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Wednesday Injury Wrap: Portis doubtful, Boldin headed back

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With NFL clubs back at work Wednesday, let's take a lap around the league and check the bumps and bruises.

Everyone knows Clinton Portis(notes) is a baller, but the Redskins aren't going to take chances with him off a concussion; Jim Zorn says Portis is "very, very doubtful" to play against Denver. Ladell Betts(notes) is in line to start and isn't a bad flex option for Week 10, though Betts was held out of Wednesday's session due to a sore ankle. If you're very desperate in a gigantic league, Rock Cartwright(notes) saw some short-yardage work last week and might keep that role (albeit he didn't succeed in Atlanta). But barring some kind of setback in the next few days, Betts will be the featured back versus the Broncos, and he's got a safe path to touches.

DeAngelo Williams(notes) missed Wednesday's practice with a sore knee, a mild surprise given how dynamic he's looked the last few weeks (he's got 630 total yards and five scores over his last four games). We'll keep a close eye on No. 34. Jonathan Stewart(notes) (Achilles) also rested, as he generally does on Wednesdays.

Brian Westbrook(notes) was held out of Wednesday's practice because of an ankle sprain, but his status for Sunday's game at San Diego is tied more to his post-concussion issues. If he's headache free, he's expected to go. Wait as long as you can before making a decision on Westbrook, of course; as we've seen many times, there's nothing guaranteed with him until the game-day inactive list is announced.

Anquan Boldin(notes) (ankle) had a full practice Wednesday and looks like a good bet to play against Seattle, but we know better than to make assumptions with him. As for Boldin's controversial comments about Ken Whisenhunt and the Arizona staff, the controversial wideout insists he's moved on. "I said what I had to say and I'm done with it," Boldin said after practice.

Brandon Marshall(notes) has a sore back and was held out of Wednesday's session. This might not mean all that much given that he played Monday against Pittsburgh and was plenty active (11 receptions). We'll see what we learn in the next two days.

Vernon Davis(notes) (shoulder) is listed as probable for Thursday's game at Chicago. We beg you to use him against the struggling Bears safeties and linebackers. Frank Gore(notes) (eye) is also listed as probable for the Niners and should start.

Matt Hasselbeck(notes) has a sore shoulder in addition to his rib issue, so he'll miss some reps during the practice week. Nonetheless, barring a setback, he'll be in the saddle at Arizona on game day and isn't a bad play if you need to replace Matt Schaub(notes) this week.

Trent Edwards(notes) says he's going to be Buffalo's starter at Tennessee this week. No matter which direction the Bills go, this looks like a great time to make a speculation play on the Titans defense (the unit looks completely different now that Cortland Finnegan(notes) is back on the field and healthy). Terrell Owens(notes) (hip) wasn't on the practice field Wednesday.

Brady Quinn(notes) is back in the saddle for the Browns, as expected, and will start against Baltimore Monday night. He can't be any worse than Derek Anderson(notes), right? I guess this pushes up Mohamed Massaquoi's(notes) value a spec.

Roddy White(notes) (knee) took it easy Wednesday but he's fully expected to go in Sunday's key division game at Carolina. He had touchdowns in four straight games before last week's quiet afternoon versus the Redskins.

Donald Brown(notes) (shoulder) isn't on the injury report, but we can't say too much about his situation until the practice week runs through.

Darren McFadden(notes) (knee) was at practice Wednesday and is fully expected to play against Kansas City, but his specific role is anyone's guess. Chaz Schilens(notes) (foot) also had a full session.

Bernard Berrian(notes) (hamstring) missed some time at Wednesday's practice but he's on schedule to start against the Lions. And you know that Brett Favre(notes) (groin, hip) will be on the field, though he missed some midweek snaps.

Matthew Stafford(notes) (knee) was limited in Wednesday's session though Calvin Johnson(notes) was able to take all the reps. Stafford has his work cut out for him this week, a date with Jared Allen(notes) and the nasty Minnesota pass rush.

No practice for Lance Moore (ankle), and remember he didn't play last week. Marques Colston(notes) (non-swine flu) also sat out but he should be back later in the week.

Steve Breaston(notes) has been dealing with a sore knee all year and he took it easy Wednesday. He's expected to go against Seattle.

Antonio Bryant(notes) (knee) isn't practicing yet and doesn't look worthy of Week 10 consideration. He didn't play in last week's dramatic victory over Green Bay.

Chris Chambers(notes) (foot) was limited in the first Chiefs practice of the week. Like the rest of you, I'm afraid to ever trust this guy again, no matter that he scored twice in garbage time at Jacksonville.

Sammy Morris(notes) (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and he's probably at least a week away from getting back into our consideration. Maybe you can stash him in a deeper group right now, but don't bother in shallow pools.

LenDale White(notes) (illness) is still in the league, apparently, but he didn't work on Wednesday.

Jason Campbell(notes) (ankle) missed some reps Wednesday but should go against the Broncos.

Isaac Bruce(notes) (ankle) has basically expired as a fantasy option. He's not going to dress Thursday, and he's fallen behind Jason Hill(notes) on the depth chart.

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