Quick Hits (Details in individual
- Week Eight Bye: CLE, NO, STL, TB
- WAS LB mess: Arrington aggravates knee, Barrow done?
- TB DE Simeon Rice sighting!
- JAX Greg Favors thrives in converting from LB to DE
- TEN DLine a mess: Carter back to DE, LaBoy steps up
- DEN CB Champ Bailey toasted, but provides hot stats
- BUF DE Aaron Schobel on a tear after slow start
- GB DT Grady Jackson returns, Sharper and Harris dinged
- CLE Crocker replaces Little at FS
- JAX add LB Jason Gildon
- BAL CB Deion Sanders comeback paying off
- LB shakeups in CIN, CLE, KC, NO, STL, and SEA
- DET DLine continues to produce
Week Eight Injury Report (available
The Cards flew out of the bye with a significant upset of Seattle,
led by several huge individual efforts, including four interceptions.
Each of their top three CBs had one. After the offense turned
over the ball deep in Seattle territory on the first drive of
the game, Renaldo Hill got his team the momentum back picking
off Hasselbeck three plays later. Arizona put of the first points
of the game with a TD on the following drive. Duane Starks and
David Macklin had interceptions to end each of Seattle's last
two drives, and preserve the victory. Rookie LB Karlos Dansby
also had an interception.
FS Ifeanyi Ohlatete led the team with 6 solo tackles. SS Adrian
Wilson had 3 solo tackles and two passes defensed. He leads the
team in tackles for the season.
LB Ray Thompson had the only sack for the team. Reserve LB Gerald
Hayes also had a key play. With Arizona trailing for the first
time in the game in the 4th quarter, Hayes blocked a punt that
went out of the end zone for a safety, giving the Cardinals a
lead back they never relinquished.
Recently released FS Dexter Jackson could be the subject of a
bidding war by several teams if he proves he is healthy in workouts.
In deep leagues if he's still on your roster, you might want to
wait another week or two, if you can afford to, before dropping
The Falcons entered Sunday's game with the number one rushing
defense. 185 minutes, 271 yards, and 8 TDs later, they weren't.
Some injuries contributed to their demise, but mostly they just
plain got beat up. MLB Chris Draft missed his second game due
to a toe injury, he expects to play next week. Jamie Duncan replaced
him and posted 3 solo tackles. Rookie Demorrio Williams saw significant
time and posted 8 solo tackles. DT Rod Coleman also missed his
second game, still recovering from a knee injury in his car accident.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery is expected to miss 2-4 more
weeks. Rookie Chad Lavalais started in his place with a cast on
his broken hand. FS Cory Hall was inactive with a back injury
and Kevin McCadam started in his place. 1st round pick DeAngelo
Hall didn't start, but saw some action in his first game. He finished
with a pass defended.
With Jamal Lewis gone, the defense stepped in to provide the
fire-power for the stagnant offense. Nickel corner Deion Sanders
returned an INT 48 yards for to give the Ravens the lead in the
1st quarter. It was the first of two INTs for Sanders on the day,
and his third on the season. While he only has 4 tackles on the
year, Sanders is a great comeback story. The man and the team
knew the value he could add, but were realistic about his limitations,
and he was put in a position to succeed and has done so. Reserve
S Chad Williams crushed the Bills' hopes for a comeback by picking
a pass at Baltimore's own one yard-line and returning it 94 yards
to set up a FG, putting the game away, in the 4th quarter. SS
Ed Reed also had an INT, in addition to 5 solo tackles. Reed and
Sanders lead the team with 3 interceptions.
LB Terrell Suggs had 7 tackles (6 solo) and 2 sacks, as well
as forcing a fumble on one of the sacks. Suggs now has 4 sacks
in his last two games, had his third multi-sack game, and has
7 on the season, putting him second in the AFC. LB Adalius Thomas
and DE Anthony Weaver also had sacks, the second of the season
for each. MLB Ray Lewis led the team with 12 tackles (8 solo).
Coming off a career-high 11.5 sacks last season, DE Aaron Schobel
was shutout the first three weeks of the season. He had 2 Sunday,
giving him a team-high 5.5 on the season (third in AFC), all in
the last three games. He forced a fumble on his first sack, the
second play of the game, that was recovered by Jeff Posey and
led to a FG. Schobel had 2 other solo tackles, as well.
