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FF Brainwave Report – 10/20

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Terrell Suggs Active

There was talk about Suggs playing this week but it was hard to give it any real consideration until the Ravens activated him. It looks like we may see Suggs in this game, but I still find it hard to believe he will actually get on the field.

If he does we shouldn’t expect him to be in on run downs, but rather predictable passing situations. If the Ravens fail to stop the running game (hard to believe they won’t struggle) it will limit Suggs role as the Texans play in manageable third-down situations.

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Colin McCarthy Still In Walking Boot

If you own McCarthy in your IDP league like I do, the news of him being back in a walking boot this week is depressing. McCarthy played in each of the Titans previous games and it looked like he might be ready to return to his Pro Bowl level play with the long week off after a Thursday game.

Unfortunately, I fear his activity on Thursday — with short rest from his first game back — is the culprit for his setback, making me despise the fact we even have games on Thursday even more. Players don’t have time to rest up for these games and now we will likely see McCarthy miss more time. Not a good thing for the Titans defense and it will help the Bills running backs.

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Johnathan Joseph Key For Texans

The Texans are fresh off a blowout at home, and while Joe Flacco isn’t as good as Aaron Rodgers he can hurt them down the field. Joseph is a key part to Houston success and hopefully we will see him on the field this week.

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Ahmad Bradshaw’s Foot

Uh-oh! I talked about Bradshaw’s foot situation this off-season to the point of almost bringing myself to tears from talking about it so much. The Giants gave him a big workload in recent weeks and sure enough, he now has foot problems again.

Andre Brown was a trendy drop a few weeks ago after two weeks of injuries and David Wilson playing well in short work. For Wilson owners, we will have to wait on the Giants trusting him as the backup after all, and it now looks like Brown will be the primary backup as he took first-team reps when Bradshaw missed practice.

Keep an eye on Bradshaw’s availability on Sunday morning.

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Frank Gore’s Ribs

Gore was terrific against a stout Seahawks run defense that hadn’t allowed more than 52 yards in a game to a starting running back this year. Thankfully, Gore has extra time to get ready for next week but we need to keep an eye on his practice reps on Thursday and Friday next week.

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Dez Bryant Has Groin Injury

Bryant has to be the most talked about player on my Brainwave this year. His skill set is that of a top five receiver in football but his maturity issues and up and down play make him an interesting player to track.

Another issue for Bryant over the years is health and he’s had problems either staying on the field, or at least not dealing with lower body injuries. Bryant admitted this groin problem has been an issue through the season and is listed as questionable this week.

Expected to play, I point to Steve Johnson as one player who has gone through groin problems and played through them weekly. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into the same situation we are seeing from Greg Jennings, but if he’s active I would keep him in the lineup.

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Mendenhall, Redman Both Out

Like Colin McCarthy, Rashard Mendenhall probably picked up another injury because he was in his second week back from an injury and had a short week of rest. Both Mendenhall and Isaac Redman are out for this game making Jonathan Dwyer the starter and Baron Batch his backup.

The Steelers would be wise to give Mendenhall all the time he needs to get back. Coming off a knee injury, it’s not uncommon to have hamstring or Achilles injuries as your body is compensating for the previous ailment.

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Jimmy Graham Out

After limited practice on Thursday, it appeared Graham might play after all, but now he’s listed as out. This is probably the right move because you don’t want to see Graham come back too soon and never get his ankle right for the rest of the season.

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