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7-on-7: Warner improving, Lewis to IR, Julius practicing

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Kurt Warner(notes) and Matt Leinart(notes) split snaps evenly with Arizona's starting offense in Wednesday's practice. Afterward, Warner declared, "Best day yet. These last two days have been a lot better than I felt last week." He wasn't available against Tennessee in Week 12, due to lingering concussion symptoms. That's him pictured above, drawing Leinart a map to Larry Fitzgerald(notes).

Warner has been medically cleared to play in Week 13, but his eyes reportedly remain sensitive to light. He's offering no guarantees. Leinart is not an ideal fallback option for fantasy purposes, but he's all you're likely to have if Warner becomes a game-time decision, because the Cards play on Sunday night. [Arizona Republic]

The Saints didn't practice on Wednesday, but they issued a hypothetical practice report anyway, listing 18 players. Pierre Thomas(notes) (wrist), Mike Bell(notes) (head/neck) and Reggie Bush(notes) (knee) were among the 14 who would have been limited, had an actual practice occurred. [New Orleans Times-Picayune]

The Browns placed Jamal Lewis(notes) on injured reserve on Wednesday after the veteran running back suffered a concussion at Cincinnati in Week 12. In all likelihood, Lewis' career is at an end after 2,542 carries (20th all-time), 10,607 rushing yards (21st) and 62 touchdowns. Earlier this season, the 30-year-old had announced his intention to retire. Here are a few early details on the injury, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

A source said that Lewis was "pretty shaken up" when an MRI test showed "brain abnormalities." They may be the result of excessive trauma triggered by a recent hit. More tests will be done to determine the extent of Lewis' injury, the source said.

Some combination of Chris Jennings(notes) and Jerome Harrison(notes) will likely take over for Lewis in the final five weeks, although the Browns have also given DeDe Dorsey(notes) a test drive. Jennings has received more work than Harrison lately, but he's averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and he dropped a TD in the Detroit game. Of course Harrison hasn't been much better (3.6 YPC); he peaked in Week 4, rushing for 121 yards against Cincinnati.

The Browns' fantasy playoff schedule is tempting (at KC in Week 15, OAK in Week 16), but their offense, as you might have heard, is terrible. Cleveland averages just 11.1 points and 230.6 yards per game. Not much obvious upside there, but we can't rule out the possibility that one of the backs will deliver a useful line in the final weeks, given the extreme friendliness of the schedule. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Seattle head coach Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp both remain curiously loyal to Julius Jones(notes) (lung), despite the impressive recent performance of Justin Forsett(notes). "If Julius is healthy and ready to go as the week progresses," said Knapp, "he'll be the starter." On Wednesday, Jones put in a full practice. It now sounds as if the Seahawks will split the workload between the two backs. Here's Mora: "We're going to continue to try to run the ball with whoever is running it well that day, and if both of them are running it well, that's even better for us." [seattlepi.com]

Toxic fallout continues to rain on various Bears, following Monday's Morning Rush. After watching a failed screen pass to Matt Forte(notes), Brian Urlacher(notes) told Michael Silver, "We don’t make anyone [expletive] miss." Speaking later to Brad Biggs, Forte responded with this: "Urlacher has his own opinion. If I couldn't make anybody miss, I probably wouldn't be playing pro football." Unless I'm mistaken, the Bears are melting down. Let's not rule out the possibility of a home loss to the Rams. [National Football Post]

Donald Brown(notes) did not participate in practice for the Colts on Wednesday, due to a chest injury of unknown origin/severity. Running back Mike Hart(notes) was promoted from the practice squad. This is a situation worth monitoring because a few bench-warming Colts are likely to have value in Week 16, once the team has clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. [Colts.com]

DeSean Jackson(notes) is reportedly "highly unlikely" to play on Sunday, which makes the widely available Jason Avant(notes) an interesting play. Here's some propaganda via the Philadelphia Inquirer: "In his last three games, Avant has 17 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown. His 474 receiving yards this season are already a career high, and McNabb has as much faith in Avant as any of his targets. 'He has a big-time toughness,' McNabb said. 'Like I said last week, he has 'it,' and he's a horse.'" [Philly.com]

And here's a bonus bullet, since we're feeling generous:

Danny Ware(notes) (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 13 and Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) (foot, both ankles) has not yet been cleared to play. Brandon Jacobs(notes) owners must be fired up for this week's 25-carry, 65-yard, zero-touchdown performance. Don't you dare bench him!

According to Ralph Vacchiano, "Bradshaw was not wearing a protective boot on his left ankle yesterday, and the Giants seem hopeful that he'll be able to play." If Bradshaw can't go, then rookie Gartrell Johnson(notes) would caddy for Jacobs. [New York Daily News]

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