MASH Unit: Defensive Players Injury Report

<b>DE:</b> <br><br> Houston Texans<br> DE Gary Walker underwent a MRI exam on Monday, which showed no structural damage.


Houston Texans
DE Gary Walker underwent a MRI exam on Monday, which showed no structural damage. Walker was diagnosed with a mild left groin strain and likely will not practice when the team resumes workouts on Wednesday.

Denver Broncos
DE Trevor Pryce said he's coming along better than expected after having back surgery on Sept. 22. Pryce could be back to the Broncos for their Oct. 31 game against Atlanta, but he didn't know for sure. "Someone said 'What are you going to be for Halloween?'" Pryce said. "I said, 'I think I'm going to be a Bronco for Halloween. Dress up in a Bronco uniform and pretend I'm playing football.'" The Broncos have the top-ranked defense in the NFL even with Pryce only playing in one of five games this season. "I have to re-evaluate my contribution to this football team," Pryce said with a laugh. "Am I really worth this fuss?"

St. Louis Rams
DL Tyoka Jackson, the team's defensive captain, strained his hamstring in the first quarter, and was in street clothes on the sideline in the second half.

Washington Redskins
DE Phillip Daniels is expected to return this week after sitting out three games with a strained groin. Daniels boosted his conditioning work last week.


Atlanta Falcons
DT Antwan Lake played 29 snaps in a reserve role for the Falcons on Sunday but did not register a tackle or an assist before leaving with a sprained right ankle. If his ankle is a problem this week, reserve DT Cleveland Pinkney, who's been inactive all season, might suit up for the first time.

Kansas City Chiefs
DT Ryan Sims was unable to practice Monday after injuring a hamstring in the Baltimore victory seven days earlier. He may go on Wednesday's first injury report as doubtful.


New Orleans Saints
MLB Courtney Watson, a rookie who started the first four games, was inactive Sunday because of a sore right knee. Watson had fluid removed from the knee last Wednesday and will likely play Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens
LB Peter Boulware will remain on the physically unable to perform list for another couple of weeks. His timetable to return from off-season knee surgery is still not known.

Kansas City Chiefs
LB Scott Fujita is considered doubtful for the Jacksonville game after injuring an ankle against Baltimore. He did not practice Monday even after taking five days off in the bye week.

Indianapolis Colts
LB Cato June sprained his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with Oakland. He was able to finish the game. June underwent an MRI, which proved to be negative.

Washington Redskins
LB LaVar Arrington is expected to return this week after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 23. Arrington hoped to play against the Ravens, but was held out by team officials.


Chicago Bears
LB Brian Urlacher will practice this week and should start Sunday after missing two weeks with a re-aggravation of the hamstring pull that caused him to miss the entire preseason. Urlacher did everything at practice on Monday.

Minnesota Vikings
LB E.J. Henderson (knee) might need at least one more week of healing before returning.

Minnesota Vikings
LB Chris Claiborne is making progress with his calf injury and might play at New Orleans. He missed the Texans game.


Atlanta Falcons
RCB Jason Webster, who missed the Falcons' game Sunday against the Lions with a sprained right knee, said Monday he's pretty confident he'll be able to play Sunday against the Chargers. Coach Jim Mora seems optimistic as well.

Chicago Bears
CB Jerry Azumah returned to practice last week two months after undergoing surgery on a herniated neck disk. He could play this week, but the Bears will take it slowly, probably using him just as the nickel corner this week before he returns to full-time duty. It might be another couple of weeks or longer until he resumes his kickoff-return duties, which made him a Pro Bowl player last season.

Detroit Lions
CB Dre' Bly was close to playing Sunday in the Lions game at Atlanta and, barring a setback in practice this week, should be ready to play against the Green Bay Packers next Sunday. Bly, a Pro Bowl selection last year, has been out of action since suffering a sprained left knee in the season opener at Chicago.

Philadelphia Eagles
CB Dexter Wynn, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Bears, wasn't well enough to practice Monday and probably won't play this week against Carolina. Wynn was the Eagles' fourth corner in their dime coverage.

Denver Broncos
CB Willie Middlebrooks will miss the next four weeks after he partially tore his hamstring in Denver's game Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts
CB Donald Strickland is out for the remainder of the season. The Colts placed Strickland on injured reserve prior to Sunday's game with Oakland. He has been bothered by shoulder and hamstring problems this year and may have to undergo surgery on his shoulder.

New York Jets
CB Derrick Strait did not play Sunday due to a foot injury and is questionable for this week as well. Strait had played as the team's primary nickel back and was replaced by veteran Terrell Buckley.

New England Patriots
CB Ty Law limped off the field during Sunday's game and seems to be nagged by bumps and bruises that have forced him out at times this year. He missed very little time before returning to the game. He has not appeared on the injury report this season and has started all four games. He didn't talk about his health after the game.

St. Louis Rams
CB DeJuan Groce returned as the starter at right cornerback after missing two games because of a knee injury. His return resulted in Kevin Garrett being inactive for the game.


Atlanta Falcons
SS Bryan Scott suffered a concussion in the third quarter Sunday, and while he wasn't available for comment Monday, coach Jim Mora said that he thinks Scott will be fine and ready to go Sunday against the Chargers. Mora did say, though, "with head injuries, you want to err on the side of caution."

Pittsburgh Steelers
S Mike Logan, who has been playing in their dime defense, has a pulled hamstring muscle that coach Bill Cowher said looks serious. Russell Stuvaints replaced him in the dime defense on Sunday.

St. Louis Rams
FS Aeneas Williams suffered a pinched nerve in his shoulder late in the first half and did not return to the game. With Williams, out, he was replaced by Adam Archuleta in the base defense, while Kwamie Lassiter took his spot in the nickel defense.

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