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The Times-Picayune reports that Saints running back Mike Bell's participated in all practice sessions this week and will return against the Giants. Pierre Thomas is still the lead back, but Bell likely sees a share of the workload against the imposing visitors. The Denver Post reports that Correll Buckhalter's returned to practice after missing Week 5 because of an ankle injury. Even if he's available to Josh McDaniels, he's now clearly the second option to rookie Knowshon Moreno. Jamal Lewis has been available for the Browns during this week's preparation for Sunday's tilt against the Steelers, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer . He returned from a hamstring injury to carry the ball 31 times for 117 yards in a snooze-inducing win over Buffalo in Week 5. The Chicago Sun-Times advises that wide receiver Devin Hester's practiced fully this week after being slowed by neck and shoulder injuries prior to the Week 5 bye. Nick Harper of the Titans underwent surgery to repair his broken right forearm, per The Tennessean . The veteran cornerback's expected to miss 4-6 weeks. His injury means the Patriots will face a young and inexperienced pair of cornerbacks on Sunday. Tom Brady owners are banking on the Titans' weak play in the secondary to continue. The paper also reports that defensive end Jevon Kearse left Thursday's practice because of a foot injury. He was deactivated last week and will likely miss this Sunday's matchup against the Patriots. The Titans' inability to generate sustained pressure on opposing quarterbacks has left the secondary exposed, and his 2009 struggles are a huge part of the equation. The Washington Times reports that Redskins tackle Chris Samuels has been sidelined all week because of a neck injury and will miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs. His absence will force Chris Cooley to serve in more of a blocking capacity this weekend, as he did in Week 5. Fantasy owners should temper their expectations regarding Cooley, even with such an advantageous matchup on the slate. Also in Washington, Phillip Daniels is hopeful to return to the lineup after tearing his right biceps in Sunday's loss to Carolina. Albert Haynesworth's been limited by an ankle injury during the practice week, but he's expected to start. If you have any last-minute injury questions or need help with a sit-start question, you have plenty of options on Sunday morning and throughout the weekend. Nate Lundy, Peter Burns and I are answering your calls, texts and Tweets during the "FOX Fantasy Football" show on FOX Sports Radio (XM 142 and FOXSportsradio.com) between 10am-12pm ET/7-9am PT on Sunday. Hit the Twitter-verse at Twitter.com/fantasyfreaks or Twitter.com/swollendome. You can also log in and chat with Roger Rotter on Sunday morning. He'll be breaking down all of the games and updating those pesky injury reports with his sit-start thoughts from 11am-1pm ET/8-10am PT on FOXSports.com.