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Training Room Injury Update - Week 6
Philip Gentles
October 12, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Marc Bulger, STL
Cracked Ribs - Rams' head coach Scott Linehan announced on Wednesday that QB Marc Bulger is still at least a week away from being able to play and that QB Gus Frerotee would make his second-straight start this weekend against the Ravens on Sunday. According to reports Bulger has begun to show signs of improvement. Unfortunately he's still experiencing a bit of soreness and after speaking with the medical staff Linehan decided to give him another week off so that his ribs have additional time to heal.

David Carr, CAR
Lower Back Strain - Panthers' QB David Carr, who suffered a lower back strain in last week's game against the Saints, has not practiced with the team this week and his status for Week 6 remains uncertain. Carr did not take part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he did some light throwing on the side yesterday and he told reporters that he will attempt to participate in some drills today. According to reports Carr's back remains stiff and sore, howeverit has improved and there's still a chance that he will play this weekend against the Cardinals. We should know a lot more about his availability after practice today. If he doesn't play look for newly signed veteran Vinny Testaverde to get the start in his place.

Trent Green, MIA
Severe Concussion - As expected the Dolphins have already ruled QB Trent Green out for this weekend's game and Green will be sidelined indefinitely while he recovers from a severe concussion. According to reports Green recently underwent a neurological exam and received "encouraging" test results. He was told that there was a good chance that he could be allowed to play again this season and he confirmed that he definitely plans on continuing his football career. The Associated Press and several other major media outlets are still saying that Green suffered the most severe type of concussion, but as The Huddle explained to you earlier in the week that is far from accurate. Green's concussion, while severe, is still only a grade 3 on a 6-grade scale. The problem of course is that Miami is a struggling football team and need to see production out of their younger players. So even if Green is cleared to play again this season don't be surprised if he remains on the sideline while Beck or Lemon starts.

Damon Huard, KC
Bruised Shoulder - After leaving last Sunday's game with shoulder injury the Chiefs immediately began preperations to be without QB Damon Huard for at least week. But an MRI revealed very little damage and the medical staff determined that his injury was simply a bruise and that he would be able to play in Week 6. According to reports Huard took snaps with the first-team offense in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and head coach Herman Edwards confirmed with reporters that he will be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Bengals.

RUNNING BACKS

Ahman Green, HOU
Sprained Knee - Texans' RB Ahman Green, who has not played since spraining his knee in Week 3, was taken off the team's official injury report after practice on Wednesday and he appears set to start this weekend against the Jaguars. According to reports Green took part in every drill in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and team officials appeared to be happy with his performance. He did not appear to favor his injured knee and was running and moving at full speed. So unless he suffers a setback in practice today he will make his return to the starting lineup on Sunday.

Brandon Jackson, GB
Shin Injury - Packers' rookie RB Brandon Jackson was inactive for last week's game because of a shin injury, but after practicing with the team on Wednesday he was removed from the official injury report and the medical staff expects him to play this weekend against the Redskins. Jackson practiced without restrictions on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he looked healthy. He told reporters that he was feeling a lot better and that he was ready to play. Vernand Morency continues to deal with knee inflammation so look for Jackson to see a lot of playing time while splitting carries with DeShawn Wynn.

Steven Jackson, STL
Partially Torn Groin - Local newspapers in St. Louis are now reporting what we've been telling you for several weeks: that RB Steven Jackson will be out until the second-half of the season because of a partial tear in his groin muscle. Jackson, who has a signficant tear in his groin, has begun to run however he has not been cleared to practice and it looks like he will be held out until after the team's Week 9 bye. Rookie Brian Leonard will once again get the start his weekend and will continue to play while Jackson is out.

Rudi Johnson, CIN
Strained Hamstring - Bengals' RB Rudi Johnson continues to recover from a strained hamstring that occurred in Week 3 and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for Week 6 remains questionable. Johnson, who has not played or practiced since hurting his leg a little less than 3 weeks ago, may take the field today. But the teams is preparing to play without him. So unless Johnson is able to take part in a full practice today look for him to miss his second straight game. Kenny Watson would get the start if Johnson is out.

