Quick Hits (Details in individual
- Week Seven Bye: Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Washington
- Players eligible to come off PUP this week
- AZ S Dexter Jackson released
- ATL rookie CB DeAngelo Hall ready for debut
- BUF DE Aaron Schobel finally producing
- CAR DLine decimated by health issues, DT Kris Jenkins to IR
- CHI Pro Bowlers return from injury, turn in big games
- CIN MLB shuffle continues
- DET CB Dre' Bly returns
- IND secondary getting healthy after bye
- NO DE Charles Grant takes league-lead in sacks
- SEA DE Grant Wistrom out at least a month
- SD LB Steve Foley continues breakout season
- WAS rookie FS Sean Taylor has first big game
Week Seven Injury Report (available
Injured players placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform)
list prior to the beginning of the season are eligible to rejoin
their team Week 7, which begins on Tuesday, 10/19. The team then
has 21 days (until 11/9) to either move the player to the active
roster or make another move (a season-ending reserve list or release
him). Defensive players on the PUP:
DE: Antonio Garay, CLE; Willie
Whitehead, NO; Bo Schobel, TEN; Lorenzo Bromell, NYG
LB: Peter Boulware, BAL; Kendyll
S: Darren Woodson, DAL; Sean
Jones, CLE; Shawn Wooden, MIA; Ramon Walker, TEX
CB: Chris Johnson, GB; Tony
Most of these players are not ready to return yet, if at all
this season, and many are back-ups, but in a dynasty leagues,
you many want to monitor the progress of some like Peter Boulware
and Sean Jones if they are on the waiver wire, with an eye toward
After being sidelined since camp with a back injury, the Cardinal
cut ties with S Dexter Jackson, releasing him last week. Quintin
Harris started the season at FS in place of Jackson, but Redskin
cast-off Ifeanyi Ohlatete has since taken it from him.
After multi-sack games in Weeks 2-4 to move into the league lead,
DE Patrick Kerney has returned to earth. He had only 2 solo tackles
last week, with only 1 solo tackle and a pass defended Sunday.
With NT Rod Coleman inactive, Kerney worked in the interior line
some too, especially after rookie DT Chad Lavalais broke his hand
in the second half, somewhat explaining his limited production
this week. Coleman was in a car accident Saturday, suffering some
minor injuries. With Kerney working inside, as well as reserve
DEs Travis Hall and Karon Riley inactive, Junior Glymph saw his
first NFL game. He was activated from practice squad Saturday,
due to all the injuries, and had the only sack of the day, along
with 3 solo tackles. MLB Chris Draft was also out with turf toe,
giving Jamie Duncan his first action of the season.
LB Keith Brooking finally turned in a big play, intercepting
a pass on a ball batted by Kerney on the first drive. It was his
first stat, other than a tackle, of the year and his first INT
since 2002. He also had 7 tackles (6 solo). CB Kevin Mathis had
8 solo tackles, moving into a tie with Brooking for the team lead
on the season.
CB DeAngelo Hall, who has missed every game so far after suffering
a fracture in his hip in the preseason, is expected to suit up
and play this week. Hall had won a starting CB job prior to his
injury, but no word on where he stands now.
LB Peter Boulware, the Ravens all-time sack leader is eligible
come off the PUP this week, but don't expect him back in a game
soon. According to team trainer Bill Tessendorf, knee continues
to improve, but he is still not ready to play football yet. Boulware
has been testing the knee more with running and exercise, and
may begin football drills soon. However, a decision on whether
he will return or be put on the IR will likely be postponed until
his three week exemption is up.
After promising fans some excitement last week, LB Takeo Spikes
delivered. He picked a pass in the 1st quarter and returned it
for a TD to give the Bills an early 7-0 lead. Spikes broke up
2 other passes and had 2 solo tackles, as well.
