Injury Analysis For Week 12

<b><u>Cincinnati Bengals</u></b><br> <b>Injury:</b> RB Chris Perry (abdomen) <br> <b>Analysis:</b> The rookie has been limited by injury almost all season.

His latest has been called an abdominal strain. This type of injury, on further examination or by second or third opinions, can be diagnosed as a sports hernia.

Perry is listed as probable and is getting closer to playing.

Kansas City Chiefs

Injury: RB Priest Holmes (knee)

Analysis: Holmes suffered a grade-2 MCL sprain during the team's November 7 game at Tampa Bay. The injury, at first, was thought to be a bruised knee but an MRI taken showed the sprain.

This injury is typically a 2-4 week injury and Holmes is expected to miss his third straight game this week and he could also miss their game in week 13.

Miami Dolphins

Injury: QB A.J. Feeley (hip)

Analysis: Feeley injured his hip and backside during last week's game at Seattle. He is very sore and the team is listing him as questionable. What makes matters worse is veteran QB Jay Fiedler was placed on season-ending injured reserve this week so no.3 QB Sage Rosenfels could wind up starting Sunday's game at San Francisco should not be able to go.

Philadelphia Eagles

Injury: G Artis Hicks (knee)

Analysis: He suffered an MCL sprain during last week's game against the Redskins. Former Colts' OL Steve Sciullo will start this week's game. Look for the Giants to try to get some inside pressure from their tackles to test the young lineman Sciullo.

The team is optimistic that Hicks will be ready for next week's game.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Injury: QB Byron Leftwich (knee)

Analysis: Leftwich suffered a LCL sprain during the team's game on October 31 and has missed their last two games. This type of injury is rare (Packers' QB Brett Favre suffered a similar injury two seasons ago). Leftwich will likely have to wear a brace for several weeks and could have limited mobility. When Favre played with this type of injury, the Packers became more of a running team so Jacksonville could choose to run the ball more.

Look for Leftwich to work more out of shotgun formation to make it easier for him to take the snap from center.

New York Jets

Injury: RB Chad Pennington (shoulder)

Analysis: He suffered a strained rotator cuff during their game on November 7. There was a fear that he would have to have season-ending surgery but those fears were alleviated when Pennington threw about 50 passes on Wednesday.

There still is no timetable for his return to the field but the team is optimistic that he'll be able to return some time next month.

Green Bay Packers

Injury: RB Ahman Green (ribs)

Analysis: Green suffered strained rib cartilage during last week's game and missed more than a half of play. Green, if he plays this Monday night, will have to have a good pain tolerance. This is a type of injury that won't go away in a day, more of a matter of weeks.

Carolina Panthers

Injuries: MLB Dan Morgan (concussion)

Analysis: The former first-round pick continues to have concussion issues. He has missed several games since his rookie season (2001) and has not played in more than 11 games in any of his three previous seasons.

LB Vinny Ciurciu, signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003, has been filling in for him. Morgan will enter the 2005 season on the last year of his contract.

Baltimore Ravens:

Injuries: RB Jamal Lewis (ankle), TE Todd Heap (ankle)

Analysis: Lewis suffered a sprained ankle and will not play against the Patriots this week. There was initial fear this week that the injury could keep him out for at least four weeks but head coach Brian Billick said the team's medical staff is optimistic that Lewis will be able to play next week.

Heap has missed the last eight games with a badly sprained ankle and is listed as questionable. The team is optimistic that if Heap can't play this week, that he will be available to play next week. They have been encouraged with the play of backups Daniel Wilcox and most recently Darnell Dinkins.

Washington Redskins

Injury: MLB Mike Barrow (knee)

Analysis: The 12-year pro signed with the team this past off-season but never suited up for the team and was placed on injured reserve this week.

Barrow's replacement, Antonio Pierce, has played well in his absence and could be their starter for the next few seasons as Barrow turns 35 next April.

Seattle Seahawks

Injury: QB Matt Hasselbeck (thigh)

Analysis: He suffered a badly bruised thigh and hasn't been able to practice since. Hasselbeck has been taking acupuncture treatments which has seems to have worked the the team is optimistic that he'll be able to practice later this week and play against Buffalo on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Injury: RB Duce Staley (hamstring)

Analysis: Staley has missed the past three games due to a sore hamstring. In his absence, veteran RB Jerome Bettis has over 90 carries. At 32, Bettis may be playing as well as he ever has and the Steelers will likely ease Staley back in to the lineup once Staley is ready to play.

Tennessee Titans

Injury: RB Chris Brown (toe)

Analysis: He suffered a turf toe on October 24 and left their game against Chicago early two weeks ago and missed last week's game at Jacksonville.

There is some concern that the injury could linger for a while so the team is taking a cautious approach with him by limiting his practice time.

Minnesota Vikings

Injury: WR Randy Moss (hamstring)

Analysis: He suffered a partial hamstring tear during their game at New Orleans on October 17 and has missed the last three games and was very limited in others.

Moss went through a heavy workout this past Monday and has started to practice with the team this week. They're optimistic that he'll be able to play Sunday against Jacksonville. The injury still could limit his play for a few more weeks because he's not 100%.

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