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Training Room Injury Update - Week 2
Philip Gentles
September 11, 2007

Yeremiah Bell, DB, MIA
Ruptured Achilles' Tendon

Huddle Up: Dolphins' SS Yeremiah Bell, who is arguably the team's best defensive back, will miss the remainder of the season after he ruptured his left Achilles' tendon during Sunday's game against the Redskins. According to reports Bell was hurt in the third quarter and after the game he was seen leaving the stadium wearing a protective walking boot. An MRI on Bell's foot on Monday confirmed that the tendon was ruptured and he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery sometime this week. This is a big blow for the Dolphins' defense. Travares Tillman will probably take over for Bell but the Phins could move Jason Allen to CB if Tillman doesn't do a good job.

Mike Brown, DB, CHI
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: An MRI on Bears' injured DB Mike Brown has confirmed that the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee was torn, which means that his 2007 season is over. Brown, who was hurt during Sunday's loss to the Chargers, was very emotional in the locker room after the game. Head coach Lovie Smith has confirmed that Brown is headed for Injured Reserve and he will undergo reconstructive surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee has subsided.

Kevin Everett, TE, BUF
Fractured Cervical Vertebrae / Spinal Cord Trauma

Huddle Up: Kevin Everett's life remains in the balance after the Buffalo Bills' TE sustained what orthopedic surgeon's are calling a "catastrophic" and "life-threatening" spinal cord injury during Sunday's game against the Broncos. Everett, who is in serious condition following emergency surgery, was hurt during the second-half opening kickoff when he dropped his head while attempting to make a tackle causing his helmet to strike the shoulder and helmet of Broncos' returner Domenik Hixon. Everett fell to the ground face forward and attempted to get up but was reportedly seen twitching and fell to the ground again. His eyes remained open but he did no show any signs of movement while on the field. He was carefully secured to a spine board and loaded into an ambulance where he was taken to a local hospital where he immediately underwent emergency surgery. According to reports X-rays at the hospital revealed a fracture between the third and fourth cervical vertebrae (C3 and C4). He did show signs of some movement prior to surgery and had touch sensation throughout his body. During the surgery doctors used a bone graft and inserted a plate and several screws to help repair the fracture and they did their best to reduce the pressure on his spinal chord. The procedure reportedly went well, however he remains under forced sedation and continues to breathe through a respirator. The medical staff said that Everett's injury remains life threatening but everyone is optimistic that he will make it through this OK. Unfortunately it appears that there will be some permanent neurological paralysis. Needless to say that his NFL career is over. But that's not the most important thing right now. The Huddle Staff wishes Kevin Everett and his family the best.

Jeff Garcia, QB, TB
Minor Concussion

Huddle Up: The Bucs aren't officially calling it a concussion, but that's exactly what we believe happened to Jeff Garcia during Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Garcia was hurt when he was hit hard in the third quarter by a Seahawks' defender. After trying to get up he dropped to one knee and appeared to be very dizzy. He was replaced by Luke McCown, but he was later cleared by doctors to play and he returned to field in the fourth quarter. According to reports Garcia had a bit of a headache on Monday and will probably be held out of practice until Thursday. However the team believes that he will be back in the starting lineup next weekend. This is another glaring example of how NFL teams downplay concussions and head injuries. All signs point to this being a minor concussion but the Bucs have decided not to label the injury. Garcia will probably be fine for Week 2, but without proper rest this will increase the risk of a more serious injury down the road.

D.J. Hackett, WR, SEA
High Ankle Sprain

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR DJ Hackett is out indefinitely after suffering a high ankle sprain during Sunday's game. Hackett was hurt in the first quarter during his only catch of the game. Head coach Mike Holmgren said that he was on his toe and pivoting when he was hit resulting in the injury. According to reports X-rays on his ankle were negative, but he has been diagnosed with a moderate high ankle sprain that will keep him on the sideline for at least a month. The medical staff will evaluate him on a weekly basis but the team does not expect him back on the field anytime soon. Nate Burleson and Bobby Engram will now see and increase in playing time.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs will missed the next 3 - 5 weeks after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. Jacobs was hurt when a defender fell into his knee during a carry in the second quarter. He was examined on the sideline and was held out for the remainder of the game. An MRI performed on Jacobs' knee Monday morning revealed a grade 2 sprain or partial tear of the MCL. The injury will not require surgery but it looks like he will be out of action until at least Week 4. Derrick Ward will get the start while he recovers.

Eddie Kennison, WR, KC
Strained Hamstring

Huddle up: Chiefs' veteran WR Eddie Kennison is questionable for Week 2 after suffering a strained right hamstring during Sunday's disappointing loss to the Texans. Kennison pulled up and began to favor his right leg during an end-around carry on the first offensive play of the game. He hobbled out of bounds and was seen limping on the sidelines before being attended to by the medical staff. He was diagnosed with a strained hamstring and held out for the remainder of the game. He was scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI on Monday and while the results have not been made public the injury could keep him out for at least a week. We should know more about his status by Wednesday so check back later in the week for an update.

