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VOLUME 14 NOVEMBER 1 - 3, 2008 ISSUE 10
Iowa State at OKLAHOMA STATE (-29½; 61½)—OSU’s 28-24 loss last
THE UPDATE ADVANTAGE—The Gold Sheet UPDATE is designed and
week at Texas dropped the Cowboys’ record to 7-1, but Oklahoma State
intended to provide the reader with the most important pregame information that
remains the country’s only team undefeated vs. the spread (7-0).
comes into our office from Tuesday through Friday. It is, literally, an update of The Missouri (-21; 67) at BAYLOR—
Gold Sheet, designed to be used in tandem with it. We feel all of the information is Auburn at MISSISSIPPI (-6½; 41½)—
pertinent not only to each week’s games, but also cumulatively, as the season San Diego State at WYOMING (-5; 46½)—Wyoming is 0-7 vs. the spread
progresses. Information that is especially new or vital, and should be reviewed in 2008 and has failed to cover its last 16 games! Karsten Sween, one of the
immediately, is underlined for your convenience. This is THE UPDATE ADVANTAGE. several Wyo QBs who has struggled this year, is doubtful due to a concussion.
Eastern Michigan at WESTERN MICHIGAN (-18; 59)—
WEATHER NOTES: Be advised of a series of storms that could produce Tulsa (-7; 76) at ARKANSAS—Return of former Arkansas high school
scattered shower activity in much of the West, Northwest, and parts of the coaching great Gus Malzahn to Fayetteville. After taking his five of his teams
Rockies this weekend. Also, some scattered showers Saturday in Florida. to the Arkansas high school championship game, Malzahn joined the staff of
Houston Nutt at the University of Arkansas in 2006. However, with the
FOR A DETAILED FORECAST FOR A SPECIFIC LOCATION, TRY THE presence of RBs Darren McFadden & Felix Jones in the Razorback backfield,
WEATHER CHANNEL AT www.weather.com AND ENTER THE CITY OF Nutt did not allow Malzahn to fully install his no-huddle, spread offense for the
YOUR INTEREST. YOU CAN GET AN HOUR-BY-HOUR FORECAST THAT Hogs, leading to Malzahn’s departure to Tulsa as offensive coordinator after
INCLUDES WIND, TEMPERATURE, CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION IN THE the 2006 season. The Golden Hurricane exploded on offense LY, and they
AREA—AND EVEN DOPPLER RADAR. lead the NCAA TY with 625 ypg and 56.6 ppg as they seek to improve their
record to 9-0 and continue their climb in the BCS rankings (where they’re
COLLEGE FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 currently 18th). A win would give 8-0 Tulsa its best start in 66 years!
Colorado at TEXAS A&M (-3½; 51½)—
Kent State (-6½; 54) at BOWLING GREEN—Kent is getting healthier, with Pittsburgh at NOTRE DAME (-4½; 48½)—Pittsburgh starting QB Bill Stull
the return last week of star RB Eugene Jarvis, who was 23 for 105 rushing and is likely to give way to 6-3 soph backup Pat Bostick. Stull suffered a
scored four TDs in the Golden Flashes’ 54-21 victory at Miami. Meanwhile, WR concussion in last week’s 54-34 loss vs. Rutgers, was removed from the field
Freddie Barnes (second on the team with 27 recs.) and big-play RB Willie Geter on a stretcher, and spent Saturday night in the hospital. Although Bostick (6
(third with 131 YR, 4.7 ypc) remain sidelined for Bowling Green. of 11 in 2008) has played in only two games TY, he started the Panthers’ last
Central Michigan at INDIANA (-2½; 58)—Both Kellen Lewis and Ben eight games in 2007, including Pitt’s stunning 13-9 upset at West Virginia as
Chappell are expected to be available at QB for Indiana. Lewis has missed the a four-TD underdog. The Panthers are also shuffling their OL this week, with
last two weeks with a high ankle sprain. Chappell, 21 of 34 for 219 YP and one sr. starting LG C.J. Davis moving to center to take over for jr. starting C Robb
TD in last week’s 21-19 victory over Northwestern, is also expected to play after Houser, lost for the season last week with a fractured ankle. Sr. and former
suffering a rib injury and briefly giving way to third-team Hoosier QB, soph starter Dom Williams takes over at LG.
