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Training Room Injury Update - Week 11
Philip Gentles
November 13, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Brian Griese, CHI
Sprained Shoulder - Bears' QB Brian Griese left Sunday's game with what is being described as a sprained left (non-throwing) shoulder and his status for Week 11 appears to be in question. Griese was injured when he was sacked at the end of the first half. According to reports he was examined in the locker room at halftime and the medical staff decided to keep him out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Lovie Smith told reporters that he wasn't sure who was going to be the team's starting QB next weekend. However Rex Grossman, who played well in Griese's place, will probably be under center against the Seahawks.

Damon Huard, KC
Strained Neck - Chiefs' QB Damon Huard, who left Sunday's game with a strained neck, has been replaced in the starting lineup by former backup Brodie Croyle. The exact nature and severity of Huard's injury has not been made public, however head coach Herman Edwards indicated that his decision to bench him had more to do with his lack of production than his health. So as it turns out Huard's injury status is irrelevant. Don't be surprised if the Chiefs stick with Croyle for the remainder of the season.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO
Minor Concussion - According to reports Saints' RB Reggie Bush suffered a minor concussion in Sunday's game against the Rams. However head coach Sean Payton told reporters that the injury was not considered serious and that he expected Bush to start in Week 11. Bush was reportedly knocked unconscious for a brief second after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter. He was escorted to the sideline and examined by the medical staff. After several minutes he was re examined and cleared to return. Several local media outlets reported that Bush also aggravated his injured knee, but Payton did not mention Bush's knee in his Monday press conference. He'll likely be limited in practice on Wednesday, but he could return to full practice as early as Thursday and if all goes well he should be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch, BUF
Sprained Ankle - Bills' rookie RB Marshawn Lynch, who left Sunday's game with a sprained left ankle, will probably be limited in practice this week and his status for Week 11 will be determined closer to kick off. Lynch was hurt when several players fell on the back of his leg at the end of a short carry late in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and did not return. According to reports X-rays on his ankle were negative, however head coach Dick Jauron admitted that the team was concerned about his status and that they would have to see how he progresses this week before a decision is made. Jauron went on to say that Lynch was "very upbeat" and that he "feels like he'll play" next weekend against the Patriots. Check back later in the week for an update.

Adrian Peterson, MIN
Torn LCL - Vikings' rookie RB Adrian Peterson will miss at least one week and probably three or four weeks after tearing the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his knee during Sunday's game against the Packers. Peterson was hurt when he was hit in the knee while making a cut on a run in the third quarter. He stayed on the field for several minutes in obvious pain before being helped to the sideline by the medical staff. According to reports an MRI on his knee revealed what is being called a grade "two-plus" sprain. A grade three sprain is a complete tear of a ligament so Peterson's injury is likely a partial tear that will not require surgery. Head coach Brad Childress said that Peterson has already been ruled out for Week 11, however he would not say when he expected him back. Chester Taylor will get the bulk of the carries in his absence.

LenDale White, TEN
Bruised Knee - Titans' RB LenDale White left Sunday's game with a bruised knee, however head coach Jeff Fisher said that the injury was not serious and that he expects him to practice this week and play in Week 11. According to reports White was hurt on a carry in the third quarter. He left the field and was seen jogging on the sideline. However he did not return to the game and was replaced by Chris Henry. Fisher told reporters on Monday that White "could have returned" to the field after getting hurt, however he felt that with the Titans trailing Henry was the better RB to have in the game. White should be on the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday and if he makes it through a full practice on Friday he should be ready for Sunday's game.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Plaxico Burress, NYG
Sprained Ankle - Giants' WR Plaxico Burress continues to deal with a severely sprained ankle and he admitted to reporters that his ankle is as bad as it has been all year. According to reports Burress aggravated his injured ankle during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. He was able to stay in the game but his ankle was clearly affecting his performance. In an interview on Monday Burress said that his ankle was very sore and that he didn't think it would get any better this season. He went onto to say that he doesn't plan on missing any games, so that definitely won't help him recover.

Brandon Jones, TEN
Mild Concussion - Titans' WR Brandon Jones left Sunday's game with what is being classified as a mild concussion and according to reports he should be ready to play in Week 11. Head coach Jeff Fisher didn't have much to say about Jones' injury status, but he indicated that Jones should be able to practice this week. We'll know more about his recovery later on in the week so check with us on Friday.

James Thrash, WAS
High Ankle Sprain - According to reports Redskins' WR James Thrash will miss at least one game with what is being called a high ankle sprain and there is no speculation that Thrash may have a broken ankle that would keep him sidelined for a significant period of time. Thrash, who was starting in place of injured WR Santana Moss, was having a good game catching 5 passes for 82 yards and 2 TDs before getting hurt and being carted to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Team officials are reportedly calling his injury a high ankle sprain, but he was seen on crutches with his foot in a cast on Monday leading to speculation that the injury is more than just a sprain. We should know more about the nature and severity of the injury soon, but don't be surprised if Thrash is out for several weeks.

IDP's

Dwight Freeney, DL, IND
Undisclosed Foot Injury - Colts' DL Dwight Freeney will miss at least three weeks and potentially a lot more after suffering what is being described as a severe foot injury. Freeney was hurt during Sunday night's game and had to be carted to the locker room. He did not return and he was later seen with his foot heavily wrapped. According to reports Freeney's injury will keep him out at least 3 - 4 weeks and there is a chance that it could keep him out a lot longer.

Nick Harper, DB, TEN
Concussion - Titans' DB Nick Harper left Sunday's game with a concussion and his status for Week 11 appears to be in question. Harper, who was hurt in the second half, did not return to the game and according to reports he complained of dizziness and headaches in the locker room afterwards. Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Harper would probably miss practice time this week and his status for the team's next game would be determined after his re evaluated at the end of the week.

Jason Taylor, DL, MIA
Sprained Ankle - According to reports an MRI on DL Jason Taylor's injured ankle showed very little damage and it looks like he will be able to play in Week 11. Taylor sprained his ankle in the first half and was in and out of the lineup during the second half. The team's medical staff diagnosed him with a sprain and the MRI on Monday confirmed it. Taylor will probably be limited in practice to start the week, however the Dolphins expect him to be play next weekend.

Sean Taylor, DB, WAS
Partially Torn MCL - Redskins' DB Sean Taylor will miss at least two weeks after suffering a grade 2 medial collateral sprain or partial tear during Sunday's game. Taylor, who was injured in the second half, was able to walk off the field under his own power so it looked like the injury wasn't serious. However an MRI on Monday revealed a small tear in the MCL. The injury will not require surgery, however he will be out 2 - 4 weeks.

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