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Training Room Injury Update - Week 6
Philip Gentles
October 9 , 2007

QUARTERBACKS

David Carr, QB, CAR
Lower Back Injury - Panthers' QB David Carr left Sunday's game after suffering a lower back injury and while he was able to return it looks like his status for Week 6 is in question. Carr injured his back in the first quarter and was carted off the field and into the locker room. The team intially reported that he was doubtful to return but after taking several painkillers and have his back adjusted in the locker room he was able to return to the field in the second quarter. According to reports Carr was feeling stiff and sore on Monday and the team expects him to miss at least one day of practice and potentially more. Rookie Matt Moore will take snaps with the first-team while Carr is out and if Carr does not play this weekend look for Moore to make his first start.

Jake Delhomme, QB, CAR
Tommy John Surgery - Panthers' head coach John Fox announced on Monday that Jake Delhomme would miss the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow. The team was calling Delhomme's injury a strain but according to reports he actually tore a ligament in his elbow and Fox finally admitted that surgery was the only way that the injury would completely heal. If all goes well Delhomme will be 100% in 7 to 9 months, which means there is a good chance that he will be available for the start of training camp next year. David Carr will now take over as the starting quarterback with rookie Matt Moore moving into the backup role.

Trent Green, QB, MIA
Severe Concussion - Dolphins' QB Trent Green will miss at least a couple of weeks after suffering what is being reported as a grade 3 concussion. Green, who was hurt when his head struck the knee of DL Travis Johnson while attempting to throw a block during a busted play in the first half, was knocked unconsious and remained face down and motionless on the field for several minutes. He was eventually secured to a spine board and carted off the field and into the locker room where he was examined and monitored. Green began to show signs of improvement but he was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. He was later released and allowed to travel back to Miami with the team. Head coach Cam Cameron addressed the media on Monday and he acknowledged that Green had suffered a severe concussion but that the team didn't know how long he would be out. According to various media outlets Green has been diagnosed with a grade 3 concussion, but despite what is being reported a grade 3 concussion is not the most severe type of concussion. Concussions are actually broken down into 6 grades, with a grade 6 (the most severe) resulting in massive intracranial bleeding, total cardiorespiratory collapse and death. Green suffered a pretty bad concussion, but nothing close to the most severe type. Green has suffered a severe concussion before, so that will lengthen his recovery time. But at this point it is far too early to tell how long he will be out.

Damon Huard, QB, KC
Bruised Shoulder - The Chiefs' have already ruled QB Damon Huard out for Week 6 with what the team is calling a bruised right shoulder and his status for the next couple of weeks remains unknown. Huard was injured when he was hit after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. He was able to leave the field under his own power but he was replaced by Brodie Croyle who finished the game. Huard underwent an MRI on Monday and while the team has not released the results they have already decided to keep him out of their next game. Croyle will get the start this upcoming weekend and will continue to play while huard is out.

Matt Leinart, QB, ARI
Fractured Collarbone - Cardinals' QB Matt Leinart will miss at least 6 weeks and could be out for the remainder of the season after fracturing his left collarbone during Sunday's game against the Rams. Leinart was injured when he was sacked in the second quarter and he was taken back to the locker room where an X-ray confirmed that his collarbone was broken. Surgery does not appear to be an option at this time, however the medical staff isn't sure when he will be ready to make his return. Leinart is out until at least Week 11 but if he doesn't recover as quickly as the team hopes he could end up on Injured Reserve. Kurt Warner will start while Leinart is out.

