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Injury Report - Week 2
Philip Gentles
September 12, 2008
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QUARTERBACKS

Jeff Garcia, TB - Sprained Ankle

Bucs' head coach Jon Gruden has already ruled QB Jeff Garcia out of this weekend's game against the Falcons, but Garcia has told reporters that his ankle is fine and it appears that Gruden and Garcia are having problems behind closed doors. Garcia sprained his ankle during last Sunday's game and he was held out of practice on Wednesday while he recovered. Gruden then confirmed that Garcia would not be ready for Week 2 and he said that something was "not quite right" with Garcia's ankle. Garcia was limited during Thursday's practice however he said that he was healthy enough to practice and play and he disagreed with Gruden's decision to bench him. Now according to reports the Bucs are looking to trade Garcia and it indicates that the Gruden-Garcia relationship is strained. Brian Griese has taken all the snaps with the first-team offense this week and he will get the start on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - Shoulder Soreness

Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger, who admitted that he hurt his right shoulder during last Sunday's game, was held out of practice on Wednesday because of shoulder soreness but he was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and the team expects him to start in Week 2. The exact nature of Roethlisberger's injury is currently unknown, but he has complained of soreness and stiffness in the joint and surrounding muscles and the medical staff would like him to rest as much as possible prior to this weekend's game. He could return to full practice today (Friday) but even if he doesn't head coach Mike Tomlin is confident that he will play against the Browns. Check with The Huddle on Sunday for a final word on his status.

RUNNING BACKS

Marion Barber, DAL - Bruised Ribs / Torn Rib Cartilage

Cowboys' RB Marion Barber, who bruised his ribs and tore rib cartilage when he was hit in last Sunday's game against the Browns, practiced on Wednesday and Thursday without a flak jacket or protective vest and the team expects him to be at full speed for Monday night's game against the Eagles. According to reports Barber moved without a problem on Thursday and while he wasn't wearing something to protect his injured ribs the medical staff reportedly injected him with painkillers prior to him taking the field. He's still about a week or two away from being completely healthy, it appears that he is healthy enough to play. So expect him to start against the Eagles in Week 2.

Ryan Grant, GB - Strained Hamstring

According to reports Packers' RB Ryan Grant, who is dealing with a strained hamstring, sat out practice on Wednesday, he was very limited in practice on Thursday and his status for Week 2 remains in question. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Grant will test his leg in practice today but indicated that a decision on his availability for Sunday's game probably won't be made until sometime on Saturday or Sunday. The medical staff is reportedly concerned that the injury could linger if he doesn't rest and rehab it now. So McCarthy could decide to deactivate Grant is he doesn't show that he is capable of running at full speed. We'll know more on Sunday so check back for then for an update.

Ahman Green, HOU - Possible High Ankle Sprain

Texans' RB Ahman Green will not play in Week 2 because of what appears to be a night ankle sprain and his status beyond this weekend's game is in question. Green injured his ankle in last week's game and while the injury is being classified a regular ankle sprain he has been fitted for a protective boot that extends all the way up to his knee. Team officials aren't sure when he will be ready to play and if he is dealing with a high ankle sprain he could be out for at least another two weeks. Rookie RB Steven Slaton and Chris Taylor will get a majority of the carries while Green is out.

Darren McFadden, OAK - Stinger

Raiders' rookie RB Darren McFadden, who left Monday night's game with a stinger, is not listed on the team's official injury report and he should be active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. McFadden practiced with the team on Thursday and it appears that his shoulder is doing OK. He told reporters that he was feeling better and that he was ready for more touches in Week 2. Justin Fargas got the start last weekend and had a majority of the carries, however it looks like Fargas and McFadden will have the same amount of touches this weekend.

Willis McGahee, BAL - Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Ravens' RB Willis McGahee, who missed last week's game while he continued to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery, will likely make his 2008 regular season debut on Monday night against the Texans. McGahee is 5 weeks removed from surgery on his left knee and according to reports he is completely healthy and ready to go. He told reporters that he was healthy enough to play in Week 1 but the medical staff wanted to hold him out as a precaution. He looked sharp in practice today and took part in every drill but he shared carries with rookie Ray Rice and Le-Ron McClain and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron indicated that the Ravens will use a RBBC on Monday.

Maurice Morris, SEA - Sprained Knee

Seahawks' RB Maurice Morris will not play this weekend against the 49ers and according to reports he won't be back until at least Week 5. Morris sprained his knee in Week 1 and while the injury will not require surgery the medical staff feels that it could take another 4 weeks for him to heal. Head coach Mike Holmgren said that Julius Jones will get the start in Week 2 and that he will get a majority of the carries while Morris is out.

