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Injury Report - Week 16
Philip Gentles
December 19, 2008
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QUARTERBACKS

Trent Edwards, BUF – Strained Groin

Bills’ QB Trent Edwards, who has missed the last two games with a strained groin, returned to limited practice on Wednesday and team officials expect him to start on Sunday against the Broncos. Edwards reportedly looked good while moving around in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and although he will likely be limited again today the medical staff is doing so as a precaution and they believe he is healthy enough to play. Temperatures are supposed dip into the 20’s and injured muscles don’t do very well in the cold. J.P. Losman has been demoted to third string so if Edwards has any problems this weekend look for Gibran Hamdan to get some playing time.

Jeff Garcia, TB – Strained Calf

Bucs’ QB Jeff Garcia continues to tell the media that he will start this weekend against the Chargers. However he continues to be limited in practice and team officials believe that he will be a game-time decision. Garcia was inactive for last week’s game because of a strained calf and although it has shown signs of improvement he is still experiencing soreness in the muscle. He took part in passing drills on Wednesday and Thursday but he hasn’t run at full speed and the medical staff isn’t sure if he will be healthy enough to play. The Bucs will make a decision on his availability after they see how he looks during pre game warm-ups. So check with us on Sunday for an update.

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA – Herniated Disc

It looks like the Seahawks will be without starting QB Matt Hasselbeck for the third straight week. Hasselbeck, who has missed a total of 7 games this season because of a herniated disc in his lower back, aggravated the problem in Week 13 and he’s spent the last 3 weeks recovering and in rehab. Head coach Mike Holmgren said that Hasselbeck is improving, however he indicated that Hasselbeck isn’t ready to play. With the Seahawks out of playoff contention there is a good chance that he will not play again this season. Seneca Wallace will continue to start in his place.  

Carson Palmer, CIN – Torn Elbow Tendon and Ligament

As expected Bengals’ QB Carson Palmer will not play this weekend and there is very little chance that he will be allowed to play in the team’s final regular season game in Week 17. Head coach Marvin Lewis continues to say that Palmer has not been ruled out of the remainder of the season and that there is still a chance that he could play in two weeks. But he has said something similar all season. Palmer told a reporter on Thursday that Tommy John surgery remains an option. He said that he will undergo another MRI in the next week or two and at that point and decision on how to fix the problem will be made.

Tony Romo, DAL – Lower Back Contusion

Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo, who suffered a lower back contusion in last week’s game, took part in a full practice on Thursday and he will be in the starting lineup tomorrow night against the Ravens. Romo was held out of practice on Wednesday and according to reports he has spent a lot of time in the training room getting treatment. His back was sore earlier in the week, but the soreness has subsided and he looks ready to play.

RUNNING BACKS

Reggie Bush, NO – Torn MCL

The New Orleans Saints have placed RB Reggie Bush on Injured Reserve after orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews informed him that the damage in his knee would need a significant amount of time to heal. According to reports Bush tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee in last week’s game and although he will not require surgery to fix it Andrews apparently told him that he will spend the next two months in rehab. Bush might miss the start of the team’s off-season conditioning program but he should be at full speed well before the start of training camp. Pierre Thomas will get a majority of the carries in Week 16 and 17.

Matt Forte, CHI – Sprained Toe

Bears’ RB Matt Forte, who sprained his toe during last week’s game, has not practiced this week however head coach Lovie Smith believes that he will be active against the Packers on Monday night. Forte is reportedly feeling a lot better after complaining of soreness in his toe at the beginning of the week. But he was held out of practice on Thursday as a precaution. Smith told reporters that Forte will practice today and if all goes as planned he will be back in the starting lineup on Monday. A sprained big toe is another way of saying that he has acute turf toe, and we know how turf toe can affect mobility. At this point his injury does not appear to be serious but it is difficult to predict how he will perform.

