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Week 5 Injury Update

The big injury of the week is obviously the concussion that Trent Green sustained. Officially Green in listed as out indefinitely and hopefully he will not rush back on to the field for any reason. The concussion is listed as a Grade 3, which is the most severe. The Dolphins are not a good team and it really does not matter who is under center.  If he played his last game on Sunday, he has still had a really good career and should not hang his head. Six seasons of over 3,000 yards and a career touchdown to interception ratio of 162 to 108, is nothing to be ashamed about.  

Jake Delhomme
had season ending surgery on his injured elbow, but to make matters worse for the Panthers, backup quarterback David Carr is also hurting. Carr injured his back in the Panthers' 16-13 win over the winless Saints. Carr's status for this weekend's game against he Cardinals is still up in the air and the only quarterback left on the Panthers' active roster is undrafted rookie Matt Moore.

Staying the NFC South the Buccaneers can't buy a break either. Just one week after losing Cadillac Williams for the season, backup running back Michael Pittman sprained his ankle. The sprain must be somewhat severe though because Gruden said Monday that after looking at the MRI, Pittman would be out 6 to 8 weeks. These two injuries leaves only fourth year pro, Earnest Graham, and rookie Kenneth Darby in the Bucs backfield. Tampa will probably be looking to pull some kind of trade for a decent running back in the next couple of weeks. There have already been rumors of a trade with Minnesota for Mewelde Moore, but nothing has materialized yet.  

The Seahawks will remember this loss longer than any of us thought because it was the last game of Mack Strong's career. He left the game in the first quarter after feeling `burning sensations in his arms and legs' and found out on Monday that he has a herniated disk that is pinching his spinal cord. The injury did immediately end his career but should not affect his quality of life, according to doctors. Good news for him and his family. On a much less serious note Deion Branch will miss the next two games because of a strained foot.  

The Steelers' next opponent, the Broncos, will be without their All-Pro center Tom Nalen for the remainder of the season with a torn right biceps muscle. That is a significant loss for a team that needs to run the ball to protect a young quarterback (not to mention they are about to lose their starting running back to a drug suspension). Casey Hampton could have a big week against a backup who only has 5 career starts.  Champ Bailey was also injured in the game but he should be ready to go in two weeks.  

Matt Leinart also broke his collarbone effectively ending the revolving quarterback door in Arizona. Damon Huard also has a shoulder contusion which could lead to Brodie Croyle's first start in Kansas City.

Any other injuries or thoughts??