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Training Room Injury Update - Week 15
Philip Gentles
December 11, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Trent Dilfer, SF
Concussion - 49ers' QB Trent Dilfer was knocked from Sunday's game with a concussion and he will likely miss the team's Week 15 game. Dilfer was hurt when he was hit by a Vikings' defender in the second quarter and he remained motionless on the field for several minutes. He was eventually helped off the field and taken to the locker room where he was examined by the team's medical staff. They then decided to send him to a local hospital as a precaution. According to reports Dilfer is OK, however he will be held out of practice until at least Friday and head coach Mike Nolan indicated to reporters that the 49ers will plan on playing without him. If Dilfer is not cleared to play look for Shaun Hill to get the start in his place.

Philip Rivers, SD
Sprained Knee - According to reports Chargers' QB Philip Rivers has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his left knee and his status for practice this week is unknown. Rivers was hurt when he was hit in the second quarter of Sunday's game and stumbled off the field. He was taken to the locker room where he was examined, treated, taped and then cleared to start the third quarter. Rivers, who was wearing a brace on his knee, addressed the media on Monday and said that he expects his knee to get better as the week goes on and he believes that he will be available to play in the Chargers' next game. There's a chance that he won't take part in team drills until at least Friday (if at all), but he could still be active for Week 15. Team officials are confident that Rivers will be healthy enough to play, but right now it's too early to tell.

RUNNING BACKS

Ron Dayne, HOU
Sprained Ankle - Texans' RB Ron Dayne could miss this Thursday's game against the Broncos after hurt his ankle during Sunday's game against the Bucs. According to reports Dayne turned his ankle early in the game and he was limited for the remainder of the game. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after the game that Dayne got a painkilling injection at half-time. However his ankle continued to bother him and he did very little in the second half. Kubiak said that Dayne, who was held out of practice on Monday, was feeling sore on Monday and that the team planned on playing Thursday without him. If Dayne is inactive look for Darius Walker to get a bulk of the carries in his place.

Justin Fargas, OAK
Bruised Ribs - Raiders' RB Justin Fargas suffered bruised ribs during Sunday's game against the Packers, however the team expects him to practice on Friday and, unless he suffers a setback, play in Week 15. Fargas was hurt when he took a hit in the fourth quarter and was forced to the sideline. He did not return to the game. Fargas told reporters on Monday that he expects to play in Week 15 against the Colts. But we will know more about his status as the week goes on.

Willis McGahee, BAL
Sprained Toe - Ravens' RB Willis McGahee missed some time on Sunday night against the Colts after aggravating a toe injury. According to reports McGahee sprained his big left toe in the first quarter. However he was able to return to the field and finish the game after having his toe treated and taped. The team's medical staff will probably keep him out of action until Friday, but at this point it looks like he will be able to play on Friday and play in Week 15.

Lorenzo Neal, SD
Fractured Fibula - The news on Lorenzo Neal isn't good. The Chargers' starting fullback and lead blocker for RB LaDainian Tomlinson will miss the remainder of the regular season and could be sidelined for the entire playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a break in his right fibula. Neal was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game and an X-ray in the locker room revealed a fractured leg. According to reports he had a plate and screws surgically inserted into his leg and he has since been ruled out of the team's final three regular season games.

Kolby Smith, KC
Sprained Ankle - Chiefs' RB Kolby Smith was in and out of the lineup on Sunday after spraining his ankle early in the game, but the good news is that the team does not believe that the injury is serious and it looks like he will be able to play next weekend against the Titans. According to reports Smith's ankle was sore and a bit swollen after the game and he spent a lot of time in the training room on Monday getting treatment. There is a chance that he will be limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. However if he recovers as quickly as the medical staff anticipates then he should be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.

WIDE RECEIVER

Ike Hilliard, TB
Upper Back Injury - Bucs' head coach Jon Gruden admitted on Monday that he was concerned about Ike Hilliard' injured back, however Gruden believes that Hilliard will be active for Sunday's game. Gruden appeared to injure his shoulder and neck when he was hit hard in the second quarter. The injury was being called a stinger, however Gruden told reporters that Hilliard was dealing with and upper back problem. He will probably be limited in practice this week, however the medical staff expects him to be more involved on Friday and play in Week 15.

TIGHT ENDS

Antonio Gates, SD
Lower Back Stiffness - Chargers' TE Antonio Gates injured his lower back at some point during Sunday's game and was examined on the sideline by the medical staff. He did not miss any playing time, however the injury appeared to bother him for the remainder of the game. According to reports Gates began to experience pain and stiffness in his back on Sunday. The medical staff attempted to stretch and massage the problematic areas and while he was able to stay in the game, his production and effectiveness were definitely affected. The Chargers' seem to think that he will be OK. But keep an eye on the team's practice reports just to be sure.

Tony Gonzalez, KC
Bruised Lower Leg - After missing a couple of series with an injury to his leg Chiefs' TE Tony Gonzalez was able to return to Sunday's game and according to reports his injury is not considered serious. After leaving Sunday's game Gonzalez was taken to the locker room where he was examined and X-rayed. The X-rays were negative and he later returned to the field and play. Gonzalez could be limited in practice on Wednesday, but at this point it looks like he will be ready to play next weekend.

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