Quick Hits (Details in individual
Week 13 Injury Report (available
- No more byes
- MIA LB Zach Thomas returns early, too early, from injury
- CLE MLB Andra Davis done for year
- CAR DE Julius Peppers doing it all
- IND DE Mathis and AZ DE Berry hit double-digit sacks
- Jeremiah Trotter succeeding again as PHI MLB
- NO LB Watson and DT Sullivan in doghouse
- DEN CB Bailey no champ on Sunday Night
- TEN DT Starks and NYJ LB Vilma making late run at DROY
Bert Berry, DE (AZ) - bounced
back from a thigh injury last week to register his 10th sack of
the season, tying him for the NFL lead. He also forced a fumble
on the sack and had 4 tackles (2 solo). He has 6 sacks in his last
four games, and didn't play much last week after leaving with the
Rod Coleman, DT (ATL) - 6 tackles
(3 solo), 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. He leads all DTs in the
league with 8 this season, despite missing three games after a
Julius Peppers, DE (CAR) -
displayed his great athleticism and speed picking a ball off and
outrunning the offense to return it 46 yards for a TD, as well
as by catching Michael Pittman from behind on a 68-yard reception.
Peppers also had a sack, 3 assists, and blocked a FG. In his last
four games, Peppers has 17 tackles (13 solo), 7 sacks, a forced
fumble, an INT, and 3 passes defended.
R.W. McQuarters, CB (CHI) -
former first round pick is again displaying the tackling and playmaking
ability he showed in his breakout 2001 season - too bad he only
shows it every couple of years. He broke up 3 passes, picking
off 2, and returning one of those 45-yards for the teams' only
TD of the day. He also had 7 tackles (6 solo).
Deltha O'Neal, CB (CIN) - while
fellow corner Tory James grabbed his league-leading 7th pick earlier
in the game, O'Neal's pick sealed the victory when he returned
it 31 yards for a TD with less than two minutes left in the game.
O'Neal also had 4 tackles (3 solo).
Robert Geathers, DE (CIN) -
the rookie reserve had a sack and a half on Sunday and has the
first 3.5 of his career in the last four weeks, after not being
active most of the first half of the season.
Cowboy Ends (DAL) - it took
a banged up Bears OLine and third-string QB, but Marcellus Wiley
and Greg Ellis finally had the kind of game the team expected
more of this season. Wiley finally got his first sack of the season,
in addition to 4 solo tackles and a forced fumble. Ellis had a
sack and a half, giving him a team-high 8 on the season, as well
as 5 tackles (3 solo). Most impressive was reserve Eric Ogbogu,
who had replaced Wiley as a starter early this season. He had
3.5 sacks and forced a fumble on one of them.
Packers DLine (GB) - DT Cletidus
Hunt had his first sack of the season, while reserve DE R-Kal
Truluck, DE Aaron Kampman, and DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila each had
one, as well. KGB has 13 tackles (12 solo) and 6 sacks in the
last four games.
Packers rookie CBs (GB) - there
was no fighting between the rookie corners Monday night when Joey
Thomas forced a fumble on the Rams first drive and Ahmad Carroll
returned it 40 yards for his first career TD. Thomas also had
5 solo tackles, while Carroll had 3 (2 solo), as well as his first
Robert Mathis, DE (IND) - despite
being limited to a pass rush specialist role, Mathis was the first
player in the league to double-digit sacks, registering his 10th
on Thanksgiving. He also recovered a fumble forced by LB David
Rob Morris, MLB (IND) - after
posting very disappointing numbers for the last several weeks,
Morris led the team 7 solo tackles on Thanksgiving, as well as
getting his second sack of the season and forcing a fumble on
it. This primarily run-stopping LB remains a bad gamble, as opponents
aren't running much with the Colts offense lighting up the scoreboard
John Henderson, DT (JAX) -
the big man had his best game of the season, posting 7 tackles
(5 solo) and 2 sacks.
Dolphins Defense (MIA) - nothing
helps a struggling team more than facing a team struggling worse,
and the 49er O cured a lot of Miami's ills for at least one day.
Start with a season-high 8 sacks, including 3 by Jason Taylor,
who now has 4.5 in his last three games after starting the season
slow. The O-Gun Replacements at end opposite Taylor both had big
games, as well. David Bowens had 6 tackles (5 solo), a sack, 2
passes defended, and 2 forced fumbles, while Jay Williams has
4 tackles (2 solo) and a sack. Playing most of the game for Zach
Taylor, rookie LB Derrick Pope had his first career sack and first
career TD on a fumble return.
