December 3 2010 Last updated at 10:00 AM ET
Injury Spin Cycle: Ben Roethlisberger's Bum Foot
This all adds up, of course, to nothing. Roethlisberger says he will play, the team has fitted his sneaker with metal plates, and around we go. There's no doubt in our minds that Roethlisberger will be starting this game; the worry lies in him being able to finish it. All it takes is one offensive lineman falling on it to take him out of the game early and leave you with two points from your quarterback spot. So start with caution.
On to the rest of the league...
Bruce Gradkowski: For whatever reason, some fantasy teams have still not dropped Gradkowski, who is now on injured reserve and is out for the season. Jason Campbell will start in his place, but he's been started and benched due to ineffectiveness and injury too many times to think this may not happen again. Owners now starting Campbell might want to keep an eye on Kyle Boller, who is currently the backup for the Raiders.
Adrian Peterson: Peterson missed practice again on Thursday, and Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune offered a set of updates that made things more confusing than they had to be. Peterson told Scoggins his ankle was improving and he hopes he can play (great), that the swelling has gone down (awesome), and the flexibility is "getting there" (er...). Peterson then added that he's "taking steps forward" (maybe just a poor choice of words) and said the pain he felt when he injured the ankle was the worst of any ankle injury he's ever had (bad). But he ends the column on a high note, explaining that the pain has subsided (maybe he'll start after all!) and that he's played plenty of times where he hasn't been 100 percent (comforting!). In short, keep your eyes on this one, and grab Toby Gerhart as a precaution, even if you don't need him as a handcuff for Peterson.
Brian Westbrook: We're kind of excited to see Westbrook play, if for no other reason than we get to see this "Thunder and Lightning" combo that Mike Singletary is talking up. Westbrook has missed two straight practices while nursing a sore ankle, but he's expected to practice on Friday and Saturday. Keep an eye on the situation if you're planning on starting Westbrook in a desperation play this weekend.
Mike Tolbert: Tolbert missed practice on Thursday with a bruised hand, a move that was widely speculated to be precautionary more than anything else. Ryan Mathews is healthy again and -- barring something insane -- will suit up on Sunday. He told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that he let his high ankle sprain heal fully this time, and he feels healthy, fast and strong. So even if Tolbert suits up, expect his carries to drop a little bit as he eases back into a timeshare with Mathews.
Wide Receiver (Vikings Edition)
Percy Harvin: Harvin missed practice on Thursday due to migraines, a problem that he's battled all season long. It's the cruelest of injuries to predict, as Harvin could be healthy on Friday and Saturday, then wake up Sunday with the migraines back and not be able to go. Complicating matters is...
Sidney Rice: ...who sat out Thursday's practice as a supposed precautionary measure as he comes back from hip surgery. He was limited on Wednesday, but managed to partially practice. It's tough to tell how much of this is resting and how much might be gamesmanship on Minnesota's part. Rice is listed as "probable," though, so he should be safe to start.
Antonio Gates: Gates will most likely be a game-time decision on Sunday as he continues to battle foot and ankle issues. The Chargers are in the middle of their annual power-play run to the top of the AFC West, and their receiving corps is already stretched thin and ravaged with injury, so if Gates thinks he can go, he'll probably suit up. Still, keep an eye on the reports leading up to the games.
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