Frank Gore, SF – Sprained Ankle

49ers’ RB Frank Gore spoke with reporters on Thursday and he said that he has a “50-50” chance of playing this weekend against the Rams. Gore, who was inactive for last week’s game against the Dolphins because of a sprained ankle, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday but it looks like he will be cleared to take part in a limited workout today. Head coach Mike Singletary remains optimistic and he has said that he expects Gore to play in Week 16. But he indicated that the team will not say if he will be active or not until they see how he does during pre game warm-ups. So while Singletary believes that Gore will start, he will officially be a game-time decision.  

Brandon Jackson, GB – Sprained Wrist

Packers’ RB Brandon Jackson sprained his wrist in last week’s game against the Jags and his status for Week 16 remains questionable. Jackson was limited in practice on Thursday and although he took some handoffs he was held out of all contact drills. Team officials aren’t sure if he will be ready to play this weekend but we should know more about his status after practice today. If Jackson is deactivated look for DeShawn Wynn to take his place as Ryan Grant’s backup.

Brandon Jacobs, NYG – Bi-lateral Knee Sprains

Giants’ RB Brandon Jacobs remains limited in practice because of problems in both knees however there are reports that the team expects him to play in Week 16 against the Panthers. It was revealed this week that Jacobs, who missed the team’s last game, has been recovering from sprained ligaments in both knees. The good news is that Jacobs is making progress in his recovery and head coach Tom Coughlin believes that he will be healthy enough to play on Sunday. But the Giants would like him to be healthy for the start of the playoffs. So if he is active against the Panthers look for his playing time to be limited.

Kevin Smith, DET – Sprained Ankle

Lions’ rookie RB Kevin Smith, who complained of soreness in his ankle following last week’s game, has been limited in practice but team officials expect him to start this weekend against the Saints. Smith has actually been limited in practice the last several weeks because the team is worried about his body breaking down before the end of the season. As it turns out he is dealing with an ankle injury that requires heavy taping before he takes the field. Team officials expect him to do more in practice today and if all goes well he should be active on Sunday.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Anquan Boldin, ARI – Shoulder Soreness

Cardinals’ WR Anquan Boldin is reportedly dealing with soreness in his shoulder related to an undisclosed injury and with the team already in the playoffs there is a chance that Boldin could be held out of this weekend’s game as a precaution. It isn’t exactly clear when Boldin was hurt but head coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that his shoulder has been an issue for sometime now. Boldin did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and Whisenhunt indicated that the team is considering deactivating him for week 16 so that he has additional time to heal. This could come down to a game-time decision so check with The Huddle on Sunday for an update.

Ashley Lelie, OAK – Strained Calf

Raiders’ WR Ashley Lelie is considered doubtful for Sunday’s game because of a strained calf muscle. Lelie, who missed Week 14 because of a concussion, made his return in Week 15 but he was forced from the game with a calf strain. According to reports Lelie is having difficulty moving around on his injured leg and he has been held out of practice this week as a result. Team officials don’t expect him to practice today or play this weekend. Fellow WR Ronald Curry is dealing with turf toe and he also missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Tom Cable said that the injury is not serious, however it looks like he will be inactive for the team’s Week 16 game. With Lelie and Curry likely out look for Chaz Schilens and John Lee Higgins to start in their place.

Santana Moss, WAS – Mild Concussion

Redskins’ head coach Jim Zorn told reporters following last week’s game that WR Santana Moss suffered a concussion. The good news is that the concussion was minor and after taking part in full practices on Wednesday and Thursday team officials expect him to start this weekend against the Eagles. Moss reportedly complained of a light headache on Monday but he was feeling a lot better on Tuesday and after passing a neurological test on Wednesday morning he was cleared to practice. If all goes well today he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday.

TIGHT ENDS

Zach Miller, OAK – Shoulder Stinger

Raiders’ TE Zach Miller continues to recover from a stinger that he suffered during last week’s game, however his status for Week 16 remains uncertain. The strength in Miller’s shoulder, arm and hand have improved and are now within normal limits but he continues to deal with lingering soreness and he has been held out of contact drills as a precaution. Miller is scheduled to do more in practice today and if he is shoulder and arm respond well to the increase workload then there is a good chance that he will be active this weekend against the Texans.

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