LB Takeo Spikes led the team 11 tackles (8 solo) and had a sack.
MLB London Fletcher had a sack to go with 9 tackles (7 solo).
CB Troy Vincent remains inactive, and is not expected back this
week, but SS Lawyer Milloy returned and played in his first game
of the season. Milloy had 6 tackles (4 solo).
LB Mark Fields returned and DE Mike Rucker was back after leaving
with an irregular heartbeat last week, but it wasn't enough to
prevent another loss for Carolina. Rucker managed only a pass
defended, continuing his nightmare season. Fields had 3 tackles
MLB Dan Morgan remains healthy and his breakout season continues.
He had 6 solo tackles, a sack, and recovered a fumble forced by
SS Mike Minter. CB Ricky Manning led the team with 7 solo tackles.
Travares Tillman started at FS in place of Colin Branch, who
has a broken thumb. However, Branch was forced to return when
Tillman suffered an arm injury. Branch finished with 5 solo tackles
and a pass defended, while Tillman had 2 solo tackles before leaving.
Another decent effort by the bend-but-don't-break Bears defense
was ruined by more offensive ineptness and penalties. After a
potential early lead was erased by an offensive penalty, the Chicago
defense suffered from two questionable defensive penalties that
turned the game. Buried deep in their own territory early in the
game, Tampa Bay was in trouble on 3rd and 7 when 1st round pick
Tommie Harris went offsides. On his way passed the line, Harris
pushed QB Brian Griese, who took a Vlade Divac flop, and drew
an Unnecessary Roughness call, giving the Bucs a 1st down and
keeping alive a drive that ended with a FG, the first score of
the game. Other than that, Harris had a strong game disrupting
the middle and contributing 4 solo tackles and a sack.
Then, the first play of the 4th quarter, Tampa Bay had a 3rd
and 6 at their own 12 yard-line. WR Michael Clayton slipped and
R.W. McQuarters intercepted a pass. The official behind the play
assumed contact from McQuarters knocked Clayton down, and flagged
him for Pass Interference. The penalty sustained the drive and
took away the chance for great field position with the Bears down
by only 6 at the time.
MLB Brian Urlacher, put up decent stats, 8 tackles (6 solo) and
forced a fumble, but is clearly still hampered by his hamstring
injury. He had a limp in his run as he tried to keep up with Michael
Pittman on a wheel run out of the backfield completed to the open
Pittman for a 46-yard gain. FS Todd Johnson continues to produce
and display good instincts. He took the angle to catch Pittman
and prevent a TD on the reception Urlacher was beaten on and also
recovered the fumble Urlacher forced. In addition to the fumble
recovery, Johnson finished with 8 tackles (7 solo). At SS, Mike
Green recovered a fumble, as well. After SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer
came down from contain to make an impressive hit on Mike Alstott,
ball came loose as Alstott twisted in pain from a knee injury
occurring on the play. Hillenmeyer was credited with the forced
fumble and Green recovered it before Alstott went down. Hillenmeyer
continues to impress, also having 7 tackles (6 solo).
DE Adewale Ogunleye was inactive with a leg injury. While Ogunleye
informed the media it was a small ligament tear, HC Lovie Smith
either refuted that, possibly upset Ogunleye revealed such details
before the game, saying he knew was it was a muscle strain around
the ankle. Ogunleye also said he'd been suffering from tendonitis
for a few weeks. This could be attributed to him sitting out all
of camp and preseason while a holdout with Miami. No timetable
is given for his return, but it doesn't appear to be serious.
It was the first game Ogunleye missed in his career. Former 1st
round pick Michael Haynes started in Ogunleye's place and finished
with 3 tackles (2 solo). On the other side, Alex Brown was applying
good pressure, but was held multiple times and failed to register
a sack. He finished with 6 tackles (4 solo).
CB Deltha O'Neal, a former Pro Bowler, never understood why he
was run out of Denver by HC Mike Shannahan. Regardless, on Monday
night, he got a chance for a little revenge. While Denver's new
favorite CB was getting abused by the Bengals offense, O'Neal
contributed 4 tackles (3 solo), intercepted one pass and knocked
away another against his old team. His interception was returned
29 yards and set up a FG. He also safely handled 4 punts, an area
in which fumbling caused part of his move to the doghouse in Denver.
