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7-on-7: How many teams will employ Randy Moss this year?

Andy Behrens
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In case there was any doubt about the level of interest in Randy Moss(notes) — at least among NFL teams that haven't previously employed him — consider the comments made by Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher on Monday:

"I'm sure there will be some discussions [about Moss] here this evening … I would venture to say that every coach — maybe 30 head coaches — are having discussions about him."

Moss has only alienated two of the league's 32 teams so far this year, and there are still nine weeks remaining in the regular season. We could be on the verge of something special here — like when Dave Kingman homered for a team in each major league division, back in '77. Instead of asking which team(s) will claim him this week, perhaps we should be asking exactly how many uniforms he'll wear between now and January. Let's not assume his next team will be his last.

We're talking about a dude with multi-sport skills, by the way. Perhaps the Orlando Magic are sufficiently disgusted with Mickael Pietrus, and are thus prepared to reunite Moss with Jason Williams. Or maybe he'll drive the No. 81 truck for Moss Motorsports. Not sure. But the point is, the employment possibilities are basically unlimited.

If he wants a weekly fantasy column here, he's got it. We're prepared to outbid the Karablog. We encourage Mr. Moss' representatives to contact the Roto Arcade editorial staff via comments.

OK, gamers, let's bullet. There's much to cover…

Indianapolis tight end Jacob Tamme(notes) delivered a more-than-respectable impression of Dallas Clark on Monday night, hauling in six catches for 64 yards and a score. He made a slick double-move on the TD, too. He's an obvious add right now, for those dealing with a broken TE. Running back Mike Hart(notes) had a useful game as well, earning a start in place of the injured Joseph Addai(notes) (shoulder), but he rolled an ankle late in the game. An MRI awaits.

In Week 9, we'll be treated to a match-up between Chicago's laughably bad ground game (88.6 YPG, 3 TDs) and Buffalo's historically bad run defense (188.7 YPG). Bears head coach Lovie Smith is (again) making noises about running the ball:

"We do need to get [Matt Forte(notes) and Chester Taylor(notes)] involved more," coach Lovie Smith said after practice Monday. "The more times they touch the football, the more likely something good will happen."

Chicago's offense is 0-for-2010 from the 1-yard line, so we should see a bit more Taylor in short yardage situations. Of course that won't matter if the O-line remains a disaster.

This is not even a joke: One day after Washington head coach Mike Shanahan questioned the "cardiovascular endurance" of his quarterback, the 'Skins reportedly worked out JaMarcus Russell. Whoa. That's, um … a mild surprise. You shouldn't doubt for a second that Daniel Snyder's squad is considering Moss.

The news on Kenny Britt(notes) just gets worse: He reportedly heard a "pop" in his right hamstring while not catching a long bomb last Sunday. This is clearly a multi-week injury, although coach Fisher has suggested that it's not a season-ender. The Titans have a well-timed bye in Week 9, allowing Britt and Vince Young(notes) some recovery time.

One more Moss-related note: When Randy was launched by the Vikings, we probably learned something significant about the condition of Sidney Rice's(notes) surgically repaired hip. (This is not to say the move wasn't primarily about Moss' skills and attitude, but Rice remains part of equation for Minnesota's receiving corps). Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the Vikes "plan to activate" Rice by the deadline, but he's still a few weeks away from contributing.

Raiders coach Tom Cable wants you — and more importantly the Chiefs — to believe that there's a chance Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) will be able to play in Week 9, despite his ankle injury. "It just appears to be an ankle sprain," he said, as if that were no big deal for an NFL corner. The injury appeared to be relatively severe when it happened; the Chiefs passing attack won't receive the usual Nnamdi downgrade this week.


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