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Jacksonville Jaguars' John Henderson might miss game
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Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee will miss his second game with a leg injury, but Friday's news is who might be joining him on the sideline Sunday against the Broncos at Denver: Pro Bowl defensive tackle John Henderson.

The Jags (1-1) listed Henderson as doubtful following their walk-through practice on Friday. Henderson left Sunday's 13-7 victory against the Atlanta Falcons after a "blow to the head," according to team officials.

He returned to play in the game, but doctors had the club withhold Henderson from any contact practices this week.

The Jags have not used the word "concussion" related to Henderson's injury. They are calling it a head injury.

Scobee, who strained his right quadriceps during pregame warmups for the Sept. 9 season-opener against the Tennessee Titans, is one of two starters ruled out for Sunday. Center Brad Meester still is recovering from preseason ankle surgery. Meester could return for the Oct. 7 game against the Chiefs at Kansas City.

Jags linebacker Clint Ingram was upgraded to probable. He has not played since spraining his ankle in the preseason.

Guard Chris Naeole (back), cornerback Brian Williams (ankle), backup defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (knee), receiver Matt Jones (heel) and backup tight end Greg Estandia (sick) are probable.

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Vikings:  Taylor questionable, but aims to play

It appears that the Vikings may get Chester Taylor back in action for Week 3. Although he's listed a questionable, he said he should be all right for the game, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I'm looking forward to playing," he said. "Right now, I'm supposed to be playing so I'll take it from there."

Packers:  Morency will not return for Week 3

Although Vernand Morency is listed as doubtful for Week 3, he will not play, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Packers:  Jennings likely to make season debut

As expected, Greg Jennings returned to practice on Friday. Although he was limited, the Packers list him as probable for Sunday's contest, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Steelers:  Bruised quad to sideline Spaeth

Matt Spaeth missed his third consecutive practice on Friday. He's expected to sit out Sunday's game due to his bruised quadriceps, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Raiders:  Jordan to play through sore back

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said that LaMont Jordan is a go for Sunday's game, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Raiders:  Burgess to be limited if he plays


It appears that Derrick Burgess might play on Sunday. However, he won't be at full speed due to his sore right calf, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Giants:  Burress to be game-time decision

Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was limited in practice on Friday due to a sprained right ankle. "He didn't complete the full practice, but he did a few things and we will see. It is going to be one of those deals depending on how he feels on game day," head coach Tom Coughlin tells the team's official web site. Burress did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

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Chargers' Olivea questionable for Week 3
September 21, 2007

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers right tackle Shane Olivea practiced on Friday for the first time since straining his back in a loss to the Patriots, but it appears he'll miss Sunday's game at the Green Bay Packers.

Olivea moved stiffly and said he'd have to talk his way into the lineup by assuring coach Norv Turner and offensive line coach Jack Henry he is OK. Olivea was listed as questionable on the injury report.

"If it was up to me, I would play," Olivea said. "But I have to convince Jack and Norv."

If Olivea can't go, the Chargers would replace him with either first-year pro Jeromey Clary or veteran Roman Oben. It appears Clary has the edge, and it would mark his first NFL start. Clary's starting debut would come against Green Bay left defensive end Aaron Kampman, who led the NFC last year with 151/2 sacks.

It was Clary who replaced Olivea when he went down early in the New England game. The results were mixed, but possibly good enough to get the call Sunday -- depending on Olivea's health.

"I thought he played pretty well," Turner said of Clary, who was on the Chargers' practice squad in 2006.

Inside linebacker Matt Wilhelm won't play because of a strained calf, the same injury that sidelined him for three of four exhibition games. Wilhelm was jogging on it Friday without a limp.

With Wilhelm out, second-year pro Tim Dobbins will make his first NFL start. Dobbins also played the majority of the game in New England but was often out of position and ineffective.

