While the world is talking about the refs being in the news, here we will focus only on the players. It might be the only piece you find this week that does not mention the league’s rule for simultaneous possession or question the track record of an official. If anyone is going to have their track record questioned here it is going to be me. Glad we have that straight.
- The Buffalo running game took another interesting turn with the injury suffered by C.J. Spiller over the weekend. Initial reports indicated that Spiller could miss up to two weeks of game time, but now reports are surfacing that he may play this weekend against New England. Tashard Choice looked solid in relieving Spiller and would be in line for the start should the need arise. New England struggled with Ray Rice, but held Chris Johnson and also the Arizona running game in check overall.
- Reggie Bush has been off to a quick start through the first three weeks of the season. He suffered a knee injury against the Jets and sat out a fair amount of the game. Couple this with a rib injury for Willis McGahee and you have increased potential for some backups to see playing time this weekend. The Broncos will likely go with a committee approach but Lance Ball saw significant time in McGahee’s absence. For Miami, look for Daniel Thomas to see carries down inside the five yard line but know that Lamar Miller was strong in receiving about ten carries against New York. He could see more platoon time if Bush has to miss more than one game.
- Injuries in Washington forced the Redskins to sign Ryan Grant on Tuesday to add depth. With Evan Royster and Roy Helu banged up, Grant will likely get more time than he might expect. That said, Alfred Morris has done nothing to lose this job. Unless Shanahan is Shanahan, Morris should remain the starter and continue to receive the bulk of the work. Grant is going to need to work to even get in to game shape.
- Obviously, there is plenty of concern surrounding Darius Heyward-Bey and his injury. Without his being in the lineup, though, the Raiders still moved the ball well and that was without utilizing Darren McFadden as a receiver out of the backfield. The team went to Derek Hagan to make plays and he did just that in the final drive. His three catches were the catalyst to get the Raiders into the position to take one away from the Steelers.
- According to ESPN, the Browns are growing more frustrated with Greg Little. Little has had issues dropping footballs and has been celebrating even the most routine of catches. The fact he does it regardless of the score is rubbing people the wrong way. It is to the point that the Browns are looking at lineup changes. Those of you starting Little had other issues, but this is definitely not going to help his case.
- The secondary for the Jets obviously suffered as major a blow as could be imagined with the loss of Darrelle Revis. It goes without saying that he is one of the best in the game for certain. His being on the sideline needs to upgrade every passing game the Jets will face the rest of the way. While they can cover with Antonio Cromartie on a number one receiver, it is the depth side of the equation and it will make secondary receivers far more productive than they would be otherwise.
- Read between the lines as you will, but the comments from Andy Reid regarding Michael Vick are troubling in any form. While the Eagles are not looking at a change in quarterback, the ever present caveat of “right now” was used when stating Vick is the team’s quarterback. Nick Foles is not going to see more snaps as of yet, but should there be another bad week in the not too distant future that could very well change.
- There has been plenty written about Chris Johnson and his obvious struggles, but fantasy owners should note that Marques Colston is showing up as a similar dud. Colston is playing through plantar fasciitis that has limited his productivity. He was one of the least targeted receivers this past week and has underperformed all season. This is the type of injury that simply lingers and could be a problem for a while.