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Training Room Injury Update - Week 3
Philip Gentles
September 18, 2007

Plaxico Burress, WR, NYG
Sprained Ankle and Pinky Finger

Huddle Up: According to reports Plaxico Burress suffered two injuries on Sunday against the Packers. But neither injury is considered serious and the team expects Burress to be back on the field next weekend against the Redskins. Burress reportedly jammed the pinky finger on his left hand while catching a pass on the first offensive play of the game. He had the finger taped on the sideline and continued to play. He then suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter when a Packers' defender stepped on his foot. He was seen limping back to the locker room where he was examined and then taped. He returned to the field in the third quarter but he sat out most of the fourth. Burress told reporters after the game that his finger was fine and that he didn't think his ankle would keep him from playing in Week 3. The medical staff will limit his involvement in practice this week so that he has a chance to recover and heal. But his injuries don't appear to be bad enough to keep him from playing against the Skins.

Patrick Crayton, WR, DAL
Open Pinky Finger Dislocation

Huddle Up: Cowboys' WR/KR Patrick Crayton left Sunday's game after suffering an open dislocation of his pinky finger, but he was later cleared to return and he had a big punt return that opened things up for his team. Crayton was hurt when he batted the ball away from Dolphins' DB Will Allen in an attempt to prevent an interception in the second quarter. Crayton said he "heard it snap" and as he walked to the sideline he held up his hand and his pinky finger was definitely deformed. He was taken back to the locker room where he had the gloves he was wearing cut off. At that point the medical staff discovered that a bone in his finger had broken the skin. His hand was X-rayed and according to reports his finger was not broken. So a team doctor reduced the dislocation (put it back in place) and the laceration in his finger was closed with stitches. After having his pinky finger buddy-taped (taped to the ring finger) he was allowed to return to the game. Crayton told reporters after the game that his finger was "a little sore" but that he intends to practice on Wednesday and play in Week 3. The injury sounds horrible, but it shouldn't prevent him from playing next weekend.

Frank Gore, RB, SF
Strained Leg

Huddle Up: 49ers RB Frank Gore, who missed a couple of plays on Sunday because of a lower leg injury, will probably take part in practice as early as Wednesday and the team expects him to be in the starting lineup next weekend against the Steelers. According to reports Gore was hurt following a run in the second half and briefly left the game. He was examined on the sideline by the medical staff but he was able to return to the field. According to reports he was seen limping in the locker room after the game and has been diagnosed with a minor leg strain, but the coaching staff isn't concerned about the injury. Gore is currently in Miami where he will be attending his mother's wake and funeral and won't be back with the team until Wednesday. We probably won't get an update on his status until he returns, but it appears that he will be OK for Week 3.

James Harrison, LB, PIT
Stinger

Huddle Up: Steelers' LB James Harrison gave everyone a scare on Sunday after he had to be secured to a stretcher and taken off the field after complaining a neck pain and numbness in his arms and hands following a hit on the last play of the first half. According to reports Harrison was taken to the locker room where he quickly recovered. Upon examination the medical staff determined that the vertebrae in his neck and his spinal chord were OK and he was diagnosed with a stinger. Harrison actually returned to the sideline in the second half, but he did not return to the game. His status for Week 3 is currently unknown but the medical staff will likely keep him limited to non contact drills this week and he prepares to play next weekend.

Tavaris Jackson, QB, MIN
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Tavaris Jackson, who left Sunday's game against the Lions with a strained groin muscle, will attempt to practice with the team on Wednesday and there is a chance that he will be available for the team's Week 3 game. According to reports Jackson first injured the groin while running with the ball in the second half and aggravated the problem while dropping back to throw a pass in overtime. He apparently told the medical staff on the sideline that he felt his muscle tighten and he appeared to be in a bit of pain. Jackson did not return to the game. He will reportedly get a lot of treatment over the next couple of days and if all goes well in practice he could be cleared to play this Sunday against the Chiefs. We'll keep you posted on his recovery.

Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Strained PCL

Huddle Up: Texans' WR Andre Johnson will likely miss one week and could be out for up to a month after he injured his left knee in Sunday's win over the Panthers. Johnson was hurt after falling on his knee following a catch in the fourth quarter and stayed on the ground for several minutes. He eventually got up and walked off the field but he was seen limping on the sideline and did not return to the game. According to reports Johnson was examined in the locker room after the game and the medical staff determined that he had a sprained posterior cruciate ligament. An MRI performed on his knee confirmed that there was damage to the ligament that would likely require at least a week of rest. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that the team was concerned about the injury, and while the knee was not swollen his status for Week 3 was "doubtful." Kubiak went on to say that Johnson would be reevaluated on Wednesday or Thursday and that he would have a better timetable for his return available then.

Larry Johnson, RB, KC
Undisclosed Leg Injury

Huddle Up: Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson is reportedly fine after missing a few plays in the second half of Sunday's game while a team trainer taped his leg. Johnson was apparently seen limping off the field after a running play in the second half and a trainer was seen attending to his leg on the sideline. After getting is taped Johnson was able to return to the field and finish the game. The Chiefs have not reported an injury to Johnson and he is scheduled to take the field for practice on Wednesday. So whatever it was that happened on Sunday, it couldn't have been too bad. We'll keep an eye on this in case the team is hiding a more serious problem.

Jon Kitna, QB, DET
Minor Concussion

Huddle Up: Lions' QB Jon Kitna, who missed part of the second quarter and the entire third quarter of Sunday's game with a concussion, is reportedly not experiencing any of the side effects associated with concussions and it looks like he will be able to play in Week 3. Kitna was knocked from the game after being hit in the second quarter. According to reports Kitna said that he was "out of it," that he "didn't know anything" and that he "lost coherence." But he apparently began to feel better on the sideline about half way through the third quarter and after passing a physician-administered test he was cleared to return in the fourth quarter. This isn't the first time Kitna has suffered a concussion and the team will play it safe and limit him in practice to start the week. But the medical staff is cautiously optimistic about his chances of practicing with the team later on in the week and playing on Sunday against the Eagles.

Trevor Pryce, DL, BAL
Fractured Wrist

Huddle Up: Ravens' DL Trevor Pryce, who fractured a bone in his left wrist during Sunday's game, underwent surgery to repair the damage on Sunday night and he will be out 3 - 5 weeks. Pryce was injured in the third quarter against the Jets and an X-ray in the locker room revealed a break in his wrist. Head coach Brian Billick told reporters that Pryce could be back on the field as early as October 14 against the Rams and if he returned that early he would have to play with a heavily padded cast on his hand. Billick went on to say that the medical staff expects him back by Week 8 at the latest. Dwan Edwards will likely see an increase in playing time while Pryce is out.

Steve Smith, WR, NYG
Fractured Scapula

Huddle Up: Giants' WR Steve Smith is out at least two weeks and could be out for a majority of the season after fracturing his scapula (shoulder blade) in Sunday's game against the Packers. According to reports X-rays in the locker room revealed a break in his shoulder blade and additional tests on Monday confirmed the injury. The Giants have not set a timetable for his return but there is speculation that the injury could keep Smith out for the remainder of the year.

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