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Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak revealed in his Monday press conference that quarterback Matt Schaub suffered a significant foot injury at the end of the first half of the Texans victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The details are still sketchy, but "significant" is never a good sign for a quarterback.
The Texans head into a bye and then face the Jacksonville Jaguars in week twelve. Matt Leinart will get the start against Jacksonville and it is actually a fairly intriguing matchup for the now-journeyman quarterback. The entire league will be through their bye weeks, so Leinart is not a guy you would start right off the bat, even if Andre Johnson is back in the lineup.
Rather, Leinart is a guy to modestly consider stashing on your bench. There are plenty of better backup options, but in deeper leagues, Leinart is worth a grab. Leinart hasn't thrown a pass in a game since 2009 and really hasn't been "the guy" since 2007. I'm not holding my breath for much of anything from Matt Leinart, but if you have an open roster spot, I suppose he's worth modest consideration.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid told the media Monday morning that quarterback Michael Vick suffered a pair of broken ribs in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Reid said it was on the second play of the game. If this is accurate, it would explain why later in the game Vick was hurting on this hit. More importantly, it might help explain why Vick struggled to one of his worst performances in recent memory, completing 16 of 34 passes for 128 yards and throwing two interceptions with no touchdowns.
Reid did not clarify Vick's status for week eleven. He will likely take some time off from practice, but it is hard to tell how much time off he would need beyond that. If he can go on Sunday he would likely wear some kind of flak jacket, along with getting his ribs taped up. This could slow him down and impact his passing. If you have a backup QB, this might be a good week to consider that alternative, even if Vick plays.
Philadelphia travels to face the New York Giants who own one of the top pass rushes in the league. They got physical with him the last time these two teams met, so it will be interesting to see how the Eagles handle Vick knowing the matchup they face this coming weekend. Consider your alternatives.
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos after suffering a couple of injuries. Cassel was reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury, although there was not much confirmation of a shoulder specifically. The only real confirmed injury was too his hand as he was seen leaving the game wearing a cast on his throwing hand, with his index and middle fingers immobilized.
Cassel reportedly was simply too banged up to finish up the game and so the Chiefs went with Tyler Palko to finish out the game. Cassel indicated he would be ready for his homecoming against the New England Patriots next week on Monday night Football. Nonetheless, a cast is never a good sign. Todd Haley will likely chat with the press tomorrow and we should get some kind of update then.
The Denver Broncos ran all over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon, but they had to work around injuries to their top two running backs to get the victory. Willis McGahee went down with a left hamstring injury after four carries and Knowshon Moreno went down with a knee sprain in the second quarter.
According to John Fox, McGahee could have returned in an emergency, but the team decided not to get him back into the game. That would seem to indicate he'll be OK for next week, but as with most hamstring injuries, we're really going to need to see how he does in practice this week. A tight hamstring can be aggravated fairly easily, so this is something to keep an eye on Wednesday through Friday.
Knowshon Moreno left the game with a sprained knee and it sounds like the team expects Moreno to miss at least one game, and maybe more. Moreno will have an MRI Monday to determine if it's a ligament sprain or if anything is torn. A sprained knee could knock him out two to four weeks, while tears could end his season.
In the meantime, Lance Ball was the man of the hour on Sunday as he rushed 30 times for 96 yards. If McGahee can play next week, Ball would be his backup. If McGahee can't go, Ball would likely get the start.
Philadephia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had a rough day Sunday as he was held to a pair of receptions for six yards in the eagles 21-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Maclin was banged up all day long as he had to leave the game at one point with a shoulder injury and later with a hamstring injury. He returned from the shoulder injury, but the late nature of the hamstring injury cost him the end of the fourth quarter.
After the game, Maclin spoke to the media and was not particularly exuberant about his condition. Without hearing Maclin's tone or the context of the conversation, we can't really take a lot from Adam Caplan's tweet. Maclin appears to be hoping for some improvement on Monday, so we'll wait and see what kind of update we get.
The Eagles had all sorts of problems at wide receiver as they deactivated Desean Jackson due to missing a meeting (and potentially some other team rules infractions). The Vince Young-dubbed Dream Team finds itself in a nightmare season and it doesn't get any better if Maclin goes down. Desean Jackson has struggled lately and Maclin was stepping up. Now, we'll have to wait and see the extent of his hamstring injury. More to come.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green looked had a strong start to Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers as he hauled in a beautiful 36-yard touchdown catch. Unfortunately, Green came down awkwardly on the catch and limped off the field. Green returned for the rest of the second quarter, but he was unable to finish the game. Afterward, Green confirmed to the press that he had hyperextended his knee.
