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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Week 5 Tuesday news

Randy Moss, WR, Oakland - Moss is still awaiting word if he will be forced to go back into the league's drug program after acknowledging this summer that he occasionally smokes marijuana. Moss was in the league's drug program four years ago after a positive test, but rotated out after regularly testing clean over a two-year period. If Moss is put back into the program, a slipup could cost him a suspension.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, Minnesota – Culpepper admitted to reporters Monday that he has been playing with a sprained knee and bursitis in his right knee. That doesn't explain his erratic performance this season, but could help explain why he hasn't scrambled as much as in the past.

David Akers, PK, Philadelphia - Akers' hamstring injury may be more significant than thought. Keep him on the bench. Todd France will continue to be the Eagles' kicker, but is not worth starting at this point.

Darrell Jackson, WR, Seattle - Jackson has a sore right knee and will be questionable to play Sunday against the Rams.

Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle - Engram has cracked ribs and is questionable to play Sunday against the Rams.

Priest Holmes, RB, Kansas City - The Chiefs as evaluating whether they want to continue rotating Holmes with Larry Johnson as it has done in its first four games. Holmes has played two of every three series, with Johnson getting the third. Holmes has rushed for 305 yards and Johnson 198.

Nate Burleson, WR, Minnesota - After missing two games with a sprained knee, Bureleson should return when the Vikings come off their bye week Oct. 16 at Chicago.

Hines Ward, WR, Steelers – Ward is questionable to play Monday at San Diego, but has vowed to play.

Mark Bradley, WR, Chicago - The rookie has gotten more playing time than Justin Gage, but has produced just four catches for 57 yards. Keep an eye on him, though if the Bears ever figure out how to throw the ball.

Charles Rogers, WR, Detroit - Rogers has been suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bump rookie Mike Williams and Kevin Johnson up a little, not much, on your play list.

Ahman Green, RB, Green Bay - Green left Monday night's loss to Carolina in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Najeh Davenport took his place. Keep an eye on this situation.

Terrence Murphy, WR, Green Bay - Just when it looked like Murphy was becoming a vital part of the Packers passing game, he suffered a neck injury at Carolina.

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