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Week 6 Injury Report (available
- Week 6 Byes: AZ, GB, PHI, SF
- What is going on with WAS and Lavar Arrington?
- MLB Hartwell done for season, among many ATL injuries
- SEA SS Boulware fine after scary moment
- NO DE Grant limited by toe
- STL DE Little limited by back
- DET DE Hall plagued by groin injury
- DAL ILB Nguyen misses game with neck stinger
- NYJ MLB Vilma continues to lead league in tackles
- TEN DE Vanden Bosch, SF DE Young, and IND DE Mathis tied for sack lead
- SF LB Ulbrich tears biceps, but finishes game
- JAX acquires LB Jamie Winborn
- NO LB Hodge reportedly will be suspended for one year
- ARI LB Gerald Hayes put on IR
OLB Karlos Dansby led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo), as well
as breaking up a pass and forcing a fumble. MLB James Darling got
more job security after Gerald Hayes was placed on the IR last week.
Hayes had won the starting job before a pre-season knee injury gave
Darling the job. Darling had 2 solo tackles. Despite all the injuries
at LB so far this year, rookie LB’s Lance Mitchell and Darryl
Blackstock have yet to see significant action anywhere other than
With their top three corners hurting, rookie Eric Green and recently
signed veteran Robert Tate were the starters. Tate had an INT
for the second straight game, as well as 4 solo tackles, while
Green got hurt and left the game with a shoulder injury after
getting burnt badly by Steve Smith on a long TD early in the second
quarter. Green was replaced by Lamont Reid. CB’s David Macklin
(hamstring) and Raymond Walls (groin) should be fine for the next
game, as they have an extra week to rehab with Arizona on a bye
this week. However, the prognosis doesn’t look as good for
Antrel Rolle. Rolle has damage to the meniscus and ligaments in
his left knee. It was cleaned up last week and he was expected
to be done for the season, but the team will delay putting him
on the IR and hope for a late season return to continue the development
of their 1st round pick. Meanwhile, Green will undergo more tests
this week to determine the extent of the injury to his shoulder.
MLB Edgerton Hartwell had to be carted off the field early in
the fourth quarter after injuring his right foot. He tore his
Achilles’ tendon and is done for the season, after surgery
on Monday. Hartwell was the major free agent addition to the defense
this off-season, but he had been a disappointment. Ike Reese replaced
him and should get the first shot at replacing him, but the team
could also move Keith Brooking back to MLB and rotate Reese and
rookie Michael Boley on the outside. Reese was valuable as a back-up
because he could play multiple positions, so the team will need
to add depth via a free agent or promotion from the practice squad.
Nickel CB Chris Cash, who had been a valuable addition since
being signed three week ago, was also lost for the season. He
broke his right arm. Allen Rossum replaced him and committed a
huge pass interference penalty on New England’s game-winning
drive. Rossum is a return specialist and limited as a DB, so the
Falcons will probably look to another DB on the roster to fill
the nickel role.
DE Patrick Kerney had to leave the game in the second quarter
with a strained chest muscle. He came back in the second half,
but was limited to a pass rush specialist role. DE Brady Smith,
who just returned last week after missing time with an injury,
had a sack, his third in two games.
DE Terrell Suggs was ejected in the third quarter after bumping
the umpire in protest of a roughing the passer penalty he received.
Suggs had 4 tackles (2 solo) and an INT before leaving. Baltimore
was already thin at end with Anthony Weaver out for at least a
month with a dislocated toe. Jarrett Johnson replaced Weaver starting
opposite Suggs and posted just an assist.
SS Ed Reed was in the starting lineup after suffering a concussion
the prior week, but posted just 2 solo tackles and continues to
be a disappointment. Reed should have been ejected for bumping
a ref, as well, during a confrontation with a Detroit player.
However, the officials mistakenly penalized and ejected reserve
S B.J. Sams.
All the penalties (a team-record 21), ejections, and questionable
calls helped distract for another week the fact this defense is
struggling under DC Rex Ryan. The pick by Suggs was only the third
turnover caused this season for the once-feared and disruptive
unit, who also only have seven sacks on the season (none on Sunday).
The mental breakdowns and lack of composure demonstrated on Sunday
have to be a responsibility shared by the coaching staff, as well.
