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NFL Injury Report: Boogie with Stew?

Scott Pianowski
Roto Arcade

The key practice day is Friday, of course, but the midweek sessions also have meaning to them. Let's see who's in, who's out, and who's on the fence as we prepare for Week 10; everything below took place on Wednesday unless otherwise noted.

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Jonathan Stewart (heel) missed all of practice and John Fox considers him day-to-day. It's a little surprising to see Stewart not working off the bye, but it's too early to make a big deal about it. We'll watch the next two days closely, as will anyone invested in Stewart or DeAngelo Williams. A friendly matchup with the Oakland front seven is waiting.

The MRI on Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder didn't reveal any additional problems, and Mike Tomlin is calling him day-to-day. Roethlisberger also has sprained tendons in two fingers on his non-throwing hand. Byron Leftwich played surprisingly well in Monday's win at Washington, which probably makes it easier for the Steelers to take their time rehabbing Roethlisberger. We'll see.

It's a mess in the St. Louis backfield these days, as the top three runners are all hurt. Steven Jackson (thigh), Antonio Pittman (hamstring) and Travis Minor (post concussion) didn't practice with the team, though Jackson and Pittman did some individual work. With that trio on the sidelines, Kenneth Darby took the starting reps, and newly-signed Samkon Gado ran as the No. 2.

Willie Parker didn't practice and the Steelers tagged it a shoulder injury; it was a knee problem that caused Parker to miss a handful of games. Given that Parker took a full workload Monday ay Washington, this likely was just a second day of rest. We'll have a better sense Thursday.

Reggie Bush (knee) is pointing at a Week 11 return according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Sean Payton said it's too early to officially rule Bush out this week, but he said he has an "outside chance," at best.

Ray Rice (chest) had a limited day but it doesn't seem like this will keep him out on the weekend. Let's see what we learn the next two days. Willis McGahee (ankle) also had a limited session.

Selvin Young (groin) and Tony Scheffler (groin) both missed time this week and aren't 100 percent, but according to Mile High Report they'll both dress for the Cleveland game Thursday and have a shot to be involved. Young's Week 10 status is only relevant because of how it affects the rest of the backfield; he's too risky to use as a fantasy starter here. Scheffler is also a risky option until we know he's hale again, but your tight end depth might force the issue.

Brian Westbrook (knee) had a limited day but he's not going to miss the Giants Sunday night, not unless some sort of setback hits.

Larry Fitzgerald (thumb) had a limited session but is fully expected to play Monday against the Niners.

Jeremy Shockey (groin) took a full day and hopefully is around 100 percent after resting during the bye. He's a solid play against the Falcons.

Brandon Lloyd (knee) had a full day and might be able to get back on the field for Week 10. Unfortunately it's the Titans who are calling, and Kyle Orton isn't around to deliver the football.

Sammy Morris (knee) was out of practice completely, but Lamont Jordan (calf) took some some reps. It's hard to see the Patriots forcing Jordan back into the mix, as Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have played pretty well. Randy Moss (foot) also had limited reps.

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Daunte Culpepper got the majority of the first-team reps according to MLive.com, and it looks like the guy the Lions will start against Jacksonville, no matter that he just joined the club. It certainly doesn't seem like the team has any faith in the unproven Drew Stanton.

Kerry Collins (ankle) took less reps than usual, but should be fine to play at Chicago.

Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) had a limited day, which is what he normally does midweek. There's little doubt he'll start at Minnesota.

Darren McFadden (toes) was back at practice, wearing new shoes. It's gotta be the shoes.

Deion Branch (heel) didn't practice and probably won't be on the field at Miami. Until we see him play a full game, there's nothing to be had here. One good news for the Seahawks - Mike Holmgren expects Matt Hasselbeck (back) to return for Week 11's game against Arizona.

Kevin Walter (back) didn't practice but he should be able to go against the Ravens.

Ahman Green (thigh) took some reps and might be able to go Sunday, not that you want to use him against Baltimore.

Fred Taylor (knee) didn't practice. You'd like to get excited about his date with the Lions, but keep in mind Taylor is making just 3.3 yards a carry this year, and he's yet to score a touchdown. This has "cliff season" written all over it.

Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) and Laveranues Coles (thigh) both had limited days, which is how the Jets run things. We can't imagine either guy missing action Sunday against the Rams, and that's a tasty matchup.

L.J. Smith (post concussion) is expected to start against the Giants, no matter that Brent Celek looked fantastic at Seattle last week.

Mike Walker (knee) had a full practice but he needs a make-good showing before he's relevant in most public leagues.

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