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Training Room Injury Update - Week 10
Philip Gentles
November 9, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

David Carr, CAR
Concussion - Panthers' QB David Carr, who is recovering from a concussion, has been held out of practice this week and his status for this weekend's game appears to be in doubt. According to reports Carr missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and still has not been cleared by the team's medical staff. Team officials are hoping that he can take the field today, however it looks like veteran Vinny Testaverde will be in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Jay Cutler, DEN
Bruised Leg - According to reports Broncos' QB Jay Cutler has made a quick recovery from a bruised leg and the team expects him to be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Chiefs. The team was initially concerned about Cutler's status and even after additional X-rays and an MRI confirmed that the injury was just a bruise there were several reports that said he would be out 2 - 3 weeks. However Cutler returned to full practice on Wednesday and after Thursday's practice head coach Mike Shanahan said that his QB was looking good. Shanahan expects him to take part in practice today, and if he does you can expect him to be in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Trent Edwards, BUF
Sprained Wrist - Bills' head coach Dick Jauron told reporters earlier this week that rookie QB Trent Edwards is still not completely healthy and that J.P. Losman has been named the starting QB for the team's Week 10 game. According to reports Edwards has trouble just gripping the ball last week, however he began throwing the ball on Monday and he took part in some individual passing drills on Wednesday and Thursday. He's still at least a week away from being cleared to practice with the team. But if Losman is playing well, Jauron made it clear that he would keep Edwards on the bench regardless of his health. So it looks like his grip on the starting job is now gone.

David Garrard, JAX
High Ankle Sprain - Jaguars' QB David Garrard, who has missed the last two games because of a high ankle sprain, return to limited practice on Wednesday and according to reports there is a chance that could be activated for this weekend's game. Garrard's ankle has shown signs of improvement however he was held out of team drills on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution. Team officials are hoping that he will be more involved in practice today. But regardless of what happens it looks like Garrard will be a game-time decision. Check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Tavaris Jackson, MIN
Concussion - Vikings' QB Tavaris Jackson continues to recover from a concussion that occurred in last week's game and while head coach Brad Childress remains optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend, it looks like Brooks Bollinger will be in the starting lineup. As expected Jackson was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and Childress indicated that he would probably be limited again today. He told reporters that there is a "possibility" that Jackson could start against the Packers, however the team is preparing to play without him. An official decision on his availability probably won't be made until gameday but don't be surprised if Bollinger starts.

Vinny Testaverde, CAR
Achilles' Tendinitis - Panthers' head coach John Fox hasn't said who his starting QB will be for Week 10, however Vinny Testaverde has looked sharp in practice this week and it looks like he will be under center on Sunday against the Falcons. Testaverde is recovering from Achilles' tendinitis but according to reports he was able to take part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. With David Carr still limited because of a concussion the team is hoping that Testaverde will be ready to play this weekend. So if he doesn't suffer a setback today look for Fox to name him the starter for Sunday's game.

RUNNING BACKS

Shaun Alexander, SEA
Minor Knee Sprain - According to reports an MRI on RB Shaun Alexander's injured knee revealed very little structural damage, however the joint remains swollen and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for Week 10 appears to be in question. Alexander, who was hurt in last week's game, has spent a lot of time in the team's training room and his knee is showing signs of improvement. Unfortunately his knee is reportedly still a bit swollen and he's at least a week away from being back to full strength. His status for Monday night's game is currently questionable and it could come down to a game-time decision. But even if he is active the team will probably focus on the passing game and he'll likely split carries with Maurice Morris. So I suggest you find someone else to start this week.

Chris Brown, TEN
High Ankle Sprain - Titans' RB Chris Brown, who hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 6, suffered a minor setback in his recovery on Wednesday and his status for Week 10 is now in question. Brown took part in full practice on Wednesday, however according to reports his ankle was sore and swollen afterwards and he was held out of several drills during Thursday's practice as a result. Hopefully he takes part in a full practice today. Regardless of what happens he will probably be a game-time decision so check with us on Sunday for an update.