Finally, on a play heading out of bounds, he unintentionally(?)
ran into Mike Shannahan, knocking him down. That doesn't show
up in the box score, but O'Neal had to enjoy it.
SS Rogers Beckett remains a scratch recovering from a concussion
and Kevin Kaesviharn continues to start in his place. Rookie Madieu
Williams, who has slowed down after a fast start, saw some significant
time, as well. He finished with 4 tackles (3 solo), including
being the last man left to stop Reuben Droughns on couple of runs,
and recovered a fumble by Droughns forced by LB Brian Simmons.
Simmons had a big day, in addition to the forced fumble, he led
the team with 9 tackles (5 solo) and had a sack. Williams and
Simmons are tied for the team lead in tackles with 32.
DE Justin Smith laid out Jake Plummer with a couple sobering
sacks, knocking the ball loose on one and posting 6 total tackles
(4 solo). It was his first two-sack game since his rookie season.
The revolving door at MLB landed back on rookie Caleb Miller.
After assuming the job when Nate Webster was out for the season,
Miller failed to impress and fellow rookie Landon Johnson got
a shot last week. Johnson left the game early after a blow to
the head, and Miller was back in. While Miller got the start Sunday
and finished with 4 tackles (1 solo), Johnson was active and replaced
him during the game, posting 3 tackles (1 solo) and a pass defended.
It looks like Johnson gets the start this week.
DT Tony Williams suffered a dislocated ankle on a typical cheap
Denver cut block by OT George Foster. Williams is believed to
be done for the year. Carl Powell is likely to replace him.
Chris Crocker will replace Earl Little as the starting FS this
After thriving in a reserve role the last few weeks, LB Kevin
Bentley moved into the starting lineup ahead of Chaun Thompson
and did nothing.
CB Daylon McCutcheon led the team with 9 solo tackles. MLB Andra
Davis had 7 tackles (6 solo) and an INT, the only turnover the
Browns forced in the game.
DT Gerard Warren had a sack, giving him one in back-to-back games
since returning after missing 2 games with a pectoral injury.
DE Ebenezer Ebukan also had a sack for the second straight game,
tying him with Kenard Lang for the team lead.
As Marcellus Wiley continues to under whelm, reserve DE Eric
Ogbogu, of "We Must Protect This House" Under Armour
fame, saw more time. He had 3 solo tackles and a sack.
MLB Dat Nguyen led the team with 9 tackles (5 solo) and FS Roy
Williams had 8 (6 solo). Williams briefly displayed some of his
explosiveness and playmaking ability blowing up Ahman Green for
a loss on a second quarter carry. Both assets have been restrained
this season as he helps cover for deficiencies in the secondary
brought on by injuries. More duty in pass coverage has not allowed
him to spend as much time around the line of scrimmage and left
him without a big play (sack, INT, ff) so far this season.
Denver parted with their franchise RB to bring in Champ Bailey
with a big contract to be the shutdown corner they've lacked.
On Monday night, they didn't get their money's worth. Despite
looking good in winning a battle with a nice break on a ball to
cut in front of WR Chad Johnson and pick off a pass deep in Denver
territory, Bailey was destroyed in the war. Locked on Johnson
all night, Bailey was toasted on two 50+ yard completions and
allowed Johnson to finish with 7 receptions for 149 yards and
a TD. Having to tackle Johnson all night did allow for some nice
fantasy production, in addition to the INT, Bailey tied for the
team lead with 8 tackles (7 solo).
It wasn't all Bailey's fault, as the Bronco defense failed to
get much pressure on Carson Palmer. MLB Al Wilson had the only
sack of the day. He also had 8 tackles (5 solo). The team's leading
tackler for the season, 1st round pick D.J. Williams had 8 tackles,
as well, including 3 on special teams.
CB Lenny Walls, who dislocated his shoulder for a second time
this season the previous week, was inactive. Replacing him at
the nickel, Willie Middlebrooks did some nice work, particularly
in breaking up a fade in the end zone before the half, helping
Denver hold Cincinnati to a FG after a 1st and 10 at the Broncos
CB Chris Cash had a strong debut as a rookie in 2002, but injuries
cost him 2003. With the addition through free agency of Dre' Bly
in 2003 and Fernando Bryant this last off-season, Cash has been
in a reserve role this year. On Sunday, Bryant was inactive with
a sprained ankle and Cash had his first start since 2002. He made
the most of his opportunity with 5 solo tackles and a key INT.
