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Week 14 Injury Report (available
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.