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Injury Report - Week 4
Philip Gentles
September 26, 2008
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QUARTERBACKS

Brett Favre, NYJ - Sprained Ankle

Jets' QB Brett Favre, who sprained his left ankle during Monday night's loss to the Cowboys, has been limited in practice this week however team officials are confident that he will be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Cardinals. According to reports Favre was seen limping in the locker room after the team's Week 3 game and he was reportedly feeling sore the next day. As expected his ankle was heavily tapped and he was limited during practice on Wednesday and Thursday. But the good news is that he appears to be improving. Head coach Eric Mangini said that they have upped his workload the last two days and his ankle has responded well. He indicated that Favre could take part in all team passing drills today (Friday) and Favre has told friends and family that he will definitely play in Week 4.

Donovan McNabb, PHI - Bruised Sternum

Despite missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a bruised sternum the Eagles still expect QB Donovan McNabb to play this weekend against the Bears. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters that McNabb was feeling better and he indicated that he could practice with teammates today. McNabb has spoken with reporters all week and he has said on a number of occasions that he will play on Sunday. Obviously it would be nice to see him practice before gameday. But even if he is limited or held out of practice today it appears that the medical staff is just being cautious. Just to be sure check with The Huddle on Sunday for a final word on his status.

RUNNING BACKS

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX - Sprained Ankle

Jags' RB Maurice Jones-Drew is still being bothered by soreness in his injured ankle, however it did not affect his performance in Week 3 and it should keep him from playing well against the Texans on Sunday. Jones-Drew originally injured his ankle in Week 2 but he was able to play last week and he ran for over 100 yards. According to reports his ankle was sore following last weekend's game and he has been held out of practice this week as a precaution. Head coach Jack Del Rio expects him to practice today (Friday) and play on Sunday so hopefully things will go well over the next couple of days.

Darren McFadden, OAK - Turf Toe

Raiders' head coach Lane Kiffin told reporters on Thursday that rookie RB Darren McFadden's injured toe was still "bothering him" and it looks like he won't be at full speed for this weekend's game. McFadden, who jammed his toe in Week 2, has been limited in practice this week and according to reports when he was on the field he was definitely favoring the affected foot. Kiffin admitted that he expected McFadden to practice at full speed this week however he was disappointed that he wasn't able to do so. Team officials still believe that he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday, but he won't be at full strength. Justin Fargas is still out recovering from a severe groin strain so it looks like Michael Bush will once again be McFadden's primary backup.

Willis McGahee, BAL - Eye Inflammation

Ravens' RB Willis McGahee, who has been limited in practice this week because of an eye problem, is questionable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. McGahee was reportedly poked in the eye twice last week and it appeared swollen while he was examined on the sideline. Blood from a laceration on his eyelid ran down his face as well and he was in a lot of discomfort. McGahee has been limited in practice this week as a result and the team is concerned that he won't be able to play on Monday. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that McGahee would play as long as he can see, but he admitted that the swelling in McGahee's eye is still preventing him from seeing properly. His status is being reevaluated on a daily basis and it looks like he will be a game-time decision. Check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Willie Parker, PIT - Sprained Knee

Steelers' RB Willie Parker will miss at least two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained knee ligament earlier this week. Parker reportedly hurt his knee in Week 3 and an MRI revealed damage to an unspecified ligament. Parker has not practiced this week and team officials don't expect him be active against the Ravens' on Monday night. According to reports the team also believes that the injury will keep him out of their Week 5 game and he won't make his return until after their Week 6 bye. Rookie RB Rashard Mendenhall will get the start and the bulk of the carries while Parker is out.

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD - Turf Toe

Chargers' head coach Norv Turner has not made an official decision on RB LaDainian Tomlinson's status for Sunday's game, but Tomlinson is "very optimistic" about his chances of being active in Week 4. Tomlinson, who has been dealing with a painful turf toe condition since the start of the regular season, is still not cutting at full speed and but he believes that it is slowly improving and he hopes that he will be able to do more this weekend. After missing practice on Wednesday he was back on the field on Thursday and he was reportedly looking OK. Turner has indicated that if Tomlinson makes it through practice today then he would play against the Raiders. He's still not healthy so even if he is active don't expect him to have a monster game.

Brian Westbrook, PHI - Strained Ankle

According to reports Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook hasn't practiced this week and he is still walking around with a limp, but there is a chance that he could take the field today (Friday) and the team is still hoping that he will be healthy enough to play on Sunday against the Bears. Westbrook strained a muscle in his ankle during last week's game and at the time the medical staff felt that it would be hard to get him ready in time for Week 4. As it turns out, it doesn't look like his ankle will be healed in time for this weekend's game. Head coach Andy Reid has expressed concern and he isn't sure if Westbrook will be able to play. Reid is hoping that Westbrook will practice in some capacity today but it appears that he will end up being a game-time decision.

