Week 6 News and Notes

Posted: October 13, 2010 in News

It appears as the Chargers are the ones who get to turn the "Lights Out" on Merriman after all. (paxarcana.wordpress.com)

Here’s a list of some of the happenings going on in preparation of this weekend’s Week 6 action.

>Michael Vick returned to throwing today following his week 4 injury against Washington. The Eagles had to play Kevin Kolb for 3 quarters of that game, as well as all of the Sunday night game against San Francisco days ago. Andy Reid continues to state that Vick is the team’s starting QB and that he remains “very doubtful” to play this weekend against his old team, Atlanta. Reid says a week 7 return is a much more realistic possibility for Vick. The Eagles are expected to send out Kolb once again against the Falcons.

>The Eagles made more news Wednesday as they swapped Mike Bell for Jerome Harrison formerly of the Cleveland Browns. This is a trade that works out well for both teams. The Browns can use Bell in ways they weren’t able to use Harrison, and the Eagles can use Harrison in ways they weren’t able to use Bell. As far as fantasy value goes, this trade doesn’t really affect either player. It does help solidify LeSean McCoy in Philly, providing him a back-up who’s capable of 200 touches and 800 yards in a full season of work.

>The Green Bay Packers have seen many injuries in the early going thus far. Aaron Rodgers is recovering from a concussion suffered at the end of last week’s game agaisnt Washington, Clay Matthews is nursing a hamstring injury, and Nick Barnett had surgery today to fix his bum wrist. Of all these injuries, perhaps none is as significant as the loss of tight end Jermichael Finley who now faces a very serious chance of going on injury reserve. The 3rd year player from Texas was one of Rodger’s favorite targets, collecting 301 yards and a touchdown in his first 4 weeks. This obviously hurts the Green Bay offense, so fantasy owners should look to add Packers receivers such as James Jones and Jordy Nelson who could see more targets without a go-to tight end. Green Bay should dominate injury reports when they’re released Thursday.

>A “minor injury designation” spells the end of Shawne Merriman in San Diego. “Lights Out” Merriman was a star in the Chargers linebacking squad for all 6 of his NFL seasons, but after injuries and a celebrity lifestyle that does not sit well with Chargers personel, Merriman will be released as soon as his current deal terminates as season’s end. The minoy injury means the Chargers expected to sit him for around 6 weeks, but putting him on Injury Reserve clearly shows a sign of frustration for the once-feared linebacker. Where he will play next remains to be seen, but San Diego is clearly out of the race.

>Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have been playing quarterback carousel in Cleveland this year. Both of which now have ankle sprains, which means a door has opened for rookie Colt McCoy, drafted in the 3rd round from the University of Texas, to start this Sunday when the Browns go to Pittsburgh. McCoy will be opposed by Ben Roethlisberger, who is making his season debut after serving a 4 game suspension for off-the-field conduct. Rookie quarterbacks almost always spell carries for their running backs until they get settled. Coupled with the news of Harrison getting traded to the Eagles Wednesday, surprise rusher Peyton Hillis should get plenty of touches for his fantasy owners. The Browns are facing the NFL’s best defense in the Steelers. Cleveland fans shouldn’t hold their breath for an outpouring of offense, unless their special teams can spot them a few scores.

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