Kevin Williams, DT (MIN) -
with Byron Leftwich appearing to be leading another 4th quarter
comeback, DE Kenechi Udeze slapped the ball out of Leftwich's
arm with just over two minutes to go in the game and Williams
returned it 77 yards for his first career TD. The big man also
had a sack and 3 tackles (2 solo).
Pats Inside LBs (NE) - the
tandem of Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson combined for 16 tackles
and each had a sack. Bruschi also forced a fumble.
James Allen, LB (NO) - after
replacing Sedrick Hodge, who left with an injury, Allen went on
to lead the team in tackles with 7 (6 solo) and appeared to have
clinched the win for the Saints, when he forced Warrick Dunn to
fumble and recovered it himself with three minutes left to play.
However, the inept O went 3-and-out, giving Mike Vick another
shot to win the game for Atlanta, which he did.
Will Allen, CB (NYG) - after
being embarrassed by Terrell Owens in their first meeting of the
year, Allen was looking for revenge in the rematch. While the
team still lost again, Allen spent a lot of time on Owens, helping
keep him under 100 yards and without a score, as well as stripping
him after one catch in the third quarter. In addition to the forced
fumble, he had a game-high 10 tackles (7 solo) and a pass defensed.
David Barrett, CB (NYJ) - had
his best game of the season against his former team, stripping
Antuan Boldin and then picking off a pass, both in the 4th quarter,
helping preserve the victory at Arizona. He also had 6 tackles
Jonathan Vilma, LB (NYJ) -
had perhaps the biggest game of his career with an INT deep in
New York territory and a fumble recovery of CB David Barrett's
strip, both in the 4th quarter, helping preserve the victory at
Arizona. He also had 8 tackles (5 solo). He leads all rookies
with 72 tackles.
Corey Simon, DT (PHI) - he
has struggled to produce numbers this year, despite heading into
free agency. Most disappointing was that he had only a half a
sack this year, tallied in the season opener, despite averaging
over 6 a season for his first four years. However, he was a force
again against the Giants, posting his best game of the year with
5 tackles (3 solo) and 1.5 sacks.
DeShea Townsend, CB (PIT) -
he had a decent game with 4 tackles (3 solo), a pick, and another
pass defended, but he has been a breakout player since joining
the starting lineup late last season. He ended 2003 with 3 picks
in the last 2 games, and already has a career-high 4 this year,
tied for third in the AFC. He returned one of the INTs for a TD
and leads defensive backs with 4 sacks.
Steelers LBs (PIT) - Joey Porter
and Clark Haggans each had 4 tackles and 2 sacks, while James
Farrior had 7 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.
Donnie Edwards, LB (SD) - the
switch to a 3-4 this year hasn't hurt his tackle numbers, but
the big plays have been absent. He took care of both Sunday, leading
the team with 10 tackles (7 solo) and grabbing his first INT of
the season, the only turnover for the Chargers, to set up the
Derrick Smith, LB (SF) - led
the team with 9 tackles (5 solo), as well as posting a sack and
returning a fumble 46-yards for his first TD of his 8-year career.
Ken Hamlin, FS (SEA) - while
teammate CB Ken Lucas grabbed his NFC-leading fifth INT, Hamlin
had two Sunday, as well as 5 tackles (4 solo).
Bucs Front Four (TB) - 4 sacks
up front Sunday, including one each for starters Simeon Rice,
Greg Spires, and Chidi Ahanotu. Ahanotu, brought in as a FA when
DT Anthony McFarland went down, has gotten to the QB each of the
three games he's played since rejoining the Bucs. Another player
benefiting from McFarland's absence is reserve Dewayne White.
He had the best day with 3 solo tackles and a sack, giving him
the first 4.5 sacks of his young career in the last five games.
Keith Bulluck, LB (TEN) - posted
a game-high 14 tackles (12 solo), broke up a pass, and got his
4th sack of the season, setting a new career-high.
Randy Starks, DT (TEN) - 2
sacks, 4 solo tackles, and a pass defensed for a guy who should
start to get some rookie of the year consideration. He has 3.5
sacks in his last 4 games.
Marcus Washington, LB (WAS)
- Washington was brought in to improve the pass rush, but he hadn't
helped much, until Sunday. He posted his first multi-sack game,
getting 2 and more than doubling his previous total of 1.5 for
the season. He also had 8 tackles (7 solo).
