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September 22, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell
  (11:04 AM)

Sports Nation! What's new in your injury world? OK - Wes Welker gets the surprise inactive of the week award - much to fantasy owner's chagrin. Let's hope there's no more of that. And now for your questions...

Mark (Vero Beach, FL)

Barber blew out a tire on that long run. Would have been a TD for sure. What are his chances of playing this Sunday?

Stephania Bell
  (11:05 AM)

Mark: It really does have the feel of a blown tire doesn't it? Full speed, then a hitch, then full out stall. Waiting on MRI results - but I go back to Steven Jackson last year - we heard it was minor and then 5-6 games. This did not look minor -we'll see what the week brings.

Jon (Ohio)

Hey Stephania, any early information about Mike Bell's status? Does this mean Pierre Thomas may get more than 1 touch this week?

Stephania Bell
  (11:07 AM)

Jon: I think if THomas uses this week to get a little healthier still, then yes, he doe bump up his touches while Bell's drop. Good news on Bell is it does not appear serious but it may still be a down week for him.

Har (Vancouver, Canada)

I Hate the Giants because I'm a huge Pats fan, but do you think Flozell Adams should take some heat or punishment for intentionally tripping Mr. Tuck??

Stephania Bell
  (11:08 AM)

Har: I do. Tripping is called in other sports. It's not a legit takedown - and it was obvious on the video, i.e. not an accidental trip. Now a guy is hurt.

Steph (Sarasota, FL)

Hey Stephania! Any idea how long an injury like McNabb's will keep a player out of the game?

Stephania Bell
  (11:09 AM)

From one Steph to another! Highly variable depending on which rib, where the muscles attach relative to the break and how effective can a guy be with the injury. Remember it's not just toughing out the pain, it's how effective can he throw the ball - in an offense that relies heavily on throwing.

Terry (Milford)

How bad is Westbrook's injury? Should we look to possibly start McCoy next week?

Stephania Bell
  (11:11 AM)

Terry: Sounds like they're saying this injury is not serious -but I say it's not unexpected. When I wrote about this injury back in June when Westbrook was undergoing surgery, I hinted at ankle instability that would be ongoing. Well, here we are with a sprain, sounds like a stability issue with me. He'll recover, not sure if he'll be able to go this week, but it will probably happen again at some point. This week look to McCoy to do more.

Michael (Nashville, Tn)

Good mornin Stephania! Sorry if he has been asked about already, what can you tell me about DeSean Jackson's strained groin?

Stephania Bell
  (11:13 AM)

Michael: We'll stick with the Philly guys - no apologies needed! Jackson had the groin strain after Week 1, but it was minor enough that it did not seem it would limit him Week 2. Well, he was fantasy productive, but paid a price and sounds like it's worse now - the question is how much. Unfortunately, as is often the case with muscle strains, the evidence does not emerge until we see how much they practice. My guess is he will not do anything until THursday and then we'll get a little clue.

Sam (MI)

I have both McNabb and Hasselbeck, both have fractured ribs. Should I drop either of them? Will either of them have any real impact for the rest of the season? Thanks!

Stephania Bell
  (11:15 AM)

Sam: This is a fair question -but the good news with broken bones is that once healed, they are usually a non-issue. In the case of QBs, they can get back to play once they can be effective and handle the pain, even though the bone may not be fully healed. The bone only gets stronger over time so should not be an issue as time goes on.

Wilbur (Boston)

I won't be the only guy to ask, but maybe I'll be first. What is the latest with LT? Lingering issue as the season goes on?

Stephania Bell
  (11:17 AM)

Wilbur: Of course the Chargers haven't practiced yet so we get no clues from that. But I will say that LT says this is nowhere near the pain from last year's injuries. CHargers sounded as if they opted to hold LT out one week to avoid an lingering issue (and they have Sproles of course), so he may well be back next week.

