News and Notes 11-02-11


*-Sam Bradford didn't practice today because of his ankle injury. His status for week 9 is still very questionable. If he doesn't practice by the end of the week, A.J. Feeley would start for the Rams.

*-Kevin Kolb missed practice because of his turf toe injury. He also is questionable to play this week and will need to practice by the end of the week or the Cardinals are expected to start John Skelton.

Running Backs

*-Darren McFadden is sounding doubtful to play this week. McFadden is still on crutches and in a protective boot for a foot injury suffered two weeks ago and he was unable to practice today. There's a very good chance he misses this week and that Michael Bush will start and be the feature RB for Oakland.

*-Mark Ingram missed practice today because of his heel injury. It wasn't believed to be a serious injury when it happened two weeks ago, but if he doesn't practice at least in limited fashion by Friday, it's expected that he will miss this week's matchup for the Saints. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles will try to do a better job of filling in for him against Tampa Bay than they did against the Rams last week.

*-Peyton Hillis was unable to practice today. The Browns remain hopeful that he will be able to return to practice later this week and be able to play week 9, but his hamstring injury is healing slower than expected. There's a good chance Chris Ogbonnaya will be the lead RB for the Browns this week.

*-Willis McGahee practiced today. McGahee has a right hand injury that required surgery last week and he is trying to experiment with holding onto the ball in his left hand. While practicing is good, he'll need to show he can hold onto the ball without issue before he'll be allowed to play. If he can, he'll likely return sooner than expected and push Knowshon Moreno back into just a complementary role.

*-Ryan Mathews is very questionable for this week because of his groin injury. He didn't practice today and is not expected to tomorrow either. However, Mike Tolbert practiced and is expected to be able to return this week. If Mathews doesn't play, Tolbert would be the featured RB.  Backup Curtis Brinkley is uncertain to play because of a concussion suffered Monday night and didn't practice today either.

*-Felix Jones missed practice today. Jones is still bothered by an ankle injury and is very questionable for this week. The Cowboys have intimated that when Jones returns that DeMarco Murray will remain a big part of their rushing attack so Jones, even when healthy, is likely headed back to being a complementary RB ala the Marion Barber years in Dallas.

*-Amongst RB's who either missed practice today or were limited but are expected to be okay for week 9 are Arizona's Beanie Wells (knee), the Giants Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), New England's BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), and Miami's Daniel Thomas (hamstring).

Wide Receivers

*-Vincent Jackson didn't practice today. Jackson's been battling a myriad of minor injuries this season, most recently a hamstring strain. It's likely that with San Diego having just played Monday night that they decided to rest Jackson. I expect he'll play this week.

*-Wes Welker missed practice today with a neck injury but it's not believed to be serious and currently Welker is expected to be fine for this week.

*-Hakeem Nicks missed practice today but it was expected. Nicks has a minor hamstring injury and should return to practice by Friday and is expected to be okay to start this week.

*-Mario Manningham missed practice today because of an undisclosed illness. But he's expected to be fine for this week.

*-Andre Johnson missed practice today and it now sounds like he is a long shot to play this week. Johnson has been out the last few weeks after having surgery to repair a hamstring injury. Jacoby Jones is likely to start again in his place.

*-Hines Ward was limited in practice because of his ankle injury but is fully expected to play this week.

*-Emmanuel Sanders did not practice today. Sanders has a knee injury, and in addition to that his mother passed away Tuesday. He'll likely miss this week's game.

*-Lee Evans isn't practicing yet and seems unlikely to play this week.

*-Danario Alexander was limited in practice today and his status for this week's game against the Cardinals is uncertain because of his hamstring injury.

*-Mohamed Massaquoi missed practice today. Massaquoi still hasn't been cleared yet after suffering a concussion week 7 and it seems likely he will miss another game. Even if active he's a poor bet for any fantasy production.

*-Oakland released Derek Hagan. The move became necessary after they signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh yesterday.

*-Jacksonville placed Mike Sims-Walker on injured reserve because of a lingering knee injury. His season is done and you can safely drop him from all fantasy teams. They signed former Cleveland WR Brian Robiskie to take his place but Robiskie has no fantasy value.

Tight Ends

*-Fred Davis was held out of practice today because of an ankle injury, but he is expected to practice by Friday and currently is expected to be fine for week 9.

*-Todd Heap was limited in practice today but his status for this week's matchup remains uncertain because of a lingering hamstring injury.

*-Jermaine Gresham missed practice today and he is uncertain to play this week because of a hamstring injury.

*-The bye in week 8 helped Kevin Boss get over his concussion. Boss practiced today and is fully expected to be fine to start week 9 for Oakland.

*-Notable TE's who either were held out of practice today, or limited but are fully expected to be fine to start week 9 include New England's Aaron Hernandez (knee), Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (back), and Indianapolis's Dallas Clark (knee).