If the defense doesn’t turn things around soon, the heat
will be turned up on Ryan.
The last time the Bills won, they forced five turnovers. Going
0-3 since that season opening victory, they have forced no turnovers.
On Sunday, they forced five again and the result was the same.
None was bigger than MLB London Fletcher catching Miami RB Ronnie
Brown deep in Buffalo territory late in the game, while CB Nate
Clements stripped the ball and FS Troy Vincent recovered it to
preserve the lead. Fletcher led the team with 8 tackles (5 solo),
as well. Clements also had a pick and 7 tackles (4 solo). Vincent
also had an INT, forced another fumble, and had 5 tackles (4 solo).
CB Terrence McGee had his first pick of the season, and a couple
more nice kick-off returns.
Not much fantasy impact, but DT Ron Edwards is will miss the
rest of the season after shoulder surgery. Tim Anderson will replace
him in the starting lineup.
1st round pick Thomas Davis saw significant work for the first
time since losing his starting job. He finished with 5 tackles
(4 solo) and a forced fumble. With the Cardinals up 20-10 in the
third quarter, Davis made a nice strip after a catch by Cardinal
WR Antuan Boldin. CB Ken Lucas returned to the Arizona 5 yard
line, setting up the score to bring the game within 3 points in
the fourth quarter. However, Davis is unlikely to reclaim the
starting SS job this week, as Marlon McCree had a tremendous game
on Sunday. He led the team with 10 solo tackles and 2 twice intercepted
a pass in the end zone. The first pick was tipped by Lucas, who
replaced CB Chris Gamble with the first team when Gamble suffered
an ankle injury late in the first half. Lucas defended 3 other
passes and had 5 solo tackles. Gamble has been held out of practice
and will have his ankle re-evaluated later this week. DE Julius
Peppers deflected two other passes that resulted in picks.
After setting the team record for career sacks with 42 in Week
4, DE Mike Rucker didn’t get to the QB against Arizona.
He had 3 tackles (2 solo). MLB Dan Morgan had the only sack on
the day, among his 7 solo tackles. Morgan was fine after tweaking
his groin the previous week, but he did have to leave for a few
plays due to dehydration. Fortunately, that isn’t a lingering
problem to be concerned about with the injury-prone Morgan.
Rookie LB Adam Seward was placed on the IR with a foot injury.
SS Mike Brown missed some practice last week due to a hamstring
injury, but it didn’t seem to bother him as he almost returned
a pick from his knees 72 yards and almost scored. Brown also had
7 tackles (6 solo). CB Charles Tillman, who has been struggling
this year, had 8 solo tackles and an easy pick on a well-overthrown
Trent Dilfer pass. However, he also was victimized, along with
rookie FS Chris Harris, on the two late fourth quarter TD’s
that cost the Bears the game.
MLB Brian Urlacher led the team with 12 tackles (7 solo), including
his team-high fourth sack of the season. OLB Lance Briggs had
9 tackles (6 solo) and his second sack of the season.
DE Adewale Ogunleye, who hurt his ankle earlier in the year,
went down briefly, but finished the game. He has re-sprained the
same left ankle that has been a problem, but reports are it is
not serious and he should play this week. It is a concern that
this is a recurring problem, dating back to last year. CB Jerry
Azumah was bothered by his surgically repaired hip in practice
last week, but he played his normal snaps. Reserve LB Joe Odom
was placed on the IR, ending his season.
The Bengals were almost upset when they only forced one turnover
the previous week, and their inability to create one on Sunday
helped cost them the game. Rookie MLB Odell Thurman led the team
with 7 solo tackles.
FS Madieu Williams missed his second straight game with a shoulder
injury. Ifeanyi Ohalete remained the starter at SS and Kevin Kaesviharn
remained moved to FS. Williams is probable for this week.
DE Duane Clemons was added to the active roster, after a four-game
substance-abuse suspension. He had been practicing with the team
last week while they decided what to do with him.
The Browns took advantage of Chicago’s rookie QB and an
OLine that became banged up during the game, to post a season-high
4 sacks as a team. After a couple of quiet weeks, SS Chris Crocker
flashed the big play ability that made him a standout in Week
1. Crocker had 10 tackles (9 solo), a sack, 2 forced fumbles and
a fumble recovery. It was also the first sack since the season
opener for OLB Chaun Thompson. He and Crocker are now tied for
the team lead with two. Thompson also had 4 tackles (3 solo) and
a fumble recovery. Matt Stewart returned from a knee injury, but
Thompson will remain the starter as Stewart is eased back in.
