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Training Room Injury Update - Week 12
Philip Gentles
November 23, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Donovan McNabb, PHI
Sprained Thumb and Ankle - Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb, who is recovering from a sprained thumb and a sprained ankle, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and his status for Week 12 remains uncertain. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters earlier this week that McNabb's thumb was the biggest concern. However his ankle became swollen on Tuesday and Reid said that injuries had the team worried. At this point it is unclear if McNabb will take part in practice today. Reid did tell reporters that McNabb could start against the Patriots even if he doesn't practice this week. So while it would be nice to see him on the field with his teammates, if McNabb misses practice today he still has a chance to play. This will probably come down to a game-time decision so check with us on Sunday for an update.

Alex Smith, SF
Separated Shoulder - According to reports 49ers' QB Alex Smith will not play for the remainder of the season after orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews said that his shoulder has gotten worse and might require additional surgery at some point in the near future. Smith told reporters last week that his shoulder was affecting his ability to throw the ball and it appears that the team did not give the injury enough time to heal. If he does undergo surgery, his status for the start of training camp next season would be in question. Trent Dilfer will get the start this weekend and will probably remain in the starting lineup for the remainder of the season.

RUNNING BACKS

Shaun Alexander, SEA
Sprained Knee - According to reports Seahawks' RB Shaun Alexander will miss his third straight game on Sunday because of a sprained left knee. Head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters earlier this week that Alexander would have to take part in every practice this week in order to play against the Rams. Unfortunately he did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it doesn't look like he will be on the field with the team today. With Alexander out Maurice Morris will continue to start in his place.

Jesse Chatman, MIA
Sprained Ankle - Dolphins' RB Jesse Chatman, who has been limited in practice this week because of a sprained ankle, will reportedly play on Monday night against the Steelers. However his ankle is still at least one week away from being completely healed and since he won't be at full strength he will likely split carries with Ricky Williams and Patrick Cobbs. The medical staff has been cautious with Chatman this week, but according to reports the Dolphins still expect him to play in Week 12. Williams and Cobbs has split carries with the first-team offense in practice the last two days, but several Dolphins players have said that Ricky has been the more impressive back. So don't be surprised if Ricky gets plenty of work against the Steelers.

Ahman Green, HOU
Lingering Knee Inflammation - Texans' RB Ahman Green, who continues to deal with lingering pain and inflammation in his knee, has not practiced this week and head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he is leaning towards keeping Green out for at least one more week. According to reports the Texans are considering shutting Green down for the remainder of the season, but Kubiak has decided to give him another couple of weeks to see if he can recover and contribute. Ron Dayne will likely get the start this week.

Travis Henry, DEN
Bruised Knee - Broncos' RB Travis Henry, who was inactive for last week's game because of a bruised knee, has not practiced this week and his status for Week 12 is still unknown. Henry told reporters that he will try and take the field today, but head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that if he doesn't practice then there is a good chance that he won't play. Either way an official decision on his availability won't be made until gameday so check with us then for an update.

Priest Holmes, KC
Spinal Stenosis - Chiefs' RB Priest Holmes has decided to retire from the NFL after aggravating his neck injury during Sunday's game against the Colts. According to reports Holmes complained of numbness and loss of strength in his arms and hands after a couple of hits in the second half. After consulting with medical specialists and talking with his family Holmes informed the Chiefs that he was ready to walk away from the game. Kolby Smith will now be the team's starting RB and should get a bulk of the carries from here on out.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Strained Hamstring - Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs, who left last week's game with a strained hamstring, has not been cleared to take part in team drills and according to reports not only is he is danger of missing this week's game he could be out up to 3 weeks. Head coach Tom Coughlin admitted to reporters that Jacobs' injury was a concern and that "if it's not day to day, then it's week to week." Coughlin has not ruled him out for Week 12 yet, but if he doesn't practice today then there is little chance that he will be active for Sunday's game.

Marshawn Lynch, BUF
High Ankle Sprain - As expected Bills' RB Marshawn Lynch was absent from practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to head coach Dick Jauron he will probably miss his second-straight game this weekend. Lynch, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Miami in Week 10, has shown signs of improvement. He no longer has to use a protective walking boot and according to reports he has been seen jogging and working with team trainers. But unless he practices with the team today, and nobody expects him to, then there is very little chance that he will be active on Sunday.

Adrian Peterson, MIN
Torn LCL - Vikings' rookie RB Adrian Peterson, who suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee two weeks ago, took part in individual drills on Wednesday and Thursday. However his status for Week 12 remains doubtful. According to reports Peterson began running on Monday and was cleared to run routes on Wednesday. He has not taken part in any team drills and probably won't until at least next week. But at least he is showing signs of improvement. Chester Taylor will probably be the Vikings' featured running back on Sunday.

Derrick Ward, NYG
Sprained Ankle and Groin Soreness - Giants' RB Derrick Ward, who hasn't played since Week 7 because of a sprained ankle and lingering soreness in his groin, was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and team officials believe that he has a good chance of being active this weekend. Ward told reporters that he was close to full strength and that he was healthy enough to play. The Giants would like to see him rest for at least another week, but with Brandon Jacobs likely out anywhere from 1 - 3 weeks the team needs Ward to play. An official decision on his availability won't be made until gameday, but it looks like he will be active.

Selvin Young, DEN
Bruised Knee - Bronco's RB Selvin Young has not practiced this week because of a bruised knee and while the team isn't sure if he will be able to play Young told reporters that he expects to be active on Sunday against the Bears. Young injured his knee during Monday night's win over the Titans and after the game head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that the injury was minor. Shanahan would like to see him in practice before saying whether or not he will be available to play. But if he does take the field with the team today then there is a good chance that he will be active this weekend.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Santonio Holmes, PIT
Sprained Ankle - Steelers' WR Santonio Holmes, who sprained his ankle in last week's game, has not practiced this week and according to reports he has already been ruled out of Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Holmes said earlier in the week that he was hopeful that his ankle would heal in time for Week 12. Unfortunately he's still having trouble jogging and the team's medical staff doesn't want to play in the game they should be able to win without him. So as a precaution the Steelers have decided to keep him on the sideline for this week's game.

Steve Smith, CAR
Blood Clotting in Leg - Panthers' WR Steve Smith, who was inactive for last week's game because of a blood-clotting problem in his leg, returned to full practice on Wednesday and the team expects him to start on Sunday against the Saints. According to reports the medical staff has finally controlled the problem that has been occurring in the shin area of his left leg. Smith took part in every team drill on Wednesday and after making it through a full practice on Thursday he looks ready to return to the starting lineup.

Javon Walker, DEN
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery - Broncos' WR Javon Walker appears ready to make his return after missing the team's last 8 games with knee problems. Walker, who had surgery on his knee to repair damaged cartilage, practiced with the team on Wednesday for the first time since mid-October and according to reports he looked pretty good. He was back on the field on Thursday and head coach Mike Shanahan said that if he takes part in practice today and there are no setbacks he should be active on Sunday against the Bears. Shanahan will probably limit his playing time so he's still not a solid fantasy start, but at least he's finally healthy enough to play.

TIGHT END

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap continues to recover from a strained hamstring and it looks like he will miss this weekend's game against the Chargers. Heap, who has not played in a full game since Week 4, has remained optimistic throughout his recovery. Unfortunately his leg hasn't shown signs of improvement and there is no telling when he will be ready to play. The team does not expects him to practice today, which means he will probably be inactive for the second-straight week.

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