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Training Room Injury Update - Divisional Week
Philip Gentles
January 11, 2007

QUARTERBACKS

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA
Quadriceps Contusion / Sprained Wrist - Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck, who bruised his quadriceps in last week's game, was reportedly sore on Monday but he participated in team drills in every practice since then and it looks like he will be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Packers. Hasselbeck is still dealing with a sprained wrist, but neither his wrist nor his quad has kept him from practicing with the team. So unless he suffers a setback in practice today look for Hasselbeck to be active tomorrow.

RUNNING BACKS

Ryan Grant, GB
Stinger - Packers' RB Ryan Grant has made a full recovery from neck and shoulder injury and the team expects him to be active in tomorrow's game against the Seahawks. Grant, who suffered a stinger in the team's final regular season game, spent a majority of the bye week resting and receiving treatment. According to reports Grant is no longer experiencing any lingering effects from the injury and has been removed from the team's official injury report. There have been reports that the Packers would like to get Brandon Jackson more involved in the offense, but look for Grant to get a bulk of the carries.

Lorenzo Neal, SD
Fractured Fibula - Chargers' FB Lorenzo Neal, who fractured the fibula near his ankle a month ago, took part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but his status for this weekend's divisional playoff game is still unknown. According to reports Neal is still about 2 weeks away from being at full speed. However he's working really hard at the moment and he hopes to play on Sunday. We'll know more about his status after practice today but don't be surprised if a decision on his availability isn't made until moments before kickoff.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Deion Branch, SEA
Strained Calf - Seahawks' WR Deion Branch, who missed last week's playoff game because of a lingering calf injury, returned to full practice this week and head coach Mike Holmgren expects him to play in tomorrow's game against the Seahawks. Branch was limited to individual drills on Tuesday, but he was cleared to practice with the team on Wednesday. The medical staff wasn't sure how his calf would respond to a full workout and the good news is that Branch was fine on Thursday morning and he was back practicing with the team.

Terry Glenn, DAL
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery - Cowboys' veteran WR Terry Glenn took part in all drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he is the healthiest he has been all season and he will be active for this weekend's playoff game. Glenn, who missed the first 16 games of the regular season while recovering from cartilage problems in his knee, was finally cleared to play in Week 17. He was held without a catch but the good news is that his knee was fine afterwards. Glenn was held out of contact drills in practice last week as a precaution, but he is now practicing without restriction and he looks ready to play.

Anthony Gonzalez, IND
Bruised Foot - Colts' rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez did not play in the team's regular season finale two weeks ago because of a bruised foot, but he's had plenty of time to recover and the team's medical staff expects him to play this weekend against the Chargers. Gonzalez told reporters last week that his injured foot was feeling a lot better and according to reports it is no longer an issue. He took part in team drills in practice on Thursday and he looks ready for Sunday's playoff game.

D.J. Hackett, SEA
High Ankle Sprain - According to reports Seahawks' WR DJ Hackett reaggravated his right ankle in practice on Wednesday, the same ankle that kept him out of 10 games during the regular season, and head coach Mike Holmgren said that he will be a game-time decision tomorrow. Hackett has been dealing with a high ankle sprain since the first week of the regular season and he apparently began to feel soreness in his ankle during practice on Wednesday. He stretched with the team on Thursday but Holmgren said that he was held out of practice as a precaution. The team's medical staff is optimistic that he will be able to play against the Packers, but we probably won't know anything definitive until he tests his ankle in pregame warm-ups.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Knee Inflammation - Colts' WR Marvin Harrison, who has missed 11 games this season because of knee discomfort and inflammation, took part in all drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to head coach Tony Dungy he will be active on Sunday against the Chargers. Harrison has been impressing observers in practice this week catching everything thrown his away and running routes with precision. The only concern right now is his fitness level. Dungy told reporters that Harrison has exceeded the team's expectations this week, but that he still expects fatigue to be an issue on Sunday. With that being said, Harrison's knee has had plenty of time to heal and it looks like he is ready to start.

Greg Jennings, GB
Sore Groin / Sprained Ankle - Packers' WR Greg Jennings, who missed the team's Week 17 game because of a sprained ankle, has fully recovered from the injury. However Jennings is now dealing with a sore groin and the injury has kept him limited in practice this week. According to reports Jennings began to complain of soreness in his groin muscle earlier this week and he has been limited in practice as a precaution. The good news is that he is being held out of team drills as precaution and head coach Mike McCarthy expects him to be active against the Seahawks tomorrow.

Terrell Owens, DAL
High Ankle Sprain - Cowboys' WR Terrell Owens, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain, practiced with the team on Thursday and although he is being considered a game-time decision Owens told reporters on Thursday that he expects to play on Sunday against the Giants. According to reports Owens ran routes without a limp on Thursday and he looked great catching passes. The team's medical staff is still concerned that he could aggravate the injury this weekend, which would affect his status for the remainder of the playoffs. So even if Owens plays there is a good chance that his playing time will be limited.

TIGHT ENDS

Antonio Gates, SD
Severely Sprained Toe - Chargers' TE Antonio Gates, who dislocated and severely sprained his toe in last week's playoff game, is still being considered a "Sunday morning decision" by head coach Norv Turner, but according to reports Gates will likely miss Sunday's game against the Colts and if the team advances he'll probably miss the AFC Championship game as well. Turner told reporters on Thursday that Gates was making steady progress and that he continues to be optimistic about playing. But the truth is that Gates has suffered an injury that should end his season. If he plays, it would come as a complete shock.

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