Green didn't think the injury was too serious, but he didn't seem completely sure about the timetable for his return. I'd imagine he'll see how he feels in the morning and if there is any swelling or any other problems with the knee. Marv Lewis will likely chat with the media tomorrow and hopefully will be able to provide an update on Green's condition.
In Green's absence, the Bengals spread the ball around with six different receivers catching the ball. Andrew Hawkins led all Bengals receivers with five receptions for 56 yards. Jermaine Gresham joined A.J. Green with a touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones left Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints after once again straining his balky hamstring. Jones had two receptions for nine yards in the first half before having the injury flair up. Jones had missed several games with the injury before returning last week against the Indianapolis Colts with a monster performance. Jones tried to get back in the second half, but the team sat him down the rest of the game.
Head coach Mike Smith will chat with the media on Monday and I would imagine he'll get some questions about Jones' injury. The Falcons return to practice on Wednesday, so we may not get any sort of update on Jones' status until that first practice participation report. Hopefully though, we'll get some more information on Monday.
Once again, Harry Douglas emerged in the absence of Julio Jones. Douglas finished the game as the Falcons leader with eight receptions and 133 yards. Roddy White is the big threat on the Falcons, but when Jones is down, defenders lock in on him a bit more, to the benefit of receivers like Harry Douglas.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly played Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears with a fractured index finger on his right throwing hand. If you combine that with the 30+ mph swirling winds at Soldier Field, it should not be surprising that he only completed 33 of his 63 pass attempts. Add in four interceptions and it was not a good day for Matthew Stafford.
The question is how much of the inaccuracy was due to the wind and how much was due to the finger. Stafford and the Lions face the Carolina Panthers next week and it provides a solid matchup if Stafford can improve his accuracy. I think for fantasy purposes, you have to stick with Stafford pending updates this week. Carolina did fairly well in containing Matt Hasselbeck, but they have a defense that quality quarterbacks can blow up. If Stafford brings his A-game, he is one such quarterback.
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore entered Sunday's game against the New York Giants dealing with an ankle injury that limited all week in practice. Although Gore did play on Sunday, he was fairly limited and left for extended stretches of the second half. Kendall Hunter came in and matched Gore's six carries, providing more effective running in the second half.
At one point, NFL on FOX reporter Pam Oliver said Gore was questionable to return with ankle and knee issues, but Gore did return for small segments of the second half. Following the game, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh declared that Frank Gore would be able to play next week against the Arizona Cardinals. Frank Gore indicated in a post-game interview that his position coach Tom Rathman had been holding him back to avoid further aggravation.
We'll keep an eye on injury reports this week to see if Gore is limited during the week. The 49ers host an Arizona Cardinals team that stunned Philadelphia on the road, but also still has a struggling defense. If Gore is limited, we could again see more of Kendall Hunter on the ground.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is healthy enough to start to this week, as was expected heading into the week. He leads his team in a must-win division battle against the Chicago Bears. An ankle injury had been bothering Stafford last week. He did not participate in the Lions' bye week workout.
Stafford has thrown for 2,179 yards through eight games this season. He has 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions to go with a 61 percent completion rate. Calvin Johnson has 11 of those touchdowns. In short, he looks every bit like the first-overall pick that is at the center of a rebuilding Detroit Lions team.
Stafford is ranked seventh among quarterbacks for week 10 in the NFL, according to Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site.
DeSean Jackson has been benched for the Eagles' Week 10 game because he missed a team meeting earlier in the week, according to a report.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is still listed on the injury report with a rib injury and is officially deemed as probable for the match up with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Romo will undoubtedly make the start, but his rib injury shouldn't effect him very much in this game. Last week against the Seattle Seahawks, Romo didn't need to have a pain-killing injection for the first time since his initial injury.
Romo has throw for 5 touchdowns the past three weeks and he'll be going against a Buffalo Bills defense that struggles to stop the pass and rush the passer. Romo's weapons will be limited however, as he'll likely be without wide receiver Miles Austin. Romo should be starting in your line up, unless you've got a Top 5 quarterback also on your roster.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is officially listed as probable on the injury report with a pectoral injury that has plagued him for the past few weeks. Jackson was limited in practice on Wednesday, but went in full on both Thursday and Friday. Jackson struggled mightily against the Dallas Cowboys last week, throwing 3 interceptions, making it a total of 4 the past two weeks.
