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Divisional Week Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
January 12, 2007

Baltimore Ravens

Adalius Thomas, LB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Ravens' LB Adalius Thomas, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle for several weeks, is listed as probable on the official injury report for this weekend's playoff game and according to reports he will be in the starting lineup. Thomas was able to practice with the team without restriction on Wednesday and Thursday and he reportedly looked sharp. He'll likely have his ankle taped for the game but it shouldn't affect his performance.

Chicago Bears

Charles Tilman, DB
Lower Back Spasms

Huddle Up: Bears' cornerback Charles Tillman hasn't played in a game since Week 15 because of a lower back injury, but after returning to practice on Monday it appears that he will be ready for this weekend's playoff game against the Seahawks. Tillman, who has been complaining of lower back spasms and stiffness for over a month and he was held out of the team's final two regular season games as a precaution. Tillman was very limited in practice last week but he has taken part in team drills in every practice this week. He's still being listed as questionable on official injury report but the team expects him to start this weekend.

Indianapolis Colts

Joseph Addai, RB
Bruised Chest

Huddle Up: Colts' rookie RB Joseph Addai left last weekend's game against the Chiefs with what the team reported were leg cramps. However according to reports he also suffered a bruised chest in the game. The good news is that neither injury will prevent him from starting in this weekend's playoff game against the Ravens. Addai, who is officially listed as questionable, has been limited in practice this week but he has reportedly been held out of certain team drills as a precaution. The medical staff does not consider Addai's chest injury as a problem and they expect him to be healthy enough to start against the Ravens.

Ricky Proehl, WR
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Ricky Proehl, who was signed to replace injured wide receiver Brandon Stokley, did not play in last week's wild card playoff game against the Chiefs because of a strained hamstring and according to reports he has already been ruled out for this weekend's playoff game against the Ravens. Proehl attempted to practice earlier in the week but he didn't get a lot accomplished and he has been held out for the remainder of the week. Aaron Moorehead will continue to be the team's third receiver behind Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.

Bob Sanders, DB
Lingering Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: Colts' DB Bob Sanders, who continues to deal with lingering knee pain and inflammation, has been held out of certain team drills in practice this week as a precaution. But head coach Tony Dungy told reporters that Sanders has looked good this week and that he expects him to play this weekend. Sanders played in last weekend's playoff game and he helped the defense shutdown the Chiefs' offense. His presence is vital to the team's success and although he won't be at full speed he should be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Ravens.

New England Patriots

Rodney Harrison, DB
Grade 2 MCL Sprain

Huddle Up: Patriots' DB Rodney Harrison, who missed last week's playoff game against the Jets because of a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain in his knee, has already been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Chargers and his status for the remainder of post-season (should the Patriots advance) remains in doubt. According to recent reports Harrison is dealing with more than just a partially torn MCL. A local newspaper in San Diego is reporting that he has a slight tear in his ACL as well. Harrison's agent is denying this report but even if his ACL is OK it doesn't look like he will be able to take the field anytime soon.

Ben Watson, TE
Sprained Knee / Lower Back Stiffness

Huddle Up: Patriots' TE Ben Watson is listed as questionable for this weekend's playoff game against the Chargers because of a sprained knee but the team still expects him to play. Watson was inactive for the team's final three regular season games with his knee injury but he was cleared to play in last week's game. Watson was reportedly seen wearing a wrap around his knee earlier in the week. But he was able to take part in a portion of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he should be active this weekend.

New Orleans Saints

Joe Horn, WR
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Saints' WR Joe Horn hasn't played in nearly 6 weeks because of lingering groin strain, but even with all that rest the team's medical staff isn't sure if he will be ready to play in this weekend's playoff game against the Eagles. Horn reportedly participated in individual drills in practice this week but he has been held out of nearly all of the team drills as a precaution. Head coach Sean Payton told reporters that Horn has looked "solid" this week but that he wasn't sure if he would be active for their first playoff game. According to reports the team will run him "hard" prior to the game to determine his availability. But even if he allowed to take the field against the Eagles don't expect him to be at full speed.

