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Training Room Injury Update - Week 17
Philip Gentles
December 28, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Brodie Croyle, KC
Bruised Hand – Chiefs’ QB Brodie Croyle, who was limited in practice on Wednesday because of a bruised hand, returned to full practice on Thursday and it looks like he will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday. Croyle reportedly looked comfortable to throwing the ball in Thursday’s workout, however Tony Dungy told the media that he wanted to see how he was feeling after practice today before he made any decisions. Dungy did say that Croyle would start if he was healthy and by all accounts it looks like his hand is going to be OK. So unless he suffers a setback look for him to start over Damon Huard in Week 17.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
Sprained Ankle – According to reports Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger will likely miss this weekend’s regular season finale because of a sprained right ankle. Roethlisberger injured the ankle in last week’s game against the Rams and he’s been unable to practice since. His ankle is still sore and he’s reportedly having trouble planting and cutting. Team officials have indicated that he could play this weekend if he really had to, but it looks like the team is going to play things safe and rest their starting QB so that he is as healthy as possible for the start of the playoffs. If Roethlisberger is inactive look for veteran Charlie Batch to get the start in his place.

Matt Schaub, HOU
Shoulder Soreness – Texans’ QB Matt Schaub continues to deal with soreness in his injured shoulder and since he won’t be healthy in time for this weekend’s game head coach Gary Kubiak has already announced that Sage Rosenfels will be the team’s starting QB. According to reports Schaub has shown signs of improvement and has even seen an increase in reps over the last couple of days. However Kubiak said earlier in the week that Schaub wouldn’t play if he wasn’t 100%, and it looks like he won’ be. There is still a chance that Schaub will be active in Week 17 but only as Rosenfels’ backup. A decision on that might not be made until right before kickoff.

RUNNING BACKS

Mike Anderson, BAL
Strained Quadriceps – Ravens’ RB Mike Anderson was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a strained quadriceps, however team officials believe that he will be available for Sunday’s Week 17 game. Anderson, who was hurt in last week’s game, told reporters that his quad was feeling better and with Willis McGahee out with fractured ribs the team is counting on him to split carries with Musa Smith. We should know more about his status after practice today.

Reggie Bush, NO
Partially Torn PCL – Saints’ head coach Sean Payton told reporters earlier this week that RB Reggie Bush, who has been out with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee, was close to playing in Week 16 and that the team would see how he does in practice on Wednesday. Unfortunately Bush was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday so it looks like his knee is still not 100%. Payton has not officially ruled him out of Week 17 and he wants to wait until after today’s practice before making a decision, but I would be surprised if he plays on Sunday.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Mild Ankle Sprain – Giants’ RB Brandon Jacobs, who suffered a mild ankle sprain in last week’s game, practiced without limitations on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he will be ready for Sunday’s game. Jacobs apparently told a reporter that his ankle feels great and that it won’t be a factor when he faces the Patriots. His participation in every drill during practice this week definitely confirms that his ankle is not an issue. So unless something happens in practice today, look for Jacobs to be the featured back in Week 17.

Aaron Stecker, NO
Sprained Foot – Saints’ RB Aaron Stecker continues to recover from a sprained ligament in his foot and his status for Week 17 appears to be in question. Stecker, who hurt his foot in last week’s game, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He told reporters that his foot was still feeling “stiff” and “sore,” however he said that it was feeling better than it did on Monday and he suggested that he would be OK. Head coach Sean Payton mentioned after practice today that he will wait and see how Stecker feels after practice today before announcing his status for this weekend’s game, but if he doesn’t take part in a full practice then there is little chance that he will play. Pierre Thomas will likely get a bulk of the carries with Stecker and Reggie Bush out.

WIDE RECEIVER

Deion Branch, SEA
Strained Calf – Seahawks’ WR Deion Branch is reportedly dealing with a strained calf and after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday it appears that he will not play in Week 17. Branch’s calf is still very sore and head coach Mike Holmgren said that he didn’t want to put him in a position where he would aggravate the injury. So unless he practices with the team today, you shouldn’t expect him to be active this weekend.

Marques Colston, NO
Bruised Chest – Saints’ WR Marques Colston, who left last week’s game with a chest contusion, is not listed on the team’s injury report which means that the team expects him to play in Week 17. Colston reportedly took part in team drills on Wednesday and Thursday and his chest did not appear to bother him. Head coach Sean Payton told reporters earlier in the week that the injury wasn’t a big deal (despite Colston coughing up blood during their Week 16 game) and it looks like he is right. If all goes well in practice today, he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday.

Terry Glenn, DAL
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery – Cowboys’ veteran WR Terry Glenn, who has been out since September while recovering from cartilage problems in his knee, ran at full speed and practiced with the first-team offense on Thursday and it looks like he will be active on Sunday. Glenn has spent several months recovering from two arthroscopic knee procedures and according to several reports he may need to undergo an additional surgery when the season is over. However he has progressed to the point where he is able to run, cut and jump at full speed and if his knee holds up in practice today he will be cleared to play this weekend. Terrell Owens is out this week because of a high ankle sprain so there is a good chance that if Glenn is activated that he could start opposite Patrick Crayton. Check back on Sunday for a final update on his status.

Anthony Gonzalez, IND
Bruised Foot – By all accounts rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez’s foot is not serious. In fact the team’s medical staff believes that he is ready to play. But with nothing to play for it appears that the Colts have decided to rest Gonzalez so that he is completely healthy for the start of the playoffs. Gonzalez bruised his foot in last week’s game but despite the injury being called minor he has been held out of practice for two-straight days. This could end up being a game-time decision, however if he misses practice today you can assume that he will be inactive for this weekend’s game.

D.J. Hackett, SEA
High Ankle Sprain – Seahawks’ WR D.J. Hackett, who been out since Week 12 because of a high ankle sprain and who has missed a total of 10 games this season because of ankle injuries, is no longer listed on the team’s injury report and head coach Mike Holmgren expects him to start on Sunday. Hackett took part in all phases of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he did not appear to favor his ankle. Holmgren indicated that Hackett would only play in a portion of the game, so keep that in mind when you are deciding your starting lineup.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Lingering Knee Soreness – Colts’ WR Marvin Harrison, who has missed 10 games this season because of lingering soreness in his knee, participated in every drill during practice on Thursday and it looks like he will be active for Sunday’s game. Harrison reportedly looked sharp in practice on Thursday and his performance have led team officials to believe that he will cleared to play this weekend. Head coach Tony Dungy said that he wants Harrison to get some playing time before the start of the playoffs. However he did not want to say that Marvin would be active for sure. Everything depends on how his knee responds to yesterday’s practice and today’s workout. If everything goes as planned Harrison will play (on a limited basis) in Week 17.

Greg Jennings, GB
Sprained Ankle – Packers’ WR Greg Jennings has not practiced this week and it looks like his injured ankle will keep him out of the team’s final regular season game. According to reports Jennings is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, however the medical staff does not want him to aggravate the injury or make it worse so they would prefer to keep him out as a precaution. Jennings will likely miss practice today, and if that happens expect him to be inactive for Sunday’s game. Rookie James Jones would get the start if Jennings does not play.

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