Happy Sunday, Fools!
Here are a few last-minute updates from around the league to get you primed for today's action. Don't forget to follow my tweets for inactives and other late-breaking developments.
Clinton Portis (sprained ankle and other assorted leg problems) will start as usual on Monday night. But there are much better options out there.
According to SI's Peter King, Anquan Boldin "looks like a go" for tonight's matchup. Still, anything can happen between now and then with his high ankle sprain (e.g., set-back in pre-game warmups), so proceed with caution if you plan to use him. Doctors told him initially that he could miss 3-4 weeks! I'm rolling with Breaston tonight (though I don't have Boldin), since he's been pretty solid even when Boldin is playing. I figure the starter won't get his usual number of targets (many reports have suggested he'll be on a snap count) and he could easily exit early.
Felix Jones reportedly went full speed without a knee brace in practice Friday, and Wade Phillips was quoted as saying Jones will play "quite a bit." If you are hurting at RB, and need an explosive playmaker who just might play quite a bit, go for it. As much as I love Felix, I think Barber and Choice are more likely to split the majority of the snaps today.
Looks like WR Roy Williams will suit up for the Cowboys today, but keep in mind that his ribs still aren't fully healed. There was a lot of concern that he might not be ready to take a beating today, so be aware that one stiff shot to the gut could put him on the sidelines early.
Preseason sensation Chaz Schilens is expected to make his '09 debut for the Raiders today. Obviously, don't start him. But keep an eye on him, as he was the only WR Jamarcus Russell seemed capable of hitting consistently during the preseason.
Rams WR Donnie Avery and Vikings WR Percy Harvin are expected to play today. But I'm not expecting much from either.
Eagles WR Kevin Curtis had knee surgery this week. If you still have him on your roster, dump him and get someone else who actually plays.
Browns K Phil Dawson is out again today. Not sure why I wasted your time saying that, or my time writing it. Sorry.