That didn’t take long. Or maybe it did considering Darren McFadden’s injury history.

McFadden suffered his annual injury this past Sunday just four weeks into the season. This one is a hamstring injury. If you have him on your fantasy team don’t gamble. I don’t think he’s going to play after not practicing Thursday. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t spot McFadden again until Week 8.

There is good news on the Raiders’ injury front, though. Terrelle Pryor has recovered from his concussion and will start Sunday’s game, which remember is now a night game. More good news for the Raiders: Matt Flynn has been demoted to third-string. Flynn can only be effective if he has a good offensive line and outstanding skill position players around him. The Raiders aren’t close to having either.

Danny Amendola should play for the Patriots this week, but Rob Gronkowski may wait another week before making his season debut.

Green Bay should be at near full strength against the Lions as Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley and Eddie Lacey are all on track to play. There’s also the possibility underrated safety Morgan Burnett will be able to play as the Packers try for their 23rd consecutive home victory against Detroit.

Sticking with good news, Houston received some as its star offensive left tackle Duane Brown should play for the first time in three weeks. Maybe Brown will prove a soothing tonic for Matt Schaub, whose pick-six last week was the key in Seattle beating the Texans. That pass was the worst one I’ve seen all season. Absolutely inexcusable for a veteran such as Schaub to have thrown as he was being sacked throwing across the field despite his team leading.

In the who cares department, Mark Ingram may sit out another game with a toe injury. Hopefully you still don’t have Ingram on your fantasy roster. If you do, I’ll find an opening for you next year in one of my leagues.

It’s tempting to just no-brain playing the Broncos every week. Denver has won 15 consecutive regular season games, covering 13 of them, including the last nine.

But the Broncos suffered a key under-the-radar injury in practice on Wednesday and they also may be missing Matt Prater, one of the best long-range kickers in football. Prater has a calf injury to his kicking leg. He’s questionable at this point.


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