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Week 3 injury review: Moreno out

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Michael Harmon

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Denver running back Knowshon Moreno has been ruled “out” for the big Sunday showdown on Sunday against the Colts.

Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports that Moreno suffered an undisclosed injury in Thursday’s practice and was deemed unavailable for Sunday. Correll Buckhalter takes the reins as the top back, with newly acquired Laurence Maroney rolling into the second slot. Buckhalter becomes a late-RB2 option in what promises to be a high-scoring game.

Also in Denver, Champ Bailey didn’t practice Thursday because of a heel injury and is reportedly unable to touch his heel to the ground. Andre Goodman also missed practice because of a thigh injury. Fantasy owners heavily invested in the Indianapolis offense are salivating.

Ryan Mathews exited the Chargers’ Week 2 blowout win over the Jaguars because of a high-ankle sprain. Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Mathews ran on a treadmill Thursday and was held out of practice. Acee noted that Mathews was “almost certain to be inactive” when the Bolts take on the Seahawks this week. Waiver-wire darling Mike Tolbert would get the start and coveted goal-line work, although Darren Sproles will play a role in this one as well.

Chris “Beanie” Wells is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the run-deficient Oakland defense, per Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic. Wells missed the first two weeks of 2010 because of a bruised knee and finally participated in a full practice on Wednesday. He’ll split time with Tim Hightower against the Raiders, with Hightower serving his normal role as a pass-catcher and short-yardage hero. Both are fine plays this weekend against Oakland. Hightower a much better play this week, as Wells runs back into shape.

Brett Favre missed a portion of Thursday’s practice because of pain in his surgically-repaired ankle, which received a “lubricant shot” after the Week 2 loss to Miami, per The Star-Tribune. He’ll play this week in a big spot against the Lions. I have to believe that some of the timing issues get fixed (Greg Camarillo, anyone?), especially when the Lions are already benching starters (Julian Peterson).

Percy Harvin was limited in Thursday’s practice because of the hip injury that was aggravated in the Week 2 loss to Miami. Harvin says his hip is responding well to treatment and that his migraine headaches have been more sporadic of late after receiving help for sleep apnea.

The schedule-makers taunt us this weekend with a glorious matchup against the heretofore sieve-like Detroit secondary, but I’d give careful consideration to the other receivers on your roster. I had nightmares thinking about Harvin’s drop at the goal-line last week. I suspect that played into his inability to sleep early this week.

Jerome Harrison (thigh) and Jake Delhomme (ankle) did not participate in Friday’s practice. According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Coach Eric Mangini advised that Harrison might still be available to the Browns, even though he didn’t practice this week.

James Davis would become the No. 2 option to Peyton Hillis if Harrison is shut down. Either way, Hillis is the only viable option out of the backfield this week, and a poor one at that (flex at best) against the Baltimore defensive front. Delhomme sits for Seneca Wallace, but you weren’t touching that one at all, even if you are the most ardent Iowa State supporter.

Chad Clifton of the Packers was limited in practice on Thursday because of a sore knee. The veteran tackle’s status will not be announced until game-time, per coach Mike McCarthy. If Clifton is unavailable for the Monday night showdown, then first-round pick Bryan Bulaga will stand in against Julius Peppers.

Linebacker Lance Briggs of the Bears did not practice Thursday because of an ankle injury. Briggs is expected to be available Monday against the Packers.

Fred Taylor was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice because of a toe injury. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Sammy Morris factor into the mix this weekend against a terrible Buffalo defense. Green-Ellis makes for a nice sleeper option this weekend, as I believe that Taylor takes a seat and Morris slides into the second role.

Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant was limited in Thursday’s practice because of a rib injury. Bryant told reporters that he expects to be available on Sunday in the big Texas showdown against the Texans.

The Oakland Tribune reports that tailback Michael Bush returned to practice this week and will be available to the Raiders against the Cardinals this weekend. Bush is recovering from the thumb injury sustained during the preseason and is expected to eat into Darren McFadden’s workload. However, his role in the offense remains to be seen. As such, fantasy owners are advised to keep him benched until we see how the offense operates.

Danny O’Neill of The Seattle Times reports that linebacker Leroy Hill of the Seahawks, who returned to the team in Week 2 following a one-game suspension, will miss significant time because of an Achilles’ injury. David Hawthorne steps into the lineup in Hill’s absence for you IDP owners out there.

Falcons running back Michael Turner fully participated in Thursday’s workout. Turner gets a starting fantasy nod this weekend as a low-end RB1, but Week 2 superhero Jason Snelling probably still sees a handful of touches in the wake of Jerious Norwood’s season-ending injury.

Receiver Michael Jenkins, who quieted posted a 50-reception season opposite the heavily-targeted Roddy White in 2009, was a limited participant in the workout as he returns from a shoulder injury. He’s questionable for Sunday’s game.

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