Fantasy Football League Players Update

Packers<br> QB Brett Favre missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but is fully expected to play Sunday in Washington. He has a sprained right hand that is black and blue and in no condition to take snaps right now.

49ers
QB Tim Rattay did not practice Thursday and it looks questionable for him playing Sunday night against the Chicago Bears because of a muscle strain in his right forearm. It is altogether possible that Rattay's availability will be determined during warm-ups Sunday.


Running Backs
Chargers
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) didn't practice Thursday. He will probably work lightly on Friday. He'll definitely go Sunday, although it's not certain if he'll last four quarters.

Chargers
RB Jesse Chatman (toe) didn't practice Thursday, but expects to on Friday.

Saints
RB Deuce McAllister (sprained right ankle) should be ready for the Chargers on Nov. 7.

Ravens
RB B.J. Sams was added to the injury report with a back injury but likely will return both punts and kickoffs. He has scored a touchdown in three straight games, two on returns and one as a running back.

Buccaneers
RB Michael Pittman is nursing a sprained knee and back spasms but expected to be 100 percent in time for the Nov. 7 game against Kansas City.

Redskins
KR Chad Morton (knee) was elevated from questionable to probable for the Packers game.

Packers
RB Ahman Green (Achilles' tendon) sat out another day Thursday. He has been bothered by the condition for about two months. The coaches will try to have him practice Friday. He is probable.

Jaguars
RB Fred Taylor (quadriceps) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. He's still listed as questionable for the game at Houston on Sunday but is likely to play.

Vikings
RB Moe Williams (calf) made it through all of Thursday's practice after missing a portion of Wednesday's practice. Williams is a key part of the Vikings' red-zone running attack.

Eagles
RB Brian Westbrook didn't practice Thursday for the second straight day and isn't expected to play Sunday. Westbrook, who has a hairline rib fracture, could miss anywhere from one to four games.

Steelers
RB Duce Staley, listed as probable with a slight knee injury, has practiced all week and says he'll be in top form for Sunday's game.


Wide Receiver
Chargers
WR/PR Tim Dwight (toe) didn't practice Thursday. He'll go Friday and play Sunday.

Ravens
WR Devard Darling participated in every drill for the second straight day on Thursday but remained questionable with a heel injury. He is fourth on the Ravens' depth chart for receivers.

Cardinals
WR Anquan Boldin, who missed the first six games because of a knee injury, went through the week's most strenuous workouts with no problems and is expected to play Sunday in Buffalo. He'll probably ease into action, playing only in certain situations, according to coach Dennis Green. But the Cardinals like to use a three-receiver set as their base formation. They're in it over 50 percent of the time, so Boldin should get plenty of action. Boldin will play split end, but his role could become more diverse as the season progresses. He'll also line up in the slot, and move around to create some favorable matchups. Boldin says his surgically repaired right knee feels fine, and he's experienced minimal soreness and swelling.

Colts
WR Brandon Stokley saw light work on Thursday and will play at Kansas City. Stokley has been resting a sore thigh and shoulder.

Colts
WR-KR Brad Pyatt saw limited practice time Thursday and is expected to play this week. Pyatt did not play against the Jaguars due to a sprained right ankle.

Jets
WR Santana Moss (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday but is expected to play Monday night. He'll only be at about 80 percent and probably won't be returning punts, with WR Justin McCareins taking over those duties.

Lions
WR Az-Zahir Hakim is getting only part-time practice this week because of a sprained ankle. If Hakim can't play, WRs Tai Streets and Reggie Swinton are likely to be asked to pick up the slack.

Lions
WR Roy Williams is getting very limited practice time this week as the Lions try to get him back from a sprained ankle suffered Oct. 10 at Atlanta. The Lions believe he still has a good chance to play Sunday at Dallas, although he might not be 100 percent.

Texans
WR Corey Bradford (groin) will be a game-time decision, coach Dom Capers said.

Vikings
WR Randy Moss (strained right hamstring) made it through most of practice Thursday and will play against the Giants on Sunday, coach Mike Tice said. "We definitely will suit him up, and not just to keep the string (of games played) going," Tice said. "I think we'll be able to utilize him in some aspect of the game plan." Moss played two snaps against the Titans last week.

Giants
WR Amani Toomer suffered a pulled hamstring early in practice Wednesday and left immediately. He is now listed as questionable. Without Toomer, and with the previous loss (for the season) of third wideout Tim Carter, who suffered a fractured hip socket vs. Dallas Oct. 10, the Giants' receiving corps is going to be tissue thin at best. The only remaining starter is veteran Ike Hilliard. If Toomer can't make it, then rookie Jamaar Taylor, elevated to Carter's No. 3 spot, may have to start. Even with Toomer being considered day-to-day, the likelihood is that even if he does play he will be somewhat affected by the injury. "We won't know anything about Amani for a day or two," said a team spokesman. "Right now he's listed as questionable. That's all we have for now."


