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Conference Championships Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
January 19, 2007

Chicago Bears

Mark Bradley, WR, CHI
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Bears' WR Mark Bradley continues to recover from a sprained ankle and it appears that he won't be ready in time for this weekend's NFC Championship game. Bradley, who missed several games this season with an injury to the same ankle, was seen wearing a protective walking boot following last week's playoff game. At the time he told reporters that he expected to be fine, but he hasn't been cleared to practice and according to reports the team is preparing to play without him. Bradley will attempt to take the field today and he'll probably be a game-time decision. However if he doesn't practice don't expect him to play.

Jason McKie, FB
Lingering Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Bears' FB Jason McKie isn't completely healthy but the medical staff still expects him to play in this weekend's NFC Championship game against the Saints. McKie has been battling an ankle injury for several weeks and he re-injured the joint in last weekend's game against the Seahawks. According to reports McKie complained of soreness and swelling in his ankle on Monday and he has been limited in practice this week. But he should still be active on Sunday.

Muhsin Muhammad, WR
Illness

Huddle Up: Bears' veteran WR Muhsin Muhammad did not practice on Thursday because he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. However he's still being listed as probable on the official injury report and the team expects him to be healthy enough to play this weekend against the Saints. Muhammad reportedly began to feel ill on Wednesday and the medical staff decided to hold him out of practice on Thursday as a precaution. He might be limited in practice today but he should be back in the starting lineup this weekend.

Adewale Ogunleye, DL
Quadriceps Contusion

Huddle Up: Bears' DL Adewale Ogunleye, who suffered a quadriceps contusion in last week's playoff game, has made a quick recovery and according to reports he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Saints. Ogunleye started off the week listed as probable on the official injury report. But after making it through practice on Wednesday and Thursday without problem he was removed from the injury report indicating that his quadriceps was no longer an issue.

Indianapolis Colts

Joseph Addai, RB
Bruised Shoulder

Huddle Up: Colts' rookie RB Joseph Addai, who was limited in the second half of last week's playoff game with what is being described as a bruised shoulder, has not missed any practice time this week and according to reports he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Patriots. The Colts organization hasn't said much about Addai's shoulder injury but the fact that he took part in team drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday is a good sign. He probably won't be completely healthy but the good news is that injury will not prevent him from playing in the AFC Championship game.

Marvin Harrison, WR
Sprained Wrist

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Marvin Harrison, who aggravated a lingering wrist injury in last week's playoff game against the Ravens, appears to be OK and according to head coach Tony Dungy he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Patriots. Harrison has reportedly been receiving treatment on his wrist twice a day but it didn't prevent him from practicing with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and with a little tape it shouldn't keep him out of the biggest game of his career.

Cato June, LB
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: According to reports Colts' LB Cato June suffered a mild concussion in last week's playoff game against the Ravens. But the good news is that a neurological specialist cleared him to practice on Wednesday and unless he suffers a setback in practice today he should be ready to play on Sunday against the Patriots. June reportedly made it through practice on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem. He is still being listed as questionable on the injury report, but the medical staff will likely upgrade him if everything goes well in practice today.

Ricky Proehl, WR
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Colts' WR Ricky Proehl, who was inactive for the Colts' first two playoff games because of a strained hamstring, was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and there is a chance that he will be activated for the AFC Championship game. Proehl has not played in a game in over a month but it appears that his hamstring is finally showing signs of improvement. According to reports he ran routes in practice on Thursday without a limp and team officials said that he looked sharp. Proehl is still being listed as questionable on the injury report and the medical staff probably won't clear him to play until they see him during pre-game warm-ups. But if he makes it through practice on Friday don't be surprised if he is active for Sunday's game.

New England Patriots

Troy Brown, WR
Illness

Huddle Up: Patriots' WR Troy Brown did not take part in practice on Thursday and was sent home because he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. According to reports Brown began feeling "under the weather" on Wednesday and he told teammates that he was fatigued on Thursday morning. Brown isn't the only player who was sent home sick. DL Mike Wright and OT Ryan O'Callaghan were also sent home suffering from what appeared to be the flu. The team expects all three players to be healthy enough to play on Sunday, but they might be held out of practice today as a precaution.

Rodney Harrison, DB
Grade 2 MCL Sprain

Huddle Up: Patriots' DB Rodney Harrison, who is listed as doubtful for this Sunday's playoff game because of a grade 2 MCL sprain in his knee, was actually present for the start of practice on Thursday. However according to reports his participation in practice was limited to just stretching and some light individual work with the training staff and it appears that he will miss this weekend's AFC Championship game. Harrison continues to deny reports that he is recovering from a partially torn ACL. Certainly if his ACL is torn his post-season would be over, but the Patriots' medical staff believes that he could be back in time for the Super Bowl. They'll have to get through the Colts first. If they do that then we can worry about his status for the Super Bowl

New Orleans Saints

Joe Horn, WR
Partially Torn Groin Muscle

Huddle Up: Saints' veteran WR Joe Horn admitted to reporters this week that he is recovering from a partially torn groin muscle and that he doesn't expect to be completely healthy for at least another week. Horn, who was inactive for last week's playoff game against the Eagles, reportedly tore his groin back in Week 13 and he hasn't taken part in a full practice or played in a game since then. He did take part in several team drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. However he isn't running at full speed and his status for this weekend's playoff game appears to be very questionable. This will likely come down to a game-time decision but don't be surprised if he is inactive for the sixth straight game.