Browns make QB change: I called this one a couple of days ago. Rob Chudzinski has apparently had enough of Brandon Weeden and decided to go with Jason Campbell at QB this week (and maybe even for the rest of the season). This has the potential to get very ugly since Campbell didn’t look much different than Weeden during his mop-up stint against the Ravens earlier this year. But with a full week of reps with the first-team offense? Hey, if Case Keenum can post a more than respectable outing, surely an eight-year veteran can at least match that. Campbell might get a couple TDs if Josh Gordon can take off and make something happen on his own. Spot-starting Campbell is a risk, but he’s not an entirely terrible plug-in option.
Peterson wearing down? Adrian Peterson did not practice Wednesday as he was nursing a sore hamstring, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. That’s fine and dandy since NFL stars skip practices to nurse minor injuries all the time. Here’s the problem, though: Peterson has logged a total of just 23 carries the last two weeks. Even though the team has trailed during both of them, that isn’t a good sign for a run-first offense. Is A.D. dealing with a more serious injury we haven’t heard about? I think he takes a downgrade this week since the Vikings are forced to revert to Christian Ponder as a starting option. I wonder if we’ll start seeing Minnesota opponents line up in eleven-man fronts.
Jackson back in action? Falcons RB Steven Jackson has been suffering with a hamstring injury since Week 2, but he declared his intention to play Sunday when the Falcons visit the Cardinals. Unfortunately for Atlanta, it’s likely too little and too late since their season unraveled after they experienced a number of key injuries early on. Jackson won’t practice much this week, but even if he does play, it will likely be in a limited capacity since Jacquizz Rodgers is playing too well to just return to the bench. Sorry, Jackson owners … this may be a loss you’ll just have to swallow. Maybe you can try writing it off on your tax returns next April.