Mitchell Evans. On defense, the Hoosiers have lost starting S Austin Thomas Fresno State(-4½; 56½) at LOUISIANA TECH—Fresno has lost six
(10 tackles, 2 ints. last week), leader of the Indiana secondary, likely for the rest straight pointspread decisions.
of the season. Central QB Dan LeFevour is playing but still not 100% due to his Hawaii (-6½; 49½) at UTAH STATE—
own ankle injury. Tennessee at SOUTH CAROLINA (-5½; 38)—Stephen Garcia starts his
Air Force (-7½; 40½) at ARMY— second game at QB for UCS.
Louisville (-13; 53½) at SYRACUSE—Jr. Scott Long, considered to be Florida (-6½; 56½) vs. Georgia [at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium;
Louisville’s best WR, is through for the season after suffering a torn ACL in Home of the NFL Jaguars; Grass]—Florida sr. LG Jim Tartt, second team
practice. Long (11 recs.) missed the first four games with a foot fracture, but All-SEC LY, is expected to return for the Gators after missing the last two
had his best game last Saturday vs. South Florida with 5 recs. for 134 yards and games with a chronic shoulder problem. For Georgia, star LB Dannell Ellerbe
two TDs. (shoulder) and starting TE Tripp Chandler (shoulder) are both expected to be
Miami-Florida at VIRGINIA (-2½; 42½)—Virginia (3-1 in league play) available after missing recent action.
controls its own fate in the ACC’s Coastal Division. Meanwhile, both coaches have been evasive this week when confronted by
West Virginia (-3½; 44½) at CONNECTICUT—UConn coach Randy Edsall reporters’ questions in reference to LY’s signature event in Georgia’s 42-30
says he probably won’t announce his starting QB until game day. In last week’s victory over Florida, when the Bulldog players—at the suggestion of HC Mark
40-16 victory over Cincinnati, 6-4 RS frosh third-team QB Cody Endres (18 of Richt—stormed the field to celebrate en masse after UGa’s first touchdown,
42 vs. the Bearcats) started in place of 6-4 soph No. 2 QB Zach Frazer, who earning two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, but generating the
suffered a concussion in the previous game. Frazer has been cleared to play enthusiasm Richt sought in a series that UF has dominated in recent years.
this week. No. 1 Tyler Lorenzen remains sidelined with a foot injury. Edsall— After the two penalties, the Bulldogs had to kick off from the eight-yard line.
a former Syracuse QB and assistant—has denied being contacted by a Richt says the event is now old news, says he apologized last year to Gator
reported search committee feeling out possible replacements for beleaguered coach Urban Meyer for the incident, and that he prefers not to comment further
Orange HC Greg Robinson. on the matter.
Iowa at ILLINOIS (-2½; 50½)—Illini top RB Daniel Dufrene, who leads the Meyer has issued a gag order on the incident to his players, fearing any
team with 539 YR, has not been with the team this week and is very Gator trash talk that might give the Bulldogs help this week. Meyer himself
questionable due to unspecified reasons. said this week that the incident is “old news...and it has no bearing on this
Northwestern at MINNESOTA (-7; 45½)—Northwestern top RB Tyrell year’s game.” However, it has been pointed out that in Meyer’s recently-
Sutton (776 YR; 5.0 ypc) is out for the rest of the regular season with a wrist published autobiography, Urban’s Way, that Meyer made direct reference to
fracture, and starting QB C.J. Bacher is doubtful with a strained hamstring. the so-called “Gator stomp.” Wrote Meyer, “That wasn’t right. It was a bad
Bacher has missed virtually all of practice this week, but hasn’t been ruled out deal. It will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer and in the mind of our
by HC Pat Fitzgerald. Both players have veteran replacements, with sr. Omar football team. We’ll handle it, and it’s going to be a big deal.”
