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Training Room Injury Update - Week 2
Philip Gentles
September 14, 2007

Shaun Alexander, RB, SEA
Undisclosed Hand Injury

Huddle Up: Seahawks' RB Shaun Alexander wore a brace on his left wrist and hand for the second straight day on Thursday, however he continues to tell reporters that the injury is not an issue and that it won't affect his status for Week 2. The team has yet to comment on the specifics regarding Alexander's injury and it doesn't look like they intend to tell anybody what the problem is. In an interview on Thursday Alexander called the injury a "boo boo" and said that he was just wearing the brace to make sure everything was OK. The good news is that he isn't on the team's official injury report and the Seahawks expect him to start on Sunday against the Cardinals. Alexander hasn't missed a single drill in practice so we don't think this injury will affect his performance this weekend.

Jesse Chatman, RB, MIA
Knee Contusion

Huddle Up: Dolphins' RB Jesse Chatman was held out of his second straight practice on Thursday because of bone contusion in his knee and his status for Week 2 remains a question mark. Chatman, who was hurt when he was hit at the end of a screen play in last week's game, told reporters that his knee injury was not serious and that he expected to be active against the Cowboys. However unless he practices today (Friday) there is little chance that he will play in Sunday's game. We will keep you posted.

Mark Clayton, WR, BAL
Sprained Ankle / Toe

Huddle Up: Ravens' WR Mark Clayton, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle and injured toe, was limited in Monday night's game against the Bengals and after another week of avoiding contact and team drills in practice it looks like he will be limited in Week 3 as well. According to reports Clayton's injured ankle is still not at full strength and it appears he's been dealing with a hyperextended big toe as well. As a result the medical staff has once again limited his involvement in practice this week in hopes that he will be rested and as healthy as possible for Sunday's game. Unfortunately it looks like Clayton is still a week or two away from being at full speed so don't expect him to be on the field for the entire game. He probably won't be as invisible as he was in Week 1 but I don't think that he should be in your fantasy lineups either.

Terry Glenn, WR, DAL
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: As expected Cowboys' veteran WR Terry Glenn will attempt to play again this season and has undergone a minor arthroscopic procedure that he hopes will get him ready to play soon. Glenn, who underwent surgery to remove a cyst from under his patella on August 1st, reportedly tore cartilage in the same knee in his first practice with the team since the removal of the cyst. According to reports Glenn did not feel that he was ready to make his return to the practice field but he said that the team's medical staff assured him that further damage to the knee was very unlikely. In fact several team officials have gone on record to say that his recent problems have nothing to do with the August 1st procedure. Obviously Glenn disagrees. An MRI on his knee revealed so much damage to the cartilage in the joint that his only chance at returning to full speed would be to undergo microfracture surgery, which would almost certainly end his 2007 season. So rather than miss a full season Glenn opted for "cleanup" surgery instead. The procedure will help reduce the inflammation and discomfort and help improve range of motion and stability. Unfortunately the Cowboys aren't sure when he will be ready to play. They hope he will be cleared for action in 3 - 4 weeks. However even when he makes his return he won't be at full speed. So don't be surprised if Patrick Crayton remains in the starting lineup.

Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: It appears that Packers' WR Greg Jennings will be a game-time decision in Week 2 after being limited in practice on Thursday with a sore hamstring. According to reports Jennings took part in a full practice on Wednesday. However he complained of soreness and tightness on Thursday morning and subsequently limited in practice because of it. The team will wait to see how his leg responds to practice tomorrow before making any updates on his status but they probably won't make a decision on his availability until they see him test the leg in pregame warm-ups. The local media isn't expecting Jennings to play so look for rookie James Jones to start if he is inactive.

