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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 5
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/06/12 15:23
Dallas: The Cowboys are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

New York Giants: WR's Hakeem Nicks (knee; foot) and Ramses Barden (concussion) are both OUT week 5. No word on whether either will be back in week 6. Domenik Hixon will start in Nicks place and Reuben Randle will be the #3 WR with Jerrel Jernigan serving as the 4th WR. If week 4 is any indication, Ahmad Bradshaw is still the primary RB despite Andre Brown having performed well while Bradshaw was injured. Brown should still carve out a role, but it appears Bradshaw is the top RB in the rotation.

Philadelphia: WR Jeremy Maclin isn't on the injury report at all so he finally appears to be over his hip injury. Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy sustained minor injuries week 4 but neither is on the injury report at all this week. Each of WR's Jason Avant (wrist), Riley Cooper (collarbone), and Damaris Johnson (foot) are Probable. Cooper's return from a broken collarbone has been slow, but now that Maclin is healthy and Cooper likely back, Damaris Johnson's 15 minutes of fame have come to an end for now.

Washington: Pierre Garcon is Probable and while not 100% recovered from his week 1 foot injury, he will start this week and should be considered a good start in what could be a high scoring game against Atlanta. Evan Royster is expected to play despite being Questionable with a knee issue. Royster is nothing more than a handcuff for Alfred Morris.

Chicago: Matt Forte is Probable and will start despite not being fully recovered from his ankle injury. For all the talk of Michael Bush having a shoulder injury he isn't on the injury report at all. Forte is a RB1 while Bush a strong RB3 this week against Jacksonville's 30th ranked fantasy run defense. WR Earl Bennett is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of a hand injury.

Detroit: The Lions are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

Green Bay: WR Greg Jennings is OUT with his lingering groin injury. Jennings is likely to miss week 6 as well if the Packers stay true to their word about letting him heal up completely before bringing him back. James Jones will start in his place until he returns. James Starks isn't on the injury report at all and should finally be active for the first time this season. But his role behind Cedric Benson is unlikely to be enough to affect Benson's fantasy value.

Minnesota: QB Christian Ponder is Probable with a knee issue. He'll start without worry. WR Michael Jenkins is Questionable with a ribs injury, but even though he's expected to play, he is without fantasy value. After a poor showing last week it will be interesting to see if Ponder and the rest of the Vikings WR's and TE's can step it up against the Titans 31st ranked fantasy pass defense.

Atlanta: Julio Jones is Probable and his hand injury is no concern. Everyone wants to blame his week 4 performance on that, but some weeks, Matt Ryan is just going to find Roddy White instead. White is, after all, an excellent WR, too. I recommend starting Ryan, Jones, and White this week against Washington's dead last ranked fantasy pass defense.

Carolina: Jonathan Stewart isn't on the injury report at all and appears to finally be over his ankle injury. Last week is probably a good guide for identifying how the rushing attempts will be split up. DeAngelo Williams got 11 carries, Stewart 10, Cam Newton 9, and Mike Tolbert 4. Bottom line is that it makes it difficult to rely on DW or Stewart for anything more than RB3/flex consideration.

New Orleans: WR Lance Moore is OUT with a hamstring injury. WR Joseph Morgan is Questionable with a knee injury that apparently happened in practice Friday, so Courtney Roby and recently re-signed Greg Camarillo could get a lot more playing time than they normally would. Devery Henderson will start and should get targeted more than usual.

Tampa Bay: While the Bucs are on bye this week, it's expected that when they return, LeGarrette Blount could have an increased offensive role. Rookie Doug Martin will remain the primary RB but he's been struggling some.

Arizona: RB Ryan Mathews is expected to be okay despite suffering a shoulder injury Thursday night. Backup William Powell suffered a head injury. The status of both players for week 6 is uncertain. Also uncertain is whether the Cardinals will turn back to QB John Skelton after Kevin Kolb failed to get the Cardinals a single TD against the Rams Thursday. I doubt they will, but that's just a guess.

St. Louis: WR Danny Amendola suffered a dislocated clavicle Thursday night and is not expected to be able to play until week 10 at the earliest. No word on whether Steve Smith, Austin Pettis, or Chris Givens will take Amendola's place in the starting lineup, but I wouldn't consider any of them as more than desperation acquisitions.

San Francisco: RB Brandon Jacobs is Questionable, but was able to practice in full all week. It's believed he may finally be active this week and get some playing time. How that impacts Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter though is uncertain. Jacobs role probably won't hurt Gore much unless he starts taking goal line carries away.

Seattle: RB Marshawn Lynch is fully expected to start and be fine this week despite being listed as Probable without an injury or any personal matter that is known. That's a new one on me. But Pete Carroll is always finding new ways of surprising us. Like Matt Flynn having an elbow injury that is never bad enough to list on the injury report, but is part of the reason why Carroll says there's no consideration of moving away from struggling Russell Wilson. If Wilson doesn't start producing better numbers and moving the Seahawks, don't be surprised if Flynn's elbow heals up magically and he gets a chance to be what he should have been since the beginning of training camp: the starting QB for Seattle.
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