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IDP Notes
Week 14
12/8/04

Quick Hits (Details in individual team notes)
  • No more byes
  • NYJ DE John Abraham sprains MCL
  • MIA LB Thomas and CAR LB Morgan still out
  • CHI LB Brian Urlacher back early
  • AZ DE Bert Berry leading league in sacks
  • MIN CB Antoine Winfield has high ankle sprain
  • HOU LB Foreman and FS Coleman done for year
Week 14 Injury Report (available Wednesday PM)

Studs

Bert Berry, DE (AZ) - broke up a pass and only had 2 solo tackles, but one of them was his NFL-leading 11th sack. He's on his way to exceeding career-highs across the board, proving last year was not a fluke and that he is now one of the elite ends in the league.

Patrick Kerney, DE (ATL) - had his first multi-sack game since Week 4, getting a solo and sharing one with DT Rod Coleman. His 10 sacks on the season are good for second in the league. He also tied LB Keith Brooking for the team-lead in tackles with 7 (4 solo).

Raven safeties (BAL) - another INT made by SS Ed Reed was returned for a TD, just not by him. After another pick deep in their own territory, Reed returned it 24 yards before fumbling, at which point Chris McAlister scooped it up and took it 64 more for the TD. It was Reed's 7th of the season, tying him for the NFL lead. He also had 5 tackles (4 solo) and recovered a fumble he forced. FS Will Demps had a game-high 14 tackles (13 solo).

Brian Urlacher, LB (CHI) - a quick recover from calf surgery had him back in the lineup much earlier than expected, and he showed no ill effects, as he was all over the field in arguably his best performance of the year. He picked a pass in front of the end zone, squashing a Viking scoring opportunity, and returned it 42 yards. He just missed another pick later in the game, as well as posting 7 tackles (6 solo) and a sack.

Bears Defense (CHI) - Urlacher's big day makes it easy to overlook several other big contributions. Reserve DT Alfonso Boone had 2 of the team's 5 sacks, with DE's Alex Brown and Adewale Oguleye each getting one, as well. Brown emerged after disappearing since his big game in New York. In addition to the victory and fine performance, Brown also had a 5-year extension he signed last week to celebrate. Charles Tillman returned to the starting lineup and did a good job locking up Randy Moss most of the day. He led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo) and also forced a fumble on Moss, who lacked focus and explosion all day. Jerry Azumah remained the starter at CB opposite Tillman, and he had 2 picks.

Kenard Lang, DE (CLE) - after a hot start, Lang cooled off for most of the season, but had 2 sacks Sunday to give him 3 in his last 3 games. He also had 4 solo tackles.

La'Roi Glover, DE (DAL) - had his best game of the year with 6 tackles (3 solo) and 2 sacks.

John Lynch, S (DEN) - posted 7 solo tackles, his first sack of the year, and forced 2 fumbles, including one on a devastating highlight-reel hit he laid on Jesse Chatman.

James Hall, DE (DET) - the five-year veteran continues his breakout season. He grabbed his first career INT on a ball that bounced off the helmet of teammate Kalimba Edwards. He also had a sack, giving him 9.5 on the year, and 4 tackles (3 solo).

Dre' Bly, CB (DET) - displayed his Pro Bowl former against an overwhelmed John Navarre, picking 2 and breaking up 2 other passes. He also had 4 tackles (3 solo).

Dunta Robinson, CB (HOU) - grabbed his fifth INT, second best in the league, defended another pass, and added 8 solo tackles. He's making a strong push for ROY.

Colts Starting Ends (IND) - now alternating between stud and dud weekly, Dwight Freeney had his best game of the season Sunday. He posted 3 sacks, another solo tackle, and a forced fumble. After a slow start, Freeney finds himself leading the AFC in sacks. Opposite him, Raheem Brock had his first career multi-sack game, as well as 4 tackles (3 solo).

Rob Morris, LB (IND) - led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo) and had a sack for the second straight game. The Colt LB has been hot lately and added more on special teams, returning a blocked FG 68 yards for a TD.

