Daunte Culpepper, DET – Shoulder Sprain
According to reports Lion’s QB Daunte Culpepper will not play this weekend because of a shoulder sprain that occurred during last week’s game. Head coach Rd Marinelli told reporters that Culpepper’s injury will not keep him out for an extended period of time, however it appears that he is not healthy enough to play on Sunday and he will be replaced by Dan Orlovsky who is finally making his return from a thumb injury. Culpepper has stretched with teammates in practice this week and he will continue to be involved in practice in a very limited way today and tomorrow, but team officials do not expect him to play.
Trent Edwards, BUF – Strained Groin
Team officials were initially hoping that QB Trent Edwards would be ready to make his return from a strained groin this week against the Jets. Unfortunately the injury appears to be more severe than what was initially reported and after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday it looks like Edwards will miss his second straight game on Sunday. Edwards has spent a lot of time this week in the training room getting treatment and working with the team’s medical staff and according to reports the team is not expecting him to practice today or play this weekend. He hasn’t been ruled out yet and an announcement on his playing status might not be made until game day. But look for J.P. Losman to make his second straight start.
Jeff Garcia, TB – Strained Calf
QB Jeff Garcia’s status for Week 15 remains uncertain after being limited in practice this week because of a strained calf. Head coach Jon Gruden told reporters that the injury was “a concern” and he said that he wasn’t sure if Garcia would be ready to play. Garcia dealt with a similar injury during training camp however Gruden denied that there was a connection between the two. Garcia did participate in specific passing drills on Wednesday and Thursday, but he did not do a lot of running and Luke McCown took a majority of the snaps with the first-team offense. Garcia could end up being a game-time decision, but it is unclear at this point if he will be able to play.
Matt Hasselbeck, SEA – Herniated Lower Back Disc
Seahawks’ had coach Mike Holmgren continues to call QB Matt Hasselbeck questionable for this weekend’s game. But in light of Hasselbeck’s statement regarding his lower back injury and long-term status it looks like he will inactive for the second straight week. Hasselbeck told reporters earlier in the week that his back injury was not improving and the team was considering shutting him down for the remainder of the season. He has not practiced this week and it does not look like he will be on field today. So look for Seneca Wallace to start on Sunday against the Rams.
Joseph Addai, IND – Shoulder Soreness
According to reports the Colts are concerned that RB Joseph Addai will not be ready to play this weekend because of a lingering shoulder injury. Addai aggravated a shoulder problem in last week’s game and although the team has not revealed the nature of the injury (which is the norm with all of their injured players) head coach Tony Dungy has confirmed that Addai has been dealing with soreness in his shoulder all season and that it has been particularly sore this week. He has not practiced this week and Dungy has already said that he “might not be able to play.” If he doesn’t take part in a full practice today look for Dominic Rhodes to get the start on Sunday against the Lions.
Marion Barber, DAL – Fractured Small Toe / Strained Calf
Cowboys’ RB Marion Barber, who was inactive for last week’s game because of a fractured small toe and a related calf strain, has not practiced with teammates this week and team officials aren’t sure if he will be active this weekend against the Giants. Barber reportedly over compensated for his injured toe and pulled his calf muscle during last week’s practice and he was inactive for Week 14 as a result. According to reports Barber is still having trouble moving around on his injured foot and although he returned to individual drills on Thursday head coach Wade Phillips acknowledged that he would be a game-time decision. Even if he plays he won’t be a full speed so look for Tashard Choice to be a big part of the offense against the Giants.
Frank Gore, SF – Sprained Ankle
49ers’ RB Frank Gore, who has been diagnosed with a sprain to the inside of his ankle, has not practiced this week and head coach Mike Singletary has said that he would be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Dolphins. An MRI on Gore’s injured ankle this week revealed what Singletary called an “inside sprain” of his left ankle. There are a lot of ligaments in and around the foot and ankle, but it sounds like he suffered a deltoid ligament sprain which isn’t particularly bad. Gore is no longer using crutches to move around and there are reports that he will attempt to practice on Friday. Gore really wants to play in front of family and friends in his hometown of Miami and he has said on several occasions that he will do everything he can to get on the field. However he said that if he can’t cut on his injured ankle that he wouldn’t play. He’ll probably test the ankle a little bit today and a lot during pre game warm-ups and since the 49ers play an early game on Sunday we should know if he will play or not in time to make the necessary fantasy lineup adjustments.
