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Week 17 Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
December 29, 2006

Marty Booker, WR, MIA
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Dolphins' WR Marty Booker, who was inactive for last week's game because of a grade 2 ankle sprain, was held out of practice on Wednesday and although he returned to the practice field on Thursday he wore a red no-contact jersey and did not take part in any of the contact drills. According to reports Booker looked good running and changing direction in Thursday's practice. However he remains questionable on the team's official injury report and the medical staff isn't sure if he'll be able to play this weekend against the Colts. This looks like it could come down a game-time decision so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Tom Brady, QB, NE
Bruised Back and Unspecified Shoulder Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots' QB Tom Brady was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a bruised back and an unspecified shoulder injury and according to reports even if he plays this weekend he'll only play about a quarter. Brady is officially listed as probable on the team's injury report but with the Patriots' already guaranteed a playoff spot the team will likely keep him on the sideline for a majority of the game as a precaution. Matt Cassel will reportedly get at least two quarters of work on Sunday in place of Brady.

Dallas Clark, TE, IND
Minor ACL Sprain

Huddle Up: Colts' TE Dallas Clark, who missed the last 4 games because of a sprained ACL, was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to head coach Tony Dungy there is a chance that he will be able to play in this weekend's game. At time of Clark's injury the medical staff believed that his ACL was torn. But an MRI confirmed that the ligament was not torn and he was diagnosed with a minor sprain. Unfortunately any damage to the ACL is serious and there was concern that he would not be able to play in a game until the middle of January. But it appears as if he's made a quick recovery and if all goes well in practice tomorrow he could be activated for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Dungy said if Clark does play his playing time will be limited so keep that in mind if you plan on starting him in your Championship game.

Laveranues Coles, WR, NYJ
Concussion and Lacerated Chin

Huddle Up: Jets' WR Laveranues Coles remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders because of a concussion that he suffered in last week's game. According to reports Coles was held out of team drills on Wednesday and Thursday and there is a chance that he could be limited in practice today (Friday) as well. His lacerated chin is doing fine, however the medical staff continues to monitor his recovery from a concussion At this point the Jets' aren't sure if he'll be ready to play this weekend but they remain cautiously optimistic and they should know more about his status after practice today. This will probably come down to a game-time decision so check back on Sunday for an update.

Ron Dayne, RB, HOU
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Texans' RB Ron Dayne, who is recovering from what is being described as a minor ankle sprain, has not practiced this week however head coach Gary Kubiak expects him back on the practice field today and back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Browns. According to reports Dayne was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution and Kubiak reportedly told Dayne "to be ready to carry it another 30 times" this Sunday, which indicates that the team is expecting him to play.

Jake Delhomme, QB, CAR
Partially Torn Thumb Ligament

Huddle Up: Panthers' QB Jake Delhomme returned to practice on Wednesday and it looks like he will make his return to the starting lineup for first time since partially tearing a ligament in his right thumb back in Week 13. Delhomme had his thumb taped and was wearing a protective glove during practice on Wednesday but he took snaps with the first team and according to head coach John Fox he looked very good. After making it through a full day of practice on Thursday he was upgraded to probable on the injury report. So unless he suffers a setback in practice over the next couple of days he should be cleared to play in this weekend's game against the Saints.

Donald Driver, WR, GB
Lingering Shoulder Injury

Huddle Up: Packers' QB Donald Driver, who aggravated a lingering shoulder injury in last week's game, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. But according to reports the medical staff is just being cautious and they plan on letting him practice today and play on Sunday against the Bears. Driver was seen working with the training staff on Wednesday and Thursday and he was reportedly moving well. But the team decided to hold him out of actual practice so that it gave his shoulder a chance to recover. He won't be 100% in time for this weekend's game, but he should be healthy enough to be productive so don't be afraid to start him.

Charlie Frye, QB, CLE
Unspecified Wrist Injury

Huddle Up: Browns' QB Charlie Frye continues to recover from what the team is still calling a bone bruise in his wrist. But the medical staff does not believe that Frye will be healthy enough to play this weekend and since Derek Anderson is out with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder the Browns have announced that Ken Dorsey will be the starter for Sunday's game against the Texans. Head coach Romeo Crennel continues to deny reports that Frye is dealing with a fractured wrist, but Frye has not played since Week 13 so clearly this more than just a bone bruise. Either way it doesn't look like he will be active for this weekend's game so his 2006 season is over.

Joe Horn, WR, NO
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Saints' WR Joe Horn, who has not played since re-injuring his hamstring back in Week 13, remains limited in practice and according to reports the Saints will likely hold him out of this weekend's game against the Panthers so that he is ready for the playoffs. Horn was reportedly running and cutting while being supervised by the medical staff on Wednesday and Thursday. But he was held out of team drills. He hasn't been officially ruled out of Sunday's game but his status remains doubtful and if he misses practice today he will probably be downgraded to out.