Reggie Bush, NO
Bruised Knee - Despite being limited in practice this week, the Saints still expect RB Reggie Bush to start on Sunday against the Rams. Bush, who is dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, was held out of practice on Wednesday and was limited in practice on Thursday, however the team's medical staff is reportedly just being cautious and they believe that he will be healthy enough to play this weekend. Bush spoke with reporters a couple of days ago and he said that his knee was fine and that he didn't believe that it would affect his performance in Week 10. So if all goes well today there is no reason to think that he won't be ready for the Rams on Sunday.

Frank Gore, SF
Sprained Ankle - 49ers' RB Frank Gore, who was inactive last week because of a sprained ankle, hasn't improved as quickly as the team had hoped and his status for Week 10 remains questionable. According to reports Gore was limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday and head coach Mike Nolan admitted that he wasn't sure if Gore would be active on Monday night. The team remains hopeful, however his ankle is still not at full strength and there is a chance that the medical staff will keep him out giving him one more week to recover. Regardless of what happens in practice on Friday, an official decision on Gore's availability probably won't be made until gameday. If Gore does not play look for Maurice Hicks and Michael Robinson to split the carries in his place.

Ryan Grant, GB
Concussion - According to reports Packers' RB Ryan Grant remains limited in practice as he recover from a concussion and his status for Week 10 is definitely in question. Grant, who suffered a concussion in last week's game, has not been cleared for contact and team officials aren't sure if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's game. Obviously if he takes part in a full practice today there is a good chance that he will be active. However if he is limited once again don't be surprised if he is inactive against the Vikings.

Travis Henry, DEN
Knee Inflammation - Broncos' RB Travis Henry, who is recovering from a knee injury, has not practiced this week and head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that if he doesn't practice today he will likely miss this weekend's game against the Chiefs. According to reports Henry's knee remains inflamed and the medical staff doesn't want to risk additional injury. Henry spoke with reporters earlier in the week and said that he would be ready to play. However Shanahan said after practice yesterday that his knee was still "a bit sore" and that the team will wait to see what happens today before making any decisions. If he doesn't take the field today look for Selvin Young to start against the Chiefs on Sunday.

Steve Jackson, STL
Bulging Disc - Rams' RB Steven Jackson reportedly looked good in practice on Thursday and team officials aren't expecting the bulging disc in his lower back to be an issue when he plays this weekend against the Saints. Jackson, who was hurt a couple of week's ago, spent a lot of time receiving treatment during the bye week and according to reports the medical staff was able to control and eliminate the lower back spasms associated with his injury. Jackson apparently tested his back on Wednesday and was officially cleared to take part in unrestricted practice on Thursday. Team officials have said that Jackson would likely split carries with rookie running back Brian Leonard this weekend so keep that in mind.

Larry Johnson, KC
Sprained Foot - The Chiefs' have already ruled RB Larry Johnson out for this weekend's game and his status for the remainder of the season remains unknown. Johnson, who suffered what has been reported as a right midfoot sprain in last week's game, has not practiced this week but according to team officials his foot "has made significant improvement." A local TV station released a report earlier in the week that said that Johnson's foot was actually broken and that he would be out for the remainder of the season. The Chiefs have not confirmed the report, but they did say that Johnson would be reevaluated next week and sent for additional tests and exams. The team is obviously very concerned about Johnson's foot and it looks like they are preparing to be without him for an extended period of time. Veteran Priest Holmes will get the start this weekend and he will share carries with rookie Kolby Smith.

Willis McGahee, BAL
Concussion - Ravens' RB Willis McGahee left last Monday night's game with a minor concussion. But the good news is that McGahee has already been cleared for contact and he will be back in the starting lineup this weekend against the Bengals. According to reports McGahee took part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem. He spoke with reporters yesterday and said that his head feels fine. So unless something happens in practice today, he will be the featured back on Sunday.

