Friday is a heavy injury day around the NFL, so get your copay ready and let's take a full lap around the league.
Ah, those wacky Buccaneers – they're going to start Derrick Ward(notes) against the Giants Sunday with Cadillac Williams sliding back into a reserve role. This doesn't mean that Ward will necessarily finish the game, but he's got a good shot at 15-20 touches at minimum here, especially with Earnest Graham(notes) nicked up. Make sure Ward isn't floating around your waiver wire. [Tampa Tribune]
Is Clinton Portis(notes) headed for a messy cliff season? He's dealing with bone spurs in both ankles and he's also listed as questionable for Week 3's game at Detroit, though Jim Zorn expects Portis to go. Portis has been a fantasy stud for many years, but the circus leaves down for everyone eventually. [Washington Times, Washington Post]Read More »from 9-on-9: Ward starts, Portis hurts, LT waits, AD doesn't worry