Cedric Houston, RB, HOU
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Cedric Houston was inactive for last week's game because of a strained calf. However he took part in several drills with the first-team offense in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like there is a good chance that he will be active and get a bulk of the carries on Sunday against the Raiders. According to reports Houston has not taken part in a full practice this week as a precaution, but he's looked good when working out and if he avoids a setback and he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend. Check back on Sunday for an update.

Darrell Jackson, WR, SEA
Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR Darrell Jackson is officially listed as doubtful on the team's injury report for Week 17 but according to reports he will definitely not play this weekend against the Bucs. Jackson continues to recover from a badly sprained big toe (turf toe) and the medical staff wants to keep him out for one more week so that he is healthier for the Seahawks' opening playoff game. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he probably won't be cleared to practice until next week so don't expect him to be active this weekend.

Matt Leinart, QB, ARI
Sprained Shoulder

Huddle Up: An MRI on QB Matt Leinart's injured shoulder revealed no structural damage and according to reports he has been diagnosed with a grade 1 (minor) sprain. So while surgery won't be needed to fix the injury Leinart is still out for this weekend's game against the Chargers, which means that Kurt Warner will get the start in his place. Leinart told reporters that his shoulder was feeling sore and a bit stiff, but that he expects to make a full recovery within the next month and that he will be ready for the Cardinals' off-season conditioning.

Randy Moss, WR, OAK
Sprained Ankle and Torn Knee Cartilage

Huddle Up: Raiders' WR Randy Moss, who has not played since Week 14 because of a sprained ankle and torn knee cartilage, will probably miss his third straight game this weekend. Moss is currently being listed as questionable on the injury report after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. According to several reports Moss has actually cleared out his locker indicating that his 2006 season is likely over. We reported three weeks ago that he wasn't going to play again this year so this really shouldn't come as a surprise.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, NYG
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey, who has been dealing with a lingering ankle sprain all season, did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of soreness in his ankle and according to head coach Tom Coughlin Shockey will be a game-time decision for this weekend's game. According to reports Shockey's ankle was swollen and sore on Monday morning. It was still giving him trouble two-days later so the medical staff decided to keep him out of practice as a precaution. He will attempt to practice today, but Coughlin told reporters that a final decision on his playing status probably wouldn't be made until "an hour and a half before game time." If he doesn't practice today you really can't count on him playing against Redskins.

L.J. Smith, TE, PHI
Sprained Toe

Huddle Up: After missing practice on Wednesday because of a sprained toe (acute turf toe) Eagles' TE L.J. Smith was able to return to practice on Thursday and despite being listed as questionable head coach Andy Reid expects Smith to play on Sunday against the Falcons. Smith sprained his toe in last week's win over the Cowboys and although he was able to finish the game he reportedly had trouble walking the following day. The medical staff determined that Smith's injury was not serious but they decided to hold him out of practice on Wednesday so that he had an extra day to rest and recover. Everything went well for him in practice on Thursday and if he makes it through practice today without a problem he'll likely be upgraded to probable on the official injury report.

Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: According to reports Vikings' RB Chester Taylor continues to have problems with his injured ribs, but the team still expects him to start in their final game of the season. Taylor was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. However he is listed as probable on the team's official injury report and team officials believe that he will be healthy enough to play against the Rams this weekend.

Fred Taylor, RB, JAX
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Jaguars' veteran RB Fred Taylor, who was inactive for last week's game because of a lingering hamstring injury, returned to practice on Wednesday and after making it through a full day of practice on Thursday it looks like he will be back in the lineup this weekend against the Chiefs. Taylor has been dealing with a strained hamstring for several weeks. But with the extra week of rest the medical staff believes that he is ready to play again. With an injury like this there is still a chance that he could re-aggravate it at any point during the game (like he did back in Week 15). So if don't want to roll the dice then make sure you keep him out of your starting lineup.

Javon Walker, WR, DEN
Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Broncos' WR Javon Walker, who suffered a sprained wrist in last week's game, was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports the team expects him to start this weekend against the 49ers. Walker's wrist was reportedly sore on Monday but he was feeling a lot better on Wednesday morning and the medical staff doesn't expect the injury to be a problem on Sunday.

Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Illness

Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook was sent home early on Thursday morning after he reported to the team's practice facility feeling sick. Details regarding Westbrook's illness have not been released but head coach Andy Reid does not believe that this will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Falcons. According to reports the Eagles expect him to take part in practice on Friday but check with us on Sunday morning for an update.

Carnell Williams, RB, TB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: The good news is that Bucs' RB Carnell Williams is no longer wearing a protective walking boot. Unfortunately he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like he won't be ready in time for the team's Week 17 game against the Seahawks. Cadillac was inactive for last week's game because of a sprained ankle and he's currently listed as questionable on the team's official injury report for this weekend's game. Williams has reportedly made some progress, but not enough to guarantee that he will be cleared to play in the regular season finale. An official decision on his availability probably won't be made until moments before kickoff but it doesn't look like he will be active. Michael Pittman would get the start in his place if he can't play.