Fantasy Football Injury News, Week 7: Beanie Wells Out 1-2 Weeks, Santana Moss 3-4 Weeks

We break down the latest injury news around the NFL and discuss the fantasy implications for week seven matchups. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Felix Jones Injury Update: Absence Likely Means Big Playing Time For DeMarco Murray Versus Eagles

Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones is likely to remain unavailable for the team in week eight as he continues to battle through a high ankle sprain. The news is not particularly surprising since high ankle sprains often taken two to four weeks minimum to heal. And considering DeMarco Murray smashed through the Cowboys single game rookie rushing record, I'd imagine the team is not in the biggest hurry to get Jones back on the field.

Tashard Choice actually started Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, but quickly gave way to Murray. The Cowboys have not declared a starter for Sunday against the Eagles, but even if Murray is not the official "starter" (unlikely) he will get a heavy work load. And considering the Eagles rush defense is dicey at best, this is a great game for Murray to roll up another solid rushing performance.

Choice will still get some carries, but he has little fantasy value. Technically, he could be a handcuff to Murray, but Choice is even losing carries to Phillip Tanner. He is in somebody's dog house and he won't be out any time soon.

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Beanie Wells Injury Update: Cardinals Running Back Expected To Miss One To Two Weeks

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells injured his knee in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the latest reports indicate he could miss one to two weeks with a bone bruise. Following the game, Wells was diagnosed with a knee sprain, which can mean a whole host of injury possibilities. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was unsure of whether it was a short or long term injury, and it was the same knee on which Wells had surgery a year ago. Fortunately though, the worst has been avoided with this reported diagnosis.

In the short term, the Cardinals will roll out some combination of Alfonso Smith and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Although LSH was higher on the depth chart, Smith got more carries after Wells left Sunday's game. Of course, that involved a robust five carries for Smith. He did manage a touchdown, but it was not an inspiring effort.

Things do not get any easier for the Cardinals this coming week as they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens and their top-ranked defense. The Cardinals do face the woeful St. Louis Rams in two weeks, but it is possible Wells will be back by then. I would not waste quality waiver positioning or decent players for either Smith or Stephens-Howling. Any strong performances from them the next week or two would be unpredictable and somewhat flukish.

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Brandon Jacobs Injury Update: Giants RB Returns To Practice

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs returned to practice on Monday as the Giants come out of their bye week and prepare for the Miami Dolphins. Jacobs missed the Giants last two games with a sprained MCL but appears to be on the fast track to getting back on the field this Sunday.

Ahmad Bradshaw handled the bulk of the carries in Jacobs absence and had his biggest performance of the season right before the bye week. Bradshaw rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants 27-24 victory over the Bills. Prior to the injury, Brandon Jacobs had operated primarily as Bradshaw's backup, averaging a little over nine carries per game and 3.1 yards per carry.

Although the return of Jacobs hurts Ahmad Bradshaw's fantasy value to some extent, Bradshaw remains the lead guy. He will lose some carries, but to date he has been a more effective runner than Brandon Jacobs.

On a side note, the Giants are also getting back right guard Chris Snee. This should also boost the Giants running game as they look to get their offensive line healthy coming out of the bye.

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Matthew Stafford Injury Update: Lions QB Injures Right Leg At End Of Loss

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a tough day on Sunday as his Lions lost to the Atlanta Falcons 23-16. Although Stafford finished with 183 yards and a touchdown, he ended the game on a down note as he suffered an injury to his right leg on the Lions final offensive series of the game.

Stafford will undergo an MRI on his right leg to determine if he suffered any knee or ankle damage on the hit. Stafford limped off the field after the play. While he might be fairly limited in practice this week, barring something unexpected, Stafford will likely be back on the field for the Lions matchup at the Denver Broncos next week. They follow that up with their bye week, which will give him some time to rest up the injuries.

Although the Lions are in the midst of a two-game slide, Stafford remains a solid fantasy option thanks to Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew. Losing Jahvid Best hurts that offense, but Stafford still has some great receiving weapons.

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Marshawn Lynch Injury Update: Back Injury Cuts Short Day During Warmups

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch surprised quite a few fantasy football owners Sunday morning when he was a last minute scratch against the Cleveland Browns. Lynch was expected to be active and start but he reportedly injured his back during pre-game warmups and was immediately ruled out for the game.

After the game, Pete Carroll indicated the back issue was something that had been ongoing since Lynch first arrived in Seattle. It was not on the weekly injury report so it is hard to know exactly how serious it was leading up to Sunday's game. Whatever the case, he was literally a last minute scratch. In Lynch's place, the Seahawks split the carries between Leon Washington and Justin Forsett. They finished with 15 carries for 62 yards. Although they averaged just over four yards per carry, this ugly game was won less by quality offense and more by who screwed up less.

At this point it is a tough weekly decision if you are counting on Lynch for fantasy contributions. If you are counting on him for significant contributions you may already be in trouble this season. He has not been a consistent contributor in some time and given Seattle's offensive struggles, their rushing game has very little value at this point.

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Earnest Graham Injury Update: Reported Torn Achilles Tendon Would End Season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back situation is growing more and more murky by the week, as injuries are piling up. Following LeGarrette Blount's knee injury, Earnest Graham has now gone down with what is being reported as a torn Achilles Tendon. Graham dropped virtually untouched, which is one sign of this kind of injury.

The Bucs gave Kregg Lumpkin the carries the rest of the way and he finished with eight rushes for 15 yards. The Bucs have no backups after Lumpkin at this point and will likely bring in some running backs to work out. The good news for Tampa Bay is that LeGarrette Blount was already targeting a week nine return following their bye. Losing Graham hurts no matter the circumstances given his pass catching abilities, but getting Blount back would certainly blunt the impact of that injury to some extent (pun only partially intended).

For now, the Bucs will head back home from London after a disheartening 24-18 loss and take some time to regroup during their bye week. We likely won't get an update on Blount until after the bye.

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Mohamed Massaquoi Injury Update: Browns WR Suffers Concussion

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi left Sunday's win over the Seahawks late in the second quarter with what has been diagnosed as a concussion. Massaquoi was targeted twice in the game and had one reception for 15 yards before leaving with the concussion. He will need to pass a battery of tests this week before he will be allowed back on the field for practice and the game.

The injury comes at a bad time for Massaquoi as he has been fending off rookie receiver Greg Little for targets. Little finished Sunday's game with five catches on seven targets. The Browns offense is struggling mightily at the moment so neither is a particularly great fantasy option. However, if Massaquoi is unable to play next week at San Francisco, Little might be a decent option. The Browns will likely come in as sizable underdogs and Little would face a tough matchup against an improving 49ers secondary. If you need the bye week play, go with it, but if you have other options, they might be best.

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Willis McGahee Injury Update: Fractured Hand Could Sideline Broncos RB

Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee was sidelined during Sunday's thriller in Miami, and it looks like the Broncos could be without the resurgent running back for a few weeks. McGahee left the game in the third quarter with a hand injury and x-rays have indicated he suffered a fracture. McGahee had 18 rushes for 76 yards when he left the game. Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball rushed 13 times for 42 yards in his absence.

