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Week 1 inactives

Updated: September 11, 2011, 3:05 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 1. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information!

For John Clayton's full list of Week 1 inactives, check here.

Top players we're watching

Notable names ruled out before Sunday: RB Marion Barber (calf, out), TE Kevin Boss (knee, out), QB Peyton Manning (neck, out), WR Louis Murphy (groin, out).

Early games (1 p.m. ET)

WR Austin Collie (foot, questionable): Active
RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable): Inactive

Late games (4 p.m. ET)

TE Chris Cooley (knee, questionable): Active
RB Ryan Torain (hand, questionable): Active
WR Sidney Rice (shoulder, doubtful): Inactive

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

Sidney Rice inactive (3:02 p.m. ET): Mike Sando of ESPN's NFC West blog reports that WR Sidney Rice (shoulder, doubtful) is inactive. Ben Obomanu should earn the start across from Mike Williams this week, though Williams is the only Seahawks wideout worthy of fantasy consideration.

Jimmy Clausen inactive (2:56 p.m. ET): Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that QB Jimmy Clausen is inactive. Cam Newton was previously named the Panthers' starting quarterback, and he'll be backed up by Derek Anderson. Newton isn't a recommended fantasy option, of course.

Ryan Torain active (2:49 p.m. ET): Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that RB Ryan Torain (hand, questionable) is active. He's not an advised fantasy option, however, his preseason injuries costing him the starting job, now owned by Tim Hightower. Hightower should do the bulk of the rushing work, and is the Redskins back you want for Week 1.

Chris Cooley active (2:49 p.m. ET): Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that TE Chris Cooley (knee, questionable) is active. He's only a No. 2 fantasy tight end, despite facing an injury-riddled Giants secondary.

Chester Taylor inactive (2:47 p.m. ET): The Arizona Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports that RB Chester Taylor is inactive. The team's running-back depth chart for Week 1 runs in this order: Beanie Wells, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Alfonso Smith. Wells should receive the lion's share of the carries facing the mediocre Panthers defense, so get him into all your lineups.

Justin Tuck inactive (2:44 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the Giants' official website reports that DE Justin Tuck (neck, questionable) is inactive. Heads up to those of you in IDP leagues. The Giants' defense has been ravaged by injuries lately; don't be so hasty to declare them an automatic fantasy play this week.

Donovan McNabb active (2:39 p.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that QB Donovan McNabb (right wrist, probable) is active, as expected. McNabb is only a low-level No. 2 fantasy quarterback for the week.

Visanthe Shiancoe active (2:39 p.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring, probable) is active. He's only a No. 2 tight end in fantasy.

Zach Miller inactive (11:56 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that TE Zach Miller (knee, questionable) is inactive. He's not the Zach Miller you want in fantasy anyway; this Zach Miller is the one who should be on your roster.

Maurice Jones-Drew active (11:56 a.m. ET): The Jacksonville Jaguars' official Twitter feed reports that RB Maurice Jones-Drew (not injury related, --) is active. He wasn't expected to miss the contest; Rashad Jennings' IR status paves the way for Jones-Drew to assume a full-time workload right out of the gate. Jones-Drew should be active in all formats, and Deji Karim will remain his change-of-pace backup.

Jerricho Cotchery inactive (11:54 a.m. ET): The Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring, doubtful), of the opposing Steelers, is inactive. This was expected; Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown will work as the Steelers' No. 3/4 wideouts this week, though neither warrants consideration in Week 1.

Maurice Morris active (11:51 a.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that RB Maurice Morris (hand, probable) is active. He's still a backup to Jahvid Best, however, and will share that load with Jerome Harrison. Morris is a non-factor in fantasy this week.

Matt Cassel active (11:50 a.m. ET): Josh Looney of the Chiefs' official website reports that QB Matt Cassel (rib, probable) is active. There was some question about his status entering the week after he was injured in the preseason finale, but it became clear he'd start during the practice week. Cassel is a mere low-end No. 2 quarterback in two-quarterback leagues against the Bills.

Steve Breaston active (11:50 a.m. ET): Josh Looney of the Chiefs' official website reports that WR Steve Breaston (hamstring, probable) is active. He's not an advised fantasy option outside the deepest of leagues.

Austin Collie active (11:47 a.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that WR Austin Collie (foot, questionable) is active. Considering his injury history as well as Kerry Collins' status as the Colts' starting quarterback, Collie is a somewhat unattractive fantasy play even in a game against the Texans. He's a No. 3/flex option at best, and you should attempt to do better if possible.

Anthony Gonzalez, Blair White inactive (11:47 a.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that WRs Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring, questionable) and Blair White (back, questionable) are both inactive for the Colts.

Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi active (11:44 a.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that WRs Josh Cribbs (hamstring, probable) and Mohamed Massaquoi (foot, probable) are both active. Massaquoi is a starter, but that doesn't mean he's the same in fantasy. Neither of these two is advised; Cribbs is only an attractive option in leagues that reward for return yards.

Benjamin Watson active (11:44 a.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that TE Benjamin Watson (hip, probable) is active. To a certain degree, Watson will divide targets with Evan Moore this season, but in Week 1 Watson should get most of the receiving work of the two. He's a No. 2 option among fantasy tight ends but if he's all you've got, he's fine to use.

Marion Barber inactive (11:43 a.m. ET): ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright reports that RB Marion Barber (calf, out) is inactive. This was previously reported but it remains excellent news for Matt Forte; he'll likely get the goal-line carries and warrants top-tier consideration in fantasy as a result.

Roddy White active (11:42 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that WR Roddy White (thigh, probable) is active. This was expected; he's a must-start in all formats.

Brian Leonard, Bernard Scott active (11:40 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that RBs Brian Leonard (finger, probable) and Bernard Scott (hamstring, probable) are both active. Neither should be heavily involved; Cedric Benson remains the Bengals' starting and go-to running back on most downs. Scott might get a couple carries but doesn't warrant more than handcuff consideration.

Kellen Winslow active (11:39 a.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that TE Kellen Winslow (not injury related, --) is active. There wasn't any real worry; he can be started in all leagues.

Arian Foster inactive (11:32 a.m. ET): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable) is inactive. This was expected, but it's frustrating news nevertheless to Foster's owners. Derrick Ward will presumably start, but considering Ben Tate's solid preseason, the two will engage in some sort of timeshare in Week 1. Neither can be regarded more than a flex play.

Steve Smith active (11:31 a.m. ET): Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that WR Steve Smith (knee, probable) is active. He's probably not going to play a full set of snaps in his first game back, but his progress bears watching, considering how quickly he has returned to the field. Keep Smith stashed on benches, particularly in PPR formats, and track him closely.

Vince Young inactive (11:28 a.m. ET): Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that QB Vince Young (hamstring, doubtful) is inactive. Mike Kafka will serve as Michael Vick's backup, as expected.

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