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Training Camp Injury Report
Philip Gentles
August 20, 2007

Jason Campbell, QB, WAS
Bruised Knee

Huddle Up: The Washington Redskins received some good news over the weekend regarding injured QB Jason Campbell. Campbell, who hurt his knee in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, underwent an MRI yesterday (Sunday) and according to reports it confirmed the team's initial diagnosis of a bruise and he should be fine when the regular season begins. Campbell was injured when Steelers' DL Brett Keisel hit him low after he released the ball during a pass play in the first quarter. Keisel hit Campbell directly in his left knee but then the Skins' QB fell awkwardly and he immediately grabbed his knee in pain. He was examined on the field by the medical staff and was eventually helped off the field and was taken to the locker room for precautionary X-rays and an additional examination. X-rays were negative and the medical staff diagnosed the injury as just a bruise. Campbell returned to the sideline with his knee heavily wrapped but did not return to the game. An MRI on Sunday confirmed that the injury was just a bruise and he's now being listed as day-to-day. He'll likely be held out of practice this week and might miss the team's next preseason game. But the team doesn't appear to be concerned about the injury and they believe he will be ready for Week 1.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA
Recovering from Off-Season Shoulder Surgery

Huddle Up: After consulting with the Seahawks' medical staff, head coach Mike Holmgren has decided to limit QB Matt Hasselbeck to non-contact drills in practice for the next two weeks and will keep him out of the team's final two preseason games. According to reports Hasselbeck began to complain of soreness and stiffness in his surgically repaired shoulder (left, non-throwing) following the team's first exhibition game. Hasselbeck was hit a few times during the game and Holmgren said that he does not want to expose his starting QB to anymore unnecessary contact before the start of the regular season. Hasselbeck will continue to work with the first team offense in practices and his shoulder will not prevent him from working out. The Seahawks are simply being extremely cautious. He'll be fine for Week 1 guys.

Travis Henry, RB, DEN
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Broncos' RB Travis Henry will miss at least one week after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Saturday's preseason game. Henry was hurt in the second quarter and was seen limping off the field. He was taken to the locker room for an examination and was diagnosed with a mild MCL sprain. He did not return to the game and was later seen with ice on his knee. An MRI performed on Henry's knee on Sunday revealed a grade 1 MCL sprain, which is considered a minor injury. Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that he will be held out of practice this week but could return to action as early as next week. The Broncos' brought in Henry to be their featured back this year so don't be surprised if the medical staff takes the conservative approach and holds him out of contact drills until the week leading up to the start of the regular season.

Priest Holmes, RB, STL
Spinal Stenosis

Huddle Up: There were reports out of Kansas City on Saturday that said there was a chance RB Priest Holmes would be cleared to practice with the team on Sunday. Unfortunately despite passing a team physical head coach Herman Edwards decided that Holmes still wasn't ready and he was once again limited to individual work. In an interview last week Edwards told reporters that he expected Holmes to dress and play in the team's final preseason game. So despite Edward's recent decision to keep him out of practice it appears that he is close to making his return. Jason Whitlock, a journalist from the Kansas City Star, recently reported that the Chiefs would give Holmes his unconditional release as soon as Larry Johnson signs. This certainly makes sense when you consider that Holmes has said on a couple of occasions that he wouldn't mind playing for the Cowboys if the Chiefs didn't want him. There is no way of knowing what is going to happen with Holmes. He may never play another down in the NFL again, but if he does make his way back on the field he could produce. So why not use a late round pick on him?!

Thomas Jones, RB, NYJ
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Thomas Jones did not play in last Friday's preseason game because of the strained calf, but the team isn't concerned about the injury and he should be fine when the regular season begins. Jones, who has not practiced with the team since hurting himself over a week ago, is reportedly still about a week away from being able to play. He could be cleared to practice with the team as earlier as Wednesday, however the team will likely handle his injury very cautiously. In a related story head coach Eric Mangini was apparently very upset with Jones' agent Drew Rosenhaus for speaking to media about the injury. According to reports Mangini told his players in a meeting that he will fine players if their agents speak to the media about any injured Jets' player. Sounds like Mangini is taking a page out of Brian Belichick's book. That's all the fantasy football world needs, more guessing games.

Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
Recovering from Off-Season Shoulder Surgery

Huddle Up: Patriots' RB Laurence Maroney, who is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, continues to practice in a red, no contact jersey and has yet to play in a preseason game. But according to reports his shoulder looks good and he could be cleared for contact in a week or two. Maroney remains limited in practice to non-contact drills but his shoulder is reportedly looking strong and very mobile. He makes over-the-shoulder catches on a daily basis and it doesn't appear to bother him. The Patriots are just being extra cautious with their starting running back. The Patriots don't discuss injury specifics with the media so we don't exactly know the status of Maroney's shoulder, but the team has indicated that they expect him in the starting lineup for Week 1, so its safe to assume that his shoulder is close to full strength.