At this point we do not know how much time Willis McGahee will miss. McGahee will need to figure out if he can rush with a cast on his hand. If he can handle the ball while wearing a cast, it is entirely possible he plays this week. The team will look to get a cast on his hand as soon as possible if they have not already, and test it out over the next day or two. The Broncos will issue their first practice participation report on Wednesday, at which point we'll have a better handle on this.

If McGahee is unable to play, or is limited on Sunday, Knowshon Moreno would get the start in his place in spite of apparently being in John Fox's dog house. Lance Ball would operate as his primary backup.

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Mark Ingram Injury Update: Bruised Hell Ends Night Early

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram left the team's blowout win over the Colts in the fourth quarter, suffering from a heel injury. Post-game x-rays came up negative for Ingram and for now he appears to simply be dealing with a bruised heel. Ingram finished the game with 14 carries for 91 yards.

The Saints were able to get a balanced workload in their laugher over the Colts. Darren Sproles rushed 12 times for 88 yards and Pierre Thomas added ten rushes for 57 yards. If Ingram were to miss any time, Thomas would likely get the heavier carries, with Sproles coming on as his usual change of pace self.

The Saints will have more information in the next day or two, but it would not be surprising to see Ingram somewhat limited in practice this week. The Saints travel to face the St. Louis Rams next week and while it is no gimme matchup, they will be heavy favorites. If Ingram is at all limited heading into the game, they may be extra cautious given the matchup.

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Beanie Wells Injury Update: Knee Sprain Could Be Short Or Long Term Injury

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells suffered a knee sprain in the second quarter of the Cardinals Sunday contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the nature of the injury remains a mystery for now. After Wells went down he was escorted to the locker room by trainers where he was diagnosed with a sprained knee. This is the same knee on which Wells had surgery prior to last season.

Following the game, head coach Ken Whisenthunt stated that he was not sure yet if it was a short or long term injury. Once Wells went down, Whisenhunt went with Alfonso Smith for five carries and LaRod Stephens-Howling for two receptions. The Cardinals more or less abandoned the run once Wells went down. If Wells is out for extended time, it remains to be seen whether smith or Stephens-Howling would get the primary carries.

The Cardinals head on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday, which means we'll get a practice participation report this Wednesday. Fantasy owners will be hoping for news sooner than that in order to address waiver wire needs. We'll be back with an update as soon as more information becomes available.

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Darren McFadden Injury Update: Sprained Foot Sidelines Raiders Running Back

The Oakland Raiders suffered a surprising 28-0 upset at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, but the loss cost them more than just a victory. Star running back Darren McFadden left the game early in the first quarter with what for now is a sprained foot. The Raiders head into a bye week so we may not get word on just how severe the injury is for a few days. His foot was heavily taped when he returned to the sideline and he never made his way back onto the field.

The Raiders got a strong performance from Michael Bush and Taiwan Jones in relief of Darren McFadden. Bush rushed 17 times for 99 yards and Jones added three rushes for 18 yards. If McFadden were forced to miss any game action, Bush would get the bulk of the load, with Jones acting as a modest change of pace back. Jones has shown some explosive speed, but the Raiders get a great deal of power and athleticism from Bush.

For McFadden owners, the Raiders could release some information in the next couple days, but the odds are high that we don't hear any hard confirmation until early next week when the team has to provide an injury report for week nine. In the meantime, if Michael Bush is on the waiver wire, he remains a strong handcuff for McFadden even if Run DMC is able to go in two weeks.

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Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Ankle Injury Slows Vikings Running Back Late

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson put together another dominant performance Sunday in the Vikings loss to Green Bay, but it came at what is likely only a modest price. Peterson rushed 24 times for 175 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury.

The upside is that Peterson did in fact return to the game later in the fourth quarter, but was a bit gimpy in his movements. More than likely he will be fairly limited in practice this week as the Vikings prepare for next Sunday's contest at the Carolina Panthers. It is a fairly enticing matchup for Peterson, although that can be said for most weekly opponents. In spite of playing for a fairly brutal Vikings squad, AP continues to put up solid to excellent numbers. His worst performance to date was an 80-yard rushing day at the Kansas City Chiefs in which he had zero touchdowns.

At worst, the Vikings might be inclined to give Toby Gerhart or Lorenzo Booker a few more carries. In reality though, it will not impact Peterson. Expect him back in the lineup this Sunday as usual.

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Santana Moss Injury Update: Redskins WR Likely Out 3-4 Weeks With Broken Hand

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss broke a bone in his left hand during Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers and it looks like he could miss upwards of three to four weeks with the injury. There will be no concerns about game-time decisions this coming week as Mike Shanahan has already declared Moss out for the game.

Moss leads the team in receptions through seven weeks and will be a big absence for quarterback John Beck when the Redskins head to Buffalo. In Moss' absence, there are a variety of receivers who could step up, but more than likely Fred Davis and Jabar Gaffney will be the primary fantasy beneficiaries of this injury. Guys like Anthony Armstrong and Donte' Stallworth will benefit to some extent, but they are not at the level where you would add them to your fantasy roster.

When you factor in the loss of Tim Hightower as well, this causes some big problems for the Redskins offense. Fred Davis has been the leading receiver in recent weeks, but it will be tough to get as many catches with defenders not having to focus on a Santana Moss. Nonetheless, if you have Davis on your bench, I'd strongly recommend getting him into your lineup. He will see plenty of targets.

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Joseph Addai Injury Update: Colts RB Leaves Game With Hamstring Issue

Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai as forced to leave in the first quarter of his team's Sunday Night Football contest with the New Orleans Saints as he aggravated his hamstring injury. Addai entered the game as questionable and a game-time decision, but was active and starting from the get-go. Addai left the game after two carries for eight yards and two catches for eleven yards.

Delone Carter came on in his place and put together a solid effort in spite of the blowout. Carter finished the game with 83 rushing yards and a touchdown. Donald Brown worked as Carter's backup, grabbing ten yards on four carries.

Michelle Tafoya reported during the game that Addai indicated if the game had been Tuesday he would have been 100%. That would seem to indicate he was struggling a bit coming in and it just didn't come around. It's also possible the hamstring tightened up a bit, and when it did feel fine the game was already turning into a rout. Whatever the case, we will keep an eye out for updates on Addai over the next couple of days. He only practice once this past week, so we'll see if he gets much practice this coming week.

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Tim Hightower Injury Update: Redskins RB To Undergo MRI To Check For Torn ACL

Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday to figure out the extent of the damage suffered to his left knee Sunday afternoon. Redskins officials "strongly believe" that Hightower has a torn ACL. Hightower was running with the ball late in the Redskins loss to Carolina and grabbed for his knee without being touched. If it is in fact a torn ACL, he will be finished for the season.

If Hightower is out for the season, Ryan Torain becomes the official number one running back in Washington. He has worked his way into more carries as Hightower has been banged up at times this season. Roy Helu has been operating as the third string running back, but an end to Hightower's season would move Helu into the backup spot. Torain would likely handle the bulk of the rushing load, but you never know what to expect with Mike Shanahan.

