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Daniel Thomas is being restricted during practice this week but will play in the Dolphins week 7 matchup against the Broncos. The team doesn’t want to have any further setbacks with Thomas and thus are taking it easy on the rookie RB for the time being.
It’s not looking good for Sam Bradford to play this week against the Cowboys. Bradford has shed his walking boot but is still walking gingerly on his sprained ankle and unable to practice. A.J. Feeley would get the start for the Rams and will have both Brandon Lloyd and Mark Clayton available to him for the first time this season.
RaShard Mendenhall was added to the Steelers injury report today after injuring his knee is practice. There have been few details to emerge so far but an eyewitness to this afternoon’s practice told me there wasn’t any noticeable falls or delays in action that would normally accompany a major injury. Consider Mendenhall day to day for now and make sure you stay by your cell phone for your Fantasy Alarm injury updates as soon as we get more info.
The good news at Steelers camp was that Mike Wallace was back on the field albeit for a limited run through. He will be good to go this week against the Cardinals.
Saints powerhouse TE Jimmy Graham sat out practice today with a bout of ankle tenderness. It won’t impact his status this week but this is something to keep an eye on as much of Graham’s success comes on jump balls and tough catches between defenders. A lingering ankle injury could affect his performance down the road if not treated properly right away.
Julio Jones is still not participating in practice for the Falcons this week but the team is hell bent on getting him in the game against the Lions this weekend. Tune in tomorrow for his official status but at this time it would be a good idea to have an insurance plan in place as he is likely going to be a game time decision.
Pray For Jerome Harrison
A couple of days ago, Jerome Harrison was on his way to Philadelphia in a trade that would reunite him with his former team and coaching staff who valued his skills more than those in Detroit. After undergoing a routine physical however, it was discovered that Harrison has a tumor in his brain that needs immediate attention. The trade was cancelled, Harrison’s season is over and his life is now in danger. The world works in mysterious ways and as it turns out one players head injury may have saved another players life.
Jahvid Best coming down with his third concussion of his brief career resulted in the Lions becoming worried about his long term health and availability. Thus, they worked the free agent and trade market early in the week and got a deal done for Ronnie Brown. This was a good fit for both teams as Brown is a more physical runner suited for the Lions power running attack whereas Harrison is a better slasher and pass catching RB which thrives in Andy Reid’s west coast offense. If not for Best’s concussion, the tumor inside of Jerome Harrison’s brain would have continued to grow and go unnoticed. As everyone knows, the longer any cancer goes untreated the harder it becomes to remove and obtain remission. Luckily, all reports at this time say that the tumor in Harrison’s brain is in the early stages and Doctors are optimistic that not only will his life be saved but quite possibly his NFL career too. As I say, the world works in very mysterious ways.
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Commenting On Carson
I could have made the headline “Pounding On Palmer” but I wanted to sound fair and balanced. Carson Palmer was a good NFL QB, he was never great. He is the type of QB that could lead a team to a Super Bowl but no team would ever get there because of him. Therefore, the move to Oakland is a great fit for him. The Raiders have flooded with talent and great coaching on both sides of the ball. He will not need to lead the team to the playoffs, rather guide them through. My problem is with fantasy players who are falling right into the same trap that occurs each time any player is involved in national headlines: he’s overvalued. Carson Palmer is one step up from Jason Campbell as far as fantasy football goes. Take into account his drastic loss of arm strength last year in Cincinnati and the fact that he has had no OTA’s, training camp, practice or conditioning since the end of 2010 and that step up from Campbell should be considered a small one. He has a bunch of real good WR’s and an outstanding running game behind him which will surely help out. But Tim Tebow is twice, possibly three times the fantasy QB that Carson Palmer is at this point and should be valued as such.
Fat Tub Of Nonsense
Rex Ryan was at it again the other day saying point blank that if he were hired instead of Norv Turner for the San Diego Chargers job back in 2007, he would have won “multiple rings” by now. Needless to say, the usually calm and cool Norv Turner shot back by wondering how many rings Ryan has promised and not delivered on lately. Ryan is a good head coach. He is a great defensive coordinator. But he is an absolute jagoff who should keep his mouth shut and let his team do his talking for him.
Terrell Owens To Work Out Next Week
It has been reported that free agent WR Terrell Owens will work out for teams and the media next Tuesday. Depending on how the workout goes and what his demands are, someone is likely to take a shot on Owens and sign him to a low risk type deal for the rest of the season. Please don’t have high expectations but if you are desperate at the WR position, you may want to put him on the watch list for now.
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