Mathews has yet to be cleared to play after suffering a concussion last week against the Raiders and just this week head coach Mike McCoy said he could envision Woodhead as an every down back in his system.
More to the point, Woodhead has shown a great deal of versatility this season. Sure, his 103 yards on 28 rushes isn’t that impressive. But, he does have 31 receptions for 220 receiving yards along with 3 touchdowns. So, it’s not unreasonable to think that if Woodhead sees more touches as a result of Mathews’ absence that he could end up with more than 100 total yards.
I definitely like Woodhead this week.
Michael Vick practiced fully yesterday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury.
He is officially listed as questionable on the injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. the Bucs. However, there are reports out of Philadelphia suggesting he’s a long shot to play. And that seems to matchup with reports from earlier in the week which were pessimistic about his outlook for this week’s game.
You can hold out hope that Vick will be a game time go, but I would also be prepared with an alternative. I would also hope that LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson owners are prepared as well, because a Vick absence will most certainly affect those players as well.
Despite the drama surrounding him late this week, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said yesterday that he would play this week.
Peterson’s 2-year-old son was hospitalized in critical condition in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Peterson had left the team on Thursday. He returned yesterday and announced his intention to suit up against the Panthers, but that was prior to reports that his son had died. It was unclear at press time whether Peterson’s previous statements saying he would play would remain the case.