Hightower currently has 321 rushing yards and one touchdown through five games. He has had some issues staying healthy, which has allowed Ryan Torain to claim some carries. He and Roy Helu both struggled on Sunday even after Hightower went down. They will look to bounce back next Sunday at Buffalo.

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Felix Jones Update: Tashard Choice Will Get Start

Tashard Choice will get the nod over Felix Jones as the starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Jones is listed as inactive because of an ankle sprain.

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This is not good news for anyone with a rooting interest in either Choice or the Cowboys. Choice has averaged just 2.6 yards per carry so far this year. DeMarco Murray is also expected to get some carries.

Last week, Murray actually ended up getting twice as many carries as Choice, but he wasn't exactly great either. Murray had 10 carries for 32 yards, while Choice had five carries for 14 yards and a fumble. 

Choice has just 67 yards on 26 carries while playing primarily as a third-down back this season. He has caught 11 passes for 71 yards, though.

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Marshawn Lynch Injury Update: Seahawks RB Out, Injures Back In Warm Ups

Marshawn Lynch was a late scratch from the Seattle Seahawks line up today, as he injured his back in warm ups according to Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, via his Twitter feed.

RB Marshawn Lynch is out this game. He injured his back during warmups.

Marshawn Lynch played through an ankle injury in the Seattle Seahawks' victory over the New York Giants two weeks ago and he used the bye week to recuperate. He was a full participant in practice this week and was listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

In Lynch's absence, the Seahawks will turn to back up running back Justin Forsett against the Browns.

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Sebastian Janikowski Status Update: Dave Rayner To Replace Seabass

The Oakland Raiders will be without their placekicker Sebastian Janikowski this week when they take on their AFC West rival, the Kansas City Chiefs. Janikowski is one of the better fantasy football and real football kickers in the NFL because of his powerful leg. He made three 50+ yard field goals against the Houston Texans two weeks ago.

In Janikowski's place, the Raiders will have kicker Dave Rayner do the kicking. Rayner was signed over the weekend by the Raiders in case Janikowski couldn't go. This will be Rayner's 7th team in five seasons in the NFL. He's played with the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, and now the Oakland Raiders.

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Tarvaris Jackson Status Update: Charlie Whitehurst To Start With Jackson Out

Tarvaris Jackson will miss the Seattle Seahawks' Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns with a pectoral injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, meaning backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst will get the start.

This likely means all of Seattle's skill position players — notably receivers Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin — should get a substantial downgrade. Whitehurst has been a backup in the league for a long time now, and he's never been effective, with a career 3-3 TD-to-interception ratio. However, it's not like T-Jax has set the world completely on fire, so how much worse the 'Hawks offense will be remains to be seen.

One player who will likely benefit from this move is Marshawn Lynchwho will play despite being limited with an ankle injury. They should feed the bruiser more than ever, which means even with a low yards-per-carry, he should still have a solid outing.

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Eddie Royal Status Update: Broncos WR Active Vs. Dolphins, Demaryius Thomas To Start

Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal returns to the lineup from injury and Eric Decker permanently moves into Brandon Lloyd's spot.  Demaryius Thomas might have played in the 2011 earlier than Week 7 had he not broken his pinky finger before the first game of the season. But he appears ready to take the field on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and will start as quarterback Tim Tebow will have a completely different receiving corps since the last Broncos game.

Thomas tore his Achilles tendon back in February and used his time during the NFL lockout to work his way back from the injury. He was ahead of schedule during training camp and was ready to make his way through practice before the broken finger.

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Antonio Gates Status Update: Chargers TE Is Active Vs. Jets

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was a full participant in Friday's practice and was officially listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Gates is active for game day and is expected to play and be involved in the passing offense. Gates has been dealing with a foot injury for much of the season and willingly sat out Week 5 to rest his foot. Sitting out the two weeks, including the bye week, made Gates comfortable enough to play this week.

Gates caught eight passes for 74 yards in the season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings, but he was a non-factor in a Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots and has missed the last three games due to pain associated with the scar tissue in his right foot tearing during his comeback from plantar fasciitis.

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Peyton Hillis Status Update: Browns RB Out Against Seahawks

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis' strained left hamstring has him out for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora's Twitter feed.

Not too many injury questions with the early games today, but I can report Browns RB Peyton Hillis will not play against Seattle

Hillis did not practice during the week and was expected to be a game-time decision on Sunday, with 2010 second-round pick Montario Hardesty now the likely starter.

After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Hardesty has 40 carries for 143 yards with 10 receptions for 86 yards out of the backfield this season. Hardesty started in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins when Hillis did not play due to illness, rushing for 14 carries for 67 yards in the 17-16 win, and he had seven carries for 22 yards in a starting role in a 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.

Earlier this week, the Browns signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya off the Houston Texans' practice squad to be the No. 3 back behind Hillis and Hardesty.

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Jackie Battle Status Update: Chiefs RB Probable, Should Be Featured Back

Jackie Battle was a relative unknown to people who aren't fans of the Kansas City Chiefs up until Week 5. Then, with Thomas Jones putting in another average performance, he burst onto the fantasy scene with a fantastic 19 carry, 119 yard performance against the Indianapolis Colts. Battle has been listed as probable all week following the Chiefs' bye week, but he's fully participated in practice and should get his chance to be the featured back against the Oakland Raiders. From the KC Star:

"We basically have a plan in terms of not equally distributing the carries," [offensive coordinator Bill] Muir said, "but certain plays we maybe like with a certain player. Obviously you get in a situation where a guy is running tough and he's running for extra yards - the kind of game sometimes dictates who that back is."

What does that mean for his potential fantasy numbers? It's hard to say. Battle was fantastic against the Colts, while Jones' age and level of performance suggest that Battle is going to see plenty of carries. However, he's only put up huge numbers on one occasion and it's tough to bank on a guy like that putting in a repeat performance.

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Percy Harvin Status Update: Vikings WR Probable, But Worth Playing?

Here's the good news: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as probable and is expected to play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Here's the bad news: His participation in practice this week was limited, so he's not any guarantee to play his normal volume of snaps or look like the best version of himself. Here's the ugly news: The Vikings are starting a rookie quarterback against the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

If Harvin is healthy, he might not be the greatest fantasy play, unless you're really thin at wide receiver. However, the Vikings use him occasionally on end-arounds and other gadget plays, something they might do even more frequently than usual with Christian Ponder under center. If you have faith in Harvin picking up yards on runs and WR screens, he'll probably get more chances on those kinds of plays.

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Todd Heap Status Update: Cardinals TE A Game Time Decision

Todd Heap fantasy owners, it might be wise to find yourself a different tight end to start this week. Even thought the Arizona Cardinals tight end isn't necessarily out at this point, he's probably not going to be himself if he does play. The former Ravens star has not practiced at all this week due to a hamstring injury, is currently listed as questionable, and is currently a game-time decision for the Cardinals' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Heap's obviously offensive option No. 4 after Larry Fitzgerald, Early Doucet and Beanie Wells at the moment. That, combined with his injury status and the talent on the Steelers defense means that Heap is probably not a wise start. Backup tight end Jeff King has 10 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns this season, and will likely see a few targets this week.

