Matt Hasselbeck, SEA - Hyperextended Knee
According to reports Seahawks' officials expect QB Matt Hasselbeck to play this weekend despite missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a hyperextended knee. Hasselbeck's knee remains sore and swollen but he could take the field with teammates today (Friday). Head coach Mike Holmgren told reporters that Hasselbeck was feeling better but indicated that an official decision on his Week 6 availability won't be made until gameday. It looks like the team is hopeful that he will play, but they are preparing Charlie Frye to start just in case.
Carson Palmer, CIN - Elbow Inflammation
Bengals' QB Carson Palmer was able to play in last weekend's game despite dealing with an inflamed throwing elbow and according to reports the team believes that he will be healthy enough to start again this weekend. Palmer, who may require Tommy John surgery to repair what some believe is a torn ligament in his elbow, attended practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he did not take part in any throwing drills. He spoke with reporters and said that he can deal with the discomfort associated with the injury but admitted that he wasn't as confident in his ability to throw the ball effectively as he was before getting hurt. Team officials expect him to take part in all drills in practice today and if he does he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Jets.
Matt Schaub, HOU - Stomach Virus
Texans' QB Matt Schaub was inactive for last week's game because of a stomach virus, and while he hasn't completely recovered from the illness he is not on the team's official injury report and head coach Gary Kubiak said that he will start this weekend against the Dolphins. Schaub apparently lost some weight as a result of being sick on Saturday night and Kubiak told reporters that he was "still a little weak." The good news is that he has improved over the last couple of days and the medical staff believes that he will be fine on Sunday.
Justin Fargas, OAK - Strained Groin
Raiders' RB Justin Fargas, who missed the last two games because of a strained groin, returned to full practice on Wednesday and with rookie RB Darren McFadden still banged up he will likely get a majority of the carries on Sunday. Fargas practiced without limitations on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports he looked sharp. Team officials have indicated that he could get the start over McFadden. We'll know more on Sunday morning so check back then for an update.
LaMont Jordan, NE - Strained Calf Muscle
Patriots' RB LaMont Jordan continues to recover from a strained calf muscle and it looks like he may not be active for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Jordan, who was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, is not speaking with the media about his injury and as expected team officials aren't saying much about his Week 6 status. It doesn't look like he will practice today and it appears that he will be a gametime decision. Laurence Maroney, who has been dealing with a sore shoulder, was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and even if he plays in Week 6 he probably won't get a lot of carries. Look for Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk to be the main ball carriers.
Darren McFadden, OAK - Chronic Turf Toe
According to reports Darren McFadden's toe has improved over the bye week, however he still isn't 100% and it looks like Justin Fargas will get the start this weekend and a majority of the carries against the Saints. McFadden, who has been dealing with a chronic case of turf toe for several weeks, was held out of practice last week and wore a protective walking boot up until Monday as a precaution. McFadden returned to practice on Wednesday however he practiced on a limited basis. He was once again limited on Thursday and team officials expect more of the same today as well. With Fargas healthy McFadden's status for Week 6 is uncertain. He may be active, but he will probably come off the bench. Check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.
Brian Westbrook, PHI - Fractured Ribs
Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook, who fractured two ribs during last week's loss to the Redskins, missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to reports the team is preparing to be without him on Sunday. Westbrook recently spoke with the media and he admitted that his ribs still hurt when he he "sneezes, turns, twists, or makes a sudden move." That certainly doesn't sound like a man ready to play in a football game. The Eagles have a bye next week so the medical staff will likely deactivate him for this weekend's game against the 49ers so that he has as much time as possible to get ready for the second half of the regular season. An official word on his status may not come until gameday, but I'd be surprised if he played.
Bernard Berrian, MIN - Knee / Toe Soreness
Vikings' WR Bernard Berrian was limited in practice on Wednesday and completely held out of practice on Thursday because of problems with his knee and toe and his status for Week 6 is questionable. Berrian, who has been dealing with injuries since the start of the season, was able to play in Week 5 despite dealing with pain in his toe and knee and he had a very productive game. Head coach Brad Childress said that Berrian had Thursday off to "rest his legs" and he expected him to return to practice today and play on Sunday against the Lions. The exact nature of Berrian's knee injury is unknown but it looks like he has a lingering turf toe injury that will likely be a problem all season. He's still capable of putting up good numbers, but don't be surprised if he isn't consistent.