DE Alvin McKinley had his first sack of the season and reserve
S Brodney Pool had the first sack of his career.
DE Orpheus Roye, who is on pace for a career-year in tackles,
is playing through a sore knee. He may be limited in practice
this week, but is expected to play.
The team has forced a turnover in a NFL-record 17 straight games.
ILB Dat Nguyen was inactive with a nerve injury in his neck. Scott
Shanle moved into the starting lineup in his place, while fellow
starting ILB Bradie James saw more work in other packages and
called the defense. James led the team with 6 solo tackles and
broke up a pass. Tests on Nguyen’s neck showed nothing serious,
but he continues to feel discomfort and weakness. Nguyen will
apparently make the call when he is ready to return, so it’s
likely he’ll suit up this week, but is a risky play.
Last week we talked about some of the Day Two Cowboy defensive
rookies making more of an impact than some of the higher picks,
and rookie back-up DE Jay Ratliff went out and shared a sack for
the second straight game, and the second game of his career. DE
Greg Ellis had the other half of that sack, giving him 2.5 for
the season. OLB DeMarcus Ware is the only early pick that has
not disappointed. He had a sack for the third straight game and
leads the team with three.
CB Champ Bailey remained inactive, missing his second career game.
He has been playing through a shoulder injury and it is a pulled
hamstring that has kept him out. He should practice this week,
but remains questionable. Rookie Darrent Williams returned and
remained a starter, while Dominique Foxworth got his second career
start in Bailey’s absence. Foxworth and Williams each had
7 tackles, with Foxworth defending 2 passes and Williams breaking
LB Ian Gold sealed a victory by deflecting a 2-point conversion
pass with a minute left. Gold also had 4 tackles (1 solo).
The Brown-cos DLine didn’t get to the QB, but they did
help limit the Redskins to just 56 yards rushing, including just
34 by former Bronco Clinton Portis.
CB Dre’ Bly had his first huge game, picking off his first
two passes of the season, including one in the end zone. He also
had 5 tackles (4 solo), a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
DE James Hall could no longer play through a strained groin that
has been bothering him most of the season. He remains questionable
this week. Kalimba Edwards, coming off a 2 sack performance the
previous week, replaced Hall and posted 6 tackles (4 solo), including
another sack. Edwards will continue to replace Hall if he misses
more time and should remain a significant contributor once Hall
is healthy, as he appears to be having a breakout year.
James Davis remained the starter at WLB, but reserve LB Teddy
Lehman was more productive. Lehman had 4 tackles (3 solo) and
a pass defended.
CB Andre’ Goodman continues to start through an ankle injury,
as the Lions are thin, as usual, at corner.
With Charles Rogers suspended and Roy and Mike Williams hurting,
DB R.W. McQuarters offered to play WR. In the unlikely event he
is taken up on this offer, his value would take a big jump for
a game or two. However, the Williams’s don’t appear
to be seriously injured, and the team still has veteran Kevin
Johnson healthy. McQuarters has little value in all but the deepest
leagues as the nickel CB and back-up FS. He’ll get a few
tackles a game and a pick here and there.
MLB Nick Barnett led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo) and returned
a pick 95-yards for a TD. CB Al Harris had an equally big game,
intercepting 2 passes and breaking up another, as well as getting
a sack. Harris showed no ill effects of a back problem that limited
him in practice last week.
DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was quiet after a huge game the previous
week. His only fantasy contribution was a fumble recovery. Reserve
DL Corey Williams had his first two sacks of the year and reserve
DL Kenny Peterson also had a fumble recovery. The two versatile
linemen have steadily improved this year and continue to be used
more in a variety of ways.
With Na’il Diggs set to miss at least a month with a MCL
tear, rookie Roy Manning moved into the starting lineup. He had
4 tackles (2 solo) as the SLB.
Ahmad Carroll remains the starting CB, with Joey Thomas staying
as the nickel.
OLB Jason Babin remained inactive and has a torn labrum that may
require season-ending surgery. Antwan Peek remained the starter
at OLB and posted just an assist.