Conteh (233 YR. 3.7 ypc) taking over at RB. Jr. backup QB Mike Kafka started Meanwhile, Georgia’s Clarke County School District—which includes
four games in 2006. Athens—tired of not having enough substitute teachers to replace all those
Duke at WAKE FOREST (-7½; 41½)—Duke jr. starting CB Leon Wright is who call in sick the day before the Georgia-Florida game, has canceled school
through for the rest of the year with a hamstring injury. Blue Devil WRs are thin, for the day.
with sr. Ralph Chestnut & soph Austin Kelly expected to miss their second Washington at SOUTHERN CAL (-46; 56½)—First of five games for Ty
straight game. Willingham as a lame-duck coach for the Huskies after he was told Monday he
was being fired, effective at the end of the season. Insiders report the decision
THE GOLD SHEET FRIDAY UPDATE
to announce the dismissal with more than a month left in the season was to Washington State at STANFORD (-30½; 53)—Juco Kevin Lopina starts
give UW execs their best chance in the search process, with alums clamoring again at QB for Washington State, even though he is still not completely
for a big name coach to restore the once-proud Husky program. Among the recovered from a minor spinal fracture earlier TY. With two other Cougar QBs
names on Washington’s “wish list” are Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, an assistant for out for the season, HC Paul Wulff has decided to remove the redshirt from
12 years at UW under Don James; Jim Mora, Jr., who’s already agreed to promising 6-1, 178 true frosh QB J.T. Levenseller, son of Wazzu WR coach
become head coach of the NFL Seahawks next season, but who once said Mike Levenseller. Wulff says the younger Levenseller will see action in certain
UW would be his dream job; offensive guru Jeff Tedford of Cal, where parts of the game. Also for WSU, top RB Dwight Tardy (300 YR) returns to
promises of facilities improvements have run into problems; Pat Hill of Fresno action after missing the last game with a knee injury, but starting TE Devin
State; Chris Peterson of Boise State; Gary Patterson of TCU; Todd Graham of Frischnecht (knee) remains sidelined. The Cougars are next to last in the FBS
Tulsa; offensive coordinator Dave Christensen of Missouri; defensive division in points against, allowing 48 ppg. Potential light rain.
coordinator Will Muschamp of Texas; offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian of Boise State (-21½; 57½) at NEW MEXICO STATE—Juco RB Marquell
USC; defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker of UCLA; and Lane Kiffin, the Colston, soph WR Wes Neiman & juco WR Marcus Anderson—three solid
former Southern Cal assistant and Oakland HC who has recruiting contributors for New Mexico State—are all expected to miss the game with
connections in the talent-rich L.A area. Troy’s Sarkisian has indicated an injuries.
interest in discussing the job, even though his goal this week might be to Kentucky at MISSISSIPPI STATE (-2½; 37½)—True frosh Randall Cobb,
restore the image of the Trojan offense, as Southern Cal took a dip in the latest who has played several different positions TY, starts at QB this week for
because of its relatively narrow 17-10 victory at Arizona last week. Kentucky. Cobb, the Wildcats’ best offensive player, is 18 of 33 with 1 TD and
Nebraska at OKLAHOMA (-21½; 71½)—OU big-play WR Manuel Johnson 1 int. passing. He also has 109 yards and 2 TDs rushing. And he has 18 recs.
(33 recs., 7 TDs, 17.4 ypc) remains questionable after missing last week’s for 2 more TDs. On the injury front, starting RT Justin Jeffries (knee), starting
game with a dislocated elbow. LB Micah Johnson (high ankle sprain), and FS Marcus McClinton (knee) are
Oregon at CALIFORNIA (-3; 58½)—Juco Jeremiah Masoli is expected to expected to return.
start again at QB for Oregon, although former starter Justin Roper returned to Florida State at GEORGIA TECH (-2½; 41½)—Florida State’s talented but
action off the bench in last week’s 54-20 rout of Arizona State in Tempe. inconsistent juco WR Correy Surrency (8 recs., 3 TDs, but frustrated by
Oregon HC Mike Bellotti says Roper (knee) is now 100% healthy. RB drops) is suspended for violating team rules. Talented RS frosh WR Bert
Jeremiah Johnson (573 YR) of the Ducks is questionable after suffering a Reed (12 recs.) is expected to return after being suspended last week for
shoulder injury in practice. Kevin Riley is expected to start at QB for the Bears. missing classes.