Anquan Boldin, ARI - Surgery to Repair Fractured Sinus Membrane / Concussion
The Cardinals will probably be without WR Anquan Boldin this weekend as he continues to recover from a fractured sinus membrane and a concussion. A medical specialist reexamined Boldin on Wednesday and he returned to the team's practice facility on Thursday but did not take part in workouts. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that he wasn't prepared to rule him out of this weekend's game. However team officials don't expect him to practice today or be available to play on Sunday against the Cowboys. Boldin will officially be a game-time decision, but despite Whisenhunt's optimism there is little chance that he will be active.
Deion Branch, SEA - Heel Bruise
Seahawks' WR Deion Branch remains questionable for Week 6 after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a heel contusion. Branch suffered the injury during last week's game and he has been held out since then while he recovers. The medical staff has said that Branch can't make the injury any worse by playing on it. It's just a matter of how he deals with the pain. If the team is convinced that he can still be productive while playing with discomfort then he will be active on Sunday. But we probably won't know if he will play until the coaching staff sees how he looks during pregame warm-ups.
Reggie Brown, PHI - Groin Soreness
Eagles' WR Reggie Brown just can't seem to stay healthy. Brown, who has been the team's leading receiver the last two weeks, is reportedly dealing with soreness in his groin and his status for Week 6 is up in the air. Brown apparently reported to the Eagles' training facility on Monday morning with a sore groin. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but his groin continued to bother him so he was held out of practice on Thursday as a precaution. Head coach Andy Reid does not appear to be concerned about the problem and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told reporters that Brown was showing signs of improvement. If he practices today then he should be in the starting lineup against the 49ers.
Chris Chambers, SD - Sprained Ankle
Chargers' WR Chris Chambers, who suffered a sprained ankle in last week's loss to the Dolphins, has not practiced this week and he will likely miss this weekend's game against the Patriots. According to reports Chambers' ankle is still swollen however the team hasn't said much about the injury and it's severity remains a mystery. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and the team does not expect him to play on Sunday. Check back on Sunday for an update.
Marques Colston, NO - Thumb Surgery
Saints' WR Marques Colston, who has been out since Week 1 after undergoing thumb surgery, took part in limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday however his status for Week 6 remains questionable. Colston reportedly wore padding on his surgically repaired thumb and he reportedly looked OK. He took part in several passing drills but he was tentative catching the ball, which indicates that he is still at least a week away from being ready. The Saints would like to work him into this weekend's game so there is a chance that he will be active. But even if he does play he will probably be limited.
Kevin Curtis, PHI - Sports' Hernia Surgery
It looks like Eagles' WR Kevin Curtis will make his regular season debut this weekend against the 49ers. Curtis, who has been out while recovering from sports hernia surgery, practiced without limitations on Wednesday and Thursday and if all goes well today he will be activated. Curtis will likely come off the bench and his playing time could be limited so he doesn't make a good fantasy start this week. The Eagles have a bye next week, but there is a good chance that Curtis will be back in the starting lineup when the team returns in Week 8.
Joey Galloway, TB - Sprained Foot
Bucs' WR Joey Galloway, who has been out since Week 2 with a sprained foot, has reportedly begun to run at full speed in a straight line and cut at close to full speed. But he is still at least a week away from being completely healthy so even if he is active this weekend he will likely have a limited role on offense. Galloway was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he told reporters that he was preparing to make his return. Head coach Jon Gruden has not indicated if Galloway will play in Week 6 or be inactive. We should know more about his status after practice today.
Anthony Gonzalez, IND - Mild Concussion
Colts' WR Anthony Gonzalez has reportedly made a full recovery from a mild concussion and he will be active against the Ravens this weekend. Gonzalez suffered what one team official called a "very minor concussion" in last week's game and he was held out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. But Gonzalez told reporters that he wasn't suffering from any lasting effects and the medical staff cleared him to practice with the team on Thursday. Head coach Tony Dungy is confident that Gonzalez is healthy so expect him to get a lot of playing time on Sunday.
D.J. Hackett, CAR - Sprained MCL
Panthers' head coach John Fox told reporters on Monday that WR DJ Hackett's injury wasn't serious. However an MRI done on Hackett's injured knee revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament and he has been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Bucs as a result. In an interview a few days ago Hackett said that he wasn't sure how long he would be out but he indicated that he could miss more than just one game. Fox has remained quiet regarding the injury so we aren't sure how long he will be out.