CB DeMarcus Faggins remained the starter over Phillip Buchanon.
Faggins led the team with 11 tackles (10 solo, including 2 on
special teams). Buchanon has been hampered by a shoulder injury,
but his poor play is the reason he was demoted. He played the
nickel corner again.
DE Gary Walker remains inactive due to a separated AC joint in
his left shoulder and out indefinitely. He hopes to avoid surgery,
but has not been cleared to return. Rookie Travis Johnson continued
to replace him. DE Robaire Smith is also dinged, playing through
an elbow injury. He will be limited in practice this week, but
is expected to play.
The defense exploited 49er rookie QB Alex Smith, piling up four
picks and five sacks. WLB Cato June led the way with 2 interceptions,
including returning one for a TD. It was the second pick returned
for a TD by June this season. SS Mike Doss had an INT, broke up
another pass, and led the team in tackles (tied) with 7 (4 solo),
the same number MLB Gary Brackett had.
DE Dwight Freeney got his fifth sack of the year, on which he
forced a fumble, but pass rush specialist DE Robert Mathis had
2 sacks, giving him six for the season and moving him into a tie
for the league-lead. Mathis also forced a fumble on a sack and
had 6 tackles (5 solo). Mathis has had at least one sack in each
game this year.
FS Bob Sanders had to leave the game with an injury to his biceps
he described as a cramp. He’ll have a MRI this week.
DT John Henderson led the team with 8 tackles (7 solo) and batted
down a pass, while interior line mate Marcus Stroud had his first
sack of the season. Reserve DE Bobby McCray had the only other
sack, on which he forced a fumble that sealed the victory. With
less than two minutes left, McCray knocked the ball out of Cincinnati
QB Carson Palmer’s hand and LB Akin Ayodele recovered it.
Ayodele made amends for dropping a potential game-ending INT the
The Jaguars added depth to their LB group by trading a seventh-round
pick to San Francisco for LB Jamie Winborn. Winborn can play inside
or out, and is a talented, but injury-prone player who was squeezed
out of a starting role with the 49ers and became disgruntled.
He won’t challenge for a starting role, but should be their
CB Eric Warfield returned to practice this week after a four-game
substance abuse policy suspension. He worked mostly with the scout
team and may not be active this week. He should eventually replace
Benny Sapp as the nickel corner and press Dexter McCleon for a
DT Ryan Sims did not practice yet this week and is expected to
remain inactive with a foot sprain suffered in their first game.
After it was initially thought he could recover and contribute
again this season, top back-up LB Keyaron Fox was placed on the
IR due to a knee injury.
MLB Zach Thomas lost the league-lead in tackles over the bye week,
so he went out and posted 15 (11 solo) and is now second in the
league. He now has double-digit tackles in six consecutive games,
dating back to last season when he returned from a hamstring injury
that cost him three games and finished the season doing it twice.
DE Jason Taylor had his first multi-sack game of the year, with
2 sacks among his 6 solo tackles. He also forced a fumble and
broke up a pass.
LB Junior Seau overcame leg problems over the bye week. The Bills
started the game with a four-WR set, so since the Dolphins responded
with their dime package, Seau didn’t technically start,
but he was in most snaps at SLB. He finished with 5 tackles (3
solo). However, he did aggravate the calf injury during the game,
but is expected to play this week. His strong fantasy start to
the season wasn’t likely to last, and is less likely to
continue as he battles a lingering injury.
Supplemental draft rookie DT Manuel Wright worked with the first
team in practice last week, but he remains inactive, as he has
been for every game so far this season. CB Kiwaukee Thomas was
active for the first time this year. Reggie Howard has struggled
as the nickel, so Thomas could see his role increase quickly.
Former 1st round pick DE Kenechi Udeze is expected to miss the
rest of the season due to a left knee injury, but there was no
report he was put on the IR during the bye week. It appears DE
Lance Johnstone will not need surgery for a partially torn pectoral
muscle, and after rehab during the bye week, is expected to play
this week. Darren Sharper appears set to return from a MCL sprain
in Week 2. Sharper should return to starting at FS with Corey
Chavous at SS and Ken Irvin back to a reserve role. CB Brian Williams,
who also has a MCL sprain, is expected to be out at least another
LB Keith Newman will apparently replace Napoleon Harris as the
DE Richard Seymour was inactive after suffering a knee injury
playing fullback the previous week. Seymour did not practice last
week and little was known, other than he was a game-time decision
with a knee injury, as HC Bill Belichick is notoriously quiet
with injury information. Jarvis Green started in place of Seymour
and shared a sack with LB Mike Vrabel. DE Ty Warren led the team
with 6 solo tackles.
