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Training Room Injury Update - Week 14
Philip Gentles
December 7, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Marc Bulger, STL
Concussion - Rams' QB Marc Bulger, who missed last week's game while recovering from a concussion, passed a neurological exam on Tuesday and was cleared to practice and according to reports if all goes well today he will be cleared to play in this weekend's game. Bulger practiced without restriction on Wednesday and Thursday and head coach Scott Linehan told reporters that he "looked good" and that he is "progressing nicely." Linehan expects Bulger to be in the starting lineup so unless he suffers a setback look for him to be in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Jason Campbell, WAS
Dislocated Patella - According to reports Redskins' QB Jason Campbell dislocated his patella (kneecap) during Thursday night's game against the Bears and his status for the remainder of the season is in doubt. Campbell was hurt when he was hit by several defenders after a pass attempt in the second half and he appeared to be in a lot of pain while on the ground. Campbell's leg was placed in a splint and he was carted off the field and into the locker room. The medical staff reportedly reduced to the dislocation (popped it back in place), however he was unable to walk and was later seen moving around on a wheelchair. Campbell is scheduled to undergo an MRI today, but there are reports that the team is preparing to play the remainder of the regular season without him. Todd Collins replaced Campbell during the game and would start for the Redskins if Campbell is unable to play.

Brett Favre, GB
Bruised Elbow and Separated Shoulder - Packers' QB Brett Favre has not completely recovered from the bruised elbow and pinched nerve in his right (throwing) elbow and the separated left (non-throwing) shoulder, however the team still expects him to start this weekend against the Raiders. According to reports Favre has not regained full feeling in his hand, but the injury is not stopping him from throwing the football. In fact he took a reported "70 percent" of the first-team snaps in practice on Thursday and head coach Mike McCarthy was encouraged with what he saw. Favre's shoulder remains sore, but it won't prevent him from playing. Favre is one of the toughest QB's of all-time, but he is dealing with a number of injuries (sore ankle included) so don't be surprised if he inconsistent on Sunday.

Jeff Garcia, TB
Lower Back Bruise - Bucs' QB Jeff Garcia, who did not play last week because of a lower back bruise, has shown signs of improvement and it looks like he could be back this Sunday against the Texans. Several media outlets reported earlier this week that Garcia had a hairline fracture in his lower back. However those reports were inaccurate as X-rays and an MRI confirmed that the injury was just a bruise. Garcia returned to limited practice on Wednesday and took part in even more drills on Thursday. He spoke with reporters and said that his back was feeling fine and that he was ready for Week 14. We'll know a lot more about his status after today's practice, but it looks like he will be active this weekend.

Rex Grossman, CHI
Undisclosed Knee Injury - Bears' QB Rex Grossman left Thursday night's game with an undisclosed knee injured and his status for Week 15 and beyond is currently unknown. Grossman was hurt when he was hit in the back of the leg as he attempted a pass in the first quarter. His knee bent awkwardly and he was on the ground for several minutes. The injury looked bad, but he was able to limp off the field on his own. He was taken back to the locker room and examined and he did not return to the game. Grossman is scheduled to undergo an MRI today, so we should know more about his status once the results are released.

Donovan McNabb, PHI
Sprained Thumb and Ankle - Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb missed the team's last two games because of injuries to his thumb and ankle, however he's returned to practice and the team expects him to start this weekend against the Giants. McNabb spoke with reporters following practice on Wednesday and said that he was feeling good and that he was ready to play. According to reports he looked great in practice on Thursday and head coach Any Reid indicated that if he makes it through practice today that he would be the starting QB in Week 14.

RUNNING BACKS

Jesse Chatman, MIA
Sprained Ankle - Dolphins' RB Jesse Chatman has not practiced this week because of a lingering ankle injury and according to local reports the team isn't sure if he will be able to play this weekend against the Bills. Chatman aggravated the injury in last week's game and his ankle is reportedly still sore and swollen. He was held out practice on Wednesday and Thursday and has spent a lot of time in the training room undergoing treatment. He will attempt to take the field today, but if he doesn't practice with the team then there is little chance that he will be available for the Dolphins on Sunday. If Chatman is out look for Samkon Gado is get the start and he will share playing time with rookie Lorenzo Booker.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Strained Hamstring - Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that RB Brandon Jacobs, who has been out with a strained hamstring, "is making good progress." However he still isn't sure if he will be active for this weekend's big game against the Giants. Jacobs was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he is moving well and does not appear to be favoring his injured leg. But he hasn't been involved in a lot of drills so at this point it is tough to say if his hamstring is completely healthy. Jacobs will attempt to take part in team drills today so we should know more about his Week 14 status at some point tonight. With Derrick Ward out indefinitely with a broken ankle if Jacobs is unable to go look for Reuben Droughns to get a bulk of the carries. But make sure you check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Marshawn Lynch, BUF
High Ankle Sprain - Bills' rookie Marshawn Lynch hasn't played since Week 10 because of a high ankle sprain, however head coach Dick Jauron is happy with his progress and optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend against the Dolphins. According to reports Lynch was officially limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he still took reps with the first-team offense Jauron told reporters that he "looked good." Lynch will attempt to take part in full practice today and if all goes well he should be active and starting on Sunday. Anthony Thomas, who has been out with a torn calf muscle, has been placed on Injured Reserve so look for Fred Jackson to become the team's third-down back.

