September 16, 2011
Houston's star tailback did something in all three practice days and seems likely to play at Miami, though Gary Kubiak isn't sure Foster will receive his normal 60 snaps. The hamstring probably isn't 100 percent yet. My guess is that Foster will start on Sunday with Ben Tate(notes) the change-of-pace option; meanwhile, Derrick Ward(notes) (ankle) is out for sure. It's a late kickoff for Houston and Miami, so make sure you have other options ready if we get a game-day curve. But all signs point to Foster playing.
Everyone else is a bulleted story, assorted by position (QB, RB, WR, TE). Settle in, gamers.
• Knowshon Moreno(notes) (hamstring) didn't work all week, though he's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. If you have to run with a Bronco back, Willis McGahee(notes) is your man.
• Daniel Thomas(notes) (hamstring) is probable and might steal about 30 percent of the backfield work from Reggie Bush(notes) against Houston. Maybe Thomas can figure out how to run inside, something Bush has never done well as a pro.
• Steven Jackson (quad) says he wants to play on Monday night, but he's yet to practice this week. It would shock me if Carnell Williams(notes) didn't get the start in the swamps of Jersey, but it's not team, it's not my decision, and it's certainly not my quad.
• Hakeem Nicks(notes) (knee) did some individual work Friday and says he'll be on the field Monday against the Rams. Nonetheless, the team doctors have the final say on this one. Nicks is officially listed as questionable. If you have the extra roster room, you might want to pick up a Monday-specific caddy (maybe Domenik Hixon(notes) or Greg Salas(notes)) just in case Nicks gets scratched. But my gut feel, for whatever it's worth, is that he'll play.
• Dez Bryant(notes) (thigh) missed the entire practice week and looks like a game-time call at San Francisco. For all of Bryant's jaw-dropping ability, he needs to prove he can stay healthy. It's a late start, so get an alternate lined up. Miles Austin(notes) (knee) missed some Friday reps but should be fine; he's listed as probable.
• It sounds like Calvin Johnson(notes) (ankle) will start against Kansas City, even with a limited practice week (he took some reps Friday, that's it). Look for him to go, but make a last-minute check before you commit to him.
• Santonio Holmes(notes) (knee/quad) was limited in the last two practice sessions after a full Wednesday. He's officially listed as questionable, and you have to wonder if the weak opponent (Jacksonville) will encourage the Jets to hold Holmes out. It's an early kickoff, so you can proceed without any risk here. Plaxico Burress(notes) (ankle) is listed as probable.
• Sidney Rice(notes) (shoulder) won't go at Pittsburgh. The usual suspects will be running routes for Seattle, Mike Williams, Golden Tate(notes), Doug Baldwin(notes) and Ben Obomanu(notes). This game has 34-7 written all over it; Seattle has been a poor road team over the last few seasons, and the Hawks are walking into a hornet's nest at Heinz Field.
• Lee Evans(notes) (ankle) was in a walking boot Wednesday but he quickly came around, to the point that he's now listed as probable for Sunday's date at Tennessee. Evans didn't do a thing against Pittsburgh but I like him long-term if he can stay healthy, in a WR3 or flex sort of way.
• Lance Moore(notes) (groin) had a couple of good days and he might be able to go against Chicago, though he remains questionable on the injury report. It's an early start, so we can wait this one out.
• Roy Williams (groin) did a little work Friday after resting the two previous days. He's iffy for the date in New Orleans. None for me, thanks. Start your engines, Johnny Knox(notes), Devin Hester(notes) and Earl Bennett(notes).
• With Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) (knee) and Jacoby Ford(notes) (hamstring) dinged up, the Raiders might have to steer more passes to Denarius Moore(notes) this week. Unfortunately, Jason Campbell(notes) will be throwing those passes.
• Jason Hill(notes) (hip) took some shots at Darrelle Revis(notes) in the middle of the week, but he won't get to back it up on the field. He's listed as doubtful, as is Marcedes Lewis(notes) (calf). Good luck with the Jets defense, Luke McCown(notes).
• Michael Crabtree(notes) (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 2. If you roll with him against Dallas, you're questionable too. Maybe it's just me, but I wonder if Josh Morgan(notes) might be better than Crabtree to begin with. Ted Ginn is also pushing for more offensive reps after last week's special-teams show.
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