Our man Brent will get you updated in his very detailed Injury Report (both offense and IDP) later tonight, but I thought I’d go over some of the backup running backs that might, possibly, just maybe, be getting shots this week.
I’m trying to stay on top of the Weekly Rankings, but it is tough with all the injury news flying around, so be sure to ask, my opinion on these situations is in flux!
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Here are the running backs you probably don’t want to start, but you may have to:
Mike Hart: This PI turned running back has a slim chance to start with news that Joseph Addai is now questionable with a knee injury and Donald Brown hasn’t practiced all week due to a hamstring. The biggest problem here is the Colts game isn’t until the afternoon. I believe Addai will probably play, but it’s worrisome.
Maurice Morris: It’s starting to look like Mo Mo won’t be starting this game since Jahvid Best is looking better to go. This will probably be a game time decision and thankfully is an early game. I wouldn’t move Best up to his normal spot in the rankings since he could aggravate the injury, but if he goes I’d rather have his upside over a lot of the backside RBs going this weekend.
Laurence Maroney: My Maroney has a first name, it’s L-A-R-R-Y. Knowshon Moreno is out again and Larry will get the start. Tennessee’s rush defense has been middle of the road and their pass D has looked good, so we could see them go with Maroney more this week. A decent flex play with all the starters hurting.
Ladell Betts: Pierre Thomas was limited in practice today, and since Friday practices are usually not full contact I’m not putting much hope in the “limited” part of the report. The game is early so you’ll know for sure before you set your lineups. Betts is in line to get the start because of his veteranitude and blitz pickupitude. Chris Ivory would probably get the goal line work so if you could smash them into a Ladell Ivory sandwich you might have a decent play. Otherwise it’s not so good.
Kenneth Darby: SJax is most likely not going to go. This is another early game so we’ll know in time, but be ready to be without him. Kenneth Trent Darby isn’t all that good and Seattle is playing pretty well against the run. Not the best scenario if you are drawing up scenarios, but better than nothing. If SJax does go you have to play him.
Ryan Torain: Portis isn’t exactly injured, but we will probably see a pretty even split in touches. The Eagles rush D has been off and on. Against Best they were very off. I don’t love this matchup, but there are a lot of holes that need to be filled in lineups this week and I think Torain should get goal line looks.
Willis McGahee: It really looks like Ray Rice is going to go against the Steelers and unless you are really stacked I think you have to get him in your lineup. I would stay away from Willis unless the news changes.