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Key Injuries

RB LaDainian Tomlinson (SD): LT has struggled. Part of this has to do with injuriesto his offensive line, but it also has to do with his own turf toe injury. Unfortunately, turf toe injuries tend to linger, so unless LT takes a game or two off, this one might slow him down for awhile. Advice: Grab Darren Sproles off the waiver wire.

RBs Justin Fargas / Darren McFadden (OAK): Fargas suffered a groin injury during the game against KC. After he went out, McFadden came in and ended up with 160+ yards on the day. However, McFadden suffered a turf toe injury himself, and was on the sideline at the end of the game while Michael Bush racked up 90 yards and a TD. Advice: It is unclear at this point how serious either injury is. I expect Fargas to miss some time, but McFadden will likely be back next week. Either way, keep an eye on Bush, because the Raiders are going to pound the ball no matter what. And McFadden has now suffered an injury in both games (he injured his shoulder in week 1 and his toe/foot in week 2), so some insurance is a good idea.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX): MJD suffered an ankle injury, I believe. But I have not seen whether he is expected to miss any time. Advice: Keep an eye on his status, as well as the status of his interior offensive line. The Jags have struggled running the ball all year, and this injury makes me even more concerned about their ability to move the ball on the ground.

QB Damon Huard (KC): Huard went out with an injury to his head, I believe. But he should probably be back next week. Tyler Thigpen came in to the game, and WR Marques Hagans (who used to be a QB in college) even played a few snaps at QB. Advice: Hopefully you were not relying on Huard in your league. If you were, you likely have larger issues. I think Huard might be a better option than Croyle, at least for the values of LJ, Gonzo, and Bowe. But the Chiefs only managed 3 points against a Raiders defense that surrendered a ton of points to the Broncos in week 1. I would stay away, regardless.

WR Sidney Rice (MIN): Rice might have a knee injury, but I have yet to see any results from his MRI. Advice: Until the Vikings figure out their passing game (i.e. bench Tavaris Jackson), Rice has minimal value anyway. He is a tall WR with good speed and above-average ball skills, but Jackson is simply awful, so it is tough to rely on Rice.

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