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Josh Cribbs Status Update: Browns WR/Kick Returner Probable

Cleveland Browns wide receiver and returner Josh Cribbs didn't play in Week 5, but it looks like he's going to play for the second straight week against the Seattle Seahawks. Cribbs is recovering from a knee injury, and had full participation in practice this week. He is currently listed as probable.

Cribbs only has one touchdown catch on the season and his season best performance was five catches for 50 yards against the Tennessee Titans. Additionally, Cribbs hasn't been better than average in the return game this season. Should you have a hunch that the Seahawks' pass defense and special teams are exceptionally poor, Cribbs is going to be healthy enough to get plenty of touches, but his recent stats don't exactly scream 'must-play', regardless of whether or not he's completely healthy.

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Rashard Mendenhall Status Update: Steelers RB Is Probable, Should Play

Rashard Mendenhall is still nursing a knee injury, but there's no reason to believe he won't be at full strength or close to it. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back had full participation this week and is listed as probable heading into their game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Mednenhall missed Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans, a game in which Jonathan Dwyer had a big impact, but he returned to the No. 1 RB role against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Mendenhall picked up 146 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored a touchdown, looking nothing like a player who was nursing a knee injury.

Isaac Redman has been effective this year and has taken some of the carries away from Mendenhall even when he's been healthy, but there's no reason to believe Mendenhall won't get 20+ touches against the Cardinals.

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Joseph Addai Injury Update: Colts RB Questionable But Likely To Play On Sunday Night

The Indianapolis Colts left Joseph Addai in Indiana when the team went to Cincinnati last week. Addai has an injured hamstring and it looked doubtful earlier in the week that he would play on Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints. He missed both Wednesday's and Thursday's practice before having a full practice on Friday. The team then listed him as questionable on the Friday injury report.

Addai, like the Colts, has struggled this season. Against the Steelers on Sept. 25, Addai had his best game with 17 carries for 86 yards and one touchdown. However, Donald Brown and Delone Carter have also received their share of carries this season. With Addai likely to start, Brown and Carter take a step down. But Addai might not get many hand offs if the Colts go down early. Drew Brees will surely be throwing all over the field.

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Anthony Gonzalez Status Update: Colts WR Questionable With Groin Injury

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is questionable for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, which shouldn't be a surprise given his injury history. He has no stats this season and has played in only three games.

While Gonzalez is nominally Pierre Garcon's backup, Garcon has emerged as the Colts No. 1 wide receiver, overcoming Reggie Wayne. Curtis Painter has taken a liking to Garcon, which would make it hard for Gonzalez to get many targets from Painter.

Fantasy owners would be well advised to stay away from Gonzalez. His injury situation as well as his doubtful playing time even if he were active for games makes him one of the receivers owners should let slip from the mind.

For more on this matchup, visit our Colts blog Stampede Blue and our Saints blog Canal Street Chronicle. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Felix Jones Status Update: Dallas Cowboys RB Will Miss St. Louis Rams Game

The Dallas Cowboys officially declared running back Felix Jones out for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. He did not practice at all this week after a high-ankle sprain took him out of last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. He is expected to miss two to four weeks

In his place, fantasy owners should have already picked up DeMarco Murray to make up for Jones' absence. The Cowboys could always go with Tashard Choice at running back, but Murray is built more like a feature back. He has just 24 carries for 71 yards and zero touchdowns on the season. It wouldn't be a surprise if he matched those numbers on Sunday against the Rams, a team that is winless. 

Still, Murray is a rookie and could struggle. Make a solid assessment on the roster before starting or sitting him.

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Marshawn Lynch Status Update: Seahawks RB Probable With Ankle Injury

Marshawn Lynch played through an ankle injury in the Seattle Seahawks' victory over the New York Giants two weeks ago and he used the bye week to recuperate. He was a full participant in practice this week and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Lynch enters this contest with a two-game scoring streak, punching the ball into the end zone against the Falcons and the Giants. However, those are his only touchdowns of the season. His touches per game have fluctuated all season. He's had three games of 10-plus carries and two with fewer than that. His game against the Giants has been his best so far, picking up 98 yards on 12 carries.

For more on Lynch and his match up with the Browns, check out SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Seahawks blog Field Gulls. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Tim Hightower Status Update: Redskins RB Expected To Return From Injured Shoulder

Tim Hightower was active last week for the Washington Redskins, but coach Mike Shanahan kept him as an emergency third back as a result of his injured shoulder. That injury occurred against the St. Louis Rams, causing him to miss the next game. But after three straight days of full practices for him, Hightower is expected to play. He will compete with Ryan Torain and Roy Helu for carries.

Hightower's best game came against his old team, the Arizona Cardinals, in Week 2's matchup. He had 96 yards on 20 carries, but it's been tough to get enough carries with two other backs in his way. He had just 14 carries one week before he injured his shoulder.

Hightower doesn't look like a good fantasy start this week or until he starts getting more carries.

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Greg Olsen Status Update: Carolina Panthers TE Should Have No Issues With Turf Toe

The Carolina Panthers had a scare with tight end Greg Olsen on Wednesday when he was held out of practice with turf toe. However, he returned to practice with full participation on Thursday and Friday. He should start against the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon.

Olsen has 25 catches for 282 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaging just over four catches per game this season for 47 yards. While not the production of an elite tight end, he is certainly one of the better options available at tight end.

Cam Newton doesn't have any other great targets at wide receiver beside Steve Smith, so Olsen could see plenty of looks. Olsen is on pace for a career year.

For more on Olsen and his matchup, visit our Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader and our Redskins blog Hogs Haven. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Tony Scheffler Status Update: Detroit Lions TE Ready After Concussion

The Detroit Lions will have tight end Tony Scheffler back after a one-week absence. Scheffler had a concussion in Week 5's matchup against the Chicago Bears after Brian Urlacher delivered a hard hit. After sitting out last week's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Scheffler didn't practice on Wednesday. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Scheffler hasn't been a fantasy factor at all this season. He has just four catches for 63 yards in five games. However, two of those catches helped fantasy owners as they wound up in the end zone. Brandon Pettigrew will continue to be the main target at tight end for Matthew Stafford.

For more on Scheffler and his matchup with the Falcons, check our Falcons blog The Falcoholic and our Lions blog Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Mike Tolbert Status Update: Chargers RB Cleared To Play After Concussion

After suffering a concussion in a game two weeks ago, San Diego Chargers running back Mike Tolbert has been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the New York Jets. However, Ryan Mathews is also playing for the Chargers, hurting Tolbert's chances to carry the ball.

After receiving 12 touches in the first game of the season, Tolbert has averaged six carries over the last four games. He's proven somewhat effective in catching the ball, grabbing 28 balls for 231 yards. The Jets, though, do have the No. 28 rush defense in the league, which could provide Tolbert and the Chargers with more opportunities run the ball.

Tolbert isn't the greatest fantasy play this week, but he could prove useful in a flex position.

