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Training Room Injury Update - Week 17
Philip Gentles
December 25, 2007


Brodie Croyle, KC
Bruised Hand - Chiefs' QB Brodie Croyle left Sunday's game with what is being called a bruised right hand and his status for Week 17 is currently unknown. Croyle was hurt when he attempted to make a tackle after throwing an interception in the first half. He was taken to the locker room where he was X-rayed and examined. According to reports the X-rays were negative however he was having trouble gripping the ball and he was unable to return to the game. Head coach Herman Edwards told reporters on Monday that Croyle's hand was not broken and that he would start over backup Damon Huard if he were healthy. But at this point Edwards wasn't sure if Croyle would be able to practice on Wednesday or be ready enough to play on Sunday. We will keep you posted.


Mike Anderson, BAL
Strained Quadriceps - According to reports Ravens' running back Mike Anderson pulled his quadriceps muscle during Sunday's game against the Seahawks, however the team does not consider the injury serious and team officials expect him to play next weekend. Anderson was apparently hurt in the second half and he was reportedly seen limping in the locker room after the game. The injury could keep him limited in practice this week, but it looks like he will be active for Week 17. And with Willis McGahee out with injured ribs Anderson could get a significant amount of carries.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Minor Ankle Sprain - Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs suffered a minor ankle sprain during Sunday's game but head coach Tom Coughlin expects him to play in Week 17. Jacobs, who has dealt with lower leg injuries all season, limped to the sideline after turning his ankle after a run in the third quarter. He was able to return to the field but the injury had him in and out of the lineup. Jacobs spoke with reporters on Monday and said that his ankle was feeling "pretty good." He went on to say that the injury was "nothing major" and that he would be "back out next week and ready to go." Coughlin confirmed that Jacobs' injury was minor and he indicated that the team was expecting him to start next Saturday against the Patriots. The Giants need him as healthy as possible for that game so don't be surprised if he is limited in practice this week.

Kevin Jones, DET
Sprained ACL - Lions' RB Kevin Jones will not play in Week 17 and his status for the start of the 2008 season is in question after he suffered damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Jones was hurt when he was tackled on a screen pass in second quarter. He immediately grabbed his leg after the play and stayed down for several minutes before being helped up and escorted off the field. He was taken to locker room and examined and according to reports he was immediately diagnosed with a sprained ACL. The severity of the injury is currently unknown and the medical staff will have to wait for swelling in his knee to subside before they can send him for an MRI. If the injury requires reconstructive surgery Jones would miss the team's entire off-season conditioning program and would likely miss the start of training camp. Jones is a talented runner, but he continues to prove that he is one of the least durable running backs in the league.

Willis McGahee, BAL
Fractured Ribs - Ravens' RB Willis McGahee, who left Sunday's game with fractured ribs, has already been ruled out of the team's Week 17 game opening the door for Mike Anderson and Musa Smith to get more playing time. According to reports McGahee was injured when he was hit by three defenders during a carry in the first quarter. He was able to walk off the field under his own power. However he complained of pain in his chest and discomfort when he breathed so he was taken to the locker room where X-rays revealed cracks in two of his ribs. He did not return to the game. McGahee was reexamined on Monday morning and the medical staff determined that the injury would keep him from playing in the Ravens' final game of the season.

Aaron Stecker, NO
Sprained Foot - Saints' RB Aaron Stecker reportedly sprained a ligament in his foot during Sunday's game and his status for Week 17 is questionable. Stecker was actually carted off the field after hurting his foot in the second quarter, but the medical staff determined that he could play with the injury and after being treated and taped he was cleared to return to the game in the third quarter. According to reports Stecker's foot was sore on Monday and team officials expect him to be limited in practice this week. At this point it's too early to tell if he will be ready in time for Week 17, but the team appears to be cautiously optimistic about his chances of playing. Check back on Friday for an update.


Marques Colston, NO
Bruised Chest - Saints' head coach Sean Payton told reports that he expects WR Marques Colston to play in Week 17 against the Bears. Colston, who suffered a chest contusion on Sunday, was reportedly coughing up blood on the sideline after getting hurt and there was concern that he may have suffered a severe internal injury. But Payton said on Monday that the injury was just a contusion and that the team expects him to be fine. It looks like Colston is going to be limited in practice this week, but the injury is not as bad as it looked and he should be fine for Week 17.

Anthony Gonzalez, IND
Bruised Foot - Colts' rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez reportedly left Sunday's game with a bruised foot and while the injury is not considered serious the Colts will likely keep him out of practice this week and could decide to play things safe and hold him out until the playoffs. Gonzalez was hurt in the first half and it was determined on the sideline that the injury was not serious. However he was held out for the remainder of the game as a precaution. Head coach Tony Dungy admitted to reporters on Monday that Gonzalez "probably could have come back in and played" but he decided to play it safe and hold him out. According to reports Gonzalez has already been cleared to take part in full practice but Dungy indicated that if he wasn't 100% that he wouldn't play in Week 17. This could come down to a game-time decision, but we should know more about his status on Friday.

Greg Jennings, GB
Minor Ankle Sprain - Packers' WR Greg Jennings suffered a minor ankle sprain during Sunday's game, however with nothing else to play for there is a good chance that Jennings will be limited in Week 17. According to reports reaggravated an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and was taken back to the locker room for an examination. The medical staff diagnosed him with a minor sprain and attempted to re-tape his leg and ankle. However with the game already out of hand the medical staff decided to shut him down. Head coach Mike McCarthy spoke with reporters on Monday and he labeled Jennings' injury as a "mild ankle sprain" and he mentioned that the team trainer "wasn't concerned about it." But since the Packers are locked into the number 2 seed in the NFC, the team will likely rest all of its players dealing with injuries until their first playoff game. We'll keep you posted on his recovery, but at this point we are not expecting him to play.

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