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Injury Report - Week 12
Philip Gentles
November 21, 2008
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QUARTERBACKS

Brady Quinn, CLE - Fractured Right Index Finger

Browns' QB Brady Quinn, who broke the tip of his right index finger during the first half of Monday night's game against the Bills, participated in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and team officials expect him to start this weekend against the Texans. Head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters that Quinn is experiencing soreness in his finger, however the fracture is small and Crennel believes that he will be healthy enough to play in Week 12. Obviously we can't predict how the injury will affect his performance. But the Browns' are getting Derek Anderson ready just in case Quinn aggravates it.

Matt Schaub, HOU - Torn MCL

According to reports Texans' QB Matt Schaub has suffered a setback in his recovery and there is a chance that his 2008 season is over. Head coach Gary Kubiak addressed the media earlier this week and he said that Schaub has fallen behind in his recovery and he could be out for another 4 weeks. It looks like Schaub won't be back until Week 16 at the earliest so don't be surprised if he ends up on Injured Reserve. Sage Rosenfels will likely be the starting QB for the remainder of the year.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO - Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Saints' head coach Sean Payton told reporters after practice on Thursday that he was "more optimistic " about RB Reggie Bush's chances of playing this week. However he wants to see how he does over the next couple of days before he makes a decision on his availability. Bush, who has been out recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, took part in some team drills in practice on Thursday and team officials hope that he will be able to do more in practice today. Bush is still not completely healthy and Payton could decide to keep him out for one more week so that his knee is as close to full strength as possible before he returns. It looks like Bush will be a game-time decision on Monday night, so check with us on Sunday for an update. Deuce McAllister, who has become the featured RB with Bush out, had his knee drained on Thursday and his status for Week 12 remains questionable.

Ernest Graham, TB - Severe High Ankle Sprain

As expected the Bucs' have placed RB Ernest Graham on Injured Reserve ending his 2008 season after an MRI on his injured ankle revealed a severe high ankle sprain. According to reports Graham suffered a torn ligament just above his ankle during last week's game. Head coach Jon Gruden did not say if surgery would be needed to fix the damage, however he indicated that Graham should be back in time for the team's off-season conditioning program. Gruden said that Cadillac Williams is very close to making his return to the field but he didn't know yet if he would be active on Sunday against the Lions. Williams will likely be a game-time decision, but even if he plays look for Warrick Dunn to be the featured back.

Steven Jackson, STL - Strained Quadriceps

Rams' RB Steven Jackson has not practiced this week because of a lingering quadriceps injury and he has already been ruled out of the team's Week 12 game. Jackson, who was originally hurt in Week 7, has missed three of the team's last four games because of the injury and there is a chance that he could be held out for another week. According to reports an MRI done on his thigh last weekend showed muscle inflammation indicating that his leg requires additional rest. Head coach Jim Haslett told reporters on Thursday that Jackson is dealing with a lingering quad injury because he missed training camp. That isn't exactly true, but participating in training camp next year will definitely help Jackson get ready for the season. Haslett hopes that Jackson will make his return next week, but we should know more about his Week 13 status after he undergoes what team team officials are calling an extensive workout session tomorrow. Antonio Pittman will start in his place.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG - Minor Knee Sprain

Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs, who has been diagnosed with a minor knee sprain, took some reps with the first-team offense on Thursday and team officials are confident that he will be active on Sunday against the Cardinals. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Jacob's knee is still bothering him, however he did not expect it to be a big problem this weekend. Team officials are optimistic that he will be able to do more in practice over the next two days, however his involvement in practice today will be based on how his knee responds to yesterday's practice. Keep an eye on his practice status today and check back on Sunday for a final update.

Felix Jones, DAL - Severe Acute Turf Toe / Partially Torn Hamstring

Cowboys' rookie RB Felix Jones, who has been out since Week 6 because of a partially torn hamstring, suffered a major setback in his recovery after tearing the ligament in his left big toe and he will miss the remainder of the season as a result. According to reports Jones will undergo surgery to repair the damage in his toe soon and team officials expect him to recover in time for portions of the 2009 off-season. Jones will be placed on the team's Injured Reserve as soon as the surgery is done.

Willis McGahee, BAL - Minor Ankle Sprain

Ravens' RB Willis McGahee, who was knocked out of last week's game because of a sprained ankle, is not listed on the team's official injury report and team officials expect him to be active against the Eagles. McGahee reportedly spent a lot of time in the training room on Monday getting treatment on his minor ankle sprain. The injury must have improved to a point of comfort as he practiced with the first team offense on Wednesday and Thursday. Unless he suffers a setback look for McGahee to play on Sunday.

Clinton Portis, WAS - Partially Torn MCL

Redskins' RB Clinton Portis was a big concern heading into last week's game against the Cowboys. He was diagnosed with a partially torn or grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain in his knee and head coach Jim Zorn indicated that Portis would not play in Week 11. Grade 2 MCL sprains typically require 2 - 4 weeks of rest and treatment, so no one expected Portis to play. But to everyone's surprise Portis was active against the Cowboys and he was fairly productive. But his return to the lineup does not mean that his knee is healthy. Portis did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and Zorn indicated that he would likely be a game-time decision. Based on what happened last week expect Portis to be active. But don't expect him to have a big game.

