Gone are the days when Fantasy owners relied on NFL Head Coaches and their misleading injury reports. While that’s probably hyperbole – it is, sue me – Jonathan Stewart may have started a new trend that will give owners plenty of time to activate their plan B.
This morning Stewart ruled himself out of today’s game against the Buccaneers with a brief statement on his twitter account and facebook page. DeAngelo Williams will get the bulk of the carries in his absence, with offseason addition Mike Tolbert taking on goal-line duties. Williams’ owners will undoubtedly go mental when Tolbert plunges into the endzone on a one-yard run as the featured back stands on the sidelines.
Such is life in what is now a running back by committee league.
Adrian Peterson will play
On Thursday Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave indicated he had no doubt – Adrian Peterson would play on Sunday. Yesterday Pro Football Talk quoted a source close to the situation who said there is “no way” Peterson will miss today’s game. While the Vikings talisman will play, expect Toby Gerhart to get his fair share of carries. Jacksonville’s run defense is one of the few areas of the team that isn’t in complete disarray, so beware. For many fantasy owners the thought of benching Peterson is ludicrous – I tend to agree, no matter how limited he may be.
Update: Peterson is active.
Arian Foster a game time decision
Gary Kubiak said Foster’s removal from practice was a precautionary measure and while the Texans Running Back is expected to play, Adam Schefter reports Houston’s coaches want to take a look at Foster in pregame warmups before making their final decision. Foster should be good to go, but much like the situation in Minnesota, expect Ben Tate to share the workload.
Update: Via the Texans official twitter account, Foster is active.
Trent Richardson will be busy today
The injury concerns have been forgotten – at least for now – as Trent Richardson makes his much anticipated NFL debut in Cleveland today. ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reports Richardson will see plenty of touches as both a running back and receiver. The NFL Network’s Albert Breer states Richardson will be “managed” throughout the game, which likely means Brandon Jackson will spell the rookie on third downs and obvious passing situations.
Brandon Flowers is inactive
Julio Jones, Roddy White and Matt Ryan are primed for big days as Chiefs star CB Brandon Flowers has been ruled out of today’s game at Arrowhead.
Marshawn Lynch will be ‘managed’
In what is quickly becoming the buzz word of opening week, Marshawn Lynch is active but will be managed by Pete Carroll & Co. Rookie Robert Turbin will see from 10 to 15 carries today in order to protect Lynch from overuse. In what is a favorable matchup against the Cardinals, Lynch should find his way into your starting lineup.
Austin Collie is out
It’s not my place to tell a pro athlete when to retire, but in Austin Collie’s case it’s hard stay silent. The Colts WR is out of today’s game versus the Bears as he recovers from another concussion – this one sustained during the preseason. Collie will wear a new specially designed helmet when he comes back, I hope it works.
For the rest of the early game inactives click here.