Three and out: Stafford, Hill split practice reps

Stafford practices after ankle injury: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was back at work on Wednesday after hurting his ankle last Sunday, although backup Shaun Hill took snaps with the first team during the workout. Detroit’s Week 8 opponent, the Denver Broncos, has been the second worst defense against fantasy quarterbacks this season, but if Stafford’s mobility is limited, it’s hard to see him playing — especially with a bye next week. Considering that Jahvid Best isn’t expected to be back on Sunday, there aren’t any Lions not named Calvin Johnson that you should consider starting this week.

Cooley, Hightower on IR: In a surprise to no one, the Redskins placed Tim Hightower on injured reserve with a torn knee ligament. But in a mild surprise, tight end Chris Cooley is also finished for the year. The move solidifies Fred Davis as the team’s No. 1 tight end for the remainder of the season. Davis has shown that, given a chance, he can be a playmaker for Washington’s roller-coaster offense. And the best news? There’s little chance that Mike Shanahan can throw fantasy owners a change-up.

Blount expected to play after bye: After missing the past two games with a knee injury, LeGarrette Blount is expected to play when the Bucs get back to action in Week 9 at New Orleans. For Tampa, the timing is opportune since Earnest Graham is preparing for season-ending surgery. There’s no doubt that Blount will be the lead back upon his return, but without Graham, he stands to become a bigger part of the passing game as well.

– Marcas Grant

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