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Week 10 Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
November 7, 2006

Bernard Berrian, WR, CHI
Undisclosed Rib Injury

Huddle Up: Bears' WR Bernard Berrian, who suffered an undisclosed rib injury during Sunday's game against the Dolphins, will reportedly miss the next two to four weeks. Berrian was having a hard time talking following the game but he told reporters that he was hurt on the team's first offensive play. He said that he wasn't hit but that he lost his balance and fell awkwardly on his chest. He did not return to the field after being hurt and following the game he told a reporter that his ribs were not broken. But if they aren't broken he must have suffered a severe contusion as the injury could potentially keep him out until Week 13. We will keep you posted.

Kevin Curtis, WR, STL
Bruised Ribs

Huddle Up: Rams' WR Kevin Curtis had his best game of the season on Sunday against the Chiefs, however it ended on the painful note as he suffered bruised ribs on the game's final play. Curtis was injured when he was drilled by Chiefs' DB Sammy Knight following a 23-yard reception. He stayed on the turf for several minutes trying to catch his breath but he was eventually helped to his feet and helped off the field. According to reports Curtis was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and the good news is that X-rays were negative and he should be back on the practice field on either Thursday or Friday. His status for Week 10 is still questionable but if he does practice expect him to be upgraded.

Donnie Edwards, LB, SD
Strained Hip

Huddle Up: Chargers' LB Donnie Edwards suffered what team officials are calling a minor hip strain during Sunday's game against the Browns, however he was able to finish the contest and it looks like he will be back on the field in Week 10. Edwards told reporters following the game that he hyperextended his hip in the second quarter after being tackled by RB Reuben Droughns during his interception return. Edwards stayed down for several minutes but he was eventually helped up and he walked off the field under his own power. He was examined and treated in the locker room at half time and he was cleared to play in the third quarter. According to reports Edwards will probably practice with the team on Wednesday and he should be healthy enough to play next weekend.

Tony Fisher, RB, STL
Torn ACL

Huddle Up: It looks like the Rams' have lost their third-down back and kickoff return specialist Tony Fisher for the remainder of the season after he reportedly tore the ACL in his knee during Sunday's game. Fisher was hurt while returning a kick in the first quarter and he was carted to the locker room where examination revealed damage to his anterior cruciate ligament. Fisher underwent an MRI on Monday and while the results have not been released the team's medical staff believes that his 2006 season is over. Stephen Davis will likely take over as the backup running back and Kevin Curtis (if healthy) will handle the kickoff returns.

Steven Jackson, RB, STL
Dislocated Finger

Huddle Up: Rams' RB Steven Jackson didn't miss a lot of time after dislocating his left index finger on the first play of the fourth quarter against the Chiefs on Sunday and according to reports the injury is not considered serious. Jackson had his injured finger reduced (put back in place) on the sideline and after being taped he was allowed to return to the game. Jackson told reporters on Monday that he was feeling fine and that he didn't expect to miss any practice time.

Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Packers' rookie WR Greg Jennings re-aggravated his sprained ankle during Sunday's game against the Bills and his status for Week 10 is currently in question. Jennings was hurt when he was tackled from behind following a reception in second quarter and he was seen limping off the field following the play. He was examined on the sideline and was cleared to return to the field after the medical staff re-taped his ankle, but he was in and out of the lineup for the rest of the game and his production suffered because of it. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Jennings would miss at least one day of practice this week and that he wasn't sure if he would be able to play next weekend. Check back on Friday for an update.

Ray Lewis, LB, BAL
Bruised Lower Back

Huddle Up: Ravens' LB Ray Lewis, who bruised his lower back on Sunday against the Bengals, will likely be limited in practice this week but the team expects him to start next weekend in Week 10. Lewis was apparently hurt when he collided with DB Ed Reed in the fourth quarter. He stayed on the ground for several minutes but he returned to the field on the next play so the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Several media outlets are reporting Lewis' injury as a spinal cord contusion, but I'm almost certain that he didn't suffer damage to his spinal cord because I'm sure there would be more concern about his status for Week 10. As it turns out the team expects Lewis to be ready for next weekend's game so it appears that his injury is being inaccurately reported. We'll keep you posted.

