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Week 16 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
December 22, 2006

Joseph Addai, RB, IND
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Despite missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of sprained ankle the Colts still expect rookie RB Joseph Addai to practice today (Friday) and play this weekend against the Texans. ESPN reported earlier in the week that Addai was suffering from a high ankle sprain, which would have required him to miss at least one game. However head coach Tony Dungy denied the report and told the media that Addai was dealing with a "basketball-type sprain, " or regular ankle sprain instead. He's been seen wearing a protective boot on his injured ankle but according to reports the boot is being used as a precaution and the medical staff hopes that it helps to quicken his recovery. He's officially being listed as questionable but it appears that he could take part in team drills today. If he does then there is a good chance that he will play on Sunday.

Marty Booker, WR, MIA
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Marty Booker, who left last week's game with a grade 2 ankle sprain, has not been able to practice this week and his status for Week 16 is doubtful. Head coach Nick Saban told reporters that Booker has shown signs of improvement but according to reports it doesn't look like he will be able to to practice for at least another week. With the Dolphins' already eliminated from the playoffs don't be surprised if the medical staff decides to keep him out of the team's final two regular season games. Wes Welker will get the start in his place.

Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
Surgery to Repair Fractured Hand

Huddle Up: Dolphins' RB Ronnie Brown, who missed the last three games while he recovered from surgery on his fractured hand, had his cast removed on Monday and after practicing with the team on Thursday it looks like he will be ready to make his return to the field on Monday night against the Jets. According to reports the fracture in Brown's hand hasn't completely healed so his hand was wrapped and padded prior to practicing on Thursday. He took part in all team drills without a problem however he told reporters that he still expects Sammy Morris to start in his place. Saban hasn't announced a starter for Monday night's game but if Brown believes that Morris will start it certainly indicates that he'll have to split carries in his first game back from injury.

Drew Carter, WR, CAR
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Panthers' WR Drew Carter has not practiced with the team this week because he continues to recover from a sprained ankle and his status for this weekend's game is officially questionable. According to reports Carter's ankle is still sore and he's having trouble running and cutting. However he will attempt to practice today (Friday) and he will likely be a game-time decision. So check back on Sunday morning for an update.

Dallas Clark, TE, IND
Sprained ACL

Huddle Up: According to reports Colts' TE Dallas Clark has officially been diagnosed with a grade 1 ACL and although he hasn't practiced with the team since suffering the injury he was able to take part in some pre-game drills prior to last Monday night's game and the team believes there is an outside chance that he will be ready to play in Week 17. Head coach Tony Dungy told reporters that a recent MRI on Clark's knee confirmed that his ACL wasn't torn and that the medical staff felt that he could be back in time for the team's regular season finale. Dungy indicated that Clark was likely out for Week 16 so don't expect him to play on Sunday against the Texans.

Laveranues Coles, WR, NYJ
Bruised Back

Huddle Up: Jets' WR Laveranues Coles has been limited in practice this week because of a bruised back and sore ribs. However Coles told reporters that he will practice with the team today and that he expects to play on Monday night against Dolphins. He admitted on Wednesday that his back and ribs were still giving him problems, but he appeared to be a lot better on Thursday. Coles, who listed as questionable on the team's official injury report, has been listed as questionable held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday all season because of a calf injury and he's still found a way to play and produce. So unless he suffers a setback and he's held out of practice on Friday and Saturday you can expect him to start in Week 16.

Kevin Faulk, RB, NE
Unspecified Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots' RB Kevin Faulk, who is dealing with an unspecified knee injury, has been limited in practice this week. But despite being listed as questionable the local media in New England believes that Faulk will practice today and that he will play on Sunday against the Jags. Faulk was seen wearing a black brace on his knee following last week's game but as expected the Patriots' have not said what his injury is. The good news is that it doesn't appear to be serious and if he's able to practice today he should be active this weekend.