Kevin Jones, RB, DET
Recovering from Lisfranc Fracture/Dislocation

Huddle Up: According to ESPN Lions' RB Kevin Jones will be active for this weekend's game against the Vikings. However he remains limited in practice and even if he is cleared to play he won't see the field for more than a few plays and Tatum Bell will continue to get a majority of the carries. Jones was not active for last week's game and despite ESPN's report it looks like Jones is still a couple of weeks away from being able to contribute on offense. So even if Jones makes his return to the active roster he won't get a lot of touches. Bell is the Lions' top running back until further notice.

Thomas Jones, RB, NYJ
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Jets' RB Thomas Jones, who continues to recover from a strained calf that occurred during the preseason, has been limited in practice this week. However all signs indicate that the team is being extra cautious with Jones and that they expect him to be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Ravens. Jones was active for last week's regular season opener but he wasn't completely healthy and he did not have a particularly good game. He continues to make steady progress in his recovery and according to reports he is very close to full strength. So the Jets are expecting a better performance from their starting RB in Week 2.

Ray Lewis, LB, BAL
Triceps Strain

Huddle Up: Good news for Ray Lewis owners: it looks like he'll be back in the starting lineup as early as this upcoming weekend. Lewis, who suffered what many believed was a torn triceps muscle during Monday night's game against the Bengals, has since undergone an MRI that the team says revealed no tear. Instead they are calling the injury a strain and the medical staff believes that he could play on Sunday against the Jets. Lewis recently told reporters that his arm was bothering him but that the pain would not keep him from playing. The Ravens are officially calling Lewis a game-time decision so check back on Sunday for an update.

Eli Manning, QB, NYG
Unclear AC Joint Injury

Huddle Up: Conflicting reports regarding Eli Manning's shoulder injury continues to make this a difficult situation to follow. According to ESPN and now several local newspapers Manning has been diagnosed with a second degree shoulder separation (AC Joint Sprain) and he will need 3 - 4 weeks to make a full recovery. But the Giants' organization is still downplaying the injury and Manning has told reporters that his shoulder isn't as bad as what is being reported and that he could be in the starting lineup as early as this weekend. Manning has been held out of practice this week but he's not wearing a sling and he was observed throwing the ball on the side without a problem on Wednesday and Thursday. According to reports Manning would like to test his shoulder in practice today, but a decision on his availability for Week 2 won't be made until gameday. Jared Lorenzen has taken all the first-team snaps this week and will get the start if Manning is inactive.

Josh McCown, QB, OAK
Fractured Finger / Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: The status of Raiders' QB Josh McCown, who fractured his right index finger and sprained his right ankle during last Sunday's game, remains unknown and the team continues to prepare Daunte Culpepper in case McCown is unable to play. McCown was held out of team drills on Wednesday but according to reports his ankle looked fine and his finger did not prevent him from throwing passes on the side. He was cleared to practice with the team on Thursday and took some snaps with the first-team offense, however Culpepper took the remaining snaps and McCown was limited for the remainder of practice as a precaution. McCown and head coach Lane Kiffin continue to be optimistic but it looks like this will come down to a game time decision.

Steve McNair, QB, BAL
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Ravens' head coach Brian Billick appeared to be optimistic about Steve McNair's chances of playing in Week 2. However after missing practice on Wednesday and being limited in practice on Thursday it looks like he won't be available for Sunday's game. McNair left last weekend's game with a strained groin and was reportedly feeling sore on Monday. An examination on his groin revealed that the injury was a minor strain and the medical staff believed that with treatment and rest he would be ready for the Jets. But he was still feeling sore and stiff on Wednesday and was held out of practice as a precaution. He took part in several individual drills on Thursday but he did not take snaps with the first-team offense and according to reports he was favoring his injured leg. An official decision on his status for Week 2 won't be made until after practice on Friday but at this point it looks like he won't play. Kyle Boller will get the start if McNair is out.