Omar Stoutmire, DB
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Saints' DB Omar Stoutmire, who is dealing with a knee injury, had a setback in practice this week and his status for this weekend's playoff game against the Eagles is up in the air. Stoutmire was able to practice on Wednesday but according to reports his knee was sore on Thursday and his participation in practice was limited. Team officials still believe that he will be active for this weekend's game but we will know more about his status after today's practice.

Philadelphia Eagles

Lito Sheppard, DB
Dislocated Elbow

Huddle Up: Eagles' DB Lito Sheppard, who dislocated his elbow in last week's playoff win over the Giants, has been ruled out of this weekend's divisional playoff game against the Saints and according to reports his status for the remainder of the post-season is unknown. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters that Sheppard would not be able to play this weekend but that the team will reevaluate him next week should the team advance to the NFC title game. Rod Hood will get the start in his place.

Thomas Tapeh, FB
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Eagles' starting FB Thomas Tapeh left Wednesday's practice with what is being described as a sprained knee and his status for this weekend's playoff game is questionable. Tapeh did not practice on Thursday but head coach Andy Reid told reporters that Tapeh's injury was not serious and that he believed that Tapeh would be able to play. At this point he is a game-time decision and if he can't play Correll Buckhalter would likely get the start at fullback. However we should know a little more about his status after today's practice.

Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: According to reports Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook continues to experience pain and inflammation as a result of cartilage problems in his knee. However he was able to play in last week's playoff game and after making it through practice on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup for this weekend's playoff game against the Saints. Westbrook won't be completely healthy but that hasn't kept him from producing at a high level this season. He'll likely get another painkilling injection prior to the game so don't expect the injury be a factor.

San Diego Chargers

Luis Castillo, LB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Chargers' LB Luis Castillo, who is listed as probable for this weekend's playoff game, was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he will be able to play against the Patriots. Castillo hasn't played in a game since Week 15 and has been dealing with his ankle injury for over two months. According to reports Castillo won't be 100% but his ankle will be heavily wrapped and should be able to play this weekend.

Philip Rivers, QB
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: Chargers' starting QB Philip Rivers, who suffered a sprained foot in the team's regular season finale, wore a protective boot on his foot last week as a precaution. But the boot was removed last Thursday and after participating in parts of practice this week it looks like he will be active for this weekend's playoff game against the Patriots. The team has not said much about their starting quarterback this week, however according to several reports Rivers has shown signs of improvement. He probably won't be completely healthy for this weekend's game but head coach Marty Schottenheimer still expects him to start.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB
Midfoot Sprain

Huddle Up: According to Chargers' head coach Marty Schottenheimer RB LaDainian Tomlinson suffered a midfoot sprain during the team's Week 17 game against the Cardinals. However Schottenheimer went on to say that LT will definitely play in this weekend's playoff game. Tomlinson was reportedly held out of team drills last week and he has been limited in practice again this week. It's clear that LT won't be completely healthy and since we don't know how severe the injury is there is no way to tell how this will affect his performance.

Seattle Seahawks

D.J. Hackett, WR
Sprained Ankle / Strained Hip-Flexor

Huddle Up: Not only did Seahawks' WR DJ Hackett leave last week's playoff game with a sprained ankle but he reportedly aggravated his lingering hip-flexor injury as well and now his status for this weekend's game is in doubt. According to reports head coach Mike Holmgren is prepared to rule Hackett out just yet, but he has not been able to practice this week and it doesn't look like he will be ready in time to play. Nate Burleson will likely take his place in the lineup.

Darrell Jackson, WR
Chronic Turf Toe

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR Darrell Jackson has not been able to practice this week because of a lingering turf toe condition and he is officially being listed as questionable for this weekend's game. Jackson was active for last week's game but had to leave after aggravating his toe injury. According to reports Jackson will likely be active again for this weekend's playoff game but the medical staff will limit his playing time.

Marcus Trufant, DB
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Seahawks' DB Marcus Trufant, who was inactive for last week's game because of a high ankle sprain, has not practiced this week and he will not play in this weekend's game against the Bears. Trufant has not recovered as quickly as the medical staff had hoped and according to reports it appears that he won't be ready to play at anytime during the post-season. There is even speculation that he could be placed on Injured Reserve if the Seahawks advance to the NFC title game. Kelly Jennings and Jordan Babineaux will continue to start.