N.N. — News Nuggets
We start in Tennessee, where according to the Nashville Tennessean, there is a rumor flying around that free agent recovering wide receiver Terrell Owens may be of interest to head coach Mike Munchak.
“A lot is going to depend for us on how we are producing at that position three weeks or two weeks from now, and how we’re doing (overall),” Munchak said. “All those things will factor into it. But I’m sure whenever you’ve got a player that has his capabilities, everyone’s going to know exactly where he’s at. If he has a way of helping our team win, then for sure you’re going to take a look at him.”
After losing Kenny Britt for the season in week three, Owens would help a Titans offense in need of a big play receiver who can take some pressure off of running back Chris Johnson, and provide quarterback Matt Hasselbeck with a veteran who has big game experience. Currently, Tennessee is depending on wideouts Lavelle Hawkins and Damian Williams, and emerging tight end Jared Cook to catch the majority of the passes. The Titans host Houston this week.
In Baltimore, the big talk continues to be about big play rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is quickly making fans forget about offseason acquisition Lee Evans. In fact, as the Baltimore Sun recently pointed out Smith has three of the Raven’s six longest plays, and he has only contributed in three games.
“I don’t know. It’s just a pass completion,” said Smith, who caught three pass for 84 yards. “It’s just my role. When the ball comes, just make the play. It just so happened to be a few deep balls so far. If that’s the role I need to fulfill, then I’m all for it.”
“He’s making some really good catches,” coach John Harbaugh said. “The knock on him, everyone wanted to talk about the knock. It sure hasn’t shown up in games that he’s played in. I think he’s a great kid. He’s a hard worker. He’s just a really conscientious guy. Plus, he’s talented.”
Evans is still trying to recover from an ankle injury, but insists he’ll be back this season. In the meantime fantasy owners need to take advantage of the big fantasy game potential Smith carries every week that he’s in the starting lineup, especially with bye weeks in progress.
In Detroit, the Lions are currently trying to sort out their running back situation. The team made an attempt at acquiring Ronnie Brown from Philadelphia, but the trade was voided because the piece the Eagles were receiving, Jerome Harrison, failed his physical after discovering he had a brain tumor, which is now being treated.
The Lions running problem is even deeper than that. According to a CBSSports.com report, after suffering his second concussion of the season, there is fear that Jahvid Best’s career could be in jeopardy if he returns to the field in 2011.
The report read “Lions running back Jahvid Best has been advised by people close to him to ‘strongly consider sitting out the year’ after suffering his second concussion of the season last Sunday.”
Best didn’t practice on Thursday, and continues to be under close evaluation. At this point the best options for fantasy purposes are Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams, but I wouldn’t count on too much out of either until all the dust settles, and there is a clear cut starter moving forward.
In Houston, Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak is taking a non-committal approach when it comes to his star wide receiver Andre Johnson and his chances of even playing this week. In fact, according to the Houston Chronicle, Kubiak has been nothing short of positive regarding the situation.
“He’s running,” Kubiak said. “He ran some routes and caught the ball. There is still progress to make before Andre is going to be on the field. It may be that he gets on the field and practices a little bit before the week’s out. I don’t know right now.
“He continues to progress, and what are we – two weeks and a couple of days into this thing? There have been no setbacks. Everything has been positive, so we’ll keep going.”
While there is no doubt that the Texans clearly need Johnson back in the starting lineup, it’s unreasonable to believe that he’s close to lacing up the cleats. Kubiak’s approach is just to keep the Tennessee Titans guessing. Both Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter are decent plays this week against a Titans defense that has allowed nine touchdowns through the air this season. On the injury report Johnson is listed as out.
HOT News: According to the New York Post LaDainian Tomlinson will start at running back this week for the New York Jets when they face the San Diego Chargers this week. The Chargers defense has been surrendering 113.6 yards per game, and 4.6 yards per carry this season. Tomlinson should be in every lineup, especially as a bye-week filler.
And according to the Oakland Tribune Raiders’ kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed practice for the second straight day on Friday with a hamstring strain, and was moving gingerly during JUGS machine workouts. Raiders’ head coach Hue Jackson had three kickers in for tryouts, as Janikowski is listed as questionable on the injury report.
“It’s a huge part of our football team if he can’t go,” Jackson said. “I’m not going to make any excuses. If he can’t go, he can’t go. We’ll get somebody that can. That’s the way it goes. We’ll be fine.”
Fantasy owners won’t be fine though, and I’m serious. The Raiders’ kicker has converted 12 of 13 field goals through six weeks, with five of them being from 50+ yards out. As odd as it sounds, he will be missed.