A DLine struggling to get to the QB got fat Sunday on a bad Dolphins
OLine. They registered five sacks, nearly doubling the team's
season-to-date total. DE Aaron Schobel, who broke out of his funk
last week with his first sack of the season, had 2.5 to go with
8 tackles (5 solo) and a forced fumble. DT Pat Williams shared
the half-sack with Schobel and had 5 tackles (3 solo). Reserve
DE Ron Edwards had 2 sacks and 2 other solo tackles. Schobel really
emerged in the second half to help protect the Bills lead. After
a defensive pass interference put the ball at Buffalo's 1-yard
line and a failed run on first down, Schobel shared a sack with
Williams on second, and then sacked Jay Fielder again on third,
forcing Miami to kick a FG and preventing them from a tie with
a TD. Schobel's last sack ended Miami's final possession in the
4th quarter, forcing a punt and allowing the offense to run out
the last six minutes with a nice sustained drive.
CB Troy Vincent and SS Lawyer Milloy remain inactive. Terrence
McGee continues to fill in for Vincent and Pierson Prioleau took
over filling in at SS from Coy Wire last week.
Once a strength of the defending NFC Conference Champions, injuries
have decimated their DLine. The biggest blow came last week when
DT Kris Jenkins was placed on the IR with shoulder problems. The
Pro Bowl DT has contributed little the last few weeks, trying
to play through the injury. Kindal Moorehead replaces Jenkins
in the lineup. His interior partner Brentson Buckner returned
to the starting lineup Sunday after being inactive the prior week,
but continues to battle knee problems. Buckner contributed 2 solo
tackles and a sack in his return. However, things got worse Sunday
when DE Mike Rucker left the game after the first series with
an irregular heartbeat. Apparently the problem had arisen last
week, but tests Monday showed no structural or internal problems,
and he should be back next week. The only healthy member of the
starting front four, DE Julius Peppers, had 4 solo tackles and
a pass defended. Peppers has only 2 sacks on the season, and will
be challenged to produce big numbers with teams free to focus
on double-teaming him while injuries are a problem.
MLB Dan Morgan remains unphased by his the struggles of his front
four. He led the team with 8 solo tackles and knocked away two
FS Colin Branch broke his thumb, but is expected to play with
a cast this week.
MLB Brian Urlacher and CB Jerry Azumah returned from injury and
paid immediate dividends. Urlacher led the team in tackles with
12 (9 solo) and had a sack. Azumah was eased in at the nickel
corner, while rookie Nathan Vasher remained a starter, as he has
the playmaking (read: turnover) ability HC Lovie Smith craves,
despite his size. R.W. McQuarters, who allowed dropped an INT
right in his hands, could get the demotion when Azumah is ready
to return to a full time role. Despite Azumah's limited role,
he turned in a huge play, when he grabbed a pass batted by DE
Alex Brown and returned it 70 yards for the Bears only TD. Brown
was very active, playing a screen well earlier and knocking down
another pass, as well as posting 6 tackles (5 solo). DE Adewale
Ogunleye left the game in the 3rd quarter with a sprained ankle
and did not return. Michael Haynes, who normally rotates with
Brown, replaced O-Gun.
Unimpressed with rookie Caleb Miller in the middle, HC Marvin
Lewis turned to fellow rookie Landon Johnson next in trying to
replace Nate Webster, who is out for the season. Unfortunately,
Johnson's first career start was short lived, MLB, he left the
game in the first half after a low to the head. Miller replaced
him and finished with 8 tackles (7 solo), but also had a personal
foul for unnecessary roughness.
Kevin Kaesviharn started at SS in place of Rogers Beckett (who
is expected to miss this week, as well, with a concussion) and
FS Kim Herring was back in the lineup, after both were out last
week. Herring forced a fumble on Lee Suggs that Kaesviharn recovered
and returned for a TD. Herring also led the team in tackles (tie)
with 11 (8 solo), while Kaesviharn had 9 (8 solo). CB Deltha O'Neal
is capable of turning in the big play, but his propensity to gamble,
giving up too many big plays, was part of what got him in the
doghouse in Denver. Sunday he gave up a 99-yard TD pass to Andre'
Davis. Surprisingly absent from the box score was versatile rookie
Madieu Williams, who had started at every spot in the secondary
this year and is tied for the team lead in tackles.
