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Wildcard Week Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
January 5, 2007

Dallas Cowboys

No significant injuries reported.

Indianapolis Colts

Dallas Clark, TE
Sprained ACL

Huddle Up: Colts' TE Dallas Clark, who made his return to the field last weekend after missing four weeks with a grade 1 ACL sprain, is officially being listed as questionable for Saturday's game. But Clark was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and team officials expect him to be in the starting lineup against the Chiefs. According to reports Clark's knee is still not completely healed. However the good news is that he is no longer experiencing any soreness in the joint and the medical staff believes that he is close to being at full speed.

Bob Sanders, DB
Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: According to Colts' head coach Tony Dungy DB Bob Sanders, who practiced with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday, was held out of practice on Thursday as a precaution but he still expects Sanders to play this weekend against the Chiefs. Sanders had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee back in September however he continues to experience soreness and swelling within the joint and there is concern that even if he does play on Saturday that he won't be much of a factor. Sanders took part in team drills on
Tuesday and Wednesday but Dungy told reporters that he was held out of Thursday's practice so that his sore knee has time to recover. The medical staff will do everything they can to get him ready, but he's only played in four games this season so don't be surprised if his playing time is limited.

Reggie Wayne, WR
Strained Quadriceps

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Reggie Wayne is apparently dealing with a minor quadriceps strain and he's currently listed as questionable on the team's official injury report for this weekend's wildcard playoff game. However Wayne was able to participate in all team drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports Tony Dungy expects him to start and be at full speed for Saturday's game. The Colts' usually list all players with injuries as "questionable" and since this injury does not appear to be a big deal look for Wayne to be fine.

Kansas City Chiefs

Trent Green, QB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Chiefs' veteran QB Trent Green made his return to practice on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday with a sprained ankle and according to reports he will be ready for this weekend's playoff game against the Chiefs. Green suffered a minor ankle sprain last Sunday and he reportedly complained of swelling and stiffness on Monday morning. The medical staff decided to hold him out of team drills on Wednesday, which meant that Damon Huard so all the first-team snaps. But Green told reporters that his ankle has improved every day this week and he was cleared to practice with the team on Thursday. His ankle is still a bit sore but don't expect it to be an issue on Saturday.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady, QB
Linger Shoulder Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots' QB Tom Brady is once again listed on the team's official injury reports with a lingering shoulder injury. Brady, who has a history of shoulder injuries, has been dealing with shoulder problems all season but they haven't kept him from playing this season. And after making it through full practices on Wednesday and Thursday you can count him getting the start against the Jets this weekend.

Kevin Faulk, RB
Undisclosed Knee Injury

Huddle Up: Patriots' RB Kevin Faulk, who missed last week's game because of an undisclosed knee injury, was limited to individual drills on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports his status for this weekend's game against the Jets is in question. As expected the Patriots haven't said a lot in regards to Faulk's injury. Obviously the medical staff will do everything they can to get him ready, but even if he practices today (Friday) an official announcement about his availability for Sunday's playoff game probably won't be made until gameday.

Rodney Harrison, DB
Grade 2 MCL Sprain

Huddle Up: Patriots' DB Rodney Harrison has already been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Jets because of a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain in his knee and according to reports there is a chance that he could miss the entire post-season. Harrison was injured last Sunday when Titans' receiver Bobby Wade made contact with his knee on a controversial low block. Harrison's injury will not require surgery but it could take him another 3 weeks to before he's able to play again. So unless the Patriots make the Super Bowl Harrison's season is likely over.

Mike Vrabel, LB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Patriots' LB Mike Vrabel reportedly sprained his ankle in practice on Wednesday however the team does not believe that the injury is serious. The team did not say how the injury occurred but if forced him to leave practice early on Wednesday and he was limited to individual drills in practice on Thursday. He's currently listed as probable on the official injury report and it appears that the team expects him to be ready in time for Sunday's game.

Ben Watson, TE
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Patriots' TE Ben Watson, who missed the last three games of the regular season because of a sprained knee, has been held out of team drills this week and his status for this weekend's playoff game appears to be in question. Watson was present for the media portion of practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he was reportedly limited to individual drills. According to a local newspaper in New York Watson's status is being described as "very iffy" but we won't know what his availability will be until gameday.

New York Giants

Jeremy Shockey, TE
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey made his return to the practice field on Thursday after being held out of practice on Wednesday because of a lingering ankle injury and according to reports the team expects him to play on Sunday against the Eagles. Shockey, who was inactive for the team's Week 17 game, has been dealing with sprained ankle all season and it has clearly affected his productivity this year. Shockey told reporters that his ankle was feeling a lot better but he won't be at full speed for this weekend's game so keep that in mind when you submit your starting lineup.