Tight Ends
Ravens
TE Todd Heap was limited in practice for a second straight day on Thursday and likely will be sidelined for the fifth straight game with a sprained right ankle. Cutting remains the biggest problem for him. He will be replaced by Terry Jones.

Redskins
TE Fred Baxter (hamstring) suddenly dropped from probable to out for Sunday's game. Baxter, who signed last week to replace Walter Rasby, had been only "80 to 85 percent" on his sore knee anyway.

Jaguars
TE George Wrighster (back) missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and is doubtful and probably won't play. He'll be held out until after the bye week.


Defense
Defensive Line
Colts
DE Robert Mathis practiced Thursday and will play against the Chiefs. Mathis has been treating a strained groin for the past two weeks.

Redskins
DE Phillip Daniels (groin) believes he is ready to play against the Packers but still hasn't been given official clearance. Daniels practiced again Thursday and reported no problems.

Jaguars
DT Willie Blades, who was suspended last week for violating a team rule, came down with back spasms Thursday and missed practice. He was listed as questionable and will be evaluated Friday.

Eagles
DT Darwin Walker didn't practice again Thursday. Walker is nursing a calf strain and is listed as questionable. If he can't play Sunday against the Ravens, he'll be replaced by either Hollis Thomas or Sam Rayburn. Regardless, both will play.



Line Backers
Redskins
LB LaVar Arrington (knee) was declared out for the Packers game. The aggravation he suffered at practice Monday set him back too far to return to the field after four games out.

Jets
LB Sam Cowart (sprained knee ligament) practiced Thursday and seems close to returning. But with rookie Jonathan Vilma playing so well in Cowart's absence, the Jets may give Cowart an extra week.

Dolphins
SLB Morlon Greenwood returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session. Greenwood is listed as questionable with a quadriceps injury.

Redskins
LB Mike Barrow (knee) dropped, not unexpectedly, to doubtful for the Packers game. Barrow continued taking part in full-squad practice but still has more work to do with the severe tendonitis in his knee.

Vikings
LB Chris Claiborne (strained left calf) did not practice Thursday and will not play Sunday, even though he is listed as doubtful. The Vikings can afford to rest Claiborne because of the play of LB Raonall Smith.


Corner Backs
Colts
CB Joseph Jefferson sat out Thursday's practice. Jefferson's right knee has been sore. He had surgery on the knee in late August and returned to playing last week against Jacksonville. Jefferson may be able to play this week.

Colts
CB Nick Harper did not practice Thursday and his availability for the Kansas City game remains doubtful. Harper is nursing a sore shoulder.

Lions
CB Fernando Bryant is getting limited practice time as he recovers from a groin injury and ankle sprain suffered in the Lions' Oct. 17 game against the Green Bay Packers. If Bryant isn't ready, Chris Cash will probably fill in for him for the second consecutive week.

Packers
CB Al Harris (sprained knee) missed another day of practice Thursday and remained probable. "He's going to play," S Darren Sharper said. "I'm not going to even think about Al not playing." Joey Thomas or Jason Horton would replace Harris.

49ers
CB Ahmed Plummer will not play Sunday and could be out of action for a while with a bulging disc in his neck. Coach Dennis Erickson said he does not believe Plummer is out for the season, but his neck will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

Texans
DB Jason Simmons is listed as day-to-day as he recovers from the effects of a concussion suffered Oct. 17 against Tennessee. If he doesn't practice Friday, coach Dom Capers said he would be doubtful to play against the Jaguars.

Texans
CB Aaron Glenn returned to practice Thursday after sitting out a day with a sore hamstring.

Giants
CB Frank Walker, who also doubles as a return specialist, suffered a sprained ankle last week vs. Detroit but appears to be fully recovered. He is expected to play Sunday in Minnesota.


Safety
Colts
SS Cory Bird was held out of Thursday's practice and is not expected to play at Kansas City. Bird suffered a bruised left muscle in last week's game with Jacksonville.

Packers
S Darren Sharper (partially torn posterior cruciate knee ligament) sat out Thursday and might try to go Friday. If he runs normally Friday, Sharper will try to play Sunday. If he does play, he insists he will not wear a brace but will have a heavy tape job. Bhawoh Jue would replace Sharper.

Dolphins
FS Antuan Edwards (groin) practiced Thursday and should start Monday against the New York Jets. Edwards was replaced by Arturo Freeman in last Sunday's 31-14 victory over St. Louis.



SD Super Chargers Top Stories