It is early here in California, as I check the latest rosters machinations for the NFL, just before Jacksonville and Buffalo kick off in merry old England. And, remarkably, there are injuries, and some big ones we know. But for the most part, the general injuries for teams is not as horrible as it might feel to Jamaal Charles owners.
Ben Roethlisberger is listed as questionable, with Michael Vick out, and Landry Jones ready to go. Jones played great last week, but Big Ben is the man still in Steeltown. Though, early reports have Jones expected to start.
Adrian Peterson (illness/finger) is questionable. Early reports have Peterson feeling better and expected to play, but fingers are a big deal in the NFL, especially for the ball handlers. Last week, Julian Edelman had trouble holding onto the ball towards the end of the first half of his game, and he saw very little action the second half. A.P. might start, but don't be surprised if he has another slow week (6.7 points last week).
With the San Diego receivers working through injuries, Danny Woodhead becomes a fun play against the Raiders.
The tough Jets/Patriots match-up should give Danny Amendola, who scored last week, a chance to show his stuff and pick up some points, and Rob Gronkowski is almost a must play in a game against a tough defense (Gronk is pretty much a must play anyway). Dion Lewis is a game-time decision (doesn't look good) which puts James White on the Jonas Gray like radar (but don't ignore LeGarrette Blount, especially if the field is wet from morning rain). Also, Brandon LaFell is set to make his season debut.
Both Drew Brees and Andrew Luck could post some big totals in what could be a shoot out, and Teddy Bridgewater could have some nice totals going against a Lions team that does not seem particularly clear about much of anything.
Finally, I do like the Rams defense facing the Browns. Don't ask me why, but I do.
Kyle Blanks refused a minor league assignment, which is nice, but bearing in mind his durability, maybe he is ready for the affordable care act?
Percy Harvin is seeking outside medical opinions on his balky hip. He's out indefinitely but says he wants to play for the Bills this season.
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