News and Notes 10-12-11


*-Matt Schaub was held out of practice today. Schaub suffered thigh and shoulder injuries week 5 and while this is a bit concerning, it's likely the Texans are just resting him and that he will return to practice tomorrow. However with a matchup against a tough Baltimore Ravens defense, and missing his star WR, Schaub is understandably a poor play this week.

Running Backs

*-Rashard Mendenhall is not on the practice report injury listings for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's assumed he practiced in full and his hamstring injury is a non-issue heading into week 6 now. He'll return to his normal role and can be considered for starting fantasy lineups. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer need to be kept on the bench.

*-All 3 of Houston's RB's, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, and Derrick Ward were limited in practice today. But all 3 are fully expected to be active for week 6. Foster will be the feature RB and the only one you should even think about starting against a Ravens run defense that has held 3 of 4 opponents to under 75 rushing yards and give up only one rushing TD this season. Supporting the belief that Tate and Ward will both be able to be active and serve in complimentary roles is the fact the Texans waived RB Chris Ogbannaya earlier today.

*-LeGarrette Blount did not practice today and while not ruled out for week 6 yet with his knee injury, it appears that at best he'll be questionable and a game time decision. I wouldn't be counting on Blount playing this week and Earnest Graham is expected to be the primary RB this week for Tampa Bay.

*-Indianapolis isn't ruling out Joseph Addai yet for this week, preferring to call him "day to day" with his hamstring injury. But it's highly unlikely he'll be okay to play this week and I still fully expect a time share between Delone Carter and Donald Brown week 6.

*-Brandon Jacobs didn't practice today and his status for week 6 is very uncertain because of his knee injury. I'm not counting on him being active.

*-Tim Hightower was limited in practice today because of his shoulder injury. Word now is that he actually suffered the injury back in week 1 and that he had been keeping it hidden from the coaching staff. Whatever the real story is, it won't change the fact that Ryan Torain will be the primary rusher for Washington this week, with Roy Helu the change of pace, and Tim Hightower the 3rd down RB. Torain is the only one with fantasy value this week.

*-BenJarvus Green-Ellis was limited in practice today with a toe injury. It's not believed to be serious at all though and after his career game last week, I expect he'll continue to be the primary RB for the Patriots for the time being. However, I am sure that fantasy owners shouldn't be anywhere close to considering the fantasy upside of Stevan Ridley to be dead. It's just par for the course: the Patriots RB situation has been a source of fantasy frustration since Corey Dillon left New England.

*-And speaking of the Patriots, Danny Woodhead returned to a limited practice today. This further muddles the Patriots RB situation for this week.

Wide Receivers

*-Atlanta has already declared Julio Jones OUT for week 6 because of the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday. They're hopeful he'll return in week 7. Harry Douglas is most likely to start in his place with Kerry Meier and Eric Weems also climbing a spot on the depth chart. Douglas has always had potential, but he's either been too injury prone or inconsistent to put it altogether. But still, if you're bye week needy at WR, Douglas isn't a bad bye week filler. In related news, Roddy White was limited in practice with his weekly knee issue. But like always, White is fully expected to be fine to play in games.

*-Lee Evans was able to practice some today and he may be able to play week 6 after all. Too early in the week to know for sure, but if he can practice without any setbacks on his injured ankle, it's likely he'll return to the starting lineup and push the fantasy upside of Torrey Smith back a lot.

*-Houston acquired Derrick Mason via a trade with the New York Jets last night. Mason is expected to fill in as the Texans #3 WR as soon as this weekend. He brings a knowledge of the Ravens defense but the chances of him being fantasy relevant are very slim. Houston waived WR David Anderson to make room for Mason on the roster.

*-And staying with the Texans, they acknowledge that while they are happy with the progress Andre Johnson is making they aren't expecting him to be able to play this week, only a week removed from having hamstring surgery. Realistically, Johnson is expected to miss at least one more game after this week.

*-Both Miles Austin and Dez Bryant practiced in full today and both are fully expected to be ready to start week 6.

*-San Francisco placed Josh Morgan on injured reserve today because of his broken leg. Ted Ginn Jr.  steps in as the starter with Braylon Edwards out a few more weeks with a knee injury.

*-Devery Henderson was held out of practice today with the same calf injury that limited him some in practices last week. He should be okay to play this week but he's clearly the low man on the WR totem pole for New Orleans now that Marques Colston is back.

*-Among WR's who were limited in practices today but are currently expected to be fine for week 6 are Percy Harvin and Jason Hill.

Tight Ends

*-Tony Gonzalez was held out of practice reportedly because of an elbow issue. But I think they were just resting him and fully expect him to be fine for week 6.

*-While Aaron Hernandez was limited in practice today he made it thru week 5 without aggravating his knee injury and it's likely the Patriots are just being extra careful with him until he's fully recovered from it and he should be fine to play this week.

*-Chris Cooley was limited in practice with his lingering knee issue but he's expected to be okay to play. But Fred Davis has been out-producing him and has emerged as the Redskins TE to have for fantasy purposes.

*-Tony Scheffler didn't practice today because of a concussion. He's unlikely to be cleared to play this week and can be dropped from fantasy rosters.