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Week 3 inactives

Updated: September 26, 2010, 7:00 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 3. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information!

Top players we're watching

Notable names ruled out before Sunday: WR Nate Burleson (ankle), RB Reggie Bush (fibula), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), QB Dennis Dixon (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin), WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot), LB Paul Posluszny (knee), CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), CB Bob Sanders (biceps), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder).

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Josh Cribbs (ankle): Active
RB Jerome Harrison (thigh): Inactive
WR Andre Johnson (ankle): Active

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

RB Joseph Addai (knee): Active
WR Steve Breaston (knee): Active
RB Ryan Mathews (ankle): Inactive
RB Clinton Portis (wrist): Active
RB Beanie Wells (knee): Active

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

7:00 p.m. ET -- Darrelle Revis inactive -- The Jets' official website reports that CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) is inactive, as expected. No "Revis Island" for Brandon Marshall this week, so start Marshall with confidence. In other Jets IDP news, LB Calvin Pace (foot) is also inactive.

6:59 p.m. ET -- Braylon Edwards to miss first quarter -- The New York Daily News reports that Braylon Edwards will be benched for the first quarter by the Jets. It's unclear whether he'll miss any further time but it appears not; that's still quite a bit of action to miss for a receiver who typically isn't tops at his position. Look elsewhere if you still can.

3:23 p.m. ET -- Bob Sanders inactive -- 87.7 FM The Ticket (Denver) reports that CB Bob Sanders (biceps) is inactive for the Colts, as expected.

3:23 p.m. ET -- Joseph Addai active -- 87.7 FM The Ticket (Denver) reports that RB Joseph Addai (knee) is active for the Colts. He was expected to play despite his questionable listing, and while Donald Brown might be more of a factor as usual, Addai is still a worthwhile No. 2/flex option

3:23 p.m. ET -- Pierre Garcon inactive -- 87.7 FM The Ticket (Denver) reports that WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring) is inactive for the Colts, as expected. With Garcon out, Austin Collie steps up as a starter, with Blair White bumping up to the No. 3 wide receiver role. Collie has a surprisingly good matchup, what with Andre' Goodman out for the Broncos. Regard him a No. 3 option with No. 2 upside.

3:03 p.m. ET -- Michael Bush active -- The Raiders' official website reports that RB Michael Bush (thumb) is active. Bush could steal carries from Darren McFadden, particularly at the goal line, but productive as McFadden was the first two weeks, we can't advise you bank on it happening. McFadden might again be the workhorse, and he's the one we advise you trust.

3:03 p.m. ET -- Chaz Schilens inactive -- The Raiders' official website reports that WR Chaz Schilens (knee) is inactive, as expected. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy should continue to be the Raiders' go-to options in their lackluster passing game.

2:59 p.m. ET -- Malcom Floyd active -- The Chargers' official website reports that WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) is active. He's a worthwhile No. 3 option for this week.

2:58 p.m. ET -- Steven Jackson active -- The Rams' official website reports that RB Steven Jackson (knee) is active. He's a must-start, obviously.

2:58 p.m. ET -- Oshimogho Atogwe active -- The Rams' official website reports that S Oshiomogho Atogwe (thigh) is active.

2:58 p.m. ET -- Bajema inactive, Fells active -- The Rams' official website reports that TEs Billy Bajema (knee) and Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) are inactive as expected, while TE Daniel Fells (knee) is active. Though Fells gets a boost thanks to the Rams' injury issues at tight end, he's not involved enough in the offense to be an advised fantasy play.

2:58 p.m. ET -- Laurent Robinson inactive -- The Rams' official website reports that WR Laurent Robinson (foot) is inactive. With Robinson sidelined, expect Brandon Gibson and Mardy Gilyard to see more targets, though neither is a recommended fantasy play. Mark Clayton, obviously, is the Rams wide receiver you want.

2:55 p.m. ET -- Bailey active, Goodman inactive -- The Broncos' official website reports that CB Champ Bailey (foot) is active, while CB Andre' Goodman is inactive. Bailey might be playing at a bit less than 100 percent, so this bumps up the value of the Colts' passing game.