Vernand Morency, RB, GB
Patella Tendinitis

Huddle Up: After testing his injured knee in practice on Wednesday it looks like Packers' RB Vernand Morency is still not ready to make his 2007 debut. Despite being listed as "limited" on the team's official injury report head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he practiced at full speed and took part in nearly every drill. However Morency was very limited in practice on Thursday and according to reports his knee was apparently sore from the previous day's workout. McCarthy will update Morency's status at some point today, but don't be surprised if he is downgraded and is ultimately held out for the second-straight week. Brandon Jackson will get the start this weekend and will get a majority of the carries if Morency is inactive.

Greg Olsen, TE, CHI
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Bears' rookie TE Greg Olsen, who missed last week's game because of a sprained left knee, has been limited in practice this week and it looks like he will be a game-time decision for Week 2. According to reports Olsen has made solid progress in his recovery. He's now running and cutting without any pain and he's becoming more involved in practice each day. That being said the medical staff continues to be cautious with Olsen. He is still being held out of contact drills and the Bears won't know if he will be able to play this weekend until they see him test the knee during pregame warm-ups. So check back with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Orlando Pace, OL, STL
Torn Labrum / Torn Rotator Cuff

Huddle Up: The Rams' offensive line took a major blow this past weekend when they lost Pro Bowl LT Orlando Pace for the season after he suffered major shoulder damage during Sunday's game. According to reports Pace dislocated his shoulder while extending to block Panthers' defensive end Mike Rucker in the second quarter. The medical staff was able to reduce the dislocation (put it back in place) unfortunately and MRI revealed a torn labrum and a torn rotator cuff muscle. Pace has already been placed on Injured Reserve and he is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery soon. This injury doesn't really affect Steven Jackson and the Rams' running game, but it could become a problem for Marc Bulger and the passing game.

Chad Pennington, QB, NYJ
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: According to reports the New York Jets are preparing to play this weekend's game without starting QB Chad Pennington who is still recovering from what many believe is a high ankle sprain. Pennington, who was hurt in last week's game against the Patriots, was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and in the portions of practice that he did participate in he reportedly struggled with his injured ankle. Pennington attempted to run sprints on Thursday and apparently limped the entire time. He did throw some balls in practice on Thursday, but he did not take part in any team drills. Kellen Clemens has taken all the reps with the first-team offense this week and barring a remarkable recovery it appears that Pennington will not be ready to play in time for Sunday's game.

Josh Scobee, PK, JAC
Partially Torn Quadriceps

Huddle Up: Jaguars' kicker Josh Scobee will miss the next 3 - 6 weeks after an MRI revealed that his injured quadriceps is partially torn. Scobee was hurt when he slipped and fell during pregame warm-ups. this past weekend. The medical staff initially considered the injury minor and they believed that Scobee had a chance of kicking in Week 2. But it looks like he won't be able to play until at least Week 4. The Jags have brought in veteran John Carney to kick will Scobee is out and he will get the start this weekend against the Falcons.

Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Oblique Contusion

Huddle Up: Vikings' RB Chester Taylor, who suffered a bruised oblique in last weekend's game, is reportedly making steady progress in his recovery. However head coach Brad Childress told reporters that the team still isn't sure if Taylor will be able to play in Week 2 against the Lions and that rookie Adrian Peterson will probably get his first career start. Taylor has reportedly been limited in practice this week. He apparently gets treatment twice a day and he's been told to avoid contact until at least Sunday. Childress said that he isn't going to rush Taylor back so don't be surprised if he is held out on Sunday.

Carnell Williams, RB, TB
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: According to reports Cadillac Williams continues to show signs of improvement and it appears that his bruised ribs will not keep him out of this weekend's game against the Saints. Head coach Jon Gruden told reporters that Williams was "very limited" in practice on Wednesday however he was a lot more involved in Thursday's practice and his injured ribs don't appear to be bothering him. If everything goes well in practice today the Bucs will probably upgraded Williams. So keep an eye on the practice report. He wore a protective flak jacket in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and will likely wear it if he is cleared to play on Sunday. The big thing here is that the team will likely split the carries between Cadillac and Michael Pittman so you might want to use another RB in your lineup anyway.

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