Tom Brady, NE - ACL Reconstruction / Infection
According to reports Patriots' QB Tom Brady, who had seasoning-ending surgery two weeks ago to replace and repair his torn ACL, has since undergone three additional surgical procedures to help control and remove infection from the joint and his recovery will now take a lot longer than the team had hoped. Surgeons who worked on Brady replaced his damaged ACL with a patellar tendon graft and there is concern that if the infection isn't controlled soon that the graft could become compromised and fail. If that happens Brady would have to undergo another major knee reconstruction. Best case scenario right now is for Brady's doctor to eliminate the infection and a source close to the Patriots' QB has told ESPN that it will take "months, not weeks, to fix this." So what are the long-term effects of this? Well, Brady cannot start rehab on his knee until the infection is gone. He was looking at an 8 - 10 month recovery to begin with. Any additional recovery time would cut into training camp, the preseason and possibly the regular season as well. If Brady needs to redo his ACL surgery he might not be back until the middle of next season. We will keep you posted on his progress.
Matt Hasselbeck, SEA - Bulging Disc / Compressed Nerve
Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck, who has missed the team's last two game because of weakness and soreness in his knee, has not practiced this week and he will be inactive for the third straight game. Hasselbeck has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in the lumbar region of his spine and the problematic disc is compressing a nerve that innervates the affected knee. Head coach Mike Holmgren has said that Hasselbeck is improving, however he will not play this weekend. Team officials are optimistic that he will be able to practice next week and they hope that means he will be back in time for their Week 9 game. Seneca Wallace will once again start of the Seahawks on Sunday.
Damon Huard, KC - Torn Thumb Ligaments
The Chiefs placed two of their quarterbacks on Injures Reserve on Thursday. Starting QB Brodie Croyle was already ruled out for the remainder of the year because of a torn MCL in his knee. The team also announced that backup QB Damon Huard would miss the rest of the season because of torn ligaments in his right thumb. According to reports Huard's injury will not require surgery and the medical staff felt that he could return at the end of the season. But the Chiefs will have nothing to play for at that point and a decision was made to place him on IR. Tyler Thigpen will get the start in Week 8.
Carson Palmer, CIN - Elbow Inflammation
There were reports coming out of Cincinnati two weeks ago that suggested QB Carson Palmer would not need Tommy John Surgery to repair the damage in his inflamed elbow. However Panthers' QB Jake Delhomme, who underwent the procedure last year, told a reporter that he spoke to Palmer about the surgery and the latest speculation is that the injury will not get better on it's own and that the team is on the verge of placing him on Injured Reserve. Head coach Marvin Lewis has already ruled Palmer out for Week 8 however he continues to keep the specifics regarding Palmer's injury private. Team officials have indicated that he will be out for an additional two weeks and Palmer has said that he is weighing his options and has admitted that surgery is one of them. There isn't a lot to be optimistic about here. Palmer might not play in a game again until next season.
Tony Romo, DAL - Fractured Finger
Cowboys' QB Tony Romo tried to practice and wanted to play last week with his fractured finger. But he admitted that he wasn't very comfortable and it appears that he will not be back until after the team's Week 10 bye. According to reports Romo is not having a problem with pain, but he continues to have difficulty taking snaps and manipulating the ball into proper throwing position. He has already been ruled out for Week 8 and team officials don't think that he will be back in time for Week 9. Brad Johnson will get the start while Romo is sidelined.
Joseph Addai, IND - Strained Hamstring
Colts' RB Joseph Addai, who missed last week's game with a strained hamstring, did not practice on Thursday and there is a chance that he will be inactive for the second straight week. Addai practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and there was hope that he would be back this week. But he was completely held out on Thursday and there is concern that if he is rushed back before he is 100% that he will aggravate the injury and be out for a lot longer. So if he doesn't take part in a full practice today (and he probably won't) don't expect him to play against the Titans on Monday night.
Steven Jackson, STL - Strained Quadriceps
Rams' head coach Jim Haslett told reporters earlier in the week that it appeared that RB Steven Jackson would be able to play in this week's game. But after missing all of practice on Wednesday and Thursday Jackson's status for Week 8 is uncertain. According to reports Jackson is confident that he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday and Haslett has said that Jackson is showing signs of improvement. It looks like S-Jax will attempt to practice with the team on Friday and his status for this weekend's game hinges on how his leg responds. Don't be surprised if he ends up being a game-time decision.
