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September 14, 3:00 PM ET
Fantasy Injuries w/Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell
  (3:03 PM)

So the good news for my fantasy team is that I had Arian Foster. The bad news is that I had Ryan Grant. Sadly, time for a replacement...What's on your mind my friends?

Chris (Texarkana, Ar.)

Due you think Kevin Colb will play in week 2?

Stephania Bell
  (3:07 PM)

Chris: I don't think it's likely but this is really a day-to-day evaluation process, regardless of what anyone thinks is a foregone conclusion. So that means, for everyone else asking, I can't possibly predict when he'll be ready to go. The people at the Eagles' facility who see him daily can't predict it. Concussions do not have a timetable.

DJ (Charleston SC)

I heard Steven Jackson was limping after the game with Knee inflamation, any word if thats all it is and should i be worried??

Stephania Bell
  (3:09 PM)

DJ: Spagnuolo acknowledged that his knee was inflamed and he had an MRI but then said he thought he'd be fine. Remember Jackson saw limited preseason action and even though they didn't run a ton, he still did more than he had any week previously. I don't like it, but I'm not ready to be concerned about it yet.

John (NY)

Is Grant droppable with the current speculative news that he will require surgery? How long do you think he is out.

Stephania Bell
  (3:10 PM)

John: Yes, expect them to place him on IR. Adam Schefter reporting he's expected to be on crutches 10-12 weeks. I offer more detailed thoughts in my blog (should post by time chat is done) but the bottom line is with rehab, etc, it would be near impossible for him to come back.

Kevin (Raleigh NC)

What do you know of Matt Moore's injury. Do you think he could, should will play next week?

Stephania Bell
  (3:12 PM)

Kevin: Another concussion, another unpredictable situation. Moore did say he was feeling much better, which is nice to hear, but lots of clearances he needs to make before getting OK'd to play. No lock for this week.

Nino (Chicago)

I read online that a doctor that watched the Stafford hit was confident that the injury was a contusion and not a separation. Is it possible to tell from watching the replay? Also, is there an update on his visit to Dr. Andrews?

Stephania Bell
  (3:15 PM)

Nino: Um, no. Especially with guys in pads, etc. Sometimes with a complete (Grade III) separation you immediately see the deformity b/c the collarbone sticks up, but you can't see that in pads. Since we've been told it's a Grade II, it is more than a contusion. A Grade II is a moderate sprain - now some folks will not call it a separation UNLESS it's a Grade III - but that's splitting some hairs. And a contusion is a bruise - so a sprain is more than that.At the end of the day, the bottom line is he has an AC sprain, will miss some time, and the good news is surgery is not likely. No word on the Andrews visit yet but I imagine barring some largely different interpretation of the injury that the management would be any different.

Jon (Buffalo, NY)

Any news on MJD? Did his knee hold up well? Any swelling?

Stephania Bell
  (3:18 PM)

Jon: Love that you're asking the question b/c I think we need to keep an eye on him, despite him saying the knee is fine. I'll give him this. He ran for nearly 100 yards so he performed well. No word on how he felt afterward and we'll see if he's his regular self in practice this week. So far, so good. No reason not to play him if he's on your team. My only concern is that something could crop up. But then again, Ryan Grant was healthy heading into the season...things change.

Mitch (Dallas)

What is the status of Michael Bush? Would you trade Bush straight up for Shonn Greene?

Stephania Bell
  (3:19 PM)

Mitch: Bush was actually a gtd last week so even though he didn't play (prob a good idea) he is ahead of schedule. Might be back this week - we'll have to see how practice goes. I would not trade him for Greene - but then I've not been a huge Greene fan, and I'm not any more of one after last night.

Josh (Ohio)

Do you think Brandon Jackson is now the one and only in Green Bay. Will the pick up a Fargas or Willie Parker that might come in to be the #1 guy?

Stephania Bell
  (3:20 PM)

Josh: I think they will start shopping although they're not saying so just yet. For now Jackson looks like he will be the guy, but he's had some injury issues of his own in the past so they will want a little more insurance.

James (Oakland)

Going back to Stafford, what is the typical recovery time for a grade II? Is that something you recover from with just rest and icing or is it more involved? I thought I read last year Eli has the same injury and played in the next game

Stephania Bell
  (3:23 PM)

James: Great point - b/c when Eli had his injury, initial reports were that he would miss 4 weeks minimum. And he didn't. The truth is that Grade II injuries are quite variable and without seeing the ligament damage and without seeing how incapacitated the player really is, it's hard to say. And then some folks seem like it's pretty limiting at first but within a few days they're doing substantially better. So I would say, plan for a few weeks - but don't be shocked if he comes back sooner. Lions already saying they plan to be cautious though so I get the sense there's no rushing him.

