News and Notes 11-08-11


*-Kevin Kolb is expected to miss week 10 because of his toe and foot injuries. John Skelton is expected to start for Arizona against Philadelphia.

*-Sam Bradford came out of the game this past weekend without aggravating his ankle injury and looks good to go going forward.

Running Backs

*-Darren McFadden is expected to miss this Thursday night's game against San Diego. He still isn't recovered enough from his foot injury so Michael Bush will get the start again for Oakland.

*-Meanwhile, San Diego expects to have Ryan Mathews back for that game against Oakland. Mathews may not be fully recovered from his groin injury though and therefore a split between him and Mike Tolbert is to be expected. You roll the dice with either one as both have proven to be great, and both have proven to be disappointing because of the precarious nature of their RBBC.

*-It's sounding like Jahvid Best will miss week 10. Word is that he hasn't passed his concussion tests yet and there's no timetable for when he may be able to return. Expect close to an even split between Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams again this week for the Lions. Detroit also signed Kevin Smith, who used to play for Detroit before multiple knee injuries seemingly ended his career. Smith is only expected to serve in an emergency backup role.

*-Frank Gore appeared to have aggravated his ankle injury week 9 but the 49ers expect him to be fine for week 10.

*-Shonn Greene suffered a head injury week 9 but is expected to be okay. We'll update later in the week but for now it sounds like he didn't suffer a concussion and should be able to start for the Jets.

*-We don't know if Ahmad Bradshaw will play this week or not. We'll have to wait for an update on whether he can gut out his foot injury or not. If he can't, expect Brandon Jacobs to be the primary RB against the 49ers top ranked fantasy run defense.

*-Felix Jones is close to making his return for the Cowboys and it could be this week. Jones has missed the last few games with an ankle injury and even when he returns, it's expected Dallas will stay with DeMarco Murray as their primary RB and ease Jones back in slowly.

*-Both Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty have been declared OUT for week 10 already by the Browns. Hardesty is expected to miss at least 1 more game after this with his calf injury while Hillis has no timetable for a return from his nagging hamstring injury. Chris Ogbonnaya gets to start again this week against another former team he used to play for: St. Louis. But even with the juicy matchup it's hard to like Ogbonnaya after he showed nothing as the feature RB for Cleveland last week. Thomas Clayton could threaten for carries as soon as this week if Ogbonnaya struggles again.

*-Joseph Addai was active for the second consecutive week but again saw no playing time. After Delone Carter fumbled early in the game the Colts went exclusively with Donald Brown. Just avoid the Colts RB situation as who knows week to week?

*-Mike Shanahan is playing games with fantasy owners again this week, refusing to name Roy Helu as the starting RB for Washington week 10. Helu played a featured role in week 9 and it seems that Ryan Torain has completely fallen out of favor. But with Shanahan, anything is possible and it will be interesting what happens once Tashard Choice is over his hamstring and can be thrown into the mix. I tentatively expect Helu to be the primary RB, but I wouldn't bet a dirty sock on anything involving the Redskins RB situation.

Wide Receivers

*-Malcom Floyd is not expected to be able to play this Thursday night for San Diego. Floyd is still bothered by a hip injury. It needs to be noted that Vincent Brown, and not Patrick Crayton started for Floyd last week and probably will do so again.

*-Miles Austin suffered another hamstring injury week 9 and he is out the next 2-4 weeks. Laurent Robinson steps in as the starter opposite Dez Bryant and Robinson should be a priority free agent add for those desperate at WR.

*-"Andre Johnson Watch" week 10 begins! After suffering a setback in his recovery from his hamstring surgery last week, I would fully expect the Texans do the smart thing and rest Johnson this week. Since they have the bye in week 11, I think rest and a week 12 return at near full strength sounds like the wise course of action. But there I go again: making sense in a nonsensical world.

*-Nate Washington suffered a hip injury week 9 and his status for week 10 is uncertain. We'll know more later in the week.

*-Emmanuel Sanders underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss at least 2 games. Jerricho Cotchery likely steps in as the #4 WR for Pittsburgh as Hines Ward's concussion suffered week 9 was minor and he is fully expected to be able to play week 10.

*-Greg Salas broke his leg week 9 and he is gone for the season. Austin Pettis will likely step into the 3rd WR role for the Rams. Also, no word yet on whether Danario Alexander will be able to play for St. Louis this week or not. Alexander is trying to recover from a hamstring injury.

*-Washington released Donte Stallworth. You should too. They signed David Anderson to take his place. You shouldn't. If you're going to sign any WR from Washington besides Jabar Gaffney, it should be Leonard Hankerson as he has taken over as a starter until Santana Moss returns from his hand injury.

*-Mohamed Massaquoi sounds unlikely to play for Cleveland after suffering concussion like symptoms Monday. Massaquoi played this past week after missing the week before with a concussion.

*-Seattle placed rookie WR Kris Durham on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. His season is done and you can safely drop him in all formats.

Tight Ends

*-Dallas Clark suffered an undisclosed leg injury week 9 and is out indefinitely. Speculation is that he may end up on injured reserve. Another Colts TE, Brody Eldridge has a hand injury and is out indefinitely as well. Jacob Tamme steps in as the new starting TE. The Colts signed Anthony Hill to provide depth and also called up Mike McNeill from their practice squad. Tamme was a fantasy darling last year, but it's hard to expect he'll even equal Clark's dismal stats this season with Curtis Painter regressing every week. Drop Clark if you have him and find a higher upside TE than Tamme to replace him with.

*-Lance Kendricks suffered a foot sprain week 9 and his status for week 9 is uncertain. I'd be surprised if he played. He's been a monumental bust as the most overhyped rookie with fantasy potential heading into 2011 unless you play in a dynasty league, I feel confident in saying Kendricks can be dropped and a suitable higher upside replacement found for him.

*-Cincinnati hopes to have Jermaine Gresham back this week. Gresham has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

*-The Cardinals hope to have Todd Heap back this week.

*-Jared Cook is expected to be fine for week 10 despite suffering a knee bruise week 9.

*-Dustin Keller is expected to be fine after reportedly passing all of his concussion tests from a week 9 hit to the head.

*-New England released Dan Gronkowski today. I mention this because many get Dan and Rob confused since it's rare a team has two players at the same position who have the same last name and I can see that someone somewhere is going nuts over this. Dan is Rob's brother and Dan had no catches.


*-Rian Lindell suffered a shoulder injury this past Sunday and will be out the next 4-6 weeks. Buffalo signed Dave Rayner to kick for them until Lindell can return.