ColtPower Injury Updates

Based on reports we've received from our sources and through Scout.com, here's injury information of the most interest to Colts fans, along with some additional notes on key players from around the league.

COLTS INJURY UPDATES

Kicker Adam Vinatieri (groin), DE Dwight Freeney (leg) and WR Brandon Stokley (ankle) were all scheduled for MRI's on Monday. Results haven't yet been released. Freeney and Stokley reportedly missed practice on Monday while Vinatieri dressed, but watched practice from the sidelines.

TE Ben Utecht (concussion) is practicing and should be available for the game this weekend against the Jaguars. TE Ben Hartsock, RB Dede Dorsey and LB Freddie Keiaho all did some light running this week according to a report at tribstar.com.


COLTS OPPONENTS

New York Jets (10/1)


LG Pete Kendall (left hamstring) was inactive Sunday. Coach Eric Mangini said Monday that Kendall, who practiced all week, "worked as hard as he possibly could to play, (but) it just wasn't going to happen."

Tennessee Titans (10/8)

DT Robaire Smith did not play last weekend because of a hamstring injury he suffered early in the Titans Week One loss to the Jets. The Titans are hopeful Smith can contribute in practice this week.

Washington Redskins (10/22) 


RB Clinton Portis was held out of Sunday's game at Dallas after aggravating his partially dislocated left shoulder in the 19-16 season-opening loss to Minnesota. Portis' status for Houston is unclear, but the standout back vows to be ready for the game against the Texans. Ladell Betts made his second straight start and fourth of his five-year career in place of Portis.

CB Shawn Springs has yet to practice since having abdominal surgery on Aug. 15 and could find it tough to return in time for Houston. Kenny Wright has been starting in his place and struggled in Dallas. Springs is expected to participate in some practice drills this week.

Denver Broncos (10/29)

WR Rod Smith left the game against the Chiefs with a concussion. Smith said he felt fine afterwards and was held out as a precaution. Smith is only expected to take it easy in practice early in the week.

RB Cedric Cobbs has a sprained right ankle. He said Denver's training staff is optimistic he can return quickly, but he was walking on crutches Monday morning and is not expected to be available Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys (11/19)

WR Terrell Owens underwent surgery on his right hand on Monday. He suffered a fractured ring finger in Sunday's 27-10 victory against the Redskins. Owens is expected to be out two to four weeks, so it shouldn't impact his availability against Indianapolis later this year.

Philadelphia Eagles (11/26)

DE Jevon Kearse will miss the rest of the season after tearing three ligaments in his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Giants. He will be put on injured reserve with Jerome McDougle expected to take his place in the lineup. Kearse's absence from the lineup will be a blow to the Eagles' pass-rush efforts when they face Peyton Manning.

Cincinnati Bengals (12/18) 

C Rich Braham is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a deep knee and bone bruise, suffered against the Browns. Second-year player Eric Ghiaciuc will start in Braham's place.

SS Dexter Jackson is expected to miss at least two-weeks with an ankle injury suffered against the Browns. Kevin Kaesviharn will start.

Houston Texans (12/24) 


CB Phillip Buchanon (ankle) remains out indefinitely. He continues to be reevaluated, and is not expected to play Sunday.

C Mike Flanagan is day-to-day with his foot injury and is doubtful for Sunday. He will not likely be available Sunday. RG and former Colt Steve McKinney is expected to start at center if Mike Flanagan is unable to play Sunday. 

Miami Dolphins (12/31) 

RG Joe Berger, who has been out with a sprained foot, has shed his walking boot and is now wearing orthotics. He is still a week away from practicing.

LB Derrick Pope, one of the best special teams players on the Dolphins, pulled his right hamstring in the second quarter Sunday, and is day-to-day, although it's highly unlikely he'll be ready for Sunday's game against the Titans.


Additional Injury Notes from Around the NFL...

St. Louis Rams: LT Orlando Pace went to a San Francisco-area hospital for tests after suffering a concussion on the final play of the first half. Pace was able to return with the team to St. Louis. His availability for Sunday's game against Arizona is unknown.

New York Giants: TE Jeremy Shockey re-injured a sprained ankle and missed some time late in the game this past weekend. 

Arizona Cardinals:  CB David Macklin, who went from starting the opening game to being inactive in the second contest, but an injury to Eric Green could hasten his return to the starting lineup this week. Eric Green suffered a groin pull that could keep him out.

Baltimore Ravens:  LT Jonathan Ogden slight knee sprain is not expected to keep the All-Pro offensive tackle out of the lineup this week. CB Samari Rolle is expected to start after tests determined there is no structural damage to his injured foot.

Seattle Seahawks:  LG Floyd Womack is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks due a knee injury suffered Sunday. Further tests this week will determine if Womack will be lost for the season.

San Diego Chargers: WR Keenan McCardell will rest a tender hamstring this week and not practice.

In-story photo of Clinton Portis: Associated Press


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