LB Kevin Bentley continues to flourish in a reserve role, once
again outperforming starters Chaun Thompson and Warrick Holdman,
finishing with 5 solo tackles and adding 2 more on special teams.
DT Gerard Warren returned after missing 2 games with a pectoral
injury and registered a sack. Ebenezer Ebukan and Orpheus Roye
had sacks, as well.
DB Chris Crocker is playing more FS with the first team at Earl
Little's expense. He had 6 tackles (5 solo) to Little's 2 solo
tackles. Little remains the starter, but has fallen out of favor
with HC Butch Davis, despite signing a five-year extension in
2003. After drafting S Sean Jones in the second round, Little
was given permission to seek a trade, but when Jones went down
with a knee injury, Little was welcomed back to the starting lineup.
The right side of the defensive line continues to excel, as DE
Greg Ellis and DT La'Roi Glover each had a sack. It was a team-leading
6th for Ellis.
With a rash of injuries in the secondary, Dallas signed veteran
CB Tyrone Williams (last seen in Atlanta in 2003 via Green Bay)
a few weeks ago and he was installed in the starting lineup over
a pair of 7th round rookies. He had 4 solo tackles and a sack.
CB Terence Newman had a game-high 12 tackles (11 solo).
S Darren Woodson is eligible to come off the PUP this week, but
is still not fully recovered from surgery to remove a herniated
disk this summer. A decision is unlikely to be made until the
three week exemption expires. Tony Dixon has filled in well at
SS in his absence.
1st round pick D.J. Williams led the team in tackles again, with
7 (4 solo) and leads the team for the season.
Reserve DE Anton Palepoi, brought in after being released by
Seattle when Trevor Pryce went down, had a sack and a half.
CB Lenny Walls just returned from a dislocated shoulder in the
season opener the previous week. He dislocated the same shoulder
again on Sunday. He is out at least a week and with Willie Middlebrooks
out as well, undrafted FA rookie Roc Alexander could see time
as the nickel corner.
A DLine that had been an important part of the team's early success,
failed to show up Sunday, failing to tally a sack or put enough
pressure on Brett Favre to force an INT. Coming into the game
plus nine on turnover ratio, the defense forced no turnovers,
either. MLB Earl Holmes led the team with 14 tackles (8 solo).
As one came back, another went out, for a Lions secondary that
has been plagued by injuries the last two years. Pro Bowl CB Dre'
Bly returned from a knee injury that has kept him out since Week
2, but CB Fernando Bryant was carted off the field in the 2nd
quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return. Last year, the
breakout game that solidified Bly as one of the top corners in
the NFC was against the Packers at Ford Field, where he had 2
INTs and a forced fumble in an upset Week 13. However, he was
quiet against them this Sunday, totaling just 2 solo tackles and
1 pass defended.
1st round pick Ahmad Carroll made his first career start at CB,
replacing Michael Hawthorne, who criticized the move as not being
done on merit, but on the basis of Carroll's draft status. That's
not the first member of the secondary Carroll is struggling to
get along with. He previously had a spat with fellow rookie CB
Joey Thomas. As for the game, while Carroll tied for the team
lead with 6 solo tackles, he also got beat by Az Hakim on a 28-yard
TD, the only TD of the game for the Lions.
Spending 2/3rds of the game on the sidelines, the defense didn't
have a chance to do much, but Darren Sharper did return a pick
for a TD. Nick Barnett had the only sack of the game and had 6
LB Hannibal Naives returned to the lineup after missing last
week. The Packers masked their deficiencies in run defense with
the big win last week, but are still eagerly awaiting DT Grady
Jackson's return from a dislocated knee. They are hopeful he'll
begin practicing this week.
Four INTs helped seal the Texans first victory against the former
Houston football team, the division rival Titans. FS Marcus Coleman
and rookie DB Dunta Robinson each had their third INT of the season.
CB Aaron Glen had his second and LB Kailee Wong has his first.
Coleman led the team with 6 solo tackles, as well. LB Jamie Sharper
also had 6 tackles (5 solo) and a sack.
