On Wednesday we took a wide-ranging view of the injury landscape; today, only the big names get in the door. Here's your rundown:
• The Chiefs announced Thursday that Larry Johnson won't play against the Titans. Herm Edwards told the Kansas City Star that Johnson was not suspended but broke team rules, and LJ will be available for Week 8's game with the Jets. Johnson was charged this week with a simple assault dating back to a February incident, so there's always a chance the league gets involved in this as well.
Johnson looked like a weak play against Tennessee anyway, and that goes double for Kolby Smith and Jamaal Charles. Throw in the inconsistent ways of quarterback Brodie Croyle and I can't find anyone on this offense I want to roll with in Week 7 (you might be forced to roll with Tony Gonzalez anyway, but bring your expectations down significantly).
• Tony Romo wants to play Sunday at St. Louis. Maybe it's the call from Brett Favre, maybe it's the competitive nature in him, maybe he's been inspired by the story of Steve DeBerg, maybe he's eager to throw a dig route to Roy Williams, you pick your favorite angle. Just be glad this is a 1 p.m eastern start. "He looks promising," Jerry Jones told the Dallas Morning News. No matter what the Cowboys decide to do with their quarterbacks this week, look for the offense to run through Marion Barber as the Pokes get back to basics.
• Nothing new yet Thursday on Willie Parker (knee), but the context clues point to him not playing against Cincinnati. This is another early start so at least we won't be left guessing on game day. Keep in mind the Steelers have no reason to rush Parker back into the fray with the hapless Bengals on the calendar, and Mewelde Moore has looked rather snappy over the last game and a half.
• Kellen Winslow (undisclosed) won't be practicing Thursday but the Browns feel there's a solid chance he'll be back for Friday's session. He continues to be very questionable for the weekend. Steve Heiden doesn't offer the same skill set as Winslow, but he was effective Monday as a reliable zone-buster.
• Reggie Bush (knee) did individual drills but no team work in Thursday's session, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He's been managing the sore knee for a while. The Saints also had a limited day from Marques Colston (thumb) and Jeremy Shockey (groin), though Sean Payton gives both players a good chance to play against Carolina.
• Don't sweat Calvin Johnson missing Wednesday's practice - he's now symptom-free from the concussion he suffered last week and the Lions fully expect him to go at Houston.
• Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is back throwing at practice, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. He's been playing hurt for a few weeks anyway, like the guy who preceded him, and still putting up decent numbers.
• Another limited day for T.J. Houshmandzadeh (ankle), who remains very iffy for Week 7. And with Ryan Fitzpatrick already set to start for the Bengals against Pittsburgh, I don't know why you'd want to use anyone on this offense this week, short of a desperate situation.
• Joey Galloway (foot) continues to practice and has a good chance of playing this week, but I need a show of good faith on the field before I consider starting him.
• Chris Chambers (ankle) is far from a sure thing for Week 7; he missed Wednesday's session and admits he merely has "a chance" to go at Buffalo. LaDainian Tomlinson (toe) also missed the session, but look for him to play.
• Lawrence Tynes finally has the kicking job back, as the Giants are kicking John Carney (and his 12-for-12 resume) to the curb. Tynes is nothing special at the position, but the efficiency of New York's offense makes him a strong fantasy play. The Giants have already had their bye, too.