Possible showers at times. Tulane at LSU (-26½; 54)—Tulane has lost star RB Andre Anderson (864
Temple at NAVY (-7; 44½)—It looks as if QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada YR), the team’s most consistent weapon, for the rest of the season with a
will be available for Navy. Enhada has missed 5+ of the Middies’ 8 games with shoulder injury. And the bad injury news continues for the Green Wave, with
a lingering hamstring injury. He was out last week, when backup Jarod Bryant starting LG Nick Landry out with a toe injury, OLB Devin Holland out this week
was knocked from the game early vs. SMU with a shoulder injury, giving way with a concussion, and reserve DE Troy Wilson dismissed from the team
to inexperienced soph Ricky Dobbs, who preceded to rush 42 times for 224 (policy violations). For LSU, RS frosh QB Jarrett Lee is expected to go it alone
yards without attempting a pass in Navy’s 34-7 victory over the defensively- this week, with change-of-pace QB Andrew Hatch likely to miss a couple of
challenged Mustangs (40 ppg). However, Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo says weeks with a reported stress fracture. 6-4 blue-chip frosh QB Jordan
improving Temple (18 ppg) represents a much tougher challenge than the Jefferson might give up his redshirt year and see action this week.
Mustangs, who Niumatalolo says stayed very vanilla on defense, with few Tcu (-14½; 53) at UNLV—
different looks and few checkoffs. Bryant is very doubtful. Uab at SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (-8½; 61½)—
Kansas State at KANSAS (-8½; 72½)— Rice (-2½; 77) at UTEP—The Miners’ defense, such as it is (38 ppg), has
Texas (-3½; 73½) at TEXAS TECH—8-0 Texas Tech, No. 7 in the current lost starting LB Royzell Smith (collarbone) and jr. Brandis Dew (neck), who
BCS rankings (and its best poll ranking in 32 years), is calling for a “blackout was in the DE rotation, for the rest of the season.
Saturday” for this big game against 8-0 and top-ranked Texas. When the Red Utah (-7½; 45½) at NEW MEXICO—
Raiders (48 ppg) have the ball, it will be strength against strength, as the Texas Arizona State at OREGON STATE (-15½; 53½)—Oregon State, by virtue
defense is second in the nation with 29 sacks, while the TT offense is second of its victory over Southern Cal, controls its own fate to go to the Rose Bowl.
with only 3 sacks allowed all season! The game is being called the biggest in Chance of light rain in the early forecast.
Texas Tech history. With the Longhorns in town, a record crowd is expected,
with Lubbock (population of 260,000) bracing for a big influx of UT fans. Local ADDED GAMES
restaurants have added staff and have ordered plenty of extra food (especially
beef) for a long “weekend” that began building Wednesday night and should North Texas at WESTERN KENTUCKY (-17; 57) —All of the fifteen North
last through part of Sunday. Jones AT&T Stadium, which is finishing a round Texas players who recently failed recent drug tests ordered by HC Todd
of renovations, has a capacity of about 52,000 or so. Dodge will be available. Dodge has acknowledged calling for the testing of 86
Michigan at PURDUE (-2½; 46)—Purdue sr. QB Curtis Painter (separated of his players for recreational drugs after he says he “put two and two together”
throwing shoulder early in last week’s 17-6 loss vs. Minnesota) has been after reflecting on the consistency of performance of some members of his
upgraded to probable after missing much of practice this week. HC Joe Tiller team. University policies prohibit releasing the names of the players who
says he will let Painter decide whether he is well enough to start for the 41st failed the tests, but Dodge says he has already met with each of them.
