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Training Room Injury Update - Week 12
Philip Gentles
November 20, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Donovan McNabb, PHI
Sprained Ankle and Sprained Thumb - Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb left Sunday's game with a sprained right ankle and sprained thumb on his throwing hand and his status for Week 12 is currently unknown. McNabb reportedly injured his thumb in the first quarter and was forced to the sideline after turning his ankle while he was being dragged down by a Dolphins' defender in the second quarter. McNabb limped off the field and was eventually taken back to the locker room for X-rays on both his hand and ankle. X-rays on both were negative, but his thumb began to swell and he was held out for the remainder of the game. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters that he was a bit more concerned about McNabb's thumb since it directly affected his ability to grip and throw the ball. He went on to say that he wasn't prepared to say if and when he would be ale to practice and that a decision on his status for next Sunday's game would be determined later in the week.

RUNNING BACKS

Kevin Faulk, NE
Concussion - According to reports Patriots' RB Kevin Faulk was knocked from Sunday's game against the Bills after suffering a minor concussion and his status for next Sunday's game is questionable. Faulk was injured when he was hit hard at the end of a 10-yard reception in the second quarter. The hit forced Faulk to fumble the ball and he remained face down on the ground for several minutes before being helped up and escorted off the field. According to several Patriots' players Faulk appeared to be OK on the sideline. But he was held out for the remainder of the game as a precaution. As expected the Patriots' are not talking about his injury, but we should know more about his status for Week 12 after practice on Wednesday.

Ryan Grant, GB
Sprained Ankle - Packers' RB Ryan Grant appears to be OK after leaving Sunday's game with a sprained ankle. Grant, who turned his ankle in the fourth quarter, was seen limping in the locker room afterwards and initial reports were calling the injury a minor sprain. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that X-rays were negative and that the injury was indeed a low-grade sprain. On Monday Grant said that his ankle was feeling better and he appeared optimistic about his chances of practicing today or tomorrow and playing on Thursday against the Lions. McCarthy said that he was "hopeful" that Grant would be available to play on Thanksgiving. This might come down to a game-time decision, but the Packers' don't appear to be concerned right now.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Strained Hamstring - Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs, who left Sunday's game with a strained left hamstring, was reportedly feeling sore on Monday and he could miss practice time this week while he recovers. Jacobs appeared to pull his hamstring in the third quarter and he grabbed the back of his leg after he was tackled on a running play. He was helped off the field and after being examined on the sideline he was held out for the remainder of the day. Jacobs told reporters after the game that the injury was not serious, however head coach Tom Coughlin said that the medical staff is awaiting the results of an MRI and as soon as the results are known the team will make a decision on his availability for practice.

Laurence Maroney, NE
Undisclosed Foot Injury - The Patriots said that RB Laurence Maroney was forced from Sunday's game with a foot injury, however Maroney denied being hurt and claimed that he was not injured after all. According to reports the Patriots' announced in the second quarter that Maroney was out because of an undisclosed foot injury. Kevin Faulk left the game with a head injury so with Maroney on the sideline Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel took all the carries. When asked about the injury after the game Maroney said that he was fine and that he did not get hurt. To say that this is confusing is an understatement. Maroney did not say why he was pulled from the game, so the injury makes sense. However you never know when it comes to the Patriots. Keep an eye on the team's practice reports. If he practices, then everything is OK.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Santonio Holmes, PIT
Sprained Ankle - Steelers' WR Santonio Holmes sprained his ankle late in Sunday's game and his status for Week 12 is currently unknown. According to reports Holmes limped off the field in the fourth quarter after turning his ankle and he remained on the sideline for the remainder of the quarter and overtime. Team officials don't appear to be concerned, however they aren't sure when he will be able to practice and his status for the game won't be known until later on in the week. Check back on Friday for an update.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CIN
Strained Lower Back - According to Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh left Sunday's game with a lower back injury, however the injury is not considered serious and the team expects him to be ready for their Week 12 game. Houshmandzadeh limped to the sideline late in the fourth quarter and was seen bent over in pain as team doctors were examining him. The medical staff appeared to be looking at his hip and his injury was initially reported as a hip pointer (contusion). But Lewis told reporters on Monday that Houshmandzadeh was dealing with a lower back injury and that he would probably be limited in practice this week. The Bengals tend to be cautious with their injured players so don't be surprised if he doesn't see the practice field until Friday.

Aaron Moorehead, IND
Lower Back Inflammation - Colts' WR Aaron Moorehead, who has been dealing with inflammation in his lower back, reaggravated the injury during Sunday's game and his status for Thursday's game is questionable. Moorehead was hurt when he was hit while trying to catch a pass in the third quarter. He limped off the field and appeared to be in a lot of pain. He was taken back to the locker room for an examination and he did not return to the game. Moorehead doesn't have a lot of time to recover so there is a good chance that he will be held out of practice today and tomorrow. A decision on his availability won't be made prior to gameday, so check with us on Thursday for an update.

TIGHT ENDS

Owen Daniels, HOU
Broken Nose - Texans' TE Owen Daniels broke his nose during Sunday's game, however he was able to stay in the game and the injury will not affect his status for Week 12. Daniels didn't say when the injury occurred, but when he spoke with reporters he said that his nose "shifted over to the right a little bit" and that the medical staff "popped it back to where it is supposed to be." As expected his nose was sore and he had a couple of black eyes, but he plans on practicing this week and playing on Sunday.

IDP's

Mathias Kiwanuka, LB, NYG
Fractured Leg - Lions' LB Mathias Kiwanuka will probably miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left leg that occurred during Sunday's game against the Lions. Kiwanuka had a pins surgically inserted into his left and ankle on Monday to help stabilize the injured area. Head coach Tom Coughlin said that the medical staff expects him to make a full recovery, but that he probably wouldn't recover in time to play again this season.

Mike Peterson, LB, JAX
Fractured Hand - The Jaguars may have lost LB Mike Peterson for the remainder of the season after their leading tackler suffered multiple fractures in his right hand during Sunday's game against the Chargers. According to reports X-rays on Peterson's injured hand revealed several broken bones and head coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that he would need surgery to help repair and stabilize the injury. Peterson was not available for comment on Sunday or Monday, but he is reportedly very upset about the injury. The team was considering letting him play with a cast on his hand. However since he has multiple fractures that will require surgery the medical staff is expected to shut him down for the season.

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