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Injury Wrap: Antonio Gates doesn't practice, hopes to play

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Friday is the practice day you have to track for fantasy purposes; let's see what we learned over the past 24 hours.

Antonio Gates(notes) (toe) didn't practice all week and is a game-day decision for Sunday's critical match against New England. Gates is optimistic that he'll be able to suit up, but we won't know for another 30 hours. Make sure you have a mid-afternoon tight end option to shift to if Gates ultimately gets scratched.

The Chargers don't expect Malcom Floyd(notes) (hamstring) or Legedu Naanee(notes) (hamstring) to play this week; they're both listed as doubtful. Patrick Crayton(notes) is worth it as a deep-league rental here, and you can also consider Buster Davis. If you get open, Philip Rivers(notes) will find you.

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Kerry Collins(notes) (finger) took the first-team reps Friday and will start against Philadelphia.

Colt McCoy(notes) picks up another start for Cleveland, as Seneca Wallace(notes) and Jake Delhomme(notes) aren't ready to play yet.

David Garrard(notes) won't go at Kansas City and Trent Edwards(notes) (thumb) is very questionable, which means Todd Bouman(notes) might have to start against the Chiefs. Go get the KC defense if you can.

Bruce Gradkowski(notes) (shoulder) doesn't look ready to go, so the Raiders are left with Jason Campbell(notes) or Kyle Boller(notes) at Denver.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson (thigh) had a full practice Friday and is probable for the Eagles.

Ryan Mathews(notes) (ankle) did everything Friday and looks ready to start against the Pats.

Ray Rice(notes) (ankle) is listed as probable and looks like a strong play against the Bills.

Pierre Thomas(notes) (knee) won't dress in Week 7, so get Christopher Ivory(notes) ready to go.

Fred Taylor(notes) (toe) is out for another week, clearing the way for BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes) and Danny Woodhead(notes).

Darren McFadden(notes) (hamstring) is listed as questionable, though context clues point to him playing at Denver. I'd still use Michael Bush(notes) over McFadden this week.

Peyton Hillis(notes) (quad) is listed as probable for Sunday's date at New Orleans. He's a very safe volume play.

Wide Receivers

Although Donald Driver(notes) (quad) was limited Friday and didn't work earlier in the week, he's listed as probable for Sunday night's key game against Minnesota.

DeSean Jackson(notes) (post concussion) won't play at Tennessee. Jason Avant(notes) might be worth a look in deeper groups.

Although Hakeem Nicks(notes) (hamstring) is listed as questionable and didn't work Friday, everything points to this being a precautionary thing and he's fully expected to play Monday at Dallas. I'd use him, even if you have to set your lineup before all the games kick-off Sunday.

Carolina's Steve Smith (hamstring) had a full practice week and is in line to play against San Francisco. He'll also be working with quarterback Matt Moore(notes), someone he's always clicked with.

So much for the Kenny Britt(notes) touchdown run; he got into a barroom fight early Friday and might be deactivated on Sunday. Justin Gage(notes) (hamstring) might be able to play; he had a full practice Friday but he's nonetheless listed as questionable.

Eddie Royal(notes) (groin) took some reps Friday after doing nothing the two earlier days. He's very questionable for the Raiders on Sunday.

Steve Breaston(notes) (knee) is a game-time decision for Sunday's date at Seattle. You should have safer plays.

Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) (post concussion) didn't practice Friday and is considered doubtful this week.

Tight Ends

Chris Cooley(notes) (post concussion) is listed as questionable, the preferred tag of Mike Shanahan. He'll probably go at Chicago and it's an early game, but the league-wide depth at tight end steers me to someone else.

Todd Heap(notes) (neck) got back to work Friday and should play against Buffalo.

Bo Scaife(notes) (groin) didn't practice Friday and shouldn't be in your weekend plans.


Gates photo courtesy of Associated Press. Morning tunes courtesy of Rancid.

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