Patrick Kerney, DE (ATL) - just
when Coleman's return seemed to get him out of his funk, he has
his worst game of the year, 1 solo tackle. IDP owners will be
thrilled to know he had a sack taken away due to an offside by
fellow DE Brady Smith.
Ravens D (BAL) - the Pats shoved
the ball down their throat on the ground and overcame the elements
to make enough plays through the air to embarrass the Ravens on
both sides of the ball Sunday. Again the offense was also their
enemy, but they did nothing to help themselves, forcing no turnovers
and getting only one sack (DE Marques Douglas). Ray Lewis had
12 tackles (8 solo) and plenty of histrionics, but still isn't
turning in the big plays the team, his IDP owners, and NFL fans
everywhere, expect from him.
Alex Brown, DE (CHI) - posting
1 solo tackle for the second straight game is making his 4 sack
day a few weeks ago look more like a fluke than progress toward
becoming a top shelf DE.
Browns Defense (CLE) - they
had 3 picks, but no sacks or fumbles (forced or recovered) and
no player in double-digit tackles, despite 32 rushing attempts.
Leading the disappointment was Chaun Thompson, the Browns hottest
fantasy IDP the prior two weeks. He had just 3 tackles.
Roy Williams, FS (DAL) - while
plenty of teammates padded their numbers on a bad Bears O, Roy
had just 2 tackles (1 solo) and continues to disappoint fantasy
owners and IDP prognosticators.
Champ Bailey, CB (DEN) - for
the second time this season in a prime time nationally televised
game, Bailey has been burned up and down the field. Jerry Porter
should pay him a 10% commission on his contract next year, because
Bailey did more for the soon-to-be free agent Sunday night than
his agent will. In addition to getting beat on 2 TD passes and
for most of Porter's 135 yards, Bailey had a couple other moments
he'd like to forget. He was thrown aside like a rag doll by a
stiff arm from WR Doug Gabriel on the sidelines, giving Gabriel
a little more RAC yardage. His best defensive play of the night
was preventing teammate Kelly Herndon from coming down with the
interception on a jump ball, that ended up a harmless incompletion
for Oakland when both went for it. Fortunately for his IDP owners
(in most scoring systems), getting punked multiple times doesn't
hurt. However, he did little to help fantasy owners, either, posting
just 4 tackles for the game.
Lions Defense (DET) - the latest
victim of Peyton Manning's record chasing did little to help themselves.
No sacks or turnovers mean no big IDP performances. CB Fernando
Bryant led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo). No one else would
have gotten you more than 5 points.
Nick Barnett, MLB (GB) - the
standout Packer backer has hit a sophomore slump lately. He had
just 4 tackles Monday night and has averaged 3.5 the last four
games, while not having a sack or forcing a turnover, and breaking
up just one pass.
Chiefs DLinemen (KC) - the
DLine has produced just 2 sacks in the last 5 games. After having
4 sacks as a pass rush specialist over the first half of the season,
Allen has only 1, last week, since moving into the starting lineup.
Injuries have been a bit of a problem, but this unit, particularly
Ryan Sims and Vonnie Holliday, have been very disappointing most
of the year.
Lance Johnstone, DE (MIN) -
after posting 3 sacks the prior week, Johnstone had only 1 solo
tackle Sunday - such is the unpredictability of fantasy scoring
from role players. Johnstone appeared to have a sack late in the
game, but was well offsides, and the penalty helped keep the Jaguars
last chance drive alive, until a fumble eventually ended it.
Danny Clark, LB (OAK) - the
team's leading tackler had just 2 (1 solo) on Sunday night. He
also had a bone-headed shot to the head on a sliding Jake Plummer
to draw a personal foul.
Steve Foley, LB (SD) - a breakout
player most of the year, Foley had his worst game Sunday, finishing
with just 2 tackles (1 solo).
Seahawk starting ends (SEA)
- Grant Wistrom had 2.5 sacks in his first two games and had little
impact since. Granted, he missed 4 games with a knee injury, but
he's just collected tackles the last two weeks. Chike Okeafor
had 5.5 tackles and 2 forced fumbles in the first half of the
season, and nothing in the second half. He has been plagued by
injuries the second half, playing through a neck stinger and then
aggravating an ankle sprain Sunday. His status is in doubt this
week. Meanwhile, reserve Antonio Cochran, who played well in Wistrom's
absence, has had a sack in each of the last two games, giving
him a career-high 5 for the season. Whether or not Okeafor plays
this week, Cochran's breakout season should get him more time.
