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Training Room Injury Update - Week 11
Philip Gentles
November 16, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

David Carr, CAR
Concussion - After missing the last two games with a concussion Panthers' QB David Carr has been cleared by the medical staff to resume unrestricted practice and the team expects him to be active this weekend. Carr practiced with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and took some snaps with the first-team offense. Veteran Vinny Testaverde, who has been recovering from Achilles' tendinitis, also took snaps with the first-team offense and at this point head coach John Fox has not named a starter for Week 11. Fox indicated that a decision could be made after practice today so keep an eye on the Panthers' practice report.

David Garrard, JAX
High Ankle Sprain - Jaguars' QB David Garrard, who has missed several games this season because of a high ankle sprain, returned to full practice on Wednesday and according to reports the team expects him to start this weekend against the Chargers. Garrard took snaps with the first-team the last couple of days and reportedly looked good. Head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that Garrard is nearly at full strength and if all goes well in practice today he will be the team's starting QB on Sunday.

Byron Leftwich, ATL
Ankle Surgery - Falcons' QB Byron Leftwich has almost completely recovered from minor ankle surgery and it looks like he is ready to make his return to the starting lineup. According to reports Leftwich returned to full practice on Wednesday and took a majority of the first-team snaps. Head coach Bobby Petrino said that he was concerned about how his ankle would respond to a full workload. But the good news is that his ankle was not sore nor did it swell or become stiff and he was able to practice without restriction on Thursday. So unless Leftwich suffers a setback today he'll be the team's starting QB for this weekend's game.

Matt Schaub, HOU
Concussion and Ankle Sprain - Texans' QB Matt Schaub is no longer listed on the team's injury report and head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Schaub would be the team's starting QB in Week 11. Schaub, who has been recovering from a concussion and has been dealing with a sprained ankle, took part in every drill on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he looked terrific. With the return of WR Andre Johnson, the Texans' passing attack is finally back to full strength so look for Schaub to be more productive from here on out.

Alex Smith, SF
Separated Shoulder - 49ers' QB Alex Smith admitted to reporters earlier in the week that the shoulder he separated over a month ago was still giving him trouble and according to reports the team has decided to start veteran Trent Dilfer this weekend. Smith said that his injured shoulder and strained forearm have been "killing him" and that his injuries have prevented him from throwing the ball accurately. If you watched his performance against the Seahawks on Monday night you know exactly what he is talking about. He has since undergone an MRI on his shoulder and the result have been sent to Dr. James Andrews for interpretation. Obviously the 49ers are concerned and there is speculation that Smith could be out for an extended period of time. We'll keep you posted.

RUNNING BACKS

Shaun Alexander, SEA
Sprained Knee and Sprained Ankle - Seahawks' RB Shaun Alexander, who was inactive for Monday night's game, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and his status for Week 11 remains questionable. Alexander continues to recover from a sprained knee and ankle and head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters that he wasn't sure if he would be able to play this weekend. Holmgren said that there is a chance that he takes part in practice today, but regardless of what happens this will probably come down to a game-time decision. So check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Reggie Bush, NO
Minor Concussion - Saints' RB Reggie Bush is no longer experiencing any symptoms associated with his concussion and according to reports he will be in the starting lineup this weekend. Bush, who left last week's game with a minor concussion, practiced without limitation on Wednesday and was subsequently removed from the team's official injury report. If things go well for Bush today then should be in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Texans.

Frank Gore, SF
Sprained Ankle - 49ers' RB Frank Gore continues to be limited because of a sprained ankle, however the team still expects him to start this weekend against the Rams. According to reports Gore was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and while he plans on being more involved in workouts today he'll probably still be held out of certain drills as a precaution. An official decision on his availability for Week 11 probably won't be made until gameday, but he's positive that he will play and it looks like the team is optimistic that he will be active.

Travis Henry, DEN
Partially Torn PCL - Broncos' RB Travis Henry, who was inactive for last week's game because of a knee injury, remains very limited in practice and his status for Monday night's game against the Titans appears to be in doubt. According to reports Henry is dealing with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee and he was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Henry told reporters that he plans on playing, however every report out of Denver suggests that he has a better chance of being inactive for a second straight week. Don't expect him to do much in practice on Friday and don't be surprised if rookie Selvin Young makes another start.

Larry Johnson, KC
Undisclosed Foot Injury - Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson has already been ruled out of this weekend's game and according to reports his injured foot could keep him sidelined until Week 14. According to several recent reports Johnson told teammates that he has cracked foot. A report out of Denver last week suggested that his foot was broken, so while the team continues to downplay the nature and severity of his injury it appears as if he may indeed be dealing with a broken bone in his foot. The good news is that Johnson is no longer wearing a protective boot on his foot, the swelling and pain has began to subside and GM Carl Peterson believes that there is a chance that he could be back within the next couple of weeks. Priest Holmes will continue to start while Johnson is out.

Marshawn Lynch, BUF
Severely Sprained Ankle - As expected Bills' rookie RB Marshawn Lynch was absent from practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a severely sprained ankle and it looks like he will be inactive for this weekend's game. Head coach Dick Jauron told reporters on Wednesday that Lynch was dealing with an injury more severe than a typical ankle sprain and that he could be out for several weeks while he recovers. Jauron did not rule him out for this weekend's game, but he does not expect him to practice today and he is preparing the play on Sunday without him. Anthony Thomas will probably get the start in his place and Dwyane Wright will get playing time as well.