CB Tyrone Poole (off-season knee surgery) practiced last week
for the first time in more than a month, but remained inactive,
as did CB Randall Gay (ankle) , despite also practicing lightly
last week. CB Chad Scott was inactive too. Duane Starks and Asante
Samuel remained the starters at CB. Starks was not 100% though,
he was listed as questionable with a thigh injury, but the Pats
need any relatively healthy DB body out there.
Guss Scott remained the starter at SS and rookie James Sanders,
who was active for the first time this year, saw work there, as
well. Scott has struggled in coverage, so Sanders could quickly
assume a larger role.
LB Willie McGinest apparently broke his hand on Sunday. As injury
information is a mystery for the Patriots, it is hard to find
out details, much less the severity. If it is the hand, as opposed
to the arm, he’d likely be able to play through it. If he
were to miss any time, LB Rosey Colvin would have a larger role.
Colvin has not been used much, but has 1.5 sacks, including getting
his first solo sack on Sunday, in limited snaps.
With DE Charles Grant continuing to battle a toe injury, Will
Smith got the start. Smith had 3 tackles (1 solo) and knocked
down a pass. Grant posted 2 tackles (1 solo) in limited play.
The isn’t a lot of information out there about his toe injury,
but it is the only apparent thing known that could be hampering
his play. He showed last week he is still capable of playing up
to his talent level through it, but it seems like it is lingering
and will continue to impede his play. After a torrid two game
stretch, DE Darren Howard cooled off against a battered Packer
OLine, finishing with just 2 tackles (1 solo).
A LB corps already in turmoil has more controversy to deal with.
It is reported that starting SLB Sedrick Hodge will be suspended
for a year for violation of the league’s substance abuse
policy. There is no official word from the NFL or Saints yet,
but it has been widely reported. Hodge and the other two starting
LB’s were already being platooned by HC Jim Haslett, but
that rotation took a hit on Sunday as reserve OLB’s James
Allen (hamstring) and T.J. Slaughter (groin) were inactive. The
result was Hodge and WLB Colby Bockwoldt saw most of the work,
while starting MLB Courtney Watson and reserve MLB Ronald McKinnon
rotated and each had 5 solo tackles (what’s the point, eh?).
Now Allen will either step into the starting lineup for Hodge,
or Watson could be moved to OLB and McKinnon start in the middle.
It will likely depend on the health of Allen. Rookie Alfred Fincher,
who was active for the first time Sunday, could also be in the
picture soon. Fincher was the back-up MLB until he broke his hand
in preseason, necessitating the addition of McKinnon.
SS Dwight Smith led the team with 7 tackles (6 solo). With Jay
Bellamy done for the season, it looks like the team will keep
Smith their and continue to start rookie Josh Bullocks at FS.
Despite practicing last week and hopeful he could return Sunday,
CB Fakhir Brown missed his fourth straight game with an ankle
injury. Jason Craft amazingly continues to replace him. Craft
was beaten for two more TDs and a 51-yard completion that he also
drew a pass interference call on. Lost in the tragedy that Saints
have to deal with off the field and the impact of it on their
season is the fact Jim Haslett is a bad coach and his continued
use of Craft as a starter this season is another glaring example.
New York Giants
The bye week still left a mixed bag on injury news as the Giants
head into a key division game against Dallas this week. DE Osi
Umenyiora rehabbed his foot last week and should be good to go.
WLB Carlos Emmons is supposed to return to practice this week
with a knee injury and the team is hopeful he’ll be able
to play through a knee injury. Nick Greisen would likely start
in his place again if Emmons can’t go. It appears Barrett
Green is still out of the picture. CB Will Peterson has seen two
specialists and still awaits word on if he can play with a lower
back fracture. It’s likely Curtis Deloatch will continue
to replace him this week and beyond, as Peterson could end up
on the IR.