For more on Tolbert and this matchup, visit our Chargers blog Bolts from the Blue and our Jets blog Gang Green Nation. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Vincent Jackson Status Update: San Diego Chargers WR Probable Against New York Jets

Vincent Jackson has been bothered by a hamstring injury for most of the regular season, but the San Diego Chargers wide receiver is probable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Jackson might be shadowed by Darrelle Revis for the game, but Rex Ryan has been coy about that all week. On Monday Night Football, Revis was beaten often by Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Jackson has been hit-or-miss each week so far this season. Through five games, he's alternated 100-yard games. He managed 10 receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots in Week 2 and didn't come back for another 100-yard game until Week 4. He grabbed just three passes that game but had 108 yards and a score.

For more on Jackson and this matchup, visit our Chargers blog Bolts from the Blue and our Jets blog Gang Green Nation. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Demaryius Thomas Status Update: Denver Broncos WR Expected To Play For 1st Time In 2011

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas might have played in the 2011 earlier than Week 7 had he not broken his pinky finger before the first game of the season. But he appears ready to take the field on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. He is probable for the game.

Thomas tore his Achilles tendon back in February and used his time during the NFL lockout to work his way back from the injury. He was ahead of schedule during training camp and was ready to make his way through practice before the broken finger.

Thomas won't start for the Broncos, as Eddie Royal returns to the lineup from injury and Eric Decker permanently moves into Brandon Lloyd's spot. Still, the Broncos will want to see what they have in the second-year receiver who played sparingly in 2010.

For more on Thomas and this matchup, visit our Broncos blog Mile High Report and our Dolphins blog The Phinsider. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Willis McGahee Status Update: Denver Broncos RB Has Sore Back, But Probable Against Miami Dolphins

Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee missed Thursday's practice with a sore back, but he is listed as probable for Sunday's road game against the Miami Dolphins. He returned on Friday with a full practice and should shoulder the load for the Broncos once again.

While McGahee was expected to be the goal line back for the Broncos in 2011, Knowshon Moreno failed to maintain his hold as the starter, partly due to injury and other parts ineffectiveness. McGahee has had three 100-plus yard rushing games this season, including two straight. However, the Dolphins have the No. 12 rush defense this season, allowing 106.8 yards.

With Tim Tebow starting at quarterback, Dolphins defenders might be scrambling all day long, giving McGahee a few chances.

For more on McGahee and this matchup, visit our Broncos blog Mile High Report and our Dolphins blog The Phinsider. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Sebastian Janikowski Injury Update: Raiders Kicker Out

UpdateRaiders name Janikowski's replacement.

The Oakland Raiders will be without their placekicker Sebastian Janikowski this week when they take on their AFC West rival, the Kansas City Chiefs. Janikowski is one of the better fantasy football and real football kickers in the NFL because of his powerful leg. He made three 50+ yard field goals against the Houston Texans two weeks ago.

While missing a kicker isn't a huge deal for most teams, Janikowski is about as much of a weapon as you can get out of a kicker. He can boom kick offs and actually let you score from mid-field. On the season, Janikowski has hit on 5 out of 6 50+ yard field goal attempts.

For more on Janikowski and his match up with the Chiefs, check out SB Nation's Raiders blog, Silver and Black Pride, and our Chiefs blog Arrowhead PrideFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Jahvid Best Injury Update: Lions RB Out With Concussion

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best will miss the Lions Week 7 match up with the Atlanta Falcons, still dealing with issues related to a concussion he suffered last week against the San Francisco 49ers. In the Lions offense, Best was averaging 65 yards a game and had a "break out" game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, rushing for 163 yards on just 12 carries. He's an explosive home run threat, but he could also be out for a while.

There were reports that some doctors were suggesting that Best sit out the rest of the 2011 NFL season, but Best and his agent don't anticipate that happening for now. Without Best in the line up and the trade for Ronnie Brown falling through, Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams are expected to rotate in the backfield.

For more on Best and his match up with the Falcons, check out SB Nation's Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, and our Lions blog Pride of DetroitFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Brandon Marshall Status Update: Dolphins WR Will Start, Be Targeted A Lot

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall is dealing with a quad injury, but is expected to start and play on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to shadow Marshall in the game, but that shouldn't change how often Marshall is targeted.

Last week against the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis shadowing Marshall, quarterback Matt Moore still threw to Marshall 14 times. If you have Marshall on your team, he should be in your starting line up especially in PPR leagues. You should expect Moore to throw at Marshall often. Whether Marshall catches the football or not is the question, considering he had a number of drops on Monday night, including at least one touchdown.

For more on Marshall and his match up with the Broncos, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider, and our Broncos blog, Mile High ReportFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Reggie Bush Injury Update: Dolphins RB Back To "Change Of Pace" Role

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush is expected to play with a groin and neck injury. Bush suffered a neck injury last week against the New York Jets, but will be expected to play on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Bush started the season as the Dolphins feature running back but with the emergence of Daniel Thomas, he's been relegated to a change of pace back.

This change shouldn't come as much of a shock and most are wondering why the Dolphins brass thought Bush, who'd never shown the ability to be a feature back, could be. Bush is averaging just 3.8 yards per carry on the season and hasn't been much of a factor in the Dolphins passing game.

For more on Bush and his match up with the Broncos, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider, and our Broncos blog, Mile High ReportFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Daniel Thomas Status Update: Dolphins RB Expected To Start

Miami Dolphins rookie running back Daniel Thomas seems to have taken the starting running back position from Reggie Bush. Thomas has been dealing with a hamstring injury all year, but in the two games in which he was "healthy" he showed the ability to be a feature back, averaging over 4 yards per carry in both games and catching the ball out of the backfield.

Thomas is listed as probable this week in the Dolphins game against the Broncos, but is expected to start and get the majority of the carries. In his last three appearances Thomas is averaging 20 touches and 83 rushing yards per game. He's averaging 4.4 yards per carry on the season and will be facing a squishy Broncos run defense.

For more on Thomas and his match up with the Broncos, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider, and our Broncos blog, Mile High ReportFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Texans WR Still Out With Hamstring

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has officially been ruled out of today's match up with the Tennessee Titans, as expected. Johnson suffered a hamstring injury a few weeks ago and had surgery to remove some scar tissue from the area, in hopes to expedite the healing process. The Texans had hoped Johnson would be able to get some practice reps in this week to get ready for a possible Week 8 return, but he was not able to.

In Johnson's absence, Jacoby Jones will once again start out wide opposite Kevin Walter with newly acquired Derrick Mason in the slot. The Titans defense ranks Top 12 in the NFL and Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been nursing a shoulder injury.

For more on Johnson and his match up with the Titans, check out SB Nation's Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, and our Titans blog, Music City MiraclesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Matt Schaub Status Update: Texans QB Will Start Against Titans

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been dealing with a chest and shoulder injury, but he practiced in full on Friday and is listed as probable on the injury report. "He did a little bit Wednesday, pretty close to everything yesterday and took it all today. So there's nothing different about his week. He's alright," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters.

Schaub practiced in full on Friday and will make the start. His should problems shouldn't be that much of a burdon, but he will still be without star wide receiver Andre Johnson. Schaub should still put up decent numbers against the Titans, but I would expect the Texans to lean heavily on their running game.

