Derek Anderson, CLE - Mild Concussion
According to reports Brown's QB Derek Anderson, who has been out since August 18 because of a concussion, will take part in practice at some point this week and the team expects him to start in Week 1. Anderson was hurt when he banged his head against the turf during the preseason game against the Giants. He returned to limited practice last week but he is reportedly still suffering from light sensitivity. Neither head coach Romeo Crennel nor general manager Phil Savage guaranteed that Anderson would be active for next weekend's regular season opener. However Savage did say that Anderson was doing better and Crennel indicated that Anderson was healthy enough to start. An unnamed source close to the Browns told ESPN that Anderson would indeed start. Check back on Friday for an update on his status.
Tavaris Jackson, MIN - Sprained MCL
Vikings' QB Tavaris Jackson is questionable for Week 1 of the regular season as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL in his knee. Jackson hurt his knee in an exhibition game several weeks ago and he has been limited in practice ever since. According to one report Jackson was seen limping while he took part in a light workout prior to the team's final exhibition game. Team officials remain optimistic and the general belief is that he will be healthy enough to start. But if he is still limping I find it hard to imagine him being effective it start the season. Keep an eye on the team's practice report this week.
Peyton Manning, IND - Recovering from Surgery to Remove Bursa Sac
Colts' head coach Tony Dungy recently told reporters that Peyton Manning was looking strong and healthy in practice and he said that he would be "shocked" if he didn't play in the regular season opener. Manning, who is recovering from surgery to remove an inflamed bursa sac from his knee, returned to practice last week and he has seen his workload during workouts increase every day since. He has reportedly looked strong and agile while taking part in passing drills and the team's medical staff has said that his knee does not swell after workouts and that it is close to being a non-issue. Dungy indicated that the team will continue to do whatever it takes to get him ready for the regular season and it appears that the Colts expect him to start in Week 1.
Chris Brown, HOU - Herniated Disc
Texans' RB Chris Brown will miss the entire 2008 season after being placed on Injured Reserve because of a severely herniated disc in his back. Brown has been limited throughout training camp and the preseason because of pain and stiffness in his back and a recent MRI revealed that he was suffering from a herniated disc. According to reports the injury could require corrective surgery and there is concern that he may not be able to play football again. Brown is loaded with talent, but he's been once of least durable players in the league over the last couple of years and it appears that he may not be able to return to the NFL. Ahman Green remains the starter in Houston and rookie Steve Slaton could end up getting a lot of carries as well.
Jamal Lewis, CLE - Strained Hamstring
Browns' veteran RB Jamal Lewis, who has missed the team's final two exhibition games because of a mild hamstring strain, is expected to practice with the team this week and he should be in the starting lineup for the team's Week 1 game. Head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters that Lewis has shown signs of improvement over the last couple of weeks and that he believes that Lewis will be cleared to play in the team's season opener. Lewis recently said that his hamstring is feeling better and that he feels that he is ready for Week 1. Crennel believes that Lewis will be cleared to play this upcoming weekend and at this point there is no reason to believe that he won't.
Willis McGahee, BAL - Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Ravens' RB Willis McGahee is questionable for the start of the regular season as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. According to reports McGahee has not recovered as quickly as the team's medical staff had hoped and it appears that he will need at least one more week of rest and rehab before he will be ready to play. McGahee has been taking part in supervised individual drills and it looks like he will need at least one more week before he is cleared to play. The Ravens will not make an official decision on his availability until they see how he does in practice this week, but they are preparing to play without him. Rookie RB Ray Rice will likely get the start in Week 1 if McGahee is inactive.
Deion Branch, SEA - Recovering from ACL Surgery
Seahawks' WR Deion Branch has been removed from the team's PUP list and according to head coach Mike Holmgren there is a chance that he could return to practice as early as this week. Branch, who is recovering from ACL surgery, has progress well and has looked sharp while working out under the supervision of the team's medical staff. Holmgren indicated that Branch is still several weeks away from being able to play in a game, but since the Seahawks have elected not to leave him on the PUP list it indicates that they expect him back before Week 6. We will keep you posted on his recovery.
Plaxico Burress, NYG - Lingering Ankle Soreness
According to reports Giants' WR Plaxico Burress, who has been limited during training camp and the preseason because of soreness and discomfort in his ankle, made it through another full practice yesterday and it looks like he will be at full speed for the start of the regular season. Burress has been practicing without limitations since last week and he recently declared that his ankle was "hundred percent." He missed or was limited during a number of practices last season because of another unrelated ankle problem but he still was able to post good numbers. There is a chance that he will be limited in practice again this year as a precaution but he should be fine for the games each week.
D.J. Hackett, CAR - Sprained Toe
Panthers' WR DJ Hackett, who did not play in a single game during the preseason because of a sprained toe, could return to practice with the team this week however his status for Week 1 of the regular season remains in question. Hackett jammed his toe in early August and the team has held him out of games and team practices while he recovers. The medical staff is concerned that the injury could linger into the regular season and they want to make sure that he is completely healthy before he is allowed to return. Head coach John Fox told reporters that he will have an update on Hackett's status on Wednesday but he indicated that there is a chance that he could practice this week and start in Week 1. We will keep you posted.
James Jones, GB - Sprained Knee
Packers' WR James Jones, who has been out with a sprain knee, will likely miss Week 1 of the regular season and there is a chance that he could be out for longer. Jones hurt his knee during the team's third preseason game and he missed the exhibition finale this past weekend. The exact nature and severity of his knee injury has not been made public however team officials aren't expecting him to play this week and they have indicated that he could be out for several more weeks. Ruvell Martin would move up to be the team's third receiver if Jones doesn't play and rookie Jordy Nelson would see an increase in playing time as well.
Chad Ocho Cinco, CIN - Partially Torn Labrum
In case you missed it Bengals' WR Chad Johnson has officially changed his legal name to Chad Ocho Cinco. But name changes are the least of the team's concern. Johnson has been diagnosed with a partially torn labrum in his shoulder and it will require corrective surgery at some point. If he can avoid another shoulder dislocation he will be OK and the team has fitted him for a shoulder harness that will help secure and stabilize the joint. Head coach Marvin Lewis is confident that Ocho Cinco will be ready to play in Week 1, but the team has no idea if he will be ale to make it through the entire season. If you can wait until the fifth round or later to draft him then do it. But you probably won't be able to draft him after round 3 so you are better off avoiding him altogether considering there is a chance that his shoulder could pop out again at any time ending his season.
Jerry Porter, JAC - Recovering from Hamstring Surgery
The Jaguars have removed WR Jerry Porter from the PUP list and head coach Jack Del Rio indicated that he will return to practice this week, but as detailed last week Porter will need to practice with the team for at least two weeks before he can play in a game so the team is preparing to play in Week 1 without him. Porter told reporters that his hamstring is healthy and no longer an issue. He said that he would be ready if Del Rio lets him play this upcoming weekend but he admitted that he was behind in his conditioning and that additional practice time would do him good. We'll know more about his official Week 1 status later on in the week, but don't expect him to be active.