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Training Room Injury Update - Week 3
Philip Gentles
September 21, 2007

Plaxico Burress, WR, NYG
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Giants' WR Plaxico Burress, who sprained his ankle in last weekend's game against the Packers was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution. However the team expects him to take part in every team drill today (Friday) and if all goes well he should be back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Redskins. Burress told reporters that his ankle was sore on Monday, but that the injury wasn't serious. The obvious concern is that this is the same ankle he had off-season surgery on and we won't know how this latest injury will affect his mobility until we see him in a game. So while it looks like Burress will get cleared he may not be healthy enough to have a big game. If you decided to start him this week you are definitely rolling the dice.

Dallas Clark, TE, IND
Sore Neck

Huddle Up: According to reports Colts' starting TE Dallas Clark injured his neck during last week's win over the Titans, but even after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday team officials still expect him to be active for this weekend's game against the Texans. Clark reportedly complained of soreness in his neck on Monday and after receiving treatment on Tuesday the medical staff decided to play it safe and hold him out of action until at least today (Friday). So it appears that he will make his return to practice today. If he doesn't practice then there would be definitely cause for concern, but at this point it appears that he will be healthy enough to start on Sunday.

Patrick Crayton, WR, DAL
Open Dislocation of Pinky Finger

Huddle Up: Cowboys' WR/KR Patrick Crayton, who suffered an open dislocation (bone through skin) of his pinky finger during last Sunday's game against the Dolphins, has reportedly looked good catching balls in practice this week and head coach Wade Phillips said that his finger will not be an issue this weekend against the Bears. As expected Crayton's finger was buddy-taped (taped to his ring finger) prior to each practice and it will be similarly taped for Sunday's game. He told reporters that his finger was feeling fine and that he was ready for Week 3 action. With WR Terry Glenn still out nursing a knee injury Crayton will be in the starting lineup.

Terry Glenn, WR, DAL
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Cowboys' WR Terry Glenn, who has already been ruled out of this weekend's game, continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery and he will be out for at least another 3 weeks. Glenn had surgery to remove a cyst from underneath his patella at the start of training camp and tore cartilage in the same knee in his first practice back. According to reports Glenn decided to avoid season-ending microfracture surgery because he felt that this was his last chance to make an impact on a Super Bowl bound team. The medical staff isn't sure when he will be ready to make his 2007 regular season debut, but they hope he will be able to practice within the next couple of weeks.

Frank Gore, RB, SF
Strained Leg

Huddle Up: 49ers' RB Frank Gore strained his leg during last weekend's win over the Rams. However he practiced with the team on Thursday without a problem and the team confirmed that he would be in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Steelers. Gore, who was in Miami for a couple of days while attending his mother's funeral, did not make it back in time to practice on Wednesday. But he took part in every drill on Thursday and his leg does not appear to be a problem.

James Harrison, LB, PIT
Stinger / Sore Neck

Huddle Up: Steelers' LB James Harrison, who was strapped to a spine board and carted off the field after suffering a neck and shoulder injury on the final play of the first half in last Sunday's game, is reportedly feeling great and after practicing with the team on Wednesday and Thursday he's expected to start this weekend against the 49ers. Harrison was diagnosed with a stinger after being carted the locker room and made a quick recovery, however the medical staff decided to keep him out of the remainder of the game as a precaution. According to reports Harrison's neck was stiff and sore on Monday but he was feeling much better and Tuesday and was cleared to practice on Wednesday. This was definitely scary considering what took place with Bills' TE Kevin Everett. We are glad to see that he is going to be OK.

Tavaris Jackson, QB, MIN
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: According to reports it looks like Vikings' QB Tavaris Jackson will not play in this weekend's game against the Chiefs and veteran Kelly Holcomb will get the start in his place. Jackson left last week's overtime game with a strained groin and has been held out of team drills in practice this week. In fact he was seen limping on the sideline while the team practiced on Wednesday and head coach Brad Childress admitted that he was "beat up pretty good." His official status for the game won't be announced until sometime this weekend, but if he doesn't practice on Friday it's safe to assume that he won't be active on Sunday. Check back on Sunday for an update just in case.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
Partially Torn MCL

Huddle Up: Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs is still recovering from a partially torn medial collateral ligament and while he is making progress in his recovery he is still about 3 weeks away from being able to play. Jacobs has been working very closely with the medical staff and there is a chance that he could take part in limited practice as early as next week. But head coach Tom Coughlin said that while Jacobs "feels good" he has a "ways to go" before he is ready to play in a game. Derrick Ward will continue to start while Jacobs is out.

Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Packers' WR Greg Jennings, who missed the first two weeks of the regular season because of a lingering hamstring injury, told reporters on Thursday that he passed a test administered by the medical staff and that there was a chance that he could take the field with the team today (Friday). Jennings was reportedly limited to medically-supervised drills on Wednesday and was again held out of regular practice on Thursday. But it appears that his hamstring has improved and according to reports he may be able to play in Week 3. That being said a decision on his availability probably won't be made until gameday, and even if he is cleared to play he probably won't be at his best for at least another week.

Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Sprained PCL

Huddle Up: Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed on Thursday that WR Andre Johnson will not play in this weekend's game against the Colts and that his status for the next month will be determined after he is re-examined by the medical staff today (Friday). Johnson suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament during last Sunday's game against the Panthers and according to reports an MRI revealed that while the ligament was sprained, the damage did not require surgery. There is still a chance that he could be out for up to 4 weeks, however Kubiak told reporters that the team is confident that the injury "could be a short-term deal." We'll keep you posted.

Larry Johnson, RB, KC
Undisclosed Leg Injury

Huddle Up: Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson, who missed a couple of series during last Sunday's game because of a minor leg injury, was held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. But he was back on the field on Thursday and after taking part in a full practice the team expects him to start on Sunday against the Vikings. The Chiefs' organization has not reported an injury to Johnson, however it is clear that he was dealing with a leg problem during last weekend's game as he was observed getting his leg wrapped on the sideline. The good news is that the team is not worried about Johnson's health and they expect him to be a full speed for Week 3.

James Jones, WR, GB
Strained Hamstring

Huddle Up: Packers' rookie WR James Jones has seen a lot of playing time this season because Greg Jennings has been out nursing a hamstring strain. But Jones' status for Week 3 is now in question after he suffered a hamstring injury of his own during practice on Thursday. According to reports he felt a "pull" in his right hamstring while running routes. He stretched his leg and continued to practice but he was eventually taken off the field. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that the injury was not serious but a decision on his availability for this weekend's game won't be made until sometime this weekend. If Jones and Jennings miss the game look for Ruvell Martin to get the start opposite Donald Driver.

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

Huddle Up: Lions' RB Kevin Jones, who has not played this season because he continues to recover from a severe Lisfranc injury, looked ready to play last week but head coach Rod Marinelli decided to keep him out for one more game as a precaution. The good news is that Marinelli is finally ready to activate Jones and he told the media earlier this week that he will be on the field for 15-0 plays against the Eagles. According to reports Jones is still being limited in practice, however Marinelli said in an interview on Thursday that Jones was making "pretty violent cuts" on his foot and that he looks ready to play. Tatum Bell will still get a majority of the carries, but look for Jones to make his 2007 debut on Sunday.

Eddie Kennison, WR, KC
Partially Torn Hamstring

Huddle Up: Chiefs' WR Eddie Kennison remains very limited in practice because of a partially torn hamstring and according to reports he has already been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Vikings. Kennison was injured early in Week 1 and has not practiced with the team or played since. He reportedly gets treatment on his hamstring twice a day and works with the medical staff while the team practices. There is a chance that he will be cleared to practice next week but the team isn't expecting him to play until at least Week 5. Dwayne Bowe will continue to start while Kennison is out.

Jon Kitna, QB, DET
Mild Concussion

Huddle Up: Unless he suffers a setback in his recovery from a mild concussion it looks like Lions' QB Jon Kitna will start this weekend against the Eagles. Kitna, who left last Sunday's game with a concussion, told reporters that his quick recovery was a "miracle" and that he hasn't experienced any migraines or dizzy spells. Head coach Rod Marinelli said in an interview that Kitna's injury was considered minor and that he was cleared to return to last weekend's game after passing a neurological exam. If all goes well in practice today (Friday) the medical staff will clear him to play in Week 3. So expect him to be active on Sunday.

Manny Lawson, LB, SF
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: 49ers' LB Manny Lawson will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during practice on Wednesday. Lawson told reporters that he heard a "pop" in his knee during a drill and was immediately concerned. He said he tried to "test it out" but that it didn't feel good. An MRI performed on his knee on Thursday revealed a torn ACL that will require reconstructive surgery. Veteran Hannibal Navies and Parys Haralson are candidates to replace Lawson.