Already thin a safety with normal starter Eric Brown active in
his first game after missing 3 with a sprained knee and rookie
Glenn Earl out with a hip injury, starting SS Jason Simmons suffered
a concussion in the 3rd quarter and did not return to the game.
It was on a vicious collision that also knocked Chris Brown out
of the game. Brown was limited to situational and special teams
work. With a bye this week, the team hopes all three will be healthy
for Week 8.
With CB Nick Harper being the only member of the secondary to
start all five games this year, the group should finally be in
better shape after the bye. Michael Doss, Joseph Jefferson, and
rookie Bob Sanders are all expected to be active. Doss, who has
been out since the season opener with a severe hamstring injury,
practiced last week and should return to the starting SS slot
this week, pushing Cory Bird back to a reserve roll. The chronically-injured
Jefferson is expected to start practicing this week, back from
knee surgery. Expediting his return became more critical when
CB Donald Strickland was put on the IR with a shoulder injury.
Rookie Jason David was rushed to a starting CB role, and although
he responded with his first career INT in Week 5, there is no
depth now. Jefferson should return as the starter and David as
the third corner. Sanders, the rookie S has been out since the
off-season with a foot injury. Although undersized, he was an
intimidating hitter in college, an area the Colts could use some
Desperate for a spark at DE, HC Jack Del Rio gave journeyman
LB Greg Favors a start at right end. Favors responded with 4 tackles
(3 solo), a sack, and 2 passes defended. The shake up seemed to
help the rest of the defense put some more pressure. They totaled
6 sacks, doubling their league-low total for the season. In addition
to Favors, LB Akin Ayodele and Marcus Stroud each had 2, while
MLB Mike Peterson had the other. Those three each forced a fumble
on their sack, as well, but KC recovered it each time. Ayodele
led the team with 8 tackles (7 solo).
As expected, DT Ryan Sims was inactive due to hamstring problems.
DE Vonnie Holliday returned to the starting lineup and John Browning,
who remained the starting DE after Holliday returned from injury,
moved back to DT in place of Sims. Browning had a sack, along
with DE Eric Hicks and rookie back-up DE Jared Allen. Those three,
along with Lionel Dalton, lead the team with 2 sacks each.
DT Tim Bowens returned to the lineup, after missing the first
5 games with back problems. It wasn't enough, as the defense still
allowed a 100-yard rusher for the fourth time this season, after
not allowing one all last year. DE David Bowens had his 3rd sack,
assuming the team lead. Facing double teams and more all day DE
Jason Taylor didn't even appear in the box score. On a team that
needs help in the front four, they have failed to utilize journey
DE Chidi Ahanotu and his 43 career sacks. Disgruntled by his lack
of playing time, he was absent from practice last week and declared
on Thursday he wasn't returning and wished to be released or traded.
LB Zach Thomas led the team with 14 tackles (8 solo) and LB Junior
Seau was second with 9 (5 solo). The two are 1-2 for the season
on the team, as well.
Last year the Vikings were second in the league in INTs, but
coming into Sunday, they had none. CB Antoine Winfield, know more
for his tackling than his ball play, ended the drought with an
INT deep in Vikings territory, and returned it 56 yards, setting
up a TD two plays later. Winfield also led the team in tackles
(tied) for the game, with 7 (6 solo), and does for the season,
With E.J. Henderson still inactive with a knee sprain, rookie
Dontarrious Thomas started at MLB for the second straight game
and had 7 tackles (4 solo). Henderson will undergo tests this
week to determine his status, while Thomas is likely to continue
at MLB while he's out. LB Chris Claiborne left the game early
after a calf problem that forced him to miss their last game.
It's feared Claiborne will miss a few weeks. Raonall Smith replaced
Claiborne, and should continue to while both Claiborne and Henderson
are out, but if Henderson returns first, Thomas could slide back
over and bump Smith.
1st round pick Kenechi Udeze had a sack and 2 other solo tackles.
CB Derek Ross, already a journey man despite his talent, thanks
to the attitude and discipline problems he brings, was signed
last week for his second stint with the team this year. He saw
action and had 2 solo tackles. DT Chris Hovan has fallen into
Mike Tice's doghouse and continues to see less work.
