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7-on-7: Jay Cutler, fantasy antihero

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Thursday night's 10-6 loss to the Niners was uncommonly ugly, even by the standards of the 2009 Bears. It was weapons-grade ugly. Ten-penalty ugly. McNown ugly. It was…well, it was really very ugly.

Jay Cutler(notes) has thrown 15 interceptions in five road games this season. Sure, blame for a few of the picks can be shared with Bears receivers, but still: 15 in five games. There's no way to diminish that achievement. Thursday's game-ending turnover was particularly disturbing. Earl Bennett(notes) is probably still standing in the end zone uncovered, wondering why he can't get a look.

Professional that he is, Cutler has apologized to his teammates. It may not be the last time he asks for forgiveness this season, as the Bears still have Philadelphia, Baltimore and Minnesota (twice) on the schedule. Sid Luckman's 52-year-old team record for interceptions may yet fall.

But let us speak no more of Bears…

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DeAngelo Williams(notes) is dealing with a knee issue of unknown severity. The knee is reportedly "tweaked," which of course can mean many different things (some of them pleasant, others less so). Williams did not practice on Friday – never a great sign – and he'll be listed as questionable for the matchup with Atlanta. He also sat out practice on Wednesday, but was a limited participant on Thursday. Clearly this is a situation to monitor; Jonathan Stewart(notes) clearly gets a bump in value. [Charlotte Observer]

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Brian Westbrook(notes) (head, ankle) returned to a full practice with the first-teamers, so expect him to start for Philadelphia at San Diego in Week 10. You'll recall that the last time the Eagles headed west to face a defense that couldn't stop the run (at OAK, Week 6), they gave their running backs just 11 total carries. Donovan McNabb(notes) threw 46 passes in a losing effort. So you never really know what you'll get from Andy Reid (other than odd clock management). LeSean McCoy(notes) could still have flex value this week, because Westbrook still hasn't carried more than 13 times in any game this season. Also worth noting: Eagles LT Jason Peters(notes) (ankle) isn't yet practicing. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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Not to be outdone, the Chargers also have a few injured '06 fantasy stars returning to the practice field: LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) (hip) practiced on Thursday, as did Antonio Gates(notes) (foot). The Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season; perhaps Gates will finally return to the end zone. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

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The membership of the Fantasy Roundtable (or at least a quorum) has gathered to discuss sleepers and busts for Week 10. When this group assembles, markets move. Bow to their greatness indeed. Please give them your full attention. [Razzball]

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Greg Cosell had much to say about Josh Freeman's(notes) first NFL start in his weekly review of the coaching tape. Here's a sample:

Freeman has a low delivery point for a tall man. His throwing angle makes him smaller than his 6-5 1/2 height. He also drops the ball too low, near his waist – historically, you don’t see QBs change their deliveries much (like a Philip Rivers(notes)). … Freeman showed the ability to throw on the run, excellent throw to Winslow for 17 yds off designed movement to his left – good tactic by the Bucs, Freeman comfortable on the move and the read is simple and defined. … Freeman needs work on his footwork on his drop, very choppy with no rhythm. This is the kind of thing that always surprises me: What have the Bucs been teaching him over the last 3-4 months?

There's lots more. Click the link. Cosell is always a fine read. [FantasyGuru.com]

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Don't worry, Terrell Owens(notes) owners. This just in from the Billboard: "Just left the Bills' practice and Terrell Owens is participating for the first time this week. Apparently his sore hip is feeling better. He was running around and catching passes like he was never hurt." It sounds like T.O. will be ready to handle his usual three-catch workload. [Buffalo News]

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