With the Giants leading 10-7 and deep in Detroit territory in
the waning seconds of the first half, Kurt Warner took something
off a pass to Amani Toomer in the end zone to make it an easy
catch for Toomer. Instead, thanks to an excellent close and athletic
dive, it was an INT for Cash that kept the game close and swung
the momentum heading in to halftime.
The Lions defense, particularly the front 4, were getting after
the QB and hitting people. They totaled 6 sacks and forced 5 fumbles
(3 of them on sacks), but they weren't quick enough to the ball,
recovering only 1 of those fumbles. Breakout DE James Hall had
4 solo tackles and a sack on which he also forced the fumble.
Hall leads the team with 5.5 sacks. Reserve DE Kalimba Edwards
had the fumble recovery off Hall's sack, in addition to forcing
one of his own on a sack that ended the Giants' last possession
of the game. It was 1 of 2 sacks on the day for Edwards. DE Cory
Redding also had the first sack and forced fumble of his career.
Redding is a DT/DE tweener and at close to 300 pounds is better
suited as an anchor end on run situations. Edwards should continue
to earn more time on passing downs.
DT Shaun Rogers was carted off the field in the 2nd quarter with
a calf injury, but he returned in the second half and registered
a sack, along with finishing with 5 tackles (3 solo) and knocking
down a pass. While Rogers was out, reserve DT Marcus Bell produced
well, totaling 4 tackles (2 solo), a sack with a forced fumble,
and batting down a pass. He could see some more time at the expense
of Dan Wilkinson, who is little more than a space-eater at this
point in his career.
The return of DT Grady Jackson from a dislocated knee gave the
Packers D the boost they needed to end their home losing streak.
His presence clogged the interior and helped the D hold the Cowboys
to 66 yards on the ground. He had 3 tackles (2 solo) and batted
down a pass. His presence didn't help the pass rush much, as SS
Mark Roman and reserve DL Cullen Jenkins produced the only sacks.
Larry Smith was released to make room for Jackson.
FS Darren Sharper left the game in the 2nd quarter with a knee
injury and did not return. It is diagnosed as a torn PCL in his
knee, and he could be back this week or miss 2-4 weeks if the
soreness is hard to bear. It's apparently a rare injury, so there
is no solid timetable. Bhawoh Jue replaced him and led the team
with 7 solo tackles. If he misses much time, Jue should enter
the starting lineup. CB Al Harris also suffered a knee injury.
Michael Hawthorne would likely return to the starting lineup if
he can't go this week.
Eric Brown (knee), rookie Glenn Earl (hip), and Jason Simmons
(concussion) are coming off injuries and were helped by the bye
week, but none are yet 100%. DC Vic Fangio said Simmons would
have started if they had a game Sunday.
Neither the return of SS Mike Doss and CB Joseph Jefferson to
the starting lineup, nor the 2 sacks by the previously dormant
Dwight Freeney was enough to stop another fourth quarter comeback
by the Jaguars.
Despite the return of Jefferson, with Donald Strickland on the
IR, rookie Jason David continues to see significant minutes. He
grabbed his second career INT and has one in back-to-back games.
He also had 4 solo tackles. He was needed after Jefferson's return
lasted one play before he was hurt again.
Reserve DE Robert Mathis had his team-leading fifth sack. He
has at least one in the last 3 games.
Converted LB Greg Favors remains the starter at RDE and continues
to apply much needed pressure up front. He had a sack for the
second straight game since moving to end. At 6'1" and 245
pounds, Favors lacks size to be an every-down end, but will see
significant time there as long as he continues to produce.
SS Donovin Darius forced a fumble that the Jaguars converted
to a TD and recovered a fumble that led to a FG. He also led the
team with 8 tackles (6 solo). MLB Mike Peterson recovered the
fumble Darius forced and had 5 solo tackles.
Jason Gildon was signed this week to try to add some pass rush.
The Steelers all-time sack leader was last seen in the Bills camp,
released at the end of the preseason.
