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Training Room Injury Update - Week 5
Philip Gentles
October 2 , 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Jake Delhomme, QB, CAR
Strained Elbow - According to several reports Panthers' QB Jake Delhomme, who was inactive for Sunday's game against the Bucs because of a strained right elbow, could be out for a significant portion of time as the medical staff is deciding whether to operate on the injured joint or let it heal with rest, treatment and rehab. In recent interview with reports Delhomme admitted that his elbow was a concern and that surgery would be considered if the current course of treatment and rehabilitation doesn't start working. Head coach John Fox has confirmed that corrective surgery has become an option, which indicates that the injury to Delhomme's elbow is more than just a strain. The Panthers have not set a timetable for his return and it appears that he will be out for at least another two weeks and possibly a lot longer. David Carr will continue to start while Delhomme is out.

Alex Smith, QB, SF
Severe Shoulder Separation - 49ers' QB Alex Smith will miss the next 4 - 6 weeks after he suffered what the team is calling a severe shoulder separation during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Smith, who was hurt when he was sacked on the third play of the game, underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder on Monday and according to reports the MRI revealed complete tears in his Acromioclavicular and Coracoclavicular ligaments. His clavicle is not broken but he has been diagnosed with a Type III AC Joint Sprain (severe shoulder separation). The injury will not require surgery, however Smith will need to wear a sling for at least two weeks. The 49ers aren't expecting him back before Week 8 so look for Trent Dilfer to start while he recovers.

RUNNING BACKS

Joseph Addai, RB, IND
Bruised Shoulder - Colts' RB Joseph Addai left Sunday's game against the Broncos with a bruised shoulder however the injury is not considered serious and the team believes there is a good chance that he will be ready to play in Week 5. Addai was hurt when he landed on his right shoulder during a carry in the second half. He was replaced by Kenton Keith and appeared to be in a bit of discomfort on the sideline. Head coach Tony Dungy said that Addai could have returned to the game but with the Colts in control and Keith running well the medical staff felt that is was best to keep him out. Addai reportedly underwent an MRI on Monday so we should know more about his status once the results are made public. At this point it appears that the injury is minor and the team feels confident that if he can practice this week that he will be able to play this upcoming weekend.

Travis Henry, RB, DEN
Sprained Ankle / Aggravated Knee Injury - Broncos' starting RB Travis Henry sprained his right ankle and aggravated an old injury in his right knee during Sunday's game and the team is uncertain about his status for Week 5. According to reports Henry was hurt when he was tackled during a run in the third quarter. He told reporters that as he was being tackled his foot remained planted to the turf causing his ankle and knee to bend awkwardly. He admitted that he was scared shortly after the injury occurred but X-rays in the locker room where negative and after having his ankle taped and his knee wrapped he was allowed to return to the game. Henry has reportedly been diagnosed with a sprained right ankle and he also aggravated his knee that he sprained during the preseason. The medical staff will likely keep him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and will reevaluate him on a daily basis. Henry believes that he will be ready to play in the team's next game, but his status won't be determined until the Broncos see where he is after Friday's practice. Selvin Young looked good in Henry's place on Sunday and would get a majority of the carries if Henry were deactivated.

LaMont Jordan, RB, OAK
Undisclosed Back Injury - Raiders' RB LaMont Jordan will have the team's Week 5 bye to rest and recover after leaving Sunday's game with a back injury and according to reports he's going to need at least a couple of weeks to heal. Jordan injured his back when he was tackled on a reception in the second quarter and he remained face down on the field for several minutes while the medical staff attended to him. He was eventually lifted to his feet and slowly helped off the field. He appeared to be experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort and was carted to the locker room where he was examined and treated. He did not return to the game and was later seen with crutches because his back couldn't support any weight. According to reports X-rays on Jordan's back were negative, but that certainly doesn't mean that early reports on his injury as being "severe" are incorrect. Jordan has a long history of back injuries and he's been limited over the last couple of years because of them. So this could end up being an aggravation of a previous problem. The Raiders will update Jordan's status early next week but if he can't play in Week 6 look for Justin Fargas to start and Dominic Rhodes, fresh from his suspension, to see the field on passing downs.