DE Richard Seymour, the poster boy for a player whose real value
far exceeds his fantasy production, helped the team get out of
the gate on its way to their record 20th consecutive win. Seymour
batted away a Matt Hasselbeck pass on the first drive, which LB
Willie McGinest picked off and returned 27 yards, setting up a
TD and 7-0 lead for the Pats. CB Ty Law also had an INT, tying
the Patriots' career record with 36. DE Ty Warren, a 2003 1st
round pick, had his first career sack.
FS Eugene Wilson led the team with 11 solo tackles, and had a
forced fumble, as well.
DE Charles Grant had his league-leading 8th sack Sunday night,
and would have had more against a less mobile QB. He also had
4 solo tackles and knocked down a pass. Fellow bookend Darren
Howard had a sack, as well. Howard then had a minor knee procedure
Monday and is expected to miss this week and be back after the
bye the follwing week. 1st round pick Will Smith, who has shown
some great flashes in limited duty, will likely start this week.
Although the front four brought pressure, the secondary was torched
for 425 yards and 5 TDs. Recently acquired CB Mike McKenzie started
for the first time and was promptly toasted twice by Randy Moss,
including for a TD. McKenzie finished with just 1 solo tackle
and a pass defended, as he was benched half the game due to an
argument with HC Jim Haslett. CB Fred Thomas, the man McKenzie
replaced in the starting lineup because the coaching staff no
longer believes he's a playmaker, had 9 solo tackles while McKenzie
was out. FS Terbucky Jones led the team with 11 tackles (8 solo).
CB Ashley Ambrose had an INT and a forced fumble, that SS Jay
Bellamy recovered, but also had a pass interference on Randy Moss
that set up the Vikings first score.
Rookie MLB Courtney Watson was active and returned to the starting
lineup, after missing the last game with a knee injury. He finished
with 4 tackles (2 solo) and 2 passes defensed.
New York Giants
DC Tim Lewis has turned around the Giants defense by utilizing
a variety of looks, disguising blitz packages and varying where
the rush comes from. The secondary has been the biggest beneficiary,
where CB Will Allen leads the team in tackles, CB Will Peterson
and FS Brent Alexander each have two picks, and rookie SS Gibril
Wilson has been outstanding in all facets.
New York Jets
Another start, another career first for 1st round pick Jonathan
Vilma. With the Jets ahead by just one point late in the 4th quarter,
Tim Rattay gift-wrapped a duck for Vilma's first career INT, sealing
the victory. He also had 4 tackles (2 solo). Cowart remains questionable
this week, and there is no word on who gets bumped when he does.
Eric Barton or Victor Hobson seem likely, with either Vilma or
Cowart moving to the outside.
DE John Abraham had a sack for the third consecutive game, giving
him six in his last three games. DE Shaun Ellis finally had a
good game, registering his first solo sack of the season, along
with 6 tackles (4 solo) and a forced fumble. After setting a career-high
with 12.5 sacks last year, even the team knew Ellis was playing
over his head, as they tried to peddle him in a package for Champ
Bailey in the off-season. He's returned to earth this year, and
while still a valuable anchor end, he's unlikely to return to
being a double-digit sack threat.
CB David Barrett led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo) and quietly
leads the team in tackles for the season.
Handicapped by an inept offense that had several three and outs,
the Raiders D spent a lot of time on the field Sunday, racking
up nice fantasy numbers, but quickly tiring and failing to stop
Denver. SS Marques Anderson gave the team hope early with a 1st
quarter INT, that ended up being the only turnover they forced,
that led to a FG and an early lead. He also had a game-high 16
tackles (14 solo). FS Ray Buchanan was tied for second with 10
tackles (9 solo). The breakdown in the front seven, allowing 254
yards on the ground, including 176 for Reuben Droughns, was responsible
for two safeties leading the team in tackles. The D also failed
to put much pressure on Jake Plummer, registering no sacks.
