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Training Room Injury Update - Week 9
Philip Gentles
October 30 , 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Marc Bulger, STL
Sprained Thumb and Bruised Knee - Rams' QB Marc Bulger suffered a sprained thumb on his right (throwing) hand during Sunday's game, however the team expects him to be fine when they return from their Week 9 bye. Bulger injured his thumb in the second half and according to head coach Scott Linehan the team was prepared to keep him sidelined. However X-rays on his hand were negative and after having his thumb taped he was cleared to return. Linehan went on to say that Bulger was dealing with a bruised knee that was now more of a problem than his injured ribs. Bulger is banged up right now so let's just hope he feels a lot better when the team returns from their Week 9 bye.

Trent Edwards, BUF
Sprained Wrist - Bills' QB Trent Edwards suffered a sprained wrist in Sunday's game against the Jets and his status for Week 9 is questionable. Edwards, who was hurt in third quarter, was taken back to the locker room for X-rays. According to reports the X-rays on his wrist were negative and the injury is being classified as a sprain. The severity of the sprain has not been made public, but it looks like the team is preparing to practice and play without him. Edwards told reporters that his wrist was still sore and he indicated that he wouldn't know what his status would be until later in the week.

Kelly Holcomb, MIN
Bruised Cervical Vertebrae - Vikings' QB Kelly Holcomb left Sunday's game with a very sore neck and according to reports the team does not expect him to play in Week 9. Holcomb, who was hurt when his head hit the ground on a sack in the third quarter, has been diagnosed with bruised cervical vertebrae and it looks like this injury will keep him sideline for several weeks. Holcomb told reporters that he is "extremely sore" and that he "kind of went numb for five, six seconds" when the injury occurred. According to reports X-rays on his neck were negative but an MRI revealed bruising along several vertebrae. Head coach Brad Childress said that he doesn't think Holcomb will practice this week and indicated that the team will be without him for at least a week.

Matt Schaub, HOU
Concussion - Texans' QB Matt Schaub, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Chargers, will not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and his status for Week 9 is currently unknown. Schaub was hurt after taking a big hit in the second quarter and was seen rubbing his head on the sideline shortly afterwards. According to reports he was feeling dizzy and a bit disoriented and the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Schaub was taken to a local hospital for precautionary tests, but did not say how severe the concussion was or if he would be ready to play this upcoming weekend against the Raiders. We'll definitely know more about his status later in the week, but don't be surprised if Kubiak names Sage Rosenfels as his starter before the weekend.

Vinny Testaverde, CAR
Strained Achilles' Tendon - According to reports Panthers' veteran QB Vinny Testaverde left Sunday's game after straining his right Achilles' tendon and his status for Week 9 is questionable. Testaverde was hurt in the third quarter and was seen limping on the sideline afterwards. After being examined he was taken back to the locker room for treatment and he did not return to the game. Head coach John Fox did not have an update on Testaverde's injury during his Monday press conference but we should know more when Fox addresses the media on Wednesday.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO
Bruised Ribs - Saints' RB Reggie Bush told reporters on Monday that he "slightly bruised" his ribs during Sunday's win over the 49ers, however the team still expects him to play in Week 9 against the Jags. Bush, who was hurt after being hit hard in the third quarter, was seen jogging up and down on the sideline after the big hit and missed the following offensive series. He was later taken back to the locker room for an examination and treatment and did not return. According to reports X-rays on his ribs were negative and a follow-up exam revealed a minor bruise. Bush might be limited in practice this week, but head coach Sean Payton said that he expects Bush to be fine so look for him to be ready for the game against the Jags.

Frank Gore, SG
Sprained Ankle - 49ers' RB Frank Gore aggravated his sprained right ankle during Sunday's game against the Saints, however he was not listed on the team's Week 9 injury report so it looks like they are expecting him to play next weekend against the Falcons. Gore did not take part in the team's pre game warm-ups and it appeared that he would inactive. But in a surprising move not only did head coach Mike Nolan activate him, he started him as well. Unfortunately Gore left the game in the third quarter after aggravating the injury on a running play and briefly returned before leaving the game for good early in the fourth quarter. According to reports Gore's ankle was a bit sore on Monday, however the injury isn't as bad as the team had initially feared. Check back on Friday for an update, but it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup against the Falcons.

Steven Jackson, STL
Bulging Disk in Lower Back - RB Steven Jackson's return to the field lasted just over a quarter because he was forced to the sideline during Sunday's game against the Browns with lower back spasms. Jackson, who was playing for the first time since partially tearing his groin in Week 3, began to complain of lower back tightness in the first quarter and was forced from the game in the second quarter when his back began to spasm. Jackson told reporters that his back became a problem because he was overcompensating for his groin. Unfortunately the medical staff could not control his back spasms and he was held out for the remainder of the game. The medical staff agreed with Jackson and felt that his back problems were being caused by overcompensation. However an MRI on his lower back on Monday revealed a bulging disk and his status for Week 10 is now in question. Head coach Scott Linehan told reporters that Jackson's injury is "treatable" but admitted that if they had a game this week he wouldn't be able to play. So it looks like the bye week came at the perfect time. He'll have an extra week to rest and recover, but it doesn't guarantee that he will be ready when they return from their bye.