Three other players, defensive tackle Jamal Williams (elbow), safety Clinton Hart (hamstring) and inside linebacker Stephen Cooper (neck) all practiced Friday and were declared fit for Sunday's game.

The Chargers will try to rebound from their embarrassing 38-14 loss at New England. Counting last season's playoff defeat by New England, it was the second loss in three games for the Chargers, who beat Chicago 14-3 in the opener.

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Arizona vs. Baltimore

Ravens

Mark Clayton (WR)—Clayton played briefly against the Jets in week two, making one catch. Coach Billick has indicated he will play Sunday against Arizona.

Jonathan Ogden (OT)—Ogden did not play Sunday against the Jets. Coach Billick is hopeful he can resume practice by Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Steve McNair (QB)—McNair did not play in the Ravens’ win over New York in week two, and is currently listed as questionable. The expectation is that he will resume his starting role this coming Sunday.

Trevor Pryce (DE)—Pryce broke his left wrist in the Jets game. He has had surgery to repair it and is expected to miss the next three to five games.

Ray Lewis (LB)—Lewis played well against New York and is listed as probable for the Cardinals game.

Demetrius Williams (WR)—Williams suffered a bruised arm Sunday and will play this week.

Cardinals

Bryant Johnson (WR)—Johnson, who has been hampered with an injured hamstring, made two catches for twenty-three yards this past Sunday. He is listed as probable and expected to face the Ravens.

St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay

Rams

Marc Bulger (QB) – According to STLToday.com, Bulger was battling rib and knee soreness after the week two loss to San Francisco. Don’t expect this to keep Bulger out of week three.

Buccaneers

Cadillac Williams (RB) – Despite a rib injury, Williams was able to start and play effectively against the Saints. Expect the Cadillac to be rolling out of the garage for week three’s matchup against the Rams.

Brian Kelly (CB) – Kelly was inactive for Sunday’s game against New Orleans and he will likely be questionable for this week’s game.

Chris Simms (QB) – Simms was inactive for week two action and the Bucs show no signs of activating him anytime soon.

San Francisco vs. Pittsburgh

49ers

Frank Gore (RB) – During week two action, Gore was spotted on the sidelines getting examined for a knee injury by the trainer. However, the 49ers do not believe it is serious and fantasy owners should feel comfortable with him in the lineup this week.

Steelers

James Harrison (LB) – In a scary moment at the end of the first half against the Bills, Harrison was carted off the field, but eventually returned to the sidelines. Seeing Harrison walk onto the field was great news for the Steelers, but it is unknown if he can play this Sunday.

Detroit vs. Philadelphia

Eagles

L. J. Smith (TE)—Smith was activated for Monday’s game against Washington and should be able to play in week three, despite his groin injury.

Greg Lewis (WR)—Despite a hip injury, Lewis is listed as active for the Redskins game and should be available for week three.

Jevon Kearse (DE)—Kearse is listed as active for the Redskins showdown, even with his shoulder injury. He will be available for week three.

Lions

Jon Kitna (QB)—Kitna is believed to have suffered a mild concussion in Sunday’s victory. He didn’t show any residue symptoms Monday, nor experience any headaches.  He is expected to play this weekend against the Eagles.

Kevin Jones (RB)—Jones did not play in weeks one or two with a foot injury.  He is, however, listed as probable to take on the Eagles this weekend.  It’ll be interesting to see how effective he can be.

Dan Campbell (TE)—Campbell was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured elbow Monday. He is currently listed as probable for week three.

T.J. Duckett (RB)—Duckett did not play Sunday and is currently listed as questionable for further action in week three.

Miami vs. N.Y. Jets

Dolphins

No injuries reported from Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Jets

Chad Pennington (QB) – Pennington was active, but did not start in week two’s contest against the Ravens. Pennington should be able to start, but we’ll call him questionable at this point.

Jerricho Cotchery (WR) – Reports indicate Cotchery suffered a shoulder injury against the Ravens, but nothing has been released on how severe it is. Since we haven’t heard anything else, we expect this receiver to start on Sunday.