Key Inactives and Related Storylines
BAL CB Chris McAlister returned
from a neck stinger, but was limited to passing packages on third
down and didn't even appear in the box score. Deion Sanders missed
his third straight game with a toe injury. LB Peter Boulware appeared
to have made the long recovery from a serious knee injury at the
end of last season and looked like he might be back this year.
However, he suffered turf toe during his rehab and the Ravens
will shut him down for the year.
BUF With CB Troy Vincent still
not back from a knee injury Terrence McGee continues to post great
numbers in his place. McGee finished with 8 tackles (7 solo),
2 passes defended, and an interception. That gives him 16 tackles
(14 solo), 4 passes defended, 2 INTs, and a sack in his last two
CAR LB Dan Morgan remained
inactive and Vinny Ciurciu continues to start at MLB in his place.
Ciurciu led the team with 8 tackles (5 solo). It is encouraging
that Morgan doesn't seem to be headed for the IR, but at the same
time, there is no word on his return.
CHI Brian Urlacher remains
out and Hunter Hillenmeyer continues to start at MLB, posting
8 tackles (5 solo). However, his lack of speed and athleticism
compared to Urlacher was again
exposed, as the quick Julius Jones had a huge day in his first
DEN DT Luther Ellis missed
his second consecutive game with a calf strain. He hopes to return
next week. Ellis Johnson was the only DT rotating behind starters
Mario Fatafehi and Monsanto Pope, and Johnson grabbed a batted
ball and returned it 32 yards for a TD. DE Trevor Pryce is increasing
his activity this week, but has not yet been cleared to practice,
muchless play Sunday.
HOU LB Jay Foreman was out
with a neck stinger, giving DaShon Polk the start. It was only
the second career start for the five-year veteran, and he responded
with a career-high 8 tackles (5 solo) and recovered a fumble.
Rookie Glenn Earl continues to start at SS, while Eric Brown is
being worked back from a knee injury mostly on special teams.
Jason Simmons remains inactive from a concussion a few weeks ago.
FS Marcus Coleman is also playing through a sprained shoulder.
IND With rookie Bob Sanders
out 3-6 weeks with a strained MCL, Mike Doss returned to the starting
SS role, but posted only 1 solo tackle. CB Nick Harper returned
to the starting lineup from a shoulder injury and opposite him,
Joseph Jefferson remained the starter, pushing rookie Jason David
back to the nickel role. However, Harper sustained a concussion
in the game, so David saw significant time. With an extra few
days of rest due to the Thursday game, Harper is expected to play
next week. Rookie LBs Gilbert Gardner was inactive and Kendyll
Pope remained on the PUP, but both are expected to practice and
be active this week.
KC LB Monty Beisel remained
inactive and Quinton Caver remains in the starting lineup at OLB.
Kawika Mitchell continues to start at MLB. FS Jerome Woods was
inactive with a knee injury and was replaced by Shaunard Harts,
who posted 9 solo tackles. Harts was solid filling for Woods in
2002, when he missed the season with a broken leg. After returning
from missing all of 2002, Woods had a very good 2003 and was given
a fat six-year extension. This year, he has thoroughly disappointed
the Chiefs and his fantasy owners alike. SS Greg Wesley also missed
the game after hurting his hamsting in pregame warm-ups. Willie
Pile started in his place. It looks like Wesley could miss this
week's game, as well.
MIA Despite being expected
to miss at least a week with a partial tear in his hammy, MLB
Zach Thomas was not only a surprise active Sunday, but started
the game. He didn't last long, however, unable to go after the
first two series. Rookie Derrick Pope replaced him and saw his
first significant game action. Pope capitalized, finishing with
5 solo tackles, his first career sack, and his first career TD,
when he returned a Tim Rattay fumble out of the end zone 1 yard
for the score.
MIN DT Chris Hovan missed the
first game of his five year career. Deep in the doghouse of the
coaching staff for his mediocre play this year, he was a healthy
scratch. Undrafted FA rookie Spencer Johnson, who replaced him
in the starting lineup last week, remained the starter.
NE Asante Samuel was inactive
as he battles lingering shoulder problems and Tyrone Poole worked
out in pregame warm-ups, but remained inactive. With Ty Law already
ruled out, the Pats were again without their top three CBs. This
time, Eugene Wilson, a corner in college, slid over from FS, while
Rodney Harrison moved there, and rookie Dexter Reid got his first
career start at SS. Randall Gay remained the other starting CB,
while Earthwind Moreland and WR Troy Brown were the extra corners.
