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Training Room Injury Update - Week 7
Philip Gentles
October 16 , 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Brett Favre, GB
Sprained Ankle - Packers' QB Brett Favre was seen limping after Sunday's game against the Redskins but it appears that he will have enough time to recover. Favre rolled his ankle, the same ankle that was surgically repaired in the off-season, on a scramble in the first quarter. His ankle was reportedly iced and taped in the locker room at half time but he did not miss a single play because of the injury. He was seen limping after the game and when asked he told reporters that it was bothering him. Favre went on to say that the ankle was an issue prior to the game and that he should be fine following the team's Week 7 bye. Favre has played through a variety of injuries in his career so it would surprise us if this injury keeps him from playing in Week 8. But we will keep you posted on his recovery.

Tony Romo, DAL
Strained Rotator Cuff - According to reports Cowboys' QB Tony Romo suffered a minor rotator strain in his left (non-throwing) shoulder during Sunday's game against the Patriots however the injury is not considered to be serious and the team expects him to start in Week 7 against the Vikings. Romo did not say how he was hurt but told reporters that the injury occurred in the first quarter and that he was able to play the entire game through it. His shoulder was heavily wrapped after the game but he said that he would be OK. He might be limited early in the practice this week however he should be fine for Week 7.

Kurt Warner, ARI
Torn Elbow Ligament - Cardinals' veteran QB Kurt Warner is out at least one week and could be out for a lot longer after reportedly tearing a ligament in his left (non-throwing) elbow during Sunday's game against the Panthers. Warner was hurt when DL Julius Peppers landed on his elbow causing it to bend awkwardly while he attempted to recover a fumble in the first quarter. He was taken off the field and escorted to the locker room where he was X-rayed and examined. According to reports X-rays were negative and he returned to the sideline. However his elbow was then wrapped in ice and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Warner spoke with reporters on Monday and said that the team's medical staff believes that there is damage to a couple of ligaments in his elbow and a local newspaper is reporting that at least one of the ligaments is torn. The results of an MRI, which was performed on Monday, will be released sometime today and that should help us figure out how long he will be out. But the team is preparing to play without him in Week 7 and it looks like he could be out for a while to come. Tim Rattay will start while Warner is out.

Vince Young, TEN
Strained Quadriceps - Titans' QB Vince Young, who left Sunday's game with a strained right quadriceps, underwent a precautionary MRI on Monday and while the team does not believe that the injury is serious Young is being listed as "day-to-day" and his status for Week 7 will be determined later on in the week. Young injured his leg at the end of short run in the third quarter. He appeared to pull up while running out of bounds and after being examined by the medical staff he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Jeff Fisher addressed the media on Monday and said that the injury was "not as bad as we (Titans) thought" and that he was optimistic about his chances of recovering in time for the team's next game. Young will probably be limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but at this point the team is expecting him to be healthy enough to play against the Texans next Sunday.

RUNNING BACKS

Chris Brown, TEN
Sprained Ankle - Titans' RB Chris Brown left Sunday's game after spraining his ankle during Sunday's game against the Bucs and his status for Week 8 is questionable. Brown was hurt when a Texans' defender fell on his ankle during a run in the second quarter. He left game and did not return. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters on Monday that Brown's ankle was sore and he indicated that he would be limited in practice this week while he recovers. Brown is one of the least durable running backs in the NFL, so this latest injury should not come as a surprise. Look for rookie Chris Henry to see a lot of action in practice this week and if Brown can't play in Week 7 Henry will get a lot of carries in his place.

Priest Holmes, KC
Spinal Stenosis - Chiefs' veteran RB Priest Holmes, who missed the first 6 weeks of the regular season while on the team's PUP list, could practice with the team this week and reportedly may play as early as next Sunday against the Raiders. According to reports the Chiefs are actively shopping current backup RB Michael Bennett and the local media in Kansas City believes that this indicates that the team is about to activate Holmes. Head coach Herman Edwards said last week that Holmes was "getting a lot better" and that he could be removed from the PUP list this week. Holmes has already declared himself "ready to go" so this could end up being a very interesting week for the Chiefs. If he is activated, there is no telling how the Chiefs will use him. But based on what he has done in the past, you would be foolish not to add him to your roster.