Buffalo vs. New England

Patriots

Jarvis Green (DL)—Hasn’t played this season with shoulder problems, although he is involved in limited practice.  Patriots have obviously not missed him.

Richard Seymour (DL)—Seymour is currently on the physically unable to perform list with knee injuries.  It is questionable if he will play this season at all.  The Patriots miss him a little more than Green.

Bills

Doesn’t really matter.  They have no shot against the Patriots.  For those who still care:

Terrence McGee (CB)—McGee bruised his ribs Sunday against the Steelers and is listed as probable for the Patriots game.  He probably wishes he had been hurt a little more so he wouldn’t have to get embarrassed by Moss.

Josh Reed (WR)—Reed missed Sunday’s game with a hip contusion.  He is listed as questionable at best for this week’s division match-up.  It won’t help Losman to lose a semi-viable target in this game.

Coy Wire (S)—Wire blew out his MCL Sunday and is out indefinitely.

Ashton Youboty (CB) – Youboty left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and his status for next week’s game is in doubt.

Minnesota vs. Kansas City

Vikings

Tarvaris Jackson (QB) – Jackson left Sunday’s overtime game against the Lions with a groin injury and his status for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs is up in the air. Kelly Holcomb is expected to start if Jackson cannot go.

Chester Taylor (RB) – Taylor (hip) did not play in last week’s game against the Lions. We’ll update his status for week three later this week.

Robert Ferguson(WR)—Ferguson, continuing his streak of injuries with ankle problems, did play in week two against Detroit.  He made three catches for twenty-nine yards.  He is probable for week three.

Chiefs

Eddie Kennison (WR)—Kennison will miss the Vikings game Sunday due to a hamstring injury.  Coach Herm Edwards anticipates Kennison returning for week four.

Patrick Surtain (CB)—Surtain registered four tackles in Sunday’s loss to the Bears.  He is listed as probable for the upcoming week.

Jon McGraw (S)—McGraw has missed the first two games of the season with hamstring injuries.  He has returned to limited practice, but is listed as questionable at this point.

Keyaron Fox (LB)—Fox played Sunday against the Bears, despite back problems, registering two tackles.  He is listed as probable for Sunday.

Indianapolis vs. Houston

Colts

Rob Morris (LB) – Morris was forced to miss Sunday’s game against the Titans due to an abdominal strain. Morris will likely be questionable for this week’s game against the Texans.

Freddy Keiaho (LB) – Keiaho was inactive for the victory against the Titans due to a dislocated elbow. The Colts are uncertain about his status for week three.

Texans

Andre Johnson (WR) – In what might be the biggest injury from week two action, the Texans could be without their star receiver for a couple of weeks. Johnson suffered a sprained knee against the Panthers and although a MRI apparently showed nothing serious, he will likely be out at least Sunday and possibly a couple of other games.

Travis Johnson (DT) – Johnson was inactive for the week two contest against Carolina and his status for this week’s game has not been updated.

San Diego vs. Green Bay

Chargers

Jamal Williams (DT) – Williams suffered an elbow injury against New England and tried to continue with a brace, but was unable to finish the game.

Shane Olivea (OT) – Olivea left Sunday night’s game against the Patriots with an leg injury and had to be carted off the field.

Matt Wilhelm (LB) – Wilhelm dealt with a calf injury against the Patriots and his status for next week is uncertain.

Eric Parker (WR) – Parker is out for the first couple of weeks of the 2007 season, as he is battling a toe injury. Parker could miss around five to six games and while he is out, you can upgrade rookie Craig Davis.

Packers

Tony Palmer (G) – The Packers expect Palmer to miss the rest of the year with a fractured bone in his neck.

Vernand Morency (RB) – Morency was inactive for the second straight week against the Giants, but the Packers think he will be able to practice on Wednesday. However, Morency is losing ground to rookies Brandon Jackson and DeShawn Wynn.

