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Training Room Injury Update - Week 13
Philip Gentles
November 27, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Mark Bulger, STL
Minor Concussion - Rams' head coach Scott Linehan expect's QB Marc Bulger to play in Week 13 after a CAT scan on Monday revealed that the concussion he suffered in Sunday's game was minor. Bulger was hurt in the first quarter and began to complain of nausea and dizzniness on the sideline. According to reports Bulger began to feel progessively worse and so the medical staff sent him to a local hospital as a precaution. He's apparently fine and Linehan indicated that he could practice as a early as Wednesday. We'll keep you posted.

Jeff Garcia, TB
Lower Back Bruise - Bucs' QB Jeff Garcia, who left Sunday's game with a back injury, has been diagnosed with a deep tissue bruise and head coach Jon Gruden told reporters that he could return to practice as early as Wednesday and he should be ready to play in the team's Week 13 game. Garcia was hurt when he was hit hard in the first quarter. He left the field in obvious pain and was taken to the locker room for precationary X-rays. The X-rays came back negative but the team's medical staff decided to keep him out. He was finally cleared to return late in the fourth quarter and on Monday Gruden said that Garcia was very sore, but that he expected him to be OK.

RUNNING BACKS

Cedric Benson, CHI
Severe Ankle Sprain - Bears' RB Cedric Benson will miss the remainder of the season after tearing ligaments in his ankle during Sunday's game against the Broncos. According to reports Benson was hurt when his leg got caught under a defender at the end of a long run causing his leg bent awkwardly. He was eventually carted off the field and taken to the locker room where he was examined. He was later seen on the sideline on crutches. Head coach Lovie Smith told reporters on Monday that an MRI revealed severe damage in Benson's ankle that will require surgery to repair. The medical staff does not expect him back for at least 6 weeks so his season is definitely over. Adrian Peterson will now be the team's featured running back.

Jesse Chatman, MIA
Undisclosed Neck Injury - Dolphins' RB Jesse Chatman suffered an undisclosed neck injury during Monday night's loss to the Steelers and his status for Week 13 is unknown. Chatman was hurt when he was hit hard by a Steelers defender at the end of a run in the third quarter. He got up and began to run off the field but then he grabbed his right arm in pain and fell to the ground. He was helped off the field and was examined on the sideline by the medical staff. The team later said that he suffered an injury to his neck and he was held out for the remainder of the game. The exact nature of his injury has not been released to the public, but he's scheduled to undergo an evaluation today to determine his status for next weekend's game.

Andre Hall, DEN
High Ankle Sprain - Broncos' head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday that RB Andre Hall has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and while Shanahan wasn't prepared to rule him out for Week 13 just yet it appears that Hall could be out for at least a couple of weeks. Hall apparently got hurt on the team's first offensive play however he was able to stay in the game and had a monster day. Shanahan said that the team will evaluate Hall on a daily basis and that he will know more about his status for the team's next game later on in the week.

Steven Jackson, STL
Minor Concussion - Rams' RB Steven Jackson left Sunday's game after getting hit in the head early in the fourth quarter but he was able to return and he appears to be OK. According to reports Jackson suffered a minor concussion but was cleared by the doctors to return to the game after missing just two offensive series. He reportedly had a headache after the game but was feeling a lot better on Monday. The team may keep him limited in practice on Wednesday as a precaution, however he should be healthy enough to take part in team drills on Thursday and Friday and he will probably be cleared to play in Week 13.

Ricky Williams, MIA
Undisclosed Shoulder Injury - Dolphins' RB Ricky Williams,who played in his first game since the end of the 2005 season, suffered an undisclosed injury to his right shoulder in the first half and his status for Week 13 is currently unknown. Williams was hurt when he was stepped on by a Steelers' defender after fumbling the ball on a carry in the second quarter. He was taken back to the locker room for an examination and he did not return to the game. Head coach Cam Cameron told reporters that the injury was not serious and that he expects Williams to "be OK." However he could miss practice time this week while he recovers.

WIDE RECEIVERS

D.J. Hackett, SEA
High Ankle Sprain - Seahawks' head coach Mike Holmgren comfirmed on Monday that WR D.J. Hackett will miss at least two weeks after re-injurying the same ankle that kept him out of action for nearly 2 months at the start of the season. Hackett was injured when a Rams' defender fell on his leg after a catch in the third quarter. He was helped off the field and was held out for the remainder of the game. Holmgren told reporters after the game that the injury was "problematic," but did not say what was hurt. Unfortunately the injury is an aggravation of a high ankle sprain and it could cost him anywhere from an additional 2 - 6 weeks. Bobby Engram will move into the starting lineup opposite Deion Branch while Hackett is out.

Antwaan Randle El, WAS
Strained Hamstring - Redskins' WR Antwaan Randle El left Sunday's game after aggravating his hamstring injury and his status for Week 13 is in question. Randle El limped off the field in the first half and did not return to the game. Later the team announced that Randle El re-injured the same hamstring he strained earlier in the season and it appears that he will be limited throughout practice this week. The team's medical staff wants to see how his leg responds to rest and treatment before saying what his status is so check with us later in the week for an update.

Troy Williamson, MIN
Concussion - According to reports Vikings' WR Troy Williamson was feeling OK on Monday after he was knocked from Sunday's game against the Giants with a concussion. Williamson was hurt while playing special teams in the first half and was held out for the remainder of the game after he complained of dizziness and nausea. He reportedly underwent several tests on Monday and passed, so it looks like he should be ready to play in Week 13. Check back on Friday for an update.

TIGHT ENDS

George Wrighster, JAX
Torn ACL - Jaguars' TE George Wrighster will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Sunday's game against the Bills. Wrighster was hurt after a third-quarter catch and was helped to the sideline where he was examined by the medical staff. He was then taken back to the locker room for additional testing and head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that the team was concerned that he may have torn a ligament in his knee. An MRI on Monday confirmed that the ACL in his knee was completely torn and according to reports he will undergo season-ending surgery as soon as the swelling in the joint goes down.

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