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4th & Long -- Excerpts from yesterday's Sporting News column

Posted by Ladd Biro  September 22, 2012 07:39 PM

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Here are a few injury updates excerpted from my 4th & Long column yesterday for Sporting News:

The clock is ticking on Jonathan Dwyer (turf toe) and Isaac Redman staking their claims to a significant role in the Steelers’ backfield. Rashard Mendenhall is practicing “in full” this week, though he is highly unlikely to suit up until after Pittsburgh’s Week 4 bye. At this point, neither back has distinguished himself, meaning if Mendenhall is available in your league, this is the time to stow him away. If he returns healthy, he’ll resume his workhorse duties.

The Packers are in “wait-and-see” mode with Greg Jennings. The good news is he has an extra day to rehab his groin injury, given the Monday night start. The bad news is that his recovery isn’t going as smoothly as expected, and your options may be limited if he’s declared inactive. Ideally, you can hedge your bets with Randall Cobb, whose playing status should not be in jeopardy despite a sore hammy.

Looks like Pierre Garcon will be a dreaded game-time decision on Sunday. His foot is still sore, so plan accordingly.

Jeremy Maclin was back at practice, but later ruled out for Week 3 because of a hip pointer. Find an alternative.

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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