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NFL injury report -- Thursday highlights
Posted Sep. 10 at 08:32 AM
A few highlights from Thursday’s league-issued practice report:
Nate Washington and Jared Cook are both questionable for tonight’s game. I don’t think either has any value in any fantasy format I’m aware of. I expect Tennessee’s offense to struggle, and these are two of their lesser guys – and I’m not promising either guy will even play. Cook could be a big-time tight end in the future, but I expect him to be brought along slowly behind Bo Scaife. If the Titans like how Cook looks at the end of the year, maybe they choose not to re-sign Scaife and make Cook their starter next year. But no value in this game.
Biggest names I see are as follows:
Chris Henry. He looked pretty good in the preseason, scoring in every game, but he didn’t practice Thursday because of a thigh injury. He definitely won’t start. He might not even be their No. 3 receiver – the Bengals also like Andre Caldwell. And now there’s a chance, it seems, that Henry won’t even play.
Carson Palmer. He practiced fully on both Wednesday and Thursday. Should have a big game against Denver on Sunday.
Bernard Berrian. Limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring issue.
Kevin Walter. Did not practice on either Wednesday or Thursday because of a hamstring problem. I’m guessing that the Jets will plug in Andre Davis to the starting lineup, leaving David Anderson in the No. 3 role.
Pierre Thomas. He didn’t practice on either Wednesday or Thursday because of a knee injury. It will be a surprise if he even dresses on Sunday.
Wes Welker. He sat out most of the preseason. He didn’t show up on the injury report at all on Wednesday. Today, he shows up as having a knee injury; limited participation on Thursday. Sammy Morris, who could be a big factor at tailback for the Patriots, also was limited on Thursday – in his case because of a finger injury. Morris also wasn’t listed Wednesday.
Brian Westbrook. He practiced fully on Thursday, but the team listed him – mentioned his knee. That’s a sign, perhaps, that Westbrook isn’t quite 100 percent. On Wednesday, Westbrook said he was 100 percent and looking forward to cutting it up against Carolina on Sunday.
Anquan Boldin. Didn’t practice Wednesday. Limited participant on Thursday (with a hamstring issue). Status is up in the air. His potential backup (Steve Breaston) is also banged up. Breaston has a knee problem but practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday.
Adam Vinatieri. After undergoing offseason surgeries, he sat out the first three preseason games (and the vast majority of the practices). The Colts have Shane Andrus on their roster, which is an indication they have concerns about Vinatieri. But he has practiced fully the last two days. Isn’t even mentioned on the injury report.
Matt Cassel. Limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Unclear if he’ll play.
Marc Bulger. The state of Missouri’s other banged-up quarterback was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. Also not certain to play.
Jerious Norwood. Suffered a knee injury in the preseason, potentially reducing his role (and increasing Michael Turner’s value), but Norwood has practiced fully the last two days.
Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton. They were both limited on Thursday. But both practiced fully on Wednesday. They should be fine for Sunday.
Posted by Christian Adams | Sep. 10 at 02:55 PM
Ian your report indicates that the JETS will insert WR Andre Davis into the starting line up if WR Kevin Walter can not go, not the TEXANS. Just a quick catch. Also, you've been really high on Kelley Washington as of late but with Clayton seemingly 100 percent (or close to it based on team reports and Cam Cameron's statements) how has your view of Washington changed? Do you still see him as short term option Week 1 (wonderful matchup)? Also, how does the news of Clayton's health and the team's percieved confidence in him as the starter opposite Mason affect your view of Washington's long term value throughout the season?
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