Kevin Mathis, DB, ATL
Undisclosed Neck Injury

Huddle Up: Falcons' head coach Jim Mora told reporters that DB Kevin Mathis would miss the remainder of the season after suffering what the team is calling a significant neck injury during Sunday's game against the Lions. Mathis was hurt while trying to make a tackle on the opening kickoff. He apparently lead with his head and his helmet struck returner Eddie Drummond's knee. Mathis remained on the ground was several minutes and after being examined by the team's medical staff his head and neck were stablized and his body was strapped to a spine board. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was examined. Mathis has regained the feeling and movement in his arms and legs, however the injury to his neck is so severe that the team will likely place him on Injured Reserve soon and his football career appears to be in jeopardy. The Falcons have not released details on his neck injury but it wouldn't surprise me if he suffered some kind of fracture. All we can do now is hope for a quick recovery.

Willis McGahee, RB, BUF
Broken Rib

Huddle Up: Bills' RB Willis McGahee could miss at least two weeks after breaking a rib during Sunday's game against the Packers. McGahee was injured on the run in the first quarter and at the time it looked like he was favoring his leg. He was immediately taken to the locker room where he was examined. There were reports that X-rays came back negative, however head coach Dick Jauron told reporters on Monday that additional tests performed after the game revealed a cracked ninth rib. Jauron did not rule McGahee out for Week 10 and the team's medical staff will try and get him ready for next weekend's game. But don't be surprised if he misses at least two weeks while he recovers. Anthony Thomas will take over as the team's featured back if McGahee doesn't play.

Josh Reed, WR, BUF
Bruised Kidney

Huddle Up: Bills' WR Josh Reed has spent the last two nights in a hospital after suffering what the team's medical staff is calling a bruised kidney during Sunday's game against the Packers. Head coach Dick Jauron said that the team is treating this injury very seriously and that they plan on being very careful. Reed was hurt when he was hit hard in the back after making a 6-yard reception in the second quarter. He was able to return to the field later in the quarter but he began to experience a tremendous amount of pain in his lower back at halftime and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance after being diganosed with a bruised kidney. Jauron did not say how long the team expected Reed to be out but don't be surprised if this injury keeps him sidelined for at least a week.

Rod Smith, WR, DEN
Seperated Shoulder

Huddle Up: According to reports Broncos' WR Rod Smith suffered a seperated shoulder or AC sprain during Sunday's game but he was able to stay on the field and finish the contest. Head coach Mike Shanahan did not say when or how the injury occurred and he refused to mention its severity. However Smith underwent an MRI on Monday and we should know more about his Week 10 status once the results are released.

Michael Strahan, DL, NYG
Lisfranc Sprain

Huddle Up: Giants' LB Michael Strahan will miss the next 2 - 4 weeks after spraining the Lisfranc ligament in his right foot and Strahan is reportedly concerned that it could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season. Strahan was hurt on Sunday against the Texans when his foot got caught on the turf. He did not return to the game and he was later seen leaving the stadium with a protective boot on his foot. An MRI on his foot revealed a sprain to the ligament in the Lisfranc joint but according to reports the injury will not require surgery. Strahan will reportedly be on crutches until he is reevaluated next week, however the team's medical staff believes that the injury is not as serious as it could have been and they expect him to be back in a month. Strahan has suffered a similar injury in his foot before and he apparently told a reporter that the injury could linger and keep him out for up to 8 weeks. So this is something that is worth watching closely over the next couple of weeks.

Brian Urlacher, LB, CHI
Sprained Toe

Huddle Up: An MRI done on LB Brian Urlacher's injured foot revealed a sprained toe and according to reports he could be back on the field as early as next weekend. Urlacher was hurt late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Dolphins and at the time of the injury the team's medical staff feared that it was serious. Urlacher told reporters on Monday that he will try and practice later on in the week and that he hopes to be ready for Week 10 action. But it is too early to tell if he will be cleared to play. We should know more about his status later on in the week so check back on Friday for an update.