Vernand Morency, RB, GB
Patella Tendon Strain

Huddle Up: Packers' RB Vernand Morency has missed the team's first two preseason games because of strained patella tendon in his knee and according to head coach Mike McCarthy the team will keep him out of their last two exhibition games so that he is rested and ready for the start of the regular season. McCarthy told reporters that Morency was still two weeks away from practicing, but that he remains on top of the team's depth chart ahead of rookie Brandon Jackson. Jackson has impressed the coaching staff with his rushing ability, but he continues to struggle with his blocking. Morency might not be exactly 100% when the regular season begins but don't be surprised if he gets the bulk of the carries as soon as he is cleared to play.

Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Patella Tendinitis

Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis, who continues to deal with patella tendinitis in his knee, has not played in any of the team's first two preseason games. But head coach Joe Gibbs continues to downplay the injury and he's confident that Portis will be ready for the start of the regular season. Portis began to complain of pain and in his knee during the off-season and the problem lingered into training camp. He was limited to individual drills at the start of training camp and the medical staff kept him from cutting or jumping. The cautious approach appeared to work and he was finally cleared to practice with the team. Unfortunately he began to complain of discomfort and pain in his knee again and he's been limited ever since. This injury has certainly affected his draft day value, but should we be worried about his knee? Not really. Gibbs has gone on record prior to both preseason games to say that Portis would be cleared to play if they were regular season games. He's also said that the team is just being cautious with Portis because he played the entire 2006 season hurt as a result of injuries that occurred during the preseason and the Redskins don't want him to go through the same thing again this year. A healthy Portis would go in the first round of every fantasy draft. But as long as you grab Ladell Betts as insurance later in the draft there is no reason why you should let him fall past the second round.

D.J. Shockley, QB, ATL
Torn ACL and MCL

Huddle Up: Falcons' QB DJ Shockley, who had to be carted off the field after getting hurt in Saturday's preseason game, will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed extensive ligament damage in his left knee. According to reports Shockley has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. The damage to his ACL will require reconstructive surgery, but the medical staff told reporters that they will have to wait until the swelling in his knee has subsided before they can operate. Shockley was challenging Chris Redman for the backup QB job behind Joey Harrington. He probably wouldn't have been much of a factor this season anyway, but his loss leaves the team with little depth at the quarterback position.

Javon Walker, WR, DEN
Scar Tissue

Huddle Up: The Denver Broncos had a bit of scare in practice last week when WR Javon Walker landed awkwardly after making a catch and told athletic trainers that he felt a pop in his right knee. Walker, who has undergone three surgeries on his right knee over his football career, told reporters that he was initially worried. But an examination by the medical staff on the sideline revealed that the ligaments and meniscus in his knee appeared to be fine. An MRI on his knee confirmed that everything was OK and he was told that the "uncomfortable sensation" that he felt in his knee was just scar tissue from previous surgeries breaking away. Walker was held out of Saturday's preseason game as a precaution and he will probably be sore for little while longer, but the good news is that scar tissue tends to restrict range of motion in a joint and this could actually help to improve the mobility in his knee.

Marcus Washington, LB, WAS
Dislocated Elbow

Huddle Up: Redskins' LB Marcus Washington will be out for two weeks after dislocating his right elbow during Saturday's preseason game. Washington was hurt in the second quarter and was seen walking off the field holding his right arm in obvious pain. According to reports his elbow appeared to be deformed and there was concern that he may have broken his arm. After a quick examination on the sideline the medical staff felt that his arm was not broken. One of the team's doctors was then able to reduce the dislocation (put his elbow back in place) on the sideline but he was then taken to the locker room for X-rays as a precaution. The results of the X-rays were negative, however Washington's elbow will likely be sore for at least a week and the team has already decided to keep him out action until the start of the regular season.

LenDale White, RB, TEN
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: According to reports Titans' RB LenDale White continues to be slowed by a nagging ankle injury, however head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that the injury is not a concern and that he expected White to be ready for the start of the regular season. White was limited in practice last week but Fisher thought that there was a chance that he could play in last Friday's preseason game. But White tested his ankle before the game and he reportedly looked gimpy. Upon further examination White's ankle was swollen and he was subsequently declared inactive for the game. There's a good chance that the medical staff will limit his involvement in practice this week. They would like him to play in their next preseason game but they won't push him. White will probably be a big part of the Titans' running game this year and they will do everything they can to make sure that he is ready for the start of the regular season.

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