New York Jets
MLB Jonathan Vilma led the team with 15 tackles (12 solo) and
forced a fumble. Vilma leads the league in tackles. He has had
double-digit tackles in every game this season. WLB Eric Barton
was inactive for the second consecutive game after spraining his
ankle during Week 3. Barton may return to practice this week,
but will remain questions, especially considering the play of
Mark Brown, who continues to replace him. Brown had 7 tackles
(4 solo), including sharing a sack with DE Shaun Ellis. All the
LB’s had a solid week again, as SLB Victor Hobson had double-digit
tackles for the second straight week. He finished with 13 (9 solo).
Former first round pick DT Dewayne Robertson had his first 2
sacks of the season. CB Ty Law was looking back to Pro Bowl form.
He returned a pick 43 yards and had 8 tackles (4 solo).
Quiet bye week for the Raiders.
A week after grabbing two interceptions and returning one for
a TD, CB Sheldon Brown returned a fumble 80 yards for a score.
CB Lito Sheppard forced the fumble on Keyshawn Johnson that resulted
in the Drew Bledsoe comment that resulted in the latest Keyshawn
tantrum we saw way too much of over the weekend. Sheppard also
led the team (tied) with 9 tackles (8 solo), while Brown had 7
A week after showing some life, DE Jevon Kearse disappeared in
a game where the Eagles needed someone to step up and make some
plays. Kearse posted just 1 assist on the day.
1st round pick DT Mike Patterson continues to replace Darwin
Walker, who missed his third game with a thigh injury. DT Sam
Rayburn sprained a knee ligament during the game and his status
is unknown. If Walker is close, the severity of Rayburn’s
injury could push the timetable up for Walker’s return.
Despite missing some practice last week, two of the stalwarts
of the defense started and played through their injuries from
Week 4. FS Brian Dawkins (ankle) had 5 tackles (4 solo). MLB Jeremiah
Trotter (quad) led the team (tied) with 9 tackles, all solo.
The Eagles released back-up MLB Matt Labinjo, who started once
this year when Jeremiah Trotter got kicked out of the season opener.
They signed Zeke Moreno, last seen with the Chargers, to replace
him. Moreno is strictly a two-down runner stopper in the Earl
DE Jerome McDougle, who was shot in the stomach during an attempted
robbery this summer, is making progress. He has put on some weight
and if he continues to improve, could be activated at some point
this year. He is eligible to return from the non-football injury
list after Week 6.
As expected, James Harrison started in place of Clark Haggans
at OLB. Haggans will miss the next month with a partially torn
groin. Harrison had 5 tackles (4 solo) and an INT. Opposite him,
OLB Joey Porter was bothered by some knee problems last week in
practice, but looked good applying frequent pressure and getting
a sack among his 3 solo tackles. ILB James Farrior has been plagued
by back problems all season, but continued to start as usual and
anchor the defense. He had 8 tackles (7 solo).
SS Troy Polamalu led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo). CB Ike
Taylor played through knee problems, remaining the starter and
posting another productive fantasy game with 5 tackles (4 solo)
and defending 2 passes. Reserve CB Ricardo Colclough suffered
a shoulder injury in the game and will be out this week.
DE Leonard Little suffered a strained back early in the game and
played sparingly, mostly just third-and-long situations, the rest
of the game. Little battled some foot problems earlier in the
week, but did not appear on the injury report and absence appears
to have been solely related to his back. He managed to register
share a sack with SS Adam Archuleta, make a solo tackle, and bat
down a pass in his limited time. Little will have an MRI this
week. Tyoka Jackson replaced Little and registered 2 sacks and
another solo tackles. The secondary took more hits, including
top cover CB Dejuan Groce early in the second quarter. Corey Ivy
replaced him and had 5 solo tackles, including a sack. Groce remains
questionable with a hamstring injury. FS Michael Hawthorne also
left early in the second quarter with a thigh injury. Mike Furrey
replaced him and led the team with 8 tackles (7 solo). Furrey,
a converted receiver, has been impressive when given a chance.
With all the problems on defense, he could be given a shot at
replacing Hawthorne full time, even if Hawthorne is healthy this
As expected after their Week 4 performance, the LB group was
shaken up a little. MLB Chris Claiborne and WLB Dexter Coakley
appear limited to running downs, while rookie Brandon Chillar
saw more work. SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa remains in most packages and
is the only Ram LB worth playing for now.