2:55 p.m. ET -- Knowshon Moreno inactive -- The Broncos' official website reports that RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) is inactive as expected. With Moreno out, RB Laurence Maroney (thigh), who is active, and Correll Buckhalter should share the rushing chores. Maroney is expected to get the bulk of the work, so regard him a flex-play consideration.

2:53 p.m. ET -- Ryan Mathews inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is inactive for the Chargers. This was expected, but it means it's officially time to bump up Mike Tolbert for the matchup against the Seahawks. Consider him a No. 2/flex. Darren Sproles also has appeal in PPR leagues.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Beanie Wells active -- The Cardinals' official website reports that RB Beanie Wells (knee) is active. It's unclear how the Cardinals will divvy up the carries between Wells and Tim Hightower, with a ride-the-hot-hand strategy possible. If you own either, consider them no more than flex plays due to the uncertain number of touches.

2:50 p.m. ET -- Doucet inactive, Breaston active -- The Cardinals' official website reports that WR Early Doucet (groin) is inactive, while WR Steve Breaston (knee) is active. Breaston's injury as well as his lackluster Week 2 makes him a bit less attractive fantasy play. Consider him a No. 3/4, nothing more.

2:48 p.m. ET -- Haynesworth, Landry active -- The Redskins' official website reports that DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle) and S LaRon Landry (wrist) are both active.

2:48 p.m. ET -- Clinton Portis active -- The Redskins' official website reports that RB Clinton Portis (wrist) is active. He might cede a handful of carries to backups Keiland Williams and Ryan Torain, whose usage bears watching. That said, Portis' matchup supports him as a No. 2/flex option.

2:48 p.m. ET -- Anthony Armstrong inactive -- The Redskins' official website reports that WR Anthony Armstrong (groin) is inactive. Devin Thomas gets another opportunity with the Redskins, and while he's not an advised fantasy play, his performance is worth tracking.

2:39 p.m. ET -- Daryl Smith active -- The Jaguars' official website reports that LB Daryl Smith (thigh) is active.

2:39 p.m. ET -- Maurice Jones-Drew active -- The Jaguars' official website reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) is active. Jones-Drew is a must-start, especially against an Eagles defense that is off to a poor start to 2010.

2:35 p.m. ET -- Stewart Bradley active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that LB Stewart Bradley (concussion) is active for the Eagles.

2:35 p.m. ET -- Kolb active, not starting -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that QB Kevin Kolb (concussion) is active for the Eagles, though he'll be Michael Vick's backup. Vick was previously announced as the team's starting quarterback for Week 3, and the matchup at Jacksonville means a second straight favorable one for the Eagles' new starter.

2:35 p.m. ET -- Brent Celek active -- The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that TE Brent Celek (chest) is active for the Eagles. Celek's fantasy appeal isn't as great with Michael Vick as it might have been with Kevin Kolb, but he's still a top-10 capable option at the position.

12:19 p.m. ET -- Kevin Smith inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that Kevin Smith (knee) is inactive for the Lions once again. Jahvid Best continues to get the bulk of the Lions' carries and is a solid fantasy play, and Maurice Morris gets another week as Best's little-used backup.

12:15 p.m. ET -- Michael Jenkins inactive -- The Falcons' official website reports that WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) is inactive. Harry Douglas will get the start in Jenkins' place, but fantasy owners at this point know you only want Roddy White of the Falcons' wide receivers.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Jason Witten active -- The Cowboys' official website reports that TE Jason Witten (head) is active as expected. Though the Cowboys' offensive-line issues could keep Witten back to block a bit more often than usual, this is expected to be a high-scoring game, and the matchup does favor the tight end. Keep Witten in there, though don't expect a week-leading fantasy total.

12:12 p.m. ET -- Dez Bryant active -- The Cowboys' official website reports that WR Dez Bryant (ribs) is active. It's such a potential high-scoring game, this Cowboys-Texans contest, that even Bryant is worth your while. Though the way he has played, he was probably at least a No. 3 option anyway.

12:11 p.m. ET -- Paul Posluszny inactive -- The Bills' official website reports that LB Paul Posluszny (knee) is inactive, as expected.

