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Training Room Injury Update - Week 13
Philip Gentles
November 30, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Marc Bulger, STL
Concussion - The St. Louis Rams will be without starting QB Marc Bulger for this weekend's game against the Falcons as Bulger continues to recover from a concussion. According to reports Bulger, who suffered a concussion in last week's game, failed a neurological exam on Wednesday and he is still suffering from headaches and dizzy spells. The medical staff believes he is still at least a week away from playing, however it all depends on how quickly he recovers. Gus Frerotte will start on Sunday and will play as long as Bulger is out.

Brett Favre, GB
Separated Shoulder and Pinched Elbow Nerve - Packers' QB Brett Favre left Thursday night's game after pinching a nerve in his right elbow and separating his left (non throwing) shoulder. Favre was hurt when he was hit while attempting to throw a pass in the second quarter. He immediately fell to the floor and grabbed his elbow. According to reports Favre told the medical staff that he couldn't move his fingers and he had very little sensation in his hand. Team trainers also discovered that he suffered a sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder. The severity of Favre's injuries are currently unknown and at this point the team isn't sure if he will be ready to play in Week 14.

Donovan McNabb, PHI
Sprained Thumb and Sprained Ankle - Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb, who was inactive for last week's game against the Patriots because of injuries to his thumb and ankle, has not practiced this week and according to reports the team is preparing to play without him on Sunday. McNabb remains optimistic about his chances of playing against the Seahawks, however head coach Any Reid told reporters earlier in the week that McNabb wouldn't play until he was completely healthy. It doesn't look like his 100% yet and if he doesn't practice with the team today then there is a good chance that he will miss his second-straight game. A.J. Feeley took all the snaps with the first-team in practice this week and will start if McNabb is inactive.

RUNNING BACKS

Shaun Alexander, SEA
Sprained Knee and Ankle - Seahawks' RB Shaun Alexander, who hasn't played since Week 9 because of a sprained knee and ankle, returned to full practice on Wednesday and according to reports he will be active for this weekend's game against the Eagles. Maurice Morris missed practice on Wednesday because of an ankle sprain so Alexander took all the snaps with the first team, however Morris returned to practice on Thursday and Alexander split the carries with Morris. Head coach Mike Holmgren has said that even with Alexander's knee and ankle returning to full strength that he would split carries on Sunday with Morris. It will be interesting to see how he performs over the next couple of weeks.

Jesse Chatman, MIA
Sprained Ankle and Sore Neck - Dolphins' RB Jesse Chatman has been limited in practice this week because of a sprained ankle and sore neck. However Chatman has shown signs of improvement and head coach Cam Cameron has said that he expects him to start this weekend against the Jets. Chatman left Monday night's game with a neck injury and it was later revealed that he hurt his ankle as well. He reportedly spent a lot of time in the training room on Tuesday and was limited to individual drills on Wednesday. He was officially listed as "limited" on Thursday but according to reports he took part in more drills and it appears that he is making steady progress in his recovery. Barring a setback look for Chatman to be the Dolphins' feature back in Week 13.

Ahman Green, HOU
Lingering Knee Inflammation - Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters earlier this week that he expects RB Ahman Green to play this weekend. However he hasn't practice with the first-team offense yet and his status for Week 13 remains a question mark. Green continues to recover from inflammation in his knee, a condition that the team believes will be a problem all season, and although he returned to the field on Thursday he ran with the scout team indicating that the Texans are still unsure about his availability. Kubiak said that if his knee responds well he will take part in drills with the first-team offense so we should know how he is doing after practice today. Kubiak remains optimistic, but even if Green plays he could aggravate his knee at anytime. He's a risky play so if you have other options I suggest you use them.

Travis Henry, DEN
Partially Torn PCL - Broncos' RB Travis Henry, who hasn't played since Week 10, admitted to reporters that he has been dealing with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee. But after taking part in a full practice on Thursday is looks like his knee is healthy and he appears ready to go. Unfortunately he may not get a chance to play. According to reports the NFL's decision on Henry' appeal on his one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy is expected today. The team is optimistic that he will be cleared and allowed to play, but if he isn't it would open the door for Selvin Young to start and get a majority of the carries.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Partially Torn Hamstring - Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs, who was inactive for last week's game because of a partially torn hamstring, has been limited in practice this week and his status for this weekend's game is questionable. Jacobs was limited to individual drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like he is still at least a week away from being at full speed. Head coach Tom Coughlin will update Jacobs' status after practice today, but the team is preparing to play without him.

Adrian Peterson, MIN
Torn LCL - Vikings' rookie RB Adrian Peterson continues to be limited in practice as he recovers from a torn lateral collateral ligament in his knee, but the team still expects him to be active on Sunday against the Lions. Peterson, who hasn't played since Week 10, has been running and cutting at full speed in practice this week. He continues to wear a protective brace on his knee, however the team's medical staff believes that he is ready to return to game action. He'll likely split carries with Chester Taylor until his knee is completely healthy, but he's an explosive runner who has already proven that he can produce even if he isn't the featured tailback. Check back on Sunday just to make sure everything is OK, but if he is active make sure he is in your starting lineup.

