Fantasy Football NFL Injury Updates & Notes

<b>NFC</b> <br> <b><u>Dallas Cowboys</u></b> <br><br> Rookie back Julius Jones (shoulder) hopes to start practicing later this month. The team really could use his speed to add versatility to the position.

Receiver Quincy Morgan (hamstring) is day-to-day. He's expected to start once healthy.

New York Giants

Linebacker Barrett Green (ankle/knee) was scheduled for an MRI after getting hurt against Minnesota. Linebacker Nick Greisen would fill in if he can't play.

Philadelphia Eagles

Running back Brian Westbrook (rib) and receiver Todd Pinkston (knee) are day-to-day.

The Eagles really miss Westbrook's speed and ability to run outside.

If Pinkston can't play, no.3 receiver Freddie Mitchell would start who is on the final year of his contract. This is a pivotal year for the fourth-year pro. He was unable to beat out Pinkston two years ago for a starting job but has fit in nicely as a slot receiver.

Second-year pro Greg Lewis would move up to take Mitchell's place as the no.3 receiver if Pinkston were out. Lewis has good speed and usually is used on down field plays when he's in the game.

Washington Redskins

Linebacker LaVar Arrington (knee) is expected to miss at least a few more weeks. His presence as a pass rusher is sorely missed. Veteran LB Mike Barrow (knee) is day-to-day. Linebacker Antonio Pierce has done a nice job replacing him this season and clearly looks like the starter of the future at the position.

Chicago Bears

Running back Thomas Jones (sprained toe) had an MRI taken that showed no significant damage. The team will update his status later this week.

Running back Anthony Thomas would start of Jones. Thomas is on the final year of his contract so any extended playing time could be an audition of sorts for another team.

Minnesota Vikings

Receiver Randy Moss (hamstring) is going to be listed as questionable to play. Head coach Mike Tice said he will evaluate whether resting Moss would help get him closer to 100%.

Veteran receiver Marcus Robinson (foot) is considered probable to play.

Running back Mewelde Moore (ankle) is considered probable to play. Tice said Moore would remain as the starter at the position though Moore didn't perform well last week.

Carolina Panthers

Head coach John Fox is optimistic that running back Stephen Davis (knee) will be able to play this week against Oakland. Getting Davis back would be a not only be a boost to their offense but they would also be able to get better balance.

San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback Tim Rattay (arm) has a good chance to play against Seattle this week. The team will know more later this week but tests taken on his injured arms showed an improvement in his condition.

We saw several times this season that sophomore signal caller Ken Dorsey just isn't ready for prime time. He lacks pocket awareness and proper footwork.

Detroit Lions

Receiver Roy Williams (ankle) was rested last week and is day-to-day. The team badly needs him back in the lineup because the talent drop-off is huge after him.

Seattle Seahawks

Many of the team's receivers are banged up.

Starter Darrell Jackson (ankle) and backup Jerry Rice (ankle) are day-to-day. Both were in boots on Monday to stabilize the injury.

One of their key special team performers, Alex Bannister, broke his clavicle and is out for several weeks.

Receiver Bobby Engram (ankle), who missed last week's game, is also day-to-day. Look for rookie receiver D.J. Hackett to be active on game day due to all the injuries at the position.

Guard Steve Hutchinson (ankle) also was in a boot and is day-to-day.

Linebacker Anthony Simmons (shoulder) is not expected to play this week unless his condition improves significantly.


Miami Dolphins

Linebacker Junior Seau (pectoral) is expected to miss several weeks. The team looks to finally get a good look at their second-round pick from last season, linebacker Eddie Moore.

Baltimore Ravens

Tight end Todd Heap (ankle) is day-to-day. He'll likely have to play in some pain for some time because the injury has been slow to heal.

Tackle Jonathan Ogden (hamstring) is considered questionable to play so he may be able to return to the lineup earlier than expected.

Cincinnati Bengals

Receiver Peter Warrick (shin) is considered questionable to play. The team really misses his ability to work in space in the middle of the field.

Cleveland Browns

Receiver Andre Davis (toe) is day-to-day. He was able to participate in limited drills on Monday. The team really needs to get him in the lineup because he's their one true deep threat at the position.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cornerback Chad Scott (knee) likely won't return until early next month. He'll be missed as the team takes on one of the bigger receiver's in the NFL in Terrell Owens.

Indianapolis Colts

Safety Mike Doss (hamstring) is unlikely to play this week. The team will finally get a good look at their top draft pick Bob Sanders against Minnesota on Monday night. Sanders has looked good in practice and saw extended playing time last week against Kansas City.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Quarterback Byron Leftwich (knee) could miss four to six weeks. The team will re-evaluate him next week after they return from their bye.

Talented but raw third-year quarterback David Garrard would take over the starting job if Leftwich can't play.

It should be noted that Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre suffered a similar injury a few years ago and didn't miss a starter. He did have a bye right after he was injured.

Denver Broncos

Safety John Lynch (back) is expected to miss two to four weeks. Safety Nick Ferguson is expected to fill in. Lynch's cover and run defense skills will be certainly be missed.

New England Patriots

Cornerback Ty Law (foot) will likely miss at least a month. That's a huge blow considering no.2 cornerback Tyrone Poole has been nursing a knee injury for a while.

With Law out, backup cornerback Asante Samuel or starting safety Eugene Wilson will likely fill in. If Poole isn't back, look for Wilson to start for Law and rookie safety Dexter Reid or veteran safety Je'Rod Cherry to start at free safety for Wilson. Anyway you look at it, Law's absence will hurt their pass coverage in a big way. Look for the Rams to pick on his replacement.

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