Viking DTs (MIN) - Kevin Williams continued his Pro Bowl-worthy season, posting his first two-sack game of the year to give him 7 total on the season. He also had 7 tackles (6 solo) and recovered a fumble. IDP league owners who are required to start a DT and gambled on Spencer Johnson after he replaced Chris Hovan were treated to 6 tackles (5 solo) and a sack, each a season-high, by the rookie.

Darren Howard, DE (NO) - registered 2 sacks to tie him with Charles Grant for the team lead with 7.5. Grant hasn't had a sack in six games.

Charles Woodson, CB (OAK) - started at his usual CB position, but saw a lot of work at safety to help keep Tony Gonzalez in check. Gonzo had just 3 catches for 32 yards. He led the team with a game-high 13 tackles (12 solo) and also had his first pick of the season.

Clark Haggans, LB (PIT) - looking like a bust for most of the year, Haggans is finally starting to live up to the potential he has flashed as a reserve prior to starting this year. He had 3 solo tackles and a sack Sunday, giving him 7 tackles (6 solo) and 3 sacks in his last 2 games.

Eagles DTs (PHI) - Darwin Walker and Corey Simon had identical stat lines with 2 sack and 2 other tackles each. Walker also forced a fumble. After not producing numbers most of the season, Simon has 9 tackles (5 solo) and 3.5 sacks in his last 2 games.

Leonard Little, DE (STL) - had the best game of his disappointing year with a season-high 8 tackles (7 solo) and a sack. It was his team-leading sixth of the season, but he's still on pace for his worst total since 2000.

Donnie Edwards, LB (SD) - had a career-high 20 tackles (14 solo) to move into 3rd place in the AFC.

John Engelberger, DE (SF) - a rare appearance in the 'Stud' category after a 2 sack and forced fumble day against the Rams. He now leads the team with 5 sacks.

Seahawk DEs (SEA) - after bottoming out last week, both Grant Wistrom and Chike Okeafor returned with a solid game. Both had a sack, and Wistrom had 7 tackles (5 solo) and a pass defensed, while Okeafor had 3 tackles (2 solo), as well.

Derrick Brooks, LB and Simeon Rice, DE (TB) - it was a classic performance against Atlanta Sunday by the Bucs two remaining marquee defensive names. Rice had his best game of the year, and the type fantasy owners expected to see more of by him this year. He posted 4 solo tackles, batting down 2 passes, sacking Mike Vick twice, and forcing a fumble. The sacks were numbers 100 and 101 of Rice's career. Derrick Brooks had 2 passes defended, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble of his own, while also leading the team in tackles with 11 (8 solo).

Dewayne White, DT/DE (TB) - while the old stars had a big day, one of the new continues to roll, as well. He doesn't start, but produces like he does, finishing with 4 tackles (3 solo) and a sack. He has 5.5 sacks in the last six games.

Duds

Ray Lewis, LB (BAL) - sorry, but there are a lot of guys who can get you 7 tackles. Since he hasn't created a turnover all year or had a sack since Week One, if he isn't posting double-digit tackles, he's not providing the value expected out of an elite IDP, much less a Ray Lewis.

Justin Smith, DE (CIN) - posted his worst game of the season, just 2 tackles (1 solo).

Darren Sharper, S (GB) - his knee continues to bother him and he produced just 2 tackles Sunday.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE (GB) - after being hot the previous four games, KGB was MIA for the marquee match-up at Philadelphia.

Robert Mathis, DE (IND) - posted just 1 solo tackle, but such is life when you're a situational pass rusher and you don't get a sack.

Jaguars DTs (JAX) - while Marcus Stroud was playing through a sprained knee, John Henderson was coming off his best game of the year, but the results were poor for both, as they each had only 2 tackles.

Vikings Secondary (MIN) - allowed the Bears impotent passing game to go over 200 yards for the first time in two months, as well as surrendering a season-high 3 passing TDs to them. This was accomplished with Chad Hutchinson starting his first game of the year and with David Terrell dropping two long passes. Brian Russell was the worst offender, giving the few IDP owners still starting him just 3 solo tackles, keeping his interception-less 2004 alive.

Giants DEs (NYG) - the replacements, Osi Umenyiora and Lance Legree, combined for just 5 tackles, failing to help slow down a previously-struggling Clinton Portis. Recently signed Reggie Upshaw provided little help in the rotation, still unfamiliar with the defense.

