News and Notes 10-26-11


*-Matt Stafford was able to take part in passing drills in practice today but his status for week 8 is still uncertain. Officially he was listed as limited today. Shaun Hill took the 1st team reps and it's still too early in the week to know whether Stafford will be able to play thru his ankle injury or not this week. I again recommend Stafford owners who are counting on him this week to grab Hill as insurance.

*-Matt Hasselbeck has a minor thumb injury and was officially listed as limited in practice today but it won't prevent him from starting this week. Consider him as you normally would.

*-Tarvaris Jackson is still having issues with the pectoral muscle injury in his throwing arm. His status for week 8 is very questionable and barring a return to a full practice by the end of the week I suspect we'll see Charlie Whitehurst get the start this week against Cincinnati.

*-Sam Bradford is still unable to practice because of his high ankle sprain. It appears unlikely that he's going to be able to practice at any point this week, so I also suspect we'll see A.J. Feeley get a second consecutive start, this week against New Orleans. If you thought last week's Saints victory over Indianapolis was a pummeling, just wait until we see this one.

*-Two other QB notes for you: Ben Roethlisberger isn't on the practice report injury listings so the knee injury he reportedly suffered week 7 against Arizona is a complete non-issue. He'll start against New England without worry. And Matt Moore of Miami practiced in full today despite a ribs injury suffered this past week. He'll be fine to start against the Giants.

Running Backs

*-Adrian Peterson was held out of practice today because of an ankle injury believed to have been suffered week 7 against Green Bay. While this sounds more precautionary than anything to really be concerned about, we don't know for sure at this time. It might be a good idea for Peterson owners to get Toby Gerhart as insurance this week as the Vikings do face a Carolina run defense ranked 29th both in yards and fantasy points allowed on the ground.

*-While Beanie Wells says he plans on being able to play this week despite a knee injury, I'm not counting on it. We heard Wells say the same thing earlier this year only to be a game time scratch. I think the Cardinals would be wise to sit Wells this week and hope he can come back near full strength for their week 9 game against the pitiful Rams run defense. Wells did not practice today. I still expect Alfonso Smith to lead a RBBC against the Ravens and their strong run defense this week.

*-Mark Ingram was held out of practice today because of his heel injury. His status for week 8 is very questionable. Bottom line is that the Saints don't need Ingram to abuse St. Louis this week. Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas will do that just fine without him so it would make sense for them to give Ingram the week off. Also with the Saints, they moved up RB Chris Ivory from the reserve PUP list to the active PUP list. This allows Ivory to practice with the team and means he can be activated to the active roster. I think if they do that by Saturday, it will be a clear indication that Ingram isn't going to play this week. For those who don't remember Ivory, he had a stretch of games in 2010 where he was the team's leading RB and was producing very solid fantasy points regularly. Injuries derailed him last year and then in summer he broke a foot and also had a sports hernia operation. He's been on the Saints PUP list ever since but is believed to be fully recovered now. He's a guy you may want to consider as a deep stash now for those who have deep bench spots.

*-Peyton Hillis practiced today in limited fashion and appears to be on track to start week 8 now. Even though the Browns say that they will give him the bulk of the load, between his inability to stay healthy, produce this year when healthy, and Montario Hardesty's workman-like performances subbing for him, I have my doubts. Not saying you should definitely sit Hillis; I'm just saying you go in starting him knowing he's a risk.

*-Joseph Addai missed practice today and it does appear he aggravated his hamstring injury by trying to play week 7. His status for week 8's matchup against Tennessee is very questionable at this time. If he can't play, expect Delone Carter to get a chance to build on his solid week 7 statistical performance. We'd also see Donald Brown again.

*-BenJarvus Green-Ellis was limited in today's practice for the Patriots. Apparently the bye last week didn't allow his toe injury to completely heal up, but he is fully expected to be fine for week 8. Barring any negative report about him by the weekend you can consider him as you normally would.

