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Stephania Bell (3:07 PM)
Hi folks: Sorry for the delay...let's get right to the questions.
hey Stephania tuff loss for the 49er. I have Ben Tate and was woundering about Foster hammy and how long he could be out. If you onwed Tate would you try to sell high before foster is fully healthly and starts taking more carries. Thanks for the help.
Stephania Bell (3:10 PM)
Eddie: good question and not just b/c you're from SF...It's so hard to predict with these hammies. I will say that Foster's "tightness" does not sound like a serious setback (like Austin's) but it probably scares the Texans enough for them to back him off of a full workload indefinitely. In other words, I could see him not playing or at least doing very little (maybe not starting, touching the ball only a few times) and then, hmm, how long does that go on? You could probably sell Tate high, but I'm not sure I want to. Unless you have a really, really good #2 RB. B/c no telling how long until Foster achieves high workload now.
Dan (Easthampton, MA)
How much will Romo's injury hamper his play? Should I be looking for a replacement and for how long?
Stephania Bell (3:13 PM)
Dan: Right now there's no way to know about next Monday night. Everyone's talking like he'll play - but this is a potentially serious situation so it goes beyond pain tolerance. I would make sure you have a backup for at least a week. The key will be to see if Romo has healed enough to resume any practice late this week. If not, I'm betting he's not going. As for beyond that, hard to imagine it's more than a week or two barring osmething unforeseen.
I have Daniel Thomas and I was wondering if he was a deffinate start against a week Browns run D this week ?
Stephania Bell (3:14 PM)
Mason: Based on last week I would say yes. There was little reason to have confidence in him before. Poor preseason, hamstring issue. Even the Dolphins hinted at a majority workload for Bush vs Thomas. Then he got 100 yards. So now, I'd be ready to use him vs Browns.
Robbie (Lindsey, CA)
Does Moreno come back this week? I'm kinda hoping they give him another week off, I like what i have been getting from McGahee
Stephania Bell (3:16 PM)
Robbie: They might like what they've been getting from McGahee too. Early in the week after a guy sits, we really don't get updates on their status, simply b/c there's nothing to update. Monday an off day for most teams. They have not said he's out, but it will be like last week. What can he do in practice? May not get a solid clue until Friday.
David (Hollywood, CA)
Stephania, love your chats. I knows its early, but in your opinion, does Michael Vick start this week?
Stephania Bell (3:20 PM)
David: Thank you. Can't have an educated opinion until he goes through the progression. The Eagles actually have a multi-step progression that their head athletic trainer came up with which goes beyond the neurocognitive tests. And they have to be cleared by a neurological consultant. So the only folks who will have a clue are those close to the situation. Vick's preliminary symptoms sounded as if they were resolving fairly quickly and he didn't have any amnesia, but there are a number of things we can't and don't see.
Aaron Hernandez out 2 - 6 weeks. You think it will be closer to two weeks or closer to six weeks?
Stephania Bell (3:24 PM)
Mike: The Patriots are not going to give us any hints. You have to wonder where two reports that different came from. I will say this. If he were a QB I'd feel much better about him returning within two weeks. If the sprain is really mild, perhaps two, but I suspect for the position he plays, his need to cut back and make moves to get open, I would project more like the average of 3-4, knowing it could be longer.
Is there any update on Braylon Edwards injury? Is it serious?
Stephania Bell (3:27 PM)
Eric: The fact he wasn't on crutches or in a brace at the team facility is a good sign. But he came out on the 3rd play of the game and that was it. They're calling him day-to-day - but other than a "sprain" there's no diagnosis. Hard to evaluate a minimalist report. He has been less than impressive when he's been out there which worries me just as much.
Stephania, any chance Lance Moore is back to 100% this weekend? Plax was my starter this past week and did squat.
Stephania Bell (3:29 PM)
Rob: I'm not sure he's 100 percent. I won't feel that way until we see him play a full game (or two) without incident. The Saints are clearly taking precautions and limiting him in his game action. Apparently he got through this week fine but I don't think you can count on a full Lance Moore workload (whatever that might be in a Brees offense) just yet.
Uppity James (James river)
Let's get this Austin thing out of the way. How bad?
Stephania Bell (3:32 PM)
Uppity James: He said it felt like a machete in his hamstring. Have to imagine that's pretty bad. The description makes me concerned. Knowing they have a bye in Week 5 - and knowing Austin got a couple weeks of rest before the season started after he initially injured it yet still got hurt again - I am leaning towards him coming back after the bye week.
How bad do you think Steve Johnson's groin injury is, based on what you saw last weekend and recent reports?