New York Jets

Kevan Barlow, RB
Strained Quadriceps

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Kevan Barlow, who is dealing with a strained quadriceps, has been limited in practice this week and according to reports his status for this weekend's playoff game appears to be in doubt. Barlow was held out of team drills on Wednesday and Thursday and while he was present for individual drills he was reportedly not running at full speed. A local newspaper in New York is reporting that Barlow will miss Sunday's wildcard playoff game. The Jets have not confirmed the report but it appears that he is at least a week away from being able to play.

Andre Dyson, DB
Grade 2 Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Jets' starting cornerback Andre Dyson missed last week's regular season finale because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee and according to reports he will miss this weekend's game against the Patriots. Dyson' injury does not require surgery but he needs at least one more week of rest and treatment before he's ready to play. Dyson will reportedly try and take the field and test his knee during pre game warm ups. So it looks like he will be a game-time decision, but don't expect him to play.

Laveranues Coles, WR
Calf Strain / Lacerated Chin

Huddle Up: Jets' WR Laveranues Coles is listed on the official report as questionable because of his lacerated chin. However he was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday for the 18th straight week because of a lingering calf strain. Coles has been dealing with a strained calf all season but not only has he found a way to play through the injury he's had his most productive year as a professional as well. Coles' status for this weekend's wildcard game against the Patriots may appear to be in question but the Jets expect him to start and be a major part of the offense.

Philadelphia Eagles

Correll Buckhalter, RB
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Eagles' RB Correll Buckhalter, who suffered a minor calf strain in last week's game, is not listed on the team's injury report and as expected he will be active for this weekend's playoff game against the Giants. Buckhalter returned to practice on Wednesday and according to reports he was looking good. He spoke with reporters on Thursday and said that his calf was feeling great and that he believes that he will be at full strength for Sunday's playoff game. Brian Westbrook will get a bulk of the carries, but look for Buckhalter to get playing time as well.

Seattle Seahawks

Nate Burleson, WR
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR Nate Burleson, who missed practice on Wednesday with a sprained ankle, was able to practice without restriction on Thursday and according to reports he will be available to play in this weekend's playoff game against the Cowboys. Mike Holmgren told reporters that Burleson would be a game-time decision despite him being listed as probable on the official injury report. His ankle appears to be OK but his playing status could change depending on what happens with Darrell Jackson and D.J. Hackett.

DJ Hackett, WR
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR DJ Hackett, who left last week's game with a strained quad, has been limited in practice this week and according to head coach Mike Holmgren he will be a game-time decision. Hackett was reportedly limited to individual drills in practice on Thursday and while he looked OK the team won't know if he will be able to play until they see him take the field for the pre game warm up. Several team officials believe that Hackett will be active but if he is he probably won't be a full speed.

Kelly Herndon, DB
Fractured Ankle

Huddle Up: As expected Seahawks' DB Kelly Herndon will miss this weekend's playoff game because of a fractured ankle and according to reports he will be out for the entire post-season while he recovers. Herndon broke his ankle in last week's game while trying to break up a pass. He should be completely recovered in time for the team's off-season conditioning program but his 2006-2007 season is over.

Darrell Jackson, WR
Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR Darrell Jackson, who hasn't played since Week 14 because of turf toe, has been held out of practice this week and his status for this weekend's playoff game is up in the air. Jackson tested his injured toe in front of head coach Mike Holmgren, president Tim Ruskell and the medical staff in a private workout after Thursday's practice and while his performance in that workout has not been reported Holmgren still considers Jackson a game-time decision. According to reports the team will evaluate his ability to play during pre game warm ups. But I just can't imagine the Seahawks keeping him sidelined for the biggest game of their season. Chances are he won't be at full speed, but he'll likely get the start.

Marcus Trufant, DB
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Seahawks' cornerback Marcus Trufant was inactive for last week's game because of a high ankle sprain and according to reports his status for this weekend's playoff game appears to be in doubt. Trufant has not practiced this week and while it is being reported that his ankle has improved the team is preparing to play without him. NoTrufant and no Kelly Herndon? Could it get any worse for the Seahawks' secondary?

Jimmy Williams, DB
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: It just got worse for the Seahawks' secondary. Backup cornerback Jimmy Williams will miss the entire playoffs and he status for the start of the 2007 season is in doubt after he tore the ACL in his knee during last week's game. According to reports Williams is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on his knee as soon as the swelling subsides. With Trufant, Herndon and Williams out look for Jordan Babineaux and Kelly Jennings to get the start at CB this weekend and Rich Gardner and linebacker Julian Peterson to split time as the nickel back.