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9-on-9: Welcome to the '09 season, Beanie Wells

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If you haven't yet seen the clip of Beanie Wells'(notes) double-stiffarm rushing TD against the Giants, you can check it out right here via NFL.com. That's not really the sort of thing the Arizona offense is known for, but it's a welcome addition.

You'll note that Wells finished with 10 more carries and one more reception than Tim Hightower(notes) in the win over New York. Not surprisingly, he out-rushed Hightower by 58 yards.

Wells is available in 67 percent of Yahoo! leagues right now, but you can expect that to change dramatically as bids are placed in the days ahead. Inarguably, Wells is a more talented runner than Hightower. You can't reasonably expect Arizona to give 20 carries to any back, under almost any circumstances, but you should nonetheless feel bullish about Wells. The Cardinals have an ideal schedule in the fantasy playoffs, facing Detroit in Week 15 and St. Louis in Week 16.

Repeat: Arizona gets the Lions and Rams in the most important weeks of the fantasy season.

Add Wells. Add the Cardinals defense. Add whichever pieces you can.

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Larry Johnson(notes) may have actually tweeted himself out of a job. He's still averaging 2.7 yards per carry and he hasn't visited the end zone since December, 2008, and now LJ has decided to attack his coach and various others via Twitter. And unbelievably, his agent acknowledged that Johnson was responsible. LMAO@LJ. [Yahoo! Sports]

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Colts running back Donald Brown(notes) downplayed the severity of the shoulder injury that cost me a win ended his day prematurely. He had two carries for 58 yards before leaving the Colts' 42-6 mauling of the Rams. "I'll be all right," he said. "It's something I've had before in college. I know how to handle it." [Indianapolis Star]

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The concussed Trent Edwards(notes) has already been ruled out of Buffalo's home matchup against Houston, which means that the Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes)-Lee Evans show will continue for at least one more week. (Funny how Evans seems to excel with any quarterback who is not Edwards). Beyond Week 8, we're not sure who will start for the Bills: "Jauron would not commit to Edwards as the starter when he's healthy. The Bills have their bye week after the Texans game. 'We'll cross that bridge when we come to it,' Jauron said." [Buffalo News]

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Jermichael Finley(notes) is reportedly "a long shot" to face the Vikings in Week 8 after spraining his knee in Green Bay's win over Cleveland. You'll recall that Finley caught six passes for 128 yards and a TD in the earlier matchup with Minnesota. Packers left tackle Chad Clifton(notes) "may practice on Friday." His presence would obviously help the effort to contain Jared Allen(notes). [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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Andre Johnson(notes) suffered a chest injury in Week 7 and was taken to a Houston hospital for X-rays, but the early reports indicate that he "should be ready to play in the next game at Buffalo." Johnson was apparently coughing up blood (never a good sign) and "the team’s medical staff hid his helmet to keep him on the sideline." [Houston Chronicle]

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One more note from the Chronicle: "After the game, [Gary] Kubiak walked [Steve] Slaton off the field and told him: 'You know we're going to go as far as you take us. And you got to figure out a way to protect the football. We're going to work with you throughout the week, but you just got to have the ability to somehow hang on to that football.'" Slaton scored a pair of touchdowns against the Niners, but he also fumbled for the sixth time in seven games. The Texans didn't draft a back to pair with Slaton, though, and no other RB on the roster is really a comparable talent. He's relatively safe, if also frustrating. [Houston Chronicle]

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On Monday, Vikings corner Antoine Winfield(notes) "continued to dispute reports that he will miss a month because of an injury to his right foot." He's talking as if there's a chance he'll be able to face the Packers in Week 8. In other Vikes news, Brad Childress remains upset about that ridiculous tripping penalty that cost his team (not to mention Sidney Rice(notes) owners) a touchdown. Good for him. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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It just wouldn't be a proper Monday 9-on-9 without the Rams Report Card. Ds for everyone! [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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