Jackson shouldn't be starting for you even if you're in a two deep quarterback league, as he's facing the Baltimore Ravens pass defense. The Ravens defense will likely hit Jackson, who's already struggling with an injury and passing the football. Expect another rough outing for Jackson, and it won't be because of his injury this time. It's very possible Charlie Whitehurst could make an appearance in this game, as well.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been dealing with a thumb issue on his throwing hand. Hasselbeck was limited in practice on Wednesday, but went in full on both Thursday and Friday. He's listed as probable officially on the injury report, but he will start on Sunday. Hasselbeck injured his thumb in last weeks loss to the Bengals, but it didn't seem to effect him much during the game.
The Titans passing game has fallen off the map with Kenny Britt out for the season. They'll be going up against the 13th ranked passing defense in the Carolina Panthers, but the Panthers struggle stopping the run. This could be a game where the Titans rushing attack finally gets going and takes some pressure of Hasselbeck and his injured thumb.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman will start against the Houston Texans, despite still dealing with a bit of a thumb injury. Freeman injured his thumb a few weeks ago and played with it heavily taped last week against the New Orleans Saints. Freeman completed 73% of his passes last week and threw for over 270 yards and a touchdown, so the thumb didn't seem to be much of an issue.
Freeman will be playing the NFL's second ranked pass defense in the Houston Texans however, who have generated a good pass rush in their new 3-4 look. Freeman may struggle with his accuracy if his thumb is still bothering him against a team with a pass rush that can get to him and hit him, however.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham returned to practice on Friday and is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a hamstring injury that has kept him out the last two weeks.
Gresham returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday before being held out on Thursday. Gresham was limited again on Friday and is expected to be a game-time decision on Sunday.
The second-year tight end has emerged as a security blanket for rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, catching 25 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the first six games of the season. Dalton has gone 40-of-68 for 385 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions the last two weeks, with the bulk of his passes going to wide receivers A.J. Green, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson.
Should Gresham miss a third straight game with the hamstring, veteran Donald Lee will get the start for the Bengals. Lee has eight receptions for 106 yards on the season, including six catches for 93 yards the last two weeks.
For more on the Bengals, check out Cincy Jungle.
After missing last week's win over the New England Patriots with a hamstring injury, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is listed as "Questionable" and regarded as being a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Hicks was held out of Wednesday's practice, but tested his hamstring on Thursday and was able to practice on Friday. New York-to-San Francisco is a long flight, but the club is cautiously optimistic that their No. 1 receiver will be able to play on Sunday.
In seven games this season, Nick leads the Giants with 38 receptions and is second behind Victor Cruz with 575 yards and three touchdowns. With the Giants ruling out Ahmad Bradshaw for a second straight week, the NFL's sixth-ranked passing attack should benefit from the return of its top weapon, particularly as they will be going up against the league's 22nd-ranked pass defense.
For more on the Giants, visit Big Blue View.
After missing most of the week's practices with a hip ailment, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington was limited on Friday and was listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Titans' leading receiver following the season-ending injury to Kenny Britt, Washington has emerged as a favorite target of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. On the season, Washington has 36 receptions for 461 yards and two touchdowns, but injured his hip during the final two minutes of last Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Washington expects to play on Sunday.
"It feels a lot better," Washington said on Thursday. "I don't know when Coach Munchak is going to allow me to practice again. I'm not too worried about it. My main job is to come in and do the work and get healthy."
In addition to Washington, Titans wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins is nicked up, but plans to play through a dislocated finger.
For more on the Titans, check out Music City Miracles.
Hester injured the ankle during Monday night's 30-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and was held out of practice all week. Bears head coach Lovie Smith was hopeful he'd have Hester for the key NFC North match-up, but following Friday's practice, Smith sounded like a coach who was not expecting to have the dynamic weapon in his arsenal.
'We're confident (without Hester),'' Smith said via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. ''You're right -- there's only one Devin Hester. No one has anyone like him. So without him there, we'll just have another very good returner to replace him. We have other guys on our roster who have scored touchdowns in NFL games. So we should be OK.''
Without Hester, Johnny Knox is expected to handle both kick and punt returns.
For more on the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron.
