Terry Glenn, WR, DAL
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Cowboys' veteran WR Terry Glenn will be out until at least the middle of August while he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery, but the team's medical staff expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season. According to reports Glenn felt a "pop" in his knee during a practice at the start of training camp and while he was able to walk off the field under his own power he began to complain of knee pain in the locker room. The medical staff initially thought that he had suffered cartilage damage but an MRI showed that his cartilage and ligaments were in good shape. The MRI did reveal a cyst under Glenn's patella and team physicians decided to surgically remove it. Team owner Jerry Jones told reporters that the surgery was a success and that he has already started his rehab program. Jones went on to say that he expected Glenn back for the team's second or third preseason game and that he should be at full speed for Week 1 of the regular season.
Frank Gore, RB, SF
Huddle Up: According to reports 49ers' RB Frank Gore is recovering well from a fractured right hand and after a scheduled evaluation today (Monday) the team will have a better idea of when he will be ready to make his unrestricted return. Gore broke a bone in his right hand during a non-contact drill last Monday. An X-ray and MRI confirmed the break but the injury did not require surgery and the team's medical staff expected the bone to heal in 4 weeks. Gore did not take part in practice last week but he did some light individual drills under the supervision of athletic trainers on the side. The good news is that head coach Mike Nolan expects Gore to return to the practice field wearing a cast as early as today (if his evaluation goes well). He'll definitely miss the first two exhibition games but Nolan said there is a chance that he could be cleared to play in the team's third or last preseason game. The 49ers aren't worried about his status for the start of the regular season. The team expects him to be their Week 1 starter and since he will be back at practice very soon there is no reason to drop him on your cheat sheet.
Priest Holmes, RB, KC
Huddle Up: After being cleared by neurological and orthopedic specialists to return to football, veteran RB Priest Holmes accepted the Chiefs' invitation to training camp. However Holmes has still not practiced with the team and at this point there is no way of knowing when or even if he will be allowed to take part team drills or even if he will be added to the active roster at any point during the regular season. According to reports Holmes is currently working on his conditioning. Head coach Herman Edwards told reporters that they will allow Holmes to practice when the team is satisfied with his conditioning, but there have been reports out of Kansas City that suggest the Chiefs are using Holmes as leverage in the Larry Johnson contract dispute. Holmes is looking forward to playing for the Chiefs, but he recently said that if the team doesn't want him that he would like to play for the Cowboys. At this point is difficult to say whether or not he will actually play football this year. But if he does play he is very capable of being productive, even as a 3rd down back. So if he is still available late in your league's draft I suggest you grab him. Could turn out to be a heck of bargain.
Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Lisfranc Fracture / Dislocation
Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones, who is still recovering from a complete Lisfranc fracture / dislocation, remains on the PUP list. And while Jones remains confident that he will be ready for the start of the regular season he still isn't doing a lot of running and it appears that he is still a long ways away from being ready to play again. In a recent interview with a reporter Jones said that his foot was doing well. He said that he is nearly back to full strength and that he expects to be cleared for contact within the next month. But the Lions' still aren't sure when he will be cleared. Jones is currently very risky pick. Injury concerns aside, with Tatum Bell and T.J. Duckett on roster a healthy Jones will have to fight for playing time this season.
J.P. Losman, QB, BUF
Lower Back Strain
Huddle Up: Bills' starting QB JP Losman, who strained his lower back during a workout prior to the start of training camp, has already returned to practice with the team and according to reports the injury is no longer an issue. Losman missed the start of the training camp but was able to return a day later. The team has limited his reps with the first team as a precaution but Losman is no longer experiencing stiffness and pain in his lower back. The Bills have not said if he will participate in their first exhibition game but team officials expect him to be very active in their second preseason game.
Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
Undisclosed Shoulder Surgery
Huddle Up: Patriots' RB Laurence Maroney, who is still recovering from major off-season shoulder surgery, continues to practice in a red no-contact jersey, but team officials are confident that he will be at full strength the start the season. Maroney underwent what the team said was an arthroscopic procedure to repair significant damage in his shoulder during the off-season. Now the Patriots have a "no injury information" policy and have refused to release details regarding the surgery. But since he's not taking part in contact drills the team is obviously still concerned about his recovery. Team officials aren't sure when he will be allowed to take part in a full practice or play in an exhibition game, but head coach Bill Belichick expects him to be healthy enough to start in Week 1. Only time will tell.
