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    Gonzalez Injury An Opportunity

    It now appears that Anthony Gonzalez will miss the entire season.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I was one of those many "experts" who thought Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (RapidDraft ADP 54.9) was going to have a great 2009 campaign.

    Gonzalez was coming off a 57-catch, 664-yard, four touchdown season as a third wideout and was expected to be the starting wide receiver opposite Reggie Wayne. With Wayne drawing double coverage on most plays, Gonzalez would just need to beat one man to get open. And we know that Peyton Manning sees everything and would certainly hit him early and often.

    Unfortunately, Gonzalez injured his right knee during the first quarter of the Week 1 game against Jacksonville and never returned to the field. Originally though to be a six-week injury, with setbacks, it now appears that Gonzalez will miss the entire season. What a waste of a high sixth-round selection.

    However, his spot in the lineup has been ably manned by two young receivers - Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. Garcon is a second-year receiver out of little Mount Union and was a sixth-round pick of the Colts. He has 45 catches for 749 yards and four scores and has become a useful fantasy player for those who made the free agent pickup. Garcon has posted double-digits points in four of the last five games.

    Collie, also a fantasy free agent, was a rookie out of BYU, who almost instantly seemed to connect with Manning. He has grabbed 50 balls for 540 yards and six scores, including one in each of the last two weeks.

    As good as they have been, they are still the No.3 and No.4 options for Manning behind Wayne and All-Pro tight end Dallas Clark, so starting them is a week-to-week proposition.

    This week, I recommend getting Garcon and Collie along with regulars Manning, Wayne, Clark and Joseph Addai into your lineup for Thursday's rematch with the Jaguars. Manning and the Colts are the No.1 passing offense (296.4 ypg) and Jacksonville's defense is ranked 26th against the pass.

    For Jacksonville, the good news is that Mike Sims-Walker practiced on Tuesday. Walker has been limited by a calf injury over the past weeks and it shows in his numbers (six catches for 64 yards and no scores since Week 12). If he's healthy, he should be started against the Colts' 20th-ranked pass defense. If Sims-Walker is inactive or still limping, then both he and quarterback David Garrard should be benched. Garrard had just 122 yards against Indianapolis the first time around and just 139 yards last week against Miami. He has thrown just 10 TD passes (six to Sims-Walker) all year and has three 300-yard passing days.

    Hopefully, I don't have to tell you to start Maurice Jones-Drew, but I do want to remind all fantasy owners that there is not only a Thursday night game between the Colts and Jaguars, but there is also a Saturday night game between New Orleans and Dallas. Don't lose your second-round playoff game because you forgot to get your lineup changes in on time.

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

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      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

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      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

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      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

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      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

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      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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