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Sure, some of the mid-week speculation about LaDainian Tomlinson's injured toe was discouraging. He was "up in the air" to start on Sunday, we heard.

But Tomlinson himself sounds like a guy who intends to play:

“I’m all right; I will practice tomorrow,” Tomlinson said. “It’s just a sprained toe, that’s all. But you try and get as much rest as you can and you have to take it. It’s the heat of the season -- you don’t really have time. You got games; it’s not preseason any more. On Sunday, I think I should be pretty good.”

Tomlinson is the No. 2 running back in the weekly ranks. If you own him, you should have Darren Sproles on the roster in case of emergency, but you aren't going to start the handcuff this week.

More details here, via the San Diego Union-Tribune:

LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie returned to the practice field today, Cromartie on a more limited basis than Tomlinson, who took half his usual reps, according to coach Norv Turner. Each is listed as questionable for Sunday's showdown with the Broncos at Denver. Meaning, of course, they'll be in there.

These are the latest notes on a few other vaguely injured backs you're fretting about...

Ryan Grant "participated fully in practice on Friday," according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The Week 2 match-up with Detroit is spectacular.

Willis McGahee has also practiced, but the Baltimore Sun doesn't like his chances for a full workload:

Criticized for not showing enough commitment to the Ravens, McGahee might have to learn about the concept of "team" the hard way - as in, a running-back-by-committee situation.

From all indications, it seems as if McGahee, the Ravens' featured back last season, will have to split time with two upstarts, Ray Rice and Le'Ron McClain

Marion Barber should be his typical unhinged, unsafe, unstoppable self. The Dallas Morning News reports that on Wednesday, "he was running around with no apparent extra protection (like rib pads)."

If you're worried about Felix Jones stealing carries, here's another note of interest:

Phillips pointed out that it's pretty tough to take Barber off the field, adding that the Cowboys would try to use the backs together more often than they did in the season opener ... Barber shouldn't be limited by his sore ribs when the Eagles come to town.

Matt Forte is experiencing "ankle tightness," but declared himself "fine." The Chicago Tribune reports "Lovie Smith said there was no chance of him missing Sunday's game at Carolina."

Joseph Addai left Sunday night's game with a head injury of unknown severity, but he's expected to play. The trouble is that he'll face the Vikings, and they allowed only 74.1 rushing yards per game last season. 

Darren McFadden suffered a shoulder stinger on Monday night, but looked like the most dangerous component of a bland and largely unthreatening attack (nine carries for 46 yards, one reception for 11). McFadden is not on the Week 2 injury report.

Here's a note from the Oakland Tribune earlier in the week:

(Lane) Kiffin said he anticipates running back Darren McFadden (stinger) would play against Kansas City, and that his injury, which aggravated a condition sustained earlier in the week in practice, was the result of a “cheap shot.”

OK, gamers, we'll see you Sunday morning in the chat window over at Fantasy Football Live


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