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Training Room Injury Update - Week 10
Philip Gentles
November 6, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

David Carr, CAR
Concussion - Panthers' QB David Carr was knocked from Sunday's game after suffering a concussion in the second half, and not because he aggravated his lower back as several media outlets initially reported. Carr was hurt when he was hit by Titans' DT Tony Brown in the fourth quarter. He complained of dizziness on the sideline and the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. According to reports Carr has been diagnosed with a mild concussion however his status for Week 10 is currently unknown and the medical staff won't know if he will be able to play next weekend until they see how he recovers. The Panthers don't have a lot of other options at QB right now, but head coach John Fox indicated that the team will be cautious with Carr's injury.

Jay Cutler, DEN
Bruised Leg - The Broncos got some good news on Monday when tests revealed that his injured lower leg was bruised and not fractured as the team initially feared. Cutler was hurt when he took a helmet to his leg in first half. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays and according to reports the X-rays were inconclusive. He did not return to the game and Cutler later told reporters that the medical staff was worried that the injury might be a hairline fracture. He underwent additional X-rays and an MRI on Monday and they revealed that the bone in his leg was bruised and not fractured. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that Cutler was feeling sore and that he wouldn't know what his status for Week 10 would be until Wednesday.

Tavaris Jackson, MIN
Concussion - Vikings' QB Tavaris Jackson suffered a concussion during Sunday's game and his status for Week 10 is in question. Jackson, who was hurt after getting hit in the head as he dived to the ground in the first half, was knocked unconscious and his body remained frozen with his right arm sticking straight up for several moments. Jackson regained consciousness on the field and was helped off and did not return to the game. Head coach Childress told reporters that Jackson is scheduled to undergo additional testing on Tuesday and that he didn't expect to know his status for Week 10 until later on in the week.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
Bruised Hip - Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger left Monday night's game after bruising his right hip at the end of the first half. However he was able to return to the field in the third quarter and according to reports the team does not believe the injury is serious. Roethlisberger was hurt when he was pushed to the ground after rolling out and throwing a deep pass. He had to be helped off the field and appeared to be in a lot of pain. However he was soon seen throwing the ball on the sideline and he was later cleared to return to the game. He spoke with reporters after the game and said that his hip was bruised. He is scheduled to undergo additional testing today as a precaution. But the team expects him to be ready in time for Week 10.

RUNNING BACKS

Shaun Alexander, SEA
Sprained Knee and Ankle - Seahawks' RB Shaun Alexander left Sunday's game with a sprained left knee and ankle and his injuries could keep him out of the team's Week 10 game. Alexander was hurt in the first half and missed playing time but he later returned and finished the game. According to reports the injury to his ankle is not considered serious. However his knee appears to be an issue and not only will it keep him from practicing this week head coach Mike Holmgren isn't sure if he will be ready in time to play against the 49ers next Monday night. We'll know more about his status later in the week.

Ryan Grant, GB
Minor Concussion - Packers' RB Ryan Grant suffered a minor concussion during Sunday's game against the Chiefs, however the injury is not considered serious and head coach Mike McCarthy told reports that Grant "should be fine." According to reports Grant was hurt on a carry in the fourth quarter and was forced to the sideline where the medical staff examined him and determined that his day was over. McCarthy told reporters following the game that Grant may have suffered a concussion and on Monday he reportedly confirmed the initial diagnosis. The good news is that he could be cleared to practice as early as Wednesday and if all goes well he should be back in the starting lineup in Week 10.

Ahman Green, HOU
Lingering Knee Soreness and Inflammation - Texans' veteran RB Ahman Green, who left Sunday's game after aggravating his knee injury, told reporters on Monday that his knee would be an issue all season and that he probably wouldn't "get it fixed" until after the season. According to reports Green began to experience stiffness and pain in his knee in the first half and he was eventually replaced in the lineup by Ron Dayne. The Texans have not revealed the exact nature of Green's injury, however sources close to the team have told The Huddle that he is dealing with cartilage damage and as he said the damage will need to be surgically repaired at some point. Green seems convinced that he can make it through the season without the surgery. But if he continues to have trouble don't be surprised if the Texans take care of the problem sooner rather than later.

