News and Notes 10-11-11


*-Denver has benched Kyle Orton and promoted Tim Tebow to be the new starting Quarterback.

*-Seattle hopes the bye this week will be enough time for Tarvaris Jackson's strained pectoral muscle to heal up. If it isn't, Charlie Whitehurst would get the start in week 7 when the Seahawks return. There's even speculation that Jackson may require surgery, and that would likely mean he'd be out for a while. I wouldn't hurry out to get Whitehurst if I were a Jackson owner, but if the pickings are slim, you may need to think about it.

*-Matt Schaub suffered both shoulder and thigh injuries. Both are considered minor though and he's fully expected to be okay to play this week.

Running Backs

*-Rashard Mendenhall is expected to be able to practice some this week and be able to start week 6. Mendenhall was active for last week's game but never got in on any snaps so he had to at least be close to being able to play. He may not get the full workload he normally would get but is a good bet to be the most productive RB from Pittsburgh. Isaac Redman did little and also suffered a minor leg injury. Jonathan Dwyer showed well enough to be put on fantasy watch lists.

*-Joseph Addai suffered a hamstring injury and it's widely believed he will miss at least 2 games. This makes Donald Brown relevant again as he will split up carries with Delone Carter. Brown is a better receiver than Carter and likely will have 3rd down duties and a change of pace role.

*-LeGarrette Blount suffered a knee injury week 5 and his status for week 6 is uncertain. If Blount can't play Earnest Graham would take over as the primary RB and we'd likely see a bit of Kregg Lumpkin serving as change of pace and 3rd down RB.

*-Brandon Jacobs may miss this week's game. It's too early in the week to know for sure but he missed last week with a reported sprained knee and that's not usually a one week injury. Even if he plays, I'd be surprised if he could handle his usual load behind Ahmad Bradshaw.

*-It now appears that a ruling on Cedric Benson's appeal of a league imposed 3 game suspension is going to be put off for a few weeks. I'm not going to bore you with the legal jargon, but suffice to say, Benson will start this week and no ruling is expected for a while. Those who grabbed Bernard Scott for when Benson serves will have to wait longer.

*-It just figures that after two weeks of New England bringing along Stevan Ridley and then all the reports saying how increased his role was going to be this past week with Danny Woodhead out that Ridley barely gets any playing time and BenJarvus Green-Ellis goes off for the best game of his career.

*-Tim Hightower says he'll be fine despite his shoulder injury. But it's really expected that Washington will turn over primary rushing duties to Ryan Torain and that Hightower will just be the 3rd down RB.  

*-Miami's Daniel Thomas is practicing and barring any setbacks with his injured hamstring he should be okay for this week. We'll see how it responds in the practice reports later in the week.

*-I told you last week about Kansas City's Jackie Battle and sure enough, the Chiefs made good on their promise to get him more involved. He's a hot free agent pickup now, so hopefully you grabbed him last week. He suffered what is believed to be a concussion in week 5, but he should be fine by the time Kansas City comes out the bye this week.

*-Chris Johnson suffered a minor hamstring strain week 5 but Tennessee is on bye this week and he should be fine by week 7.

*-Ryan Mathews suffered both calf and wrist injuries this past week and it's hoped the bye San Diego has this week will be enough time for him to be fine for week 7.

*-Mike Tolbert suffered a concussion week 5 but he's expected to be fine when the Chargers return from their bye.

Wide Receivers

*-Donald Jones of Buffalo suffered a high ankle sprain and he will miss the next 3-6 weeks. David Nelson moves into the starting lineup and Naaman Roosevelt becomes the new 3rd WR.

*-Josh Morgan broke his leg and he is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. With San Francisco currently eyeing a possible playoff appearance they are not expected to place him on injured reserve as he may be able to come back in 8-12 weeks. With Braylon Edwards also hurting and out a few more weeks with a knee injury, Ted Ginn Jr. steps into the starting role opposite Michael Crabtree. Rookie Kyle Williams becomes the #3 and the 49ers signed former Green Bay Packers WR Brett Swain earlier today for depth.

*-Julio Jones suffered a hamstring injury and it's currently not known if it's severe enough to prevent him playing this week or not. If he can't, Harry Douglas likely would step into the starting role opposite Roddy White.

*-Too early in the week to know for sure but it's expected that the bye was enough time for both Miles Austin and Dez Bryant to get healthy and close to 100%. I'll be paying attention to the practice reports later in the week to be sure.

*-Andre Johnson says he wants to try to practice this week after he gets his stitches out. But the odds of him being able to play this quickly after having had a surgical procedure done to repair his hamstring injury are next to nil.

*-It's unknown if the bye week was enough time for Lee Evans to get his ankle injury healed up so he can return for Baltimore. We'll know more later in the week. If he can't go, Torrey Smith would start again in his place.

*-Don't be surprised if Minnesota promotes Devin Aromashodu to a more prominent role over Bernard Berrian. Berrian has done nothing while Aromashodu has at least provided a couple of big plays.

*-Cleveland has promoted Greg Little to the starting spot over Brian Robiskie. Little is easily the most talented WR on Cleveland's roster and hopefully he'll start producing now that he'll be getting more playing time.

Tight Ends

*-Houston's James Casey suffered an arm strain but is expected to be okay. However, he just doesn't have much fantasy appeal with his role being so varied between tight end and fullback.

*-Aaron Hernandez came out of week 5 without aggravating his knee injury and appears to be okay going forward.

*-Seattle's Zach Miller suffered a concussion week 5 and the bye this week should allow him to be okay for week 7.