Carnell Williams, RB, TB
Torn Patella Tendon - The Bucs have lost RB Carnell Williams for the remainder of the season after he tore the patella tendon in his right knee during Sunday's win over the Panthers. Williams was hurt when his leg bent awkwardly beneath him as he was being tackled at the end of a long run in the first quarter. He immediately grabbed his leg and appeared to be in a tremendous amount of pain. He was eventually carted off the field and it was later determined that the patella tendon in his knee has completely torn. Williams will undergo corrective surgery within the next couple of days and even if all goes well he might not be completely recovered until after the start of training camp next year. Several online websites are reporting that this injury is actually career-threatening but that might be a bit premature unless there is additional damage in his knee that we don't know about yet. Michael Pittman and Ernest Graham will split carries for the remainder of the season.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Marvin Harrison, WR, IND
Bruised Knee - Veteran WR Marvin Harrison's status for Week 5 is questionable after he left Sunday's game with what the Colts are currently calling a bruised left knee. Harrison was injured when Broncos' LB D.J. Williams rolled up on his leg while he blocked during a run by RB Joseph Addai in the first quarter. He attempted to play with the injury however the medical staff decided to pull him from the game after they observed him favoring the injured leg. Harrison underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released there is speculation that he has some kind of ligament sprain that will keep him out for at least 1 game. None of this has been confirmed yet, but this is definitely something to keep an eye on.

TIGHT ENDS

Todd Heap, TE, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' head coach Brian Billick admitted to reporters that Todd Heap's injured hamstring was a concern for the team and that his status for Week 5 appears to be in question. Heap left Sunday's game after straining his hamstring while running a route in the third quarter and he was later seen limping on the sidelines after the game. Billick told reporters on Monday that Heap's injury was isolated to the lower part of the hamstring near the back of the knee and that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. However he did not exactly say how severe the injury was and he did not say if Heap would be able play next Sunday against the 49ers. Heap will reportedly be limited in practice this week but he'll probably end up being a game-time decision. Check back on Friday for an update.

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

Anthony Henry, DB, DAL
High Ankle Sprain - Cowboys' DB Anthony Henry will miss a lot practice time this week and could miss at least one game after he suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the Rams. According to reports Henry left the game in the first quarter after hurting his ankle and was taken to the locker room where he underwent precautionary X-rays. The X-rays were negative, unfortunately he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Henry told reporters on Monday that his ankle was OK and that he expected everything to be "cool." But this came prior to an MRI exam. High ankle sprains can keep a player sidelined anywhere from 1 - 6 weeks, but we should know more about his status for Week 5 as soon as the results of the MRI are released.

Vonnie Holliday, DL, MIA
Fractured Ankle - Things just keep on getting worse for the Miami Dolphins. Veteran DL Vonnie Holiday will be out for at least one game and could miss up to 6 weeks after a follow-up exam on his injured ankle revealed a small fracture. Holliday, who was hurt in Sunday's loss to the Raiders, was originally diagnosed with a sprain. But according to reports Holliday experienced a lot of swelling and pain during the night and he was taken for X-rays on Monday. He will probably wear some kind of cast or walking boot for at least a week however he will be re examined early next week to determine his status for Week 6 and beyond. He's already been declared "out" for the team's next game. So the Dolphins, who are already struggling to stop the run, will have their hands full in Week 5.

Rob Morris, LB, IND
Torn ACL - According to reports an MRI on LB Rob Morris' injured left knee revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and he will miss the remainder of season. Morris was hurt during Sunday's game against the Broncos and his leg was placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field and into the locker room. Morris was later seen on crutches and with a brace on a knee. He's scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery sometime this week and the medical staff is hoping that he will be ready to participate in training camp next year.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Luke Petitgout, OL, TB
Fractured Knee - Bucs' left tackle Luke Petitgout will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee during Sunday's win over the Panthers, however the recovery time will not be as long as originally feared. The medical staff initially believed that Petitgout, who was hurt when Panthers' DT Kris Jenkins fell into his leg in the second quarter, had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. But according to reports an MRI revealed that his ACL is actually intact. It did show a fracture in a bone in the area of the ACL and he will reportedly undergo corrective surgery later this week to repair it. The recovery time for this type of surgery is about 5 months, a lot shorter than the 9 - 12 months required for ACL surgery. So while his 2007 season is over, he should be healthy for the start of training camp next year.

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