ILB Donnie Edwards led the team with 15 tackles (13 solo). ILB
Randall Godfrey also posted double-digit tackles with 13 (6 solo)
and had a fumble recovery. 1st round pick Shawne Merriman had
his first career sack.
DE Igor Olshansky returned to the starting lineup at RDE as Jacques
Cesaire is bothered by a shoulder injury. Cesaire was active,
but saw limited work. Olshansky had 7 tackles (3 solo).
The team wasted no time in moving disgruntled OLB Jamie Winborn,
who they sent home last week, in anticipation of a trade, so he
wouldn’t get injured in a trade during practice. He was
sent to the Jaguars for, reportedly, a seventh-round pick. OLB
Andre Carter, the converted former 1st round pick DE who replaced
Winborn in the starting lineup in Week 3, had 3 solo tackles including
the first sack this season of Colt QB Peyton Manning. OLB Julian
Peteson was active after missing the previous week with a hamstring
injury suffered in Week 3, but he was still hurting. He did not
start and saw only a few plays before being shutdown. Saleem Rasheed
started in his place, finishing with 2 tackles (1 solo). Brandon
Moore had replaced Peterson in Week 4, but Rasheed saw most of
the work in the base package on Sunday.
ILB Jeff Ulbrich led the team in tackles with 10 (7 solo) and
forced a fumble. Much of that production came while playing with
a torn left biceps. After a tackle early in the second quarter,
Ulbrich said, “…I looked down and the biceps was rolled
up and off to one side.” He had the arm wrapped and finished
the game. He could play through the injury, although his arm will
be weaker and misshapen, as well as he’ll be in pain and
risk permanent damage. Despite being told he could lose half the
strength in the arm if he opts to continue playing and not immediately
address the problem, he is still considering that option. If Ulbrich
elects for surgery, his season is likely over. Former 49er LB
Ken Norton Jr. once famously played a season with it while on
the Cowboys. Ulbrich currently leads the team in tackles overall.
DE Bryant Young, who has had a resurgent year thus far, didn’t
tally a stat on Sunday. He remains tied for the league-lead in
CB Ahmed Plummer remained inactive after ankle surgery and isn’t
expected back for at least another three weeks. Rookie Derrick
Johnson, who replaced Plummer last week, was inactive due to a
thigh injury he suffered in the game. Willie Middlebrooks was
slated to start, but a groin injury left him also inactive. So
the team promoted Bruce Thornton from the practice squad all the
way to starter and all he did was hold Marvin Harrison to 2 catches
for 17 yards and grab his first career INT in the end zone while
covering Harrison. With a bye coming up, the cornerback situation
should be in better shape for their next game in Week 7.
Michael Adams remained the starting FS with Mike Rumph done for
the year. Adams had 9 tackles (7 solo), a pass defended, and a
SS Michael Boulware had to be carted off the field after a collision
with Rams G Tom Nutten in the second quarter. He reported he couldn’t
feel his legs for a while, but regained feeling in the ambulance
ride. He was able to walk out of the hospital after X-rays and
an MRI were negative, and was back in the locker room before the
time the game was over. Boulware could play this week, as it appears
no serious damage. He just reports some minor back pain. Marquand
Manuel replaced Boulware in the game and finished with 4 solo
tackles. CB Andre Dyson left in the first quarter with a hamstring
injury and did not return. He is expected to miss a few weeks.
Kelly Herndon replaced him and finished the game with 9 solo tackles
and a pass defensed.
Manuel and Herndon weren’t the only productive back-ups.
Reserve DT Rocky Bernard, a favorite of this column, had a sack
and a half. He leads the team with 3.5 sacks. Reserve OLB Leroy
Hill outproduced starters Jamie Sharper and D.D. Lewis. Hill had
5 solo tackles and a sack. Hill’s opportunity came with
Lewis injuring his knee, but Lewis is expected to be OK for this
Rookie MLB Lofa Tatupu led the team with 9 solo tackles and had
his first career INT.
CB Rhonde Barber inadvertently punched the umpire trying to knock
the hands of Jets C Kevin Mawae off him during an argument. The
official was knocked down, but, amazingly, Barber wasn’t
ejected, he only received a 15-yard personal foul. The penalty
helped set up the game-winning TD. Barber had 5 solo tackles,
a pick and broke up 2 other passes.
