News and Notes 11-03-11


*-It's sounding more and more like both Sam Bradford and Kevin Kolb will be game time decisions when the Rams face the Cardinals this week. Bradford took part in individual drills today but is still bothered by his ankle sprain, while Kolb missed practice again, but is out of the walking boot he had been wearing. Just do yourself a favor and don't start any Rams or Cardinals QB despite the nice matchup for each.

*-Tarvaris Jackson was limited in practice today but he is still fully expected to start this week for Seattle.

*-Ryan Fitzpatrick has a minor chest injury but it won't prevent him from playing week 9.

*-Josh Freeman has a minor thumb injury but it isn't preventing him from practicing and he'll start week 9 without issue.

Running Backs

*-Ahmad Bradshaw's status for week 9 is in doubt. It was announced earlier today that Bradshaw's foot injury is a fracture and that he would be out indefinitely. But then it was announced that he may be able to play thru it as soon as this weekend. I have to figure Bradshaw at best would be severely limited if active, and probably he won't play. Expect Brandon Jacobs to be the primary RB for the Giants and depending on whether Bradshaw is active or not D.J. Ware may get some touches as well.

*-Ryan Mathews missed practice today and is sounding very doubtful to play for San Diego. Mike Tolbert is practicing and will be the featured RB for the Chargers this week.

*-Peyton Hillis practiced today and barring any setbacks by the weekend he should be able to start for Cleveland. Chris Ogbonnaya would move into a backup role if Hillis does play.

*-LeSean McCoy missed practice today because of an illness but he's expected to be fine by Monday night.

*-Willis McGahee's status is still uncertain. Some reports say he is expected to play, others say he isn't. Be sure to check out my fantasy football blog Saturday afternoon for the team by team news and notes for the latest on whether it will be McGahee or Knowshon Moreno starting at RB for Denver this week.

*-Daniel Thomas practiced in limited fashion again today and should be okay for week 9, but he's a risky player to bet on with his hamstring injury and his injury history this season. Even if he plays, he may be limited some.

*-Beanie Wells returned to a limited practice today and is fully expected to be fine for week 9 despite his knee injury.

*-BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Kevin Faulk were both limited in practice again today. BGE has a toe injury while Faulk is just being rested as he is an older RB who just played his first game of the season in week 8. Both are fully expected to be fine for week 9.

*-A few RB's who aren't expected to be fine for this weekend and are expected to miss week 9 are Oakland's Darren McFadden (foot), Dallas' Felix Jones (ankle), and New Orleans' Mark Ingram (heel).

Wide Receivers

*-Andre Johnson did not practice again today and while not officially ruled out yet for week 9 it's fully expected that he won't play. Jacoby Jones to start again this week for Houston in his place.

*-Vincent Jackson practiced today and he is fully expected to start week 9 without issue. Malcom Floyd did not practice because of the hip injury that almost made him miss last week's game. But Floyd played thru it then and I expect he'll do so again week 9.

*-Hakeem Nicks missed practice again today and his status for week 9 is very questionable unless he can practice tomorrow. It's believed the hamstring injury is minor but if he can't practice, it's not likely he'll play. Even if active Nicks may be more of a decoy which could mean both Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz would benefit.

*-Danario Alexander didn't practice and isn't expected to be able to play week 9 because of his hamstring injury.

*-Donald Jones has been practicing for Buffalo this week but he isn't fully recovered from his ankle injury and it's believed the Bills likely will make him wait until week 10 before making him active for games.

*-Amongst WR's who were either limited in practice or have some injury designation but are fully expected to play week 9 include the Jets Plaxico Burress (back), New England's Wes Welker (head), Atlanta's Julio Jones (hamstring), Seattle's Sidney Rice (foot), Pittsburgh's Hines Ward (ankle), Houston's Kevin Walter (knee), and San Francisco's Micheal Crabtree (foot) and Braylon Edwards (knee).

Tight Ends

*-Jermaine Gresham missed practice again today and he's sounding unlikely to play week 9 because of his hamstring injury. Donald Lee is likely to start in his place.

*-Brent Celek missed practice today with a hip injury but it's not believed to be serious and currently he is expected to be fine for Monday night.

*-Todd Heap was limited again today in practice. Heap has missed the last 3 games with a hamstring injury and his status for this week is questionable. Fellow Cardinals TE Rob Housler has a groin injury and hasn't been practicing this week. He's almost sure to miss week 9. Jeff King would get a lot of playing time if both Heap and Housler do not play.

*-Antonio Gates was held out of practice today, but it was by design as the Chargers played Monday night and are trying to limit the amount of practices Gates goes thru in the effort to not aggravate his foot injury. Gates should practice tomorrow and be fine for week 9.

*-Three TE's of note have minor injuries but each is expected to be fine for week 9. These are Washington's Fred Davis (ankle), New England's Aaron Hernandez (knee), and Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (back).