TE Daniels will miss significant time: Just when Texans fans thought the news couldn’t get much worse, it’s now being reported that Owen Daniels will be placed on the IR with designation to return after six weeks. He’ll officially miss 4-6 weeks, but per league rules, the earliest he can return would be Week 14. The official diagnosis on Daniels is a non-displaced fibula fracture — ouch — that happened during Sunday’s blowout loss in San Francisco. This is a huge blow to the Texans offense — not because Daniels was posting monster stats this season (40 catches, 252 yards, 3 TDs) — but with Matt Schaub really struggling to find some consistency, having longtime teammate and friend Daniels as an outlet could have been useful to help develop some consistency and get back into the groove. From a fantasy perspective, Daniels can safely be dropped. Since he’ll miss at least eight weeks, if the Texans aren’t in the playoff chase by the time he returns, chances are they’ll just shut him down for the season.
Vick feeling good at practice: Eagles QB Michael Vick did a lot more than he expected he would during Tuesday’s practice. Vick suffered a hamstring injury which will likely keep him out of the lineup this week against the Buccaneers. Hamstring injuries are tricky — recovery times can last anywhere from few days to a few months, but the slightest tweak can reset the process back to square one, so there is no reason to believe the Eagles will rush Vick back before he’s completely ready. Not to mention, Chip Kelly hinted that Foles could win the starting job by posting a ridiculous stat line against the Bucs. Tampa Bay has shut down some pretty good offenses this year, so Foles might even deserve the job if he happens to go wild on Sunday. If you own Vick, you almost have to stash Foles as a handcuff. Otherwise, you’re asking for trouble.
Who is the real Geno? Eight days after a miserable outing in Tennessee, Geno Smith pulled it all together and posted one of the better QB lines we saw from anyone in Week 5. 199 yards, three touchdowns and a road win in Atlanta where a surprisingly high number of pundits didn’t think the Jets stood a chance. Smith seems like he’ll be one of those QBs who will either be terrific or horrific on a given week — maybe even both in the same game. If you can live with the lows, he has a chance to post some strong highs for your team. But it seems like more of a chance to exploit matchups, and the defenses of New York’s next four opponents before their bye (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, New England, New Orleans) all rank in the top half of the NFL in defending the pass. Now’s not the time to jump on Geno, but keep him on your radar for a possible late spot-start.