SS Jermaine Phillips was inactive with a thumb injury. Will Allen
started in his place. FS Dexter Jackson was back after being inactive
the previous week. Phillips remains questionable to play this
DE Simeon Rice had his team-leading fourth sack of the season.
Reserve OLB Maquis Cooper had the best game of his young career,
tallying 7 tackles (5 solo, including 2 on special teams) and
getting his first career sack. SLB Ryan Nece has lost his starting
role before, so Cooper is a name to keep an eye on.
LB Keith Bulluck led the team with 15 tackles (12 solo), as well
as a sack and just missed another sack when he deflected a pass
that was intercepted by CB Andre Woolfolk.
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch moved into a tie for the league-lead with
his sixth sack among his 8 tackles (7 solo). Opposite him, DE
Antwan Odom had his first 2 sacks of the season, as well as a
forced fumble. Reserve DE Travis Laboy also had a sack.
DT Albert Haynesworth returned after missing two weeks with a
knee injury. He had 2 tackles (1 solo). His return is important
in drawing double-teams to help keep LB’s free and create
more opportunity for the rest of the DLine, but it is hard to
gauge the credit to give him for the much improved individual
efforts in the front seven on Sunday, as it was David Carr and
Rookie CB Reynaldo Hill has passed Michael Waddell as the nickel
corner. Tony Beckham, who started at the beginning of the season
and split time with current starter and 1st round pick Pacman
Jones as recently as two weeks ago is now just a special teams
As a star player returns from injury, his playing time should
increase as he continues to get healthy. The opposite has been
true for OLB Lavar Arrington. Despite being active, he was not
on the field for a single play on Sunday. “I didn’t
play, there ain’t nothing to talk about”, was the
only comment from Arrington. The unintentional innuendo of the
double negative aside, there will be plenty to talk about if the
Redskins get cold. When they were undefeated at 3-0, it was hard
to second guess HC Joe Gibbs in the midst of restoring his legacy.
Now that they have a blemish on their record, and their Run D
was shredded by the Broncos, as well as another unspectacular
performance by Warrick Holdman, the door cracks open. If one loss
starts to become a streak, especially if the defense begins to
take more blame, someone will have to answer for Arrington’s
absence. Chinks in the armor were revealed last week, as Denver
RB Tatum Bell became the first 100-yard rusher against the Redskin
D in the last eight games. Washington has given up over 5 ypc
in the last two games, including over 10 per carry by Bell. Without
fully pointing the finger, the Redskins coaching staff have alluded
to the problem when they refer to practice dictating playing time.
The Washington staff is old school, about discipline, maintaining
your assignment, and practicing hard, not things Arrington has
been noted for in his career. Arrington also probably originally
refused to play special teams while he was getting back to full
speed, although he refutes that and apparently was practicing
with them last week, and probably has not been exerting himself
in practice, assuming a starting position would be handed back
to him. The result probably has been an internal battle of stubbornness
and egos, on both sides, that Arrington couldn’t win when
the team was playing well. There were reports of an “animated”
conversation between Arrington and Gibbs after a practice last
week. However, by not taking it public with animosity, the door
is open for Arrington to quietly return to the large role he should
play, if the Redskins finally need him, and can admit they do,
and/or he rededicates himself in practice.
The secondary remains dinged up across the board. FS Sean Taylor
continues to play through shoulder problems. He was limited in
practice last week, but started and posted 2 solo tackles. Pierson
Prioleau was active, but Ryan Clark remained the starter at SS.
He led the team with 6 tackles (2 solo). CB Walt Harris remained
inactive with a calf injury and 1st round pick Carlos Rogers continued
to start in his place. Rogers posted 4 solo tackles. Harris is
expected to return to practice this week and could play, but he
may have lost his starting job. CB Shawn Springs aggravated a
shin injury and had to leave the game Sunday. Ade Jimoh replaced
him and had what appeared to be a sack for a safety, but was reversed
upon review and chalked up to the infamous “tuck”
rule. Springs had x-rays and a MRI on the shin, which came up
negative. However, he also has some swelling in his calf and while
it looks probable he’ll play this week, he remains a risky