Grant restructures deal: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel caused a bit of a stir when it reported that Packers RB Ryan Grant might not have a guaranteed spot on the team’s roster. The Journal-Sentinel reported late Wednesday that Grant agreed to take a $1 million pay cut on the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2008. In exchange, the veteran gets a guaranteed deal that protects against injury or poor performance and makes it a near certainty that he’ll be on the roster. Grant is still worthy of being a No. 2 fantasy back, but temper your expectations since he’ll have to share touches with last year’s playoff sensation, James Starks.
Lions cautious with Best: Jahvid Best returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a concussion last week against the Browns. Lions coach Jim Schwartz has decided to take a guarded approach with the second-year back and will likely sit him this weekend against the Patriots. Best –who is on the smaller side at 5-foot-10 and 199 pounds — suffered a serious concussion during his college career at Cal. The competition for Detroit’s No. 2 running back won’t excite fantasy owners, with Maurice Morris, Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell all fighting for the job. Since the fantasy handcuff options aren’t likely to be ultra-productive, Best is a big risk-reward proposition.
Croyle in, Hall out in Arizona: Midway through last season, Cardinals fans were clamoring for Max Hall to save the team from its dreadful quarterback situation. This year, it could be Brodie Croyle playing Hall’s part after the Cardinals signed the former Alabama quarterback and waived Hall. Croyle has spent his entire five-year career in Kansas City — the last two playing for Todd Haley, who was the former offensive coordinator in Arizona for coach Ken Whisenhunt. The similarities between the two offenses contributed to the Cardinals taking a chance on Croyle, who will see time versus the Chargers on Saturday. Considering Kevin Kolb’s injury history, it might not be surprising to see Croyle taking snaps during the regular season, but he will only be a factor in the deepest of leagues.