LaMont Jordan, OAK
Undisclosed Lower Back Injury - Raiders' RB LaMont Jordan has still not recovered from a back injury that occurred in Week 4 and despite getting additional rest during the bye week Jordan's status for Week 6 remains uncertain. According to reports Jordan returned to practice on Wednesday but he aggravated his injury during a drill and was forced to end the workout early. He was limited in practice and Thursday and he admitted to reporters that he isn't sure if he would be ready to play this weekend. Head coach Lane Kiffin is calling Jordan's progress "up and down" and said that the team would know more about his status following practice today. This could come down to a game-time decision but don't be surprised if he deactivated.

Jamal Lewis, CLE
Strained Plantar Fascia - Brown's RB Jamal Lewis will probably be inactive for this weekend's game because of a strained plantar fascia. Lewis, who was injured in last week's game, underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed damage to the plantar fascia on the bottom of his foot. He wore a boot on his foot through Wednesday and did not take part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Romeo Crennel did not day whether Lewis would be available Sunday. But if he doesn't practice with the team today he'll likely be out for the game. Look for Jason Wright to get the start in his place.

Laurence Maroney, NE
Strained Groin - Patriots' RB Laurence Maroney, who has missed the last two games because of a strained groin, remains limited in practice and his status for Week 6 is currently unknown. According to reports Maroney has looked good during passing drills this week but he still hasn't taken part in a full practice so there is no way of knowing if his groin is ready for game action. ESPN is reporting that Maroney "should be set to go" however they have been wrong about him before and we probably won't know his official status until sometime right before kickoff.

Vernand Morency, GB
Knee Inflammation - Packers' RB Vernand Morency had a vital role in the team's running and passing game last weekend. Unfortunately he aggravated his injured knee and he was reportedly suffering from inflammation on Monday that could end up keeping him out of this weekend's game. Morency was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and the team isn't sure if he will be able to play on Sunday. We should know more about his status after practice today, but this could come down to a game-time decision so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Brian Westbrook, PHI
Abdominal Strain / Sore Ribs - Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook recently told reporters that he wasn't completely healthy. However he took part in full practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like he will start this weekend against the Jets. Westbrook, who is still recovering from an abdominal strain and sore ribs, has looked sharp in practice and appears ready to play. As Westbrook said he wouldn't be completely healthy so that's something to be concerned about. However if he's on your roster you've got to get him in your starting lineup.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Bernard Berrian, CHI
Sprained Toe - Bears' WR Beranard Berrian, who left last week's game with a sprained toe, has not practiced this week however the team remains confident that he will be able to play in Week 6 against the Vikings. Berrian was reportedly held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution and according to reports the medical staff believes that he will be on the practice field today and in the starting lineup this weekend. Obviously if he doesn't practice today then status becomes a lot less certain. But team officials have said all week that Berrian would be ready to play. Let's hope they are right.

Anquan Boldin, ARI
Strained Groin - The Cardinals continue to downplay the severity of Anquan Boldin's injured groin. However he admitted to reporters that he wasn't completely healthy and it looks like he will miss his third straight game. Boldin, who has not practiced with the team since getting hurt several weeks ago, reporteldly ran with teammates on Wednesday and Thursday and has taken part in "rigorous" individual workouts. But in an interview with a reporter Boldin admitted that his groin was still only about "80 percent" healed and he indicated that he might not be ready to play until at least Week 7. An official decision on his status may not come until gameday, but if he doesn't practice today he probably won't be active on Sunday. Bryant Johnson, who has recovered from a quad strain, would start in Boldin is out.

Deion Branch, SEA
Sprained Foot - As expected the Seahawks has declared WR Deion Branch out for this weekend's game against the Saints and according to reports he could be out until after the team's Week 8 bye. Branch, who suffered a mid-foot sprain in last week's game, has been held out of practice this week and according to reports he's spent a lot of time in the team's training room receiving treatment and undergoing rehab. Boby Engram will be the team's top receiver while Branch is out.

