Ben Roethlisberger talked to Coach Tomlin and informed him he might want to be able to tell his grand kids about winning Super Bowls instead of drooling on them, so he’s listed as questionable, but I have a feeling he’ll end up playing anyway. The alternative is Dennis Dixon going up against the Ravens on Sunday Night Football. Big Ben might sacrifice himself for Dixon. I’ll be checking his hands for stigmata.
EDIT: Adam Schefter is reporting that Ben is out and Dennis Dixon will get the start. Downgrade your Steeler receivers and keep Mendenhall about where you had him before. He’ll get a lot of looks, but the Steelers won’t have many chances near the endzone.
Anthony Gonzalez: I picked him back up last week with some sketchy reports that he might return soon, but dropped him again with some actual reports of him not practicing. I’m just here to remind you to leave him in the free agent pool to prune.
Julius Jones: He is still hurting with a bruised lung. I’m not a real doctor, I just play one on the internet, but that sounds not too fun to have when slamming against a defensive line. He has been limited in practice and will be a game time decision. We’ll have all the gametime decisions up in the comments of Sunday’s post so check them out and if Jones doesn’t go Forsett will be a great play. Even if he does go Forsett will be worthwhile in ppr leagues.
Sammy Morris: He has been limited in practice and has been put into the Patriots’ Relocation Program and we won’t really know what his role will be going forward. I think Maroney has a pretty firm grip on the job right now. Knowing Bill Belichick like I do, I have no idea what he’ll do. Morris can play himself back into a bigger role, but I think Maroney can hold him off.
Brandon Pettigrew: He is done for the season. And I thought Lord Voldermort would show pity on him and heal his knee once he was reconstituted. Oh well. He is good and will be worth drafting next year if his knee heals well.
Bernard Berrian: He finally looks like his hamstring might be healed. He has been on the bottom of the wide receiver barrel in Minnesota this season, but if he’s healthy look for Favre to try to get him going before the playoffs.
Steven Jackson: SJax hasn’t practiced this week due to back spasms and will be a game time decision. If he doesn’t play there is a good chance the Rams will forfeit the game. Or they may have to start Kenneth “Trent” Darby which might be the same as forfeiting. If SJax goes you start him. If he doesn’t and you are in desperate need you can throw Darby into the wishing well and wish that he turns into SJax.
Jerious Norwood: Norwood will probably be eased back into his role and by the time he’s ready to go, Michael Turner should also be ready to go. If Turner doesn’t go on Sunday I fully expect Snelling to be the main man.
Kurt Warner: He has practiced in full and should go against a still fairly weak Tennessee secondary. I would get him into your lineup. Maybe to play it safe you should grab Leinart and have him ready to go if the old man can’t get out of bed.
Cedric Benson: He has been limited all week and will be yet another game time decision. My game time decisions usually revolve around which pizza place to order from. Gigio’s usually wins. But I don’t know who wins this one. I know who Bernard Scott owners are rooting for.
Steve Slaton: For some reason Chris Brown is now splitting time with Steve Slaton. Kubiak is mad I say, mad! Slaton is still the better back and is worth a flex option especially in ppr, but his chances of getting shut out are much better with his lack of touches. And I guess Ryan Moats was arrested for trying to save a kitten from a tree.
DeAngelo Hall: Hall is out against the pass happy Eagles which is good news for DMac, DJax, JMac and any other player whose name is shortenable.