MLB Monty Beisel left the game in the 1st quarter with a calf
strain and did not return. He had 4 tackles (2 solo) and shared
a sack with DT John Browning before departing. Kawika Mitchell
replaced him and did little. There has been some talk that Beisel
is falling out of favor, but Mitchell has done nothing to impress
either. DT Ryan Sims was active, but did not start, returning
from a hamstring problem. Browning looks to retain the starting
job for now.
Reserve DE Jared Allen, an undrafted FA, had 2 sacks and leads
the team with four.
CB Eric Warfield grabbed his 4th INT, which leads AFC and is
tied for NFL lead. Opposite Warfield, William Bartee led the team
with 5 solo tackles, adding a sack and 2 passes defended. He has
taken the starting job from Dexter McCleon.
Already with the worst start in team history, the 0-6 Dolphins
did enough on defense to get their first win of the season. They
only forced one turnover, but it was a big one. With the Rams
deep in Miami territory and threatening to tie the game in the
3rd quarter, SS Sammy Knight picked a good time to have his first
interception of the season, grabbing a ball intended for Torry
Holt in the end zone for a touchback. Knight's nose for the ball
and ability to create turnovers had previously been absent this
year. After averaging almost 5 INTs a year during his 6 years
in New Orleans, Miami expects more of this from him. The secondary
removed Holt from the equation all game long, limiting him to
1 reception for 4 yards, his worst day since Week 5 of his rookie
season, when he had no receptions. Rookie nickel corner Will Poole
was an important part of the effort, turning in 6 tackles (4 solo).
Arturo Freeman started in place of Antuan Edwards, who was inactive,
at FS and had 5 tackles (2 solo).
MLB Zach Thomas led the team with a game-high 12 tackles (6 solo)
and also had a sack. He leads the NFL with 82 tackles.
While there was a lot to celebrate, the defense left the game
with some injury concerns. Rejuvenated veteran LB Junior Seau
sat out the second half with a groin injury. Fortunately, the
Rams obliged by attempting only 7 runs the second half, despite
the game still being close, allowing the Dolphins to run more
nickel and dime sets, where the quality of depth at DB is better
than at LB. Seau is expected to play this week, however. Run-stuffing
DT Tim Bowens, in only his second game back after missing the
first five, aggravated his back injury, leaving in the 4th quarter
and not returning. He'll see a specialist this week to determine
CB Antoine Winfield, not a big (literally and figuratively) ball
hawk all his years in Buffalo, had an interception for the second
straight game. He'll continue to benefit from the high-powered
Viking offense that forces opponents to the air, but his game
has elevated, as well. He once again led the team with 6 solo
tackles, and leads them for the year, as well.
MLB E.J. Henderson returned to his MLB spot, posting 2 solo tackles
and a forced fumble. Demoted back to a reserve with Henderson's
return, rookie Dontarrious Thomas had a sack and another solo
tackle. As feared, LB Chris Claiborne was out due to his calf
problem, and Raonall Smith continues to get the call at the weakside
over Thomas. Smith had 5 solo tackles and an interception.
LB Ted Johnson is an old school run stopper who began his career
as the regular MLB in New England almost a decade ago. The last
several years, he's been plagued by injuries, and since HC Bill
Belichick arrived, has also seemed to lack the versatility to
be a consistent regular in his schemes. This year he's been healthy
and had more of a role, culminating with displacing Roman Phifer
in the starting lineup. Sunday he had his best game since the
2002 season, tying for the team lead in tackles with 10 (7 solo)
and forcing a fumble. Fellow ILB Tedy Bruschi also had 10 tackles
(4 solo), and so did SS Rodney Harrison (7 solo). Harrison also
sealed the victory knocking away a 4th and 8 pass on the Jets
DE Charles Grant had a sack in five straight games, and with another
one Sunday, would have broken a club record. However, he was dominated
by rookie Robert Gallery most of the day, finishing with just
1 solo tackle and knocking down a pass. Grant still leads the
NFL with 8 sacks. DE Darren Howard was inactive, as expected,
after a minor knee surgery. 1st round pick Will Smith started
in his place and posted 4 solo tackles.
