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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 4
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/29/12 10:22
Dallas: WR Miles Austin is likely to be listed as Probable on the injury report with his hamstring injury. Austin has been practicing in full this week and will be fine. Other than that, the Cowboys offensive skill players are healthy. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten just need to get in synch with the offense and Tony Romo.

New York Giants: WR Hakeem Nicks is Doubtful after aggravating a prior knee issue in practice Friday. Ramses Barden likely will start in his place with Domenik Hixon (Probable; concussion) stepping back into the #3 WR role. RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Probable; neck) is expected to start but very likely will split a lot of time with Andre Brown. Brown was simply too good when Bradshaw was out to be completely put back into a backup role. Expect this to be very similar to the Bradshaw/Brandon Jacobs split from the last few years in New York.

Philadelphia: WR Jeremy Maclin is Probable and appears to be close to fully recovered from his hip injury. His return pushes Damaris Johnson back into the 4th WR role. RB LeSean McCoy is Probable with a minor rib injury and will be just fine. QB Michael Vick isn't on the injury report at all, but between some ineffective play and the beating he's taken each week there's reason for Vick owners to be concerned. There are reports that rookie Nick Foles could be an option if Vick doesn't get things turned around soon.

Washington: WR Pierre Garcon is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of his lingering foot injury. It's expected that Garcon won't be able to play and that Leonard Hankerson (Probable; back) will start again in his place. Garcon probably will be back next week after being able to practice in limited fashion this week. There's a chance Garcon is active this week but I'd expect him to be very limited if he does play. RB Roy Helu was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week because of turf toe. Ryan Grant was signed to be the new #3 RB. Grant could move up to #2 RB behind Alfred Morris if Evan Rosyter (Probable; knee) can't stay healthy.

Chicago: RB Matt Forte is considered Questionable and a game time decision for Monday night with his ankle injury. Even if active I would expect Forte to be limited and in close to an even split with Michael Bush. Bush suffered a shoulder injury week 3 but it's considered minor and he wasn't on the mid-week injury listings. The official injury report for the two teams playing Monday night comes out later today. WR Earl Bennett has been limited with a hand injury and while expected to play is not a fantasy factor.

Detroit: Mikel Leshoure looked great last week in his first real game action since rupturing his Achilles tendon as a rookie last year. But Leshoure is Questionable for week 4 because of a groin injury and while expected to start, may not be able to handle a full load like he did last week. However, it's not known if Kevin Smith will get any playing time. Smith is supposed to be the 3rd down RB and top backup to Leshoure, but it didn't play out that way week 3. QB Matt Stafford is Probable despite a hip injury and he will start without issue. WR Titus Young is Probable with some knee soreness. TE Tony Scheffler is Questionable with a calf injury and shouldn't be trusted to play or be effective this week.

Green Bay: WR Greg Jennings is Probable and appears to be close to being fully recovered from his groin injury. RB James Starks is Probable and may finally get in his first action of the season after being hobbled since training camp with turf toe. However Starks is no threat currently to Cedric Benson's status as the feature RB. Benson has a great matchup this week and should be a strong fantasy RB1.

Minnesota: QB Christian Ponder (neck) and TE Kyle Rudolph (quad) are both Probable and both will start week 4 without issue. WR Jerome Simpson returns from a league imposed 3 game suspension. He is expected to step into the starting lineup immediately opposite Percy Harvin and provide the Vikings with the deep threat presence they have lacked in his absence. Don't be surprised if Toby Gerhart's presence is scarce on the field this week after he fumbled three times in week 3. With Adrian Peterson looking like his knee injury never happened, Gerhart is nothing more than AP's handcuff.

Atlanta: WR Julio Jones is Probable with a cut on his hand. He's fine and a must start WR each week. Michael Turner got into the end zone last week, and has a nice matchup this week as well so he makes it as a RB2. TE Michael Palmer along with RB's Antone Smith, and Lousaka Polite are OUT for week 4.

Carolina: RB Jonathan Stewart is Probable and will play this week after missing last week with his toe and ankle injuries. With Mike Tolbert looking very capable as an option there, the Panthers RB situation has become an even bigger headache for fantasy owners as there's no guy in that backfield you can really trust.

New Orleans: WR Marques Colston isn't on the injury report at all this week and appears to have finally gotten over the mild case of plantar fascia he's been bothered by. Greg Camarillo was released since Devery Henderson proved he's over his concussion. Saints RB's have all proven to be unreliable week to week with nobody's playing time guaranteed.

Tampa Bay: There's talk of LeGarrette Blount's role increasing soon, but he's still no more than a handcuff to Doug Martin. WR Jordan Shipley was released early this week and replaced by Roscoe Parrish. Parrish has return experience and also can serve as a capable 4th or 5th WR (for the Bucs; not in fantasy).

Arizona: RB Ryan Williams gets a chance to prove he can be a feature RB with Beanie Wells on the "Designated for Return" Injured Reserve. Wells has turf toe and can't be called back up until week 12 at the earliest. William Powell moves up to top backup to Williams until La'Rod Stephens-Howling (Doubtful; hip) can play. TE's Todd Heap (knee) and Jim Dray (knee) are both Doubtful. Jeff King and Rob Housler split up the TE duties again this week. Even though John Skelton is only listed as Questionable, it's believed his return from his ankle injury isn't likely until week 6 the earliest. But as long as Kevin Kolb continues to lead the team to wins, and look pretty good doing it, it's unlikely Skelton gets the QB job back.

St. Louis: RB Steven Jackson is Questionable and considered a game time decision for week 4 because of his groin injury. He played thru it week 3 and while expected to do the same this week, reports are that isn't healing up despite being rested most days of the week in practice. Daryl Richardson would start if Jackson can't play and should be considered as a solid handcuff to have for Jackson owners. Rookie WR Brian Quick continues to do nothing and can't even beat out fellow rookie WR Chris Givens for playing time.

San Francisco: RB Brandon Jacobs is Questionable after having been able to practice some this week. Jacobs has been out since preseason with a knee injury and even if active this week probably doesn't have enough of a role in the offense to be fantasy worthy yet. WR Ted Ginn is also Questionable but while he may be able to play his ONLY value is in return yardage leagues. TE Vernon Davis is Probable with a minor back issue and will start without worry. Randy Moss's dropped pass last week could end up costing him some of his already limited playing time. Mario Manningham is starting to look like the probable best second WR for the 49ers.

Seattle: #3 WR Doug Baldwin is Probable and will play after missing week 3 with a shoulder injury. TE Anthony McCoy is Questionable with a groin injury and with Zach Miller healthy finally McCoy's time as a fantasy consideration is over. Now that the real officials are back you can stop expecting 2 TD games from WR Golden Tate.
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