straight game. With sr. backup Joey Elliott (shoulder) out for the year, means According to school policy, first-time failees are placed on one-year probation,
6-4 RS frosh Justin Siller (10 of 17 passing last week for only 73 yards with one must attend drug counseling, and are subject to additional tests at Dodge’s
interception; 17 YR) is now No. 2. Siller was recruited as a QB, but was discretion. A second offense results in suspension. Dodge, a terrifically
switched to RB earlier TY. UM RB Sam McGuffie, who leads the team in successful high school coach in the Dallas area, is only 2-18 in his two
rushing, is doubtful due to a concussion. seasons in Denton, with North Texas 0-8 so far this season.
Wisconsin at MICHIGAN STATE (-5½; 48)— Arkansas State at ALABAMA (-23½ 46)—
Clemson at BOSTON COLLEGE (-3½; 41)—Cullen Harper is expected to Florida International at LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (-7½; 57)—Ragin’
be able to start at QB for Clemson despite undergoing minor surgery on his Cajun QB Michael Desormeaux (708 YR in 2008), who missed Lafayette’s last
non-throwing shoulder during the team’s bye week. Backup QB Willy Korn is game two weeks ago with a sprained knee, is expected to return. ULL (6-1 vs.
expected to be available after an elbow injury in the Tigers‘ last game. RB/KR the spread) has covered six straight; much-improved FIU is 5-1-1 vs. the
C.J. Spiller, who DNP in that 21-17 home loss vs. Georgia Tech due to a number.
strained hamstring, is expected to return. So is starting DT Rashaad Jackson, Troy (-10½; 55) at LOUISIANA-MONROE—
who has missed the first part of the season because of a knee injury.
However, jr. G Barry Humphries, a starter for the rebuilding and troubled REMINDER: Colleges are not required to reveal nor confirm injury
Clemson OL who has played in only two games TY due to knee injuries, is now information. Some players decline to authorize the release of any information
out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Humphries had six knockdown about their medical situation to the media. Also, several coaches choose to
blocks in only 23 snaps in Clemson’s loss vs. Georgia Tech. obscure injury situations for a competitive reasons or to “protect” their injured
San Jose State (-16½; 47½) at IDAHO—Spartans’ star DE Carl Ihenacho players.
is doubtful due to a thumb injury.
Byu (-14½; 55) at COLORADO STATE—
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NFL FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 disk. Eleven-year veteran tackle Todd Weiner, who replaces Baker, had
(Byes this week: Carolina, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco) problems vs. the Eagles’ pass rush in last week’s 27-14 loss in Philly. To
shore things up, the Falcons have re-signed 37-year-old veteran Wayne
Houston at MINNESOTA (-4½; 47)—Viking starting S Madieu Williams is Gandy, who started LY as the Falcons LT until suffering a torn ACL in the
expected to see his first action of the season after suffering a neck injury in the fourth game.
preseason opener. With the Raiders scoring only 6 total points in the first half of their last three
Jacksonville (-7½; 39½) at CINCINNATI—Cincy, which lost starting OLB games, new HC Tom Cable says he will be placing greater emphasis on the
Keith Rivers for the season last week, has now lost starting SS Dexter first few drives this week, becoming “personally involved” in the preparation.