Courtney Watson started the year looking like a Defensive Rookie
of the Year candidate. He missed Week 5 and Orlando Ruff made
a lot of tackles, but was also burned on 45-yard TD when he failed
to pick up the TE. Watson returned to the starting lineup last
week, but between that game and Sunday morning, HC Jim Haslett
has apparently soured on his play. It was announced Sunday morning
that Orlando Ruff would start at MLB over Watson. Ruff led the
team with a game-high 10 tackles (8 solo), while Watson contributed
on 1 solo as a reserve. No word on if this is a permanent move
or was simply related to some disciplinary action.
With Ashley Ambrose were inactive, CB Fred Thomas was passed
over for a return to the starting lineup by Fakhir Brown. Thomas
was bumped from the lineup last week when Mike McKenzie was healthy.
While quietly successful the last few seasons and a leader on
the team, Thomas has been plagued by multiple injuries he attributes
to not playing at his established level. This has led to dissatisfaction
with him by the staff this year. He did have 3 solo tackles in
a reserve role, but was knocked out of the game in the second
half with a rib injury. Ambrose is expected to return after the
The Tebucky Jones Revival Tour continues. He had 5 tackles (4
solo) and his first INT of the season Sunday. He leads the team
New York Giants
MLB Kevin Lewis came off the bye week with his best game since
the season opener. He had a game-high 10 tackles (9 solo), regaining
the team lead. After being late for a meeting, LB Barrett Green
was benched and limited to special teams work, missing the opportunity
to contribute much against his former team. Nick Greisen started
on the weakside in place of Green, and posted 7 tackles (4 solo).
He also had a sack erased due to a penalty on Carlos Emmons away
from the play. While the late meeting was the official reason
for Green's benching, there's no guarantee he'll be back in the
starting lineup next week. He hasn't been outstanding as a FA
addition and Nick Greisen impressed the staffed while holding
the vacated MLB job through most of the preseason, before ultimately
being passed by Kevin Lewis. HC Tom Coughlin said he'll meet with
Green this week to discuss his status and talk about it with the
media on Wednesday.
SS Gibril Wilson added more to his resume for his Defensive Rookie
of the Year campaign, finishing with 7 tackles (5 solo) and a
sack. He is third on the team in tackles, despite not starting
the first few games, and has 2 sacks and 2 INTs.
DT Fred Robbins was inactive with a sprained shoulder, giving
former 1st round pick William Joseph got the start. Joseph had
2 tackles (1 solo). Fellow DT Norman Hand, normally known as run-stopper,
had a sack, as did reserve DE Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora forced
a fumble that Detroit recovered on the sack, and also had 2 other
solo tackles. DE Michael Strahan had an off-day, recording on
2 solo tackles.
New York Jets
LB Eric Barton, perhaps sensing his job being in jeopardy as
Sam Cowart's return nears, led the team with 12 tackles (7 solo)
and recovered a fumble forced by DE John Abraham. In addition
to the forced fumble, Abraham had 3 tackles (2 solo) and shared
a sack with DE Shaun Ellis. Abraham's 7.5 sacks lead the AFC and
are second in NFL. He's had at least half a sack in four consecutive
games. Ellis had another solo sack on the day, giving him 3 this
year. Coming off a career-year in 2003, Ellis got off to horrible
start, but now has 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble
in his last two games.
Cowart is Questionable for Week 8, but with reserve LB Jason
Glenn out 4-6 weeks after suffering a broken arm in Sunday's game,
Cowart's speedy return becomes more important.
Like the rest of the team, their IDP production is a mess. LB
Danny Clark had 8 tackles (4 solo) and leads the team on the season.
He continues to be the only consistent producer, but only provides
tackles. In his fifth year in the league, he has 3 sacks (1 this
year), 2 forced fumbles, and 1 INT. So he can tackle, but he's
simply not a playmaker.
They are so desperate for a spark in the front seven, undrafted
FA Tommy Kelly suited up for the first time and produced a sack,
the only one of the game for the Raiders. Kelly had highly-rated
tools at DT out of Mississippi State, but questions about his
attitude and consistency left him undrafted.
CB Charles Woodson suffered a hip pointer during the game and
will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. LB Travian
Smith was inactive, continuing to be plagued by a knee injury.
DT Ted Washington bruised his ribs during the game, but the team
thinks he'll play next week.
MLB Mark Simoneau was inactive with a foot sprain suffered in
the game the previous week. He was listed as Questionable last
week. Jeremiah Trotter started in his place and finished with
9 tackles (8 solo) and a pass defensed.