Charlie Frye, QB, CLE
Fractured Wrist

Huddle Up: According to reports a recent examination on Charlie Frye's injured hand revealed a fractured and he will likely miss the remainder of the 2006 season because of it. Frye, who was originally diagnosed with bone bruise, hasn't played since getting hurt in Week 13 and his injury was not healing as quickly as the medical staff would have liked. So they sent him to see a specialist on Wednesday. Unfortunately they found a small crack on a bone on the top of his hand near his wrist. The Browns' have not confirmed anything yet but it appears that his season is over. Derek Anderson will start this weekend in his place.

Todd Heap, TE, BAL
Quadriceps Contusion

Huddle Up: Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who suffered a "Charlie Horse" or quadriceps contusion in last week's game, did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday however the team still expects him to start this weekend against the Steelers. According to reports Heap's quad is still very stiff and he continues to experience pain and discomfort when he jogs. But the medical staff remains optimistic and they believe that he will be able to practice today and play this weekend. He'll likely be a game-time decision no matter what happens in practice so check with The Huddle on Sunday for a final update on his status.

Joe Horn, WR, NO
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Saints' veteran WR Joe Horn has been limited in practice this week and it appears that his lingering hamstring injury will keep him out of his third straight game. Horn missed two games earlier in the season because of a strained hamstring and he reportedly aggravated the problem back in Week 13 and he's been dealing with it ever since. According to several media outlets the Saints will keep Horn sidelined for the remainder of the regular season so that he is ready for the playoffs. Horn continues to tell reporters that he plans on playing before the start of the post-season, but don't be surprised if he is held out of Week 16 and 17 as a precaution. An official announcement on his Week 16 availability won't be made until gameday so check with us on Sunday for an update.

Cedric Houston, RB, NYJ
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Cedric Houston, who is recovering from a strained calf, returned to practice on Thursday but he remains questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Houston took part in all the individual drills in practice on Thursday and took part in several team drills but he was reportedly held out of some of the 11-on-11 drills as a precaution. The medical staff isn't sure if he'll be ready to play on Monday so the team is preparing Kevan Barlow to start just in case. This looks like a game-time decision and since the game is on Monday you will be rolling the dice if you plan on starting him. Keep a close eye on the Jets' practice reports and check with us on Sunday for an update on his status.

Darrell Jackson, WR, SEA
Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Darrell Jackson's official status for Week 16 is doubtful, but according to reports the Seahawks' receiver will not play this weekend and he will not be ready to play for at least another two weeks. Mike Holmgren told reporters that there is an "outside shot" that Jackson will play on Sunday. Jackson has not practiced with the team since getting hurt a couple of weeks ago so it appears that he has almost no shot of being active. D.J. Hackett will get the start in Jackson's place.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: According to reports Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs expects to play on Sunday against the Saints despite missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a sprained ankle. Jacobs sprained his ankle last week against the Eagles but he was able to stay on the field and finish the game. According to reports Jacobs had a swollen ankle on Monday and the medical staff decided to keep him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution. He'll probably return to practice today, but if he doesn't then it will raise serious doubts about his availability for Week 16. So make sure he practices before you insert him into your fantasy lineup and check with us on Sunday for an update.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: Jaguars' RB Maurice Jones-Drew left last week's game with a bruised knee. But an MRI on Monday confirmed that the injury was just a bruise and after practicing on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will be active for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Jones-Drew told reporters that his knee was fine and according to reports he looked great in practice on Thursday. With Fred Taylor's status in question Jones-Drew could end up starting and getting a majority of the carries. Come back to The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Thomas Jones, RB, CHI
Bruised Ribs and Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Bears' RB Thomas Jones was held out of practice on Wednesday so that his injured ribs and ankle could receive additional treatment and rest. But he was able to return to practice on Thursday and according to reports the medical staff expects him to play in this weekend's game against the Lions. Head coach Lovie Smith told reporters that Jones was feeling a lot better but that he would likely split carries with Cedric Benson. The Bears' have already secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs so don't be surprised if the team decides to limit Jones for the remainder of the regular season.

Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
Torn Rib Cartilage and Strained Back

Huddle Up: Patriots rookie RB Laurence Maroney, who hasn't played since Week 13 because of torn rib cartilage and a strained back, remains limited in practice but he has shown signs of improvement and there is a chance that he could play this weekend against the Jags. Maroney reportedly missed the team portion of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, however he looked good during individual drills and he told reporters that he expects to play on Sunday. We've heard this before. The Patriots appear to be more optimistic about his chances of playing this week, but we won't know if he'll play until gameday.

Randy Moss, WR, OAK
Sprained Ankle and Torn Meniscus

Huddle Up: According to reports Raiders' WR Randy Moss, who was inactive for last week's game because of a sprained ankle and torn cartilage in his knee, has not practiced with the team this week and he will likely miss he second-straight game on Saturday. Moss continues to have problems with his ankle and knee and he really hasn't shown signs of improvement. Not that he really wants to work in his rehab or that Art Shell wants him back any sooner. Don't be surprised if Moss is inactive for the Raiders' final two games of the season. Ronald Curry and Johnnie Morant will be the starting WRs on Saturday.

Jerious Norwood, RB, ATL
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Falcons' rookie RB Jerious Norwood, who was inactive for last week's game because of a sprained knee, returned to practice on Wednesday and according to reports the medical staff expects him to play this weekend against the Panthers. Norwood was listed as probable to start the week and he was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem. Warrick Dunn, who returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday with a calf injury, will be the starter but look for Norwood to resume his role as the change-of-pace back.

Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: After missing practice on Wednesday with what the team is calling a bruised shoulder Bengals' QB Carson Palmer returned to practice on Thursday and he will reportedly be healthy enough to start this weekend against the Broncos. Earlier in the week there was speculation that Palmer suffered damage to his rotator cuff during the team's Week 15 game. However according to reports an MRI done on his shoulder on Wednesday confirmed that there was no structural damage to his rotator cuff. Palmer's shoulder remains sore but he was able to throw the football in practice on Thursday and he should be ready for Sunday's big game against the Broncos.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: RB Fred Taylor's status for Week 16 appears to be in question after he was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a lingering hamstring injury. Taylor aggravated the injury in last week's game and while an MRI on his leg did not show any significant damage to his hamstring the medical staff isn't sure if he will be able to play this weekend against the Patriots. Taylor told reporters that he will try and practice today but that he won't attempt to run at full speed until gameday. So this will come down to a game-time decision so check with us on Sunday for an update.

Michael Vick, QB, ATL
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Falcons' QB Michael Vick, who left last week's game with a strained groin, was able to practice with the team on Thursday without a problem and his status for Week 16 is listed as probable. Vick was reportedly feeling sore on Monday but he was able to run on Wednesday and he was back taking snaps with the first-team offense on Thursday. So unless he suffers a setback in practice over the next couple of days he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Panthers.

Javon Walker, WR, DEN
First-Degree Shoulder Separation

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Javon Walker is listed as probable for Week 16 and the team's medical staff expects him to play on Sunday despite being diagnosed with a first degree shoulder separation (AC Sprain). According to reports Walker receives treatment on his shoulder twice a day and he's had it wrapped prior to each practice. The good news is that he was able to practice with the team on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem and he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend.

Ben Watson, TE, NE
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Patriots' TE Ben Watson, who was inactive for last week's game because of a sprained knee, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday it doesn't look like he will be ready to play until at least Week 17. The Patriots have declined to comment on the severity of Watson's injured knee but he is reportedly having trouble running and cutting and the team is preparing to play this weekend without him. An official word on his availability for the game probably won't come until Sunday but don't expect him to be active.

Cadillac Williams, RB, TB
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Bucs' RB Cadillac Williams remains questionable for Sunday's game after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury. Williams has been wearing a protective boot on his foot as a precaution but the team expects him to practice on Friday and they believe there is a good chance that he will be able to play this weekend against the Browns. If he makes it through practice today without a problem then expect him to start, but if he is limited or has a setback then you might want to check with us on Sunday for an update on his status.