Plaxico Burress' return now likely delayed
Now it seems Burress has some additional issues, after ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported that a league official confirmed Burress accidentally shot himself in his right thigh Friday night. The official indicated that the bullet went through skin and muscle in Burress' thigh (no word on whether that muscle was the ailing hamstring or not), but it did not hit any major arteries and no bones were broken. As of Saturday afternoon, he had been released from the hospital, but there has been no official word as to his roster status or expected recovery time. It doesn't take a medical background to appreciate that this does not help his healing time for his hamstring. We just don't know yet if it has been significantly set back. It sounds as if there will be several issues for the Giants to sort out here, along with the adjusted rehab plan, and we will certainly keep you posted. Best bet for your fantasy playoffs: Find another receiver, and fast.
• Steven Jackson just might see his first action in six weeks. Actually, he did suit up once during the past five games, but played minimally, so we won't really count that one. Jackson is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. The rest apparently did him some good and he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was "light years" ahead of where he was in early November. Nonetheless, he remained limited in practice throughout the week and never really ran at full speed, something coach Jim Haslett said he wanted to see before he would activate Jackson again. That aside, Haslett did acknowledge that Jackson appeared to improve as the week went on and even sounded as if a good pregame warm-up by Jackson could influence his decision. Fantasy owners take a gamble, even if he does play, as to how much the Rams will actually use him his first time out of the gate.
• Reggie Bush really thinks this is the week. There's no doubting his desire to come back from knee surgery, but everyone involved with the Saints wants to play this one cautiously to make sure he does not suffer a setback his first time on the field. An extra week allowed Bush to practice and eliminate some of the post-practice soreness and swelling that kept him out of action Monday. Plan to see the Saints spread their weapons around, but this week, Bush will be in the arsenal.
• Brandon Jacobs is listed as questionable this week. Jacobs participated in full practices Thursday and Friday, however, and seems likely to play. The tag no doubt reflects caution by the Giants, who listed Jacobs as probable last week and then felt the ire of some when Jacobs was declared inactive before the game. Apparently after the long flight west, Jacobs did not feel he could play up to the level of expectation, and after sharing that with his coaches, the team opted to rest him another week. The idea that they might rest him was not a surprise, given the importance of having a healthy Jacobs down the stretch. It's just that after practicing most of the week and declaring himself ready to go, along with the team listing him as probable, it came as a surprise (or shock, if he was on your fantasy team). This week, his designation suggests that he is less likely to play, but I think he is more likely to play. Not only did the additional week help, teammate Ahmad Bradshaw has been out of practice all week with a sore neck. He too is listed as questionable, although he looks far less likely to see the field. Hmmm. It could be a big day for Derrick Ward.
• Willie Parker is again listed as questionable because of his problematic knee. Parker continues to deal with inflammation in the knee, and it seems to get aggravated every time he takes the field. This is not unusual with knee ligament injuries, but it is enough to set Parker back in practice each week and put his status in doubt and it's not likely to resolve before the season ends. Parker was able to fully practice for two consecutive days, always a good sign that he'll be able to play, but expect the Steelers to continue to make use of Mewelde Moore.
• Add "oblique strain" to Clinton Portis' list of ailments. He remains questionable, and did not practice all week, but he hasn't missed a game yet. Assuming he gets up and runs for coach Jim Zorn on Sunday morning to his satisfaction, he will be in the lineup once again this weekend.
• Kellen Winslow is listed as questionable for the Browns again this weekend because of his shoulder sprain. Knowing that Winslow played last week, and knowing how tough he is, this might not seem like such a big deal. But the concern here is that Winslow put in a full practice Thursday and then was limited Friday, calling into question whether he suffered a bit of a setback or whether the team was just giving him less work heading into the game. He will likely play. He generally does, but it's worth checking the inactive lists just in case.
• Broncos' receiver Eddie Royal is questionable with a toe injury. He could perform only limited practice late in the week. Teammate Brandon Marshall is listed on the injury report because of his nagging hip, but he went through full practices, is listed as probable and is expected to play. Meanwhile, running back Selvin Young, who the Broncos thought might be able to return this week, is listed as questionable but does not look like he'll take the field. The groin injury is still problematic and he has been very limited all week in practice. Peyton Hillis will continue to dominate the workload for the Broncos' backs.
Out: This is a list of key fantasy players, not including those who have been moved to Injured Reserve status, who are officially listed as additions to the "Out" listing for Week 13.
Greg Camarillo, WR, Dolphins: Camarillo suffered a knee injury that will keep him out the remainder of the season.
Brady Quinn, QB, Browns: Quinn's fractured finger appeared to worsen and there was concern about tendon damage as well. He is currently evaluating whether or not to have corrective surgery. Either way, he won't be back for the Browns this season. Derek Anderson, barring injury, will finish out 2008.
Jeff Saturday, C, Colts: Saturday has a calf strain that could sideline him even beyond this week. Uh-oh. We saw what happened to the Colts' offense when Saturday was out earlier this season. They have to hope this will not be a long absence.
Good luck in Week 13! Be sure to check out our site Sunday for pregame chats and Fantasy Football Now at noon ET.