Steve McNair, QB, BAL
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Ravens' QB Steve McNair reportedly took part in several team drills on Wednesday and Thursday and while he appeared to be favoring his injured leg the team expects him to start this weekend against the Cardinals. According to reports McNair, who was inactive last week because of a strained groin, took snaps with the first team offense on Wednesday and Thursday and he told reporters that he was feeling good. The medical staff will evaluate his performance in practice today (Friday) and while an official decision on his status for Week 3 probably won't be made until sometime this weekend, it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup.

Vernand Morency, RB, GB
Patella Tendinitis

Huddle Up: Packers' RB Vernand Morency took part in several team drills in practice on Wednesday. Unfortunately his knee was very sore and a bit swollen on Thursday and it looks like he will be inactive for the third straight game this weekend. Morency has been dealing with a lingering case of patella tendinitis in his knee for over a month and while the medical staff believes he is making steady progress in his recovery this has taken a lot longer than the team had originally anticipated. Rookie Brandon Jackson will once again start for the Packers but don't be surprised if third down back DeShawn Wynn sees an increase in his workload.

Greg Olsen, TE, CHI
Sprained MCL

Huddle Up: Bears' rookie TE Greg Olsen, who was inactive for the first two games of the regular season because of a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL), took part in a full practice on Wednesday for the first time since hurting his knee and according to reports he will make his NFL debut this weekend against the Cowboys. Olsen is reportedly running and cutting at full speed and his knee is no longer sore and swollen. Desmond Clark will probably be the team's number one TE on Sunday but look for Olsen to be a part of the passing attack as well.

Chad Pennington, QB, NYJ
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Jets' QB Chad Pennington, who was inactive for last week's game because of a sprained ankle, practiced with the first-team offense on Thursday and it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Dolphins. Pennington was limited in practice on Wednesday as a precaution but he was cleared to take part in team drills on Thursday. He was reportedly moving with a slight limp, but it didn't appear to affect his ability to pass the ball. According to reports the Jets' coaching staff has not been pleased with Pennington's performance so far this season and if he gets off to a bad start against the Dolphins he will be pulled in favor of backup Kellen Clements.

Gerald Sensabaugh, DB, JAX
Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Huddle Up: The Jaguars have lost starting SS Gerald Sensabaugh for the remainder of the season after Sensabaugh suffered a major shoulder injury during last Sunday's game against the Falcons. According to reports Sensabaugh, who has already been placed on Injured Reserve, is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the damage in his shoulder. The team has not released the specifics of Sensabaugh's injury, but they expect him to be ready to take part in their off-season program next year. Veteran Sammy Knight will probably get the start in his place.

Chester Taylor, RB, MIN
Oblique Contusion

Huddle Up: Vikings' RB Chester Taylor, who did not play in last week's game because of an oblique contusion, continues to be limited in practice and his status for Week 3 appears to be in question. According to reports the team isn't sure if Taylor will be ready for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but they will know more after practice today (Friday). An official decision on his availability won't be made until gameday but if he is inactive look for rookie Adrian Peterson to start and Mewelde Moore to be the third-down back.

Zach Thomas, LB, MIA
Migraines

Huddle Up: According to reports Dolphins' LB Zach Thomas underwent tests on Thursday to determine if he is suffering from post-concussion syndrome and there is now a chance that he could miss this weekend's game against the Jets. Thomas, who has a history of concussions and migraines, was held out of Wednesday's practice because he was complaining of a migraine. Thomas reportedly felt "a little lightheaded" after the game on Sunday however the medical staff decided to wait and see how he responded to rest. Unfortunately he woke up on Thursday with another Migraine and he was immediately sent for tests. As soon as the test results become available we will let you know.

Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: It was only a matter of time before Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook got hurt. According to reports Westbrook suffered a sprained knee during Monday night's loss to the Redskins. Head coach Andy Reid told the media on Tuesday that Westbrook "twisted his knee a little bit" and that the injury was a "day to day situation." He was reportedly held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday but could practice today (Friday). Westbrook has played through knee problems before and has been active for games in the past after missing an entire week of practice. That being said if he isn't allowed to take the field today his status for Sunday's game will definitely be in question. This could come down to a game-time decision so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

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