If you’re reading this intently, you’re probably either a fantasy player, or a gambler. So if you pursue those hobbies (sure, they’re hobbies), then I’d definitely roll with the Falcons defense this week in fantasy leagues that use team defenses, and take Atlanta to cover a 9.5-point spread.
Why do I have so much confidence in those predictions? It probably has something to do with Adrian Peterson…
1. As we expected when the severity of his injury was first reported earlier this week, Peterson shed his walking boot today, but he still didn’t participate in practice. That significantly reduces his chances of playing.
2. If you’re a key part of the Eagles offense, you’re probably hurt. Michael Vick is officially listed as questionable, but he’s missed two weeks of practice, so we’ll likely see Vince Young under center again. DeSean Jackson has received the probable tag, despite being limited in practice for two straight days, while Jeremy Maclin is doubtful after missing another practice.
3. The bumps aren’t just on the offensive side of the ball for Philly either. Nnamdi Asomugha‘s scare yesterday in practice isn’t serious, but it’ll be enough to make him a game-time decision this weekend. The Eagles will also be moving forward with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie likely missing another game.
4. Peyton Hillis actually made it through a day of practice without tearing something or pissing someone off. He might return this week.
5. Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger was kind enough to tell us about the few shreds of good news coming from the Giants’ practice today, and the many bits of expected bad news. First, right tackle Kareem McKenzie returned, along with Justin Tuck. But Ahmad Bradshaw, Mario Manningham, and Michael Boley are all still out.
6. Darren McFadden is still screwed too, but the faithful GLS readers already knew that.
7. Kevin Kolb was a limited participant for the third straight day. He’s officially listed as questionable, and he could make his first start since Week 8.
8. Ryan Mathews returned to practice, and he left his knee brace in the locker room.
9. Julio Jones will play again this week, and fantasy owners will hope for a far better showing than the one they witnessed last week when the hobbled rookie had only two receptions for nine yards.
10. Joseph Addai hasn’t played since Week 7 due to a hamstring injury, but it looks like he’s ready to return to the Colts’ backfield.
11. A.J. Green made it through another full practice today, and it’s looking like he’ll return from his knee injury after missing one game.
12. With Shonn Greene practicing for the second straight day and Ladainian Tomlinson still out, it’ll be interesting to see how Rex Ryan divides the carries between Greene and Joe McKnight.
13. Sidney Rice sat out Wednesday and Thursday, but he practiced fully today, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he’s “ready to go.”
14. LaMarr Woodley was a very limited participant Friday. He’ll likely miss his third straight game, and he’s 99 percent doubtful.