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News and Notes: November 15, 2011
 
News and Notes 11-15-11


Quarterbacks

*-Michael Vick suffered 2 broken ribs in week 10 and his status for week 11 is very uncertain. We won't know until later in the week but there's a good chance Vince Young will start for the Eagles this week.

*-Matt Schaub suffered a foot injury and fears are that it is a Lisfranc injury. Schaub is meeting with specialists this week and while reports have come out that he likely will miss the rest of the season, the Texans say they will wait for the results of doctor examinations before making a determination on Schaub's status the rest of the season. But it definitely sounds like Schaub will miss at least a few games and it's likely he will miss the rest of the year. Houston's on bye this week but when they come out, Matt Leinart will get the start. Leinart isn't an exciting QB, but he's not as bad as his press has painted him to be and this could be a great opportunity for him. Of course, if he flops, Houston has rookie T.J. Yates ready as his backup.

*-Matt Cassel is out indefinitely with a hand injury. It's expected that it will require surgery and he will be placed on injured reserve soon. Tyler Palko takes over for the Chiefs with rookie Ricky Stanzi behind him. Palko has been in the league for a few years but mainly on practice squads and he has very limited playing experience. I'm not as hopeful for Palko to have potential value as I am Leinart in Houston, but Palko represents the great unknown and I've never been a big Cassel fan anyway.

*-Matt Stafford has a broken finger but he's been playing thru it in recent weeks and will continue to do so. But this may explain why he has had some struggles of late after a hot start to the season.

*-Ben Roethlisberger has a broken thumb on his throwing hand but he says it won't prevent him from starting when Pittsburgh returns from the bye. We'll revisit his injury next week unless it becomes a story later this week.

*-Kevin Kolb is expected to miss week 11 because of his toe and foot injuries. John Skelton will start again for the Cardinals this week.

*-Christian Ponder suffered a hand injury last night but it's minor and won't prevent him from starting this week for the Vikings.

*-Washington says they are sticking with Rex Grossman as their starting QB for week 11, but this situation is fluid and they can change their minds at any moment. Mike Shanahan has made the QB situation just slightly less worse than projecting the Washington RB situation on a week to week basis.


Running Backs

*-Knowshon Moreno tore an ACL week 10 and his season is done. Willis McGahee suffered a hamstring injury as well and while he is tentatively expected to play Thursday night it's not a given. At best I expect he'd be limited and that we'll see a great deal of Lance Ball again for Denver. Ball is a smart add for the RB needy. Denver also called up Jeremiah Johnson from their practice squad and he provides depth. Heck, in the Broncos extremely run-heavy offense, he might even be worth keeping an eye on.

*-Also for the Thursday night contest LaDainian Tomlinson is likely to miss the game because of a knee sprain. It's not considered severe, but on the short week it's not likely to allow him to play. Joe McKnight will take LT's role in the Jets offense and could be considered a desperation acquisition.

*-Frank Gore suffered a knee injury but it's considered to be minor and currently not expected to prevent him from playing this week against Arizona. But it could mean he is limited and we could see a lot of 49ers rookie Kendall Hunter.

*-No word yet on whether Oakland will have Daren McFadden back this week or not. McFadden will need to practice this week or he'll sit again because of his foot injury. Michael Bush is more than capable of carrying the load again and likely will do so if I had to guess.

*-Also no word on whether Ahmad Bradshaw will be able to play this week or not. Like with McFadden, I'm guessing Bradshaw will miss one more game. Brandon Jacobs is likely to be the primary RB and split some duties with D.J. Ware again this week for the Giants.

*-Peyton Hillis has already been ruled OUT by Cleveland because of his hamstring injury. With Montario Hardesty very unlikely to play because of a calf injury it looks like Chris Ogbonnaya will get a 3rd consecutive start this week.

*-Dallas expects to have Felix Jones back this week but only in a complimentary role to DeMarco Murray. Murray's been way too good for the Cowboys to even think of making it a timeshare. Especially given this would be Jones first game back from a bad ankle sprain. Start Murray with confidence this week.

*-Jahvid Best is expected to miss week 11 and there is still no timetable for when he could return from his concussion. Kevin Smith actually looked pretty good last week and it's now a fair bet that Smith is the primary runner with Maurice Morris as the change of pace and 3rd down RB. Keiland Williams looks to be regulated to short yardage and an occasional speller for Smith.

*-After another disappointing effort by Ryan Torain don't be surprised if Tashard Choice gets a lot of playing time this week against his former team. Choice will need to practice this week as he is getting over a hamstring injury, but if he does, I can bet he'll want to be in there against Dallas. Besides, it would be another way for Mike Shanahan to mess with fantasy players and whether they can rely on Roy Helu or not.


Wide Receiver

*-Calvin Johnson has passed all concussion tests and will be fine for week 11. Megatron owners can breathe easy.

*-Jeremy Maclin suffered both shoulder and hamstring injuries week 10 and he is sounding very unlikely to play this week. Unless he has a miraculous recovery during the week expect Jason Avant to start in his place.

*-You can also expect DeSean Jackson to start as well for Philadelphia after he was made inactive for disciplinary reasons last week.

*-A.J. Green suffered a knee injury but the Bengals are saying it's minor and that Green is expected to be able to play this week. Tentatively expect Green to be available for you this week.

*-It's too early in the week to know if Julio Jones will be able to play this week or not because of a hamstring injury suffered this past week. This is to the other hamstring than the one Jones missed time with earlier in the season. If Jones can't play Harry Douglas will get the start for Atlanta.

*-Buffalo's Steve Johnson has a shoulder injury but it's considered minor and he is currently expected to be fine for week 11.

*-Washington lost rookie Leonard Hankerson for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his hip. With Santana Moss still a couple of weeks away from returning it looks like it will be starter by committee between Niles Paul (if he's healthy enough to play with his toe injury), Anthony Armstrong, and Terrence Austin. The Redskins also re-signed Donte Stallworth but he seems the least likely to be in the rotation.

*-Jeremy Kerley's status for Thursday night is uncertain because of a knee injury suffered week 10. The Jets #4 WR is Patrick Turner but he may miss the game as well because of a kidney injury. If the Jets don't sign a WR or promote one from the practice squad by tomorrow it will be an indication that one or both of these players will be okay to play.

*-Too early in the week to know if Cleveland will get Mohamed Massaquoi back. Massaquoi still needs to get clearance from a concussion suffered a couple of weeks ago.

*-Also unclear is the status of Oakland's Jacoby Ford. Ford suffered a foot injury last Thursday night and he remains questionable for this week.

*-San Diego may be without Malcom Floyd for a 3rd consecutive game. But again, it's too early in the week to know. Floyd has been out because of a hip injury. But his replacement, Vincent Brown, certainly looked good last Thursday.

*-Seattle may be without both Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin. Both are believed to have suffered concussions week 10 and we won't know about their availability until later in the week.


Tight Ends

*-Carolina hopes to have Jeremy Shockey this week. Shockey suffered both rib and hip injuries but both are believed to be minor.

*-The Rams lost Michael Hoomanawanui for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. With Lance Kendricks likely to miss week 11 with a foot injury they're basically down to blocking TE Billy Bajema.

*-No word yet on whether the Cardinals will get Todd Heap back this week or not. Heap has missed the last several games with a hamstring injury.

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