Brian Westbrook, PHI
Bruised Knee - According to reports Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook bruised his knee in last week's game and he has been held out of practice this week as a result. Westbrook told reporters that the team is just being cautious with his injury and that he would be ready for Week 13. However head coach Andy Reid said that Westbrook's knee was still "pretty sore" and he said that he wasn't sure if he would be ready in time to play. Predicting whether he will play or not is going to be tricky. But we should know a lot more following practice today.

Ricky Williams, MIA
Surgery to Repair Torn Pectoral Muscle - Dolphins' RB Ricky Williams will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his pectoral muscle during Monday night's game against the Steelers. According to reports Williams has already undergone surgery to repair the muscle tear and the team has since placed him on Injured Reserve officially ending his very brief comeback. Williams will be in a sling for 4 - 6 weeks and faces about 5 months of rehab and the Dolphins are confident that he will be ready for the start of training camp next year.

Selvin Young, DEN
Bruised Knee - Broncos' RB Selvin Young practiced with the first team on Thursday and according to reports the team expects him to play on Sunday against the Raiders. Young, who has been dealing with a bruised knee, moved well in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Andre Hall will probably miss this weekend's game because of a high ankle sprain and Travis Henry, although healthy, could be out serving one-year suspension. So Young could end up being the team's featured back on Week 13. But check with us on Sunday for an update on the Broncos' running back situation.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Plaxico Burress, NYG
Sprained Ankle and Swollen Knee - Giants' WR Plaxico Burress missed practiced on Wednesday and Thursday as expected, however Burress is now dealing with a sore and swollen knee and his status for Week 13 is very much in question. Burress has been limited in practice all year because of what the team has called a severely sprained ankle and now an injured knee will further complicate things for the Giants' receiver. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that he was "hopeful" that Burress would be active, but he definitely wasn't sure. This will once again come down to a game-time decision, and even if he is active I strongly suggest you keep him on your bench unless you have no other option.

Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ
Undisclosed Finger Injury - According to reports Jets' WR Jerricho Cotchery injured this index finger during a workout on Monday and his status for Week 13 is questionable. Head coach Eric Mangini has not said if Cotchery's finger is broken, but he indicated that the team didn't know if he would be available to play against the Dolphins or on. He has been unable to practice this week, and if he doesn't take the field with the team today then there is very little chance that he will be active on Sunday. An official decision on his availability might not come until Sunday so check with The Huddle then for an update.

Laveranues Coles, NYJ
High Ankle Sprain - Jets' WR Laveranues Coles, who missed the team's last game because of a high ankle sprain, returned to limited practice on Wednesday and according to reports he is moving a lot better. However his status for this weekend's game remains a question mark as he hasn't taken part in team drills and it looks like he will be a game-time decision. A lot depends on what happens today. Coles told reporters that he is mentally prepared but if doesn't take part in a full practice today he probably won't play on Sunday. We'll keep you posted.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Sprained Knee - Colts' head coach Tony Dungy told reporters last week that WR Marvin Harrison was targeting Week 13 for his return, unfortunately his knee continues to be an issue and it looks like he will be out for at least one more week. Harrison missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and when asked if he would be active on Sunday QB Peyton Manning told reporters that he "wouldn't count on it." An official word on his status won't come until later today or tomorrow but don't be surprised if he is inactive again. A local newspaper recently reported that the Colts could keep Harrison out until the playoffs and even if he returns before then that the team would likely keep him limited. Since we don't know the exact nature of his injury it's difficult to predict what will happen. But you really can't count on his playing so prepare to move forward without him.

Santonio Holmes, PIT
High Ankle Sprain - It looks like Steelers' WR Santonio Holmes will miss his second straight game this weekend because of a high ankle sprain. Holmes did not take part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports his ankle is still sore and is still at least a week away from being completely healthy. The team remains "cautiously optimistic" about his chances of playing on Sunday, but at this point he needs to return to full practice today for that to happen. This will come down to a game-time decision, but at this point you can't count on him playing.

Antwaan Randle EL, WAS
Strained Hamstring - Redskins' WR Antwaan Randle El has been limited in practice this week because of a strained hamstring, however the team expects to be more involved in practice today and if all goes well he should be active on Sunday against the Bills. Randle El reaggravated a lingering hamstring problem in last week's game and as a precaution the team has limited him to individual drills on Wednesday and Thursday. We'll know a lot more about his status after practice today but a decision on his availability won't be made until gameday so check with us then for an update.

Troy Williamson, MIN
Concussion - The status of WR Troy Williamson for Week 13 is in doubt after he missed practice on Thursday and it looks like he will be out for this weekend's game. Williamson actually took part in some drills in practice on Wednesday. But he reportedly had a setback and he was held out of practice on Thursday. The Vikings have not declared him out just yet, but at this point it looks like it is only a matter of time. The team does not expect him to practice today so an official decision on his availability could come tonight.

TIGHT ENDS

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who has missed several games this year because of a lingering hamstring strain has been limited in practice this week which puts his status for Monday night's game in question. The entire team got the day off on Wednesday but they were back on the field on Thursday and according to reports Heap was present for the media-portion of practice. Head coach Brian Billick considers him "week to week" and he wasn't prepared to rule out the possibility of his injury ending his season early. We'll know more about his status after practice today, but at this point I wouldn't count on him playing. And even if he does he probably won't be very effective.

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