12:10 p.m. ET -- Finnegan, Babin active -- The Titans' official website reports that CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) and DE Jason Babin (elbow) are both active.

12:08 p.m. ET -- Anthony Dixon active -- The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that RB Anthony Dixon (back) is active for the 49ers. Frank Gore's backups don't really matter much, but Dixon appears ready to serve as that, meaning maybe a carry or two.

12:04 p.m. ET -- Tom Brady active -- The Patriots' official website reports that QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) is active. Shocking. Can you remember a week where Brady wasn't an "on-the-injury-report-yet-played"? He's, of course, a must-start.

12:04 p.m. ET -- Fred Taylor active -- The Patriots' official website reports that RB Fred Taylor (toe) is active. He'll probably "start," but that hardly means he'll be a workhorse of any kind. BenJarvus Green-Ellis might see as many carries, so don't get overzealous with this matchup, though both have low-level flex-play appeal. There's also some talk that the Patriots might begin working Danny Woodhead into the old Kevin Faulk role, so keep an eye on that backfield breakdown this week.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Josh Freeman active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that QB Josh Freeman (right thumb) is active. Freeman isn't an advised fantasy option, however, facing the Steelers' stingy defense.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Cadillac Williams active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that RB Cadillac Williams (hamstring) is active. It's a poor matchup for Williams against the Steelers, especially considering he might not be quite 100 percent, but if you must trust him as a flex play, at least this is your note that he's playing.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Kareem Huggins inactive -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that RB Kareem Huggins (groin) is inactive. LeGarrette Blount, however, is active, so he'll presumably share the backup chores with Earnest Graham. Neither player is advised in any fantasy league.

12:01 p.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. He's a so-so fantasy play battling the Steelers, but with his talent, he's still a more valuable choice than most at tight end.

11:58 a.m. ET -- Dennis Dixon inactive -- ESPN's NFL Nation Blog reports that QB Dennis Dixon (knee) is inactive for the Steelers, as expected. Charlie Batch will start for the Steelers, which means you should downgrade all members of their passing game for the week.

11:58 a.m. ET -- Hines Ward active -- ESPN's NFL Nation Blog reports that WR Hines Ward (calf) is active for the Steelers. Ward is the one member of the Steelers' passing game we're willing to trust this week, based upon talent, reputation and the fact that Charlie Batch is probably most comfortable throwing to him of the bunch. Still, Ward's appeal is more limited than usual.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Jake Delhomme inactive -- The Browns' official website reports that QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) is inactive, as expected. Another week, another Seneca Wallace start, and no, you do not want to be using him in a road matchup at the Ravens.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Evan Moore active -- The Browns' official website reports that TE Evan Moore (head) is active. He's not much of a fantasy option despite his strong Week 1, though, as he's still a member of a lackluster offense in which he's splitting the tight end targets with Benjamin Watson.

11:54 a.m. ET -- Josh Cribbs active -- The Browns' official website reports that WR Josh Cribbs (ankle) is active. He was limited this week, however, and with his role in the offense still somewhat unclear, he's not an advised fantasy play.

11:52 a.m. ET -- Bush inactive, Ivory active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that RB Chris Ivory (knee) is active, while RB Reggie Bush (fibula) is inactive as expected, for the Saints. Ivory was considered the Saints' No. 3 back entering the season before getting hurt, and he might be used as the clear backup this week with Bush out. Obviously Pierre Thomas is the Saints running back you want, but Ivory's performance bears watching as future pickups are concerned.

11:49 a.m. ET -- Jerome Harrison inactive -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Jerome Harrison (thigh) is inactive for the Browns. We'd say this is a huge boost for Peyton Hillis, who should get the bulk of the carries, but don't forget that this is a matchup with the Ravens, which is a poor one for fantasy. The prospect of goal-line carries is the one thing that makes Hillis a possible flex play, but expect James Davis to get a little work as well spelling Hillis.

11:47 a.m. ET -- Stafford, Burleson inactive -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) and WR Nate Burleson (ankle) are both inactive for the Lions, as expected. Shaun Hill will once again start at quarterback and is merely a hail-mary play, which we hope you're not so desperate as to need this early in the season. Among wide receivers, Calvin Johnson was the Lions' only trustworthy fantasy play at the position besides.

