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Training Room Injury Update - Week 16
Philip Gentles
December 18, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Kyle Boller, BAL
Mild Concussion - Ravens' QB Kyle Boller left Sunday's game with a concussion, however team officials believe that he will be able to practice on Wednesday and play in their Week 16 game. Boller was hurt when he was hit by Dolphins' DT Vonnie Holiday in the fourth quarter. He was helped off the field and remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game because he complained of blurred vision that didn't subside. Head coach Brian Billick told reporters on Monday that Boller was still dealing with headaches, but he went on to say that the medical staff does not believe that the concussion is serious and that they expect him to take part in portions of practice on Wednesday. Obviously at this point the Ravens can't guarantee that Boller will play. They'll wait to see how he does in practice before making any decisions, but it looks like he will be ready in time for the Seahawks.

Tony Romo, DAL
Thumb Contusion - An MRI on QB Tony Romo's injured thumb only revealed a contusion and it looks like he will be healthy enough to play next Saturday night against the Panthers. Romo, who was hurt when he was hit as he threw a pass in the second half of Sunday's game, did not miss any playing time. However his thumb appeared to bother him at different points in the third and fourth quarters and it prevented him from getting his game back on track. According to reports X-rays in the locker room after the game were negative, however he was seen wearing a wrap on his thumb as he left the stadium and head coach Wade Phillips told reporters that his thumb was swollen on Monday prior to the MRI. The good news is that his thumb isn't as bad as the team initially feared and the team is reportedly preparing to play with him in Week 16.

RUNNING BACKS

Justin Fargas, OAK
Sprained MCL - Raiders' RB Justin Fargas will miss the remainder of the season after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday's loss to the Colts. According to reports Fargas was injured when he was hit on the knee when he was tackled during a run in the fourth quarter. But instead of leaving the game Fargas decided to stay in the game and he scored on a 2-yard carry four plays later. Unfortunately his knee began to swell on the sideline and he was unable to return to the game. Fargas spoke with reporters after the game and said that he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL. Head coach Lane Kiffin said that the team feared that his ACL was damaged. However an MRI on Fargas' knee showed that his ACL was fine and that his MCL was sprained. The injury will not require surgery, but the team's medical does not believe that he will be ready to return before the end of the regular season.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Laveranues Coles, NYJ
Sprained Ankle - Jets' WR Laveranues Coles, who has been dealing with a lingering ankle sprain, aggravated the injury on Saturday in a freak accident and again during Sunday'' game and his status for Week 16 is currently in question. According to reports Coles was making positive strides in his recovery from a chronic ankle sprain, however he reinjured the ankle when a portable trainer's table collapsed underneath him while he was receiving treatment at the team hotel. He was still activated for Sunday's game but he turned his ankle early in the first quarter and he was unable to finish the contest. Coles spoke with reporters after the game and he said that he "couldn't push through it." His ankle is reportedly very sore and he may not practice until at least Friday. Check back then for an update on his status.

TIGHT ENDS

Jeremy Shockey, NYG
Fractured Fibula and Dislocated Ankle - Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his left fibula and dislocating his left ankle during Sunday's game. Shockey was hurt when teammate Amani Toomer fell into the back of his leg while he was blocking in the third quarter. He immediately fell to the ground in pain and he later said that he knew his leg was broken. Shockey was carted off the field and taken to the locker room where his leg and ankle were examined and X-rayed. X-rays revealed a break in his fibula and an examination showed that his ankle was dislocated. The damage in his leg and ankle will require surgery and he is scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure later on in the week. Needless to say that he won't play in the Giants' final two regular season games and he won't be available for the Giants in the playoffs. If all goes well with his recovery, he could be ready for the start of training camp next year. Unfortunately this injury could keep him out of the team's off-season workout and conditioning program.

IDP's

Ray Lewis, LB, BAL
Dislocated Finger - Despite reports that say LB Ray Lewis suffered a broken bone in his left hand during Sunday's game the Ravens continue to classify the injury suffered by Lewis as a dislocated finger and the team believes that he will be able to play in Week 16. Lewis, who hurt his hand in the third quarter of Sunday's game, told reporters on Monday that his finger was hurting him and head coach Brian Billick said that the injury was "very uncomfortable" for Lewis. However Billick went on to say that the medical staff will splint, pad and tape his finger in a way that will allow him to play next weekend. The team expects him to take part in all non-contact drills in practice on Wednesday and if all goes well in practice on Thursday and Friday he should be in the Ravens' starting lineup against the Seahawks.

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