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD - Turf Toe

The injury to Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson didn't appear to be a problem at the beginning of the week, but after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday several newspapers and websites are reporting that he could miss this weekend's game against the Broncos. Tomlinson sprained his great toe (Turf Toe) during last week's game and he indicated on Monday that the injury wasn't a problem and that he expected to practice this week and play in Week 2. However the medical staff does not want this to be a problem all year and they have held him out of practice so that his toe has a chance to heal. Tomlinson continues to tell reporters that he will play on Sunday and if he practices today (as he said he would) then he will definitely start. But if he doesn't practice then his status becomes a "game-time decision." Turf toe has ruined the seasons of many running backs, but there are NFL players who have made it through entire seasons and remained productive with chronic turf toe. So don't start panicking yet. We'll know more about his status on Sunday afternoon and we should have a better feel for his long-term status after the game.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Marques Colston, NO - Thumb Surgery

Saints' WR Marques Colston underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb earlier in the week and the team expects him to miss the next 4 - 6 weeks. Colston was hurt when his left hand was hit by a helmet as he tried to reach for a ball during last Sunday's game. He said that his thumb "bent all the way backward" and although he stayed in the game he was a lot of pain and discomfort. Colston's hand will be in a cast for the next 4 weeks while the ligament heals and as soon as the cast comes off he will be allowed to practice. We will keep you posted on his recovery.

Deion Branch, SEA - Recovering from Torn ACL

There were reports that Seahawks' WR Deion Branch was close to making his 2008 debut last week after missing the entire off-season, training camp and preseason while recovering from ACL surgery. However head coach Mike Holmgren recently told reporters that Branch was still several weeks away from being at full speed and that he probably wouldn't be ready to play in a game until after their Week 4 bye. Branch tested his knee in practice last Friday and according to reports he didn't appear to be moving with a lot of confidence. Fellow Seahawk WR Bobby Engram, who has been out with a cracked bone in his shoulder, will also be out until after Week 4 and with Nate Burleson now done for the with a torn ACL the team is now desperate for help at the WR position. Courtney Taylor, Logan Payne and Seneca Wallace are currently Seattle's top 3 receivers.

Randy Moss, NE - Lower Back Stiffness

Patriots' WR Randy Moss missed practice on Wednesday because of stiffness in his lower back but he was back on the field on Thursday and the team expects him to start on Sunday. Moss reportedly complained of soreness and stiffness in his lower back on Monday morning. The Patriots have not said what his injury is and (as expected) have kept the public in the dark regarding his status and availability for Week 2. But he looked OK during the portion of practice on Thursday open to the media. You never can tell what will happen when you are talking about Patriots' players with injuries, but at this point it looks like Moss will be active against the Jets. Check with The Huddle on Sunday just to make sure he plays.

Jerry Porter, JAX - Recovering from Hamstring Surgery

Jaguars' head coach Jack Del Rio hasn't made any official decisions but after taking part in every team drill in practice on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like WR Jerry Porter will be active for Sunday's game. Porter, who missed the team's entire training camp and preseason while he recovered from hamstring surgery, took part in limited portions of practice last week but was inactive for Week 1. However he was cleared to return to full practice on Wednesday morning and after Thursday's practice everything appears to be OK with his leg and conditioning. Del Rio wants to see how he responds after practice today but if all goes well he will be activated from Week 2 against the Bills.

Donte Stallworth, CLE - Strained Quadriceps

A strained quadriceps muscle kept Browns' WR Donte Stallworth out of last Sunday's game against the Cowboys and the team expects him to miss his second-straight game this weekend. According to reports Stallworth was unable to practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of lingering soreness in his injured leg and the team doesn't think that he will be ready to practice today (Friday) either. Stallworth has a history of missing games because of lower body strains so this is a concern for the Browns. With Josh Cribbs expected to make his return this weekend Stallworth will probably be held out until at least Week 3 so that his leg has a chance to heal. Log back into The Huddle on Sunday prior to kickoff just to be sure.

TIGHT ENDS

Dallas Clark, IND - Undisclosed Knee Injury

Colts' TE Dallas Clark, who left last week's game with an undisclosed knee injury, has not practiced this week and his status for Week 2 is in question. Head coach Tony Dungy told reporters that an MRI on Clark's injured knee showed that his knee was stable, but he did not say what was damaged or how long the team expected him to be out. It doesn't look like he will practice today and it appears that he will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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