Everyone loves a good horse race. I'm not talking Big Brown here; I'm talking about the fight to break through the wall of parity in the NFL or the baseball playoffs. Maybe you're
The Palmer situation has gotten a bit odd. Palmer's making a Namath-like guarantee, not of a win, but that he'll be on the field. That makes it more important than ever that we understand what he's going through, so we know whether or not he's rushing back, putting him at risk of further injury and us at risk of putting up crappy fantasy numbers. I asked one of the leading orthopaedists in the country, Dr.
Let's get past the semantics on Rodgers. He said that he'd separated or dislocated his shoulder just after the game, while coach
Westbrook is back at practice, which is a good sign. He wasn't seen cutting, just running more or less straight ahead, which is a bad sign. Mixed signs are one thing on Wednesday and quite another come Sunday. While Westbrook is making progress with his ankle sprain, it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent. On the other hand, he's always played well through injuries and tends to play at a high level or not play at all. With Westbrook back at practice, it's a very good sign, since he's often sat out a full week of practice and then played on Sunday. He has a high level of trust with the medical staff, which also helps. The game-planning will be similar to last week, wanting to keep Westbrook in space rather than between the tackles. While I'm still going to hedge and make you come back on Sunday morning, it looks as if Westbrook will have few limitations by then.
I often remind people that hits in the NFL come in at car crash velocities. Anyone who saw the hit that Boldin took late in Sunday's game knows that. While
Well, that didn't last long. Steelers rookie
First it was the knee. Then it was the eye. Now, it's his ribs. McGahee just can't avoid the injuries this season. If there's any upside it's that he hasn't had a really bad injury yet. The rib injury he suffered was a simple one -- a helmet to the side. McGahee doesn't wear a flak jacket, though I'm guessing he's being fitted for one now. This is one of pain tolerance, since there's no fracture. McGahee will test his ability to play in practice this week, while the Ravens are likely to adjust their gameplan to use more of
The Seahawks survived. The seeming curse on their receivers has at least a respite as the team gets it's top two back in Engram and Branch. Neither is expected to be full-go, but both should be better options than the ninth-stringers that
McAllister exploded back into fantasy relevance with a solid week of production, and