There’s a lot to keep in mind as we head into a big weekend of college and NFL action:
The Bills will be without three starters. The biggest loss in wide receiver Josh Reed. I’m kind of excited by his injury, though. I like him just fine, but I’m very interested to see James Hardy get the chance to see more action. This is a rookie I really like.
Not to be outdone, the Jets will be without linebacker and leading tackler David Harris when they play Buffalo. This should open things up a bit for Buffalo.
Jason Witten hasn’t been ruled out against the Giants yet, and it sounds like he may actually play, but with a broken rib his impact will be limited.
Another injury blow for the Colts – corner marlin Jackson is on the IR with a knee injury. He’s good, and the secondary doesn’t have a lot of depth, so this hurts. The pain is offset, though, by the news that Bob Sanders is ready to return to the lineup sooner than expected.
Tim Tebow is back in full health after playing with a hyper-extended knee the last two weeks. The strange part of this story is that Urban Meyer claims that he didn’t know about the injury until this week. I find that so hard to believe, and if it is true then something is wrong in Gainesville.
Jim Mora already has a contract to be the coach of the Seahawks next year, but the Universty of Washington has a new coaching vacancy, and the former UW player is on the record saying that the Huskies gig is his dream job. There will be interesting drama to watch in the Pacific Northwest. A statement from the Hawks said Mora s not a candidate. That, of course, means nothing.
I don’t know what is going on in Florida State (actually I do – chaos spawned by a coach who should have retired years ago), but they have serious issues in the receiver corps. For the second straight week they have suspended a receiver. This time it is Corey Surrency. I had high hopes for Surrency, a junior college transfer who had three touchdowns in his first two games to justify his spot on my watchlist. Since then, though, he has been mostly invisible.
C.J. Spiller is due to return to action for Clemson. There were high hopes for the running back coming into the season, but he has been out of action since Oct. 9.