Stephania Bell (3:35 PM)
Dale: More worried given the recent reports. Johnson said he didn't feel it when he walked before, now feels it at rest. Definite downgrade and I would be concerned about this coming week. Will be curious to see if he practices at all.
I own Foster and Tate. I saw your response to a Foster question above, so I'll just ask how likely do you think Foster and Tate split carries 50/50? Would make who to start really hard for me...
Stephania Bell (3:35 PM)
Paul: At least for this coming week, I would say it's going to be an uneven split. A lot of Tate, only a little Foster.
How about the third cowboy in the bunch? How is Felix's seperated sholder?
Stephania Bell (3:42 PM)
Greg: Trying to get the accurate info on this injury as we speak. There have been reports of separated shoulder and reports of dislocated shoulder, two totally different injuries. Either way - we do know he returned to the game after the injury and managed to get through it even though it wasn't his best - and certainly, if there are worries about healing, absorbing contact for a RB will be an issue. So right now, I'd be surprised if we hear he's out, but I need to get to the root of this to feel better about that.
Nick (Quad City)
Hello Steph, which quad is more severely injured Jackson or Bryant. Which position is this a harder injury to come back from RB or WR. Will this be a lingering issue for either?
Stephania Bell (3:45 PM)
Nick: Have to believe Jackson was in better shape b/c he actually warmed up to try to go. That said, Jackson pulled his and Bryant reportedly suffered a contusion (bruise). So if Bryant gets the bleeding/swelling out, he should be in decent shape this week. I do think Jackson looks as if he'll go this week but being that he strained it on a TD run, you worry about him suffering a setback. Always a possibility.
What is the deal with Malcom Floyd?
Stephania Bell (3:46 PM)
Robert: groin injury in the second quarter and definitely could be a problem heading into this week. Probably will be a late decision.
any word on Brandon Lloyd this week?
Stephania Bell (3:47 PM)
Greg: Have to believe his chances are improved from last week since he sat this one out - but did manage to get back to practice on Friday. If he can pick up where he left off, like his chances of playing in Week 3.
steve (NY NY)
Gonng back to ur statement earlier what is the difference between a "separated" shoulder and a "dislocated" shoulder?
Stephania Bell (3:53 PM)
Steve: Just for clarification, our Ed Werder confirms report of "dislocation" for Felix. So that would mean the shoulder actually came out of the joint. Sometimes the shoulder will slip - pop out of position then back - without completely dislocating. That is called subluxation. I am told that's not the case here. Separation is an injury to ligaments that anchor collarbone to scapula (shoulderblade) and as of this morning, for those who listen to podcast, that's what was being widely reported. That seems to be changing - more reports now of dislocation. But at least so far, Dallas not acting like Felix will be out.
Did Hakeem Nicks suffer any setbacks last night? He scored but didn't look quite as fast as he usually does. (That one handed 23 yard grab was in bounds too! I watched the tape a dozen times.)
Stephania Bell (3:55 PM)
Mike: Reportedly Nicks came out of the game feeling fine. He may not haave been at tip-top shape after dealing with the knee all week, but he is no worse for the wear (so far) and should be better off next week.
What has to happen for Romo to play with a punctured lung? Will the "puncture" have to "close up" first?
Stephania Bell (3:56 PM)
Justin: Lung has to heal (to avoid further more serious risk of injury), then becomes pain issue with the rib. More details in my blog entry which will post this evening.
Even when Colston returns... how long before he is 100 percent? will a broken collarbone injury linger?
Stephania Bell (3:59 PM)
Dan: The main issue with a collarbone is ensuring it heals properly in the first place. Because it's a non weight-bearing area, sometimes harder to heal. And that may be part of th reason he had a plate put in - helps bridge the pieces and then hope for good healing to follow. Possible to re-fracture after but you certainly hope not. Getting him back to football readiness may take a little extra time.
Should Charles make a full recovery from his injury?
Stephania Bell (4:01 PM)
Joe: No reason why not - and lots of folks asking about him in a keeper league. Here's the thing. The first year post-ACl surgery is often a down year in terms of stats and scoring for RB and WR. So he will at least start next year as a lower fantasy option. No reason he can't fully recover though - start putting up solid numbers mid-season and beyond.
cam newton in a walking boot? just a precaution S.B.?
Stephania Bell (4:04 PM)
dan: word is he twisted his ankle but he says he expects to practice all week. So...sounds like it was just offloading the ankle for a bit after the game. We'll see how much he does in practice but so far, no major concern.
Stephania Bell (4:05 PM)
OK everyone - I have to exit the room. Thanks so much for stopping by. Great questions as always.Stay healthy!