CB Lito Sheppard led the team with 10 solo tackles and also had
an INT. It was his second straight game with a pick and he leads
the team with 3 on the season.
FS Brian Dawkins had 8 solo tackles, as well as a forced fumble
on a sack. He just missed another sack late in the game and was
flagged for a questionable roughing the passer on 4th down that
kept the Browns game-tying drive alive. DEs Derrick Burgess and
Jevon Kearse also each had a sack. Kearse leads the team with
Jerome McDougle was inactive this week after having an irregular
heartbeat at practice during the week. After spending the night
in the hospital last Thursday, his heart rhythm was quickly returned
to normal. Further tests are trying to determine what caused it,
and although he is back to normal health, he was held out this
week as a precaution while they monitor his return to football
LB Kendrell Bell finally practiced Monday for the first time in
the regular season. The team is hopeful he'll be active this week,
but he just had groin surgery a couple weeks ago. He is likely
to be a reserve at leasst a week behind Larry Foote. Foote has
been solid in his place, totaling 33 tackles (third on team),
2 sacks and a forced fumble in starting inside all six games for
SS Troy Polamalu leads the team with 40 tackles.
Willie Williams is expected to start at CB with Chad Scott out
4-6 weeks with a slight tear in his quad. Rookie Ricardo Colclough
should see his time increase, as well. With Pro Bowl NT Casey
Hampton on the IR, Chris Hoke start at NT and Kendrick Clancy
is back for depth. Reserve S Mike Logan was also placed on the
IR with a serious hamstring injury. Journeyman Tyrone Carter was
signed to add depth in Logan's place.
DE Leonard Little's hot and cold season continues. After starting
slow, he had three consecutive games with a sack, now he's gone
two without one, contributing only 3 assists on Sunday. Opposite
bookend Bryce Fisher was having his best game of the season, with
3 tackles (1 solo) and 1.5 sacks before leaving the game with
a chest injury. With top reserve Tyoka Jackson inactive for the
second straight game with a strained hamstring, rookie Tony Hargrove
stepped in and had his first big game. Hargrove posted 7 tackles
(6 solo) and his first career sack.
Adam Archuleta appears to be recovered from nagging leg and back
problems. He started his second straight game and no longer is
limited to certain package. He led the team with 9 tackles (6
solo) and shared a sack with LB Tommy Polley, who had 7 tackles
(4 solo). While Polley has been hot statistically lately, he still
shows tendencies that briefly cost him his starting job earlier
this year. He had a costly late hit penalty and missed a tackle
he should have made on a TD run by Travis Minor.
CB Travis Fisher returned to the starting lineup from a broken
arm, pushing DeJuan Groce back to the bench. Kwame Lassiter was
released to make room on the roster. Fisher felt he aggravated
the forearm during the game, and will have tests on it this week.
Robert Thomas suited up, but did not play, missing his second
straight game with an ankle injury. Rookie Brandon Chillar got
the start again at MLB. However, Chillar came up lame with a pulled
hamstring early in the game, forcing the Rams far down the depth
chart to Trev Faulk. He responded with 8 tackles (4 solo). The
former undrafted FA is already a journeyman just three seasons
into his career after being an All-American LB at LSU. Despite
excellent collegiate production, questionable measurables and
off-field baggage prevented him from being drafted.
Breakout LB Steve Foley had his worst game of the year, posting
on 2 assists. Reserve DE Shaun Phillips had a sack, his third
of the season, and another assisted tackle.
SS Terrence Kiel led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo) and had
Drayton Florence replaced Sammy Davis as the starter at CB opposite
Quentin Jammer. However, Florence left the game in the 2nd quarter
with an ankle sprain. He returned, but then left again for good
in the 4th quarter.
With plenty of health issues, especially at LB, the staff grows
increasingly weary of Saleem Rasheed's injury problems. A 3rd
round pick in 2002, injuries cost him most of his rookie season
and stunted his development last season. This year, problems with
a knee resulted in an arthroscopic procedure last week. He has
tremendous athleticism and potential, but can't stay on the field
enough to translate it into production. He isn't expected to be
back this week, and the team has signed Raymond Wells for depth.
