NFL Fantasy Quick Hits (Sept. 16)

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer ISeptember 16, 2009

Michael Vick Taken Off Exempt List, Okay to Practice

Jeff Garcia just cried.

Now that the Eagles have Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Garcia, and an active Vick, a decision will have to be made.

Vick should be ready to go in week three and is a strong candidate for some serious action in Wildcat packages and could even end up being the backup quarterback to McNabb.

Regardless of his designated role, his being active forces Philly to decide one way or the other on Kolb's future with the team, as well as re-evaluate signing Garcia.

Patriots' Jerod Mayo Has Sprained MCL

Sources are initially saying Mayo could be sidelined with an MCL sprain for roughly three weeks, while other reports have it appearing to be much more serious.

The latter sources state the possibility of it being a "level three" sprain, which is a half a step away from a complete tear and could see Mayo miss almost two months.

Any substantial time missed by Mayo would deeply affect this young Patriots defense.

NFL Won't Suspend Saints' Defensive Linemen

This is good news for Charles Grant and Will Smith and even better news for the Saints' growing defense.

Believe it or not, the Saints look to have a solid rush defense in 2009, so watch your matchups now that Grant and Smith are cleared to play for the entire season.

LaDainian Tomlinson to be Game-Day Decision

With LT already losing game-time work to Darren Sproles, his rolled ankle couldn't have come at a worse time.

You thought it was all gravy when he scored that touchdown early on Monday night, didn't you?

Well, think again.

Tomlinson should still be valuable this season, but expecting more than 50 yards and a touchdown on any given week would be a tremendous reach.

Sproles is already figuring to be the better fantasy play, starting with week two's matchup against Baltimore.

Matt Cassel Still Questionable for Week Two

At this point, who cares?

Todd Haley has reportedly been enamored with Cassel's drive to get healthy and try to play in week two, but with good depth at quarterback, he and Cassel won't rush it.

Even if he makes the start, he's both an injury risk and a low-level start due to Oakland's active secondary.

Tom Cable Addresses Oakland's Running Back "Situation"

Darren McFadden is still the starter, but after Michael Bush's solid Monday night performance, questions were raised about both players' playing time, as well as how Justin Fargas would fit into the mix.

Both Bush and Fargas are "the backup" to McFadden and should split carries in the appropriate situations.

Bush is a demon at the goal line in short yardage, while Fargas is an excellent every-down runner with great blitz pickup ability.

It's clear that at least in some respects, there remains a three-headed horse at running back in Oakland.

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