Fridays during the season are all about injury news. And if there's anything that might jeopardize the playing status of Calvin Johnson, Miles Austin , Adrian Peterson or Trent Richardson, that is certainly news. But in an effort to not spend four separate posts basically repeating myself -- "(Player) is probable for Sunday's game versus (opponent)" -- here is a consolidation of multiple not-so-serious injury notes.
Johnson missed practice on Wednesday because of a foot injury, but he was a full participant on Thursday and Friday.
Miles Austin turned in a full week of practice, so it looks like his hamstring problems are behind him for the moment.
Peterson's surgically repaired knee came out of last week OK, and he's practiced fully this week. He said Thursday that his knee feels 95 percent healthy.
It's a very similar story for Richardson, whose surgically repaired knee also isn't holding him back in practice this week.
I have no problem writing notes about players who are listed as probable on the injury report. But if they played last week and didn't suffer an evident setback or a new injury during the game or the practice week, it gets monotonous because you know these guys are going to play; you just try not to use the same words to say it. There are a lot of players who played last week who are listed as probable this week. These guys get a post because they are whom they are -- starters in 12-team leagues.
Calvin's fine. Tough matchup, but you shouldn't care.
Austin surprised me last week, but his hamstrings are obviously feeling pretty good after that acrobatic touchdown grab he made against the Giants. He's a solid WR2 this week at Seattle.
Peterson turned in an amazing effort in Week 1. You are certainly rolling with him against the weak Colts' defense.
Richardson is probably the only guy here who isn't a absolute must-start this week. He looked slow and rusty last week, and Cleveland's offensive line did him absolutely no favors. But at least he came out of that game no worse than how he entered it. And if he got 20 touches versus the Eagles, there should be no reason why he can't get 20 touches versus the Bengals, who don't present an overly tough matchup. Richardson is still a decent RB2.