Week 8 Injury Update

<b><u>Quarterback</u></b><br><br> Tennessee -Steve McNair (sternum) is having tests taken to determine the extent of the injury. If he cannot play, no.2 quarterback Billy Volek would start for him.

It would not surprise us at all if he were rested this week since the injury has lingered for a few weeks.

Running Back

Carolina-Deshaun Foster (shoulder) was deemed out for the rest of the season by head coach John Fox on Monday.

Dallas-Julius Jones (shoulder) hopes to return to action later next month.

Denver-Rookie Quentin Griffin (knee) was injured during Monday night's game and will have tests taken to determine the extent of the injury.

San Diego-LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) could have his practice time limited this week and in future weeks to make sure he can play on Sundays. He was limited by the injury during last week's game You could see no.2 back Jesse Chatman get 5-10 carries a game until Tomlinson's 100%.

Tampa Bay- Mike Alstott (knee) is expected to miss four weeks. Alstott had a similar injury during the 2000 season. Michael Pittman (back) is expected to play in their game when they return from their bye after week eight.

Tennessee-Chris Brown (toe) is considered questionable to play this week. If cannot play, no.2 back Antowain Smith would start for him. This type of injury can limited a player for more than a week.

Wide Receiver

Arizona - Anquan Boldin (knee) will practice this week and will be listed as questionable when the injury report comes out. If he can practice without any setbacks, he could play this week against Buffalo.

Carolina -Steve Smith (leg) remains out indefinitely. The team is unable to say exactly when he will be back. Rookie receiver Keary Colbert will continue to fill in for him.

Cleveland-Andre Davis (foot) hopes to be able to practice when the team returns from their bye. The Browns really need his presence in the lineup to stretch the field. Andre King (ankle) is day-to-day.

Dallas-Terry Glenn (foot) is expected to miss at least two weeks. His status will be evaluated then and the team's medical staff will make a decision on when he'll return. Quincy Morgan (hamstring) is day-to-day. If Morgan is unable to play this week, veteran receiver Dedric Ward would see extended playing time and could start.

Detroit-Az Hakim (ankle) is day-to-day.

Houston-Corey Bradford (hamstring) is day-to-day.

Patriots-Deion Branch (knee) is not expected to play this week. Troy Brown (shoulder) is day-to-day.

Seattle-Bobby Engram (ankle) is day-to-day.

Tampa Bay-Charles Lee (knee) and Joey Galloway (groin) are considered questionable to play when the team returns from their bye week.

Vikings-Randy Moss (hamstring) is expected to see time in red zone packages this week if he doesn't have a setback.

Tight End

Baltimore-Todd Heap (ankle) is day-to-day. The team is hoping he can practice this week and if he can, his chances of playing would increase. The team really misses his ability to stretch defenses in the middle of the field.

San Francisco-Eric Johnson (ribs) participated in Monday's practice and is expected to play this week.


Washington-John Hall (hamstring) is day-to-day.

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