Sammy Morris, NE
Undisclosed Shoulder / Chest Injury - There is a lot of speculation regarding the injury that knocked Patriots' RB Sammy Morris out of Sunday's game against the Cowboys. According to several unconfirmed reports Morris, who was hurt after several players fell on him following a run in the third quarter, may have suffered damage to his collarbone. Team officials are calling it a "chest injury" but as expected the Patriots' organization has decided to keep the details about the injury out of the media. His status for Week 7 remains unknown but hopefully we'll know a lot more about his injury later in the week.

Fred Taylor, JAX
Strained Groin - Jaguars' RB Fred Taylor had a very big first half on Sunday against the Texans. Unfortunately Taylor aggravated his injured groin and he sat out the entire second half as a precaution. According to reports both of Taylor's groin muscles tightened up prior to the start of the third quarter and he spent several minutes trying to loosen them up. But the Jags took control of the game and the medical staff told Taylor that there was no point in playing. He was reportedly sore on Monday and the team will probably keep him limited in practice this week. However at this point they believe that Taylor will be active for their Week 7 game against the Colts. Taylor's injury problems could open the door for Maurice Jones-Drew who had a pretty good game on Sunday as well.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Drew Bennett, STL
Strained Hamstring - Rams' WR Drew Bennett, who was starting in place of injured Isaac Bruce, left Sunday's game after pulling his hamstring and his status for Week 7 is currently unknown. Bennett was hurt running a route in the second quarter and he did not return to the game. According to reports Bennett was seen limping in the locker room after the game, however the severity of the injury is still unknown and his status for next Sunday's game against the Seahawks remains unclear. We should know more about his status on Friday so check with The Huddle then for an update.

Brandon Jones, TEN
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery - Titans' WR Brandon Jones will miss the next 2 - 3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove damaged cartilage from his knee on Monday afternoon. Jones, who was inactive for Sunday's game against the Bucs, had been complaining of discomfort and inflammation in his knee and was held out of practice last week as a result. The team's medical staff decided that surgery would help speed his recovery. Roydell Williams will continue to start while Jones is out.

TIGHT ENDS

Bubba Franks, GB
Sprained Knee - Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that a sprained knee ligament would keep TE Bubba Franks sidelined for at least two weeks. Franks was hurt in the fourth quarter and had to be carted off the field. Initial reports suggested that the injury was very serious however McCarthy indicated that the sprain was minor and that he could be back as early as Week 9. Franks doesn't have a lot of fantasy value, but his absence certainly strengthens the value of Donald Lee.

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap was active for Sunday's game unfortunately he aggravated his injured hamstring and it looks like he will miss next weekend's game against the Bills. It's unclear how Heap was hurt, but he left the game in the first quarter and headed back to the locker room. He returned to the sideline in the second quarter but he did not return to the game. According to reports the team does not want to risk Heap against the Bills and since they have their bye in Week 8, if they keep him out for the Bills' game he will have three weeks to rest and recover.

Alex Smith, TB
Sprained Ankle - Bucs' TE Alex Smith was carted off the field after spraining his ankle during Sunday's game against the Titans and although X-rays on his leg came back negative his status for Week 7 is questionable. According to reports Smith was hurt when a defender rolled up on his legs in the third quarter. He immediately fell to the ground and appeared to be in a lot of pain. He was examined by the team's medical staff and was carted off the field and into the locker room. Head coach Jon Gruden told reporters that Smith's ankle was sore and confirmed that he would be wearing a protective boot for at least a couple of days. But said that he wouldn't know what his status for Week 7 would be until later on in the week.

Ben Watson, NE
Sprained Ankle - Patriots' TE Ben Watson left Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a sprained ankle and his status for Week 7 is currently unknown. Watson was hurt when DB Roy Williams fell on his leg after making a catch in the second quarter. He was seen limping on the sideline but did not appear to be seriously hurt. However he did not play in the second half and the team is not saying how badly he is hurt. Another Patriots' player injury means another guessing game, but keep an eye on the team's practice

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