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IDP Notes
Week 13
12/1/04

Quick Hits (Details in individual team notes)
  • 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
Week 13 Injury Report (available Wednesday PM)

Studs

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 thigh injury.

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 car accident.

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 career INT.

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 Thornton.

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 each week.

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 (5 solo).

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 game-winning FG.

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).

Duds

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 games.

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 career start.

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 round pick.

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 well.

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 night.

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 tackles.

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 this week.

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.



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