7-on-7: Very special ex-Bears edition (Benson, Orton, Jauron)

Andy Behrens
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REMINDER: The deadline to make trades in public leagues is Friday, November 20. After that date, you won't be able to get Smoot On A Boat to deal Beanie Wells(notes), even if he finally agrees that TJ Houshmandzadeh(notes) is fair compensation. Act now!

Larry Johnson(notes) practiced with the Bengals for the first time on Wednesday. He'll reportedly be active on Sunday if Cedric Benson(notes) (hip) can't go, though Bernard Scott(notes) and Brian Leonard(notes) are expected to get more touches. Benson reportedly did not dress for Thursday's practice.

Everyone seems to be using the word "guarded" to describe Benson's reaction to the LJ signing, but really, his comments seem reasonable and harmless:

Benson was guarded in his first comments since Johnson joined the team. He said that he realizes that football can be more of a business than a game.

"I didn't know I was supposed to be jumping out of my seat or anything. I really have no feelings about it," Benson said. "They made a move they felt they needed to do, and that's fine with me. It's not going to affect me in any kind of way. Whatever happens from here on, I can guarantee you I'll definitely be making the best of it.

"In most cases you hold your fate in your own hands. I'm not letting up in any aspect of what I'm doing. I would imagine that I would continue to be the first guy, and if not, I'll make it that way."

That seems OK. Nothing to see there. Unless of course LJ finds the end zone against the Raiders, which isn't all that far-fetched. If that happens, we'll need to reevaluate Cedric's mood.

One more semi-interesting note regarding Benson: He apparently first felt pain related to his injury in the Baltimore game (Week 9), during a 34-carry performance. The injury did not actually occur in Week 10. Recall that the Bengals only made a modest two-year investment in Cedric, so it's entirely possible that they're not worried about the long-term impact of his ridiculous workload. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

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Kyle Orton(notes) apparently tore ligaments in his left ankle, but he "adamantly" wants to start against San Diego. Those of us who own Denver skill position players adamantly do not want to see Chris Simms(notes) throwing footballs again. Please don't compare this year's ankle injury to last year's. Said Orton, "Last year was so tough because it was pushing off and that was my back leg, so that was tough. This will present a different challenge, I'm sure, but we'll see if I can play through it." [Associated Press]

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Following the Dick Jauron firing in Buffalo, we've seen a few reports like this: "The Buffalo Bills intend to do a comprehensive search for a new head coach and will consider all options – even mega-coaches such as Mike Shanahan and Bill Cowher – according to team and league sources." First of all, you have to love the term "mega-coach." Makes you think of this masterpiece. "It rises." Secondly, this is all just public relations, and it seems like a cruel thing to do to the fan base. [Buffalo News]

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More Bills: Terrell Owens(notes) couldn't wait to kick Trent Edwards(notes) to the curb. He gives Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes) a full endorsement: "I think Ryan, No. 1, is a veteran. He has a lot more experience. There are some situations where he'll be able to buy time with that experience. … Obviously he was 2-1 before the bye week when he was in there. Personally I felt like it was his job to lose. But again, there are things that are out of our control." [Again, Buffalo News]

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LeSean McCoy(notes) recently told reporters, "I never really expected to have to play a big role like this," which can't possibly be true, given Brian Westbrook's(notes) injury history. There's still no timetable on Westbrook's return or recovery, but he's reportedly received "the green light to continue his career, after suffering two concussions within a 21-day span." [Philadelphia Daily News]

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It's not exactly new, but Pro Football Weekly's more recent Whispers column has a long shelf life and it's loaded with interesting nuggets. Here's a sample platter: "It's more likely than ever that Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin(notes) will not be back with the team in 2010. … How good is Niners ILB Patrick Willis(notes)? Just ask Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, who said Titans RB Chris Johnson would have had three more touchdowns in Tennessee's Week 9 win over San Francisco if not for Willis being the only one on the field who could catch him. … Word is the Seahawks really like recently acquired RB Louis Rankin(notes), who looked instantly impressive returning kickoffs (three for 82 yards) in the Week 9 win over Detroit. 'They still want to see him in the run game,' said one team insider." There's plenty more. That PFW feature is always solid. Hit the link. [Pro Football Weekly]

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Is it too early to think about next year's ADPs? Perhaps. But they're discussing Ray Rice's(notes) 2010 draft position over at the Cafe. Feel free to offer an opinion. If we're drafting today, the first three picks are fairly obvious (Peterson, Johnson, MJD in whatever order). Does Rice follow? Or is it Turner, then Rice. And what do we do with Mendenhall? Please discuss. Your input is critical to the day-to-day operations of this blog. [Fantasy Football Cafe]

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