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Injury update: Houshmandzadeh may sit

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Michael Harmon

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Fantasy owners were treated to performances spanning the entire range of good, bad and ugly in Week 1. For every Adrian Peterson or Drew Brees big-time moment, there was a weak effort turned in by a Michael Turner or Matt Forte. Will they bounce back in Week 2? We do know that some of your fantasy heroes and would-be sleepers are wounded entering Week 2. I won't analyze Donovan McNabb's absence. We're aware that Kevin Kolb gets the starting nod against the Saints while Jeff Garcia stares over his shoulder. However, there are some new injuries surfacing as we head into the weekend. I'll begin things in Seattle with T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Per Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times , Seattle receiver Deion Branch returned to practice on Thursday after missing nearly two weeks because of a leg injury. His return to the field was a welcome sight for Jim Mora's squad, as T.J. Houshmandzadeh's been sidelined for the past couple days because of back spasms. He appeared as doubtful on the injury report Thursday. Nate Burleson performed well in the opener with seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. He becomes a top play against the 49ers should Houshmandzadeh be held out. The gambler in me has Deon Butler factoring into this game, but it's too early for flier picks. Mr. O'Neil also advises that linebacker Leroy Hill's groin injury will keep him sidelined for the next month. Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez will miss at least a month with sprained ligaments in his right knee. Coach Jim Caldwell advised that Gonzalez could miss up to two months in his statements to the press on Thursday. Bill Polian said the injury isn't season-ending in his weekly radio appearance. The team signed Hank Baskett as a veteran option amongst a litany of young, inexperienced option. San Diego running back LaDanian Tomlinson sprained his ankle late in last week's thrilling comeback win against the Raiders. The San Diego Tribune reports that Tomlinson missed his second straight practice on Thursday because of the injury. Darren Sproles entered the game late and scored the game-winning touchdown, and lest we forget, Michael Bennett is at the ready. I don't believe Tomlinson sees the field on Sunday against the Ravens. The Times-Picayune reports that Saints running back Pierre Thomas practiced on a limited basis Thursday in preparation for the Eagles. Reporter Brian Allee-Walsh doesn't necessarily believe that Thomas gets back onto the field this weekend. Following last week's exhibition by Mike Bell, he's mired in a workload split at best. The Tampa Tribune reports that wide receiver Antonio Bryant was held out of practice on Thursday because of pain in his surgically-repaired left knee. Coach Raheem Morris addressed the matter in his weekly press conference, advising that the team "isn't real concerned." Still, I'm not anticipating an appearance from Bryant or a big effort if he's activated. Sammie Stroughter will see additional looks, but it's all about Kellen Winslow and Derrick Ward in this one. Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star tells us that Matt Cassel's encouraged by his progress on the practice field, but coach Todd Haley remains non-committal about his quarterback's status for Sunday against Oakland. Cassel's lateral movement has reportedly improved markedly. I suspect we see him on Sunday in a decent matchup. However, you need to roll with a more secure option here. The Arizona Republic reports that Anquan Boldin tested his sore hamstring on Thursday, but spent much of the practice on the sidelines. He was clearly affected by his hamstring injury in the opener against the 49ers. Unless he's downgraded following Friday's workout, I expect to see Boldin on the field against the Jacksonville secondary. Steve Breaston was a surprise late scratch last Sunday after experiencing swelling in his knee. He's back on the practice field on a limited basis and is questionable at best for Sunday's tilt against the Jaguars. Owners should be prepared to run with another option in the third receiver position. Dale Robertson of The Houston Chronicle reports that wide receiver Kevin Walter practiced Thursday and is listed as day-to-day. He's recovering from a hamstring injury, and his availability clearly weighs on the minds of Andre Johnson owners. 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 between 10am-12pm ET/7-9am PT on Sunday. Hit the Twitter-verse at or 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

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