Vick, Maclin uncertain for Week 4: The Eagles received some good news on Monday when the team learned that QB Michael Vick didn’t have a fractured right hand, as initially feared. The same applies to WR Jeremy Maclin, who could be back sooner than originally thought. The bad news is that Philly squares off with San Francisco next Sunday. For all of the 49ers problems, they are still a respectable defense. If either Vick or Maclin (or both) is out of action, it would likely mean a heavier load for LeSean McCoy.
Gore may miss this week: 49ers RB Frank Gore isn’t sure whether he’ll be ready for next week’s game against the Eagles. He spent much of the second half against the Bengals on the bench while rookie RB Kendall Hunter scored the game’s only touchdown. If Gore doesn’t go, it will likely result in Hunter getting the bulk of the carries. But considering the vaunted Eagles defense will be licking its wounds after a subpar performance and the ineptitude of the San Francisco offense, Hunter isn’t worth much on the waiver wire.
Colts QB situation unsettled: Whether it’s owner Jim Irsay saying Peyton Manning isn’t officially done for the year or coach Jim Caldwell mulling over whether Kerry Collins or Curtis Painter will be the starting quarterback, the Colts offense is in disarray unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time. Painter settled in late during Sunday’s game to lead the Colts to a game-tying score, but the offense struggles to consistently move the ball, which has a fantasy impact on WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dallas Clark. Indy might try and lean more on its running game, but without the ability to throw the ball effectively, there isn’t much reason to be optimistic about RBs Joseph Addai and Delone Carter.
— Marcas Grant