I bet a Josh McCown-Seneca Wallace matchup wasn't what you expected last night, huh?
As you've probably heard, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers left after the first series with a left shoulder injury. The Packers didn't have a prognosis for Rodgers after the game, but speculation has ranged from broken collarbone to separated shoulder, and from six weeks out to no missed time. None of the speculators have seen an X-ray or MRI, and we'll probably get more details today.
Until you hear otherwise, prepare for a lengthy absence for Rodgers. Widely available QB options are Jay Cutler (owned in 42.1 of FOXSports.com leagues), Jake Locker (23.7 percent owned), Nick Foles (10.8 percent owned), Mike Glennon (7.2 percent owned) and Case Keenum (5.1 percent owned). Rodgers' real-life backup, Seneca Wallace, is not recommended. Also, any time Wallace has to start, the fantasy value of the Packer receivers will become much less certain, and Eddie Lacy might get 86 carries per game for awhile.
Cutler is reportedly on track to return in Week 10 from his groin injury, while Locker and Foles have friendly upcoming schedules. In order, I'd prefer Cutler, then Foles, then Locker, then Glennon.
On to the rest of the news:
- RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) and QB Terrelle Pryor (knee) got hurt Sunday for the Raiders, with McFadden appearing to be a shakier Week 10 option. Rashad Jennings, who racked up 176 (mostly garbage-time) yards from scrimmage in place of McFadden on Sunday, is a decent option if you need a back this week.
- The news frenzy surrounding Texans head coach Gary Kubiak made it difficult to get any Monday updates on RB Arian Foster, who left Sunday night's game with a back injury. Stay tuned.
- In other Texans' news, PK Randy Bullock might lose his job this week.
- We should know more tomorrow about Darren Sproles' concussion. If Sproles can't play against the Cowboys, Pierre Thomas will be a terrific fantasy start.
- Remember your byes: The Browns, Chiefs, Patriots and Jets are off this week.
- When the Patriots return from their bye, RB Shane Vereen will probably be ready to go. Vereen is owned in 27.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, so get him now if you want him. I'm not as bullish on Vereen as some others, but he'll be a nice PPR option.
- In case you missed it last week, Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Blackmon's 2013 is over, and 2014 is TBD.
- The Ravens might use a pistol formation to jump-start their running game. Something's gotta work, right?
- Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he's "not counting on" WR Percy Harvin returning in Week 10, but that might be cautious wording as opposed to negative wording. Let's see how Harvin's practice week goes.
- Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is expected to miss a month with a broken foot.
- The Bills are hoping to get QB E.J. Manuel (ribs) back this week after a four-game absence. WRs Robert Woods (ankle) and Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) are day-to-day.
- Concussion tests were negative on Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, so hopefully he'll be back this week.
- Giants RB Andre Brown expects to make his 2013 debut this week, and the New York Daily News reports that the coaches "have begun installing a small package of plays for him in the game plan." If you have thoughts of Brown leading your team to fantasy glory, read that quote again. For at least this week, I think Peyton Hillis is still the man to own in the Giants' messy backfield, even if Brown and Brandon Jacobs return.
- Look for the 49ers to activate WR Mario Manningham (knee) this week. Baby steps are likely for now, though.
- My friend Joel Beall will be in the FOXSports.com fantasy chat room today at 3 p.m. ET. Stop by if you can.
See you back here Friday morning.