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9-on-9: More Shanahate, Tomlinson troubles, Kolb conundrum

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Nigel wants us to go to 11, so that's what we'll do. Settle in for some afternoon linkage.

Just when you thought you had all signs of a Shanahan out of your fantasy life, along comes Kyle Shanahan to run the Houston offense. Gary Kubiak is defending his offensive coordinator; fantasy owners might not be as kind. The schedule doesn't let up for the Texans this week (Tennessee), but then the slate gets more reasonable (Jags, Raiders, Cardinals, Bengals, Niners, Bills). It's too early to bury our Juggernaut Darlings. [Houston Chronicle]

So LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) (ankle) looks like a game-time decision this week, the nasty Ravens defense is on the schedule, it's a late game in SoCal and Darren Sproles(notes) looks faster and more productive these days. Other than that, nothing to worry about, LT sympathizers. [SB Nation]

Although the Eagles have welcomed Jeff Garcia(notes) back into the family, Kevin Kolb(notes) will be the Week 2 starter against New Orleans if Donovan McNabb(notes) (ribs) can't play. The Eagles passing game, for my money, loses about 30-40 percent of its potential production if Kolb is forced into this spot (admit it, you've missed the ol' PBI). [Philadelphia Daily News]

Eric Mangini investigated by the NFL, we like the sound of that. Mangini reportedly pushed a cover-up of Brett Favre's(notes) health status last year; although Favre had a torn biceps tendon down the stretch the Jets weren't listing him on the injury report. I doubt anything will come of this but at least it's a step in the right direction; too many coaches manipulate the weekly injury report in any direction they feel like. [Akron Beacon-Journal]

I can't remember the last time I saw an agent completely torpedo his client the way Eugene Parker is sabotaging Michael Crabtree(notes). The lifespan of an NFL player is so limited and the bracketing system for picks isn't going away – why Team Crabtree has decided to waste a year is completely beyond me. Hold the line, Niners; you can contend for a division title without this cat, and it's probably too late for Crabtree to make an appreciable impact in 2009, even if he were to sign tomorrow. [Sacramento Bee]

Monday's loss at Foxboro was a stomach punch for all of Buffalo, I get that, but there's no reason to take it out on Leodis McKelvin's(notes) lawn. Not cool. [WGRZ-TV]

The Patriots are confident Jerrod Mayo isn't out for the year, but in the meantime, get me a phone number for Derrick Brooks. [Boston Herald]

Sean Payton still designs the offense in New Orleans, of course, but the media is adopting this Mike Bell(notes) fellow. [New Orleans Times-Picayune]

That crazy Ochocinco dude has a Lambeau Leap planned for Week 2 when the Bengals head to Green Bay. Does No. 85 realize that you're supposed to score a touchdown first? [Bengals.com]

It's too soon to say if we'll see Matt Cassel(notes) on the field this weekend against Oakland, though he did practice Wednesday and the knee looked improved. [Associated Press]

Those punchy Razzball guys aren't limited to baseball analysis – put their football page on your daily hit list. Today's lead item is a look at Week 1 targets. [Razzball]

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