News and Notes 10-10-12


*-Robert Griffin III was able to practice in limited fashion today. As long as he suffers no setbacks by Friday, he should end up being listed as Probable on the injury report and should be okay to start week 6.

*-Matt Cassel still hasn't been cleared to practice yet after suffering a concussion week 5. He is not expected to be able to play this week and Brady Quinn will likely start week 6 barring something unforeseen.

*-John Skelton says he's close to being back to being totally healthy, but he isn't quite there yet. With Kevin Kolb playing well in his absence, the Cardinals have no reason to push Skelton back before he is at full strength.

*-As expected, Alex Smith put in a full practice despite his sprained finger. He'll be just fine for week 6.

*-Tom Brady was limited in practice with his shoulder issue. It's par for the course for the Patriots to rest Brady in Wednesday practices. He's fine and will practice in full tomorrow I'll bet.

Running Backs

*-Donald Brown underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to clear out some loose particles in his knee and will miss the next 2-3 weeks. Vick Ballard will step in as the starter for the Colts, but he's hardly been effective as Brown's complement so far this season averaging only 2 yards per rush attempt. If he struggles at all as the primary RB it won't be a surprise at all if Delone Carter gets a chance to get back into the good graces of the coaching staff. Carter was supposed to compete for the starting job in training camp but was sidelined most of it and preseason with a ribs injury. Ballard will get first crack though and is the higher priority add for the RB needy. If Mewelde Moore is able to play he'll be the 3rd down RB and dominate passing down duties. Moore was inactive week 5 with an ankle injury but is supposed to be ready to play this week.

*-The Packers placed Cedric Benson on the "designated for return" injured reserve. That means Benson will definitely miss the next 8 weeks. The earliest he could return is week 14. Alex Green will start in his absence, but if Green doesn't show well, James Starks will get a chance to be the primary RB.

*-Rashard Mendenhall is Probable for tomorrow night's game for Pittsburgh and will start without issue. It's likely Jonathan Dwyer will be inactive.

*-Miami's Daniel Thomas was unable to practice today and has been diagnosed with a concussion. This is his second concussion so far this season and almost certainly will be held out week 6. Expect Lamar Miller to be Reggie Bush's top backup this week.

*-Adrian Peterson was held out of practice today with what's listed as an ankle issue. But it's really believed the Vikings are just giving him a day of rest. I'd be surprised if he didn't practice tomorrow.

*-Andre Brown hasn't been cleared to practice yet because of a concussion suffered week 5. It's very likely he is going to sit out week 6 for the Giants. Word from local New York media is that after some solid showings the last few weeks on special teams and last week running the ball some, David Wilson will be incorporated back into some playing time.

*-La'Rod Stephens-Howling was able to practice in full today and looks to be on track to be okay to play this week for Arizona despite a lingering hip injury. Stephens-Howling would likely be the 3rd down and change of pace RB to expected starter William Powell.

*-Ryan Mathews was given today off in practice. San Diego plays Monday night so today wasn't an official practice anyway. He's fully expected to be fine for Monday night.

*-Both Arian Foster and Ben Tate were limited in practice today. Foster has a minor knee issue and probably this was just the Texans giving him a little bit of rest. Tate missed Monday night's game with a toe injury and needs to practice before I'll feel good about his chances of playing this week as Foster's backup.

*-Brandon Bolden was limited in practice for the Patriots today because of a "knee" issue. He was limited all last week too but played and looked fine and I fully expect that will be the case again this week too. Shane Vereen was also limited with his foot issue but he too will be okay for this week, but he is buried on the RB depth chart.

Wide Receivers

*-Andre Johnson was limited in practice today with a minor groin issue. Johnson was limited some in practices last week with it, but he played without issue and it's not believed to be the reason for his lack of recent production. That's just the way it goes sometimes when you're on the league's best rushing offense.

*-A.J. Green was also limited in practice today with what's listed as a knee issue, but it's likely the Bengals were just giving their star WR a little bit of rest. He should be fine for week 6.

*-Kenny Britt is listed as Probable for tomorrow night's game for Tennessee. He looks to finally be over his ankle injury and should start without issue.

*-Miles Austin was able to practice in full today despite having popped up on the injury report with his ever present hamstring issue.

*-Greg Jennings sat out practice today. Both Jennings and the Packers have said they are going to let his groin injury heal up fully before bringing him back and if they remain true to that, Jennings will likely end up missing week 6.

*-Minnesota says they expect Jerome Simpson to be fine for week 6 despite having some mysterious back injury. But after getting burned by him in week 5, fantasy owners should exercise extreme caution with Simpson.

*-Hakeem Nicks didn't practice today, but the team is hopeful he can practice by Friday. Nicks needs to show he's able to practice despite his balky knee and foot issues before he can be trusted to play.

*-Julian Edelman still isn't able to practice because of his hand injury. Edelman is well off fantasy radar now and can be dropped in all leagues as I won't be updating him again until he really deserves it. The Patriots experiment of keeping Wes Welker out of the starting lineup should be over with. For what it's worth with the Patriots listing everyone on the roster practically as limited in practice, Welker was also limited with an ankle issue, but he'll be fine for week 6.

*-Brian Hartline practiced today despite having a minor quad issue. He's fully expected to be fine for week 6.

*-The Jets Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley were both limited in practice today. Hill is trying to come back after missing the last couple of games with a hamstring injury and Kerley popped up today with a finger issue. Kerley should be fine for this week and he will start again if Hill's hammy can't make it thru practices.

*-Cleveland could be in the market for a WR this week. Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin were both unable to practice today because of hamstring injuries and it's expected that both will miss week 6, like they did week 5. Jordan Norwood popped up with a rumored foot sprain and was also unable to practice today. The Browns aren't saying what the injury exactly is, but Norwood could miss a couple of games. This rash of injuries means Josh Gordon gets another chance to start opposite Greg Little and Josh Cribbs likely becomes the #3 WR for this week. They'll need to sign someone to be a #4.

*-Detroit's Titus Young was unable to practice today because of a knee injury. It's unknown if this actually a serious injury or if he was just being a day of rest. We'll know more tomorrow.   

Tight Ends

*-No surprise that both Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle) were limited in practice today. I expect Gronkowski will be fine for week 6 and as long as we don't hear about any setbacks in practice this week with Hernandez, I expect he will play for the first time since injuring his ankle back in week 2.

*-Jermichael Finley didn't practice today and his status for week 6 is very questionable because of his shoulder injury. Given his lack of production to date combined with a tough matchup, I'd recommend just keeping Finley on the bench regardless of whether he plays or not.

*-Martellus Bennett also missed practice today with his knee injury and his status is very questionable for week 6 as well. Given a tough matchup this week against the 49ers and I think you would be wise to keep Bennett on the bench this week too.

*-As I suspected, the Lions were just giving Brandon Pettigrew a day off yesterday. Pettigrew returned to a limited practice today as he is dealing with some sort of minor knee issue but he's currently expected to be fine for week 6.

*-Dustin Keller was limited in practice today, but this is actually an upgrade for him over last week and as long as he suffers no setbacks between now and the weekend, Keller looks to be active and play for the first time since aggravating a preseason hamstring injury back in week 1. Not sure I'd trust him in a fantasy starting lineup though yet.

*-Todd Heap practiced in limited fashion today, but no indication if he's actually going to be able to play week 6 or not yet. Heap's missed the last 3 games with what was called at the time a minor knee sprain.