Addai has 58 carries for 257 yards and one touchdown on the season, but has just two carries for eight yards over the last four games, the last two of which he's dressed, but not played. If he dresses, the veteran running back is once again expected to be the team's No. 3 running back, getting carries behind 2011 fourth-round pick Delonte Carter and 2009 first-round pick Donald Brown.
Carter is the team leader with 313 yards and two touchdowns on the season, but Brown, once believed to be a bust, has averaged a team-high 4.6 yards per carry and has a pair of touchdowns over the last five games.
For more on the Colts running back situation, be sure to check out Stampede Blue.
Playing on a one-year restricted free agent tender, Green-Ellis leads the Patriots with 452 yards and five touchdowns. Green-Ellis' most productive game of the 2011 season came in the first meeting with the Jets, with the former undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss running for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 30-21 win at Gillette Stadium.
The Jets rank 21st in the NFL against the run, allowing an average of 123.0 yards per game, but have held opponents to under 100 yards on the ground the last two games. If Green-Ellis is unable to play, the Patriots will likely take a committee approach, with Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead and 2011 third-round pick Stevan Ridley carrying the load.
For more on the Patriots, be sure to check out Pats Pulpit.
After missing a second straight week of practice with turf toe, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is listed as "Questionable" and is considered to be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
A 2007 second-round pick out of the University of Houston by the Eagles, Kolb started 14 games in four seasons in Philadelphia, passing for 2,082 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Traded to the Cardinals in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Kolb is completing 56.8 percent of his pass attempts for 1,706 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
If Kolb is unable to start, second-year quarterback John Skelton would make a second straight start. Skelton completed 20-of-35 pass attempts for 222 yards and a touchdown and added 38 yards on four rushing attempts as the Cardinals snapped their six-game losing streak.
For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds.
Moore's hamstring injury cropped up during the week, keeping the slot receiver out of the final two practices of the week.
After missing the season-opener against the Green Bay Packers with a groin injury, Moore has 33 receptions for 358 yards and is one five Saints pass-catchers with three or more touchdown receptions this season. Over the last two weeks, Moore has 10 receptions for 94 yards and two of his three touchdowns.
Moore bounced back from an injury-plagued 2009 season to be the Saints' second-leading receiver in 2010, catching 66 passes for 736 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. Moore's production resulted in a five-year, $20 million contract extension when the lockout ended in July.
For more on the Saints, check out Canal Street Chronicles.
Bradford is officially listed as "Questionable" with his ankle injury.
Bradford suffered a high left ankle sprain on the the Rams' final offensive play in a 24-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers on October 16. The injury sidelined last year's first overall pick for two games, with journeyman A.J. Feeley leading the Rams to a 1-1 record before Bradford returned for last week's 19-13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
In the loss, Bradford completed 23-of-36 pass attempts for 255 yards with an interception. Bradford was back in a walking boot after the game and was a limited participant in all of this week's practices. Should Bradford be unable to play against the Browns, who are coached by former Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Feeley would make his third start of the season.
For more on the Rams, check out Turf Show Times.
Washington Redskins running back Tashard Choice is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins with a hamstring injury the fourth-year running back had when he was claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys on October 31.
Choice was inactive for last week's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but practiced fully on Wednesday before he was limited on Thursday and Friday.
The Redskins lost starting running back Tim Hightower to a season-ending knee injury, prompting them to jump at an opportunity to add an experienced back like Choice, who in 54 for Dallas rushed for 1,139 yards and eight touchdowns with 64 receptions for 497 yards out of the backfield.
After practicing on Wednesday, Choice said he wasn't having any difficulty adjusting to a new offense.
"It doesn’t take that long," Choice said via Ryan O'Halloran of CSN Washington. "Football is football, I’m studying every day, understanding everything, taking mental reps."
If Choice is unable to play, rookie Roy Helu is expected to be the feature back. Helu has 37 carries for 172 yards on the season and had 10 carries for 41 yards in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
For more on the Redskins, check out Hogs Haven.
We break down some updates to the final NFL injury report for week 10 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.
With a difficult game against the San Francisco 49ers tomorrow, the New York Giants are facing several significant injury issues. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is listed as questionable, and will be a game-time decision for the New York Giants. Nicks is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him off the field in last week’s win over the Patriots.