Jackson, who suffered a hamstring injury this week in practice. Jackson just Dallas at NEW YORK GIANTS (-9; 41)—The injury misfortune on the
returned to the lineup two games ago after missing the five previous games Cowboys continues, with Jason Witten (leads NFL TEs in both recs. and
with a thumb injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick (0-4 vs. the spread) starts against at QB receiving yards) doubtful due to a rib fracture and with veteran CB Anthony
for the 0-8 Bengals. Henry doubtful with a deep thigh bruise. With CB Terence Newman injured
Tampa Bay (-8½; 36½) at KANSAS CITY—The Chiefs have deactivated and CB Adam Jones suspended, Henry’s injury means that Dallas is likely to
star RB Larry Johnson for the third straight week. More college-style spread start two rookie CBs—top draft choice Mike Jenkins of South Florida and fifth-
looks have been incorporated by the Chiefs to accommodate young starting round pick Orlando Scandrick of Boise State—vs. the Giants’ deep corps of
QB Tyler Thigpen, who ran such an attack at Coastal Carolina. WRs. Scandrick has started one game this year; Jenkins has started each of
Baltimore at CLEVELAND (-1½; 36½)—Baltimore WR Demetrius the last two. Witten, who says his injury has made sleeping and breathing
Williams (second on the team with 13 recs., 1 TD), who had a 70-yard TD difficult, says he still hopes to play. His fill-in would be second-round pick
catch in last week’s 29-10 victory over the Raiders, is through for the rest of the Martellus Bennett from Texas A&M
season with bone spurs and a strained Achilles. The 4-3 Ravens now have Head coach Wade Phillips says Brad Johnson will remain the starter for
lost nine 2008 contributors to injured reserve. The team has added Dallas even though backup Brooks Bollinger (more mobile) has received
journeyman WR Terrance Copper, who last played with the Saints. TE Kellen some snaps with the first-team offense in practice this week. Johnson missed
Winslow Jr. (21 recs.) returns for the Browns after serving a one-game team several open receivers in last week’s 13-9 victory over Tampa Bay, when the
suspension. Cowboys totaled only 172 yards of offense (only 102 net passing yards). Tony
New York Jets at BUFFALO (-5½; 41½)—Starting WR Josh Reed (second Romo remains sidelined, hoping to return after Dallas’ bye next week.
on the team with 26 recs.; ankle/Achilles injury) is out this week for Buffalo, Philadelphia (-6½; 42½) at SEATTLE—Seneca Wallace (55.6%, 3 TDs, 1
while G Brad Butler (knee) and DE Aaron Schobel (foot) are both expected to int.) starts again at QB for Seattle, with Matt Hasselbeck out for the fourth
miss another game. For the Jets defense, LB David Harris (hip) and starting straight week. On defense, DE Patrick Kerney (5 sacks) is out with a shoulder
S Eric Smith (concussion) are both doubtful. injury, while MLB Lofa Tatupu (groin) is questionable. For the Eagles, TE L.J.
Arizona (-3; 48) at ST. LOUIS—Rams RB Steven Jackson (out last week Smith (12 recs., 2 TDs) is doubtful after suffering a concussion last week.
in New England) has been practicing and appears on track to return this week. New England at INDIANAPOLIS (-6; 44)—Indy S Bob Sanders (2007’s
However, Jackson hasn’t quite been 100%, so a final decision might not be defensive player of the year), starting CB Kelvin Hayden, and RB Joseph
made until game day. Backup RB Antonio Pittman was 19 for 83 rushing vs. Addai are all expected to return from their injuries this week. However, all is
the Pats. St. Louis DE Leonard Little (hamstring) and DT Adam Cariker not well, as the Colts have lost starting CB Marlin Jackson, who suffered a torn
(ankle) are both 50-50 to return, with HC Jim Haslett saying they are also likely ACL this week in practice. Sanders has missed the last five games due to a
to be game-day decisions. CB Tye Hill, out since the fourth game with a knee high ankle sprain and minor knee surgery. Addai has been out the last two
injury, appears set to return. The game is a big one for the resurgent Rams games with a strained hamstring. Third-year 5-8 backup CB Tim Jennings,
despite their 2-5 record. A victory would move St. Louis to within one game of who had been filling in for Hayden, now takes over for CB Jackson vs. the Pats’
Arizona, leaders of the NFC West with a modest 4-3 mark. talented WR corps. WR Reggie Wayne has missed practice time this week
Detroit at CHICAGO (-12½; 43)—The banged-up Chicago DBs got a with a sore knee, but is expected to be available.