Adrian Peterson, MIN
LCL Tear - Vikings' RB Adrian Peterson has already been ruled out of this weekend's game, however Dr. James Andrews told the team's medical staff that he could be back on the field as early as Week 12. Peterson's MRI results were sent to Andrews earlier in the week and he reportedly agreed with the team's assessment and prognosis. The team is optimistic that Peterson will make a quick recovery, but don't be surprised if he is held out of next week's game as well as a precaution. Chester Taylor will be the Vikings' featured RB while he is out.

Michael Pittman, TB
Fractured Leg - Bucs' RB Michael Pittman, who has not played since breaking his leg in Week 5, was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday however head coach Jon Gruden believes that if he takes part in a full practice today he will play on Sunday against the Falcons. Pittman is reportedly looking good running with the football however Gruden said that even if he were cleared to play he wouldn't be anything more than a "supplement" to the running game. Earnest Graham is playing well at the moment and Gruden does not want change what has been working. We'll know more about Pittman's status after practice today, but even if he is active he won't be very involved in the offense this weekend anyway. So keep him out of your starting lineups.

LenDale White, TEN
Bruised Knee - According to reports Titans' RB LenDale White, who left last week's game with a bruised knee, has not been slowed in practice this week and team officials expect him to start on Monday night against the Broncos. White was reportedly feeling a bit sore following last Sunday's game. However he has made a quick recovery and has been removed from the team's official injury report. The team does not believe his knee will be an issue so look for him to be at full speed in Week 11.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Deion Branch, SEA
Sprained Foot - Seahawks' WR Deion Branch, who hasn't played since spraining a ligament in his foot during Week 5, took part in full practice on Wednesday and Thursday and the team expects him to start this weekend against the Bears. Branch took part in every drill in practice on Wednesday and did not report any problems with his injured foot. So he was back on the field on Thursday and according to reports he looked sharp. Team officials have acknowledged that Branch wouldn't be 100 percent for at least another week, but he has shown that he is healthy enough to play so expect him to be active on Sunday.

Plaxico Burress, NYG
Severely Sprained Ankle - Giants' WR Plaxico Burress has not practiced this week as he continues to rest his severely sprained ankle, however the team still expects him to start this weekend against the Lions. Burress told reporters after last week's game that his injured ankle was as bad as it has been all season but that he planned on playing despite the pain and discomfort. You've got to admire his toughness, but at some point the medical staff is going to have to step in and shut this guy down. Things were fine when he was producing, but he hasn't done much the last 3 weeks and his ankle is apparently getting worse. Regardless of what happens in practice today Burress will likely be active this weekend. However don't be surprised if he doesn't have a productive game.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Undisclosed Knee - Colts' WR Marvin Harrison, who has missed four of the team's last five games because of a knee injury, has not practiced this week and his status for Sunday's game against the Chiefs is questionable. The Colts continue to call Harrison's injury a bruise, however it is clearly more than just a bruise and there is speculation that he is dealing with a sprain or cartilage damage. Head coach Tony Dungy told reporters that if last week's game against the Chargers was a playoff game that Harrison would have played and went on to say that he wouldn't play until his knee was completely healthy. So unless he takes part in a full practice today he will once again be inactive on Sunday.

Andre Johnson, HOU
Partially Torn PCL and MCL - Texans' WR Andre Johnson is finally ready to make his return to the starting lineup. Johnson, who hasn't played since partially tearing the PCL and MCL in his knee during Week 2, has taken part in every drill in practice this week and has been removed from the team's official injury report. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Johnson "looks good" and that he expects him to have a big game this weekend. QB Matt Schaub is set to return as well, so the Texans' passing game will be at full strength for Week 11.

Santana Moss, WAS
Heel Injury - Redskins' WR Santana Moss, who was inactive for last week's game because of a heel injury, has not practiced this week and according to reports the team expects him to miss his second-straight game. Moss told reporters earlier in the week that he was optimistic about his chances of playing. Unfortunately his heel has not improved and he will probably need at least one more week of rest and treatment before he is ready to play. With WR James Thrash also out because of injury look for veteran Keenan McCardell to get the start opposite Antwaan Randle El.

Javon Walker, DEN
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery - Broncos' WR Javon Walker continues to make steady progress in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery and the team hopes that he will be ready to return in Week 12. According to reports Walker ran routes during practice on Wednesday and Thursday, however he was limited to individual drills and probably won't practice with the team until next week. An official decision on his availability for Monday night's game has not been made, but he isn't ready to play so don't expect him to be active.

TIGHT ENDS

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who has been dealing with a strained hamstring for over a month, reportedly reaggravated the injury during last week's game and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for Week 11 is now in question. According to reports Heap was feeling sore and stiff on Monday and had trouble walking around the training room. He has spent a lot of time the last couple of days getting treatment and undergoing rehab on his leg and the team isn't sure if he will be active on Sunday. Even if he is active he definitely won't be at full speed so his productivity will once again suffer. But at this point don't be surprised if the Ravens' decide to shut him down for another game or two.

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