For obvious reasons, no one really likes these Tuesday/Wednesday updates. Such things aren't typically loaded with good news.
Your players are hurt, my players are hurt, and LaDainian is talking toes. Let's get to the bullets...
"You would like to feel 100 (percent)," Fargas said, "but I don't think I'm there yet. I still have time. I'm still working. If I can go, I'm going to go."
• After the success of this quote...
"The toe is a vital part of the foot"
"It's not a one-week injury,'' said Tomlinson ... "You can't get it better in one week. There is no such thing; nobody can. If you are injured, you are injured. One week is not going to help. If you take one week off, you might as well take three weeks off.''
So he's still playing, but still not delivering a good impression of the old LT2. Tomlinson is averaging a full yard less per carry than he did in 2007, and 25.9 fewer yards per game. And he's telling you that it's going to take weeks to get right.
• Matt Schaub is expected to start for the Texans in Week 6, and Brodie Croyle (shoulder) will quarterback the Chiefs after their bye. Not that you needed another reason to avoid Croyle, but here's what he told the Kansas City Star about his injury:
"I won’t be 100 percent. I probably won’t be 100 percent the rest of the year. I’m close enough. It’s just one of those things that ain’t going to go away until you have a couple of months to sit there and rest it."
If we hear that he's 145 percent, we'll recommend him.
• Chris Chambers' ankle injury will likely keep him out of the New England game. That should result in a small uptick in Vincent Jackson's Week 6 value, and it gives Buster Davis relevance in extraordinarily deep leagues.
• Mike Holmgren had this to say about the curious Week 5 disappearance of John Carlson:
"That's a schematic error on the offensive staff, myself included," he said. "He's got to be involved. He's a good player."
In most leagues, you can't reasonably carry two tight ends (unless one of them is an elite player and he's on a bye), so we won't necessarily urge patience with Carlson. But it's not like he's Carlester Crumpler, either.
In other Seahawks news, Matt Hasselbeck (knee) and Deion Branch (heel) are not as badly injured as we'd feared. Hasselbeck will almost certainly play in Week 6, but Branch's situation isn't yet clear. This from the Seattle Times:
"It's a pain issue," Holmgren said of Branch's injury. "That's not a little thing for a guy that does what he does, and relies on his quickness."
• Willie Parker (knee) should be ready for the Bengals in Week 7, after the bye. He's a great buy-low for those of you who are 2-3 or 3-2, and looking to string together a few wins. However, he's not such a great buy for those of you who are undefeated and looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs. Pittsburgh travels to Baltimore and Tennessee in Weeks 15 and 16.
Programming note: My friends, I'll be in Elkhart and Raleigh tomorrow for start/sit town halls, taking the case for Tim Hightower directly to the American people. Mr. Pianowski will be driving the blog.
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