For more on Schaub and his match up with the Titans, check out SB Nation's Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, and our Titans blog, Music City MiraclesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Tarvaris Jackson Status Update: Seahawks QB Game Time Decision

The Seattle Seahawks will likely be without quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on Sunday when they take on the Cleveland Browns. Jackson is listed as doubtful with a pectoral injury that he suffered last week against the New York Giants. Jackson didn't practice all week, so it is highly unlikely he's going to play against the Browns. The Seahawks are officially calling Jackson a "game time" decision.

In his place, the Seahawks will start Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst took all of the first team reps this week in practice. In relief duty last week, Whitehurst completed 11 of 19 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. He has a nice rapport with rookie wide receiver Doug Baldwin, so he will likely look his way often.

For more on Jackson and his match up with the Browns, check out SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Seahawks blog Field GullsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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LeGarrette Blount Injury Update: Out In London Vs. Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount missed last weeks game against the New Orleans Saints and is not expected to play against the Chicago Bears in London today. Blount injured his knee in the blow out loss to the San Francisco 49ers, which has been reported as a Grade II MCL sprain. Blount is not expected back until after the Bucs Week 8 bye week.

In Blount's place, Earnest Graham will once again shoulder the bulk of the carries. Graham carried the load last week against the Saints to the tune of 109 yards on just 17 carries, including 22 receiving yards out of the backfield. Graham has always been used in 3rd down situations and passing downs, but he's proven to be a good spot starter when asked.

For more on Blount and his match up with the Bears, check out SB Nation's Bucs blog, Bucs Nation, and our Bears blog Windy City GridironFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Mike Wallace Status Update: Will Play Vs. Cardinals

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has been nursing a hamstring injury that has had him limited all week. Wallace returned to practice in Friday in full and is listed as probable on the injury report. He is expected to play and start against the Cardinals.

If you have Wallace on your roster, he should always be starting. He's a top 5 fantasy receiver play so far this season and he's facing a Cardinals defense that is terrible at stopping the pass, even before losing safety Kerry Rhodes to a foot injury. Wallace is averaging 5 receptions per game and 100 receiving yards per game so far through six games.

For more on Wallace and his matchup with the Cardinals, check out SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, and our Cardinals blog, Revenge of the BirdsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter. 

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Mike Williams Status Update: Probable To Play Vs. Browns

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams participated fully in this week's practices and is listed as a probable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Williams sustained a concussion while blocking on an 11-yard touchdown by Marshawn Lynch during the Seahawks' 30-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. Williams was not cleared to play in Seattle's 36-25 win over the New York Giants in Week 5, but will start on Sunday against the Browns.

A 2010 Comeback Player of the Year candidate with 65 receptions for 751 yards and two touchdowns, Williams has gotten off to a slow start in 2011 as the Seahawks have changed offensive coordinators (Darrell Bevell replacing Jeremy Bates) and quarterbacks (Tarvaris Jackson replacing Matt Hasselbeck). Williams has been an afterthought in the offense, catching just one pass for nine yards over weeks two and three, totaling just eight receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown through four games.

For more on the Seahawks, go check out Field Gulls.

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Peyton Hillis Status Update: Browns RB Questionable With Hamstring Injury

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis strained left hamstring has him listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Hillis did not practice during the week and is expected to be a game-time decision on Sunday, with 2010 second-round pick Montario Hardesty the likely starter should Hillis be unable to play.

After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Hardesty has 40 carries for 143 yards with 10 receptions for 86 yards out of the backfield this season. Hardesty started in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins when Hillis did not play due to illness, rushing for 14 carries for 67 yards in the 17-16 win, and he had seven carries for 22 yards in a starting role in a 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.

Earlier this week, the Browns signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya off the Houston Texans' practice squad to be the No. 3 back behind Hillis and Hardesty.

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Devin Hester Status Update: Bears WR Probable For London Game

Chicago Bears wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester is listed as "probable" for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London, England with a chest injury.

Hester had sore ribs following last Sunday night's 39-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Hester caught five passes for 91 yards and a 48-yard touchdown and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time of the season and 11th time in his career.

Hester's ribs prevented from practicing on Wednesday, but he fully participated in Thursday's practice in Chicago and Friday's practice in London, so the dynamic return specialist appears on target to play on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Whether or not he'll get to make an impact in the return game is another story, as Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris has every intention of avoiding Hester on kicks and punts.

"Hopefully, we can directional kick and do some different things," Morris said via the St. Petersburg Times, "but if we have to kick to him, like last week, we played Sproles who is a dynamic kick returner and we were able to keep the ball away from him and limit his touches, that's what we'll have to do.''

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Joe McKnight Status Update: Probable With A Knee Injury

New York Jets running back Joe McKnight returned to practice late in the week and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers with a knee injury.

McKnight has just 40 yards from scrimmage, 15 yards rushing, but leads the NFL with 441 kick return yards, including a 107-yard return for a touchdown and two other returns of over 50 yards. Jets special teams coach Mike Westoff also began incorporating McKnight on punt returns during last week's 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins, with McKnight returning three punts for 19 yards.

McKnight's knee injury limited him during Wednesday's practice, but he participated fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play against the Chargers, whose struggles on special teams last year have bled into 2011. The Chargers rank 27th in the NFL in allowing opposing kick returners to average 29.2 yards per return.

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Chris Cooley Injury Update: Redskins TE Ruled Out Following Surgery On Finger

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers following surgery to repair a broken left index finger. Cooley himself anticipates missing anywhere from three-to-seven weeks, Rich Campbell of The Washington Times reports.

"My biggest focus over the next month will be staying in great shape, getting myself ready to play football," Cooley said on Friday.

Cooley's timeline would keep him out of the Redskins' October 30 game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto and their home game against the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers on November 6. The additional time off should also help Cooley's surgically-repaired left knee, which kept him out of training camp and reportedly needed to have fluid drained from it last week. 

The two-time Pro Bowler is coming off a 2010 season where he caught 77 passes and tied a career-high with 849 yards. Through five games, Cooley has just eight receptions for 65 yards, a lack of production that can be tied to his lack of health and instability at the quarterback position, with Rex Grossman giving way to John Beck in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Sam Bradford Status Update: Rams QB Questionable For Sunday

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tested his high left ankle sprain, but was unable to practice on Friday. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo officially listed as Bradford as "questionable" on the team's final injury report of the week.

"We'll take it one day at a time, and we'll see where we're at on Sunday," Spagnuolo said according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bradford did not miss a single snap on his way to earning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. Former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's called for quick passes and moved Bradford around in the backfield, making it hard for opposing pass rushes to reach the first overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. As a result, Bradford was sacked just 34 times, the lowest total the team had allowed since 1999's "Greatest Show On Turf" team that won Super Bowl XXXIV.

Shurmur is now the Cleveland Browns head coach and was replaced by Josh McDaniels. Through five weeks in 2011, Bradford has already been sacked 21 times.

If Bradford is unable to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, veteran A.J. Feeley would make his first start since December 2, 2007. Then with the Philadelphia Eagles, Feeley was intercepted four times in a 28-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Feeley completed 1-of-5 pass attempts for 21 yards in the season-opening loss to the Eagles, his first regular season game work since that December 2007 start.