Jerious Norwood, ATL
Sprained Ankle- Falcons' RB Jerious Norwood, who left last week's game with a sprained ankle, did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports the team isn't sure if he will be able to play this weekend. Norwood's ankle is reportedly still bothering him and he was held out of practice this week so that it had additional time to heal. We'll know more about his status and availability after practice today. If he takes the field then his ankle has improved and he has a better chance of playing. However if he doesn't practice, then he will likely be inactive against the Panthers. Either way this will probably come down to a game-time decision, so check with The Huddle on Sunday for a final update.

LenDale White, TEN
Turf Toe - Titans' RB LenDale White has been dealing with turf toe for over a week now, however the team expects him to practice today and play this weekend against the Jags. White was actually limited in practice last week because of pain in his big toe but was able to play (and play well) against the Panthers. According to reports White's toe was sore following the game so the medical staff decided to hold him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution. But it looks like he will be back on the field today. Turf toe is the kind of injury that usually lingers so don't be surprised if keeps him limited in practice for the remainder of the year.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Deion Branch, SEA
Sprained Foot - Seahawks' head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters on Monday that he expected WR Deion Branch to play in Week 10. However after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for next Monday night's game against the 49ers is in question. According to reports the team's medical staff hasn't been happy with the rate of his recovery and they would rather wait another week before clearing him to play. Holmgren will wait and see what happens over the next couple of days before he makes a decision, but even if he returns to practice and is activated for Monday night's game he will likely be limited. So you are better off keeping him on your bench anyway.

Anthony Gonzalez, IND
Dislocated Thumb - According to reports Colts' rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez will miss the next 3 - 4 weeks after suffering ligament damage in his thumb during last week's game. Gonzalez dislocated his thumb on the first play of the game and was in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the day. An MRI on his thumb on Monday revealed ligament damage. The injury will not require surgery, however he will have to wear a removable cast for at least two weeks and he won't be cleared to play until at least Week 12.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Sprained Knee - Colts' WR Marvin Harrison, who has missed 3 of the team's last 4 games because of an injured knee, is still limited in practice and according to reports he will probably be a game-time decision. Head coach Tony Dungy told reporters that Harrison went through a simulated game in practice on Wednesday, however he didn't know if the medical staff would allow him to take part in team drills today. Dungy admitted that he would know more about Harrison's status after practice today. Let's hope that he takes part in a full practice.

Chad Johnson, CIN
Strained Neck - Bengals' WR Chad Johnson has been limited in practice this week because of a strained neck. However head coach Marvin Lewis said that there was still a good chance that Johnson could play on Sunday against the Ravens. Johnson was limited to individual drills in practice on Wednesday and took Thursday off, something he has done every week this season. Lewis told reporters that Johnson's neck is healing and he indicated that Johnson should be back on the field today. Everyone seems to think that Johnson will play on Sunday, and if he practices today then it is a sign that he is ready.

Eddie Kennison, KC
Partially Torn Hamstring - Chiefs' WR Eddie Kennison, who has played in only two games this season because of a partially torn hamstring, has practiced this week without a problem and according to reports the team expects him to start this weekend against the Ravens. Kennison took part in full practice on Wednesday and Thursday and head coach Herman Edwards said that his leg appeared to be fine and that he is ready to return. So if all goes well in practice today look for Kennison to be active on Sunday.

TIGHT END

Alge Crumpler, ATL
Knee Inflammation - Falcons' TE Age Crumpler continues to be bothered by an inflamed knee and his status for this weekend's game is once again in doubt. Crumpler took part in limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday, however team officials indicated that he is still at least two weeks away from being recovered. The Falcons are going nowhere fast so don't be surprised if the team keeps him out until his knee is completely healthy.

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who has missed 3 of the team's last 4 games because of a strained hamstring, is still limited in practice and his status for Week 10 depends on what he does in practice today. According to reports Heap is finally shown signs of improvement and head coach Brian Billick told reporters that he looked good in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Team officials are optimistic that he will take part in team drills today and Heap said that he expects to play on Sunday. So things are looking up. If he practices with the team today then there is a good chance that he will be active. However an official decision probably won't be made until gameday. So check with The Huddle then for an update.

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