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The only appropriate time to behave as though the sky is falling is...well, it's when the sky is actually falling. And that's the case in Chicago right now. Large segments of sky screaming toward earth. Rain of fire. Plague. Disasters. Dislocations. The Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure is reporting that Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher(notes) appears to be done for the year after dislocating his right wrist. Here's the troubling quote: "When asked about his status Monday, Urlacher said in a text message that his 'season is over.'" He's the new Mike Brown(notes). [Chicago Tribune]
John Hansen offers a strong Mewelde Moore(notes) endorsement: "If [the Steelers] have designs on being a passing team, which they may not have much of a choice to, then Moore should have a very large role." You'll note that Moore is about to face a Chicago defense that will be without Urlacher and likely Pisa Tinoisamoa(notes) (PCL). [Fantasy Guru]
Jay Cutler(notes), you did not impress Packers cornerback Al Harris(notes): "This is his fourth year; you'd think he'd be better than that. I don't know what he was thinking, what was going through his mind. The pressure got to him." How's that for candor? [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
We discussed it in Sunday Scene generally, but you'll find more detailed praise for the Jets' defense over at Fifth Down today: "Kris Jenkins manhandled any Houston offensive lineman he lined up against. ... Bart Scott(notes) covered so much of the field that at times it looked as if there were two No. 57s on defense. Darrelle Revis(notes) reduced Houston’s star receiver, Andre Johnson(notes), to a nonfactor." Again, that defense didn't even have all the key players, and it was on the road facing a loaded offense. Pure scary. [The Fifth Down]
The Rams Report Card is back! Woo! This thing was one of my favorite reads last year, because it was just loaded with Ds and Fs each week. If the Rams were a college athlete, they would be academically ineligible. Keenan Burton(notes) obviously dragged down the grade for the receiving corps in Week 1. If you drop the lowest score, they'd deserve better than a C-minus. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Jason Cole offers an update on the non-Vikings StarCappers: "Two NFL sources indicated Sunday night that the league will entertain the idea of not suspending Saints defensive ends Charles Grant(notes) and Will Smith(notes) this season because it doesn’t appear the league can suspend Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams(notes) for the same violation of league rules." Not that you're starting the Saints' defense every week, but still. [Yahoo! Sports]
You kinda get the sense that Bills fans aren't thinking about winning on Monday night so much as they're thinking about avoiding embarrassment: "But even though receiver Terrell Owens(notes) makes his much-anticipated Buffalo debut tonight, there's a sense of anxiety among Bills fans in advance of the nationally televised game at Gillette Stadium. Will it be ugly? New England has whipped the Bills by an average score of 29.1 to 8.7 during the last 11 meetings." [Buffalo News]
Pro Football Weekly does a little snooping around Houston's backfield: "Will the Texans lean on Chris Brown or Steve Slaton(notes) in the red zone? It could be a matter of who is performing better on short-yardage carries at the time, a source close to the club suggests, an indication that this could be a fluid situation at least early in the season." That's the full blurb on the Texans, but that column is typically a must-read. [AFC Whispers]
And just to prove PFW's usefulness, here's another dose: "Word is Saints RB Mike Bell(notes) has a legitimate chance to overtake Pierre Thomas(notes) as the team's primary rusher. If one player has the hot hand, head coach Sean Payton will likely stick with him, and with Thomas nursing a knee injury, he could fall behind Bell in the early going." Bell, of course, carried 28 times for 143 yards against a generous Detroit defense. [NFC Whispers]


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