Isaac Bruce, STL
Strained Hamstring - Rams' veteran RB Isaac Bruce, who was inactive for last Sunday's game because of a strained hamstring, has not practiced this week and the team expects him to be inactive for their Week 6 game against the Ravens. The medical staff is reportedly being extremely cautious with this injury. They are worried that if they try and rush him back that it could become a chronic problem and linger all year. So it looks like the Rams will keep him out until he is completely healthy. Drew Bennet will get the start in his place.

Plaxico Burress, NYG
Severely Sprained Ankle - To no ones surprise Giants' WR Plaxico Burress said that his ankle was very swollen following last week's game. However he intends to keep on playing which means that he'll probably be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Jets. Burress, who is dealing with a severely sprained ankle, has been held out of practice this week as planned so that he has time to recover and get ready. The medical staff does not expect his injured ankle to completely heal until after the season and while it hasn't affected his production he could aggravate the injury at any time forcing him to miss playing time. However the Giants expect him to start this weekend and he will continue to play as long as his ankle will allow.

Ike Hilliard, TB
Bruised Shoulder / Sprained Ankle - Bucs' WR Ike Hilliard was limited in practice on Thursday because of bruised shoulder and sprained ankle, however the team still expects him to start this weekend against the Titans. According to reports Hilliard took park in every drill during Wednesday's practice but complained of soreness in his shoulder and ankle. So he was limited on Thursday as a precaution. But Hilliard will attempt to practice with the team again today and if all goes well he will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Andre Johnson, HOU
Sprained MCL and PCL - According to reports Texans' WR Andre Johnson began running on Wednesday for the first time since hurting his knee, however he has not been cleared to practice with the team and he has been declared out for this weekend's game against the the Jaguars. Johnson told reporters that his knee was feeling a lot better but that he hasn't done a lot of change-of-direction drills. The Texans believe that he could make his return as early as Week 7.

Eddie Kennison, KC
Strained Hamstring - Chiefs' WR Eddie Kennison, who left last week's game after aggravating his hamstring injury, has not practiced this week and according to head coach Herman Edwards he will probably be inactive for the team's Week 6 game. Kennison was reportedly very sore following last Sunday's game and the medical staff may keep him out until after their Week 8 bye. Edwards does not expect him to practice today, and if he doesn't he'll likely be declared out.

Santana Moss, WAS
Strained Groin - Redskins' WR Santana Moss, who has been dealing with a strained groin since the team's Week 3 game, made his return to practice on Wednesday and after taking part in team drills for two straight days it looks like he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Packers. According to reports Moss ran at full speed on Wednesday and made several big plays in practice on Thursday. So if all goes well in practice today he should be active this weekend.

Antwaan Randle El, WAS
Strained Hamstring - It appears that Redskins' WR Antwaan Randle El will be inactive for the team's Week 6 game against the Packers because of a hamstring injury. Randle El, who strained his hamstring in last week's game, has not been able to practice this week and head coach Joe Gibbs told reporters that it would take a "miracle" for Randle El to play. He appears to be more optimistic about his chances of playing, but the team is preparing to be without him. He'll likely be a game-time decision, but don't expect him to play.

TIGHT ENDS

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who did not play in last week's game because of a strained hamstring, was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and his status for this weekend's game remains uncertain. Heap spoke with reporters after practice on Wednesday and he said that his hamstring was improving but that he doesn't want to rush back. He'll attempt to take part in more drills today so we should know more about his status sometime tonight. Regardless of what happens an official decision on his availability won't be made until gameday so check back with The Huddle for an update.

L.J. Smith, PHI
Groin Surgery - Eagles' TE L.J. Smith finally took part in a full practice on Wednesday and after making it through a second day of workouts on Thursday it looks like he will play on Sunday for the first time since Week 2. Smith, who had surgery on his injured groin several weeks ago, is healthy for the first time in 6 months. However don't be surprised if head coach Andy Reid works him back slowly.

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