Greg Jennings (WR) – Jennings was also inactive for the second straight week and rookie James Jones continues to impress. Jennings’ status for week three is uncertain and he could be another gametime decision.

Cincinnati vs. Seattle

Bengals

Shayne Graham (K)—Graham was perfect in Cincinnati’s ridiculous loss to Cleveland Sunday.  He made one field goal attempt and was six for six on extra-point tries.  He will play Sunday against Seattle.

Levi Jones (OT)—Jones hasn’t played the first two games this season, although he has continually been listed as probable.  No one knows what’s going on with Jones, which is par for the course in Cincinnati.

T. J. Houshmandzadeh (WR)—T. J. made eight catches, two for touchdowns, for sixty-nine yards Sunday.  His knee may not be one hundred percent, but he is close and will play in week three.

Antonio Chatman (WR)—Chatman injured his hamstring in the Sunday debacle in Cleveland, but is listed as probable this week.

Ahmad Brooks (LB)—Brooks left the Browns game with an injured groin.  He is listed as questionable at this time for the Seahawk contest.  That is bad news for the Bengals, as they are very thin at linebacker and not very strong with Brooks, much less without him.

Johnathan Joseph (CB) – Joseph will undergo a MRI on his injured wrist on Monday. The Bengals struggled to stop the Browns – imagine how bad their defense could be without Joseph.

Seahawks

Maurice Morris (RB)—Morris did not play Sunday with a sore hip.  He is still listed as questionable and may not play this week against the Bengals.

Shaun Alexander (RB)—Alexander, wearing a cast-like device on his left thumb and wrist, had seventy yards on eighteen carries this past week.  He is listed as probable against the Bengals, but is far from the Alexander of 2004 and 2005.  He will sit on many fantasy benches for a while.

Cleveland vs. Oakland

Browns

Willie McGinest (LB) – McGinest missed week one with a back injury and is likely out for week three.

Brodney Pool (S) – Pool suffered a slight concussion against the Bengals and his status will be monitored throughout the week.

Raiders

Josh McCown (QB) – Despite injuries to his hand and ankle, McCown played and nearly led the Raiders to victory over the Broncos in week two. Although his performance wasn’t overwhelming, the Raiders will stick with him as their starter for week three action.

Derrick Burgess (DE) – Burgess reportedly suffered a calf injury in Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The Raiders will likely update his injury status on Wednesday.

Jacksonville vs. Denver

Jaguars

Khalif Barnes (OT) and Maurice Drew-Jones (RB)—Both received X-rays after the victory over the Falcons Sunday for ‘unspecified injuries’.  They are both listed as probable at this point, although the ‘unspecified injuries’ may cause a slight doubt as to the availability of either.

Gerald Sensabaugh (S)—Sensabaugh left Sunday’s game after aggravating a shoulder injury.  He is listed as questionable at best for the Broncos game and is not likely to play.

Broncos

Domonique Foxworth (CB)—Foxworth did not play Sunday against the Raiders due to his ankle and has not practiced much the last few weeks.  He is questionable for the Jaguars game and is not likely to play.

Travis Henry (RB)—Henry injured his ankle in the victory over Oakland, but is listed as probable for the week three match-up with the Jaguars.

Carolina vs. Atlanta

Panthers

Dante Wesley (S) – Wesley left Sunday’s contest against the Texans with a collarbone injury and he could be done for the rest of the year.

Falcons

Wayne Gandy (OT) – Several reports indicated Gandy left Sunday’s game early due to a hamstring injury and he could be questionable for the Falcons week three matchup against Carolina.

Laurent Robinson (WR) – The Falcons declared Robinson as one of their inactives for week two, as he is battling a hamstring injury. Although the Falcon offense has been pretty poor, Robinson is a promising player. His status for week three will be updated later in the week.

