Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Injury updates from around the NFL

More good news for several players nursing injuries during the preseason. The following now appear to be fully healthy, or well on track to start and/or play as usual in Week 1:

Matt Cassel -- Still, he'll be playing against the Ravens. Don't you dare start him.
Maurice Jones-Drew -- Start 'im if you got 'im.
Anquan Boldin -- Ditto.
Kevin Curtis -- Another player I wouldn't start. In fact, I wouldn't even draft him. Before you know it, Jeremy Maclin will be taking his job.
Antonio Bryant -- Hasn't played all summer. Very risky, especially with a new QB under center.

In addition, Jonathan Stewart will be in the lineup, but you'd be wise to bench him for the opener since he missed virtually all of the preseason and there's no telling what condition he's in. Sunday's game should be all about DeAngelo Williams.

Still uncertain:

Matt Schaub -- Practiced fully today. Looks like he'll be good to go.
Pierre Thomas -- Don't count on him. Mike Bell could have an excellent outing against the Lions in Thomas' absence.
Bernard Berrian -- Hamstring issues aren't clearing up as quickly as he'd like.
Wes Welker -- The Pats aren't disclosing whatever is ailing him
Kevin Walter -- Didn't practice with his bum hammy today; still questionable

Brady Quinn won the starting QB job in Cleveland. We may never see Derek Anderson again.

And from the "I can't believe what I'm hearing (oh yes I can)" file...the Broncos are reportedly talking with Brandon Marshall's agent about a contract extension. That can only mean the All Pro WR will be getting major bucks, which would suggest that Marshall's childish behavior is about to be rewarded. I realize the team needs him, but still...this is a very bad precedent to be setting if, in fact, they're really talking turkey on the extension.

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