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CBs Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher are inactive for the Bears today.
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S Madieu Williams is once again inactive with his neck injury. Maybe he'll prove usable for IDP owners after the Week 8 bye.
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- DE Kyle Vanden Bosch will start today despite the groin injury he suffered in Week 5.
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Bills Butler, Schobel, Reed all out for Sunday

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)—The Bills will be without three starters when they host the New York Jets in an AFC East matchup Sunday.

Receiver Josh Reed, defensive end Aaron Schobel and right guard Brad Butler are all out with injuries for Buffalo (5-2).

Reed hurt his right ankle and Achilles’ tendon in the loss at Miami this past weekend. He ranks second on the team with 26 catches and 288 yards. Roscoe Parrish and rookie James Hardy will likely share duties replacing Reed.

Butler sprained his left knee in the first half of Buffalo’s win over San Diego two weeks ago. Schobel injured a ligament and bone in his left foot against Arizona on Oct. 5. Jason Whittle will get the start for Butler and Ryan Denney will replace Schobel.

Nickel back Ashton Youboty (foot) is questionable.

The Bills have lost two of three and are tied for the division lead with New England (5-2), a game ahead of the Jets (4-3).
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Kerney now out for ailing Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP)—Pro Bowl defensive end Patrick Kerney is out indefinitely and getting a second look at what’s wrong with his surgically repaired shoulder. It’s the latest in an epidemic of injuries for the teetering Seattle Seahawks.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Friday morning on his radio show that Kerney is returning to Alabama to see Dr. James Andrews. Andrews is the surgeon who repaired torn labrum cartilage in Kerney’s left shoulder after last season. The Seahawks’ top pass rusher re-injured the shoulder in last weekend’s win at San Francisco.

Holmgren told KIRO he hoped to know when—or if—Kerney can play again this season by Tuesday. Darryl Tapp and rookie Lawrence Jackson will start at ends in Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.
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Colts likely to have Sanders back, lose Jackson


INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Tony Dungy thought the Colts might finally be close to full strength this week.

Not so fast.

As Bob Sanders, Joseph Addai and Kelvin Hayden were all cleared to practice for the second straight day, Dungy announced that Indianapolis’ injury rash has hit another starter: cornerback Marlin Jackson, who could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

“He did significant damage to the knee, and I’m not exactly sure, but it’s probably going to involve some surgery,” Dungy said. “I think he might get a second opinion, but right now, he’s probably going to be out for a while. Most likely, we’re going to put him on injured reserve.”

The injury is believed to be to Jackson’s right knee, but Dungy could not say that definitively, nor did he provide details of the diagnosis. The NFL’s Web site reported Jackson tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus cartilage.

Dungy said Jackson was injured midway through Wednesday’s practice, which is closed to the media, when he was running and tried to stop. It was a no-contact practice and the Colts weren’t even in pads.

Jackson was not in the locker room Thursday, and teammates said they had not spoken with him.

He was the Colts’ first-round pick in 2005 and arguably their most versatile defensive back because he could play both safety, where he started eight games in 2006, and cornerback, where he has made 23 consecutive starts since 2007.

This year, Jackson was third in tackles (57) and had one fumble recovery, and it’s an even bigger blow because Indy plays New England and its talented receiving corps Sunday.

Jackson’s likely replacement will be Tim Jennings, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound third-year player who has been filling in for the injured Hayden, Indy’s other starting cornerback.

“It’s part of the game, and we’ve just got to keep moving,” Jennings said. “I’ll be ready.”

Word of Jackson’s injury tainted what was supposed to be a bright day for the Colts.

Sanders went down with a high ankle sprain in Week 2 against Minnesota, then had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee during his six-week absence.

The 2007 Defensive Player of the Year finally returned to practice Wednesday and said Thursday he was ready to play.

“I feel good, and I’m very eager to get back out there,” he said. “I just want to be as close to 100 percent as I can, but I don’t want to hurt the team.”