The move didn't faze Harrison, who still led the team with 12
tackles (9 solo).
NO Derrick Rodgers was out
for the second straight game due to his back and rookie Colby
Bockwoldt once again replaced him. Bockwoldt had another strong
game, posting 5 solo tackles and his first career sack. Rodgers's
season may be over, as it appears he could have a ruptured disc
in his back requiring surgery. Two other key inactives involved
much more bizarre stories. Rookie Courtney Watson was off to a
hot start after winning the starting MLB job before injuring his
knee Week 5. While recovering, he apparently ran into HC Jim Haslett's
doghouse, as well. This came to head last week when Watson missed
a team meeting and walk-through Saturday morning and was not allowed
on the team flight to Atlanta. He bought his own ticket and flew
commercial to get there, only to be benched for the game. Orlando
Ruff remains the starter at MLB. DT Jonathan Sullivan was inactive
again, as he has been a healthy scratch the last few weeks for
poor play, missing meetings, and being overweight. He didn't show
much progress in the diet area before the game Sunday when he
reportedly stopped in the Georgia Dome press room for a pregame
meal. Howard Green remains the starter at DT over the former 1st
NYG Rooke SS Gibril Wilson
was inactive for the second straight game with nerve damage in
his shoulder. Wilson hurt the shoulder against AZ 11/14 when he
collided awkwardly with Cardinal QB Josh McNown, trying to avoid
a personal foul as Wilson expected McNown to slide. Wilson was
conscientious of hitting McNown because he had been fined $7,500
by the league early in the season for a hit on CLE QB Jeff Garcia.
Despite not practicing last week, he reported the pain subsided
and flexibility had returned. However, on Sunday he reported it
was again sore and range of motion was limited. Treatment will
continue and he hopes to return next week. Terry Cousin started
again for Wilson at SS and had 3 tackles. Barrett Green returned
to the starting lineup at WLB for the first time since hurting
his knee on Halloween. He had a good day with 9 tackles (5 solo).
Green was ejected in the fourth quarter after an altercation on
the Giants sideline with PHI LB Jeremiah Trotter, who had hit
QB Eli Manning out of bounds and was flagged for the late hit.
Green's actions caused offsetting penalties. Nick Greisen, the
man who replaced Green, was inactive nursing an ankle injury suffered
the previous week. With all the injuries in the front four, DE
Chuck Wiley and DT Kendrick Allen were recently added for depth.
Wiley tore his ACL Sunday and joins the list of casualties at
end. Former Saint Allen had his first sack of the season and 4
tackles. DT Norman Hand hurt his groin and did not return Sunday,
so Allen could quickly see his role increase. Desperate for more
help up front, the team signed Regan Upshaw, who was released
prior to the season by Washington.
NYJ The team gave DE Shaun
Ellis a big six-year extension. A bit surprising since, although
he's been playing better lately, it seems clear 2003 was a career-year
and the team has DE John Abraham, who I'd rather have for the
longer term, to take care of as well. However, the team says they
will slap the franchise tag on Abraham and keep the standout duo
together at least through next season. That also means, despite
some improvement this year, there is no significant role for former
1st round pick Bryan Thomas in the near future, barring injury.
Victor Hobson was inactive with a sprained ankle, but it was Mark
Brown, not Sam Cowart, who started in his place. Brown finished
with just 2 solo tackles. Cowart suited up, but still did not
play, as he is not 100% and Vilma and Barton have been playing
OAK LB/DE DeLawrence Grant
was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. After Sam
Williams did nothing in Grant's place the prior week with his
first career start, he had 6 tackles and a pass defensed Sunday
PHI Nate Wayne remained inactive
with hamstring problems. Mark Simoneau returned after being inactive
the previous week with a concussion and started at Wayne's former
WLB spot. Simoneau had 4 tackles (3 solo) and a sack. Wayne is
expected to practice this week and could return to a reserve role
next week. Jeremiah Trotter remained the man in the middle and
led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo). The run D is improved with
Trotter there, and after adding him for a one-year deal envisioning
his as just a back-up, he could be brought back as the starter
for next season with a multi-year deal.
PIT Kendrell Bell is out again
after aggravating his groin in the previous game. Larry Foote
continues to start, but was the only LB without a big play Sunday.
Willie Williams continues to start at CB for Chad Scott, out with
a knee injury.
