Marc Bulger, STL – Concussion
Rams’ QB Marc Bulger, who was knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion, has been cleared by the team’s medical staff and head coach Jim Haslett said on Wednesday that Bulger will be in the starting lineup this weekend against the Dolphins. Bulger reportedly passed a series of neurological tests on Wednesday morning and he took part in several passing drills with teammates. He did a little bit more in practice on Thursday and team officials expect him to be take part in a full workout today and play on Sunday.
Jake Delhomme, CAR – Elbow Laceration and Soreness
According to reports Panthers’ QB Jake Delhomme was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and the team expects him to start on Sunday. Delhomme suffered a small laceration on his elbow during last week’s game and he complained of soreness in the joint afterwards. However he told a reporter on Monday that his injuries were not serious and that he expected to play in Week 13. As he predicted his elbow is no longer an issue and he should be at full strength for this weekend’s game against the Packers.
Brady Quinn, CLE – Fractured Index Finger and Partially Torn Tendon
Browns’ QB Brady Quinn visited orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews earlier in the week to get a second opinion on his injured finger. Unfortunately Dr. Andrews informed him that there was a chance that the partially torn tendon in his index finger could completely separate from the bone if he continued to play. If that happened there would be permanent damage and it could affect his throwing motion for the remainder of his career. After consulting with the medical staff and team officials Quinn decided that it was best to sit out for the remainder of the season. Head coach Romeo Crennel has said that he expects Quinn to be ready for training camp next year and that he will be the team’s starting QB in 2009 regardless of where Derek Anderson is. Anderson will be the Browns’ starter for the remainder of the 2008 season.
Carson Palmer, CIN – Torn Elbow Ligament and Tendon
Depending on what you read or listen to there are still different takes on what will happen to Bengals’ QB Carson Palmer. Palmer, who has now confirmed that he has a torn and detached ligament and tendon in his elbow, told a reporter on Monday that he is still considering having surgery to repair the damage. However he is still trying to get his elbow ready for a return to action at some point this season. He said that he will resume throwing on December 7 and he will know shortly after that is he will be able to play again this year. Head Coach Marvin Lewis has said on several occasions that Palmer will not require off-season elbow surgery, but if there is an elbow ligament and a tendon that are detached then he will definitely need surgery to repair them. Palmer has already been ruled out for Week 13, and despite the team’s optimism I just can’t see him returning to action this season.
Matt Schaub, HOU – Partially Torn MCL
Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters last week that QB Matt Schaub’s recovery from a partially torn MCL in his knee wasn’t going as planned and that he would likely be out until at least Week 15. However Schaub returned to limited practice on Wednesday and several local media outlets began speculating that he could actually be back as early as this weekend. Unfortunately team officials confirmed that Schaub was very limited on Wednesday and again on Thursday and that they expected him to miss at least two more games. Sage Ronsenfels will continue to start in his place.
Marion Barber, DAL – Undisclosed Small Toe Injury
Cowboys’ RB Marion Barber suffered an undisclosed small toe injury on his left foot during Thursday’s game and his status for Week 14 is currently unknown. Barber was injured in the first quarter when his foot was stepped on during a carry. He briefly left the game but later returned. He aggravated the injury again in the third quarter and was taken back to the locker room for X-rays. The results of the X-rays have not been made public but he did not finish the game. The Cowboys were winning by a large margin in the second half so that could be the reason why Barber remained on the sideline. We should know more about the severity of the injury and his status for the team’s next game sometime this weekend.
Reggie Bush, NO – Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Saints’ RB Reggie Bush is still not completely recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery, however team officials believe that is healthy enough to play and Bush has guaranteed that he will be active this weekend against the Bucs. Bush, who was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, told reporters that he is “definitely a go this week.” If you recall Bush said that he was going to play last week as well and he ended up on the inactive list. The difference this week is that he was seen running and cutting at full speed without a problem and he hasn’t complained of soreness after workouts. Now the medical staff has limited his participation in practice this week so that his knee wouldn’t get sore. The goal now is to see how he does during and after a full practice, which could happen today. If all goes well he should be back on the starting lineup for the Saints on Sunday.
Steven Jackson, STL – Strained Quadriceps
Rams’ RB Steven Jackson remains limited in practice because of a strained quadriceps, however head coach Jim Haslett remains cautiously optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend. Haslett told reporters that Jackson “looked good” during last Saturday’s private workout and again in practice on Monday. Jackson took part in some drills on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like he will try and take part in a full practice today. Haslett indicated that Jackson will be active against the Dolphins if he makes it through tomorrow’s practice without a setback.