Brian Westbrook, PHI - High Ankle Sprain / Knee Soreness

According to several reports Eagles' RB Brian Westbrook continues to miss practice because of a high ankle sprain and knee swelling and soreness and he is is so banged up right now that head coach Andy Reid is considering keeping him out for a week. Westbrook has been dealing with ankle and knee pain for several weeks. But he apparently aggravated the injuries in last week's game and he was seen limping around the team's practice facility the day after the game. In fact on local reporter described Westbrook as "alarmingly hobbled." Westbrook has said that he expects to play against the Ravens, however head coach Andy Reid will see how he does in practice today and tomorrow before he makes a decision on his availability. This could come down to a game-time decision so check with us on Sunday for an update.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Plaxico Burress, NYG - Strained Hamstring

Giants' WR Plaxico Burress missed practice on Thursday because of a strained hamstring and his status for Week 12 remains uncertain. Burress apparently pulled his hamstring in last week's game and he has complained of soreness and tightness in the back of his leg since then. Head coach Tom Coughlin spoke with reporters after Thursday's practice and when asked if Burress would be active against the Cardinals he said "we'll see." Burress has played hurt before and he's been productive in the past despite playing at less than 100%. So there is a good chance that the medical staff will allow him to play even if he isn't completely healthy. We'll know more about his status after practice today and the team walkthrough tomorrow.

Antonio Chatman, CIN - Spinal Chord Contusion

Bengals' WR Antonio Chatman will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on Injured Reserve with a spinal chord contusion. Chatman was hurt in last Sunday's game against the Eagles and he had to be secured to a spine board and carted off the field. He has full use of and feelings in his extremities, however it was determined that he could suffer permanent loss of feeling and or function of his arms and legs if he aggravated the injury. So he will spend the remainder of the season recovering.

Donald Driver, GB - Bruised Knee / Turf Toe

Packers' WR Donald Driver has not practiced this week because of a family emergency involving his father, however head coach Mike McCarthy expects Driver to be back in time for their Monday night game against the Saints. Driver, who was going to be held out of practice anyway so that he could rest his injuries, told reporters that his father was hospitalized after he was allegedly attacked and beaten by police officers. Driver's father was apparently being questioned by police over outstanding traffic warrants. McCarthy indicated that Driver could return to the field on Friday. His injuries are a bit concerning, but he has apparently been dealing with turf toe all season and he has found a way to play and be productive through the discomfort.

Calvin Johnson, DET - Minor Quadriceps Strain

According to reports Lions' WR Calvin Johnson was back on the field on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday with a sore quadriceps and team officials are confident that he will be in the starting lineup this weekend. Johnson, who apparently pulled his quad in last week's game, was reportedly feeling sore on Monday. Johnson was held out of practice on Wednesday and he spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment. He took part in some drills on Thursday and it looks like he will be more involved in practice today. Johnson told reporters that his quad was feeling a lot better and he doesn't expect it to be an issue against the Bucs.

Derrick Mason, BAL - Dislocated Shoulder

Ravens' WR Derrick Mason, who aggravated his dislocated shoulder in last week's game, will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Mason reportedly missed practice on Wednesday but returned to the field on Thursday for a portion of the team drills. His shoulder is still bothering him and he continues to wear a protective harness. Mason's status will be determined by what he does in practice today. So if he takes part in a full practice he will likely start in Week 12. But if he remains limited then the team will probably wait until they see how he does during pregame warm-ups before they make a decision on his availability.

Josh Morgan, SF - Partially Torn Groin

49ers' WR Josh Morgan has already been ruled out of this weekend's games and according to offensive coordinator Mike Martz he will miss a significant amount of time while he recovers. Morgan was hurt back in Week 10 and he was inactive for the team's Week 11 game. Martz has classified Morgan's groin injury as "significant" and team officials aren't expecting him back anytime soon.

TIGHT ENDS

Tony Gonzalez, KC - Knee Soreness / Minor Ankle Sprain

Tony Gonzalez' sprained ankle is no longer an issue, but according to reports the Chiefs' starting TE is dealing with soreness in his knee that has kept him out of practice this week. Gonzalez missed practice on Wednesday and he reportedly spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment on his knee and ankle. The good news is that he was back on the field on Thursday and he was able to take part in all drills. Team officials aren't concerned about the injury and head coach Herman Edwards expects him to practice today and play on Sunday against the Bills.

Kellen Winslow Jr., CLE - Sprained Shoulder

TE Kellen Winslow's status for Week 12 is questionable after he sprained his shoulder in Monday night's game against the Bills. Winslow had an MRI on his shoulder on Tuesday morning and head coach Romeo Crennel said that there was no structural damage in the joint. Crennel did indicate that swelling and soreness in the joint was limiting his range of motion. As expected Winslow was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, however team officials are hoping that he will be able to take part in a portion of practice today. Winslow has dealt with injuries throughout his career and he has shown that he can still be productive at less than 100%. But it is still too early to tell if he will be cleared to play in Week 12 and it looks like a decision on his availability won't be made until gameday. So check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

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