LaMont Jordan, NE - Strained Calf
Patriots' RB LaMont Jordan, who hasn't played in a game since straining his calf muscle in Week 5, apparently aggravated the injury in practice on Wednesday and it looks like he will miss his third straight game. Jordan was reportedly making progress in his recovery but hurt the calf again on Wednesday and he was unable to practice on Thursday. It does not look like he will be on the field today and team officials don't expect him to play on Sunday against the Rams.
Darren McFadden, OAK - Chronic Turf Toe
Raiders' rookie RB Darren McFadden reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery from turf toe this week and although the team still expects him to play against the Ravens on Sunday his involvement in the offense will be limited. McFadden was seen limping on his injured toe prior practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he was limited to light individual drills on both days. He told reporters that his toe was feeling a bit sore but he insisted that he was feeling fine. McFadden has shown flashes of brilliance, but as long as he is less than full strength the team will continue to rely on Justin Fargas to shoulder the load.
Sammy Morris, NE - Sprained Knee
Patriots' RB Sammy Morris will reportedly miss the next 2 - 3 weeks after spraining an undisclosed ligament in his knee during last Monday night's game against the Broncos. Morris was hurt at the end of the first half and missed the entire second half. The team did not say how the injury occurred or what the injury is, but several media outlets are reporting that he could be out up to three weeks. LaMont Jordan's status appears to be in doubt so with Morris likely out of this weekend's game look for undrafted rookie Benjarvus Green-Ellis and veteran Kevin Faulk to share the carries.
Willie Parker, PIT - Sprained MCL
Steelers' RB Willie Parker was absent from the team's official injury report on Wednesday but he was added to the report after being limited on Thursday and his status for Week 8 remains a question mark. According to reports Parker was full recovered from a sprained MCL and he took part in all drills on Wednesday. But he reportedly complained of soreness and mild discomfort in his knee after Wednesday's practice so he was limited on Thursday as a precaution. We'll know more about his availability after practice today, but regardless of what happens it looks like his knee isn't completely healthy and he will likely split carries and playing time with Mewelde Moore this weekend.
Clinton Portis, WAS - Mild Hip Flexor Strain
According to reports the Redskins have held RB Clinton Portis out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution and team officials expect him to start this weekend against the Lions. Head coach Jim Zorn told reporters on Monday that Portis' groin was feeling sore and that he would be getting additional time to rest and recover this week. Portis admitted that he felt banged up following last week's game but that he was feeling a lot better. Zorn expects Portis to practice with the team today and start on Sunday and he does not think that his groin will be an issue.
Brian Westbrook, PHI - Fractured Ribs
Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook, who missed the team's last game in Week 6 because of fractured ribs, returned to full practice this week and the team expects him to start on Sunday. Westbrook took the field with teammates on Wednesday and Thursday and he reportedly took part in every drill without an issue. Head coach Andy Reid mentioned that Westbrook looked good on Thursday and he indicated that if all goes well in practice today that Westbrook would be the featured back against the Falcons on Sunday. Westbrook has also been dealing with a lingering ankle problem but he says that his ankle is no longer an issue.
Deion Branch, SEA - Heel Contusion
Seahawks' WR Deion Branch has not practiced this week and the team isn't sure if he will be able to make his return this weekend. Branch, who hasn't practiced or played since bruising his heel earlier this month, is reportedly doing much better. Head coach Mike Holmgren said that Branch could still be active for Sunday's game but he also indicated that he could be held out as well. A lot has to do with what happens in practice today. According to reports he will test his foot early in practice today. Check back on Sunday for an update.
Anquan Boldin, ARI - Facial Fractures / Concussion
In a surprising move the Cardinals' medical staff has cleared WR Anquan Boldin for contact and there is a chance that he will make his return to the starting lineup this weekend against the Panthers. Boldin, who had plates and wires surgically inserted into his skull to repair facial fractures, had the wires removed from his jaw on Tuesday and after undergoing a number of tests the medical staff was satisfied that his injuries had healed enough for him to resume all football activities. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said that Boldin looked good in practice however team officials cautioned that he is still trying to work himself back into playing shape and there is a chance that he may not be ready to play. Boldin will likely be a gametime decision so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.
