The Broncos Knowshon Moreno is out for Sunday’s game against the Colts thanks to some hamstring issues. Starting in his place will be veteran Correll Buckhalter or Laurence Maroney. Buckhalter is a steady back who has filled in nicely for Moreno and there shouldn’t be much of a drop off.
Chargers rookie Ryan Mathews is listed as doubtful and Mike Tolbert will get the nod at Seattle this week. There are a lot of expectations placed on Mathews, but we haven’t seen what he can thus far into the regular season. Tolbert came in last week and did a nice job of moving the chains, scoring and holding onto the ball, something that has haunted Mathews early on.
Beanie Wells should see his first action of the year this week against the Raiders cutting into Tim Hightower’s time. Also, Atlanta’s Michael Turner and Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew are both listed as probable and expected to play. Michael Bush is also expected to return for the Raiders Sunday, but how much is still a question since Darren McFadden had a great game last week.
Key receivers that have some questions this week include Pierre Garcon, who is listed as questionable with hamstring problems, and Hines Ward calf issue has him listed as probable at Tampa Bay.
Jake Delhomme is still nursing a sore ankle and is doubtful for the Browns game at Baltimore meaning Seneca Wallace will likely start again. Injuries didn’t force new starters on four teams this week, just simple poor play. Bruce Gradkowski will start for Oakland, Michael Vick for Philadelphia, Ryan Fitzpatrick for Buffalo and Jimmy Clausen at Carolina. Shaun Hill also gets the nod in Detroit again as Matt Stafford will be out for another four weeks.
On the defensive side, Darrelle Revis is out for the Jets Sunday night game at Miami. It must have really hurt when Randy Moss scored easily on him -- one handed -- last Sunday. The Broncos are all banged up on Defense with several starters being questionable led by Champ Bailey. Peyton Manning is not the type of player a hurt secondary wants to face.