Nicks did manage to get some work in at practice this week. He was running at full speed on Wednesday, practicing in a limited role the rest of the week. Nicks was going to have his hamstring looked at again on Saturday, but the results have been good so far for him. Reports make it sound as though he could play, and ESPN’s John Clayton predicted that he will. He will test it again before the team makes a decision on Sunday. The game is scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. Eastern kickoff.
After wondering all week about the status of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, the New York Giants added wide receiver Mario Manningham to the injury report on Saturday. ESPN New York is citing a source who said that Manningham woke up with swelling in his knee today. Still unknown is how Manningham injured his knee. He will be a game-time decision for the Giants.
The Giants face a stiff test in San Francisco this week, taking on a 49ers team with a surprising 7-1 record thanks in large part to a tough defense. If Nicks cannot play this week, Victor Cruz will take his spot in the lineup.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is out this week as he recovers from a fractured foot. Also listed as questionable on the injury report besides Nicks and Manningham are center David Bass, offensive lineman Stacy Andrews and rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara.
As we enter the NFL's Week 10, a number of players -- such as Browns RB Peyton Hillis, Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Cowboys WR Miles Austin, and Texans WR Andre Johnson -- have already been ruled out. SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi discusses some of the most significant remaining injuries impacting this weekend's games and how they might affect your fantasy rosters.
We break down the final NFL injury report for week 10 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.
Chicago Bears wide receiver and return man Devin Hester missed practice again today, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. This is the third consecutive day that Hester has watched while his team practiced. Hester turned his ankle in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ win over the Eagles on Monday night.
Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith was “hopeful” that Hester would be able to play in a key division game against the Detroit Lions this week. That represents a shift in Smith’s unofficial verbal classification scheme. After missing practice yesterday, Smith reiterated his confidence that Smith would play this week. He may be a game-time decision.
Hester has one punt-return touchdown and one kick-return touchdown this season. He has 432 yards on 18 kick returns and 180 yards on 12 punt returns. Hester was selected as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for week 6 this season.
The New York Giants ruled out running back Ahmad Bradshaw for their week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger who first reported the news last night. The Giants made it official today. Bradshaw has a stress fracture in his foot. He missed last week’s game against the Patriots.
Brandon Jacobs will again carry most of the Giants’ rushing load this week. Last week against the Patriots, Jacobs carried the ball 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Running figures to be a little tougher against the 49ers. Reinvigorated this season, the San Francisco defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown all season. Opponents are averaging just over 70 yards per game against the 49ers this season.
Despite the fracture the Giants say that Bradshaw will not need surgery for the injury.
In a move that is not particularly surprising, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak declared Andre Johnson out for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson continues to try and work past a hamstring injury that required surgery a month ago. He injured the hamstring in the Texans week four victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been sidelined ever since. The Texans hit their bye week after this game against Tampa Bay, so it is not surprising they would try to squeeze in one more week of recovery.
After losing back-to-back games following the injury, the Texans have won three straight as they have worked to spread around their passing attack. The Texans have also benefited lately from a mix of weak opponents that has allowed them to dominate in the running game. Arian Foster and Ben Tate have dominated lately and the passing attack has been able to take a step back.
When the Texans do pass the ball, Kevin Walter is the receiver who has most stepped up in place of Johnson. However, the team has been much more inclined to go to tight ends like Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen. None of the Texans receivers remain anything more than flex options at best.
The Oakland Raiders emerged victorious against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football, but the victory came with a price. The team lost their number one receiver, Jacoby Ford, to a sprained foot. Ford injured the foot on a 41-yard reception as he was tangled up on the pass. Ford left on a cart but x-rays reportedly came back negative for any break. He finished the game on crutches and will be re-evaluated as we head into the weekend.
Ford was coming off big performance against the Denver Broncos in which he caught five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. He looked ready to get going for a second straight game before going down. The injury is being described in similar terms to Darren McFadden's own sprained foot, but we do not know yet whether it is as severe as McFadden's.
The Raiders were able to get by without Ford as rookie Denarius Moore blew up the Chargers secondary to the tune fo five receptions for 123 yards. After seeing Darrius Heyward-Bey getting many of Jason Campbell's targets, Ford and Moore have moved back ahead of him with Carson Palmer. We'll have more updates on Ford as more information is known about his injury.
