-yard run in the third quarter. The Colts' said that his return was "probable," however he spent the remainder of the game on the bench with a couple of ice bags wrapped to his ankle. Head coach Tony Dungy told reporters following the game that he didn't think the injury was serious and that he believed that Addai would be ready for Week 16. But high ankle sprains can be a little tricky so don't be surprised if he misses practice this week and he ends up a game-time decision.

Marty Booker, WR, MIA
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Marty Booker, who was held without a catch in the first half, left in the third quarter of Sunday's game after spraining his ankle and his status for Week 16 is currently up in the air. According to reports Booker was seen on crutches and with his ankle heavily wrapped following the game and head coach Nick Saban told reporters that Booker suffered a "pretty good ankle sprain." He went on to say that Booker was "day-to-day" indicating that they would reevaluate the injury on the daily basis. Team officials don't expect him to practice on Wednesday and Thursday but if he can't practice by Friday then don't expect him to be ready in time for next Sunday's game against the Jets.

Drew Carter, WR, CAR
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: As expected Panthers' head coach John Fox didn't have much to say about Drew Carter's injured ankle during his Monday press conference. Carter left Sunday's game after spraining his ankle in the third quarter. Carter was reportedly seen limping in the locker room after the game, however his status for Week 16 is currently unknown. Fox said that he would have an update on Carter's injury later on in the week. So we probably won't know anything new until Friday so check with us then for an update.

Laveranues Coles, WR, NYJ
Bruised Back

Huddle Up: Jets' WR Laveranues Coles left Sunday's game after suffering what appears to be a back injury but he appears to be OK and it looks like he will be ready in time for Week 16. Coles was hurt when he was hit hard by Vikings' LB Ben Lader during an interception return in the fourth quarter. He looked fine after the game but he was reportedly taken for X-rays as a precaution. According to reports the X-rays were negative and the injury appears to be a bruise, but Coles has been limited in practice all season anyway because of a lingering calf injury so don't expect him to practice until Friday.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX
Hyperextended Knee

Huddle Up: Jaguars' rookie RB Maurice Jones-Drew injured his knee late in the Sunday's game but according to reports the injury is not considered serious and there is a chance that he will be ready for Week 16. Jones-Drew was hurt at the end of a 37-yard reception in the fourth quarter and had to limp off the field. He was examined on the sideline and the team's medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. The Jags are calling the injury a "jammed knee," which is essentially a hyperextension of the knee. They have not specified what parts were injured but the team did confirm that the X-rays taken after the game were negative. Head coach Jack Del Rio didn't have much to say about the injury except that he would be reevaluated later on in the week. Definitely expect Jones-Drew to be limited in practice on Wednesday but check back on Friday for an update.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: According to reports Bears' RB Thomas Jones missed the end of the fourth quarter and the entire over time of Sunday's game because of bruised ribs and his status for Week 16 is currently up in the air. It isn't clear how the injury occurred but he was reportedly taken for X-rays after the game. The X-rays were negative and team officials appear to be downplaying the severity of the injury. However the Bears haven't said a lot about this injury so keep an eye on their practice reports and check back on Friday for an update.

Steve McNair, QB, BAL
Hand Laceration

Huddle Up: Ravens' QB Steve McNair left Sunday's game after suffering a hand laceration and while he appeared ready to return the team was happy with the play of back Kyle Boller and they decided to keep McNair out as a precaution. McNair was hurt in the first quarter following an incompletion. He was knocked to the floor and Browns' linebacker Andra Davis accidentally stepped on his throwing hand. According to reports Davis' cleat opened up a puncture wound on palm-side of McNair's hand and he was immediately taken to the locker room for examination. X-rays were negative and after the cut was closed and wrapped McNair returned to sideline and was seen warming up. Howerver with Boller playing well in his place and the Ravens holding a comfortable lead head coach Brian Billick decided to keep him out. Billick told reporters that McNair was doing fine and that expected him to start in next weekend's game against the Steelers. He's going to need a little time to heal, which could cost him practice time this week, but it looks like he will be ready to play in Week 16.

Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Sprained Wrist and Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Vikings' RB Chester Taylor, who entered Sunday's game still suffering from bruised ribs, aggravated a previous wrist injury and according to reports he will be limited in practice this week and his status for Week 16 is in question. Taylor reportedly re-injured his wrist during the game and while he was able to play through the pain he was taken for precautionary X-rays afterwards. The X-rays were negative and according to reports the injury isn't believed to be serious. When asked about his ribs, Taylor said that they were still bothering him but called the pain "tolerable." He's really banged up right now and he could do with a little extra rest. So don't be surprised if he is completely held out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: According to reports Jaguars RB Fred Taylor left Sunday's game against the Titans after aggravating his lingering hamstring problem and he was unable to return to the field. Taylor broke off a big run in the first quarter and it looked like he was going to score but he pulled up and began favoring his leg. He limped off the field and he did not return to the game. Taylor spoke with reporters after the game and made it a point to say that he did not "pull" his hamstring this time. He described it as a muscle spasm however head coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that he did re-ggravate his injured hamstring. He went on to say that Taylor was feeling a lot better on Monday and that he would have an update on Taylor's status on Wednesday. He will probably be limited in practice this week but the team remains optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 16.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD
Temporomandibular Joint Inflammation

Huddle Up: Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson injured his jaw on Sunday and although he was held out of the game's final two minutes the injury is not considered serious and the team expects him to be ready for Week 16. Tomlinson took a shot to his jaw in the fourth quarter and he appeared to be in a little bit of pain when the medical staff examined him on the sideline. According to reports LT has been diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) inflammation, but he was able to talk with reporters on Monday without a problem and the medical staff considers the injury minor. He will probably be held out of contact drills on Wednesday but he should be full go in practice on Thursday and Friday.

Javon Walker, WR, DEN
First Degree Shoulder Separation

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Javon Walker injured his shoulder in the second quarter of Sunday's game and according to reports he has been diagnosed with a first degree shoulder separation (minor acromioclavicular sprain). Walker took a big hit in the second quarter and was examined on the sideline by the medical staff. He was able to return to the field for the Broncos' next offensive possession however he was in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the game and he was later diagnosed with a minor shoulder separation. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that Walker's injury is not considered serious and that he expected him to play in their next game. Shanahan went on to say that if they had a game today that he could play so it looks like the injury won't be a problem. But we'll keep you posted on his recovery just in case.

Jason Wright, RB, CLE
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: After initially calling RB Jason Wright's knee injury "severe" head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters on Monday that he was encouraged with the medical staff's latest diagnosis. According to reports Wright has been diagnosed with a sprained medical collateral ligament, which occurred when he took a helmet to the knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. Wright was able to walk without the limp following the game and he later told reporters that he was feeling OK. The team has not disclosed the severity of Wright's MCL sprain but it appears that it could be of the minor variety. Minor MCL sprains and still take a couple of weeks to recover from so Wright's status for Week 16 is definitely in question.