Mark Clayton, WR, BAL
Huddle Up: Ravens' WR Mark Clayton continues to deal with a sprained ankle, however team officials are confident that he will be able to play on Monday night against the Bengals. Clayton practiced at full speed on Monday and Wednesday but he complained of soreness in his ankle following Wednesday's workout and he was limited in practice as a precaution on Thursday. We should get a better feel for the situation after practice today (Friday) but at this point it still looks like he will play in Week 1. Check back with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.
Donald Driver, WR, GB
Huddle Up: Packers' WR Donald Driver remains limited in practice because of a sprained right foot and his status for this weekend's game against the Eagles is still unknown. Driver, who was hurt during the team's third exhibition game, is not running with a limp and does not appear to be favoring his foot. However the medical staff wants to make sure that he is available for Week 1 so they have limited his involvement in practice. Team officials are currently optimistic that Driver will be active but an official decision won't be made until they see how his foot responds to pre game warm-ups. Check with us on Sunday for a final update on his status.
Warrick Dunn, RB, ATL
Huddle Up: Falcons' veteran RB Warrick Dunn has completely recovered from lower back surgery and he has already been named the starter for the team's Week 1 game against the Vikings. Dunn missed a good portion of training camp and the preseason while he recovered from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. The medical staff was initially concerned about his availability for the start of the regular season. But he made a quick recovery and was cleared to play in the team's final preseason game. Dunn has done a good job in practice since then and he'll begin the 2007 season in the starting lineup.
Terry Glenn, WR, DAL
Knee Inflammation / Recovering from Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Cowboys' WR Terry Glenn is out for at least two weeks and potentially for the remainder of the season after he suffered a major setback on Wednesday in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. Glenn, who had a cyst surgically removed from the back of his patella in his knee on August 1st, returned to full practice on Wednesday and everything appeared to be OK. But his absence from practice on Thursday indicated that something was wrong. Then the official website of the Dallas Cowboys released two reports about Glenn's status within a half and hour. The first report stated that Glenn was out for the entire season and quoted general manager Jerry Jones with saying that "Glenn's knee injury is similar to that of former Cowboys center Al Johnson, who missed his entire rookie season in 2003 following microfracture surgery," and that "It's a real blow for Terry and for us." But only a few minutes later they released another report that said Glenn was out for two weeks. Nowhere in the article did it say he was out for the season, but it did mention that there was a possibility that he could miss more than the two weeks. Despite the retraction we can't ignore Jones' comments. Whatever has occurred with Glenn's knee, it's definitely serious and it doesn't look like we will see him on the playing field anytime soon. Patrick Crayton will get the start in his place.
Frank Gore, RB, SF
Huddle Up: 49ers' RB Frank Gore, who missed all four preseason games because of a broken bone in his hand, practiced with the first-team offense on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he will be in the starting lineup on Monday night against the Cardinals. Gore did not make it back in time to play in any of the team's exhibition games but he continued to workout and take part in individual drills while his hand healed and he is reportedly in terrific shape. He will continue to wear a special padded brace for at least another week but he is ready for the start of the regular season.
Shayne Graham, PK, CIN
Huddle Up: Bengals' kicker Shayne Graham, who missed the team's final preseason game because of a hip contusion, worked with strength coaches on Wednesday, did some kicking on Thursday and according to reports will be active for Week 1. Graham was limited in practice last week but his hip appears to be healthy and he should be fine for the start of the regular season.
Travis Henry, RB, DEN
Huddle Up: Things have gone well in practice this week for Broncos' RB Travis Henry and according to reports the team expects him to be in the starting lineup on Sunday. Henry has taken part in every practice this week and is reportedly running and cutting at full speed. In an interview with reporters following Wednesday's practice Henry said that he felt "great" and that he was "ready" to go." We've heard this story from injured players before only to see them inactive a few days later, but in the case everyone is in agreement about his status. The Broncos' coaching staff and medical team is very pleased with his recovery and they all think that he will be the starting RB for Week 1.
Torry Holt, WR, STL
Recovering from Off Season Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Huddle Up: Rams' WR Torry Holt told reporters last week that his surgically repaired knee was still only "70-80%" healthy and that he would probably have to play the entire 2007 season at less than full speed. However Holt was not listed on the team's official injury report and he has already been named as a starter for this weekend's regular season opener. Coach Scott Linehan has said on a couple of occasions this week that Holt has looked good in practice and that he appears to be at full strength. We certainly know differently, but Linehan's comments are definitely encouraging. Holt played with knee problems last year and did relatively well. Let's just hope that he finds a way to do the same thing this season.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, CIN
Huddle Up: According to reports Bengals' starting WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of general soreness in his knee. The team has not reported any injury to Houshmandzadeh so this definitely comes as a surprise. Head coach Marvin Lewis did not comment on the specifics on Houshmandzadeh's knee problem but said that he wasn't concerned and that he expected T.J. to be active on Monday night against the Ravens. We'll keep an eye on this situation, but Bengals don't appeared to be worried and neither are we.
Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Huddle Up: With top receiver Donald Driver already nursing an injury the last thing the Packers needed was for their other starter Greg Jennings to get hurt as well. According to reports Jennings strained his hamstring during practice on Wednesday and as a result he was limited in practice on Thursday and was seen limping on a couple of occasions. The coaching staff doesn't appear to be concerned about the injury and the strain is being reported as minor. So it looks like Jennings will be able to play on Sunday, but he won't be at full speed and it could affect his performance. Don't be surprised if rookie WR James Jones sees the field more than expected and has a decent game.
Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Recovering from Lisfranc Fracture / Dislocation
Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones was reportedly feeling sore following practice on Monday and he continues to be limited as the team prepares for it's first regular season game. By all accounts Jones is still at least two weeks away from being ready to play but he still hasn't been ruled out for Week 1. This doesn't mean that he could play, but it appears that he is making steady progress in his recovery and he could actually be on the field sooner than many of us expected. We'll keep you posted but look for Tatum Bell start on Sunday and T.J. Duckett to get a lot of playing time.
Thomas Jones, RB, NYJ
Huddle Up: According to reports Thomas Jones remains limited in practice because of a strained calf, but the medical staff is reportedly being cautious with the team's starting running back and they expect him to play in Week 1. Jones was supposed to take part in a full practice on Wednesday however it appears that the Jets want to keep him rested and away from contact so that he is as healthy as possible for this weekend's game. Head coach Eric Mangini will probably wait until gameday before he announces Jones' official status for Week 1 but we would be surprised if he doesn't play and get a majority of the carries.
Vernand Morency, RB, GB
Huddle Up: Packers' RB Vernand Morency remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles after being held out of practice on Thursday while he continues to recover from patella tendinitis. Morency did take part in practice on Wednesday and while his reps with the team were limited he appeared to be OK. The Packers have not said why he missed Thursday's practice but there are reports that he experienced soreness in his knee following Wednesday's workout, which indicates that he isn't quite ready to play. We probably won't know what his official status for Week 1 is until sometime this weekend, but even if he is cleared to play (and that looks like a long shot right now) he won't see the field very often. Rookie RB Brandon Jackson will likely get the start.
Randy Moss, WR, NE
Huddle Up: Patriots' WR Randy Moss was not listed on the team's official injury report on Wednesday but he was added to the report on Thursday and was listed as "limited" in practice indicating that the team is still a bit concerned about his hamstring. By all accounts Moss has looked good in practice this week, but the team still doesn't want to risk him reinjuring it so they will probably keep him limited for the remainder of the week. According to reports Moss will play this weekend but his reps will probably be limited.
Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Huddle Up: Redskins' RB Clinton Portis continues to prove that his knee is no longer an issue as he was able to practice without limitations on Thursday for the fourth straight day. According to reports Portis is looking good in practice taking hand-offs and making cuts at full speed. In fact team officials are saying that this is the freshest he's looked in quite some time. Ladell Betts will still be used in the running game but look for Portis to start this weekend and get a majority of the carries.
L.J. Smith, TE, PHI
Huddle Up: Eagles' TE L.J. Smith, who was limited throughout training camp and the preseason while he recovered from off-season sports hernia surgery and a strained groin, has taken part in full practice everyday this week and according to head coach Andy Reid he will be active for this weekend's game against the Packers. Smith told a reporter last week that he was only "75%" healthy, but it appears that he is healthy enough to play. We recommend that you start someone else because at this point we aren't sure what to expect from him.
Michael Turner, RB, SD
High Ankle Sprain
Huddle Up: After being limited in practice on Wednesday Chargers' backup RB Michael Turner, who is recovering from a minor high ankle sprain, took part in every individual and team drill on Thursday and it looks like he will be active for this weekend's big regular season opener against the Bears. According to reports Turner's recovery is way ahead of schedule. At the beginning of the week team's medical staff was considering holding him out until Week 2 but he appears to be healthy enough to play and should be available to spell LaDainian Tomlinson on Sunday.