The Oakland Raiders will rreportedly have Pro Bowl kicker Sebastian Janikowski available on Thursday Night Football. Janikowski has been dealing with a hamstring issue the last three weeks but was able to kick this past Sunday against the Denver Broncos. He has sat out practice all week for the Raiders, but likely tested it sufficiently yesterday to give the team the thumbs-up heading into the the huge divisional showdown with the San Diego Chargers.
Janikowski normally is a huge addition to the Raiders offense because he is so good when it comes to 50+ yard field goals. While he does not finish at the top in terms of overall accuracy, few kickers can match him on 55-57 yard field goals. That usually means that when the Raiders get to their opponent's 40 yard line, they are officially inside Seabass' range.
While the Raiders will have their big kicker in the lineup, there will be some concern about kicking those 50+ yard field goals. It will be interesting to see what options the Raiders consider that first time they are faced with that kind of decision. Whether they kick or punt will tell us a lot about how well Janikowski actually feels.
The New York Giants continue their measured timeline for bringing back wide receiver Hakeem Nicks as they slowly increase his practice workload. Nicks sat out Wednesday practice but was upgraded to limited participation on Thursday. Limited participation can vary, but often it means a player takes part in individual drills but sits out the team portion of the workout.
The key now for Nicks is to see if he gets upgraded to full participation on Friday. If he is limited for a second straight day, it would be tough to see him play. At worst he is likely a game-time decision against the 49ers. It is a 4:15pm ET start in San Francisco so you need to make sure you can adjust accordingly. Last week, the Giants declared him out early enough for appropriate lineup adjustments. This week might not be so smooth.
If Nicks is playing he is worth starting against a secondary that has been solid but made enough mistakes to justify starting receivers against them (unlike their rush defense against running backs). If Nicks sits, Victor Cruz is likely the biggest beneficiary.
We break down the Wednesday practice participation report for week 10 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews looks to be back from his groin injury and playing on Thursday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. Mathews was a full participant in practice for the second straight day and is listed as probable for Thursday night.
Mathews will likely get the start on Thursday, but expect Mike Tolbert to get a solid number of carries for the likely still less than 100% Mathews. Tolbert operates primarily as the third down back and goal line back. Mathews will get much of the between the 20s work, but Tolbert might even grab a decent amount of carries in that range.
The Chargers face a Raiders rush defense that ranks fairly poor on the season. Mathews is a solid enough start in his current role, but if you have Tolbert and no Mathews, Tolbert remains a solid start as well. Given Philip Rivers struggles in the passing game, the Chargers could dedicate a lot of time to controlling time of possession and dominating on the ground. That bodes well for both Mathews and Tolbert.
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The New Orleans Saints welcomed running back Mark Ingram back to the field on Wednesday as he is expected to be a limited participant in practice. Ingram suffered a bruised heel three weeks ago against the Indianapolis Colts and has missed the Saints two subsequent games.
Over the course of these two weeks, Chris Ivory has re-emerged as the workhorse back for the Saints. After grabbing six carries against the Rams, Ivory had 15 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rushed for 67 yards in that game. If Ingram has to sit out another game, Ivory would likely be the beneficiary of the carries. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are also receiving carries, Sproles is primarily operating as a third down back, while Thomas is just sort of in the mix as a sort of change of pace back behind Ivory.
Once Ingram returns, the Saints will have some decisions to make. Ivory is playing well, but likely does not have much fantasy value when Ingram returns. However, a strong performance this week could continue to turn some heads in the Saints coaching staff.
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did not participate in Wednesday's practice as the Giants begin preparations for Sunday's game against the 49ers. Nicks has been dealing with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for last Sunday's game against the Patriots. Previously Nicks acknowledged that it would take some time to get over the injury and it remains to be seen if he will be good to go this Sunday.
There had previously been indications that Nicks would practice on Wednesday, but his lack of practice indicates some kind of setback in preparing for practice. Nicks has two more days to get practice time in if he is going to play on Sunday. We will have a full breakdown of practice participation reports tomorrow and Friday, which will give us a better idea of Nicks' status heading into the weekend.
If Hakeem Nicks is unable to play on Sunday, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham remain the two wide receiver options, with Jake Ballard as a solid tight end option. The Giants are facing a 49ers defense that has been strong overall, but has had its issues in the secondary. Between Cruz and Manningham, Victor Cruz remains the solid start this weekend.
Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson remains a tough call for head coach Gary Kubiak as he continues to work back from hamstring surgery. Johnson suffered the hamstring injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week four and has been sidelined since. He has run four of the last five days, but did not run on Wednesday. Kubiak indicated Johnson will work with trainers on Thursday and be a weekend decision.
