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A pre-kickoff look at late-breaking news of fantasy interest:

  • Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward (hamstring) is inactive for today's game vs. Jacksonville.

  • Tommy Maddox will start at quarterback for the Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger (knee) serving as the No. 3 QB behind Charlie Batch.

  • Jacksonville RB Fred Taylor is inactive at Pittsburgh; Greg Jones will start and is expected to split carries with Alvin Pearman.

  • Tampa Bay running back Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams is inactive; Michael Pittman will start today against the Dolphins.
  • Chicago RB Thomas Jones (knee) will start vs. Minnesota, but rookie Cedric Benson should get plenty of carries as well. Both are decent plays against the NFL's worst run defense.

  • With Julius Jones (ankle) inactive, Anthony Thomas will start at RB for Dallas against the New York Giants and is expected to split carries with rookie Tyson Thompson.

  • Other inactives: Carolina RB DeShaun Foster, Cincinnati WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Detroit WR Roy Williams
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