News and Notes 10-20-11


*-Sam Bradford was unable to practice at all today because of his ankle sprain and his status for week 7 is in real question. If he doesn't practice at all tomorrow, I'd expect A.J. Feeley would get the start. Even if Bradford plays, I'd recommend sitting him against an aggressive Dallas pass rush.

*-Tarvaris Jackson was limited in practice but is still not expected to be able to start. Charlie Whitehurst is likely to start for Seattle.

*-Matt Schaub practiced in full today and is a go for week 7.

Running Backs

*-The reason Jerome Harrison failed his physical which nullified the trade between Detroit and Philadelphia turns out to be a brain tumor. It's expected that this will end Harrison's season and his football career is in jeopardy. No word on how bad the tumor is, but my thoughts and prayers go out to him, and his friends and family.

*-While there have been some reports suggesting that Jahvid Best may miss the rest of the season after suffering his second concussion this year, those are just rumors and there's no definitive word. The Lions say they expect him back once he passes his tests, and haven't even ruled him out for week 7 yet. But it's a foregone conclusion he won't play this week and that Maurice Morris will start, with a good bit of Keiland Williams sprinkled in as the change of pace back.

*-Rashard Mendenhall popped up on the practice report injury listings today as limited with a knee issue. It's unknown whether this is something he suffered yesterday or today as he wasn't on the report yesterday. We'll see what the Friday night injury report says and this is just more reason why you need to be looking for my team by news and notes I post on Saturday in my fantasy football blog.

*-Willis McGahee was also added to the practice report injury listings today because of a back issue. But it's believed they are just resting him and that he'll be fine for week 7.

*-Peyton Hillis was unable to practice again today because of his hamstring injury and again, while the team refuses to rule him out for this week I wouldn't start him even if he is active. I fully expect Montario Hardesty to be the primary RB this week for Cleveland and Hillis would have a very limited role if he even plays. If he doesn't, Chris Ogbannaya would be the change of pace to Hardesty.

*-Joseph Addai didn't practice again and it's very unlikely he plays week 7.

*-Cadillac Williams has been practicing in full this week despite a thigh injury and it appears he'll be fine to be Steven Jackson's backup this week. But for fantasy purposes, that's all he is: an okay handcuff for the Jackson owner.

*-Amongst the RB's who were limited in practice today or have been nicked up with some injury listing but are fully expected to start and be fine for week 7 include Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew, along with Miami's Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush.

Wide Receivers

*-Vincent Jackson practiced today and while the Chargers may play some games with the injury report listing him as questionable with his hamstring and abdominal muscle strains he is expected to be fine for this week.

*-Mike Wallace practiced in limited fashion today and that's a good sign that he will be fine for this week against Arizona despite a minor hamstring strain.

*-Julio Jones didn't practice again today with his hamstring injury and is appearing to be doubtful to be able to play this week. If he misses practice again tomorrow, I'd say he definitely is out.

*-Even though Earl Bennett has been practicing in full, it's believed the Bears are going to hold him out this week. Bennett's been out since week 3 with a chest injury and with them having the bye next week, they may just decide to give him some extra time off and then bring him back in week 9.

*-Amongst WR's who were either limited in practice or have been banged up some but are fully expected to play and be fine this week include Atlanta's Roddy White, Miami's Brandon Marshall, Chicago's Devin Hester, and Minnesota's Percy Harvin.

Tight Ends

*-Jimmy Graham was held out of practice today with what is being called a sore ankle. It's believed to be minor and the Saints are just being extra cautious with what has turned into the best fantasy TE in the game. As long as Graham practices at least in limited fashion  tomorrow I'd bet on him playing this week.

*-Antonio Gates did not practice today. He had practiced in limited fashion Monday and Wednesday so it's unknown if he had a setback on his injured foot or not. Even if Gates plays week 7 it's likely he is going to be very limited. There's probably a dozen other TE's I'd feel better about starting this week unless Gates practices in full tomorrow, and I can practically guarantee that isn't happening.

*-Greg Olsen practiced in full today and should be fine for week 7. Reportedly, Olsen has a mild case of turf toe. I don't think I've ever heard a turf toe injury called mild before as it's usually a nasty injury but Olsen should start without issue this week.

*-Todd Heap missed practice again today and I'd be surprised if he was able to play this week. Heap has a hamstring injury. Expect Jeff King and Rob Housler to take up the mediocre slack.

*-Tony Gonzalez returned to a full practice today and is fully expected to be fine for week 7 despite a minor elbow injury.

*-Zach Miller of Seattle was unable to practice today and it's starting to look like he isn't quite over his concussion and his chances of playing this week are looking slim.


*-Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski was limited in practice today because of a hamstring issue. It's believed he strained it in practice. If he doesn't practice tomorrow it won't be surprising if the Raiders sign another kicker to kick for them this week. Just another reason to look for my Saturday team by team news and notes in my fantasy football blog.