Travis Henry, DEN
Undisclosed Knee Injury - Broncos' RB Travis Henry left Sunday's game with a knee injury, but according to reports the injury is not considered serious and team officials expect him to be ready for their Week 10 game against the Chiefs. Henry, who was hurt on a 22-yard run in the third quarter, was in and out of the lineup in the second half before leaving the game for good in the fourth quarter. Henry told reporters that his knee was OK and he said that he could have returned and finished the game if the score was close. But with the Lions in complete control the medical staff decided to keep him sidelined as a precaution. He may be limited in practice this week as he recovers, however he should be healthy enough to play next weekend.

Larry Johnson, KC
Mid-foot Sprain - Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson will probably miss at least one game and could be out for a lot longer after suffering a midfoot sprain during Sunday's loss to the Packers. Johnson was injured when his foot got caught in the ground as he was being tackled from behind at the end of a run in the fourth quarter. He immediately grabbed for his foot and had to be helped off the field by the medical staff. He was eventually carted to the locker room where he underwent X-rays and an examination. According to reports X-rays were negative and he was initially diagnosed with a sprained ankle. Head coach Herman Edwards told reporters on Monday that additional tests confirmed that the injury was actually a midfoot sprain and that the team wouldn't know the severity of the injury and his status for the next couple of weeks until the medical examined the MRI results on Tuesday. Edwards indicated that the team was getting ready to play without him so it looks like the injury is serious. If Johnson is out look for Priest Holmes to move into the starting lineup and and don't be surprised if rookie Kolby Smith sees a significant amount of playing time as well.

Willis McGahee, BAL
Concussion - Ravens' RB Willis McGahee left Monday night's game with a concussion and his status for Week 10 is currently unknown. McGahee was hurt when he took knee to the helmet while trying to block in the fourth quarter. He stayed on ground for several minutes before being helped up and escorted off the field. He was examined on the sideline and was later seen standing and talking to teammates. However he did not return to the game. McGahee's injury does not appear to be severe, however he will undergo several tests today and we should know more about his status for the team's next game over the next couple of days.

Jerious Norwood, ATL
Sprained Ankle - Falcons' RB Jerious Norwood sprained his ankle during Sunday's game against the 49ers and his status for Week 10 is currently unknown. According to reports Norwood actually turned his ankle on a run in the first quarter and he was able to stay in the game until aggravating the injury in the third quarter. He was reportedly seen limping in the locker room afterwards however he was seen moving more comfortably on Monday. Head coach Bobby Petrino did not update his status during his Monday press conference, but team officials indicated that he would probably miss some practice time this week.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Anthony Gonzalez, IND
Dislocated Thumb - According to reports Colts' WR Anthony Gonzalez dislocated his left thumb early in Sunday's game and his status for Week 10 appears to be in question. Gonzalez was hurt while catching a pass on the first play of the game. After running out of bounds he was seen bent over and holding his hand in obvious pain. The medical staff was able to reduce the dislocation on the sideline but he was held out of the first quarter while he was treated and taped. Gonzalez attempted to return however he had trouble catching the ball and he was limited for the remainder of the game. The team isn't sure if he will be able to play next week against the Chargers and they will probably wait and see how he responds to treatment before they make a decision on his status for Week 10.

Chad Johnson, CIN
Strained Neck - Bengals' WR Chad Johnson appears to be OK after leaving Sunday's game against the Bills on a stretcher. Johnson hurt his neck when he was hit by a Bills' defender while attempting to catch a pass in the fourth quarter. He remained on the ground for several minutes before being secured to a spine board and carted off the field. He was then taken to a local hospital where underwent a precautionary CT scan. According to reports Johnson had full movement of his extremities at the hospital and was later released when the tests showed that his neck injury was not serious. Johnson was seen walking around the team's medical facility on Monday morning and while his neck was stiff he appeared to be OK. Head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters that Johnson would likely be limited in practice this week but that he could be available for the team's Week 10 game. Check back on Friday for an update.

IDP's

Dunta Robinson, DB, HOU
Torn ACL and Hamstring - Texans' DB Dunta Robinson will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on his injured leg revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn hamstring. Robinson was injured during Sunday's game and had to be carted off the field. According to reports the medical staff diagnosed him with an ACL sprain. Unfortunately additional tests on his leg on Monday revealed that the ACL and hamstring was torn. He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee goes down and he will probably be placed on Injured Reserve soon.

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