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9-on-9: Kubiak waits, Chambers relocates, Rodgers hobbles

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It hasn't been the busiest of NFL newsdays; here's the best linkage we could scare up. See something worthwhile we missed? Drop knowledge in the comments.

The Texans are an offense in flux right now: Owen Daniels(notes) is officially out for the year, Steve Slaton(notes) can't hold onto the ball, Ryan Moats(notes) is fresh off a breakout game (thanks Buffalo), Matt Schaub(notes) has to deal with Indy this week, etc. Gary Kubiak isn't in a rush to name his starting back for Week 9, so you'll have to make a blind guess with your Moats FAAB decision. When you add Houston's Week 10 bye to the mix, the timing could be right to see what Schaub can fetch in a trade. [Houston Chronicle]

Aaron Rodgers(notes) hobbled off the field Sunday after the Vikings knocked him around, and he might miss some snaps this week as he contends with a sore toe and bad foot. Nonetheless the Packers are confident that Rodgers will be able to start Sunday at Tampa Bay. [Madison.com]

The Chris Chambers(notes) World Insignificance Tour heads to Kansas City; the Chiefs claimed him off waivers Tuesday. It could take him a few weeks to feel comfortable in the offense, we suppose, though the Chiefs didn't wait to get Bobby Wade(notes) involved when he joined the team earlier this year. Kansas City heads to Oakland for Week 9; let's hope it's not as ugly as the first meeting between the clubs two months back. [kcchiefs.com]

Let's read the early tea leaves with the Colts this week: things look encouraging with Donald Brown(notes) (shoulder), not so much with Anthony Gonzalez(notes) (knee). At least that's what we got from the Jim Caldwell quotes at this link, your take might be different. In the meantime, keep rolling with Austin Collie(notes) until we tell you to stop. [Indy Football Report]

Jim Schwartz is not in the business of making our fantasy decisions any easier. He says Calvin Johnson(notes) is "getting closer" to playing but the head coach won't be more specific. The Lions head to Seattle this week. [Detroit Free Press]

Justin Forsett's(notes) role might be expanded a bit now that Edgerrin James(notes) is out in Seattle. How many teams are in your league again? [Associated Press]

Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic - the Bucs cut Shane Andrus(notes) and will use Connor Barth(notes) as their placekicker. And don't forget the Josh Freeman(notes) era starts this week as well. The Bucs got their bye at the right time; 15 Tampa players caught the flu right after the loss to the Patriots (at least these guys can catch something). [Tampa Tribune]

Buffalo corner Terrence McGee(notes) had his knee scoped Tuesday and will probably be down for a couple of weeks. Buffalo doesn't play in Week 9, then gets Tennessee next week. As for the quarterback situation, it appears Trent Edwards(notes) is over his concussion issues and should be ready to play against the Titans. [Buffalo News]

The 49ers have struggled on the offensive line all year and things won't get any easier with LT Joe Staley(notes) expected to miss six weeks. He's got a sprained MCL and PCL in his right knee. [Associated Press]

What do you do when your first-round receiver can run but can't catch? That's what the Dolphins are trying to figure out with unsteady Teddy Ginn. [Miami Herald]

Fantasy football championships are built in the film room, so let's check in on Greg Cosell of NFL Films and see what he's got cooking from the week that was. [Fantasy Guru]

Bill Simmons was having a fantastic year picking football games against the spread (being in front on the Denver breakout sure helped) until the Schleprocks of the world started jinxing him. Have a heart, beautiful losers. Don't take Bill down with you. It's not right. [The Sports Guy]

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