Zak (Syracuse)

Good morning Stephania! Just saw you on The Herd, you did look great! I have Reggie Bush and was wondering if his touches will go up because of Mike Bell's knee or is Thomas coming back healthy? Thank You!

Stephania Bell
  (11:19 AM)

Zak: Thanks for being such an ESPN supporter - all platforms! You're asking a good question -but I don't see Bush's touches going up a ton. It may come down to just how healthy Thomas is at the end of the week. If he's significantly better, then I see him and Bell Switching up roles this week, with maybe another play or two going to Bush. But keep in mind, Bush's long term health is an under the radar issue; his knee is far from perfect. So he cannot just become the feature back for a week.

Carlos (Highland Village, TX)

What happend to Greg Jennings this weekend, is he still having problems with his wrist?

Stephania Bell
  (11:20 AM)

Carlos: I really think it was situational. Jennings did what he needed to in practice to convince them he could go and he downplayed anything with his wrist from the start of the week. Unless I hear something new in the next week, I don't think this is a big deal.

Mike (Indy)

Any word on Justin Tuck? Will he play this week?

Stephania Bell
  (11:22 AM)

Mike: Waiting on MRI - X-rays were negative. Tuck says he wants to play but it will likely be a function of how effective he can be. Apparently he was struggling to use the arm to dress after the game and clearly in a lot of pain. He needs to not only get his arm up high enough to tackle, he needs to be able to wrap up and get that arm yanked around. I would not be surprised (in the absence of something major) if he has to sit a week. Of course, if it's major, it will be longer.

Brian (Milwaukee)

Any concern about Jason Campbell?

Stephania Bell
  (11:23 AM)

Brian: I've heard that it's a foot sprain, but it does not (yet) sound like real concern out of Washington. We'll see whether that concern grows in the next day or two.

Mire (Merchantville, NJ)

I know you're a big niners fan congrats......Any news on Frank Gores injury? I watched the game and saw him limp off the field a few times.

Stephania Bell
  (11:26 AM)

Mire: Sounds like Gore's ankle sprain was minor. WIth all the hard running he did, I'm not surprised that it got twisted and tweaked a little bit. Sounds like the 49ers are not thinking his status for Week 3 is in jeopardy at all.

Stephania Bell
  (11:27 AM)

UPDATE: Barber's MRI confirms a quad strain. Coach Phillips saying they will "have to wait and see" whether he misses time. I would try to get Felix Jones or Tashard Choice. Jones may be impossible to find, but Choice may be easier and remember, he had some great games last year when Barber was out/struggling.

Earl (DC)

How did you assess Bernard Berrian's play last week and do you think he is fully recovered?

Stephania Bell
  (11:28 AM)

Earl: I think if he had actually gotten in the end zone (instead of downed at the 1), his performance from a fantasy standpoint would have seemed far more impressive. Favre really did not throw deep - and that's where Berrian is the big threat. They only had 1 week together under their belt. I think he's OK and his value will go up.

Pierre (France)

Bonjour! What is a "bone bruise" and can I expect Antonio Bryant to be playing any time soon???

Stephania Bell
  (11:32 AM)

Pierre: Bonjour - I would love to be in some cafe in France right about now. Instead, I'll just tell you about a bone bruise. Basically it's literally like a bruise anywhere (meaning some bleeding or swelling, but of bone vs soft tissue), usually as a result of a situation where there is some instability and the bones "knock" together. It often happens in conjunction with an ACL tear, but can also happen in a knee where there's a little instability (and Bryant had a meniscus tear, part of the meniscus was taken out, and this can leave a little residual instability -very minor, but just a little less motion control b/c one of the cushions has been impacted). It can take a few weeks to fully resolve, but the decision to play is often pain-based. He says the pain is no longer sharp, now dull, so could be encouraging for another week or two return.

Jordan (Toronto, Canada)

Any idea when Kevin Walter is coming back? He's taking up valuable space on my bench.

