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Scrounging the Week 8 Waiver Wire

Donnie Avery's speed should work well again this week against the Patriots.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's that time of the week, the time when injury reports start to appear for this Sunday's games and you search for temporary replacements because of those health reasons and byes.

The pickings are getting slimmer each week, but there are still a few players who may help you out of your current bind.

Marc Bulger, QB, St. Louis - He still hasn't thrown for 200 yards in a game this season, but he looked much more comfortable in the pocket last week against Dallas. Steven Jackson ran like the "old" Steven Jackson which will make the play action work and Donnie Avery is quickly developing as a second threat alongside Torry Holt.

Donnie Avery, WR, St. Louis - Avery has taken advantage of his time on the field and last week ran past the Cowboy defenders pretty easily. His speed should work well again this week against the Patriots, who will no doubt be doubling Holt most of the day.

Kevin Curtis, WR Philadelphia - Curtis will finally get back on the field this week and Donovan McNabb has always looked his way. Despite the development of rookie DeSean Jackson, Curtis should be a solid play for this week and down the road.

Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego - It appears that Chris Chambers will probably not return until after San Diego's Week 9 bye. Floyd had a nice day last week with four catches for 65 yards and one score last week and against the porous Saints defense he could do even better.

Mike Furrey, WR Detroit - Taking advantage of the open spot created when Roy Williams was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, Furrey stepped in with six catches for 89 yards. In the past he has been a very reliable receiver and there is no reason to think he can't do it again.

Josh Morgan, WR, San Francisco - With Frank Gore and Isaac Bruce garnering most of the Giants' attention, Morgan had a good day on Sunday hauling in five balls for 86 yards and one score. And the Seahawks' defense is nowhere near as good as the Super Bowl Giants.

Maurice Morris, RB, Seattle - Coach Mike Holmgren has promised a more balance distribution between Morris and Julius Jones. With the condition of the Seattle offense, it probably means that neither running back is a viable alternative, but with byes and injuries you may be forced to use one or both of them.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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