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Injury Updates

Here are some updates on some key players who are injured:

RB LaDainian Tomlinson (SD): LT (toe) did not practice on Wednesday, and it is unclear whether or how much he will play on MNF. Advice: Unfortunately, you may not know whether he will play him until after the Sunday games are over. If you have Sproles (or another option), you might want to sit LT. Even if he plays, you should not expect an LT-like performance.

RB Darren McFadden (OAK): McFadden (turf toe) did not practice on Wednesday and was reportedly seen wearing a protective boot on his foot. Advice: I would sit McFadden. He is injured and the Bills have a very tough defense. Do not be fooled by his 160-yard performance last week. Also, consider adding Michael Bush, who will see more carries with both Fargas (groin) and McFadden (toe) injured.

RB Ryan Grant (GB): Ryan Grant (hamstring) did not pratice Wednesday. Advice: I would sit him. Although the Packers should rest him, I suspect he will play, but look for Brandon Jackson and Kregg Lumpkin to get some work as well.  Regardless, I do not expect any Packers RBs to be very effective against the Cowboys 3-4 defense.

WR Joey Galloway (TB): Galloway (sprained foot) is likely out this weekend against the Bears. Advice: Sit him. Antonio Bryant will start in his place. Bryant is worth a roster spot if you are desperate for WRs, but it is very unlikely that anyone on the Bucs will post big yardage totals.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Witten has a separated shoulder, but all reports indicate he will play this Sunday night against the Packers. Advice: Start him. The Packers can have troubles with TEs, and SS Atari Bigby is out with a hamstring injury. His backup, Aaron Rouse, was out of position last week onboth TD passes to Calvin Johnson. Plus, the Packers will likely focus on stopping TO, which will open up the middle for Witten.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Ben may or may not have a separated or sprained shoulder. There have been mixed reports from the media and the Steelers. Advice: Start him. He was (allegedly) injured last week against the Browns, but he played well despite the injury and poor conditions. He should play well this week, too.

TE Dallas Clark (IND): Clark has an injured knee, but is expected to play on Sunday. Advice: If you have him, start him. And check the waiver wire. Someone may have dropped him while he was injured. He should put up solid numbers if he can stay healthy. But might cut into Anthony Gonzalez’s totals a little.

WR Reggie Brown (PHI): Reggie Brown returned to practice on Wednesday. Advice: Check his status on Friday or Saturday to be sure, but start him if he is healthy. The Eagles love to throw the ball, and he should be McNabb’s number one target (despite DeSean Jackson’s early-season succsess).

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