Stephania Bell
  (11:34 AM)

Jordan: Great question. Last week it was all smiles in Houston early in the week and "absolutely" he was coming back. Then full practice Weds, all of a sudden limited Thurs/Fri. Tells us that the hamstring did not respond well to the increased activity, the question is whether it was a few day setback or worse. We should hear more from Kubiak today, but this is, unfortunately a wait and see.

Phil (Syracuse, NY)

The earlier question kind of touched on it....but what is taking P. Thomas so long to get healthy?

Stephania Bell
  (11:36 AM)

Phil: There's a wide range of healing times for a MCL injury, depending on the severity of the sprain (how many fibers are torn in the ligament) combined with what the athlete needs to do. Lot easier for a QB to get back than a RB who depends so much on lateral motion AND who is going to get hit repeatedly around the knees. If he is still hurting, a big hit could be catastrophic. So you get to a point where you're comfortable that the risk is less than the reward before you let him back out there. ANd when you have guys like Bell, (at least before he got hurt), you have that luxury.

Jesse (Kentucky)

Hey Stephania! Any news on the wrist Holmes was seen icing on Monday?

Stephania Bell
  (11:39 AM)

Jesse: THat's about all we've been given is that he was icing it and it doesn't sound serious. The big icepack afterwards hopefully minimizes the impact of any soft tissue injury. We'll have to see if the Steelers give us anything else today.

Tom (LA)

Is Brandon Marshall injured, or is he just in the doghouse? I actually think I might sit him against Oakland and that CB whose name I can't pronounce.

Stephania Bell
  (11:41 AM)

Tom: Even though Marshall is technically still recovering from the hip surgery, McDaniels says they are just going through rotations and that Marshall will get his playing time. Hmmm. I don't necessarily expect that injury is holding him back, but I think they are making him put in his training camp time now. And they may be hoping he will take everyone by surprise in a week or two - just when it seems like they're not using him.

Michael (NY, NY)

When in Anthony Gonzalez coming back? I have heard anything from two to eight weeks. Thanks for the injury updates/advice and keep up the great work stephania!

Stephania Bell
  (11:42 AM)

Michael: I think the report citing he hoped to come back after the 10/18 bye week is what they're using as a target. But keep in mind, these PCL sprains can be tricky to come back from. Guys come back, but usually struggle to regain their form. I hate to say it, but I'm thinking I'm dropping him in my league - and I was soooo excited about him.

Anthony (New York)

Were you satisfied with Cassel's mobility and what do you expect from him going forward? Thanks.

Stephania Bell
  (11:43 AM)

Anthony: I thought for his first game back from the MCL sprain and given the time frame, he did pretty well moving around. I think his mobility only improves over the next few games.

Mark (San Diego)

Any news on Hixon's injury? I picked up Manningham, and I believe Hixon's status impacts Mario's

Stephania Bell
  (11:45 AM)

Mark: GOod question. The indications are that Hixon's knee sprain was minor. He apparently wanted to get back in the game, was riding the bike on the sideline after the injury (which, btw, if he had a lot of apin/swelling, he would not be able to do). Hicks will be out for a while, so I don't think Manningham's value takes a huge hit.

Eddie (Miami)

What's the latest on Hakeen Nicks? Worth grabbing from the waiver wire, or is he gonna miss a lot more time? Thanks!

Stephania Bell
  (11:47 AM)

Eddie: Good follow to the last post. Nicks will miss at least 2 weeks, but I actually think it could be closer to 3-4 b/c of the foot sprain. It's hard to push off to run, but also to jump and land with this foot injury so his healing has to be fairly advanced for him to get back. Expect him to just be resuming some activity at 2 weeks, making games a little further away.

Matt (boston)

Is it worth asking about Welker, or is this again the Pats non disclosure.

Stephania Bell
  (11:47 AM)

Matt: You know your team. We will get nothing - so until first injury practice reports come out, we won't have a clue.

