7-on-7: Boldin's ankle, Barber's thumb, Crabtree's karma


A Wednesday look around the league is mostly about aches and pains, so let's give the practice reports a thorough audit as we get ready for Week 7.

Anquan Boldin(notes) (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday and he's calling himself a game-time decision for Sunday's evening match with the Giants. Given the starting time of the game and the headaches that come with it from a fantasy perspective, make sure you have a Plan B ready to go. Steve Breaston(notes) gets a nice push up the ranks if Boldin isn't on the field (assuming Breaston's sore knee is no big deal), with Jerheme Urban(notes) ready as the No. 3 receiver. [Arizona Republic]

Marion Barber(notes) is dealing with a fractured left thumb in addition to all of his other aches and pains, but it didn't keep him from a full practice Wednesday. Barber is right-handed, so this injury shouldn't affect his ball security. The Pokes also expect to have DeMarcus Ware(notes) on the field against the Falcons; he's battling a stress fracture in his foot. [Dallas Morning News]

Michael Crabtree(notes) hasn't officially been handed a starting spot yet but either way, he's going to be involved this week. "He's certainly going to play a lot, and that's the bottom line," Mike Singletary said Wednesday. How many snaps can Crabtree expect? "He is going to be the one who controls that," Singletary said. "If he's having a good game, he's in rhythm, he's running the right routes, he's blocking, he's doing all the things that we see him doing out here, I think chances are he will play more." [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

Jerricho Cotchery(notes) (hamstring) did some individual work Wednesday but didn't practice with the Jets. It's hard to trust any element of the New York passing game as it heads to Oakland this week; Braylon Edwards(notes) has a sore quad while Dustin Keller(notes) hasn't done a thing in a month. [New York Daily News]

Donnie Avery(notes) (hip) didn't work Wednesday and looks iffy at best for Sunday's game with the Colts. Even if Avery were 100 percent for this week, this isn't the right time to get frisky with the St. Louis passing game; the Colts defense allows just 192 passing yards a week, with two touchdown passes in five games. [Belleville News-Democrat]

Trent Edwards(notes) is coming off a concussion and probably won't be cleared to play at Carolina. Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes) is the backup here and basically plays the same way Edwards does – short arm, checkdown tendencies. Good luck with that, Terrell Owens(notes). [Associated Press]

Jerious Norwood(notes) (hip) won't play at Dallas in Week 7 and will probably miss multiple games. Jason Snelling(notes) takes over in the meantime as the third-down and change-of-pace back, and this also might lead to more Michael Turner(notes) work for the immediate future. Turner, incidentally, is dealing with a chest injury and missed some Wednesday reps but he should be fine on game day. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Ahman Green(notes) is back in the NFL after 11 months off, rejoining the Packers. Green will eventually settle in as the team's No. 3 back; this isn't much of a fantasy story unless something happens to Ryan Grant(notes) or Brandon Jackson(notes). If only Green could handle one of the offensive tackle spots … [Packers.com]

Speed Round: We'll keep an eye on Adrian Peterson (ankle) and Percy Harvin(notes) (shoulder), who both missed some of the Wednesday work. … Roy Williams (ribs) took a full day and will start against the Falcons, with Miles Austin(notes) on the other flank. Patrick Crayton(notes) has officially been dropped to the No. 3 position. … Frank Gore(notes) (ankle) had a full day and should be ready for full-time duty in Week 7. … Chris Wells has a sore hip and took a limited day Wednesday. … Twelve Cleveland players were held out of Wednesday's practice because of flu-like symptoms, with Jerome Harrison(notes) the most fantasy-notable of the group. Joshua Cribbs(notes) was also held out because of his sore knee. … Ricky Williams(notes) (ankle) was hobbling at the end of Week 5's win over the Jets but he's fine now; he had a complete day Wednesday. … Clinton Portis(notes) (ankle) didn't practice Wedneaday but it's too early to be concerned, given that the Redskins have a Monday game against Philadelphia this week. … Jonathan Stewart(notes) (Achilles) was held out Wednesday, which is how the Panthers have been handling him of late. … Don't look for Darren McFadden(notes) (knee) to play over the next two weeks; perhaps we'll see him after Oakland's bye in Week 9.


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