Bill Belichick’s obsession with tight end’s is bordering on deranged. The Patriots head coach already has two of the best young TEs at his disposal, but that doesn’t seem to be enough.
This week the Pats brought in former Ram Michael Hoomanawanui, who played under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in St. Louis. Hoomanawanui joins Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Visanthe Schiancoe (who may not see a snap for New England after being placed on the IR), and Daniel Fells in what is now a five-headed monster at the position – wide receivers be damned.
They weren’t done. Kellen Winslow was set to make it six, but he failed his physical today. Winslow’s wonky right knee is still bothering him, and Rotoworld notes the Pats could’ve given him a pass on the physical if they really wanted to, although I’m not sure how that works.
Eventually, the former Seahawk will get picked up, and only the most desperate fantasy owner should be anticipating that day. Winslow is now an afterthought in both reality and fantasy, and similar to other fading and/or unemployed veterans this year (i.e. Chad Johnson, Plaxico Burress), once he lands somewhere it should take at least eight injuries for you to even consider making a very unfunny joke about adding him to your roster.
And as the countdown to kickoff continues, let’s catch up on a few more injuries, and news and notes with fantasy implications…
- PANIC: Justin Blackmon was limited in practice today with a new injury. This time it’s his ankle, and possibly his running ankle.
- Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant at Steelers practice today, while Isaac Redman’s status is in doubt, Mendenhall may end up getting more touches than expected. If a sore ankle continues to plague Redman throughout the week, owners of Jonathan Dywer should be on alert.
- According to Browns RB Trent Richardson, the only thing that will stop him from playing on Sunday is head coach Pat Shurmur. The NFL’s win now mantra leads me to believe Richardson will play.
- Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch participated in the team walk through today, but was limited in Wednesday’s practice. Like Dywer, Robert Turbin owner’s should keep track of Lynch’s status as Sunday approaches.
- Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee believes Ryan Matthews will sit out on Monday night, but the RB participated in individual drills today and will likely also see limited action during tomorrow’s practice.
- Though he didn’t practice, Jonathan Stewart was cutting and running on the sidelines. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic regarding Stewart’s availability on Sunday.
- Rod Streater is good to go on Monday, and with Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore on the mend, the undrafted rookie will likely see a lot of playing time this week. Carson Palmer has continued to resemble bad Carson Palmer, so starting Streater this week is probably not the best idea.