LenDale White, TEN - Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Titans' RB LenDale White was added to the team's official injury report on Thursday after he was limited because of an undisclosed shoulder injury. White reportedly hurt his shoulder in practice on Wednesday and he was held out on Thursday as a precaution. Head coach Jeff Fisher isn't sure if he will be able to practice with the team today (Friday) but he indicated that White would likely play against the Vikings. If he isn't 100% then rookie Chris Johnson could end up with more carries in Week 4. Check back on Sunday for an update.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Braylon Edwards, CLE - Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

Browns' WR Braylon Edwards, who was limited in practice last week because of an undisclosed shoulder injury, was held out of some team drills and all contact drills in practice this week but team officials still expect him to play on Sunday. Edwards, who hurt his shoulder in Week 2, was active for the team's Week 3 game but he wasn't very productive. According to reports his shoulder remains sore and he is being limited as a precaution. Edwards is off to a very slow start this season. He's dropped a number of passes and he hasn't been as a productive as many of us had anticipated. The shoulder injury isn't a major concern, but it doesn't help. He'll probably start against the Bengals and even though he has a history of playing well against them there is no guarantee that he will do so this year.

Joey Galloway, TB - Sprained Foot

According to reports Bucs' veteran WR Joey Galloway, who was inactive for Week 3, will probably miss this weekend's game as well because of a sprained ligament in his foot. Galloway spoke with a reporter a couple of days ago and he said that his foot is improving but he hasn't practiced this week and team officials aren 't sure when he will be ready to make his return. There is concern that he could be out for an extended period of time, but head coach Jon Gruden hopes that his foot responds favorably to treatment and he is cleared to practice and play soon. Week 4 appears to be out of the question, but if things go well he could be back as early as Week 5.

Devin Hester, CHI - Bruised Ribs / Torn Rib Cartilage

Bears' WR/KR Devin Hester, who missed last week's game because of injuries to his rib cage, has been limited in practice this week and his status for Sunday's game against the Eagles remains uncertain. Hester's ribs are reportedly feeling a lot better however the medical staff is still concerned that he could aggravate the injury if he is hit. He will likely be a game-time decision so check back on Sunday for an update.

Bryant Johnson, SF - Strained Hamstring

49ers' WR Bryant Johnson pulled his hamstring in last week's game and his status for Week 4 is currently questionable. According to reports Johnson injured the same hamstring that kept him out of most of the preseason. He has not practiced this week but head coach Mike Nolan told reporters that he is optimistic about him playing against the Saints. Nolan might not appear to be concerned, but since he is dealing with an injury to the same muscle that kept him sidelined for several weeks in the preseason I am worried that it could linger. Hopefully he will take part in team drills in practice today but he will likely be a game-time decision regardless of what happens.

Roscoe Parrish, BUF - Thumb Surgery

Bills' WR Roscoe Parrish is out for Week 4 and he will miss the next 4 - 6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right thumb to repair ligament damage that occurred in last week's game against the Raiders. According to reports Parrish had his thumb surgically repaired on Tuesday and the team believes he will be out until at least Week 7 and possibly longer. Head coach Dick Jauron told reporters that the procedure went well and that the medical team expects him to make a full recovery.

David Patten, NO - Strained Groin

Saints' WR David Patten has not practiced this week because of a strained groin and according to reports he will likely miss this weekend's game against the 49ers. Patten, who was hurt in last week's game, was reportedly feeling very sore and tight on Monday and Tuesday and he has spent a lot of time in the training room over the last couple of days trying to get himself ready. But it looks like he is about a week away from being able to practice at full speed so don't expect him to be active on Sunday.

Jerry Porter, JAX - Recovered from Hamstring Surgery

Jaguars' WR Jerry Porter was set to make his 2008 debut last week. Unfortunately he had a minor setback in practice and head coach Jack Del Rio decided to keep him out for one more week. After making it through full practices on Wednesday and Thursday without a problem it appears that Porter will finally be activated on Sunday. Del Rio wants to see how he does today and tomorrow before making a decision. If all goes well Porter will finally make his debut, but I recommend that you keep him on your fantasy bench this week as it could take him some time to work off the rust.

Sidney Rice, MIN - Sprained PCL

Vikings' WR Sidney Rice missed last week's game with a knee injury and his status for Week 4 remains uncertain. Rice, who sprained his posterior cruciate ligament a couple of weeks ago, was limited to individual drills in practice this week and he may be limited again in practice today. Rice continues to say that his knee is fine and that he is ready to play, but the medical staff believes that he is at least another week away from being at full strength and they would prefer to keep him sidelined a little longer so that his knee has additional time to heal. Rice will likely be a game-time decision, but don't be surprised if he is inactive.

Laurent Robinson, ATL - Sprained Knee

Falcons' WR Laurent Robinson will miss the next 1 - 2 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained knee. Robinson was injured in last week's game and an MRI on Monday revealed that he sprained a ligament in his knee. The injury is not considered serious, but he will not play this weekend against the Panthers. Team officials are hoping that he will be ready to return in Week 5. Michael Jenkins will now be an every-down WR and he could have a decent game opposite Roddy White this weekend.

Donte Stallworth, CLE
- Strained Quadriceps

Browns' WR Donte Stallworth, who has missed the first three games of the regular season because of a strained quadriceps muscle, has been limited in practice this week however team officials believe that he could make his season debut this weekend against the Bengals. According to reports head coach Romeo Crennel believes that Stallworth could finally be ready to play, but he will wait a decision on his availability won't be made until the medical staff evaluates him after pre game warm-ups. So he will be a game-time decision.

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