Brandon Jacobs, NYG – Partially Torn MCL
Giants’ RB Brandon Jacobs, who has reportedly been diagnosed with a partial tear in the medial collateral ligament in his knee, was able to practice on Thursday and head coach Tom Coughlin is confident that he will be active on Sunday against the Redskins. Jacobs was supposed to play in last week’s game and Coughlin expected him to start then however he woke up last Sunday with soreness in his knee and he told the team’s medical staff that he felt he couldn’t go. So even if he practices again today and he sees an increase in practice reps you have to make sure that he shows up for the game feeling strong and confident. Check back on Sunday for a final update.
Willie Parker, PIT – Sprained MCL
Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after last week’s game that RB Willie Parker “tweaked” his previously sprained knee and that his status for Week 13 would be questionable. But after practicing on Thursday there is a chance that he will play this weekend. Parker missed four games earlier in the season with a sprained MCL in his knee and he apparently aggravated the injury last Thursday night against the Bengals. According to reports Parker’s knee was swollen after the game and he missed several workouts and practices while he recovered. He did not take part in practice two days ago and there was growing concern that he wouldn’t be available on Sunday. However he took the field with teammates on Thursday and took part in several team drills. Parker still needs to take part in a full practice today if he wants to play in Week 13. Check with us on Sunday for an update on his status.
Clinton Portis, WAS – Strained Rib Muscle, Sprained MCL, Hip and Ankle Soreness
As expected Redskins’ RB Clinton Portis has not practiced this week as he rests his various injured joints and muscles. However head coach Jim Zorn expects Portis to start on Sunday against the Giants. Portis, who is currently dealing with a strained rib muscle, sprained medial collateral ligament, sore hip and sore ankle, has spent the last two days getting treatment in the training room and although team officials don’t expect him to be completely healthy until the off-season they still feel that he will be productive enough to give opposing defenses trouble.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Heel Soreness
Panthers’ rookie RB Jonathan Stewart was seen wearing a protective boot on his left foot after last week’s game. But after taking part in practice on Wednesday and Thursday it looks like he will be active this weekend against the Packers. Team officials said that Stewart was fitted for a boot as a precaution and that his sore heel was not a major problem. He has been dealing with a lingering undisclosed heel problem for some time now and although he’s been able to play through it, it is hard to imagine that it isn’t affecting his performance. Stewart will take part in a full practice today and play on Sunday, but look for the Panthers to lean more on RB DeAngelo Williams who is having a sensational year.
Selvin Young, DEN – Strained Groin
There was optimism at the beginning of the week that Broncos’ RB Selvin Young would make his return to lineup in Week 13. However after being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday his status for this weekend’s game is in question. Young has been dealing with a strained groin for several weeks but team officials thought that he was finally ready to play this weekend. Unfortunately he has been limited this week and unless he takes part in a full practice today there is a good chance that he will be inactive for the third straight week and the sixth time in the last seven weeks. He’ll likely be a game-time decision no matter what happens in practice today so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.
Mark Bradley, KC – Strained Calf
Chiefs’ WR Mark Bradley, who aggravated a calf strain in last week’s game, has not practiced this week and his status for Week 13 remains uncertain. Bradley has been dealing with an injured calf for two weeks now and after hurting it again last week the medical staff wants to make sure that he is completely healthy before they clear him to practice and play. He was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment. Team officials hope that he will take part in practice today, but if he doesn’t then it will put his status for Sunday’s game in doubt. Check back on Sunday for an update.
Plaxico Burress, NYG – Strained Hamstring
According to reports Giants’ WR Plaxico Burress will be a game-time decision after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a strained hamstring. Burress was limited in practice last week however he was cleared to play against the Cardinals after looking good in pre-game warm-ups. Unfortunately Burress aggravated the injury early in the first quarter and he was unable to finish the game. Burress spoke with reporters earlier this week and said that an MRI on his injured leg revealed just a strain and has been held out of practice this week while his leg recovers. Head coach Tom Coughlin expects him to try and practice today and he will likely wait until Sunday before making a decision on his availability. But at this point it looks like the team is preparing to play without him.
Santonio Holmes, PIT – Minor Concussion
Steelers’ WR Santonio Holmes, who suffered a minor concussion during last week’s game, has already been cleared to resume full contact practice and head coach Mike Tomlin expects him to start on Sunday against the Patriots. Holmes was reportedly feeling dizzy after last Thursday’s game and he said that he had a headache the following day. The good news is that his symptoms have subsided and after taking part in a full practice yesterday he should be ready for this weekend’s game.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CIN – Lower Back Stiffness and Soreness
Bengals’ WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who has been battling a back ailment for several weeks, reportedly suffered a small setback in his recovery this week however team officials still expect him to start on Sunday. Houshmandzadeh was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. But according to reports he woke up on Thursday with additional pain and discomfort in his lower back and the medical staff decided to hold him out as a precaution. He could be held out of practice again today, but head coach Marvin Lewis still expects him to start in Week 13.