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Injuries force roles to change

Peyton Hillis returned to practice Thursday and was pain free. If he is able to play, he should be in line for a decent workload. It would put a damper on Chris Ogbonnaya, who isn’t very talented anyway. He would have value if he gets a lot of touches.

It doesn’t look good for Darren McFadden playing on Sunday. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Michael Bush is an excellent start against the Broncos. Make sure he isn’t a free agent. Taiwan Jones becomes a good sleeper. Even with just 10 touches, Jones can produce. He has excellent speed and is a threat to score any time he gets the ball.

There still is hope Sam Bradford can play Sunday. He has a great matchup against the Cardinals. Bradford was dropped in a lot of leagues. I think he will be productive in the second half. He has two matchups against the Cardinals and Seahawks remaining.

Newsday’s Tom Rock believes Hakeem Nicks will sit Sunday with the hamstring injury. That makes Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz even more appealing against the awful Patriots defense. It could mean more targets for Jake Ballard too.

It’s still unclear what is going on with Ahmad Bradshaw. Brandon Jacobs would get most of the carries if Bradshaw sits and Danny Ware would back him up. I’d like to see Da’Rel Scott get some looks. He’s more explosive than Ware.

Mike Tolbert practiced for the second straight day. Ryan Mathews sat again with a groin injury. Tolbert has a tough matchup against the Packers, but is a good start since he will get a lot of touches.

Emmanuel Sanders is expected to miss Sunday’s game with a knee injury.

Julio Jones is expected to play against the Colts. He is a WR2.

Andre Johnson didn’t practice Thursday. He’s a game-time decision. Expect him to sit.

Kevin Kolb is expected to be sidelined against the Rams. John Skelton would start and at least he’s shown a penchant for forcing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald when he was the QB last season.

Fred Davis was limited in practice Thursday, but is expected to play. He’s the only Redskins player to trust right now.

Mark Ingram missed practice Thursday with a heel injury. Pierre Thomas is a good flex play if Ingram is out.

Jermaine Gresham missed practice again on Thursday and is unlikely to play with a hamstring injury.

Willis McGahee was limited in practice for the second consecutive day. His status will depend on if he’s able to use his surgically repaired right hand.

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