Brandon Jacobs, NYG – Sprained MCL
As we reported earlier in the week the Giants are considering resting RB Brandon Jacobs this weekend and limiting him the remainder of the regular season so that he has a chance to recover in preparation for the playoffs. Jacobs aggravated a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee last week and in a recent interview he told a reporter that the injury has bothered him for months and by playing he hasn’t given it a chance to heal. Jacobs wants to finish out the regular season however he did say that he wanted to be healthy for the playoffs. The Giants have already clinched a playoff spot and they have a pair of capable running backs behind Jacobs to pick up the slack if the team decides to rest him down the stretch. He hasn’t practiced this week and we probably won’t know his status until game day. With that in mind you can’t count on him playing on Sunday against the Cowboys.
Ray Rice, BAL – Leg Contusion
According to reports rookie RB Ray Rice is dealing with a “painful” leg contusion and his status for Week 15 is uncertain. Rice left last week’s game after taking a hard shot to his leg. An MRI on his leg revealed swelling and a contusion and while the injury is not considered serious it has been painful enough to restrict his movement and keep him out of practice. Head coach Harbaugh told reporters that the injury is “a painful deal” and he indicated that even if he played on Sunday that he would be limited. Willis McGahee, who suffered a stinger, is considered questionable for Week 15 but there is optimism that he will practice in full today and play on Sunday.
Fred Taylor, JAX – Thumb Surgery
Jaguars’ veteran RB Fred Taylor will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair multiple ligament tears in his thumb. Head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that Taylor tore several ligaments in his thumb during last week’s game and after speaking with a specialist on Wednesday he decided to undergo the season-ending procedure. Taylor will be placed on Injured Reserve sometime this week.
LenDale White, TEN – Lingering Knee Soreness
Titans’ RB LenDale White, who has been dealing with soreness in his knee for large portion of the season, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a precaution. However team officials expect him to practice today and play on Sunday against the Texans. White told reporters on Thursday that he was OK and head coach Jeff Fisher has expects him to be active this weekend. The exact nature of White’s injury is unknown and whatever it is will likely be addressed in the off-season. But it hasn’t affected his performance the last couple of weeks and it doesn’t look like it will prevent him from playing this week.
Selvin Young, DEN – Strained Groin
With RB Peyton Hillis out for the remainder of the season RB Selvin Young couldn’t have timed his return any better. According to reports Young is finally set to make his return to the active lineup after missing 7 of the last 8 games because of several injuries including a lingering groin problem. Mike Shanahan has said that Young would play in previous weeks only to deactivate him on game day. The difference this time is that Young took part in a full practice on Thursday and he is scheduled to take part in all drills again on Friday. If all goes well then he will split carries with Tatum Bell and Cory Boyd on Sunday.
WIDE RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS
Kevin Curtis, WR, PHI – Concussion
Eagles’ WR Kevin Curtis, who was knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion, has been held out of practice this week and his status for Week 15 is considered questionable. Head coach Andy Reid said that Curtis has shown signs of improvement this week. However he wasn’t sure if he would be cleared to practice today. Reid indicated that the medical staff could still clear him for Sunday’s game no matter what happens in practice today. So check with The Huddle on game day for an update.
Brandon Stokley, WR, DEN – Bruised Heel
According to reports an MRI on WR Brandon Stokley’s injured heel did not show serious damage and after returning to the field on Thursday it looks like there is a good chance that he will be active on Sunday against the Panthers. Stokley admitted that his bruised heel remains sore, however after being held out of practice on Wednesday he was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and team officials believe that he will do more today. He will officially be a game-time decision but if all goes well in practice today look for Stokley to be active on Sunday.
Jason Witten, TE, DAL – Sprained Ankle
Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten, who is dealing with sprained ankle and lingering soreness in his healing ribs, was limited in practice on Thursday after completely missing practice on Wednesday and team officials expect him to do more in practice today and play on Sunday against the Giants. As expected Witten was held out of practice on Wednesday so that he could take care of his sprained ankle and rest his battered body. He returned to the field on a limited basis on Thursday and he reportedly felt OK. If he avoids a setback he should be active in Week 15. But he’s not completely healthy and he will probably play the remainder of the regular season at less than 100%.