Reggie Brown, PHI - Strained Groin
Eagles' WR Reggie Brown, who missed the team's Week 6 game because of a groin strain, has been limited in practice this week despite having extra time during the team's Week 7 bye to recover and his status for Week 9 is uncertain. Brown has also been slowed by a hamstring problem this year as well and his inability to stay healthy has kept him off the field. Head coach Andy Reid has been frustrated with Brown's health this season and he told reporters this week that rookie DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis will be the team's starting WR even when Brown is back to full strength. Brown won't be at full strength for this weekend's game so even if he is active he probably won't be very productive. He will likely be a game-time decision.
Plaxico Burress, NYG - Neck Stiffness and Discomfort / Bruised Pinkie
Giants' WR Plaxico Burress spent some time in the hospital on Thursday because of of stiffness and discomfort in his neck. However tests revealed no structural damage and head coach Tom Coughlin hopes that he will recover in time for this weekend's game. Burress reportedly jammed his neck in last week's game and he complained of soreness the following day. But the pain had increased each day since then and the medical staff was unable to loosen his tight neck on Thursday so they sent him to the hospital for tests. Needless to say Burress hasn't practiced this week and the team doesn't expect him to do much in practice today. It looks like Burress will be a game-time decision. He is also recovering from a bruised finger, but team officials aren't concerned about it.
Chris Chambers, SD - Sprained Ankle
Chargers' WR Chris Chambers is getting closer to making his return from a sprained ankle and according to reports he could be active this weekend against the Patriots. Chambers, who has missed the last two games, made the trip with the team to London and although he was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday team officials are hoping that he will take part in all drills today. An official decision on his availability won't be made until gameday but if he doesn't take part in a full practice today then he will probably miss Sunday's game.
Laveranues Coles, NYJ - Mild Concussion
Jets' head coach Eric Mangini revealed during his Thursday press conference that WR Laveranues Coles was recovering from a concussion and he said that he wasn't sure if he would be able to play in Week 8. Coles, who has a history of concussions, was apparently hurt during last week's game. According to reports Coles complained of dizziness and lingering headaches on Monday. He hasn't done much in practice this week and he is waiting for the medical staff to clear him for contact. If he doesn't practice with the team today don't expect him to play on Sunday.
Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ - Undisclosed Shoulder and Leg Injury
Jets' WR Jerricho Cotchery was seen limping following last week's game and the local media reported that he suffered some kind of leg injury. But head coach Eric Mangini said on Wednesday that Cotchery was dealing with a shoulder injury. Regardless of what the injury is, he was clearly knocked around and hurt during the team's Week 7 game he was held to just one catch and zero yards as a result. Cotchery hasn't made a quick recovery and he has been limited in practice this week as well. Mangini hasn't said a lot regarding Cotchery's Week 8 status, but it appears that he will be a game-time decision. We will know more after practice today. If Coles and Cotchery are out look for Brad Smith and Chansi Stuckey to start in their place.
Andre Davis, HOU - Finger Surgery
According to reports Texans' WR/KR will miss the next 2 - 3 weeks after a pin was surgically inserted into his left ring finger on Monday. Davis reportedly injured his finger several weeks ago and it has bothered him since then. The medical staff initially felt that Davis would be able to play as early as this weekend. But since the injury required the insertion of a stabilizing pin the team does not expect him back until Week 10. Jacoby Jones will handle the kickoffs in Davis' place and he will probably replace him as the team's third receiver as well.
Ike Hilliard, TB - Concussion
Bucs' WR Ike Hilliard, who was knocked from last Sunday night's game with a concussion, has not been cleared by the medical staff to take part in contact drills and it looks like he will be inactive for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. As expected Hilliard was held out of practice on Wednesday and although he was on the field on Thursday he was limited to individual drills. Team officials aren't sure when he will be cleared for contact but they don't anticipate that happening until next week. A lot could change in practice today, but it looks like the team is preparing to play their Week 8 game without him.
Jeremy Shockey, NO - Sports Hernia
Saints' TE Jeremy Shockey, who aggravated his groin last week during his first game back from sports hernia surgery, has been limited in practice this week and his status for Sunday's game is questionable. Shockey told reporters that his groin was sore and he was held out of practice on Wednesday as a result. He was allowed to practice on Thursday but he was limited to individual drills. Head coach Sean Payton told reporters that Shockey looked good on Friday but he did not know if he would be active this weekend against the Chargers. He'll likely be a game-time decision so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.