Scott (Westfield, NJ)

Anything more definite on when Troy Polamalu is expected to be back? I have Pittsburgh's D, and they looked pretty mediocre without him against Chicago.

Stephania Bell
  (11:49 AM)

Scott: They are missing him - but he's another one where they want to make sure the healing is advanced enough to allow him to play without significant fear of reinjury. I think he beats the 6 week timeframe - more like 3-4, but it's a progressive daily evaluation so can't be certain. Sorry.

Tony (NJ)

Is Lance Moore's injury the reason he received 0 targets week 2?!?!?! Week 1, Anthony Gonzo killed me...Week 2, Lance Moore killed me...I might as well start nobody in the WR3 slot as that will give me the same amount of points!

Stephania Bell
  (11:51 AM)

Tony, Tony, Tony: Don't get discouraged. THis is the nature of the fantasy beast. Moore had a hamstring injury that affected him this week (he's past the shoulder thing). Brees has about a million options so he can afford to spread it around. Moore will be productive - but the Saints will continue to divvy up targets.

Kevin (Princeton, NJ)

I know knee injuries are common for running backs, but the Saints seem to be having a lot of knee injuries at the position. Do you think at some point it has to be an issue with the training staff not just freak injuries?

Stephania Bell
  (11:51 AM)

Kevin - Nope. Just bad luck.

Jim (Detroit, MI)

Is Moreno fully healed? I'd like to get him in my lineup pronto!

Stephania Bell
  (11:52 AM)

Jim: I think he's fast approaching that. He certainly is not getting any worse and his workload is going to continue to improve.

Greg (Alexandria)

What's the deal with McGahee? Seems like he's completely healed from his catastrophic 2008 season. Is he going to reclaim his job back from Ray Rice? Week 1 said no, week 2 said yes.

Stephania Bell
  (11:54 AM)

Greg: He's not dealing with any injury issues at the moment. I think it's safe to say that his body has seen enough wear and tear for a lifetime, and that does take a cumulative toll, but clearly he can still perform. Harbaugh has maintained all along that he will rotate his backs, so it may vary from week to week, but he's making a great case for being in the mix.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

You happy with the U's performance in college football so far?

Stephania Bell
  (11:54 AM)

Yes!! Go Canes!!

Raul Delgado (Jersey City NJ)

Hi Stephania .. Is Cedric Benson injury something to worry about? Or should we start scrambling to get another Cincy running back...

Stephania Bell
  (11:56 AM)

Raul: ALways a good sign when a player suffers an injury in the first quarter but goes on to play the game and does well. The news is that it's a slight ankle sprain, but he does not think it will limit him going forward.

Jay (West Orange NJ)

Boldin fully recovered?

Stephania Bell
  (11:57 AM)

Jay: Tough to say b/c we haven't seen enough consistent play to say so - but certainly better this week than last, and no word of a setback, so I think he's better going forward.

Jean Paul (NY)

Is Kurt warner's injury serious?

Stephania Bell
  (12:00 PM)

Bonjour Jean Paul: Here's the thing. Whisenhunt says he pulled him b/c they didn't want to take chances (and supposedly Warner aggravated a right shoulder injury). While we've heard of no "injury" to this shoulder, given his age, he no doubt has some wear and tear issues with the shoulder (a la Brett Favre, but not as serious) and may get flared up from time to time. Didn't see enough of the gmae to see if he took enough hits to land hard on the shoulder or what might have flared it, but word is Warner is indicating it is no big deal going forward and I would assume that to be the case.

BuzzerBeater (Mi)

Is Greg Olsen hurt after that collision Sunday, He hasn't lived up to expectations this year.

Stephania Bell
  (12:01 PM)

Part of that was his QB getting him the ball. He suffered a big blow - but haven't ehard it will keep him out.

Stephania Bell
  (12:01 PM)

OK everyone -thanks for coming. We'll be back again on Friday talking injuries and then we'll know more about whether these guys are practicing. Have a great week! See you then.