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NFL Injury Report: Low-flying Jets

Scott Pianowski
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The big practice day is Friday, of course, but the Wednesday and Thursday 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 8.

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It's always fun to guess along with Eric Mangini and the Jets (wait, no it isn't). Jerricho Cotchery apparently has a shoulder injury, and not a knee issue as previously thought. Laveranues Coles may have suffered a concussion last week in Oakland. The Jets can probably run all over Kansas City from beginning to end this week, anyway, so be careful with the New York wideouts. At least we're looking at an early start Sunday, making it a risk-free call for fantasy owners. Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News (the best Jets beat writer on the circuit) is projecting that Coles will play Sunday while Cotchery will be a late-week or game-time decision.

Anquan Boldin (head) has been cleared for contact by team doctors, and he had a limited practice Wednesday. I'd keep expectations tempered for his first game back, given that he's missed a few weeks of reps and has also dropped about 15 pounds. Your depth at the position will have a lot to say about what you do with Boldin in Week 8.

Brian Westbrook (ribs) had a full practice Wednesday, a sight for sore fantasy eyes. Reggie Brown (groin) was limited, and his stock goes down even more with Kevin Curtis raring to go.

Larry Johnson will be benched for the second straight week, but there's no team plan to suspend him, apparently. The NFL might feel differently down the road, of course. LJ actually made a public apology on Wednesday, for what it's worth. Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith will tote the rock while Johnson is out.

In case you missed it, the Cowboys probably won't get Tony Romo (finger) or Felix Jones (hamstring) back until after the bye in Week 10.

Joseph Addai (hamstring) had a limited day Wednesday, and it's hard to be encouraged about his fantasy stock for Week 8, with the Titans waiting for him. The extra day of preparation certainly helps, but it also means we'll have to wait longer for an answer on his status.

Steven Jackson (thigh) took Wednesday off but had encouraging things to say afterwards. No need to panic here.

Josh Morgan (thigh) didn't practice Wednesday, frustrating for all the fantasy owners just itching to get their new pickup into the mix. We'll see what happens the next two days.

Damon Huard (hand) and Brodie Croyle (knee) are both on injured reserve, so the Chiefs have no choice but to start Tyler Thigpen at quarterback. Look for a veteran QB to join the club shortly, though it probably won't be the retired Daunte Culpepper.

Jason Campbell (groin) is free of the injury report, so all systems go. Let's hope Jim Zorn dials up some deep passing against the Lions, which should be available given the presence of Clinton Portis.

The Matt Jones suspension (three games) apparently doesn't start until Week 9, so consider him against Cleveland. Mike Walker (knee) isn't ready yet, however.

Chris Chambers (ankle) had a limited session Wednesday and is no sure thing to play against New Orleans. Get open, Vincent Jackson, and stay fresh, Malcom Floyd. The Chargers kept LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) on the sidelines Wednesday, as expected.

Matt Hasselbeck (back) isn't expected to go in Week 8, which basically puts the kibosh on the entire Seahawks passing game. Seneca Wallace will keep the job in the interim.

Willis McGahee (knee) had a limited day Wednesday, but doesn't look to be in trouble yet of not playing this week.

Willie Parker (knee) isn't on Pittsburgh's injury report so it looks like he'll play against the Giants. Of course that was the story early last week, too.

Marques Colston (thumb) is off the injury report and should be fine for the London date with the Chargers. Jeremy Shockey (groin) didn't practice Wednesday but is also expected to be a go.

Plaxico Burress (finger/shoulder) didn't practice with the Giants Wednesday. He played most of last season without practice time, so I'd worry less on him than I would a lot of guys. Nonetheless, let's not be late for Tom Coughlin's pressers later in the week. Plax should have some extra incentive with Pittsburgh on the menu, no matter that he's denying it.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday but is expected to play on the weekend. Carson Palmer (elbow) is out again this week, and I'm not holding my breath on him playing again this year.

Joey Galloway (foot) had a limited day Wednesday, and even when he's ready to go, the Bucs plan on keeping Antonio Bryant in the split end role.

Sammy Morris (knee) sat out Wednesday's session while LaMont Jordan (calf) took a full day. You know the Pats, they're not in the information-distribution business. We'll keep reading the tea leaves.

Justin Gage (knee) had a limited day Wednesday, while Justin McCareins (hamstring) didn't go. Friends don't let friends start wideouts from Tennessee (though Gage could be worth it later in the year if he shows that he's truly healthy).

Steve Heiden (pectoral) missed Wednesday's practice, a key injury for the Browns given that Kellen Winslow might not play this week (he's been suspended by the team but is appealing). Heiden offers some Week 8 sleeper value if he can get on the field and Winslow loses his case.

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