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Antonio Gates Injury Update: Chargers TE Questionable For Sunday's Game

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was a full participant in Friday's practice and is officially listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Gates was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice and sat out Thursday before doing fully participating on Friday, which was the team's plan for Gates this week. Veteran Randy McMichael has caught 15 passes for 131 yards in Gates' absence, but all indications point to the the seven-time Pro Bowler being available to play this Sunday.

Gates caught eight passes for 74 yards in the season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings, but he was a non-factor in a Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots and has missed the last three games due to pain associated with the scar tissue in his right foot tearing during his comeback from plantar fasciitis.

For more on the Chargers, be sure to check out Bolts From The Blue.

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Julio Jones Status Update: Falcons WR Doubtful With Hamstring Injury

Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones' hamstring injury kept him out of this week's practices and has him officially listed as "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Jones did not participate in any of the Falcons' practices this week, but unlike when he was ruled out last week, Falcons head coach Mike Smith has left open the possibility of Jones playing this week.

"Julio is the kind of guy who is going to push the envelope," Smith said on Thursday according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He wants to get back in there. We are going to have to make sure the people in the athletic-performance department and the doctors make the final decision.

"We’ll just have to see how the rest of the week goes."

The Falcons traded a bevy of 2011 and 2012 draft picks to move and select Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The former University of Alabama standout has 25 receptions for 358 yards in five games this season.

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Zach Miller Injury Update: Seahawks TE Ruled Out Vs. Browns

Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (head/neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Miller sustained a concussion during the Seahawks' 36-25 win over the New York Giants on October 9 when Giants safety Kenny Phillips launched into Miller on the opening drive of the game. Miller continued to play in the first half, but was sat out the final two quarters. Phillips was penalized on the play and fined $20,000 by the National Football League.

Despite Seattle having a bye last week, Miller has not yet been cleared to return to practice.

2010 sixth-round pick Anthony McCoy is the only other tight end on the Seahawks' roster, but third-year player Cameron Morrah could be activated from the physically unable to perform list. Morrah caught nine passes for 117 yards last season, but opened the season on the PUP list with a toe injury. Morrah returned to practice this week, starting the clock on the three-week window to add him to the 53-man roster.

The Seahawks also have the option of signing journeyman tight end John Nalbone off the practice squad.

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NFL Injury Report, Week 7: Fantasy Football Implications

We break down the final NFL injury report for week 7 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Jahvid Best Injury: Lions RB Ruled Out As Expected

Detroit Lions starting running back Jahvid Best is out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons with a concussion, already his second of the 2011 NFL season. This has the Lions (5-1) concerned because the speedy Best has been an intricate part to their offensive success.

Head coach Jim Schwartz says Best will play when given medical clearance but given the severity of concussions, it's been in question whether Best could even return this season.

According to Detroit offensive co-ordinator Scott Linehan, the all-purpose back will return to action this season but optimism is expected from the coaching staff. As it stands, the second-year back out of Cal will be evaluated on a week to week basis.

At this point, having sustained multiple concussions on the year and yet to be halfway through the season, he should consider his future. Best will certainly want to be there for his teammates but it would be advisable for him to consider sitting the season. Elite players like Ed Reed have made it public that their health comes first, and Peyton Manning's status is a living example. Best could be a tremendous contributor to any NFL team, if he could manage to stay healthy.

In addition to Best's injury, his backup Jerome Harrison recently discovered a brain tumor that will remove him from this season. Detroit will be leaning on runningbacks Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams to get their ground game going, but neither have the athletic tools Best brings to Detroit.

For more on the Lions and the Javhid Best injury, check out Pride of Detroit.

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Peyton Hillis Injury: Looking Like Browns RB Might Not Play

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis missed a third straight day of practice on Friday and is looking questionable for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Hillis has been dealing with hamstring issues and has not been able to get going thus far. Browns coach Pat Shurmur has not ruled him out for Sunday, but at best he is a game-time decision. More than likely though he either will not play or will be incredibly limited.

Hillis has had a rocky season thus far as he has tried to work out a contract extension with the Cleveland Browns. The Madden curse might be striking the Browns running back as he has had issues with injuries and also with his own teammates when it comes to his commitment to the team over his personal contract issues. Add in hamstring woes and this is a messy season for Peyton Hillis.

Montario Hardesty will likely be starting on Sunday and getting the bulk of the carries. Chris Ogbonnaya will operate as Hardesty's backup. For fantasy purposes, Hardesty is the safe play of the two, although the Seahawks have a solid rush defense and make for a poor matchup anyway.

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LeGarrette Blount Injury: Bucs RB Ruled Out

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said RB LeGarette Blount would not play against the Chicago Bears in London on Sunday.

Morris decided to keep Blount out again after he missed team practice all week in London recovering from a possible MCL tear.

Blount was hit on his left knee during the Bucs' Week 5 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and he missed last week's win over the New Orleans Saints.

Ernest Graham will take his spot in the starting line-up. Otherwise known as Insurance Graham, the vet rushed for 109 yards last week against the Saints.

Typically the type of injury that Blount reportedly has, has a 4-6 week recovery period. There has yet to be an official word on exactly how long Blount will be out.

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Week 7 NFL Injury Report, Thursday: Mike Wallace Upgraded To Limited, Antonio Gates Sits Out

We break down the week 7 Thursday NFL injury report. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Mike Wallace Injury: Steelers WR Is Limited In Practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers had wide receiver Mike Wallace back at practice today. Wallace missed practice yesterday, and was limited today, according to the Steelers' official practice report

Wallace is expected to play this weekend. The Steelers travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals. Wallace leads the Steelers with 33 receptions, 612 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He caught two passes for 76 yards and a touchdown last week in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars

Averaging 102 yards per game, Wallace has been essential to the Steelers as well as fantasy football general managers this season. At his current pace, he would finish the season with more than 1,600 receiving yards and double digit touchdowns. 

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind the Steel Curtain. Get the latest week 7 fantasy football injury news from SB Nation. Player rankings more fantasy football talk can be found at Fake Teams. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy the answers to all your fantasy questions. 

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Julio Jones Injury: Falcons WR Misses Practice Again

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed a second straight day of practice and is looking like a game-time decision against the Lions, at best right now. Jones sat out Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the Falcons loss to the Packers two Sundays ago.

The Falcons face the Lions this Sunday and then have a bye week. While Jones will likely be a last minute decision, the odds are high that he does not play this weekend. The addition of a bye week on the other end of this makes the decision a little easier, even though the Falcons have a huge game this weekend. A re-aggravation of the injury could result in multiple more weeks off for Jones.

In the meantime, Harry Douglas will look to build on a couple big catches against Carolina as he will likely once again get the start opposite Roddy White. Douglas finished with only two catches but combined them for 57 yards. Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez remain the leading targets, but Matt Ryan will look to spread it around against the Lions.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Jahvid Best Injury Update: Fantasy Implications If Lions RB Is Out For Season

The Detroit Lions find themselves in a tough situation at running back as injuries and other health concerns are creating a bit of a mess in their backfield. There are some concerns in Jahvid Best's inner circle that he should sit out the rest of the season due to the multiple concussions he has suffered. Best suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, the second in three months.