The Texans face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and then have a bye week in week eleven. Given the questionable nature of Johnson's recovery, it would not be at all surprising to see him sit out week ten to get that extra week during the bye. The Texans could use him back in their offense, but they also hold a game and a half lead in the division with a game in hand against the second place Titans. It makes no sense to risk aggravating the injury if he could be good to go following the bye week.
In the meantime, Kevin Walter remains the best wide receiver option on the Texans, but that's not exactly a great option. Owen Daniels and Arian Foster have been two of the primary beneficiaries during Johnson's injury, with the rushing game carrying the load for much of the offense. Walter does not have a ton of upside, but he is a safe play if injuries have you rattled in week ten.
Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones is continuing his relatively slow road to recovery and is likely going to be questionable to play this weekend against the Buffalo Bills. Cowboys head coach
Sean Payton Jason Garrett has been hopeful Jones could practice this week, but he has been left primarily to individual workouts of running and cutting. Jones has been sidelined since going down week six against the New England Patriots.
The Cowboys are in a position to take their time getting him healthy because DeMarco Murray has been an absolute beast for them. Murray is averaging 6.7 yards per carry and set the Cowboys single-game rookie rushing record in his first significant appearance against the St. Louis Rams. Murray has benefited to some extent from matchups against questionable defenses in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Seattle. Nonetheless, his numbers are still impressive no matter the level of competition.
The big question is what will happen at the Cowboys running back position when Jones returns. Murray has done enough to deserve carries moving forward, but is it enough to turn Felix Jones into the complementary back? Or do they go with a straight running back by committee? For now, Murray would appear to be the week ten starter. I think he retains a majority of the carries after that, but we'll find out more in the coming weeks.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday to repair his meniscus and will reportedly miss two to three weeks of action. Sanders missed Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens and will miss Sunday's game at the Cincinnati Bengals and potentially their post-bye game at the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sanders had put together back-to-back solid performances and was looking to getting into a bit of a groove before he suffered the knee injury against the New England Patriots. Due to injuries suffered by Hines Ward, Sanders and Antonio Brown had both moved up the depth chart briefly.
Brown remains the best option after Mike Wallace, but Sanders now drops by the wayside as far as fantasy football is concerned. Sanders will return as many fantasy seasons are wrapping up and it is unlikely that he makes a huge impact on fantasy playoff rosters. if you have him on your roster, it is probably a good time to look for other options.
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore suffered a sprain of his left ankle in Sunday's victory over the Washington Redskins, but in spite of being gimpy after the game, he is reportedly feeling good and expecting to play on Sunday. On Monday, Jim Harbaugh told the press that he spoke with Gore and that x-rays came out good and "Frank was feeling good, he was feeling like Frank." Gore also told gathered media that he felt alright.
Gore reportedly suffered the sprained ankle in the second quarter but was able to finish out the game. Given that and the Monday comments, he would seem to be on track to play Sunday. The 49ers will release their first practice participation report for the week on Wednesday, which will give us a better idea of where things stand with Gore. It would not be surprising if he was limited on Wednesday so that he could get the ankle completely healthy for the rest of the week.
If Gore ends up unable to play, Kendall Hunter would get the start in his place. Hunter suffered a dislocated finger on against the Redskins and there has been no word as to his status. Anthony Dixon is the current third-string running back and the 49ers have former Boise State hero Ian Johnson on their practice squad.
For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation.
NFL Network reporter Jason LaCanfora is reporting that Oakland Raiders team sources have indicated to him that running back Darren McFadden will sit out Thursday's game against the San Diego Chargers. McFadden sprained his foot in the Raiders week seven contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. He left in the first quarter and has struggled to return since. He only recently got off crutches and has not begun running yet.
Michael Bush will get the start in place of McFadden with Taiwan Jones operating as McFadden's primary backup. Past performance indicates Bush will get just about all the carries, but it is possible we could see the Raiders mix Jones into the play-calling a little bit more. He brings athleticism that could help stretch out the Chargers defense.
For getting a Raiders win Taiwan Jones could be quite solid. For fantasy purposes, not so much. Bush has proven to be one of the best backup running backs in the NFL and he will continue to benefit while McFadden is sidelined. The Chargers enter Thursday Night Football with a struggling run defense. The Raiders passing game has a few question marks at this point so they will want to exploit the run advantage where possible to try and swing the upset.