OLB Travian Smith was active, but did not play, battling a knee
injury. DeLawrence Grant and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila were unimpressive
splitting most of the time in his place. Sam Williams returns
to practice this week and should enter the rotation at OLB, as
Against a Panther team that dismissed them from the playoffs
last year, the Eagles defense had few problems Sunday with the
injury-plagued Carolina squad. LB Dhani Jones and reserve DB Rod
Hood had INTs, while CB Lito Sheppard grabbed two, including one
he returned 64 yards for a TD. Sheppard, who leads the team with
four, is maturing into the playmaker he was in college as a star
FS Brian Dawkins and reserve DT Sam Rayburn each had a sack.
Rayburn, who set a new career high, is now tied with Jevon Kearse
for the team lead with three. Rayburn made the team last year
as an undrafted free agent, the equivalent of a college walk-on,
and after a small role last year, continues to impress and see
more playing time.
SS Michael Lewis led the team with 9 sacks (7 solo) and leads
the team for the season, as well.
MLB Mark Simoneau left the game early with a sprained foot. Jeremiah
Trotter replace him and had 2 tackles (1 solo). A MRI on Simoneau
was negative, but his status is unknown for this week.
LB Kendrell Bell has yet to play in a game this season and Larry
Foote continues to start in his place. Foote had 3 solo tackles
and a sack. There is hope Bell will be recovered from his latest
injury, a strained groin, after the bye this week. LB James Farrior
had a huge game, with 6 solo tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.
His biggest play was his final sack. On a crucial 3rd and long
with just over two minutes remaining and Dallas running out the
clock with the lead, Farrior crossed up Richie Anderson on a stunt
in the all-out blitz, getting to Vinny Testeverde before he could
even get set and knocking the ball free. DT Kimo von Oelhoffen,
in a rare opportunity to touch the pigskin, fielded the bouncing
ball cleanly and rumbled 21 yards, setting up the winning TD.
It was the Steelers only turnover of the day.
SS Troy Polamalu is maturing into the force the Steelers hoped
he would be when they selected him in the first round out of USC
last year. He led the team (tied) with 7 solo tackles and defended
2 passes. He was also a key on the game turning blitz where Farrior
knocked the ball free, coming first on the stunt and occupying
the center while drawing the running back's attention, as well.
The victory was dampened by news that CB Chad Scott and Pro Bowl
NT Casey Hampton suffered serious knee injuries. Hampton's appears
to be a torn ACL, which would end his season for sure. Chris Hoke
will likely start at NT in his place and the team would bring
back Kendrick Clancy, who they released earlier this year, to
Adam Archuleta did not start the last two games and was limited
to nickel and dime packages as he battled nagging leg and back
problems. He returned to the starting lineup with a bang. After
a rodeo take down of Michael Pittman deep in St. Louis territory,
he jarred the ball loose as the two somersaulted to the ground.
Archuleta deftly picked up the loose ball and ran 93 yards untouched
to give the Rams a 21-14 lead. However another DB, CB Jerametrius
Butler, was the player of the game for the Rams. He had 8 solo
tackles, an INT, broke up 2 other passes, and sealed the victory
with a fumble recovery that was forced by Aeneas Williams late
in the 4th quarter in St. Louis territory. Opposite Butler, rookie
CB DeJuan Groce was abused by another rookie, Tampa Bay WR Michael
Clayton, to the tune of 142 yards. Groce looked completely overmatched
and the team must be anxiously awaiting the return of Travis Fisher,
still out with a broken arm.
Robert Thomas was a scratch and rookie Brandon Chillar got the
start at MLB. Chillar had 3 tackles (2 solo) and was knocked away
by a powerful Michael Pittman stiff arm on a play Chillar could
have recorded a safety on. OLB Tommy Polley tied for the team
lead with 8 solo tackles and had a sack.
DE Leonard Little didn't have a sack, breaking a string of three
consecutive games, but did post 3 solo tackles and a fumble recover.
With top reserve DE Tyoka Jackson out with a strained hamstring,
Erik Flowers and rookie DE Tony Hargrove saw more work. Hargrove
had 3 solo tackles and Flowers had a sack.
