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Friday Injury Wrap: Reggie out, Deuce in

Scott Pianowski
Roto Arcade

Friday practices are the ones that matter most in the NFL, so let's take a good look around.

Reggie Bush (knee) is officially out for Week 11, so Deuce McAllister gets the cushy assignment at Kansas City. It's also good news for the New Orleans receivers, who won't lose out on the handful of receptions that Bush generally snaps up. Marques Colston (knee) missed some reps the last three days but he's still listed as probable.

Forget about Clinton Portis (knee) this week. He missed another practice Friday and the Redskins concede that even if he plays Sunday night against Dallas, it will probably be in a limited fashion. It looks like Ladell Betts will get the start despite his knee injury; he's listed as probable.

Frank Gore (neck) took a full day or work and is considered probable for the Rams this week. It's risky with the late start, but it certainly looks like he's going to play. "I'm happy," Gore said after Friday's practice. "I'm feeling normal."

Steven Jackson (quad) is officially out for Week 11, so Antonio Pittman gets the rock at San Francisco. The Niners have a better run defense than you might think, however, allowing just 3.5 yards per carry.

Reggie Wayne (knee) and Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring) were back to work Friday and should go against the Texans. No need to worry because it's an early start, but I'll be surprised if there's a Sunday scratch here. Tony Dungy in recent years has become frisky with the questionable tag, and you can't take it too seriously.

Kyle Orton (ankle) had another partial day Friday, and although he's a game-time decision for the Packers, context clues point to him starting. It's good news for Chicago, but I don't want to try the Bears passing game against the formidable Green Bay secondary.

Matt Jones (thigh) was on the sideline Friday and looks like a game-time decision for the Titans Sunday. I can't see why you'd want to risk it here, and it's hard to trust Jerry Porter or Reggie Williams against that sharp Tennessee secondary.

Santana Moss (hamstring) had a full week and he's always killed the Cowboys in the past, so give him a shot.

It was a positive day in Seattle, as Matt Hasselbeck had another full session and so did his receivers (Deion Branch, Koren Robinson). I'd still like to wait a week before I get too excited about any of these guys, but if you need them, they should go against Arizona. Leonard Weaver (ribs) did some work Friday but it's not clear if he'll play.

Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is listed as probable and took more reps this week, so he's got a solid chance to get off the skids against a spotty Chicago pass defense.

Earnest Graham (knee) was limited Friday and is considered questionable for the Vikings. I don't want any part of the Tampa Bay running game against the Minnesota front seven. The Bucs are also listing Warrick Dunn (back) as questionable, though he didn't miss any practice this week.

Jason Witten (broken ribs) took all the reps Friday and he's fully expected to play through the injury. His buddy Tony Romo (finger) had a full week and is line to start, but Felix Jones (hamstring) will have to wait another week.

Brian Westbrook (knee) took it easy Friday but he's fully expected to go at Cincinnati, and I wouldn't give this one a second thought.

Derrick Mason (shoulder) was limited yet again Friday and looks like a dicey option up against the Giants. Check back at noon or so if you're desperate on game day, but I'd look for a safer play.

Tony Scheffler (groin) did everything this week and while he's probable, you should expect him to play at Atlanta.

Fred Taylor (neck) had a full day and is considered probable, but unless you're point shaving, you can't dial him up against Tennessee.

The Raiders expect JaMarcus Russell (knee) to start, and Darren McFadden (toe) might be able to play despite missing some Friday work. Hopefully you don't need to go anywhere near this situation.

Cedric Benson (back) had a full day of work, if you're scraping the bottom of the running back barrel. I don't expect him to do a lot against the Eagles.

Chris Chambers (ankle) had a good week and should be more involved at Pittsburgh.

Jason Elam (hip) didn't work Wednesday or Thursday, and he was limited Friday. The Falcons have yet to sign another placekicker, but keep an eye out on what they do Saturday. Elam is officially listed as questionable.

Selvin Young (groin) didn't practice all week, so converted fullback Peyton Hillis looks like the current starter for the Broncos. Other options are Tatum Bell and P.J. Pope.

Jamaal Charles (ankle) practiced Friday and should be able to play in some vein against the Saints.

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