N.Y. Giants vs. Washington

Giants

Eli Manning (QB) – Even though Manning was expected to miss a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury, the quarterback was able to go on Sunday and didn’t suffer any setbacks. Manning will be in the Giants lineup against the Redskins.

Plaxico Burress (WR) – The New York Daily News reports Burress is expected to play against the Redskins next Sunday, even though he suffered an ankle injury against the Packers. Watch Burress’ status closely throughout the week.

Steve Smith (WR) – Smith suffered a fractured shoulder blade against the Packers and will be out a couple of weeks.

Ahmad Bradshaw (RB) – The New York Daily News is reporting Bradshaw was in a sling due to an injured elbow after Sunday’s game against the Packers. Bradshaw’s status for the Redskins will be updated later this week.

Redskins

Randy Thomas (G) – The Redskins offensive line didn’t get any better on Monday night, as Thomas suffered a torn triceps in his arm. Thomas may end up missing the rest of the year – which would mean two starters from the offensive line would be out for the remainder of this season.

Dallas vs. Chicago

Bears

Muhsin Muhammad (WR)—The star Bears receiver had only one catch for seven yards against the Chiefs, but is listed as probable to play this week against the Cowboys as he recoups from an ankle injury.

Brian Urlacher (LB)—Urlacher has experience soreness in his back.  He still registered nine total tackles last week against the Chiefs and is listed as probable for the Cowboys contest.

Dusty Dvoracek (DT)—Dvorcek has been placed on injury reserve for a torn ACL.

Mike Brown (S)—Brown has likewise been placed on injury reserve for a torn ACL.

Cowboys

Terry Glenn (WR)—Glenn is out with knee injuries and underwent surgery to remove cartilage, but hopes to be able to return in four to six weeks.

Patrick Crayton (WR)—Crayton, who didn’t register any catches in limited time against the Dolphins, suffered a dislocated pinky finger early in that game.  He is listed as probable at this time.

Terence Newman (CB)—Newman did not play in week two and is listed as questionable for this week’s match-up due to plantar fascitis.

Jason Ferguson (DT)—Ferguson is out for the season with a torn biceps.

Greg Ellis (LB)—Ellis is still listed as out with the foot injury that threatens his career.

Tennessee vs. New Orleans

Saints

Deuce McAllister (RB)—McAllister suffered a swollen left eye in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay.  He is expected to be ok and able to play in week three’s match-up with the Titans.

Titans

Casey Cramer (TE)—Cramer has missed the first two games of the season with knee problems.  He has resumed practicing on a limited basis and is questionable at best for week three against the Saints.

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Injury sidelines Lions starting tight end Campbell for '07 season
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The Detroit Lions have placed starting tight end Dan Campbell, who sustained an elbow injury in last Sunday's overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings, on injured reserve, ending his 2007 season.

A ninth-year veteran, Campbell is regarded as one of the best, albeit underrated, blocking tight ends in the league, and the Detroit running game will suffer far more than the passing attack in his absence. Second-year player Sean McHugh will take over as the starter.

The Lions elevated Rudy Sylvan, a rookie from Ohio University, from the practice squad to the active roster to fill Campbell's spot.

Campbell, 31, signed a five-year deal with the Lions as an unrestricted free agent in March 2006, and appeared in all 16 games last year, with 11 starts. Although offensive coordinator Mike Martz rarely uses the tight end in his passing scheme, Campbell still had one of the best statistical seasons of his NFL tenure, with 21 catches for 308 yards and a career-high four touchdown receptions.

The former Texas A&M standout started in the first game this season. In the second game, Detroit began the contest in a three-wide receiver formation, so Campbell was not in the starting lineup. In the two games, he had one catch for one yard.

For his career, Campbell has 90 receptions for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Campbell entered the league as a third-round choice of the New York Giants in the 1999 draft. He played four seasons in New York (1999-2002), then signed with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent in 2003. After two seasons with the Cowboys, he joined the Lions.

He has appeared in 112 games, including 74 as a starter.

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