Vernand Morency, RB, GB
Patellar Tendon Strain
Huddle Up: Packers' RB Vernand Morency will miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after he suffered a patellar tendon strain during practice about a week ago. Morency's injury was initially classified as a contusion or bruise but he continued to experience soreness in his patellar tendon and after a thorough examination he was diagnosed with a strain. Team physician Pat McKenzie admitted that Morency's injury was "a little more serious than he initially thought" and that he would likely miss at least one preseason game. Obviously the team will treat this injury cautiously and they could decide to hold him out for the entire preseason. Rookie RB Brandon Jackson now has the opportunity to show the Packers that he is ready to produce, but unfortunately he is reportedly having trouble in camp blocking defenders. If there is one thing that will keep a talented RB off the field is an inability to block. So unless he gets this turned around don't expect him to get a lot of playing time this season.
Eric Parker, WR, SD
Fractured Sesamoid Bone
Huddle Up: The Chargers' will be without projected starting WR Eric Parker for the next 10 weeks after he underwent surgery last week to repair damage to his injured right big toe. According to reports Parker injured his toe during minicamp practices in June. The medical staff felt that the pain in his toe would subside with rest and they expected him to be ready for the start of training camp. However he continued to have pain in his toe and X-rays revealed a crack in one of the sesamoid bones. Sesamoid bones are pea-shaped bones under the main joint of the big toe. They help the big toe and the foot function properly and when injured can result in a tremendous amount of pain and difficulty walking. Surgeons reportedly removed the cracked portion of Parker's injured sesamoid and they expect him to make a full recovery in a little over two months. This means that Parker will likely be out until Week 6 of the regular season, which gives rookie Craig Davis the opportunity to win a starting job.
Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis is still being bothered by a lingering case of patellar tendinitis but team officials continue to tell reporters that the injury is not a big deal and that he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Portis missed minicamp practices in June because of patella tendon inflammation and at the time head coach Joe Gibbs said that he was being held out as a precaution and that he expected his starting RB to be OK for the start of training camp. Well, Portis passed a team physical and was cleared to practice with the team when training camp opened. Unfortunately his knee began to bother him during drills last Tuesday and he hasn't practiced since. According to reports Portis underwent a precautionary MRI within the last couple of days. The results were negative and Gibbs has again said that Portis could play in a game today if he had to and that he would be healthy for the start of the season. But the fact that this injury has lingered for this long is something to be a bit concerned about. Don't be surprised if Portis is held out for the remainder of training camp and limited throughout the preseason while the team gets him ready for Week 1.
Donte Stallworth, WR, NE
Undisclosed Leg Injury
Huddle Up: As discussed earlier the Patriots are notorious for keeping injury information about their players private. So it doesn't surprise me that WR Donte Stallworth's injury has flown under the radar. According to reports Stallworth opened training camp on the PUP list with an undisclosed leg injury. He has a history of hamstring strains and there are reports out of New England that suggest that he may be dealing with the same kind of injury. But since the Patriots will not confirm the nature of his ailment there is no way of knowing if this will be a long-term problem. The good news is that Stallworth was recently removed from the PUP list and he has been practicing on a limited basis. Obviously this means that the team's medical staff is satisfied with his recovery, but keep a close eye on his participation in practice and his performance in games.
Drew Stanton, QB, DET
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Lions' rookie QB Drew Stanton, who recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his knee, will miss the entire 2007 season after the team surprisingly placed him on Injured Reserve. Stanton said he felt something odd in his knee while he dropped back to pass during a team drill a week ago. He said that initially he wasn't concerned but his knee began to swell that evening and after being examined by the medical staff the next day he was immediately sent for an MRI. The MRI revealed damage to the cartilage in his knee and he had the damage repaired in an arthroscopic procedure soon thereafter. The Lions announced that he would miss 3 - 4 weeks while he recovered, but then only a few days ago he was placed on IR. Several websites are reporting that Stanton was placed on IR because the team did not expect him to contribute much this season anyway and by missing the entire preseason he would be so far behind that he probably wouldn't even dress for a single game this season. Stanton can still attend meetings and workout at the team's facility, but by being placed on Injured Reserve Stanton, according to the NFL rules, will not be able to practice with the team this season. He probably wouldn't have gotten a lot of reps, but his involvement in practice is crucial to his development. So basically Stanton's rookie year will be a complete waste. It wouldn't surprise me if the team announced at some point down the road that there was additional damage done to Stanton's knee. That's the only logical reason why the team would have placed him on IR. John Kitna is the only Detroit QB that you need to be concerned about anyway and he could be headed for another good season.
Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Huddle Up: Vikings' RB Chester Taylor gave the team a scare when he left last Tuesday's practice with an arm injury. But the team got good news later that day when X-rays on Taylor's arm came back negative indicating that his injury was just a bruise. He was held out of practice on Wednesday and was apparently seen in the training room twice that day. He returned to the field on Thursday but was limited to non-contact drills as a precaution. According to reports Taylor's arm is feeling a lot better and he could be cleared for contact sometime this week. Head coach Brad Childress told reporters that this injury was not a concern and that he expected Taylor to be ready to play in an exhibition game very soon.