QB Injury Notes

Injuries to quarterbacks are not welcome at this time of year but it is an inevitable part of life in the NFL. Teams vying for the playoffs are especially wary as they head into the final week of the season

Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks)
QB Matt Hasselbeck hopes to return from an elbow injury Sunday. The team plans for Hasselbeck to start against the Falcons if his elbow improves.

Ken Dorsey (49ers)
QB Ken Dorsey will be back in the starting lineup for the 49ers' regular-season finale against the Patriots. The 49ers on Sunday got their first look at rookie Cody Pickett, who entered the game early in the third quarter when Dorsey left the game with laceration on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

John Navarre (Cardinals)
QB John Navarre still isn't throwing well after suffering a fractured finger against Detroit three weeks ago. It's doubtful Navarre will be active Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Josh McCown (Cardinals)
QB Josh McCown was limping after the game with an apparent injury to his right leg. It's not expected to cause him to miss any time.

Brian Griese (Buccaneers)
QB Brian Griese has a right hip strain, is not expected to practice until later this week and might not be able to play Sunday. Chris Simms will step in if Griese is out. "We'll see the significance of the injury. Obviously, if (Griese) is hurt, he can't play and Chris would be the guy who would go," coach Jon Gruden said. "But I don't want to speculate any further. We'll see how Brian feels here in the next couple of days."

Michael Vick (Falcons)
QB Michael Vick is expected to play Sunday at Seattle after sitting out the loss at New Orleans because of a sprained left shoulder. "Absolutely. As I stand here today, it's my firm belief that he'll play," coach Jim Mora said. "Something would have to transpire with his shoulder that I don't foresee right now for him to stay off the field."

Billy Volek (Titans)
QB Billy Volek (bruised knee) could be limited early in the week with a left knee contusion. But he's expected to start his eighth game of the year in the Titans' season finale. "He has a significant bruise, but there is really no damage," coach Jeff Fisher. "He does have some swelling. He will be sore for a couple of days. We'll try and get him on the practice field as soon as we can."

Byron Leftwich (Jaguars)
QB Byron Leftwich was obviously affected by the mild concussion he suffered on the team's second series Sunday, coach Jack Del Rio said, but he didn't second guess himself for waiting until late in the fourth period to pull him for David Garrard. "Byron is our guy," he said and added that it would have shown a lack of confidence in Leftwich to pull him earlier. Del Rio said Leftwich passed tests that he was given by the doctors Monday and he hopes he'll be able to play in Oakland although he'll update his condition on Wednesday. Against Houston, Leftwich completed only 6 of 14 passes for 35 yards and had one interception and a 20.5 quarterback rating.

Carson Palmer (Bengals)
QB Carson Palmer will play Sunday at Philadelphia if he is healthy enough, and Palmer said Monday that he expects to practice at least by Thursday if not Wednesday. Palmer was listed as questionable for the game against the Eagles, who took a 13-1 record into the Monday night game at St. Louis.

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