RUNNING BACKS

Jamal Lewis, RB, CLE
Undisclosed Foot Injury - The status of Browns' RB Jamal Lewis for Week 6 is currently unknown after he suffered an undisclosed injury to the bottom of his right foot during Sunday's game against the Patriots. According to reports Lewis was injured at the end of an 11-yard carry in the first quarter and was escorted to the locker room where he underwent an examination and precautionary X-rays. The X-rays came back negative and he returned to the sideline where he was seen testing his foot, but he was held out for the remainder of the game. Lewis told reporters after the game that he could have returned but that the medical staff decided to play it safe and keep him out. He went on to say that he was injured "kind of under the foot" and classified it as "nothing major, just like a small sprain or whatever." Lewis will probably be held out of practice this week so that his foot has as much time to recover. And although he believes that he will be fine for Week 6, his status is currently unknown and it will be determined later on in the week. Jason Wright would start if Lewis were inactive.

Michael Pittman, RB, TB
Severely Sprained Ankle / Fractured Fibula - Bucs' RB Michael Pittman will miss the next 6 - 8 weeks with a severe ankle injury that occurred in Sunday's game against the Colts. There are conflicting reports regarding the severity of Pittman's injury. Head coach Jon Gruden told reporters on Monday that Pittman had a "pretty good sprain" while a local newspaper in Tampa is reporting that he has a slight fracture in his distal fibula. Either way Gruden said that Pittman would be out until at least Week 11. Earnest Graham will now move into the starting lineup and Gruden indicated that he would bring in a veteran RB either through a trade or free agency to help with depth at the RB position.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Bernard Berrian, WR, CHI
Sprained Toe - According to reports Bears' WR Bernard Berrian left Sunday's game after spraining the big toe on his right foot during Sunday night's game against the Packers. Berrian was hurt early in the second half and was seen limping on the sideline. The medical staff examined his foot and decided to keep him on the sideline for the remainder of the night. The severity of the injury has not been released to the public and his status for Week 6 has not been determined, but don't be surprised if he misses practice this week.

Deion Branch, WR, SEA
Sprained Foot - Seahawks' WR Deion Branch, who left Sunday's game against the Steelers with a mid-foot sprain, will miss at least two games and he won't be back until after the team's Week 8 bye. Branch was hurt in the second quarter and was carted off the field and into the locker room. X-rays came back negative, however he was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his foot and he was held out for the remainder of the game. According to reports Branch was seen wearing a protective boot after the game and the team does not expect him to start jogging until sometime next week. Head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters that Branch would be re evaluated at the end of the week but team officials believe he will be out until Week 9.

Santonio Holmes, WR, PIT
Strained Hamstring - Steelers' WR Santonio Holmes was held out of Sunday's game against the Seahawks after pulling his hamstring during pre game warmups. The team did not indicate how the injury occurred, but he was seen limping to the locker room prior to the start of the game. He was listed as active for the game but he remained on the sideline for the entire afternoon. According to reports Holmes was feeling sore on Monday but the severity of the injury and his status for Week 7 have not been made public. The Steelers have bye in Week 6, so Holmses will have an extra week to rest and recover. Check back next week for an update.

Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Sprained Shoulder - According to reports Packers' WR Greg Jennings is expected to be OK after leaving Sunday night's game against the Bears with a sprained shoulder. Jennings injured his shoulder in the second half and was taken to the locker room for precautionary X-rays. The X-rays came back negative and he was cleared by the medical staff to return to the game. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Jennings "should be fine," but indicated that he would be limited in practice. It looks like Jennings will be available for the team's Week 6 game, but check back later in the week for an update.

Antwaan Randle El, WR, WAS
Strained Hamstring - Redskins' WR Antwaan Randle El was having a monster game catching 7 balls for 100 yards before leaving the game with a strained hamstring just before halftime. According to reports Randle El pulled him hamstring running a route and was seen limping back to the locker room right before the end of the second quarter. He did not return to the game, however he told a reporter on Monday that he was feeling fine and that he expected to play in Week 6. The Redskins will likely keep him out of practice for at least a few days as a precaution and a decision on his availability will be made sometime after Friday's workout. It's too early to tell if he will be healthy enough to play, but the Redskins' offense really needs him on the field so look for the medical staff to everything they can to get him ready.

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