Last-Minute Med Check -- Week 6

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LaDainian Tomlinson RB SDIt's a big game, so Tomlinson will play, but is he healthy enough to be a better option than Darren Sproles? That remains to be seen. Tomlinson needs to limp -- literally -- through the bye week so that he can carry -- again, literally -- the Chargers to the playoffs.

Brian Westbrook RB PHIThe ribs are going to keep him out this week as the Eagles make the smart play, doubling down on healing time with the upcoming bye week.

Carson Palmer QB CINThe Bengals confirmed what we already know, leaving Palmer on the inactive list. One rumbling I heard on calls this morning is that the Bengals are willing to shut Palmer down if the team doesn't get a win in the next couple weeks. My bet is that Palmer won't be on the field for the next couple games, at least.

Marques Colston WR NOIn a surprise, the Saints elected against playing Colston. He's on the inactive list for today's game.

Laurence Maroney RB NEWhen the Pats are activating Benjarvus Green-Ellis, who has the greatest name in the NFL but not much value in the NFL, you know things are bad for Maroney. Whether its the shoulder or other issues, you just can't risk starting Maroney.

Kellen Winslow TE CLESources confirm that Winslow is definitely out for Monday night's game, though not much new is known about his condition.

Jeremy Shockey TE NOShockey wasn't able to practice Friday and won't suit up for the Saints. He's likely to be back next week, so it's worth checking the waiver wire.

Anquan Boldin WR ARZBoldin's repaired sinuses will get to rest through next week's bye week.

Kevin Curtis WR PHIHe's back, but still limited. Look for him to act as a WR3, but to have some designed plays for him. He'll be back to 100 percent after the bye. Donovan McNabb could be a nice buy-low.

Reggie Brown WR PHIWith Curtis back, Brown won't be asked to test his groin. The bye week should help him heal up.

Anthony Gonzalez WR INDHe was back at practice after grading out okay on his concussion screen. Peyton Manning's going to need all his weapons against the Ravens defense, especially since Joseph Addai seems unable to establish himself.

LaMont Jordan RB NEHe's out this week with a foot injury, leaving Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris to lead the way, with Laurence Maroney in the mix in some form or fashion. It's a pure committee back there.

Selvin Young RB DENOut with a groin strain, Michael Pittman and Andre Hall will try to establish something ahead of Ryan Torain's return.

Deion Branch WR SEAOut again, this time with a heel injury. Indications are that this may not be as serious as it looked last Sunday, but he's definitely out at least this week.

Jon Kitna QB DETKitna's back strain and performance give backup Dan Orlovsky the shot to lead this awful offense.

Bernard Berrian WR MINThere's conflicting reports on Berrian's knee. Right now I'll leave him as red, but I'll be watching this one closely. If he plays, he'll be valuable since Sidney Rice won't and the Vikings can't lean too much on Adrian Peterson. High-risk, high-reward play.

Matt Hasselbeck QB SEAThe final decision hasn't been made, but the Seahawks seem to be going with Charlie Frye this week. Hasselbeck's knee is an issue and apparently Mike Holmgren is worried the lack of protection the Seahawks have provided this year would put Hasselbeck at serious risk of further injury.


Chris Chambers WR SDChambers rolled his ankle on the last play of the game last week. He's still very hobbled and unlikely to play, though they'll give him a chance to make his case in warmups.

Vincent Jackson WR SDWith Chambers' ankle, Jackson's injured knee won't help things and could lead the Chargers to some odd sets and trick plays. If he's healthy enough, Jackson could be a weapon, but he's such a tease.

Antonio Gates TE SDNot on the OIR? That's a joke. He's still hobbled, still at least a step slow, but he will play and be a red zone target.

Roddy White WR ATLIt's almost funny, but White's unintentional Gus Frerotte impression in practice this week has the Falcons worried. He's going to try it in warmups, but it will cost him some snaps and therefore some targets.

James Jones WR GBMissing practice this week will cost him targets, assuming he even plays. The Pack will be run-heavy, anyway.

Eddie Royal WR DENRoyal's ankle has the speed WR hobbled. If Darrell Jackson and Brandon Stokely can go, Royal won't.

Colts DSTBob Sanders is weeks away, Dwight Freeney is banged up, and there's problems in the secondary, too. The Ravens are going to try to roll over a weak defense that's shown they can be beaten by wearing them down. LeRon McClain could be huge this week.

Darren McFadden RB OAKAs you'll read below, Justin Fargas is back while McFadden is still trying to heal up his toe. He'll be the No. 2 until he's healthy or until Fargas breaks down again, whichever comes first.

Panthers O-LineAll sorts of injuries to the line create a changed offense. As you saw last week, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.


Aaron Rodgers QB GBDon't worry about his lack of practice time. Rodgers will be under center, though the Packers look to run on the Seahawks.

Willis McGahee RB BALCam Cameron says he's "healthy enough" and the Colts D will likely make him look healthier than he is.

Justin Fargas RB OAKBack from the groin strain, Fargas buys time for McFadden to heal up. He's the RB1, for now.

Calvin Johnson WR DETJohnson's listed as "questionable" on the OIR. Let me answer that: he'll play.

Donte Stallworth WR CLEThis finally looks like the week he'll play, though he's back to being the "Human Hamstring Pull." With Winslow out, the Browns attack needs something and Stallworth is at least a deep threat.

Cowboys DSTTerrence Newman is out after groin surgery and Adam Jones is back to acting like Pacman. The front seven? Still dominant enough.