NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, DeSean Jackson, Jabar Gaffney, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Vick, New England Patriots, Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper, Santana Moss, Tom Brady, Washington Redskins
Vick out, Jackson practices: Eagles QB Michael Vick (ribs) missed practice again Thursday, making it more likely Vince Young will be Philly’s quarterback when they host New England Sunday. Meanwhile, it appears Young could be swapping one starting WR for another. DeSean Jackson (foot) returned to practice while Jeremy Maclin did not practice because of shoulder and hamstring issues. Considering how poorly New England’s defense has played this year, Young is a solid start as are Jackson and Maclin (if they play). Also keep an eye on WR Riley Cooper, who seemed to have a rapport with Young last week.
Brady says elbow is fine: As fantasy owners look for reasons for Tom Brady’s recent bout of relative inaccuracy, the Patriots QB quashed rumors of a bruised elbow. There’s little indication that he is in danger of missing Sunday’s game at Philadelphia, but against the Eagles’ ball-hawking secondary, a banged-up Brady is cause for concern. However, Brady and the Pats’ offense might have gotten some help with reports that CB Nnamdi Asomugha left practice with an apparent knee injury. Brady is always a must-start, but if Philadelphia is missing one of its key defenders, there is reason for added optimism.
Moss expects to return: Redskins WR Santana Moss (hand) is expected to play Sunday vs. the Seahawks. Since Moss went down in Week 7, Jabar Gaffney took over as Washington’s No. 1 receiver, although he hadn’t produced much until his 115-yard, one TD performance last week against Dallas. Moss’ production hadn’t been much better before the injury and Seattle’s defense has done a good job locking down on opposing receivers, allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points to the position. Moss is no better than a No. 3 WR this week.
– Marcas Grant