The San Diego Chargers conducted a walkthrough on Monday as they prepare for Thursday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. Running back Ryan Mathews was limited in the walkthrough, but the Chargers reportedly have plenty of optimism that Mathews will be able to play on Thursday.
Mathews sat out Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers with a groin injury and Mike Tolbert took virtually all the carries. Tolbert put together a solid 4.4 yards per carry clip in the loss and emerged unscathed himself from the game. Mathews could very well regain his starting role, but given the short week, a platoon of some sort with Tolbert seems more logical.
The Chargers face a Raiders rush defense that has struggled a bit and is coming off an awful performance against the Denver Broncos. Willis McGahee rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns in helping lead the Broncos to victory. Such a performance would seem to bode well for which ever back leads the way for San Diego. We'll have update practice participation reports Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
The Oakland Raiders look like they might be without running back Darren McFadden for a second consecutive week as he continues to try and rehab from his sprained foot. McFadden injured the foot in the first quarter of the Raiders loss to the Chiefs. He was on crutches the last two weeks and missed Sunday's game against the Broncos. According to Vittorio Tafur, McFadden has not begun running yet, which would seem to make it questionable at best that he will be able to play Thursday against the San Diego Chargers.
Given that the Raiders have a short week before the Chargers game on Thursday Night Football, this is not a surprising development. Preliminary reports were indicating the injury could cost McFadden two to four weeks. At this point he is approaching the outer limit of that timetable.
Michael Bush will likely get the start against the Chargers, as he did against the Broncos. Bush is one of the better backup running backs in the league and rushed for 96 yards against Denver. Even though the Raiders will look to take advantage of a Chargers secondary that was thrashed by Green Bay, Michael Bush remains a very solid fantasy start as long as Darren McFadden is sidelined. Keep him in your lineup moving forward.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter with what was originally described as a hip pointer, but is now being described as a simple hip bruise. Washington is expected to play in week ten against the Carolina Panthers. Washington reportedly suffered the initial injury in the first quarter, but aggravated it late in the fourth quarter when he fell on the hip during the final two-minute drill.
Over the first month and a half of the season Nate Washington emerged as the primary playmaker for the Titans offense. Since Kenny Britt went down for the season, Washington has been solid as the team's number one receiver. The last few weeks he has struggled a bit, collecting no more than 34 receiving yards in a game. If he is good to go for this Sunday he will be looking to regain some of that momentum moving forward.
Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell is suffering from a shoulder injury and head coach Chan Gailey thinks the team might need to bring in another kicker for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Lindell suffered the injury while making a tackle in kickoff coverage and it is apparently "bad." There is no additional word yet on the length of time Lindell might be out, if he is indeed out at all.
Kickers are often easily forgotten in the world of fantasy football, but in 2011 Rian Lindell has become a solid option week in and week out thanks to the impressive Bills offense. The team is getting into the red zone with some regularity, which provides him with more scoring opportunities.
At the same time, you do not want to take a zero at the position, so if you have to drop Lindell, it is not the end of the world. There are a few dominant kickers, but for the most part it is fairly easy to find a decent replacement. In considering kickers to add, look for teams that struggle in the red zone and generally struggle on offense. That's not exactly rocket science, but it is fairly easy to figure out who can help you on the waiver wire.
The Cleveland Browns removed a potentially significant lingering question mark for week ten by announcing that Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are both OUT for Sunday's game versus the St. Louis Rams. Head coach Pat Shurmur made the announcement in his Monday morning press conference. Hillis has been dealing with a hamstring strain for several weeks while Hardesty suffered a torn calf muscle against the San Francisco 49ers. A Monday injury ruling is fairly rare, which indicates these are significant injuries for the short term.
Third string running back Chris Ogbonnaya will get the start on Sunday, with Thomas Clayton likely operating as his backup. The Browns might bring in a free agent back or two for a workout, but Ogbonnaya is likely the start. Ogbonnaya struggled against the Houston Texans, rushing 13 times for 28 yards as the Browns fell behind quickly and had to play catchup the rest of the game.
Ogbonnaya is not a fantastic option moving forward, but if you picked him up this past week, he could be a moderately decent flex option against the Rams. There are no byes this week so choose carefully if you elect to start Ogbonnaya. One option if you did claim him off waivers would be to try and swing a deal with a Peyton Hillis owner.
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