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Week 10: Monday Injury Report

Here are some updates on key injuries from Week 9:

QB Dan Orlovsky (DET): Orlovsky (thumb) is out indefinitely with a sprained thumb. Advice: The Lions just signed QB Daunte Culpepper, but as of now, it is unclear whether Culpepper or QB Drew Stanton will take over as the starter.

QB Kyle Orton (CHI): Orton (ankle) is expected to miss at least a couple games with a high ankle sprain, although the Bears are not being upfront about how serious the injury is yet. Advice: Former starter QB Rex Grossman will take Orton’s place if he misses any time, and could be serviceable against weaker matchups. However, he was benched for a reason, so do not expect him to put up the same type of numbers that Orton was putting up before he was injured.

QB Matt Schaub (HOU): Shcaub (knee) injured his MCL on Sunday and will be out for a month. Advice: Backup QB Sage Rosenfels will start in his place and should perform well. In fact, Rosenfels (92.8) actually has a higher rating than Schaub (91.0) on the year. And he played very well (21-29, 224 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) against the Vikings on Sunday.  Rosenfels is worth a waiver claim and could be a good start, particularly against weaker matchups.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Roethlisberger (shoulder) did not play in the second half of the MNF game against the Redskins. Advice: Roethlisberger is currently listed as “day-to-day” with what is being described as a “bruised AC joint”. This is the second time this season he has had this injury, but he has not missed a start yet, so I expect him to play next week. His backup, QB Byron Leftwich played surprisingly well last night, but unless the news changes, there is no reason to add him.

RB Willis McGahee (BAL): McGahee (ankle) did not play on Sunday. Advice: Rookie RB Ray Rice took advantage of the opportunity and had over 150 yards. McGahee has been beat up all year, so expect Rice to continue to see some action.

RB Edgerrin James (ARI): James was not injured, but he did not see any touches on Sunday. Advice: As I said in my previous post, RB Tim Hightower appears to have taken over for James. If Hightower is available in your league, grab him now.

RB Kolby Smith (KC): Smith (knee) was placed on IR and will not play again this year. Advice: Rookie RB Jamaal Charles played well once Smith went down, and will get another start next week. However, RB Larry Johnson should return to the lineup after his week 10 suspension, so it is unclear what role Charles will have after that.

RB Michael Pittman (DEN): Pittman (neck) was placed on IR. Advice: Backup RB Andre Hall was also placed on IR, which leaves RB Selvin Young and RB Ryan Torain as the only healthy RBs on Denver’s roster. I expect Torain to get most of the work, as Young is still recovering from a groin injury.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Witten (rib) was active Sunday, but did not have a catch. Advice: Witten was targeted a few times, but was not able to make any catches. This is likely more a result of poor QB play than Witten. QB Tony Romo will return in week 11, and hopefully Witten will be healthier after the bye.

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