There's no life line in the NFL. You can't phone a friend, you can't make a last minute trade, and there's not much out there on the free agent wire by Week 9 unless you're looking for
No, the NFL is WYSIWYG -- what you see is what you get, with it being a trick for the trainers to keep people healthy or at least bring them back healthy from week to week, game to game, giving the field staff something to work with or at least plug into the system. There's no cavalry coming, at least until you have
The facts surrounding Jackson's quad strain are getting murkier. The strain was, by all reports, a very minor one, but was "uncomfortable," leading the Rams to make the conservative decision to hold him out last week. Now, midweek, Jackson's quad is still sore and the Rams are once again giving much the same signs as last week, that Jackson's status is iffy. One week is conservative but two tells me that something more is going on here. Sources tell me that Jackson is simply healing slowly, but that the quad strain is still, and always has been, considered minor -- "Grade I, I+", according to a team source. The problem is the location, one that Jackson feels on every stride, holding him back from the powerful "push" that defines his talent. Some people are questioning Jackson's heart as much as his healing, so this one bears watching right up to gametime on Sunday.
No matter whether Witten plays this week or any week, no one's going to question his toughness. Witten left last Sunday's game with what most thought would be broken ribs, but tried to come back. After an MRI, the fracture was finally confirmed as the proper diagnosis. Witten says he wants to try and play, but the schedule may work against him. The Cowboys have a Week 10 bye, which would give Witten three weeks off between games if the Boys hold him out in Week 9. It's possible for him to play with painkillers and a flak jacket, but one high-reaching catch and one low linebacker would make this much, much worse. Sources indicate to me that the early thinking in Valley Ranch is that they'll hold Witten out. If you think back to
While the Colts are prepping for the Pats, they're also getting healthier. Or at least, that's what they want you to believe.
The Pats have their own injury worries at RB with Jordan still very questionable with his calf strain. The Pats were happy with the combo of Kevin Faulk and
Pittman made it to practice on Wednesday, but he was sore after being the primary rusher last Sunday. Ribs, back, hamstrings -- he would have been a prime candidate for the "overall fatigue" description we see in the English Premier League. What it really means is that while Pittman is productive, he's not likely to hold up under a feature back's load. That means that Young and Torain become even more important. I've been sounding the alert that Torain would be a good pickup for a couple weeks, and this week might be the time that pays off, now that he's back at practice and showing no deficits from the nasty elbow injury that held him out this long. Of course, Young is also back at practice and while he's not yet 100 percent from his groin strain, it's much more likely that the Broncos backfield will be some sort of committee. Of course, with
The Steelers play the Monday night game this week, and that extra day means a lot for the team and for Parker. That extra day gives him more time to get ready for his return, one that looks almost assured. Of course, it looked that way a couple weeks ago before he stepped onto the practice field and re-injured his MCL, re-starting the clock on his rehab and costing him a couple more weeks. The team is going to be very cautious leading up to the game, making sure that Parker isn't headed for another setback. The downside for Parker is that he's unlikely to work up to a feature load and that he'll be wearing the brace that bothered him a bit last time. Still, some is better than none and
After a 70-yard touchdown, Williams just couldn't take the pain any more. By the end of the run, the grimace of pain that was on his face rather than a smile tells us all we need to know about the bone spur in his heel. Williams will have surgery to remove it, ending his '08 season and leaving
It's easy to know what will happen when teams tell you early a player will be out, so don't look for