chance during their bye week to recover, with CB Charles Tillman (shoulder), The Colts will get no sympathy from New England, which lost Tom Brady in
CB Nathan Vasher (wrist), and S Dannieal Manning (hamstring) all expected the season opener and has since been hit with a cluster of injuries in the
to play. However, starting OLB Hunter Hillenmeyer (thumb) is out indefinitely, secondary. Veteran safeties Rodney Harrison and Tank Williams are already
while WRs Devin Hester (quad; left Chicago’s last game two weeks ago) and out for the season. And, this week, CB Lewis Sanders (hamstring) is doubtful,
Brandon Lloyd (knee) are both questionable after not being 100% in practice CB Ellis Hobbs (shoulder) is questionable, and CB Deltha O’Neal
this week. (concussion) is questioanble. On offense, RB LaMont Jordan (calf; out the
Green Bay at TENNESSEE (-4½; 40½)—Packer QB Aaron Rodgers says last 3 games) is expected to be available to help BenJarvus Green-Ellis (81 YR
the team’s bye week helped his injured throwing shoulder, but adds that he’s the last two weeks).
still not 100%. Rodgers (65.6%, 12 TDs, 4 ints.) rested his shoulder during the
bye, and he’s been able to do more at practice this week, but Rodgers is still COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2
on a “pitch count,” with coaches limiting his practice throws. Tennessee DE
Kyle Vanden Bosch (3 sacks), who DNP in Monday night’s 31-21 victory over East Carolina (-3½; 49) at CENTRAL FLORIDA—ECU coach Skip Holtz
the Colts due to a groin strain, has returned to practice and says he will play, says both sr. Patrick Pinkney and jr. Rob Kass will see action at QB for the
but HC Jeff Fisher says he will make a final decision on game day. Pirates this week. Pinkney (62.9%, 7 TDs, 3 ints.) has been the starter this
The Packers expect to get some help on defense, with starting S Atari Bigby season, but Kass (53.6%, 2 TDs, 1 int.) rallied the Pirates with two TDP in the
(hamstring) expected to return. Starting CB Al Harris (spleen) has been second half of ECU’s last game two weeks ago, a 30-10 victory over Memphis.
practicing, but is still looking for final clearance. And DT Justin Harrell (who The Pirates’ top RB, Jonathan Williams (380 YR, 5.1 ypc), remains suspended
played at Tennessee) might be activated after spending the season so far on following a fracas at a house party.
the Physically Unable to Perform List. Harrell has returned to practice.
Miami at DENVER (-3½; 50)—Denver is expected to be much healthier on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOR NOVEMBER 3
offense for this game after enjoying its bye last week. QB Jay Cutler says his
sprained right index finger of two weeks ago is okay. WR Brandon Stokley Pittsburgh at WASHINGTON (-2; 36½)—RB Willie Parker (263 YR in the
(concussion; out 1+ games) & TE Tony Scheffler (groin; out the last 2 games) first three games prior to a knee injury) has been practicing and appears to be
are both expected to return to action. RB Selvin Young (groin; out the last two on track to return this week. Also, Steeler WR Santonio Holmes will be back
games) is improving, but still questionable. And rugged rookie RB Ryan in the lineup after being deactivated last week following his arrest on
Torain (elbow ligaments in training camp) is expected to see his first action of misdemeanor marijuana charges. Holmes, who led the NFL with 18.1 ypc in
the season. On defense, however, starting OLB Boss Bailey (knee) is through 2007, has 22 recs. with 360 yards TY and is Pittsburgh’s primary deep threat
for the season, while Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey will miss about a month due at WR. Holmes apologized on Monday for the incident. Redskin DE Jason
to a groin strain. Taylor (calf) & CB Shawn Springs (calf) are both doubtful.
Atlanta (-3; 41½) at OAKLAND—Oakland rookie RB Darren McFadden is
now suffering from turf toe on both feet and appears to be sidelined
indefinitely. The Raiders have also lost starting FB Justin Griffith for the rest
of the season with a knee injury. Pass-rushing DE Derrick Burgess (tricep) is
expected to miss his fourth straight game, which is fine for Atlanta, which has
lost rookie starting LT Sam Baker indefinitely following surgery for a herniated