*-Daniel Thomas missed practice today. It's not believed that he aggravated his prior hamstring injury this past weekend but we won't know for sure until we see tomorrow's practice report. Thomas owners be wary. Reggie Bush was limited with his minor neck strain but he is expected to be fine.

*-Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice today and while he is expected to be okay to play week 8, those back spasms that flared up in pre-game warm-ups last week that made him sit the entire game can happen at any time. Last week was a classic example of that. Even if he does play, you should be trying to find a way of keeping him on fantasy benches.

*-Mike Tolbert was held out of practice today. Tolbert suffered both hand and hamstring injuries week 7 and while he is expected to be fine for Monday night, any loss of playing time decreases his value and increases the value of Ryan Mathews. Mathews was dinged up week 7 as well having suffered a thumb injury but he is believed to be in no danger of not practicing this week or playing Monday night against the Chiefs.

Wide Receivers

*-Andre Johnson practiced today, but his status for week 8 is still uncertain. The hamstring is still bothering him and it looks like he could be headed for being a game time decision. The next two days of practice will tell us if we can rely on him or not. However, it wouldn't be a surprise at all if the Texans kind of eased him back and limited his playing time some if he does play this week.

*-After his much publicized workout yesterday, in which no NFL teams were in attendance for, Terrell Owens is playing the waiting game. It would be a surprise if any team signed him as at 38 years old, TO has age, injury, and attitude concerns. It was a great career TO and I won lots of championships with you, but I think it's time to hang up the cleats and pursue a new career. Other eccentric sports figures like Brian Bosworth and Dennis Rodman had some minor success in acting so there's an avenue.

*-Malcom Floyd missed practice with his hip injury. This was expected and his status for week 8 is still questionable at best. Patrick Crayton would likely draw the start for San Diego if Floyd can't play.

*-Percy Harvin also missed practice for Minnesota today because of his ribs injury. While the Vikings say they expect him to be able to play this week, if he doesn't practice by the end of the week I'd be strongly considering alternatives to him in starting fantasy lineups.

*-Hines Ward insists he'll play week 8 against New England despite an ankle sprain, but even if he does, I wouldn't start him. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are better fantasy bets from Pittsburgh.

*-No practice today for Cleveland's Mohamed Massaquoi. Massaquoi has a concussion and it's believed he won't play week 8. Be sure to keep him benched.

*-Lee Evans missed practice again today. Until he puts in a full week of practice without any issues in his ankle, I would stay away. Torrey Smith is likely to start again this week against the Cardinals. Smith might make a viable WR3 with this matchup.

*-Danario Alexander was unable to practice because of his hamstring injury. It's not out of the realm of possibility he misses at least 1 game and maybe more. But I'm just speculating here. If he doesn't practice by Friday I'd bet against him playing.

*-Early Doucet was held out of practice today with a quad injury. It's not believed to be serious but I would hope you have better fantasy options available to you for consideration.

Tight Ends

*-As expected Ben Watson was unable to practice today because of a concussion suffered week 7. It seems likely that Watson will miss Cleveland's game this week against San Francisco and that Evan Moore will get a chance to make a statement for more playing time going forward. Like I said yesterday, Moore is someone TE needy teams should acquire now.

*-Jimmy Graham was limited in practice because of an ankle injury but he played thru it week 7 and is fully expected to do so again this week against the Rams. Plan on starting Graham as you normally would without worry.

*-Visanthe Shiancoe was held out of practice today because of a foot injury but it's believed the Vikings were just giving him the day off and he is not expected to be in any jeopardy of not playing this week.

*-Todd Heap was limited in practice today. It's the first time Heap has been able to practice at all in a while so hopefully it's a sign that he'll be able to finally get back on the field for the Cardinals and fantasy owners. The true test will be if he can string together consecutive practices tomorrow and Friday.

*-Zach Miller took part in a limited practice today for Seattle. Miller's been out since suffering a week 5 concussion. Even if he plays his production this year has been awful and if he's on anyone's fantasy roster, it's only because of his name value and not what he's done this year in Seattle.