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Training Room Injury Update - Week 16
Philip Gentles
December 21, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Kyle Boller, BAL
Concussion - Ravens' QB Kyle Boller has not recovered from his concussion as quickly as the team had originally thought and head coach Brian Billick has decided to go with rookie Troy Smith as his starting QB for Week 16. Boller was hurt in last week's loss to the Dolphins, but on Monday Billick said that he expected him to be ready for the team's next game. Unfortunately Boller began to experience headaches and had sensitivity to light on Wednesday and the medical staff sent him home. His status for Sunday's game has not been determined and there is a chance that he could still be active, but his slow recovery has prompted the Ravens to go with Smith as their Week 16 starter. We'll keep you posted.

Kellen Clemens, NYJ
Cracked Rib and Bruised Shoulder - QB Kellen Clemens' status for Week 16 remains very questionable as he continues to recover from injuries to his ribs and shoulder. According to several reports Clemens cracked a rib and bruised his shoulder in last week's game and while head coach Eric Mangini has not confirmed the nature of his injuries it looks like the team is preparing to play without him. If Clemens does not practice with the team today look for veteran Chad Pennington to get the start on Sunday against the Titans.

Tony Romo, DAL
Bruised Thumb - Cowboys' QB Tony Romo took part in every team drill in practice on Thursday and according to reports head coach Wade Phillips expects him to start on Saturday. Romo, who bruised his right (throwing) thumb during last week's game, has spent a lot of time getting treatment this week. But Phillips told reporters that Romo was progressing well and he said that Romo looked good throwing the ball on Thursday. He went on to say that the team will continue to protect the injury so that he can avoid aggravating the problem. Will his thumb affect his performance this week? It's difficult to say. The Cowboys believe that he will be fine, but don't be surprised if he struggles with his accuracy.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO
Partially Torn PCL - Saints' RB Reggie Bush, who has been out for several weeks with a partial tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee, returned to limited practice on Wednesday ahead of schedule however he was held out of practice on Thursday and his status for Week 16 is considered "questionable at best." According to reports head coach Sean Payton was optimistic earlier in the week about Bush's chances of playing this weekend and his return to the field on Wednesday was a good sign. Unfortunately he did not practice with the team on Thursday and it seems less likely that Bush will be available to play this week. Payton has not ruled him out yet and the team will likely see what happens in practice today before making any decisions. If Bush is inactive look for Aaron Stecker to get a majority of the carries against the Eagles.

Larry Johnson, KC
Sprained and Fractured Foot - Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson, who has been out since Week 9 with a sprained and fractured foot, attempted to practice on Wednesday but failed to finish the workout after suffering a setback and has been ruled out for Week 16. According to reports Johnson's foot became sore early in practice on Wednesday morning and he was taken back to the training room where he stayed for the remainder of the day. Head coach Herman Edwards spoke with reporters and said that Johnson's foot got
"sore" during practice and the Chiefs' medical staff has decided to keep him sidelined for one more week. Kolby Smith will make another start in his place.

Rudi Johnson, CIN
Strained Hamstring - According to reports Bengals' RB Rudi Johnson reinjured his hamstring during last week's game and his status for Week 16 is questionable. Johnson's hamstring "flared up" on Monday and as a result he's been held out of practice. He's was spotted in the training room twice on Wednesday and Thursday getting treatment and undergoing rehab. Johnson will reportedly test his hamstring prior to practice today and if all goes well he will be cleared to work with the team. Obviously his status for Week 16 depends on what happens in practice today so keep an eye on the team's practice reports and check with The Huddle on Sunday for a final update.

Willie Parker, PIT
Fractured Fibula - Steelers' RB Willie Parker will miss the remainder of the regular season and will probably miss the playoffs as well after fracturing his right fibula during Thursday night's game against the Rams. Parker, who had just one carry for minus one yards, left the game in the first quarter and was taken back to the locker room where an X-ray revealed a break in his right leg. The severity of the fracture is currently unknown, but according to reports he is definitely out for Week 17 and unless the Steelers make it to the Super Bowl he'll likely miss the post season too. Najeh Davenport will take over as the team's featured RB while Parker is out.

LenDale White, TEN
Knee Inflammation - Titans' RB LenDale White has not practiced this week because of inflammation in his knee and his status for Week 16 remains a question mark. White injured the knee in practice last week but he was still active and productive against the Chiefs. According to reports White's knee was sore and swollen after the game and he has been held out of practice as a precaution. The good news is that the Titans expect him to practice with the team on Friday and play this weekend against the Jets. Hopefully his knee holds up and he is cleared to start on Sunday. Regardless of what happens we probably won't know his official gameday status until moments before kickoff so check with us then for an update.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Laveranues Coles, NYJ
Sprained Ankle - Jets' WR Laveranues Coles remains a question mark for Sunday's game after being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a sprained ankle. Coles, who actually reaggravated his injured ankle when a portable trainers' table collapsed while he was on it receiving treatment last Saturday, told reporters that he was having trouble pushing off and cutting during the game and indicated on Thursday that his recovery has been slow. He said that he wants to play this weekend, however he wasn't sure if he would be ready to go. There was a report earlier in the week that said the Jets were considering placing Coles on Injured Reserve. That hasn't happened yet, but the team is preparing to play this week without him and with nothing to play for don't be surprised if Coles is held out of Week 17 as well.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Knee Inflammation - Colts' veteran WR Marvin Harrison continues to recover from a knee injury and according to reports GM Bill Polian has announced that Harrison will not play in Week 16. As expected Harrison was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it doesn't look like he will be on the field with the team today either. Polian spoke with the reporters earlier in the week and said that Harrison's injury has "healed," however he is working on on his conditioning and the team does not want him to play until he is in playing shape. Head coach Tony Dungy has indicated that he would like to get Harrison in a game prior to the start of the playoffs. But we've heard this for over a month now and Harrison remains inactive. The Colts would love to see him in action in Week 17, but don't be surprised if he doesn't play.

Roy Williams, DET
Torn PCL - Lions' WR Roy Williams, who tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Week 13, has been placed on Injured Reserve which officially ends his 2007 season. Williams told reporters earlier in the week that he would end his comeback bid if the Lions lost to the Chiefs this upcoming weekend. According to reports his recovery has gone well, but he is still at least two weeks away from being able to play and the team felt that there was no need to rush him back.

TIGHT ENDS

Todd Heap, BAL
Strained Hamstring - Ravens' TE Todd Heap, who hasn't played since Week 10 and has missed 9 of the last 10 games because of lingering hamstring problems, participated in a majority of the drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports the team is cautiously optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend against the Seahawks. Heap said on Wednesday that he was looking forward to playing and if all goes well in practice on Friday he will be active. But he has been in this position several times before only to "tweak" his hamstring. Let's just hope that his hamstring holds up and it allows him to play. This will end up being a game-time decision.

Eric Johnson, NO
Strained Groin - Saints' veteran TE Eric Johnson was inactive for last week's game because of a strained groin and his status for Week 16 remains questionable. Johnson actually took part in some drills in practice on Wednesday. Unfortunately he complained of soreness and tightness in his groin after practice and he was held out on Thursday as a result. Head coach Sean Payton told reporters that it was too early to tell if Johnson will be available to play on Sunday and said that he would wait until after practice today before making any decisions. Johnson is going to have to practice with the team today if he is going to play on Sunday.

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