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Week 14: Friday Injury Report

Some updates on key injuries.  Sorry it is kinda brief, but I gotta be in court this afternoon.

QB Ben Roethlisberger: Roethlisberger (knee) tweaked his knee in practice this week but has practiced fully and is expected to play. Advice: Big Ben should be fine and should have a decent day against the Boys.

QB Trent Edwards: Edwards has been ruled out. Advice: It looks like QB JP Losman will start in his place. I would not bother picking him up unless you are really (really) desperate.

QB Matt Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck (back) is listed as doubtful. Advice: You should not be starting him either way. And given how anemic their offense has been, I doubt this will impact any of the other players (none of whom you should be starting either, save TE John Carlson).

RB Marion Barber: Barber (toe) is expected to be a game-time decision. Advice: Even if Barber is able to go, he will be limited by his injured toe, and it will be tough sledding against Pittsburgh. If he cannot go, backup RB Tashard Choice will get the start. But against Pittsburgh, he does not make a great play, either. I would avoid both, if you can. UPDATE: Barber missed practice again today, which means it is unlikely he will play on Sunday. Expect Choice to get an increased workload, either way.

RB Ryan Grant: Grant (thumb) is expected to be ready to go on Sunday. Advice: Honestly, I was hoping he would sit out so RB Brandon Jackson could carry the load. I think he is a better player. But it looks like Grant will be ready to go. However, I think Jackson earned himself some more carries with his play last week.

RB Willie Parker: Parker (knee, shoulder) is getting closer to being healthy, but he is still not there. Advice: Look for the Steelers to use both Parker and RB Mewelde Moore this week against Dallas, although since they are splitting time, I cannot really recommend using either one.

RB Clinton Portis: Portis (knee, neck, etc.) is expected to be a game-time decision. Advice: As with Barber, it is tough to say what will happen, and even if he does play, his matchup is brutal. Usually I would say to play Portis no matter what, but I think I have to recommend benching him this week. UPDATE: Portis practiced today and expects to play Sunday, despite his plethora of injuries. I expect that he will play, since he is one tough SOB. But against Baltimore, I would not expect much from him.

RB Selvin Young: Young (knee) is set to return to the Broncos lineup. Advice: I am not sure what this means, but I do not expect Young to get many carries (i.e. I do not expect him to have an impact on the value of RB Peyton Hillis). However, see how the Broncos use Young, because it could impact Hillis going forward.

WR Mark Bradley: Bradley (calf) has been ruled out of the game this weekend. Advice: Um, do not start him.

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