Scott Pianowski

Thursday Throwdown: Around the league

Scott Pianowski
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A collection of Thursday stuff you should know about:

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Willie McGahee suffered an eye injury in Sunday's win over Cleveland, and according to the Baltimore Sun his status is in question for Monday's showdown with the Steelers. Le'Ron McClain's ownership level isn't where it should be yet. To make this situation as complicated as possible, McClain is battling a sore thigh and was limited Thursday.

David Patten hasn't worked the last couple of days and it looks like he's out, which means the Saints have to make something work with Lance Moore, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem. Moore, to me, is a little underappreciated in the fantasy community.

Just when it seemed we could get really excited about Brandon Lloyd, he's nicked up; a hip injury kept him out of Thursday's work. As always during the NFL practice week, the key day is Friday.

Jon Kitna isn't going to lose his job when the Lions return from the bye in Week 5, but Tom Kowalski of MLive.com thinks the Drew Stanton era could be on the way around midseason. It's a story we want to keep monitoring; anyone throwing to Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams has a chance to be relevant, in theory. Dan Orlovsky is still the Detroit backup on paper, in part because Stanton is coming back from a thumb injury.

Brett Favre (ankle) did some work at Thursday's session and I wouldn't worry at all about him starting against the Cardinals. Keep an eye on DT Kris Jenkins (back): New York's run defense is completely different if he's not able to go this week.

Plaxico Burress is appealing his suspension with Bob Sugar Drew Rosenhaus pushing the process. It's a longshot that Plax will be able to play Week 5 but you never know.

Ken Whisenhunt and the Cardinals decided to stay east after last week's loss to the Redskins, in preparation for this Sunday's game against the Jersey Jets. Given the tricky element to west coach teams flying east and messing with their body clocks, I think this is a wise move when the schedule stacks up this way.

Browns OG Eric Steinbach has a bum shoulder and will miss the next 3-5 weeks. Bad news for Derek Anderson this week, and Brady Quinn down the line.

It could be a fun week for the Tampa Bay passing game, as the Packers will be missing CB Al Harris (spleen) for sure and perhaps safeties Nick Collins (back) and Atari Bigby (hamstring) as well. Okay, I just like saying "Atari Bigby."

According to Chick Ludwig of the Dayton Daily News, Chris Henry probably won't be ready for a Week 5 return with the Bengals.

Damon Huard is getting the call for the Chiefs against Denver, and while he's no great shakes as a fantasy play, he probably gives this offense a far better chance to look like a professional unit. If you own Tony Gonzalez, Dwayne Bowe or even Larry Johnson, you like this move.

The Rams say the Trent Green/Marc Bulger move is for Week 4, and then they'll re-evaluate. That's probably the stance for the entire roster right now; the club moved rookie WR Donnie Avery into the starting lineup this week, and CB Fahkir Brown, one of the team's better secondary players, was surprisingly cut on Tuesday.

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