Vincent Jackson, SD - Bruised Knee
Chargers' WR Vincent Jackson apparently slipped during practice on Wednesday and according to team officials he bruised his knee. He was held out of practice on Thursday as a precaution but it appears that the team still expects him to practice today and play on Sunday. Jackson was seen limping into the team's training room on Thursday so there is concern that the injury is more severe than what is being reported. But we should know more about his Week 6 status after practice today.
Brandon Lloyd, CHI - Sprained PCL
Bears' WR Brandon Lloyd, who was inactive for the team's Week 5 game because of a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his knee, has not practiced this week and the team is preparing to play without him this weekend. According to reports Lloyd could miss another 1 - 2 weeks while he recovers. He hasn't officially been ruled out of Week 6, but team officials believe that he won't be able to practice until next week at the earliest. He might end up being a game time decision, but don't expect him to be active.
Eddie Royal, DEN - Sprained Ankle / Bone Bruise
According to reports Broncos' rookie WR Eddie Royal has improved enough this week that head coach Mike Shanahan now expects him to play this weekend against the Jaguars. Royal left last week's game with a sprained ankle and there was concern that Royal would miss at least one game and possibly more. Royal hasn't taken part in a full practice yet, but Shanahan has seen enough from him this week that he believes that he will be active. Shanahan told reporters that Royal was still sore and he said that he was dealing with a bone bruise. We'll know more about his status after practice today, but despite what Shanahan is saying we probably won't know what his official status is until gameday. There's a chance that he might play, but since he hasn't taken part in a full practice there are no guarantees.
Mike Walker, JAX - Sprained MCL
Jaguars' WR Mike Walker, who had a breakout game last week against the Steelers, has reportedly been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee and team officials don't expect him to play in Week 6. Walker sprained his knee at the end of last week's game and the injury was classified as a sprain. Head coach Jack Del Rio hasn't specifically called the injury an MCL sprain but according to reports Walker is dealing with damage to the ligament that will keep him sidelined for at least two weeks. He hasn't been ruled out of this weekend's game yet, but if he misses practice today (as expected) then there is no reason to expect him to play against the Broncos.
Roddy White, ATL - Minor Head Trauma
Falcons' leading WR Roddy White suffered what the team is calling minor head trauma after colliding with teammate Lawyer Milloy during practice on Wednesday but even after missing practice on Thursday team officials still expect him to be active on Sunday. White did not undergo testing as a result of the hit and the team has not classified the injury as a concussion, so it appears that he was held out on Thursday as a precaution. We'll definitely know more about his status after practice today.
Tony Scheffler, DEN - Strained Groin
The Broncos' have confirmed that TE Tony Scheffler does not have a Sports Hernia, however he does have a strained groin and the injury will keep him out of this weekend's game. According to reports Scheffler is still having a hard time getting around. His groin remains stiff and sore and he has spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment. He has already been ruled out for Week 6 and there is a good chance that he won't be back on the field until Week 9. The Broncos have a bye in Week 8 and since he won't be completely healthy next week the medical staff will likely recommend that he miss Week 7 as well. We'll keep you posted on his recovery.
Jeremy Shockey, NO - Sports Hernia Surgery
Saints' TE Jeremy Shockey took the field on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Sports Hernia surgery a couple of weeks ago, however he was limited after the medical staff determined that he wasn't ready and he was completely held out of practice on Thursday. The medical staff has been pleased with his recovery and there is a chance that he could return to full practice as early as next week and play in Week 8. But it looks like he will be inactive again this weekend against the Raiders.
Kellen Winslow Jr., CLE - Undisclosed Illness / Knee Inflammation
Browns' TE Kellen Winslow Jr., who was already being limited in practice over the last couple of weeks because of lingering soreness and inflammation in his right knee, missed practice on Thursday because of an undisclosed illness and is status for Week 6 remains unknown. According to reports Winslow missed practice on Wednesday as a result of a medical problem and he was sent for tests on Thursday. Head coach Romeo Crennel did not say what the problem was but he did mention that the Browns would not let Winslow practice until the medical staff determined what was going on. Crennel mentioned that Winslow was doing everything in his power to get ready for this week's game. Hopefully the problem is deemed minor and he is cleared to play on Monday night.