Player Updates 10/19

Sorry guys we fell behind yesterday, I just started working and been a little off getting back into working mode. Here is some info and updates from around the league.

Michael Vick(ribs) is expected to return week 9 following their week 8 bye. Kevin Kolb has been playing well so Andy Reid’s decision to go back to Vick may not be as cut and dry as it was two weeks ago. Stay Tuned.

Sidney Rice (hip surgery) may return in three weeks according to Coach Brad Childress. He has been out since before the start of the season.

Antonio Gates injured his toe Sunday and left the game and didn’t return. The injury is not considered serious. Gates is a very tough player and will likely go Sunday and keep his 85 consecutive game streak alive.

Desean Jackson suffered a concussion Sunday after taking a SHOT from Falcon CB Dunta Robinson. Jackson’s status for this week is up in the air while Robinson should be alright to play this week but both left the game after the vicious yet legal hit. Jackson did do plenty of damage before leaving including a 31 yard TD run and catching a 34 yard TD pass. Robinson was also fined $50,000 for the hit.  UPDATE: Jackson will not be cleared to practice Wednesday and several reports are saying that he won’t return to practice until after the week 8 bye. Explore other options for the next two weeks at the receiver position.

Reggie Bush (fibula) is expected to return in week 8 while Pierre Thomas (ankle) has a good shot at returning Sunday against the Browns in a very good matchup.

Joseph Addai(shoulder) left Sunday nights game after injuring his shoulder once again and it was seen heavily wrapped. He had his best rushing performance in a long time, so it was sad to see this happen to him. Luckily the Colts have a bye this week and more than likely no more information will be given out until later in the week at best.

Ravens RB Willis McGahee was not traded at today’s trade deadline either. The Ravens are planning on getting Willis more touches in the first half of games. McGahee didn’t play this past week as many believed they didn’t want to risk him getting hurt before trying to trade him before today’s deadline. Now that hasn’t happened, and there going to try and work him in a little bit more, basically i feel to keep Ray Rice fresher for the 4th quarter. Rice is in no danger of losing his job and McGahee is merely a handcuff going forward, with some value as a flex play in TD heavy leagues.

Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong has been named the starter opposite Santana Moss going forward. Armstrong has much more value and potential at this point than Joey Galloway and should be owned in all leagues with McNabb throwing the ball a lot.

Todd Heap, who was hit with a helmet to helmet shot by Patriot Safety Brandon Meriweather reportedly has no concussion or neck injuries after an MRI Monday. Heap should be alright this week while Meriweather’s pockets took a hit in the sum of $50,000 for the illegal hit.

Rashard Mendenhall suffered a shoulder contusion Sunday after yet another big time hit by Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward. Initially many thought Mendenhall suffered a concussion but this is good news. Mendenhall will probably take a few days off from practice but looks like he is in no danger of missing Sunday’s game in Miami.

Vince Young is being considered day to day after an MRI revealed he has a mild knee strain and an ankle sprain. He may or may not be able to practice Wednesday. If he can’t go veteran Kerry Collins will start this week, hurting the value of RB Chris Johnson as well as emerging WR Kenny Britt.

Vernon Davis had an MRI Monday which revealed a knee contusion, much better than some people expected. He will be fine and start against the Panthers.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford reportedly will return and start after the week 7 bye. He has been out since week one with a shoulder injury will come back to face a terrible Redskin pass defense in week 8.

Darren McFadden (hamstring) will test the hammy out Wednesday to see if he can “burst” in his words and then determine how much more he’ll do over the course of the week. His status won’t be known until later in the week.

Jason Campbell suffered what is thought to be a torn meniscus in his knee, which could cause him to miss most of if not all of the season. Bruce Gradkowski still isn’t recovered from his shoulder injury and veteran Kyle Boller could make the start in Denver Sunday.

Texans MLB DeMeco Ryans tore his achilles Sunday against the Chiefs and will miss the rest of the season. It is being speculated that Zac Diles will move to the inside and take over for Ryans, opening up an outside spot for Xaiver Adibi. Diles could be a nice sleeper pickup in IDP leagues.

Josh Cribbs and Mohammed Massaquoi both suffered game ending concussions at the helmet of Steeler LB James Harrison, who today was fined $75,000 for those hits. Coach Eric Mangini believes Cribbs still has a shot to play this week while he wasn’t as confident in Massaquoi’s status. Another idea floating around is that both will sit until after the week 8 bye, which might be a great move on the Browns part and in the best interest of these two players.

Tampa RB Kareem Huggins will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL Sunday. Earnest Graham and rookie LaGarette Blount will see more touches going forward.

Chris Cooley suffered a concussion Sunday night and it actually happened in the 2nd quarter and didn’t leave the game until the 2nd half when he removed himself. Cooley suffered three in college and his week 7 status remains unclear.

Packers DB’s Atari Bigby(ankle), Al Harris (knee) and rookie RB James Starks (hamstring) are all expected to return to practice Wednesday after starting the season on the PUP list. Bigby and Harris should reclaim starting jobs within a week or so if they show there healthy while Starks has a possibility to take over the running duties if he can stay healthy and beat out the likes of Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn.

Steve Breaston(knee) has missed the last two games but is expected to practice Wednesday and has stated their is no doubt he will play this week against the Seahawks.

David Garrard also suffered a concussion Monday night against the Titans and his status for this week is still up in the air. I can’t remember seeing so many concussions on one injury report ever in my life, its almost sickening. Garrard was coming off two solid games. Trent Edwards will get the start if Garrard can’t go. Edwards who played poorly as has always been his M.O. isn’t a good fantasy option if he were to start.

Felix Jones apparently was vomiting and had to recieve and IV during halftime of Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. Jones was being leaned on early and often to carry the load but was almost completely out of gas by the half. He is not nor never will be the workhorse the Cowboys want him to be, but still can do a lot of damage even in a time share.

The Chargers had no phone calls from any teams inquiring about making a deal for Vincent Jackson before today’s 4pm trade deadline. He will report to San Diego on Oct 31 and be eligible to play his first game in week 12.

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