Injury - Football Wiretap
Kindle Still Hasn't Been Cleared To Play
Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle, the second-round pick who missed the entire season with a fractured skull, has not been medically cleared to play in 2011, according to a report. Kindle remains hopeful that he'll play next season and Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the team plans to keep Kindle with a special tender. He fractured his skull after falling down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend's house in Austin, Texas.
Aaron Smith 'Holding Out Hope' For Super Bowl Return
Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith may have to watch Super Bowl XLV from the sidelines. Smith, out since Oct. 24 because of a torn triceps, has been limited in practice over the past three weeks and remains a long shot to play Sunday against the Packers. "I've come to grips with it," Smith told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'm holding out hope, but that's a reality I've had to deal with (for) months. I've tried optimism, I've tried pessimism. I've tried being happy. I'm just day to day. If I get an opportunity to (play), it will be a blessing. "Why suit me up and not play when someone else can suit up and help the team win? I think it has to be, 'Can I be productive? Can I contribute?' "
McElroy Cracks Bone In Throwing Hand
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy cracked a bone in his throwing hand during Saturday's Under Armour Senior Bowl. He is expected to miss about two weeks of throwing. McElroy completed a pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to South Alabama's Courtney Smith, but hit his right hand on a helmet on the follow-through. "I had no feeling the rest of the series," he said immediately after the game. "The ball was kind of sporadic. I couldn't get a grip on the ball. I still can't get a grip on the ball. I think it will be OK." He was invited to the NFL combine beginning Feb. 23 in Indianapolis.
Pouncey Ruled Out For Super Bowl
Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey will not play in Super Bowl XLV due to a fracture in his ankle and a high ankle sprain, according to a league source. Doug Legursky replaced Pouncey in the first quarter of last Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jets. Pouncey said after Sunday's game that he intended on playing in the Super Bowl.
DeSean Jackson Sprained MCL Against Packers
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a sprained MCL in the team's playoff loss to the Packers earlier this month. Jackson pulled out of Sunday's Pro Bowl because of the injury. The injury to his left knee is a Grade 2 sprain. Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin was named as a late addition to replace Jackson.
Polamalu, McFadden Practice With Steelers
The Steelers had safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Bryant McFadden in practice on Friday for the first time since Sunday's AFC Championship victory. McFadden strained his abdomen during a win over Baltimore in the divisional round, but played Sunday in a diminished role. Polamalu has been bothered by an Achilles' tendon injury, but it is not unusual for the All-Pro to sit out midweek practices.
Linemates: Pouncey Out For Super Bowl
Maurkice Pouncey's teammates on Pittsburgh's offensive line say the rookie center will miss the Super Bowl because of a high-ankle sprain. "It's definitely a huge loss," left guard Chris Kemoeatu said. "We all know what Maurkice brings to the table. He's everything you'd want a center to be, he's everywhere on the field. We've just got to let that be motivation and go out there and ball out." Pouncey, a Pro Bowl pick in his first NFL season, sprained the ankle during Sunday's AFC title game victory over the Jets, coming out in the first half and watching the second half while on crutches.
Romo, Bryant Both On Target For Return
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant are both on schedule in their rehabilitation from injuries suffered during the regular season. Bryant suffered a season-ending ankle injury against the Colts on Dec. 5. "He is on target," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said of Bryant, who is off crutches. Jones also said the team was confident Romo could have played at the end of the 2010 season when his left collarbone was healed. "Certainly we didn't have any negative impact at the end of the year, one way or the other because he can play," Jones said of Romo. "He's certainly going to be capable to do anything and everything he can this offseason [in terms of rehab]."
Oregon State's Paea Having MRI On Knee
Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea will not participate in the remainder of Senior Bowl week because of a possible tear to the lateral meniscus in his knee, according to sources. Paea was undergoing an MRI on Tuesday after hurting the knee during Monday's opening practice. At 6-feet-1, 295 pounds, he was the Pac-10 defensive player of the year. In his most recent mock draft, RealGM's Jeff Risdon listed Paea as a first-round pick.
Collins Weighs Options After MRI Comes Back Normal
Bears quarterback Todd Collins is weighing his options after an MRI on his throwing shoulder came back normal, according to a source. Retirement is an option for Collins, 39, who is a veteran of 16 NFL seasons. He briefly replaced Jay Cutler in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, throwing four incomplete passes. If Collins had needed surgery, he likely would have retired.
Brees Played With 'Low-Grade' MCL Sprain
Drew Brees played through a less severe form of the injury that knocked Jay Cutler out of the NFC Championship Game.
Pouncey Has High-Ankle Sprain
A high-ankle sprain typically takes four-to-six weeks to heal.
Shaun Ellis Gets Pain-Killing Shot, Active
Shaun Ellis has received two pain-killing shots in his knee this week.
Brady Undergoes Surgery On Right Foot
Tom Brady underwent surgery Thursday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
Pennington To Try Fourth Comeback From Surgery
Chad Pennington has twice made it all the way back from shoulder surgery.
Seattle's Carlson, Trufant Carted Off Field
John Carlson and Marcus Trufant were carted off the field on Sunday afternoon.
Jets Place Damien Woody On IR
Damien Woody played the wild-card game against the Colts after missing three weeks due to arthroscopic knee surgery.
Hasselbeck Had Hip Drained Before Game
Matt Hasselbeck was cleared to play just days before Seattle's playoff win over New Orleans.
Saints Rule Out Four For Playoff Game
Malcolm Jenkins won't be in the secondary against Seattle.
Terrelle Pryor To Have Foot Surgery
Terrelle Pryor injured his foot on Tuesday night against Alabama.
Eagles Could Have Bradley Against Packers
Stewart Bradley has been out since Dec. 12 with a dislocated elbow.
Frazier: 'Going To Be Tough' For Favre To Start
Brett Favre is listed as doubtful even though he has passed the preliminary tests administered to determine his recovery from a concussion suffered nearly two weeks ago.
Jones-Drew Will Have Procedure On Knee
Maurice Jones-Drew will have surgery to repair torn knee cartilage.