Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Houston Texans, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Benson was in a walking boot after leaving in the second quarter of Sunday’s 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Benson will be replaced by Alex Green, John Kuhn and James Starks, though none hold any fantasy value next week against the vaunted Texans’ defense.
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Monday that running back Ryan Williams is out for the season as he will have surgery to repair the AC joint in his shoulder. The Cardinals have a fantastic matchup against the Buffalo Bills this week, so look for William Powell, La’Rod Stephens-Howling and Alfonso Smith to be in line for carries. We’ll monitor this situation and the starter will end up as a nice sleeper candidate against the Bills. Powell is the leader in the clubhouse for the role right now.
The Jackie Battle experiment has ended in San Diego as the Chargers said Monday that they want to make Ryan Mathews a true featured running back. If you watched Mathews run on Sunday night against New Orleans, the Saints sure didn’t seem to have an answer for him. Mathews will go against the Denver Broncos on Monday night this week.
A few more updates here:
- Robert Griffin III said on Twitter he plans to play this week against the Minnesota Vikings. But make sure you have your backups in order. Christian Ponder, conversely, has a great matchup against the Washington Redskins. Alex Smith is coming off a monster game and goes up against the New York Giants.
- Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Matt Cassel is unlikely to go against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so Brady Quinn would be expected to start at quarterback. Quinn would be a deep sleeper if he gets the gig, but the protection problems that plagued Cassel are not about to go away. Seriously, even with bye weeks, Quinn is a risky play.
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