Jonathan Vilma, LB (NYJ) - leads the team, and all rookies, in tackles with 76, but the 1st round pick had poor fantasy production Sunday with only 4 tackles (3 solo).

Andre Carter, DE (SF) - his back apparently remains a problem as he had another miserable performance, posting just 2 solo tackles. He has 1 sack and not more than 2 tackles in any game since returning to the lineup after missing the first half of the season.

John Howell, S (TB) - not taking advantage, at least fantasy-wise, of his opportunity at FS while Jermaine Phillips remains out. He had 1 solo tackle Sunday and is averaging just 2 per game while starting the last three games.

Ryan Clark, S (WAS) - after beginning strong when injuries forced him into the starting lineup, Clark has provided diminishing returns the last 3 weeks, culminating with just 2 solo tackles Sunday.

Inactives, Movement, Miscellany

AZ Rookie Darnell Dockett is playing through a strained groin that is limiting him.

BAL Deion Sanders missed his fourth straight game with a toe injury.

BUF Terrence McGee continues to thrive in place of CB Troy Vincent. He had 6 tackles (5 solo), a pick, and another pass defended. He also retuned the opening kick-off 104 yards for a TD, a Bills record. He has an INT in each of the last three games and the return TD was his third this season.

CAR MLB Dan Morgan remained inactive, but the team believes he is close to returning.

CHI Charles Tillman's return to the starting lineup left R.W. McQuarters the odd man out at CB. However, McQuarters strong play this year kept him in the starting lineup, moving to FS and bumping Todd Johnson to a reserve role.

CLE The team was thin as corner with Daylon McCutcheon and Michael Lehan both inactive, giving Lewis Sanders the start. Sanders posted 7 solo tackles, an INT, and 2 other passes defensed. With Andra Davis done for the year, Barry Gardner was the new MLB, as expected. He finished with 7 tackles (3 solo).

HOU After battling a shoulder injury for a few weeks, the team placed FS Marcus Coleman on the IR. They activated rookie Jammal Lord, the former Nebraska QB, from the practice squad to add depth to the secondary that also continues to be without Jason Simmons.

KC Both starting safeties were inactive, Jerome Woods (FS) with a knee injury and Greg Wesley (SS) with a hamstring. Shaunard Harts and Willie Pile, respectively, started in their place. LB Monty Beisel remained inactive and Quinton Caver remains in the starting lineup at OLB.

MIA Zach Thomas was inactive with a partial tear in his hamstring, which he tried to return from too early the previous week. He is expected to miss this week, as well. Derrick Pope started in the middle in his place and had a sack for the second straight game, as well as 7 tackles (3 solo).

NE The Pats top three corners (Law, Poole, and Samuel) remained out and while Eugene Wilson remains over at CB (with Dexter Reid getting another start at SS and Rodney Harrison moving again to FS) and Randall Gay started opposite him. Gay picked up a fumble and returned it for a his first career TD. WR/CB Troy Brown again did well on the other side of the ball as nickel. He didn't catch a pass from Tom Brady, but he caught one from Luke McNown, giving him his second INT of the season. Brown also had 3 solo tackles.

NO LB Derrick Rodgers was placed on the IR and rookie Colby Bockwoldt, who has started in his place the last couple of weeks, should remain a starter. LB depth was slim, as Sedrick Hodge was also inactive with a knee injury, giving James Allen the start opposite Bockwoldt on the outside.

NYJ LB Sam Cowart was active again, but did not play as his knee is still bothering him. LB Victor Hobson was inactive for the second straight game with an ankle sprain and Mark Brown once again started in his place.

OAK LB/DE DeLawrence Grant, who started the first nine game, was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game and was MIA on the sidelines. When asked about Grant's fall from grace, HC Norv Turner only commented it was performance-related. Sam Williams continues to start in his place at OLB, and continues to be a non-factor, finishing with just an assist. Injuries shook up the lineup a bit more, as rookie Stuart Schweigert started at SS for Marques Anderson, who dressed, but did not play, with a hamstring injury. Schweigert had 8 tackles (7 solo). Grant Irons got his first career start at RDE, finishing with 2 tackles. Tyler Brayton was inactive with a neck injury.

