Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Injury updates, plus Jamal on chopping block?
The primary concern everyone has about Matt Schaub is his ability to stay healthy, so it wasn't a shock to see him limping after he scrambled out-of-bounds Monday night. He's now listed as "day-to-day," so if you're counting on him being available in Week 1 (or any week, for that matter), you'd better have another solid option.
For now, that option shouldn't include Kyle Orton (finger) or Matt Cassel (MCL). Both are unlikely to suit up for the opener. Carson Palmer (ankle) and Marc Bulger (finger) should be good to go, however.
SLEEPER ALERT: I told you 2 weeks ago to put Browns RB James Davis high on your sleeper radar. Now there's word that Davis is looking so good, the team may cut Jamal Lewis. While that possibility seems somewhat remote, the chances of Davis supplanting Lewis in the starting lineup are anything but. Meanwhile, if you haven't already wasted a draft pick on Lewis, don't.
Don't be surprised if the next announcement we get from Carolina is that Jonathan Stewart will be undergoing surgery to fix his nagging Achilles heel issues. He's still not practicing, and the rumors are a-swirling.
Chiefs WR Devard Darling has been put on IR after tearing his ACL this weekend. That should give Mark Bradley a clear path to the starting gig opposite Dwayne Bowe. Consider Bradley a potential waiver-wire pickup should he get off to a decent start.
Greg Jennings took a nasty double-whammy to his head in the third preseason game, and likely suffered a concussion. Look for the Pack to take it easy on their top wideout until the regular season begins.
Breakout candidate Kevin Walter pulled a hammy Monday night, but all indications are that he will be ready for the opener. Keep an eye on his return to practice, however.
Good news, for a change, out of Buffalo. Terrell Owens is back at practice. Assuming he doesn't aggravate his toe injury, he should be ready to roll by Week 1.
Laurent Robinson appears to have secured the No. 2 WR position in St. Louis. Good for him, but I don't expect him to be fantasy worthy in 2009. If ever.
Stay away from Lions K Jason Hanson, for a lot of reasons. Not least of which is the knee surgery he just went through. He could be out for an extended period.