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Wildcard Week Injury Update #1
Philip Gentles
January 2, 2007

Correll Buckhalter, RB, PHI
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Eagles' head coach Andy Reid told reporters that RB Correll Buckhalter suffered a strained calf during Sunday's game against the Falcons but that the injury is not serious and there is a chance that he could be at practice on Wednesday. Reid did not say how the injury occurred but according to reports he was seen getting stretched on the sideline throughout the game. This injury does not appear to be serious. We'll give you an update on his status on Friday but it looks like he is going to be ready for next weekend's playoff game against the Giants.

Trent Green, QB, KC
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: Chiefs' QB Trent Green sprained his left ankle during Sunday's game against the Jaguars, however the injury is not believed to be serious and according to reports he should be ready to play this upcoming weekend. Green was injured when he took a big hit at the end of a QB-keeper in the third quarter. He was helped off the field but he was able to return to the gam e before the start of the fourth quarter after having his ankle wrapped on the sideline. Green will reportedly be limited in practice on Wednesday but he should be fine for the start of the playoffs.

Rodney Harrison, DB, NE
Grade 2 MCL Sprain

Huddle Up: Patriots' DB Rodney Harrison will miss the team's first playoff game and he could potentially miss the entire post-season after suffering what is being reported as a grade 2 medial collateral sprain in his right knee. Titans' receiver Bobby Wade made what the Patriots believe is an intentionally dirty block going low and hitting his helmet on Harrison's knee. Harrison remained on the ground in a tremendous amount of pain but eventually walked off the field on his own. As expected the Patriots haven't said much about his injury (outside of the nature of Wade's block) but there are several reports that have detailed his injury as mid-level MCL sprain that could take anywhere from 2 - 4 weeks to recover from. So it appears that unless the Patriots make it to the Superbowl Harrison's season is over.

D.J. Hackett, WR, SEA
Strained Groin

Huddle Up: Seahawks' WR DJ Hackett left Sunday's game against the Bucs with a strained groin and after being examined on the sideline the medical staff decided to keep him out as a precaution. Hackett spoke with reporters following the game and he said that he was feeling sore but that he expected to play in next weekend's playoff opener. Head coach Mike Holmgren also told reporters that he believes that Hackett will be fine. However the Seahawks won't know what his status for the game will be until later on in the week and according to reports they are going to sign free agent WR Marcus Robinson. Check back on Friday for an update.

Kelly Herndon, DB, SEA
Fractured Ankle

Huddle Up: The Seahawks' pass defense, already without DB's Marcus Trufant and Jimmy Williams, have lost another key piece for the remainder of the playoffs. Kelly Herndon fractured a bone in his left ankle during Sunday's game against the Bucs and according to reports he will be out at least 4 weeks and probably for a lot longer. Herndon came down hard on his ankle after making an attempt to break up a pass in the first quarter. He was helped off the field and taken to the locker room where X-rays confirmed that he had broken a bone. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are licking their chops. Don't be surprised if this game turns out to be a laugher.

Devin Hester, DB/PR, CHI
Strained Calf

Huddle Up: Bears' Pro Bowl punt returner Devin Hester left Sunday's game with a strained right calf but according to team officials he should be ready to play in their first playoff game in two weeks. Hester was hurt returning a kick in the third quarter and he was held out of the remainder of the game as a precaution. He was seen seen limping in the locker room after the game and he will reportedly be limited in practice this week so that his calf has a chance to heal. But the Bears' expect him to make a full recovery in time for their opening playoffs game.

Philip Rivers, RB, SD
Sprained Foot

Huddle Up: According to reports Chargers' QB Philip Rivers suffered a minor foot sprain during Sunday's win over the Cardinals. However with two weeks to rest before their opening playoff game the team's medical staff is confident that he will be ready to play. Rivers was injured when his foot got caught in the turf while he was being sacked by a Cardinals' defender in the first quarter. He limped off the field and had his foot examined and then taped on the sideline. He returned to the field after missing just one series and he was able to make it through the remainder of the half. Rivers was later replaced by Billy Volek when the game was no longer in question. He admitted to reporters on Monday that his foot was slightly swollen but he went on to say that he was fine and team officials are calling the injury a "non issue." We'll keep you posted on his recovery just in case.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD
Bruised Foot

Huddle Up: Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson bruised his foot during Sunday's game against the Cardinals but he was able to stay in the game long enough to capture the rushing title and according to reports he will be completely healthy when the team plays in a couple of weeks. Tomlinson's foot was stepped on at some point in the first half and he was seen limping between plays in the second and third quarters. He was eventually replaced at the end of the third quarter after securing the rushing title. Tomlinson told reporters following the game that he could have finished the game but head coach Marty Schottenheimer decided to pull him because there was nothing left for him to play for. The Chargers' have a first-round bye so LT will have plenty of time to rest and recover.