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9-on-9: Vick returning, MBIII practicing, LT not rushing

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Typical Thursday boilerplate: Brad and Andy will answer your Week 3 questions on Friday's "Fantasy Freak Show." We're live on The Score at approximately 11 pm CT. Email us at, call us at 312-644-6767 or text 67011.
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid "wouldn’t say Wednesday whether Vick will play Sunday against the Chiefs," according to the KC Star, but c'mon. Vick is eligible. He's healthy. He'll play. Don't expect more than a cameo. Donovan McNabb(notes) (ribs), Brian Westbrook(notes) (ankle), DeSean Jackson(notes) (groin) and Kevin Curtis (knee) are all either limited or shelved. The Philly Inquirer declares that Westbrook, Jackson and Curtis are likely to play, while McNabb is "a long shot." [Bird's Eye View]
PFW's Week 3 matchup tidbits are written in ALL CAPS, SO EVERYTHING SEEMS URGENT, LIKE THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM IS INVOLVED. But there are several useful nuggets in there, so give it a scan. [Pro Football Weekly]
Patriots receiver Wes Welker(notes) (knee) "was present for the media portion of practice today, which consisted of stretching and the start of team drills." Be hopeful, but have a solid Plan B ready to go in case of Sunday inactivity. [Boston Globe]
Don't count on a serious contribution from LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) (ankle) against the Fins in Week 3: "Tomlinson hopes to play Sunday against Miami but said yesterday that he does not need to rush back due to the Chargers having Darren Sproles(notes) and Michael Bennett behind him. 'I can get healthy,' said Tomlinson, who last season played through a severe toe injury. 'I don't have to just get to a certain percentage and then stay at that percentage all season.'" [San Diego Union Tribune]
More Chargers: San Diego was already without nose tackle Jamal Williams(notes), the heart of their defensive line, for the rest of the season. Now the anchor of the O-line, Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick(notes), will miss at least eight weeks. Bad news all around. [Bolts Blog]
Via Todd Archer: "Marion Barber is on the practice field for the second day." We don't know exactly how much MBIII can or can't do, but it's a great sign that he's been on the field for back-to-back practices. [Dallas Morning News]
Tom Silverstein gives you the straight dope on Green Bay's atrocious O-line: "If the Green Bay Packers don't solve their pass protection problem very soon, their season could drop out from under them. … The Packers are lucky to be 1-1 and have a healthy starting quarterback considering the number of sacks (10) and additional quarterback knockdowns (nine) they have given up in the first two games of the season." [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
Over at Advanced NFL Stats, an excellent time-of-possession discussion followed the Colts-Fins Monday nighter. Here's a taste: "I believe TOP is an 'intermediate outcome' in a football game. In other words, it is a natural byproduct of being good at something else. You can’t be good at 'time of possession.' … To me, TOP is a side-effect of being good at other, more fundamental things." [Advanced NFL Stats]
You'll find lots of Tom Brady(notes) talk in today's "On the Corner." And MJD's intro music is awesome. Just one man's opinion: Brady is a terrific fantasy buy right now, while we're all fretting about his knee. The Jets D was really the story in Week 2. [Shutdown Corner]


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