LB Steve Foley remains a hot waiver wire find, if someone else
hasn't already picked up the formerly fantasy-unspectacular vet.
He led the team with 6 tackles (5 solo) and 2 sacks, as well as
had a pass defensed. Rookie DE Igor Olshansky had his first career
sack and another solo.
Sammy Davis remains the starter at CB, but his job is in jeopardy.
The team continues to rotate in former Miami 1st round pick Jamar
Fletcher. Davis had 2 solo tackles, while Fletcher had a fumble
recovery. Drayton Florence, another reserve CB, had an INT Sunday,
and could be in the running for a promotion, as well.
After holding the undefeated Jets to 3 points in the first half,
the team remembered they were the 49ers and allowed the New York
offense to score three unanswered TDs in the second half. LB Brandon
Moore, starting in place of Julian Peterson, had 8 tackles (6
solo). LB Jamie Winborn had a game-high 13 (11 solo).
DE Andre Carter has missed five games and, despite the bye this
week, there is still concern he'll need to miss at least another
1-2 games recovering from a bulging disk in his back. The team
hopes LB Derek Smith will be back after the bye.
DE Grant Wistrom will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a small
fracture in his left knee Sunday. Antonio Cochran is likely to
replace him in the starting lineup.
The experiment of converting Michael Boulware to SS after playing
LB in college continues to succeed. On consecutive New England
possessions in the 4th quarter, he forced a fumble that reserve
DT Rocky Bernard, who has been a pleasant surprise this season,
recovered. Seattle failed to capitalize, but on the next drive,
Boulware grabbed his third INT of the season, tying him for the
team lead. This set up a Shaun Alexander TD to bring Seattle within
three points. Despite his playmaking ability, Boulware remains
relegated to a reserve role due to Terreal Bierria's strong play.
Bierria led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo), moving him into
a tie with LB Anthony Simmons for the team lead.
DE Chike Okeafor had a sack, his third in the last two games.
Despite being Probable, Shelton Quarles was a scratch and was
replaced by Jeff Gooch in the middle. Gooch had 9 tackles (7 solo).
LB Derrick Brooks led the team with 10 solo tackles.
left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury and did not
return. Jeff Gooch replaced him and led the team with 9 solo tackles.
After being MIA again in the first half, DE Simeon Rice mildly
resemled himself in the final 30 minutes, posting 3 solo tackles
and a sack. Opposite him, Greg Spires had a career day, registering
5 solo tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble that DT Anthony McFarland
recovered. McFarland also had a sack.
SS Tank Williams is an emerging playmaker, finally starting to
live up to his potential. A week after notching his first pick
of the season, Tank had his first sack, also forcing a fumble
recovered by DE Carlos Hall. Hall also had a sack, giving him
the team lead with 2.5 this season.
LB Rocky Boiman returned to the starting lineup, totaling 2 solo
tackles. Rocky Calmus remained inactive and Brad Kassell started
at MLB, finishing in a tie for the team lead in tackles with 10
(6 solo). LB Keith Bulluck also had 10 (7 solo).
The Redskins exposed QB Jonathan Quinn's athletic and decision-making
abilities. Thrust into a starting role after the Bears lost Rex
Grossman, Quinn was overwhelmed by the pressure Washington brought
all day. DT Cornelius Griffin led the way, leading the team with
8 tackles (7 solo) and 2 sacks. DC Greg Williams continues to
revive CB Shawn Springs career, capitalizing on his athletic ability,
as Springs had his third sack of the season. First round pick
Sean Taylor had his first big game, registering his first career
INT and sack, to go with 4 solo tackles. Granted, it was against
the Bears offense led by a statue of a back-up QB, but the confidence
should be building in Taylor after his first big game and his
potential should start to develop into more plays.
MLB Mike Barrow remains inactive, he is yet to play this year.
LB Lavar Arrington and DE Phillip Daniels missed their fourth
game each. With a bye this week, the team hopes all three will
be ready next week.
Ryan Clark started at SS in place of Matt Bowen, who is done
for the season. Andre Lott, who may inherit the SS job, missed
his third game with a hamstring.