Jeff (Portland, ME)

I read that Larry Fitzgerald knee was sore and bothered him a bit on Sunday. Can you shed any light on this? Is this concerning or is Fitz just on his way back to 100%.

Stephania Bell
  (3:24 PM)

Jeff: Can't say I heard the exact same thing. I did hear that Whisenhunt felt Fitzgerald was a little slowed by the knee, but given the down time that's to be expected. And maybe it was a bit sore. But I don't read too much into it. If it was really a problem, he wouldn't have been out there.

Alisa (PA)

Any news on Chris Ivory?

Stephania Bell
  (3:25 PM)

Alisa: No. Too early. But I suspect he'll be out a few weeks anyway. Running backs and MCLs are usually more than a week.

craig (ri)

The Packers have signed rb Dmitri Nance off the Falcons practice squad. Although nothing announced yet officially on Grant to IR, they have to make move and thats seems inevitable..not good news for us Grant owners, but thought you would like to know

Stephania Bell
  (3:26 PM)

Craig: Love the chatters bringing the knowledge. The information changes on a dime and glad to see you all are on it!!

Mike (Oregon)

Any word on Bob Sanders?

Stephania Bell
  (3:28 PM)

Mike: Not great news according to Adam Schefter. Reporting that he has torn his biceps (again!) and is scheduled to see Dr. Andrews tomorrow to discuss the plan. Won't be back this week, can tell you that.

Eric (Milwaukee)

What's the deal with Beanie? Is he really ok and they held him out as a "precaution" because of the turf in StL?

Stephania Bell
  (3:29 PM)

Eric: Have to believe he's better b/c they wouldn't risk it if he wasn't. The test will be practice this week b/c Wells did not do anything last week. So we will have to see if his knee gets irritated after getting back to activity. If not, he will start Week 2.

Dave (Myrtle Beach)

How long does the Canes injured psyche last? : )

Stephania Bell
  (3:30 PM)

Dave: Good one. Until they win BIG again...

julie (minneapolis)

hey stephy bad news, love your insight! what are your thoughts on steven jackson playing this week and for the future? i have plenty of options for this week, a foster, p thomas, j best - who should i plug in if s jack is out?

Stephania Bell
  (3:32 PM)

Julie: Love the fellow females in the chat room. Right now I see no reason to think SJax won't play. But I would have to go with Foster (not that he'll give you 41 points again this week but he looked awesome).

Dave (NJ)

What exactly did Johan get operated on, and in the scale of shoulder injuries just how bad is it?

Stephania Bell
  (3:34 PM)

Dave: Original reports were that Santana had a tear in the shoulder capsule (the fibrous tissue around the joint). The issue is that when they get in there during surgery that's when they really find out just how healthy the shoulder is. It's a slow rehab, with no guarantees and very, very hard to predict who will be successful. Actually Jerry Crasnick and I have pieces on this topic today on our MLB page on (shameless plug)

Jeff (Houston)

What's going on with Kevin Smith? Is we worth stashing on your fantasy roster at all at this point?

Stephania Bell
  (3:37 PM)

Jeff: No, wouldn't waste a spot on him. You can go get him later if need be. Smith I think is just not ready to play after his ACL reconstruction - and I don't think it's that unusual. But there's no telling when he comes back - and if Best excels, it could alter his role.

Tim (Chicago)

Hi Stephania! Love your work! NEED PLAYOFF HELP!!!! In the playoffs of a 10 team H2H league and J. Hamilton is taking up much needed space on my roster. Should I go ahead and drop him for the stretch run for Bruce, McLouth, Stubbs or Rasmus? Thanks!!

Stephania Bell
  (3:39 PM)

Tim: I would release him b/c he's not helping you while you're waiting around to see if he plays. He might be going for further tests this week - and keep in mind, even if he presses to get back, he might not be feeling 100% and then will he produce the way you hope? Risky.

Don (Detroit)

Will Lawrence Maroney be good to go this week or am I still using Fred Taylor???

Stephania Bell
  (3:41 PM)

Don: Too early to tell. Since he didn't fully practice even one day last week there's no way he breaks back into the action without increasing his work. Taylor will get the start anyway - would just be a case of Maroney seeing "some" action. Too risky for me until I see some consistency.

