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Week 17 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
December 27, 2006

Derek Anderson, QB, CLE
Sprained AC Joint

Huddle Up: Browns' QB Derek Anderson, who started the team's Week 16 game in place of the injured Charlie Frye, has been placed on Injured Reserve and will miss Week 17 after suffering an injury of his own. According to reports Anderson suffered a separated shoulder or AC joint sprain after being sacked in the fourth quarter. The Browns have not said how bad the injury is or if it will require any special treatment but his 2006 season is over. With Frye still hurt former 49ers' QB Ken Dorsey will be the Browns' starter next weekend.

Tom Brady, QB, NE
Bruised Back

Huddle Up: Patriots' QB Tom Brady missed only a play after being hit in the back by Jaguars' LB Clint Ingram during Sunday's game. According to reports the injury is being described as a bruise, but as expected the Patriots have not said anything else about this injury. This doesn't look like a big deal. He might be limited in practice today (Wednesday) but it appears that he will be back in the starting lineup next weekend.

Laveranues Coles, WR, NYJ
Minor Concussion / Bruised and Lacerated Chin

Huddle Up: Jets' WR Laveranues Coles is recovering from what appears to be a minor concussion as well as a bruised and lacerated chin after being hit hard in Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Coles was hurt when he was leveled by Fins' LB Zach Thomas while attempting to catch a pass in the second quarter. He remained face down on the field for a couple of minutes and had to be helped off the field. But after being examined in the locker room and having his lacerated chin patched up at halftime Coles was cleared by the medical staff to return to the game in the third quarter. The Jets have not officially called Coles' injury a concussion. But in a post-game press conference he told reporters that he didn't remember what happened, which indicates that he probably was concussed. Team officials believe that he will be available for their last regular season game but check back on Friday for an update just in case.

Ron Dayne, RB, HOU
Minor Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Texans' RB Ron Dayne had a monster game against the Colts this past weekend despite playing the entire second half with a sprained ankle. Dayne reportedly turned his ankle in the first half, but after missing just a few plays to have his foot and ankle taped he was able to return to the field and finish the game. According to reports Dayne's ankle was sore on Monday. However the medical staff doesn't expect this injury to be an issue and they believe that he will be at full strength in time for their final regular season game.

Donald Driver, WR, GB
Unspecified Shoulder Injury / Strained Quadriceps

Huddle Up: According to reports Packers' WR Donald Driver aggravated a lingering shoulder injury in last Thursday's win over the Vikings however X-rays and an MRI came back negative and the team expects him to play in next weekend's game. Driver has been dealing with an unspecified shoulder injury for several weeks and he apparently aggravated the problem after getting hit on a reception in the first half. Driver was able to finish the game but head coach Mike McCarthy admitted to reporters on Friday that Driver has taken a lot of big hits this season and that he was dealing with a number of injuries including a strained quadriceps. Driver did not take part in practice yesterday (Tuesday) and he will probably be limited in practice over the next couple of days. However McCarthy expects him to start in Week 17.

Matt Leinart, QB, ARI
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: Cardinals' QB Matt Leinart, who suffered a sprained left shoulder in Sunday's win over the 49ers, will need at least two weeks to recover from his injury which means that his 2006 season is over. Leinart was hurt when he was sacked by LB Roderick Green in the first half. He was examined in the locker room at halftime and he did not play in the second half. According to reports initial tests on his injured shoulder did not reveal any significant structural damage in his shoulder and the medical staff does not believe that he will need surgery. But Leinart is still scheduled to undergo another MRI today and they'll know more about his recovery timetable when they get the results. Veteran Kurt Warner will get the start at QB next weekend in place of Leinart.

Ashely Lelie, WR, ATL
Sprained AC Joint

Huddle Up: Falcons' WR Ashley Lelie will not play in Week 17 after he suffered a separated shoulder or AC sprain and his status for the playoffs (should the team qualify) is in question. Lelie was hurt after coming down on his shoulder after attempting to catch a high pass in the fourth quarter. He stayed on the ground for several minutes but after being helped up he was able to walk off the field on his own. According to reports Lelie's injury will be reevaluated later today (Wednesday) but it appears that he will be out for at least a week.

L.J. Smith, TE, PHI
Bruised Foot

Huddle Up: Eagles' TE L.J. Smith suffered a bruised foot early in Monday's game against the Cowboys. However he was able to return to the game in the first half and he went on to have a big day. Smith told reporters on Tuesday game that his foot was sore. However his injury is not believed to be serious and the team expects him to start in their regular season finale.

Javon Walker, WR, DEN
Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Javon Walker suffered a sprained wrist in Sunday's game against the Bengals, however after missing just a couple of plays he was able to return to the field and finish the game. Walker was hurt when he was tackled on an end around in the first half. While he was being tackled he hyperextended his wrist and he eventually jogged off the field in obvious pain. After being examined Driver had his wrist taped and he was allowed to return to the field. According to reports he was taken for precautionary X-rays after the game. He also had an MRI on his wrist on Monday and while the results have not been released to the public the medical staff does not appear to be concerned. We will keep you posted on his recovery.