We’ve heard this before: Water is wet. The sky is blue. And Darren McFadden missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, this one supposedly having come against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving if head coach Dennis Allen is to believed. Oakland’s other RB Rashad Jennings actually did return to practice Wednesday after picking up a concussion on Thanksgiving. On one hand, you feel bad for McFadden since he seems to be cursed. But he’s been mostly useless for his owners throughout his career since he is incapable of staying on the field. Jennings is Oakland’s go-to guy for the rest of this season … and perhaps beyond. He’s got a nice matchup this week against a Jets defense that spends a lot of time on the field.
Head case: Le’Veon Bell (concussion) was a full participant at Wednesday’s practice. Just six days after getting completely KO’d and then saying he didn’t even remember the play on which it happened, Bell has returned to the practice field. Bell owners were likely worried, but it looks as if he may even be a go against the Fins this week. Some of you are starting your fantasy playoffs, and while it’s a bit of a risky move to start a guy who just played the role of Glass Joe from Mike Tyson’s PunchOut a few days ago, you’ve gotta play him if you own him.
I’m playing! The consensus a few days ago was Aaron Rodgers would go on season-ending reserve if Green Bay fell out of the playoff race, but Rodgers doesn’t see it that way. “If I’m healthy, I want to be on the field,” Rodgers said. “This is my team. I care about it too much. Put too much into this. Don’t want to miss opportunities.” Well, then. He’s 50-50 to return this week, but if you are lucky enough to have a playoff bye, you have the luxury of waiting another week to let him get fully healthy and hit the ground running in Week 15. Even if Rodgers starts this week, I’d be really tempted to examine my other QB options thoroughly before making any decisions.