INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 18: Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against Jerraud Powers #25 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Fantasy Football Injury News, Week 3: Peyton Hillis, Arian Foster Won't Play

We break down all the latest injury news and how it will affect your fantasy football decisions for Week 3 and beyond. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Peyton Hillis Status Update: Hillis Won't Play, Montario Hardesty To Start

Peyton Hills has been ruled out for the Cleveland Browns today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hillis was a late addition to Cleveland's injury report on Friday due to strep throat. He was present at Browns Stadium earlier this morning, but multiple reports indicate he was sent home and will not be active. Backup Montario Hardesty is expected to start in Hillis' place, tweets Jay Glazer.

Hardesty hasn't seen much action this year -- he's tallied a grand total of eight carries for 19 yards in the first two games -- but he told reporters Friday that he's ready to fill in for his ill teammate. From the News-Herald:

"We had a guy down, today," Hardesty said. "I have to be ready to step in and play. I feel like I'm ready to perform. I've been preparing well the last few weeks. I'm excited to get out there and play some football on Sunday."

Hardesty, a second-round pick in 2010, was originally expected to be the Browns' feature back last year before an ACL injury in the preseason landed him on the IR. In his absence, Hillis enjoyed a breakout season. For at least one week, though, Hardesty will have a chance to prove himself in the role he expected to have coming out of college. 


Beanie Wells Status: Cardinals RB Thinks He Can Play, Will Test Hamstring Pregame

Earlier this week Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells suffered a hamstring injury which put his status for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Wells was limited in practice and listed as questionable for the Cards Week 3 game.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Wells does think he can play but will test his hamstring in pregame warmups. This meshes with reports that he'll be a game-time decision this weekend.

The Cardinals and Seahawks kick off at 4:15 p.m. (ET) which means the inactive list would come out at 2:45 p.m. (ET). If Wells isn't going to play, he'd be on that list. If he isn't on the inactive list, then it truly will be a game-time decision on him.

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For more on this week's matchup between the Cardinals and the Seahawks, visit SB Nation's Arizona blog Revenge Of The Birds and Seattle blog Field Gulls.


Antonio Gates Status Update: Out With Foot Injury, According To Report

A lingering foot injury will reportedly keep San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates on the sidelines for this Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The seven-time Pro Bowler missed six of the final eight games of the 2010 season with foot injuries that ultimately landed Gates on injured reserve for the first time in his eight-year career. Gates also battled a foot injury during the 2008 season.

Gates caught eight passes for 74 yards in the Chargers' season-opening win over the Minnesota Vikings, but the New England Patriots double covered Gates throughout last week's 35-21 loss, effectively removing him from the offense. Gates was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and made an early exit from an attempt to practice on Friday.

According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Gates' foot injury will keep him on the sideline. If the report is correct, veteran Randy McMichael will be asked to step up in a starting role. McMichael has four receptions for 26 yards on the season.

For updates on Gates, and the four Chargers who are listed as "doubtful" for today's game, check out Bolts From The Blue.

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