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<b>Buccaneers- Could be Griese's Job to Lose</b> <br><br> Forget about that unwritten rule that a player can't lose his job to injury.

If veteran quarterback Brian Griese plays well at the Rams on Monday night, look for him to keep the job even when quarterback Chris Simms (shoulder) is healthy.

Except for rare instances, coaches these days will simply go with the player who gives them the best chance to win.

Cowboys- Witten's Role Not Decreasing

It was first thought that second-year tight end Jason Witten might be staying in to block more once they lost blocking tight end Dan Campbell to a season-ending foot injury two weeks ago.

If last week's game is any indication, Witten will still be heavily involved as he had eight passes thrown to him (game high) and caught five (game high).

Eagles-Parry's Play Could Determine Ritchie's Fate

If new starting fullback Josh Parry performs well the rest of the season, it's possible that fullback Jon Ritchie, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago at Detroit, doesn't return to the club in 2005.

Ritchie is on the final season of a two-year contract. Although he's well thought of by the coaches, the Eagles don't use a fullback in their offense as much as other teams do because they're more of a passing offense.

A healthy Ritchie will command in the $1.5-$2 Million/season range. If Parry looks good the rest of the way, he could cost them a lot less than to retain Ritchie's services.

49ers-Johnson Proves His Toughness

Fourth-year tight end Eric Johnson has a knock on him for being injury prone. Some would say it's justified since he missed 16 out of a possible 28 games due to injury over the past two seasons.

However, the oft-injured Johnson, who suffered bruised ribs last week during practice, toughed it out and played a huge role in last Sunday's over time win against the Cardinals. Johnson finished with a career high 13 catches for 162 yards and a score.

On Monday, tests taken showed that he had a fractured rib. Although it's not certain when he suffered that injury, the fact that he was able to play with bruised ribs, which is a very tough injury to play with, showed his critics that he can not only play with pain, but he can perform at a high level even when injured.

Redskins: Jacobs Role Increasing

Second-year receiver Taylor Jacobs spent most of his rookie season on the sidelines due to injury (missed half of the season).

Jacobs had a solid off-season in 2004 and according to a league source, had one of the most impressive off-seasons of any of their players on offense. So much so that he surpassed fourth-year receiver Darerien McCants on the depth chart. McCants has been inactive for the first five games of the season.

Vikings-Moore Gives Club Options

Those close to the club say they weren't exactly sure what to expect from rookie running back Mewelde Moore before he got his first start against Houston last week.

Moore had a solid training camp but entered this season no.4 on the depth chart. However, due to starting running back Michael Bennett's knee problems, second-year back Onterrio Smith's four-game suspension, and veteran back Moe Williams's (calf) injury, Moore was thrust in to the spotlight last week and performed with flying colors.

Moore was known as one of the most versatile backs to come out of the draft and it showed against Houston as he caught 12 passes (team high) and had 14 passes thrown to him (second on the team).

Once Bennett is 100 percent, don't look for him to get his normal workload. Bennett will have missed at least the first five games when he returns so we expect them to ease him back in with Moore and Smith (once he returns).

In year's past, the club only had Williams to turn to, now they have a plethora of options and there is no need for them to give Bennett so much work when he will have been out for so long (almost two months).

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