JRush (Dallas, TX)

Any concern about Farve's ankle moving forward?

Stephania Bell
  (3:42 PM)

JRush: I will be concerned about his ankle all year b/c it will bother him to some degree all year. He's a guy I would look at week to week to see what happens to him the week before (does he take a lot of hits, get further banged up, etc) and then look at his matchup.

Jo (Austin)

How did Moreno look? I sat him but am thinking of playing him this week over Barber.

Stephania Bell
  (3:45 PM)

Jo: He actually looked pretty darn good considering the layoff - and apparently felt fine afterward too. I think Moreno is good to go, the concern is whether the hamstring flares up again. Just be prepared to have a backup plan - but right now he looks productive.

Ryder (Houston)

Not feeling good about Grant getting injured. Im trading Vick and Vikes D for Shonn Greene and VJax or CJ Spiller, would you recommend this?

Stephania Bell
  (3:47 PM)

RYDER: YES, i MEANT ALL CAPS. Please don't post 200 times. I guess I'm rewarding the post by responding, but kindly, please refrain...And no, don't like the trade at all. VJax is out for who knows how long, I don't like Greene -and Spiller, with upside, is unproven on a crummy offense. Vick could pay off and the Vikings D sure will.

Mike S (SF)

What happened?

Stephania Bell
  (3:48 PM)

Mike: I have no clue. Injuries I can handle. Falling apart home teams are not my area of expertise. All I can say is I'm coming home for the MNF game and I'd better get a better performance than that!!

Brendan (Los Angeles)

The tackle that Kevin Kolb got hurt on looked scary, but it seemed like he landed more on his jaw than anything. Does this make his concussion any worse or better?

Stephania Bell
  (3:52 PM)

Brendan: Good question. There's not really any good way to predict which concussions will end up causing the worst effects but I will say this. There is some evidence that rotational impacts create more shearing (which is the kind of blow to the head you see when a boxer takes a hit to the jaw and the jaw and head rotate. If you look at Kolb going to the ground, his head is rotated on impact and he takes further abuse when the jaw hits the ground. So it doesn't surprise me that the hit ended up being so problematic.

Mitch (LA)

Trade Foster and Schaub for Aaron Rodgers?

Stephania Bell
  (3:53 PM)

Mitch: I wouldn't. But then Foster got me over 40 this wk-end. And Schaub is a high scoring fantasy QB, so I keep them.

Jack (NJ)

Bell of the ball,VJax can't be on my IR? Grrrrr. Can you tell someone he's actually injured in addition to the suspension?Did Kris Jenkins come back too soon or was that just bad luck?

Stephania Bell
  (3:56 PM)

Jack: Wish I could help you on the VJax. Think he's got some bruised feelings over the contract if that helps.I don't think Jenkins came back too soon, just bad luck. If you saw the play, his knee was hyperflexed and he went down with all his weight (and he is NOT small, I've met him). Just feel bad because I know how hard he worked to get back. Remember last year he skipped the Jets first playoff game b/c he didn't want to be on the sidelines and take a chance on getting randomly hit, setting his knee back. Then this. Very bummed for him.

Baseball (Playoffs)

Before the Bell? I know im hilarious. Anyways, Upton good to go? Fielder status?

Stephania Bell
  (3:59 PM)

You are humorous. Upton is active, but I'm not sure how much I trust him. Not convinced injury is totally behind him so taking a bit of a chance. Fielder had flu-like symptoms yesterday, no word yet on status.

Brendan (MA)

Thoughts on Owen Daniels for this week? S

Stephania Bell
  (4:00 PM)

Brendan: Well, he was in for more snaps than expected but really was only targeted like 3 times. I think it's a bit if a building up process to get him back in the mix. Look for him to increase his production over the next few weeks. Until then I wouldn't count on him a ton.

Kevin (Ocean City, NJ)

Stephy Bad News, I know you already mentioned Grant earlier...but can you describe more or less what he did to his ankle ligament?

Stephania Bell
  (4:02 PM)

Kevin: Well, right on cue for the end of the chat. Here's the link to my just-posted blog where I tell you what I suspect is going on.

Stephania Bell
  (4:03 PM)

Thanks so much for coming everyone - I really appreciate all the great questions, your enthusiasm, your knowledge...Please come back on Friday at 3 pm EST when we'll do it again...