11:47 a.m. ET -- Levy, Delmas active -- ESPN's John Clayton reports that LB DeAndre Levy (groin) and S Louis Delmas (groin) are both active for the Lions.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Ngata, Suggs active -- The Baltimore Sun reports that DT Haloti Ngata (back) and LB Terrell Suggs (ankle) are both active for the Ravens.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Rice, McClain active -- The Baltimore Sun reports that RBs Le'Ron McClain (shoulder) and Ray Rice (ankle) are both active for the Ravens. Rice is obviously the one you want, and he's a must-start in all leagues. Maybe Willis McGahee will thieve a goal-line carry or two from Rice, but it's a favorable matchup for the Ravens overall.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Todd Heap active -- The Baltimore Sun reports that TE Todd Heap (shoulder) is active for the Ravens. He has been targeted more than usual to date, and this matchup favors him. If you need him, he's a-OK to use.

11:42 a.m. ET -- Derrick Mason -- The Baltimore Sun reports that WR Derrick Mason (knee) is active for the Ravens. With his quarterback's sluggish start to the season, Mason's fantasy appeal is somewhat limited. Still, he's a worthwhile No. 3 option in PPR formats.

11:41 a.m. ET -- Michael Turner active -- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Michael Turner (groin) is active and starting for the Falcons. Expect him to get the bulk of the carries in a favorable matchup at the Saints, though Jason Snelling could get some third-down work to keep him fresh.

11:39 a.m. ET -- Mario Williams active -- The Texans' official website reports that DE Mario Williams (groin) is active.

11:39 a.m. ET -- Owen Daniels active -- The Texans' official website reports that TE Owen Daniels (knee) is active. He continues to recover slowly from surgery with a modest target total, and despite the high-scoring nature of his game he's not recommended as a top-10 tight end. Rank him in the teens, or so.

11:38 a.m. ET -- Andre Johnson active -- The Texans' official website reports that WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is active. Cowboys-Texans is widely considered the high-scoring game of Week 3 and Johnson is one of the Texans' most potent weapons. He should be ready to go with elite fantasy potential.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Steve Smith active -- The Rock Hill Herald reports that WR Steve Smith (thigh) is active for the Panthers. He has a rookie quarterback throwing to him in Jimmy Clausen, yes, and a matchup with Leon Hall is indeed a challenging one, but Smith still has excelled before with lesser quarterbacks and weaker matchups. Keep him in there, albeit as more of a No. 2 than top-flight option.

11:35 a.m. ET -- LaFell active, Jarrett inactive -- The Rock Hill Herald reports that WR Brandon LaFell (hamstring) is active, while WR Dwayne Jarrett is inactive, for the Panthers. You really don't want any Panthers wide receiver not named Steve Smith, especially not with a rookie quarterback making his first career start. LaFell and David Gettis will probably share the limited number of targets Smith doesn't see anyway.

11:33 a.m. ET -- Terrell Owens active -- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that WR Terrell Owens (back) is active for the Bengals. He's worth using as a No. 3/4 option at wide receiver.

11:33 a.m. ET -- Antwan Odom active -- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that DE Antwan Odom (wrist) is active for the Bengals.

11:28 a.m. ET -- Brett Favre active -- The Vikings' official website reports that QB Brett Favre (right elbow) is active as expected. Though Favre has looked terrible through two games, there isn't a better way to get your season back on track than a matchup against the Lions. Give him a ride.

11:28 a.m. ET -- Berrian, Harvin active -- The Vikings' official website reports that WRs Bernard Berrian (knee) and Percy Harvin (hip, migraines) are both active. It's about the most favorable matchup we could ask for either receiver, facing the Lions, but we'll take Harvin, considering how poorly Berrian has played to date.

11:26 a.m. ET -- Boss, Manningham active -- The Giants' official website reports that TE Kevin Boss (concussion) and WR Mario Manningham (illness) are both active. Neither is a recommended fantasy choice, as neither is a top target in the Giants' passing game. Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith fit that description.

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