Injuries to monitor through the weekend

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For the second time this season, Brian Westbrook won't be playing football on a Sunday. He is out with broken ribs. Last week he played with the injury, averaging a Curtis Enis-like 2.8 yards per carry. But Westbrook also got into the endzone. Fantasy owners are sure to have mixed feelings about this. If Westbrook is on your team, you either drafted him in the first round or traded several quality players to get him. On the flip side, with another week off, Westbrook could come back healthy and ready to dominate.

Here is a look at some other injuries to pay attention to this weekend before setting your fantasy lineup.

LaDanian Tomlinson- San Diego Chargers
Injury: toe
Status: probable
Prognosis: "He may have aggravated his toe injury against the Dolphins."

Tomlinson will play on Sunday. There is no question about that. But how much will the toe injury limit him? We know Norv Turner has no qualms about turning to Darren Sproles, who has been very effective when given carries this year. Still start Tomlinson, but maybe you can't bank on 15 guaranteed points from him this Sunday

Darren McFadden- Oakland Raiders
Injury: toe
Status: questionable
Prognosis: "He is still in a walking boot, even following the team's bye week."

Ever since his massive week two performance, when he burned the Chiefs for 164 yards and a touchdown, McFadden has been slowed by a toe injury. Fantasy owners hope that last week's bye was all the time McFadden needed to get healthy. Expect him to play on Sunday in New Orleans, but he'll still be splitting carries with Justin Fargas and Michael Bush. If you need McFadden, use him, but he's not a very strong play this week.

Roddy White- Atlanta Falcons
Injury: head
Status: questionable
Prognosis: "Was limited in their last practice as a precaution for a head injury."

White didn't practice on Thursday, leading to speculation that the Bears could miss Atlanta's top receiver. But with the Falcons at 3-2, they need a win Sunday. Expect White to play. Lets just hope Peanut Tillman can shut him down.

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DARREN MCFADDEN IS MY ONLY OTHER OPTION AT RB. BECAUSE OF BYE WEEK,DO I GO AHEAD AND START HIM? OR SHOULD I PICKUP SOMEONE LIKE (MICHEAL PITTMAN)?

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