LB Derek Smith practiced this week and is expected back. DE Andre
Carter has not practiced, but may return, recovering from back
A depleted Seattle LB group took another hit as Isaiah Kacyvenski
was carted off the field in the 3rd quarter with a sprained ankle
and did not return. It appears to be a high ankle sprain, so while
he'll miss at least a week or two, it could be longer. Rookie
Niko Koutouvides saw significant time with Kacyvenski out, finishing
with 6 solo tackles. Niko was in the running for the MLB job right
to the end, and the team is high on him. While they apparently
have not soured on Orlando Huff as the MLB, Niko could see his
time increase. However, that will be offset by the expected return
of Chad Brown this week from a broken leg. He'll step back into
the job Kacyvenski was keeping warm for him. LB Anthony Simmons
was ruled out 2-4 weeks earlier last week after undergoing shoulder
surgery. Tracy White started in his place and led the team with
9 tackles (7 solo), as well as adding a sack.
CB Ken Lucas returned an INT 21 yards for a TD that gave Seattle
their first lead of the game, which they promptly surrendered
in the loss. He also had 6 solo tackles. Lucas has 4 interceptions
to lead NFC and tie for NFL lead. Lucas's starting job appeared
in jeopardy when Seattle brought ex-Eagle Bobby Taylor in the
off-season, but Lucas retained his job in the preseason and it
looks like that was the right decision.
Antonio Cochran replaced the injured Grant Wistrom (fracture
in leg) as starting RDE, as expected. Cochran had 6 tackles (5
solo) and had an IDP hat trick on the Cardinals first drive, sacking
QB Josh McNown, forcing the fumble, and recovering it himself.
Opposite Cochran, Chike Okeafor had another sack, his fourth in
the last three games. He leads the team with 5.5 on the season.
With the incompetent and statuesque Jonathan Quinn, and then
the first NFL appearance by rookie Craig Krenzel, for the second
straight game the Buc D pinned their ears back and went after
the QB. DE Simeon Rice, a Chicago native, finally showed some
signs of life against his hometown team. Rice had 2 sacks, his
first multi-sack game and giving him at least one in back-to-back
games for the first time this year. Bears LT Qasim Mitchell was
seriously outclassed, and in addition to giving up the sacks,
he had several False Start penalties, trying anything he could
to slow Rice down. Reserve DE Dewayne White saw work as NT, and
responded by knocking down 2 passes and tallying his first career
sack. A second round pick in 2003, White was the first draft pick
of the Gruden era and this season has shown the front four could
use some help. His development would be a key building block for
a late run or at least next season. MLB Shelton Quarles returned
to the lineup and had a sack to go with 4 tackles (1 solo).
CB Rhonde Barber had 6 tackles (5 solo) and an INT, the only
turnover by the TB D. FS Jermaine Phillips looked strong, filling
the hole fast on runs and leading the team with 9 tackles (6 solo).
LB Derrick Brooks had 8 tackles (7 solo) and leads the NFC with
With pressure from the edges a problem at DE, Kevin Carter slid
back to his former position from DT. He posted 2 tackles (1 solo).
Rien Long moved into a starting role at DT alongside Albert Haynesworth,
and rookie Randy Starks saw significant time there, as well. With
Juqua Thomas already inactive, the Titans were further depleted
at end with Carlos Hall (knee) and rookie Antwan Odom (chest)
both leaving the game with injuries. Hall may need minor surgery
to clean up his knee and miss a week or two. However, rookie Travis
LaBoy stepped up and impressed, posting 6 tackles (5 solo) and
his first 2 career sacks in his first extensive game action.
LB Keith Bulluck had a game-high 13 tackles (9 solo) and a sack.
Rocky Calmus remained inactive, so Brad Kassell continues to start
at MLB, finishing with 5 solo tackles. Calmus is expected to return
to practice this week.
There is concern coming off the bye week that MLB Mike Barrow
may not return this season from a knee injury. He'll be reevaluated
on Wednesday regarding Week 8, and a decision for the season could
be made then if it's not looking good. Antonio Pierce has excelled
in his absence and would remain the starter, but this would be
a big hit to their depth. LB Lavar Arrington and DE Phillip Daniels
have missed the last four weeks. Arrington hopes to play this
week, but had a setback straining his injured knee in practice.
More on his status should be available Wednesday. Daniels practiced
this week and is expected to play.