Friday Update (Week 9)

Ahmad Bradshaw believes he will play this week despite a fracture in his foot. Apparently, the fracture isn’t too bad so both he and the team think he will be able to avoid surgery and play through it. This is a head scratcher to me. Any fracture, especially to a previous injury should be taken serious yet the Giants are rolling with this? I think Brandon Jacobs winds up carrying the load this week and if the Giants see he can get the job done they take it easy on Bradshaw. Makes no sense to put your best back in a bad situation.

Peyton Hillis is expected to be a go this week but carries little value against a Houston team that should dominate the lowly Browns.

Willis McGahee is also good to go just two weeks after a broken hand. While he makes a semi decent play against Oakland, you still better have Knowshon as a reserve.

Speaking of Oakland, Darren McFadden was on crutches and wearing a boot on Tuesday. He stated he still can’t put weight on the foot so don’t expect him to be available.

Emmanuel Sanders is most likely out so boost the value of Antonio Brown big time. On top of the passing of his mother, Sanders has a knee injury which could potentially hold him out even longer. Hines Ward will return this week but Brown has nearly dwarfed everyone in targets.

The Rams believe there is a chance Sam Bradford will play this week now that he is out of the boot. He makes a good play against the Arizona secondary.

Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas was limited once again so it looks like Reggie Bush will carry the load again.

Expect Legarrette Blount to put up solid numbers against the Saints now that he has practiced fully every day this week and is the only starter the Bucs have left on their roster at the position. Kreg Lumpkin does have sleeper potential, but only as a handcuff for now.

The Jags signed Brian Robiskie this week after word Mike Simms-Walker will need surgery. Robiskie immediately could become Gabbert’s favorite target as he is a solid possession receiver.

Ryan Mathews did not practice again on Thursday so he is almost a lock to miss Sunday. Mike Tolbert will carry the load and don’t be scared away by the Packers defense. Their pass defense is 31st which will allow Tolbert at minimum a few goal line touches and room to work while Gates works the middle of the field. The Packers will not be able to be as aggressive against the Chargers offense.

Josh Skelton will be the Cards quarterback if Kevin Kolb can’t go on Sunday.

Andre Johnson still hasn’t practiced but Kubiac refuses to rule him out for Sunday. I think it’s a bit of gamesmanship on Kubiac’s part. If Johnson could go he would have at least been limited. Watch if he does anything today in practice and that will let you know for sure.

After being injured last week, TE Fred Davis looks like he will be available Sunday after taking part in practice on a limited basis this week.

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