Best is expected to miss some amount of time with the current concussion, whether it  be one week or the rest of the season. However long he is out, Maurice Morris would get the bulk of the carries in his place and would be the fantasy play moving forward. While not a fantastic option, he could be a decent flex option in that offense.

The Lions had made a trade for Eagles backup running back Ronnie Brown, sending backup Jerome Harrison to the Eagles. That trade was voided however when the post-trade physical discovered Harrison had a brain tumor. Had he not been traded the physical would not have happened and the tumor would not have been discovered so quickly. The trade very well might have saved his life.

With Harrison now on the shelf and Best out indefinitely, the Lions are looking at Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams as their two primary running backs. The Lions will work out some running backs to find a third option, but for now Morris is the guy you would want to pick up for fantasy purposes.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Week 7 NFL Injury Report, Wednesday: Jahvid Best, Mike Wallace Sit Out Practice

We break down the week 7 Wednesday NFL injury report. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Mike Wallace Injury: Steelers WR Misses Practice

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace suffered a hamstring pull in week six and looks to be limited this week in practice. We'll have updates as he rehabs the injury. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

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Julio Jones Injury Update: Falcons WR Misses Wednesday Practice

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed Wednesday's practice as he continues to try and rehabilitate his injured hamstring. Jones injured the hamstring late in the third quarter of the Falcons loss to the Packers in week five and missed the entire week of practice in week six. A continued absence from practice already this week would indicate he is likely to be no better than a game-time decision on Sunday against the Lions.

Without Jones in the lineup against the Falcons, the Falcons spread the ball around quite liberally with no receiver catching more than three passes. Tony Gonzalez led the team with three receptions, while Harry Douglas led the team with 57 yards. Ovie Mughelli had the only touchdown reception.

For fantasy purposes, Harry Douglas could prove to be a decent pass catching option in bye weeks. The Falcons have a bye in week eight so he would be a very limited option. For now you will simply have to sit on Julio Jones for another couple weeks. Given the upcoming week eight bye, he should be good to go by the time week nine rolls around.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: 'A Reach' To Play Sunday

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson continues to battle back from his hamstring injury, but it appears highly probable that Johnson will not be able to play this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Johnson was told his recovery could take as long as six weeks, but he expected to return before then.

In two games since Johnson went down, Matt Schaub has used a variety of tight ends, running backs and receivers to boost the passing game. In Johnson's first missed game, Schaub focused on Arian Foster and the Texans' tight ends. This past Sunday, Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter led the team in receiving.

Jacoby Jones will likely still be a big waiver wire pickup this week, but he is fairly inconsistent so don't expect monster performances week in and week out. Kevin Walter is the safer play on a weekly basis, albeit with less overall upside than Jones.

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Jahvid Best Injury Update: Lions Running Back Sits Out Practice With Concussion

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best sat out Wednesday's practice as he continues to recover from the concussion he suffered during the Lions Sunday loss to the 49ers. This is Best's second concussion in three months and odds are high that he will not play this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Best is off to a slow start as is, with his big effort against the Chicago Bears, a big 60-yard reception and not much else for now.

If Best is unable to go this Sunday, Maurice Morris would get the start in his place. The team acquired Ronnie Brown via trade earlier this week, but Brown still has to take his physical. Until Brown takes his physical he will not be allowed to practice. That does not bode well for his playing chances this Sunday. If Brown is unavailable, Keiland Williams would be the primary backup to Morris.

Neither Williams nor Morris have seen a lot of touches this season. Given the bye week approaching, Morris is a solid enough option, although it is more if the Lions can grab a lead against the Falcons and try and run some clock. 

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Felix Jones Injury Update: Cowboys RB Likely Sideline Two To Four Weeks

The Dallas Cowboys got word on Felix Jones' high ankle sprain and it sounds like he could miss anywhere from two weeks to a month with the injury. Jones left the Cowboys loss to the Patriots in the second quarter and now finds himself in a protective boot while recovering from the injury.

The sprain will sideline Felix Jones through this weekend's juicy matchup against the St. Louis Rams, the following week's contest at the Philadelphia Eagles and possible home games against the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. That is a mix of good and bad while he gets right.

In his place, the Cowboys will likely stick with DeMarco Murray as the lead back, with Tashard Choice working as a change of pace back. Choice has yet to stake a claim to more playing time and the rookie Murray has moved ahead of him on the depth chart. Murray has 24 carries on the year for 71 yards. Choice has 67 yards on 26 carries. While Murray is a guy you likely should try and grab on the waiver wire, expectations should be tempered for him moving forward. He is worth grabbing with solid waiver positioning, but it remains to be seen how effective he will be.

For more on the Cowboys, check out Blogging The Boys. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Andre Johnson Injury: Texans WR Could Practice This Week

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has missed the past two weeks due to a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson underwent a surgical procedure designed to prevent scar tissue from forming next to a tear in his right hamstring. Without Johnson, the Texans have dropped their last two games, but may potentially have some good news for this weekend when they travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans.

"Maybe there's a chance he sees the practice field before the end of the week," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told the medai about Andre Johnson's status today. "We'll have to wait and see," Kubiak added.

This is not to say that Johnson is a possibility to play this weekend, but it's a great sign for a Texans team who's struggled offensively in his absence. It certainly sounds like he's ahead of schedule.

For more on the Texans and Johnson, check out Battle Red Blog.

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Reggie Bush Injury Update: Dolphins Running Back Leaves Monday Night Football In Third Quarter

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was off to his best game the 2011 season but unfortunately had to leave in the third quarter due to a neck injury. Bush had 71 yards on only ten carries while Daniel Thomas was a bit less effective in the Dolphins 24-6 loss to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Thomas finished the game with 47 yards on 15 carries.

Prior to Bush's injury, the Dolphins were going with a fairly even split as they were exchanging touches for much of the first half. Given the Dolphins existing offensive woes with new quarterback Matt Moore, that is not a formula for a successful fantasy running back option. Thomas was looking better heading into the game but likely moved into a split due to his nagging hamstring injury.

Bush was reportedly cleared to return to the game but did not get back on the field. This week's practice participation reports will give us a better idea of his status for week seven. If he is absent, that could bode well for Daniel Thomas' fantasy viability at home against a weak Denver Broncos squad.

For more on the Dolphins, check out The Phinsider. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Felix Jones Injury Update: High Ankle Sprain Sidelines Cowboys Running Back

Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones saw his 2011 season take another bad turn on Sunday as he suffered a high ankle sprain the Cowboys loss to the Patriots. Jones carried the ball eight times for 14 yards and caught two passes before leaving the game in the second quarter with the injury. High ankle sprains are worse than regular ankle sprains and can cost a player upwards of four to six weeks.

The Cowboys went with DeMarco Murray as the feature back once Jones went down. Murray finished the game with ten rushes for 32 yards and one reception. Tashard Choice rushed five times for 14 yards and caught three passes. Choice is reportedly on the trading block, but given the extent of Jones' injury, it seems unlikely that the Cowboys will deal him away.

For now, Murray would appear to be the choice as you prepare for week seven. Murray is not a particular good option right now, but if you need a bye week fill-in, he will at least find himself getting carries.

For more on the Cowboys, check out Blogging The Boys. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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