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Training Room Injury Update - Week 15
Philip Gentles
December 14, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Marc Bulger, STL
Concussion - According to reports Rams' QB Marc Bulger, who is recovering from a concussion, practiced without restriction for the second straight day on Thursday and if things go well in practice today he will start on Sunday against the Packers. Bulger was scheduled to play last week but he suffered a setback in his recovery and he was declared inactive. Head coach Scott Linehan told reporters on Wednesday that Bulger was "on track to return." However he will wait until after today's practice before he makes any decisions. It looks like he will be active, but check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Jeff Garcia, TB
Bruised Lower Back - Bucs' QB Jeff Garcia, who has not played since hurting his lower back in Week 12, appears ready to make his return to the starting lineup this weekend. Head coach Jon Gruden admitted to reporters that had been "vague" regarding Garcia's injury and status. However on Monday he said that Garcia would return in Week 15 and after practicing with the first-team offense on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will indeed be active against the Falcons.

Philip Rivers, SD
Partially Torn MCL - Despite suffering what is being described as a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee during last week's game Chargers' QB Philip Rivers has not been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Lions yet and he continues to tell reporters that the plan is for him to play. According to reports an MRI on Rivers' knee revealed a partially torn MCL and while the injury will not require surgery it usually requires several weeks of rest and rehab to recover from. He missed practice on Wednesday as expected, but he took part in several individual drills on Thursday and he will attempt to take part in more today. This looks like it will come down to a game-time decision, but I would be very surprised if he sees game action anytime before Week 16.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
Shoulder Soreness - Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger told reporters earlier in the week that he was experiencing soreness in his throwing shoulder and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for Week 15 is in question. Roethlisberger has been held out of practice this week because the soreness in his shoulder has yet to subside. According to reports head coach Mike Tomlin is just being cautious and it looks like Big Ben will take the field with the team today. If all goes well Tomlin expects him to start this weekend against the Jaguars.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO
Partially Torn PCL - Saints' RB Reggie Bush, who partially tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Week 13, will miss at least two more games and according to several reports he could be out for the remainder of the season. Bush recently told reporters that he plans on returning before the end of the regular season. However head coach Sean Payton has indicated that Bush won't play again during the regular season and that there was doubt that he would be available for the playoffs. The injury will not require surgery, so the medical staff is still optimistic about his chances of making a quick recovery. However he won't play again until Week 17 at the earlier, and by then your fantasy league will probably be over. Aaron Stecker will continue to start while Bush is out.

Jesse Chatman, MIA
Sprained Ankle - Dolphin' RB Jesse Chatman did not play in last week's game because of a lingering ankle injury and his status for Week 15 is questionable. Chatman was limited to individual drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. According to reports Chatman said that he expects to play against the Ravens on Sunday. However the team will not make a decision on his availability until they see him in pregame warmups. Samkon Gado played fairly well in his place last week, so even if Chatman is activated he will likely split time with Gado. Check back on Sunday for an update.

Justin Fargas, OAK
Bruised Ribs - Raiders' RB Justin Fargas, who suffered bruised ribs during last week's game, spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment on Tursday. But after practicing with the team without restriction on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will be back in the startining lineup this weekend against the Colts. Fargas has been fitted for a protective flak jacket, which he will wear on Sunday and according to reports his ribs won't be an issue. If all goes well in practice today look for Fargas to be active in Week 15.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Anquan Boldin, ARI
Fractured / Dislocated Toe - The status of Cardinals' WR Anquan Boldin, who is recovering from a dislocated and fractured second toe, remains a question mark after being limited in practice on Thursday. According to reports Boldin aggravated the injury during Week 14 pre-game warmups and he was in a protective walking boot until late Wednesday. Boldin told reporters that he was encouraged by his progress and that he was optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 15. However his toe is clearly not healthy and even if he is active he won't be full speed. He'll need to practice with the team today in order to have a shot of playing on Sunday so keep an eye on the team's practice report.

Terry Glenn, DAL
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery - Cowboys' WR Terry Glenn hasn't played in a single game this season as he continues to recover from arthrscopic surgery on his knee. But he returned to practice this week and it looks like he could make his 2007 debut within the next couple of weeks. Glenn ran some routes in practice on Wednesday and took part in several more individual drills on Thursday. He spoke with reporters after practice on Thursday and indicated that he wanted to play this weekend against the Eagles. He would have to practice with the team today in order for that to happen, however head coach Wade Phillips doesn't expect him to start running with the team until at least next week. Glenn is definitely making strides in his recovery, but it doesn't look like he is ready to play.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Lingering Knee Inflammation - The Colts continues to hold WR Marvin Harrison out of practice and it looks like he will miss his eighth straight game this weekend. According to reports Harrison continues to recover from what the team is calling knee inflammation. Obviously there is more to this injury than what the team is reporting. Head coach Tony Dungy continues to tell the media that Harrison could play if really had to, but he's already said that Harrison would likely be inactive for this weekend's game against the Raiders. QB Peyton Manning told reporters that he had no idea what was going on with Harrison and that he was prepared to move forward with rookie Anthony Gonzalez as the other starter opposite Reggie Wayne. I wouldn't expect Harrison to play until the playoffs.

Brandon Jones, TEN
Strained Groin - Ttians' WR Brandon Jones, who was inactive for last week's game because of a strained groin muscle, has not practiced this week and his status for Week 15 is considered questionable. Jones has not practiced since straining his groin in Week 13 and according to reports he is still experiencing tightness and soreness in his leg. He will attempt to take the field today, but at this point the team is unsure if he will be able to play on Sunday. This will come down toa game-time decision so check with us on Sunday for an update.

KICKERS

Olindo Mare, NO
Dislocated Shoulder - The New Orleans Saints have placed kicker Olindo Mare on Injured Reserve after Mare dislocated his right hip during last weekend's game. According to reports Mare was hurt while trying to make a tackle and while the injury does no require surgery head coach Sean Payton said that the injury would prevent him from kicking again this season. The Saints have picked up veteran Martin Gramatica to fill in for Mare for the remainder of the year.

TIGHT ENDS

Tony Gonzalez, KC
Sprained Ankle - Chiefs' TE Tony Gonzalez, who left last week's game with a sprained ankle, was limited in practice on Wednesday as a precaution. However he returned to full practice on Thursday and the team expects him to start this weekend against the Titans. According to reports Gonzalez complained of soreness and swelling in his ankle following last Sunday's game. He spent a lot of time in the training room on Monday and Tuesday and was limited to individual drills on Wednesday. He had his ankle wrapped on Thursday but he was able to take part in team drills without restriction. So unless he suffers a setback in his recovery look for Gonzalez to start in Week 15.

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery last week that prevented him from playing in Week 14 and it appears that his lingering hamstring injury will keep him from playing in Week 15 as well. According to reports Heap was scheduled to "give it a go" against the Colts last Sunday night. Unfortunately he tweated his hamstring in practice and was unable to play. As a result Heap has not practiced this week and unless he's able to take part in team drills today he won't be active this weekend against the Dolphins. Heap told reporters that he isn't ready to shut it down for the season, but at this point I would be shocked if he took the field again this year.

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