Links That Don’t Stink September 6, 2012  |  C.D. Carter

Jamaal Charles won’t be chained to a Strasburgian snap count, Ray Rice might have backfield company on or around the goal line, and Joe Haden’s Adderall usage won’t keep the stud corner off the hip of DeSean Jackson after all.

  • Chiefs head honcho Romeo Crennel says Jamaal Charles won’t be limited to a snap count, a pretty common restriction for runners coming back from shredded ACLs. In a transparent effort to ruin the psyches of fantasy footballers everywhere, the Chiefs have listed Charles and Peyton Hillis as starting running backs – a cruel joke, and proof that Hillis is in for a major workload, including goal line carries. The good news for Charles owners: The Kansas City Star says Charles’s knee rehab has “gone about as well as the Chiefs could have hoped.” And if Charles owners are still fretting, remember Jamaal’s classic quote from last spring. “When I touch that field again, you’re going to feel my pain,” Charles said. “You’re going to go through what I went through. It’s going to be that way for me the rest of my career.”
  • Probably it shouldn’t induce full-blown panic attacks among Ray Rice owners, but Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce is making noise about taking short yardage and goal line work from the diminutive Rice. “[Coaches] have mentioned it,” Pierce said in an interview with the Carroll County Times, referring to his potential role as a short-yardage and goal-line back. “But nothing’s for certain. Ray is the starting back. When he needs a blow, I’ll be able to come in and relieve him. But as far as short-yardage and goal-line, that’s still up in the air.” Don’t expect this to devolve into the nightmare timeshare of Rice’s days with Willis McGahee robbing him of touchdowns, but it’s something to monitor as real games get underway.
  • The Eagles passing game was looking mighty sexy when it appeared the Browns shutdown cornerback Joe Haden would be suspended for the season opener. Alas, the cocky corner is fully expected to suit up against Philly on Sunday, having appealed his four-game suspension for using Adderall. Haden is expected to line up across from DeSean Jackson.

If you’re fiending for more fantasy tidbits, check out The Fake Football’s recap of last night’s Giants-Cowboys tilt, and all the various fantasy implications therein. And let’s get #Ogletreehugger trending on Twitter today. Chet’s hashtag brainchild deserves recognition.

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