Most figure getting the Colts’ defensive leader back can only help.

Indy has lost two straight, fallen four games behind the AFC South-leading Titans and, some believe, based on past performances, Sanders’ return could turn things around. In 2006, he missed 12 games with a knee injury, then returned for the playoffs and solidified a leaky run defense in the Colts’ Super Bowl run.

“It’s not all on me, even though everyone wants to put it on me like I was the savior of the season,” he said. “If you go back and look at the tapes, it was just that everybody did their job. I only do my job, and if I can do that, hopefully, we can get this thing turned around.”

Sanders, a two-time Pro Bowler, does more than most. Dungy has nicknamed Sanders “The Eraser” because he covers up other players’ mistakes with his aggressive style.

But Hayden may now be the more critical returnee. At 6-foot, he’s the tallest remaining player in the secondary—which will be key to defending 6-4 Randy Moss this weekend.

Hayden, who returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the Colts’ Super Bowl win, missed three straight games after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

“I don’t think I’m 100 percent, but I think I’m close enough to 100 percent to play,” Hayden said before Wednesday’s practice.

Sanders, Hayden and Addai, the Pro Bowl running back who has missed two straight games with a hamstring injury, participated in all the drills Wednesday and were expected to be full participants Thursday.

That’s a promising sign for a team that’s been short-handed since training camp opened.

Two-time league MVP Peyton Manning (knee), former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney (foot) and Sanders (shoulder) all started camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Since then, little has changed.

Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday missed the first two games with a knee injury; left tackle Tony Ugoh was out of the lineup for four games with a groin injury; rookie guard Mike Pollak was out for a month with a knee injury; and guard Ryan Lilja (knee) is still on the PUP list.

Those were four of the five projected starters along Indy’s offensive line.

Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne, who sat out Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury, was expected to practice Thursday, Dungy said.

But the loss of Jackson is one more hit the Colts can’t afford.

“We obviously feel bad for Marlin, but we have to continue on,” Dungy said. “We’ll know in a few days exactly what’s going on and what’s going to be required. For right now, we know he’s going to be out for a while and more than likely will go on injured reserve.”
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Jackson, Milloy could play for Falcons Sunday

It appears that defensive tackle Grady Jackson and safety Lawyer Milloy will be available for Sunday's game at Oakland. Again on Thursday Jackson did not deny that he received a letter from the NFL office stating he was facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL drug policy. Milloy is not likely facing a suspension for his hit on Philadelphia tight end L.J. Smith last Sunday. Smith left the game with a concussion after the hit that Milloy was penalized for unnecessary roughness. The NFL announces fines today. When asked if there was anything new on both situations, Falcons coach Mike Smith said, "No." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Packers get safety Atari Bigby back?

Packers secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer said safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) was physically ready to play even though he is splitting snaps with Aaron Rouse in practice. "I think he's fine," Schottenheimer said. "He's back to where he was, moving like he normally does." There is some concern, however, with how quickly Bigby will adapt to game conditions after missing seven weeks. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Ryan O'Halloran, of The Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins SS LaRon Landry (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 30. He expects to play in the team's Week 9 game.
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Bears DB Vasher has fractured hand

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)—Chicago Bears defensive back Nathan Vasher has a fractured right hand and will miss Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings when the teams meet at the Metrodome for first place in the NFC North.

Vasher, sidelined for three games earlier this season with an injury to his right wrist and thumb, was hurt Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Bears coach Lovie Smith said Vasher also reinjured his thumb.

“He’ll be out for a while,” Smith said Wednesday, adding no surgery is required right now.

Could Vasher be headed to IR?

“Right now all I can say he is out. He’s not playing this week,” Smith said.

“Whenever you have a fracture, you reinjure the same hand you had trouble with, you can go from there. Right now, I just know he’s out this week.”

