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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 4
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/29/12 10:20
Buffalo: Both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are listed as Questionable and both called game time decisions. Jackson is believed to be ready to start week 4 while Spiller is more likely to be inactive. Jackson is trying to return from his knee sprain from week 1, while Spiller has a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. If neither one is active, Tashard Choice would get the start and be the featured RB. But if Jackson does start, Choice would likely just split time with him, as Jackson is unlikely to be ready for a full complement of carries. The Bills play an early game Sunday so we'll know about an hour before the games start about who is active and who isn't.

Miami: RB Reggie Bush is expected to start week 4 despite being listed as Questionable. Bush suffered a knee bruise week 3 and while he should be okay to start this week, he may not be able to carry a full featured RB load. Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller likely will pick up some extra snaps this week. There's always the chance Bush is made inactive but after he practiced Thursday and Friday Id be surprised if he sat out.

New England: WR Julian Edelman (hand) and TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) are both OUT. TE Rob Gronkowski injured his hip in practice Friday and is officially listed as Questionable for week 4. It's not believed to be serious and there's much speculation that this is just another example of a coach playing games with the injury report. Luckily the Patriots play an early game Sunday and we'll know the game day inactives before any games are played. RB Shane Vereen is Questionable with his lingering foot injury. He needs an injury to someone higher in the pecking order to move up. Tom Brady was originally listed on the early week injury listings with a shoulder issue, but he's not on the official injury report at all.

New York Jets: WR Stephen Hill is Doubtful with a hamstring injury and will not play this week. Chaz Schilens likely steps in as a starter but he's not as good a fantasy bet as slot WR Jeremy Kerley. TE Dustin Keller is Questionable and will be a game time decision because of his lingering hamstring injury. Just leave Keller benched even if active. Mark Sanchez (Probable; back) is fine and will start without issue. There's a lot speculation that RB Shonn Greene is losing his grip on the starting RB job and could start really losing time to Bilal Powell. I believe it as Greene is as uncreative a RB as I've ever seen. Powell is a high priority add for those who are RB needy.

Baltimore: WR Torrey Smith suffered an ankle injury Thursday night but it's not believed to be serious. After playing 4 games in 17 days, the Ravens are looking forward to some extra rest.

Cincinnati: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his first fumble last week in so long I can't remember the last one. Look for him to bounce back this week in a big way with a great matchup. Backup RB Bernard Scott is Questionable with an ankle injury. Scott just can't seem to stay healthy and is no threat to BGE's featured RB status. TE Donald Lee was released this week. The emergence of rookie Orson Charles as a viable backup to Jermaine Gresham made Lee expendable.

Cleveland: WR Josh Cribbs suffered a concussion Thursday night and it's unknown if he'll be able to play week 5 or not. It's also unknown if WR Mohamed Massaquoi will be able to play week 5 or not. Massaquoi missed Thursday's game with a hamstring injury.

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is on bye and when they return week 5 it's expected that Rashard Mendenhall will be able to play. But how the time share will operate between him, Jonathan Dwyer, and Isaac Redman is unclear.

Houston: QB Matt Schaub, RB Arian Foster, and WR Andre Johnson are all Probable with various minor injuries and each will be fine to start this week. WR Lestar Jean is OUT the next couple of weeks after having a minor knee procedure.

Indianapolis: The Colts are on bye this week. But when they return Donnie Avery will be the starting WR taking the place of Austin Collie, who is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury suffered week 3. Rookie T.Y. Hilton will be the #3 WR. And be looking out for RB Delone Carter in coming weeks. Donald Brown and Vick Ballard haven't been impressive at all and neither is a power RB. Carter could get back into game action if neither gets it going soon.

Jacksonville: WR Laurent Robinson is Probable after putting in a full practice on Friday. Robinson is expected to start despite suffering a concussion last week. Cecil Shorts is getting attention after a second long TD reception, but he isn't on the field enough to be really worth more than a desperation flier any week as he's more likely to have a zero in the boxscore than put up a 50+ yard TD catch. Backup RB Rashad Jennings is Probable and is ready to get in some game action. But with Maurice Jones-Drew looking like his old self, Jennings is nothing more than MJD's handcuff.

Tennessee: WR Kenny Britt is Questionable and will be a game time decision because of an ankle injury. He didn't practice at all this week and is not expected to play. Kendall Wright probably starts in his place. TE Jared Cook is Questionable and considered a game time decision too because of a shoulder injury. Craig Stevens would start if Cook can't play. RB Javon Ringer is Probable and looks to finally be active for the first time this season after dealing with an elbow injury. Chris Johnson owners should grab Ringer as insurance in case Johnson continues to disappoint as Ringer could force his way into playing time.

Denver: RB Willis McGahee is Probable and will start week 4 without issue despite his ribs injury. The backup RB pecking order shifted last week as Knowshon Moreno was inactive and Ronnie Hillman active. I told you last week here to be looking for that as Moreno has been unimpressive and Hillman is loaded with upside. TE Jacob Tamme is Probable and will play week 4 despite a groin injury.

Kansas City: Peyton Hillis is Doubtful with his ankle injury. Shaun Draughn steps in as the top backup t Jamaal Charles and is a smart insurance acquisition for Charles (and Hillis) owners. Charles got thru last week's heavy workload without any issues with his knee. That's good news after he had problems after week 2. WR's Dwayne Bowe (groin), Steve Breaston (knee), Dexter McCluster (elbow), and Devon Wylie (hamstring) are all listed as Questionable. It's expected that Bowe and Breaston will be fine to start but McCluster and Wylie are very questionable and could end up being inactive. TE Kevin Boss is OUT with a concussion so Tony Moeaki gets another chance to try to take his old starting job back.

Oakland: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is Doubtful with a concussion and neck injuries. He may not be able to return for a couple more weeks. Derek Hagan steps into the starting lineup opposite Denarius Moore until DHB returns. Rod Streater is expected to be the #3 WR, but he's Questionable with eye and neck injuries. Juron Criner could step in if Streater is limited or can't play. TE Brandon Myers is Questionable with a concussion and is likely a game time decision. If Myers can't play David Ausberry (Probable; shoulder) would get the start and get a chance to showcase his playmaking abilities. Backup RB Mike Goodson is expected to play despite being listed as Questionable with a hamstring injury. Darren McFadden (Probable; shoulder) will be fine and start without issue. K Sebastian Janikowski is Probable with his lingering minor groin injury and will kick without issue.

San Diego: RB Ryan Mathews came out of last week without any issues with his collarbone and he isn't on the injury report at all. Kicker Nate Kaeding injured his groin in practice Friday and while only listed as Questionable, he didn't travel with the team and won't kick this week. Nick Novak was signed to kick in Kaeding's place.
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