PIT Kendrell Bell is slowly recovering from his groin injury, but he will not need surgery and will not be put on the IR. However, he has been ruled out for this week. Larry Foote continues to start in his place.

STL Antuan Edwards started at FS as Aeneas Williams was again limited to certain packages with a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder area. Former first round pick Jimmy Kennedy got his first career start, pushing Damione Lewis to a reserve role. Kennedy had 2 solo tackles.

SD Sammy Davis was inactive with a fracture in his leg and Drayton Florence started in his place. Florence was beat bad a few times, but intercepted a pass early and tipped another late that S Jerry Wilson picked to seal the victory.

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. Rookie Niko Koutouvides also saw significant time at LB.

TEN Scott McGarrahan replaced Donnie Nickey as the starter at SS for Tank Williams, who is done for the season. Lamont Thomson remains the FS wit Lance Schulters still sidelined. Although Thomson had a pick, he was reading and guessing wrong most of the day against the Colts. Samari Rolle dressed, but did not play, due to a lingering knee injury. He had the knee scoped Monday and will miss at least 2 weeks. Rookie Michael Waddell started in Rolle's place and led the team with 8 solo tackles. With Albert Haynesworth out for the third straight game, the front four changed yet again. Kevin Carter slid back to DT and Antwan Odom got the start at LE. Odom had 4 tackles (3 solo) and a sack. LB Rocky Boiman continued to be inactive with a hamstring injury, and it looks like his season is over.

WAS LaVar Arrington missed his tenth straight game, and the Redskins are out of the playoff hunt, but he refuses to call it a season. Arrington will return to practice Wednesday, but is not expected to play this week.

Notable Week 13 Injuries

Ed Jasper, DT (ATL) - fractured his wrist in the first half and Antwan Lake replaced him. Jasper returned with a cast in the second half and saw action in a reserve role. While Jasper is not much of a fantasy factor, the depth in Atlanta is precarious and his absence could ultimately effect Rod Coleman and Patrick Kerney.

Kim Herring, S (CIN) - left in the third quarter with an arm injury. Kevin Kaesviharn replaced him at FS.

Chris Crocker, S (CLE) - suffered a biceps injury Sunday and is expected to miss this week's game. Earl Little will likely return to the starting FS spot he lost to Crocker earlier this year.

Na'il Diggs, LB (GB) - was hospitalized after suffering a bruised kidney in Sunday's game. He is doubtful this week and Paris Lenon will likely start in his place.

Jay Foreman, LB (HOU) - after missing the prior week with a neck stinger, Foreman returned only to severely sprain his right ankle. It will require surgery and he is done for the season. DaShon Polk filled in for him again, and is likely to start in his place the rest of the year.

Antoine Winfield, CB (MIN) - the Vikings leading-tackler suffered a high ankle sprain and did not return. Terrance Shaw will likely start in his place, with Derek Ross moving to the nickel.

Barrett Green, LB (NYG) - sprained his knee after being cut Sunday and did not finish the game. The knee was swollen Monday, but he hopes to play this week. Nick Greisen replaced him and will start this week if Green cannot.

John Abraham, DE (NYJ) - sprained his right knee in the first half and did not return. An MRI revealed a sprained MCL and he is expected to miss at least this week. Abraham is second in the AFC with 9.5 sacks. Bryan Thomas replaced him in the lineup and is expected to start while he is out.

Derrick Burgess, DE (PHI) - after injuring his chest the previous week, Burgess left Sunday's game in the first half when he aggravated the injury. Tests revealed a separated sternum and he'll miss the rest of the season. Hugh Douglas will replace him, hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow prodigal son Jeremiah Trotter with a triumphant return to the starting lineup.

Rocky Calmus, LB (TEN) - already battling lingering injuries, Calmus left Sunday after a "significant" hamstring injury and could be done for the year. With Rocky Boiman out and Peter Sirmon already done for the season long ago, Justin Ena and rookie Robert Reynolds are both in line for more work to wrap up a forgettable season.

Phillip Daniels, DE (WAS) - returned from a groin injury to dislocate his wrist Sunday, and is likely done for the year. He had a sack before leaving.



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