Vasher, who appeared in only four games a year ago because of a groin injury, has 18 career interceptions, but only two in the last two seasons. His nickname is “The Interceptor.”

Corey Graham is expected to start against the Vikings.

“We feel comfortable with him playing, as we do with Trumaine McBride, so we have a couple of other guys who have played a little bit of ball,” Smith said. “It’s still hard when you lose your starter, a guy like Nate.”

Vasher didn’t play in an earlier game against the Vikings this season when the Bears prevailed 48-41 at Soldier Field. This time the teams (both 6-5) will square off in the din of the Metrodome.

“It’s an issue, no doubt about it. We practice all week with the noise,” Bears quarterback Kyle Orton said. “We played in loud places before and played well. You get to this point in your career, I don’t think it should be that big of a factor.”

The Bears have done OK in domes this season, losing by two points at Atlanta and scoring blowout wins against struggling teams in Detroit and St. Louis.

“We feel comfortable inside. We got a quick team and I know some of those speed guys get on turf and they feel pretty good,” Orton said.

One of those might be Devin Hester, who’s still looking for his first kick return TD of the season. But last week against the Rams he caught five passes for 57 yards and also carried twice for 32 yards, once taking the ball on a direct snap from center in a Wildcat formation. The Bears also used the formation for a direct snap to rookie running back Matt Forte.

But beating the Vikings and establishing a running game will require more than some trickery.

Moving the ball against a defense that is allowing only 70.4 yards rushing this season—Forte managed only 56 yards on 20 carries in that earlier meeting — will be the biggest challenge for the Bears.

To do that they’ll have to handle the formidable Vikings defensive line featuring Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and Jared Allen.

“They actually got three Pro Bowlers on that defensive line. It’s tough enough to face one and you got to face three at four positions,” Bears center Olin Kreutz said.

“I thought we’d have a better record right now,” Allen said “We’ve lost some close games and done some dumb stuff by not taking care of the ball. … But the division has been competitive. Right now we’re in a position, and so are the Bears, to kind of control where we want to go.”

For the Bears to win, they’ll have to stop Adrian Peterson, something they’ve had little success with in three previous meetings against the Vikings’ young running back. Peterson has 423 yards and seven TDs in those three games, including a 224-yard rushing game last season.

In the earlier victory, the Bears feasted on numerous Minnesota mistakes. Chicago blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown and recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for another. The Bears also intercepted Gus Frerotte four times—without Vasher and fellow defensive backs Charles Tillman and Danieal Manning, who were also out with injuries that game.
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From Rotoworld:

The Bills reportedly have "backup plans" to convert Aaron Maybin to linebacker if he proves to light at defensive end during the season.

The first-rounder has played to mixed reviews during the summer. It sounds like any move to linebacker would be a last resort. We're guessing that wouldn't happen until next offseason.
Source: FoxSports.com


I wonder how Maybin will work out as a linebacker? He does seem a little small to be a force at de.
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From Rotoworld:

Eagles MLB Stewart Bradley will undergo an MRI after injuring his knee at training camp practice Sunday.

The Birds are holding their breath. They have a capable replacement in Omar Gaither, but Bradley is a difference maker and wears the headset to relay in play calls from the sideline. He's one of Philly's most valuable defenders.
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Man I hope this isn't serious!!!!!
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Bills CB Terrance McGee had his knee scoped earlier this week in a scheduled surgery. He had played through the pain the entire season. So far he is projected to potentially miss week 10 recovering, but once healed he will be 100%.

For those who don't know, McGee has been taken off of return duties for at least the past year or two to let him focus on being a shutdown CB.
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Not sure if this is ''news'' but Ravens Cb Fabian Washington has been suffering from a Knee contusion and so there is a very good chance that rookie cb Ladarious Webb will start on Monday Night.
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Bills Safety Bryan Scott has been practicing with the first team linebackers in order to fill in for injuries at that position. No word on exactly what position, but I would assume it is one of the OLB slots since Posluzny is healthy.