Clinton Portis, WAS
Undisclosed Hand Injury - Redskins' RB Clinton Portis missed a series after hurting his hand on Sunday, however he was able to return and finish the game. Portis was injured when his left arm bent awkwardly under a pile while he attempted to recover a fumble late in the second quarter. He left the game and was examined by the medical staff on the sideline. He was soon cleared to return and he was able to play the entire second half. The Redskins have not said a lot about Portis' injury, but according to local reports the injury does not appear to be serious and he should be fine for their Week 9 game against the Jets. We'll keep you posted.

Kenny Watson, CIN
Concussion - Bengals' RB Kenny Watson suffered a minor concussion during Sunday's game, however head coach Marvin Lewis said that the injury is not a major concern and he indicated that there was a chance that he could play in their Week 9 game. According to reports Watson was hurt when he was hit in the facemask by a teammate in the fourth quarter and stayed on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the field. He did not return to the game however he appeared to be fine afterwards and he told reporters that he expects to play next weekend against the Bills. In his Monday press conference coach Lewis said that Watson's injury had already "subsided" and he appeared optimistic about Watson's chances of playing. Keep an eye on the team's practice report this week just to be sure and check with The Huddle on Friday for an update.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Laveranues Coles, NYJ
Concussion - Jets' WR Laveranues Coles was knocked unconscious during Sunday's loss to the Bills and his status for Week 9 is reportedly very questionable. Coles took a big hit from Bills' DB Terrance McGee after hauling in a short pass in the fourth quarter and he lay motionless on the ground for several minutes. He regained consciousness, was eventually helped up and escorted off the field. He did not return to the game and in an interview with reporters on Monday Coles admitted that he couldn't remember anything about the play. According to reports the Jets are preparing to keep him out of practice this week and there is a good chance that he will be held out of their Week 9 game against the Redskins as a precaution. We'll know more about his status later in the week so check back on Friday for an update.

Andre Davis, HOU
Bruised Ribs - According to reports Texans' WR Andre Davis injured his ribs early in Sunday's game against the Chargers and its uncertain if he will be able to play in the team's Week 9 game. X-rays on Davis' ribs came back negative and the medical staff has diagnosed him with a bruise, but he was feel sore on Monday and he will probably be limited to non-contact drills in practice this week. There isn't a lot of information available about Davis' injury at the moment, but we should know a lot more about his status later in the week.

Greg Lewis, PHI
Undisclosed Shoulder Injury - Eagles' WR Greg Lewis left Sunday's game against the Vikings with an undisclosed shoulder injury and his status for Week 9 is currently unknown. Lewis was hurt after trying to catch a pass in the endzone in the fourth quarter. After missing the pass he fell to the ground and landed hard on his shoulder and side. He remained on the turf for several minutes and was eventually helped off the field and carted to the locker room. Head coach Andy Reid has not said how badly Lewis was hurt, but he appeared to be in a lot of pain on Sunday so don't be surprised if he doesn't play against the Cowboys.

Bobby Wade, MIN
Bruised Knee - Vikings' WR Bobby Wade suffered a bone bruise in his knee during Sunday's game against the Eagles, however the team does not consider the injury to be serious and he may be available for their next game. Wade hyperextended his knee in the second half and after making his way to the sideline he was examined and held out of the remainder of the game. According to reports the medical staff believes that he suffered a bone bruise when his knee hyperextended but they don't think he suffered damage to the ligaments or cartilage. He underwent a precautionary MRI on his knee yesterday, but the results have not been released. We'll know more about his status later in the week.

TIGHT ENDS

Owen Daniels, HOU
High Ankle Sprain - Owen Daniels' status for Week 9 appears to be in doubt after the Texans' tight end suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's game. According to reports Daniels was injured in the fourth quarter and was seen limping on the sidelines. X-rays on his ankle were negative but an MRI performed on Monday reportedly revealed a sprain to the ligament between his tibia and fibula just above his ankle. The team has not said how bad the sprain is but this kind of injury could keep him out anywhere from two to six weeks. Daniels hasn't been ruled out of the team's Week 9 game yet, but at this point it looks like he will be sidelined for several weeks.

IDP's

Carlos Rogers, DB, WAS
Torn ACL and MCL - Redskins' DB Carlos Rogers will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during Sunday's game against the Patriots. Rogers' knee gave out in the first quarter and he was taken back to the locker room where a preliminary examination revealed serious ligament damage. He underwent an MRI on Monday and it revealed complete tears to the ACL and MCL. Rogers will undergo reconstructive knee surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee has subsided. According to reports the medical staff believes that he will be back on the field at some point next season, but it's way too early to tell if he will be ready in time for the start of training camp.

Greg Spires, DL, TB
Achilles Strain - Bucs' starting DE Greg Spires will likely miss at least one week and could be out for a lot longer after straining his Achilles' tendon during Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Spires, who was hurt in the fourth quarter, told reporters following the game that he hurt his Achilles and he wasn't sure if he would be ready to play in Week 9. Head coach Jon Gruden said on Monday that Spires was dealing with a calf injury and that he was concerned about his availability for the next couple of weeks. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI yesterday so we should know more about his status as soon as the results are released to the public. But it doesn't look good.

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