STL Antuan Edwards made his
debut for the Rams Monday night in nickel and dime packages. His
services were needed more when FS Aeneas Williams aggravated a
pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder area in the second half.
Edwards replaced him in the base defense and finished with 6 solo
tackles. Williams has been battling the problem throughout this
year. After suffering an ankle injury Week 3, Robert Thomas struggled
through the weeks up to the bye. Following the bye, he was still
not 100% and found himself replaced at starting MLB by Trev Faulk.
Now healthier, he was installed back as the starter. While Faulk
was decent, he's not the athlete Thomas is. HC Mike Martz says
it is a "speed issue". Thomas finished with just 2 solo
SEA With Anthony Simmons, his
back-up Tracy White still out with a hamstring, and Chad Brown
out a few weeks with a torn meniscus, the Seahawks had to go with
Isaiah Kacyvenski and Solomon Bates at OLB. Kacyvenski led the
team with 10 tackles (8 solo). Rookie Niko Koutouvides also saw
significant time at LB. Neither Brown nor White are expected back
TB Jack Howell continues to
start at FS in place of Jermaine Phillips who is out with a fracture
in his right forearm.
TEN With Tank Williams and
Lance Schulters out, Donnie Nickey (SS) and Lamont Thomson (FS)
remained the starting safeties. Both had 3 solo tackles. With
Albert Haynesworth out for the second straight game, 7th round
pick Jared Clauss started. At some points during the game, the
Titans has four rookies up front.
WAS After fruitlessly keeping
him on the active roster for a potential playoff situation, the
Redskins acknowledged that hope for their season is over and put
MLB Mike Barrow on the IR last week. Antonio Pierce, who has been
the starting MLB all season and leads the team in tackles, had
a game-high 9 solo tackles. LB Lavar Arrington missed his ninth
straight game and DE Phillip Daniels missed another game due to
his groin. Despite all the time he's missed, the team hasn't put
Arrington on the IR, so they must expect him back at some point
this season. Daniels expects to return to practice this week,
after being out the last three.
Notable Week 12 Injuries
Jason Webster, CB (ATL) - the
injury-prone Webster left the game in the second quarter with
a groin and did not return. Kevin Mathis filled in for him.
Andra Davis, MLB (CLE) - tore
the MCL in his left knee during the third quarter Sunday and is
done for the year. It is the same knee he seriously injured in
college that caused his draft stock to fall. The Browns leading
tackler had a solo and an INT before leaving. Barry Gardner replaced
him, and had an INT and solo of his own on the day. Gardner, a
former starter with the Eagles and Browns before Davis replace
him, will likely remain the starter.
Lenny Walls, CB (DEN) - dislocated
his right shoulder for the third time this season in the second
quarter and did not return. His year is over, as he will need
season-ending surgery to correct the problem. Kelly Herdon stepped
in as the starter after Walls went down with an ankle injury in
the preseason, and Herdon has held the job through most of the
season as Walls has battled multiple injuries. Walls has primarily
been the third corner and nickel when healthy, a role Willie Middlebrooks
will now play the rest of the season.
Marcus Stroud, DT (JAX) - aggravated
a knee sprain in the third quarter and played most of the second
half with a limp. There was no comment on the severity after the
game, but the knee was iced and heavily-wrapped.
Rob Meier, DE (JAX) - already
ridiculously thin at DE, the Jags took another hit when Meier,
their starting LE, broke his leg and was placed on the IR. Undrafted
rookie FA Bobby McCray replaced him and registered a sack, also
forcing a fumble on the plays, as well as posting 2 other solo
tackles. McCray and recent FA addition Jason Gildon, who had his
first sack as a Jag, should see most of the time replacing Meier.
Cato June, LB (IND) - sprained
an ankle in the Thanksgiving game, but was able to finish the
game and posted 5 tackles (4 solo). He leads the team in tackles
for the season. With the extra rest this week, he is expected
to play this week, but did not practice Monday.
Sedrick Hodge, LB (NO) - suffered
a sprained MCL in his right knee in the first series and did not
return. He could miss two or more weeks. James Allen replaced
him with a stud effort.
Aeneas Williams, FS (STL) -
left in the second half with a neck injury and did not return.
Antuan Edwards saw the bulk of the work in his place at FS.
Sammy Davis, CB (SD) - came
down awkwardly after breaking up a pass near the end of the first
half and was carted off the field with a leg injury. He has a
hairline fracture in his leg and could miss the rest of the season.
Drayton Florence replaced him in the lineup and Jamar Fletcher
moves to full-time nickel duty.