Ray Lewis, LB, BAL
Torn Triceps

Huddle Up: Ravens' LB Ray Lewis could be out for the remainder of the season after tearing his triceps in Monday night's game against the Bengals. Lewis was injured in the first quarter and appeared to be in a tremendous amount of pain on the sideline. He was taken back to locker room for an examination. He later returned, had his arm wrapped and was allowed to return to the game. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI today and if it reveals a complete tear he will likely undergo season-ending surgery within the week. Lewis played most of the game hurt and you just get the feeling that he will try his best to convince the medical staff to let him play through the injury. But at this point that is wishful thinking.

Eli Manning, QB, NYG
AC Joint Contusion

Huddle Up: According to the Giants' organization QB Eli Manning is day-to-day after suffering what they are calling an Acromioclavicular (AC) joint contusion during Sunday night's game against the Cowboys and despite an ESPN report to the contrary he may be available for next weekend's game. Manning was hurt when he was hit and thrown to the turf by a defender on a failed two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. He was examined on the sideline by the medical staff and was asked to throw a ball. He was able to complete the short pass and was given the OK to return to the field. Manning was able to throw a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress after getting hurt, but he was pulled from the game for good when Tony Romo tossed his fourth touchdown pass putting the game out of reach. ESPN released a report citing a team source that Manning had a slightly separated shoulder (AC joint sprain) and would be out at least a month. However several team officials have denied the report and continue to call the injury a contusion and say that he could play as early as Week 2. We'll definitely keep you posted.

Steve McNair, QB, BAL
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Ravens' veteran QB Steve McNair left in the second half of Monday night's game after straining his groin and he did not return to the field. McNair took several big shots in the third and fourth quarter, but he was seen limping on the sidelines shortly before Kyle Boller replaced him in the lineup. The injury does not appear to be severe but the team will wait until Wednesday before they release specifics regarding the injury.

Chad Pennington, QB, NYJ
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Jets' QB Chad Pennington suffered what the team is calling a sprained right ankle during Sunday's game against the Patriots and his status for Week 2 remains in question. Pennington was hurt in third quarter when he was hit causing his ankle and knee to twist awkwardly. He fell to field, but in an effort to save the team a time-out he hopped off the field on one leg. He appeared to be in a lot of pain on the sideline but after having his ankle examined and wrapped he was able to return to the game. Pennington left the game in the fourth quarter after the Patriots secured the victory. According to reports Pennington was sent for X-rays on his ankle. The results of the X-rays have not been released but team officials are calling the injury a sprain. Pennington will likely be limited in practice this week and his status probably won't be determined until the weekend.

Josh Scobee, PK, JAC
Strained Quadriceps

Huddle Up: Jaguars' kicker Josh Scobee fell during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday and suffered a strained quadriceps muscle. He was taken to the locker room but returned to the field and was activated after the medical staff determined that the injury was not serious. Scobee was still unable to kick the ball very far and told reporters after the game that he was not cleared to kick balls more than 25 yards out. An MRI on Scobee's leg on Monday revealed no tears, however he will be limited in practice this week and depending on how quickly he recovers the Jaguars may bring in and sign another kicker as a precaution. We probably won't know anything concrete until later in the week, so check with The Huddle on Friday for an update.

Lito Sheppard, DB, PHI
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Eagles' DB Lito Sheppard is out at least a week and could be sidelined up to a month after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday's loss to the Packers. Sheppard was hurt when he was hit by teammate Sean Considine and Packers' receiver Ruvell Martin in the first half. Sheppard's knee appeared to bend awkwardly on the play. He was examined on the sideline and later in the locker room and did not return to the game. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday that he does not expect Sheppard to play in Week 2 and that his injury will be evaluated on a daily basis.

Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Oblique Contusion

Huddle Up: According to reports an MRI performed on injured RB Chester Taylor revealed an oblique contusion and not a bruised hip, but his status for Week 2 remains questionable. Taylor was injured when a teammate appeared to accidentally kick him in the hip and stomach area during a screen pass play in the first quarter. He immediately fell to the turf and appeared to be in a lot of pain. He was helped to the sideline and did not return to the game. Head coach Brad Childress told reporters that the injury is not considered serious, however Taylor is still experiencing pain and discomfort which means that he will probably be held out of practice this week giving him extra time to rest and recover. Childress will wait to see how things go over the next couple of days before he announces Taylor's status for Week 2 but don't be surprised if rookie RB Adrian Peterson gets the start and the majority of the carries.

Osi Umenyiora, DL, NYG
Torn Meniscus

Huddle Up: Giants' DE Osi Umenyiora will reportedly miss the next 4 - 6 weeks after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. Umenyiora will not need surgery but it looks like he will be out of action until at least Week 5.

Carnell Williams, RB, TB
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Bucs' RB Cadillac Williams is currently being listed as questionable for Week 2 after suffering bruised ribs in Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Williams was reportedly hurt when he was hit in the side by linebacker Lofa Tatupu during a carry in the third quarter. After the hit Williams fell to the ground in obvious pain and after a couple of minutes he was helped up and off the field by the medical staff. According to reports Cadillac was in a tremendous amount of pain on the sideline and was finally taken to the locker room for X-rays. The good news is that results of the X-rays were reportedly negative and he has been diagnosed with a bruise. His ribs were apparently very sore on Monday and the team will keep him out of practice the entire week. We will have an update on his status later in the week, but at this point it isn't looking good. Michael Pittman and Earnest Graham will split carries if Williams doesn't play.

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