Week 5 injury review: Moreno out

Between bye weeks, trades and the seemingly never-ending pile of

Tweets, texts and emails referencing injuries, fantasy owners have

a lot on their plates for Week 5. At some point, you just have to

throw up your hands in defeat.

Fantasy owners who made the play for Michael Vick in their

leagues continue to bemoan the “Malachi Crunch” (look

it up) absorbed by Vick at the goal-line in Week 4. Clearly, Vick

is out for this week because of the rib injury sustained during

that hit.

I continue to bang the drum and remind fantasy owners and

NFL fans about how close Kevin Kolb was to being a hero last week.

Had Jason Avant hauled down that last-second heave, the storylines

for this week’s game against San Francisco would be much


It wasn’t pretty, and some might apply the “Captain

Checkdown” moniker to Kolb if his target total to Brent Celek and

LeSean McCoy approaches his Week 4 numbers. However, this is a guy

that was drafted as a back-end QB1 coming out of camp. Let’s

see what he does with all of those playmakers against a desperate

San Francisco defense.

I’ll move away from Philadelphia to chronicle the

proverbial laundry list of injuries affecting fantasy owners this

week. (Don’t worry. I’ll circle back there in a


One of the top fantasy football superheroes of early 2010

has been Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis missed

Friday’s practice, but Eric Mangini expressed optimism that

his bruising running back will be available for Sunday’s game

against Atlanta, per Mary Kay Cabot of

The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was a late addition to the

injury report this week. Jerome Harrison would take on a larger

role if, in fact, Hillis is limited in any fashion.

Cabot also reports that quarterback Jake Delhomme, who has

made progress in his return from a severely sprained ankle, will be

a game-time decision.

According to

The Indianapolis Star, it appears that Austin Collie’s

foot injury will sideline the red zone hero for Sunday’s game

against the Chiefs. Collie has been wearing a protective boot on

his right foot. Fantasy owners need to check the wire, as former

fantasy hero Pierre Garcon is set to return from the hamstring

injury that sidelined him the past two weeks.

The Colts added running back Javarris James, a former

practice squad player for the Patriots, to the roster on Thursday.

As such, it appears that second-year running back Donald Brown will

be shut down because of a hamstring injury again.

Last week, fantasy owners were despondent when Willis

McGahee shouldered the bulk of the workload against the Steelers.

Ray Rice was limited during the game because of a deep bruise.

He’s ready to take on a full workload this week against the

Broncos after completing the practice slate, per

The Baltimore Sun.

The Denver Post reports that Broncos tailback Knowshon

Moreno will not play in Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Josh McDaniels announced that Moreno’s hamstring has not yet

healed sufficiently. As a result, Kyle Orton will throw the ball a

lot. Correll Buckhalter and Laurence Maroney will attempt to run in

a split workload against Haloti Ngata and that dominant Baltimore

run defense.

LeSean McCoy did not practice Thursday, but returned to the

practice field on Friday. McCoy told reporters that he would be

ready to go for Sunday night at San Francisco, adding that

he’d played a full half last week with the injury. He still

represents a risk, and the time of the game certainly comes into

play here. Make the insurance pickup of Mike Bell, just in case

things shift down on Sunday.

Jay Cutler of the Bears has been ruled “Out” for

Sunday’s game against Carolina because of the concussion

sustained against New York in Week 4.

The beleaguered Chicago offensive line remains without

tackle Chris Williams, who is still sidelined because of a

hamstring injury.

The New York Post reports that Giants running back Ahmad

Bradshaw returned to practice and will be available to face the

Texans. Bradshaw missed the early part of the practice week because

of an ankle injury. I still expect to see some of Brandon Jacobs

(six catches and 62 rushing yards with a score in Week 4),

particularly in short-yardage instances here.

Wide receiver Steve Smith will miss Sunday’s game

against Chicago because of the high-ankle sprain sustained in Week

3. The Panthers take their bye in Week 6, so it’s possible

that Smith returns to the field on October 24 against the 49ers.

David Gettis and Brandon LaFell will start for Jimmy Clausen.

LaFell is a “Hail Mary!” option of the highest order.

McFadden sustained a hamstring injury in Week 4 and will

miss Sunday’s game against division rival San Diego. Michael

Bush slides back into the top spot this week in his absence. One of

this year’s top “sleepers” is set to take his

shot against the San Diego run defense.

Dale Robertson of

The Houston Chronicle reports that Andre Johnson did not

practice on Friday, but is expected to get back into action against

the Giants’ pass defense after missing Week 4. Robertson also

advises that Mario Williams sustained a groin injury during

Thursday’s practice and will be a game-decision. Houston

signed former Chicago lineman and sackmaster Mark Anderson earlier

this week.

Receiver Jacoby Jones is also working through a calf injury

and did not participate in the practice. Jones is a game-time

decision as well.

Nick Barnett of the Packers injured his wrist on Sunday

against the Lions. No official word has come down about the

severity of the injury, but

The Detroit Free-Press reports that Mike McCarthy advised

that Barnett could miss significant time.

Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (hernia) are out,

opening the door for bigger workloads for Stephen Williams and Max

Komar. With Max Hall under center, does this represent the first

“Max-to-Max” connection in NFL history.

Detroit tight end Tony Scheffler returned to practice on

Friday. Scheffler sustained a concussion in Week 4 and was expected

to be deactivated, but this revelation clouds things. Scheffler and

Brandon Pettigrew represent strong plays this week against St.

Louis, with Pettigrew obviously holding the top stop.

Nate Burleson may return to the field this weekend against

the Rams after missing the past two weeks because of an ankle

injury. Burleson declared himself ready to go following limited

participation in Thursday’s practice. He’s been

returned to the waiver wire in most leagues, so he’s a nice

speculation pickup for a bigger role upon Matthew Stafford’s

return (Week 6?).

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