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October 8, 2012

Injuries take toll in week 5


The running backs took a hit in Week 5 of the NFL season and that means some players who were previously relegated to waiver wire purgatory may actually have some relevance in upcoming weeks.

New York Giants running Andre Brown suffered a concussion and his return is unknown. Ahmad Bradshaw had a monster day with Brown out of the lineup, but reserve David Wilson also made an appearance and scored a 40-yard touchdown. At this point, Wilson is Bradshaw’s handcuff and should be used accordingly.

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson sustained a foot injury early Sunday and was replaced on the field by Alex Green. Green did little in Benson’s absence so don’t be surprised if James Starks gets a shot at the starting job next week. Either back is worth picking up but neither is worth starting until you see what he can do.

Arizona running back Ryan Williams injured his shoulder Sunday and has been ruled out for the rest of the season. That’s bad news for the Cardinals who had already lost Beanie Wells for all or most of 2012.

Some people may be trying to pick up Alfonso Smith this week but William Powell may actually be the better selection. Neither back is worth much since the Cardinals’ offensive line is, for lack of a better word, terrible.

By the way, if nobody picked up Brandon Bolden in your league last week, now would be a good time to get him. The Patriots are running the ball a lot more than they have the last few years and, while Stevan Ridley is the primary back, Bolden is getting his share of carries.

As far as receivers go, there are a few players on the wire who flashed over the weekend. Among them are Kendall Wright of Tennessee, Andrew Hawkins of Cincinnati, Devery Henderson of New Orleans and both Jordan Norwood and Josh Gordon of Cleveland.

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