Brian Westbrook, PHI
Bruised Knee - The Eagles expect RB Brian Westbrook to be active for this weekend's game against the Giants despite him being held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a bruised knee. Westbrook has been dealing with a bone bruise in his knee for a couple weeks now and the injury has limited his participation in practice. The good news is that he was able to play last week with the injury and head coach Andy Reid said that if he makes it through practice today then he should be able to start on Sunday. So keep an eye on the team's practice report and check back with The Huddle on Sunday for a final update on his status.

Selvin Young, DEN
Bruised Elbow - Broncos' RB Selvin Young, who has been dealing with a bruised forearm, took part in every drill on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he will be active this weekend. Young spoke with reporters earlier in the week and said that while his elbow was a little sore, it didn't prevent him from taking part in contact drills. And based on his participation in practice it looks like his elbow won't keep him from playing in Week 13 either. It looks like Andre Hall will be back after missing time with a high ankle sprain, so with all three running backs healthy and likely active the running back situation in Denver is a real mess.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Anquan Boldin, ARI
Fractured and Dislocated Toe - Cardinals' WR Anquan Boldin, who suffered a fractured and dislocated toe during last week's game, has not practiced this week and his status for Sunday's game appears to be in doubt. According to reports the team has been experimenting with different shoes, orthotics and protective devices however they haven't found something that will allow Boldin to play. The big concern right now is that Boldin's toe could dislocate again and he will reportedly need surgery at some point to stabilize the joint and repair the damage. The medical staff will continue to treat the injury and experiment with foot wear to see if something works, but at this point it doesn't look like he will be able to play against the Seahawks.

Laveranues Coles, NYJ
Sprained Ankle - Jets' WR Laveranues Coles is still being limited by a sprained ankle and it looks like he will be a game-time decision for Week 14. Coles, who has been dealing with an ankle injury for several weeks, played in last Sunday's game but admitted to reporters that his ankle bothered him throughout the contest and said that it was very sore afterwards. As a result he was limited to individual drills on Wednesday and he remains limited as his ankle recovers. Coles has reportedly shown signs of improvement and he wasn't limping as much on Thursday as he was on Wednesday. Hopefully he can practice with the team on Friday, but no matter what happens a decision on his availability won't be made until the team sees him during pregame warm-ups.

Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ
Fractured Finger - Jets' WR Jerricho Cotchery, who missed last week's game after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his right index finger, has not practiced this week and it appears that he will be inactive for the second-straight week. According to local newspapers Cotchery might not play again this year however head coach Eric Mangini told reporters that he has not ruled him out for the season yet. The team still believes that Cotchery could be back soon, but with nothing to play for Mangini might just keep him sidelined indefinitely. We'll know more about his status after practice today, but don't expect him to be active.

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Strained Groin - Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald was surprisingly inactive for last week's game because of a nagging groin injury and his status for Week 14 remains a question mark. Fitzgerald was limited in practice on Wednesday and again on Thursday but the good news is that he increased his workload on Thursday and according to reports he will attempt to practice with the team today. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt still considers Fitzegerald questionable, but he remains cautiously optimistic and he hopes that he can make it through a full practice today and play on Sunday. Looks like this will come down to a game-time decision, so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

D.J. Hackett, SEA
High Ankle Sprain - Seahawks' WR D.J Hackett will probably miss his second-straight game with a high ankle sprain, however the team's medical staff is reportedly happy with his recovery and there is a chance that he could be back for the team's Week 15 game against the Seahawks. Hackett has not practiced since aggravating his ankle two weeks ago. But he has improved and he's already begun to run and cut. Head coach Mike Holmgren indicated that Hackett would likely miss this weekend's game, but he indicated that Hackett could return next week. Bobby Engram will continue to start while he is out.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Knee Inflammation - Colts' WR Marvin Harrison, who has not played since Week 7 because of lingering inflammation and soreness in his knee, returned to limited practice on Wednesday. Unfortunately he experienced a reoccurrence of soreness in his knee afterwards and he was held out of practice on Thursday as a precaution. Head coach Tony Dungy told reporters this week that team physicians have said that Harrison can play. But Dungy has indicated that he won't allow Harrison to play until he is completely healthy and based on what happened after practice on Wednesday he is still not at full strength. He has shown signs of improvement, which is encouraging. But this latest setback will likely keep him on the sideline for at least another week.

Santonio Holmes, PIT
High Ankle Sprain - Steelers' WR Santonio Holmes will make his return to the starting lineup this weekend against the Patriots after missing the team's last two games with a high ankle sprain. Holmes practiced with the team on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports his ankle appeared to be fine. He is no longer listed on the team's injury report so he'll be at full strength for Sunday's big game.

Javon Walker, DEN
Knee Inflammation - Broncos' WR Javon Walker continues to be limited because of lingering soreness and inflammation in his knee and head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that Walker might not play in a full game before the end of the season. Walker practiced with the team on Wednesday, unfortunately his knee became swollen and he was limited to individual drills on Thursday. Shanahan said that Walker was not running at full speed on Thursday and he wasn't sure if he would be able to practice with the team today or play this weekend. But if he does play Shanahan will limit him to 20-25 plays in the game on Sunday. So we suggest you keep him out of your fantasy lineup.

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