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Week 8 Injury Report (available
- Week 8 Byes: ATL, IND, NYJ, SEA
- SEA S Hamlin suffers brain damage in nightclub fight
- STL DE Little misses game after murder of brother
- WAS LB Arrington back in picture
- OAK CB Woodson and SS Gibson out 6-8 weeks
- CIN S Madieu Williams could be done for season
- MIA SS Tebucky done for season
- CLE CB Baxter done for season
- IND DE Mathis leads league in sacks
- IND LB June leads league in picks
- MIA MLB Zach Thomas leads league in tackles
Although thin at CB, David Macklin did the work of two men. In addition
to tying for the team lead with 8 tackles (7 solo), he broke up
4 passes, including a pick he returned 60 yards for a TD. OLB Karlos
Dansby continues to be a key playmaker. He also had 8 tackles (7
solo), as well as a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery. DE
Chike Okeafor had 2 sacks. He now has 3 on the season, second to
Bertrand Berry on the team, who had 5 so far.
After showing some life recently, the career of former 1st round
pick Calvin Pace took another bad turn. The DE cut his arm on
glass of a window broken while wrestling with a friend. He needed
emergency surgery and has been placed on the non-football injury/reserve
list. Being put on this list, as opposed to the IR, indicates
the team will look at withholding salary from him as a result
of the non-football-related nature of his absence. His season,
and career as a Cardinal, is likely over.
After DE Brady Smith left the game with a broken toe, Chauncey
Davis replaced him and was in the right place at the right time
to pick up a fumble caused by DT Rod Coleman on a sack. Davis
returned it 24 yards for a TD. The sack was Coleman’s team-leading
seventh of the season, good for a tie for third in the league.
OLB Demorrio Williams led the team with 10 tackles, including
a sack. He also knocked down a key fourth down pass in Atlanta
territory that could have made the game competitive.
After a concussion two weeks ago, SS Ed Reed was inactive with
a sprained ankle. He is expected to miss this week, as well. Chad
Williams started in his place and had 3 solo tackles.
A match-up of marquee MLB’s fizzled as neither Chicago’s
Brian Urlacher nor Ray Lewis produced many highlight. Lewis finished
with 5 solo tackles and had to leave in the fourth quarter with
a hamstring injury. With an extra day to rest due to a Monday
night game, HC Brian Billick is “optimistic” Lewis
will play this week. Bart Scott will see more time if Lewis cannot
LB Angelo Crowell, the replacement for Takeo Spikes, led the team
with 7 solo tackles and had a sack on which he forced a fumble
that Troy Vincent recovered. That was the only turnover, as the
Raiders offense ran roughshod over the Bills.
DE Julius Pepper has a broken right hand, but he is expected to
play with a cast this week. It could limit him, but his potential
is too much to sit him if he’s active. Opposite him, DE
Mike Rucker showed signs of life before the bye, but remains inconsistent.
MLB Dan Morgan has been dinged a bit this year and is playing
through a shoulder injury, but had his best game of the season
before the bye.
Chicago’s defense continues to impress, holding an impotent
Raven offense to less than 200 yards on offense and they have
yet to allow a rushing TD, the only team left in the league that
has not. CB Nathan Vasher led the team with 8 solo tackles.
Reserve DT Tank Johnson had a breakout game, posting 2 sacks
among his 5 solo tackles (although one sack was simply falling
on Raven QB Anthony Wright after he tripped). Johnson saw more
time when Tommie Harris left with a leg injury. Reserves DE Mike
Haynes and DT Aaron Boone also shared a sack.
FS Madieu Williams missed another game with a shoulder injury.
There is concern his season could be over as his shoulder problems
aren’t improving. HJC Marvin Lewis indicated it was a “possibility”
he is done, but there is no firm word. Ifeanyi Ohalete remained
the starter at SS and Kevin Kaesviharn remained moved to FS.
Reserve DE Duane Clemons had his first sack of the season since
returning from a four-game substance-abuse suspension. He also
had 3 solo tackles and recovered a fumble. Clemons could soon
challenge for the starting job of Robert Geathers.
MLB Odell Thurman continues to make a strong case for Defensive
Rookie of the Year. He led the team with 11 tackles (7 solo) and
forced a fumble. Fellow rookie David Pollack started at SLB in
place of Landon Johnson, who has a banged up shoulder. However,
Pollack injured his left knee in the game and Johnson saw time.
Pollack was on crutches as a precaution after the game, but sounds
like he’ll be fine for this week.
Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger had not thrown an INT yet this
year until CB Tory James grabbed one in the third quarter. It
was the third of the season for James. Fellow CB Deltha O’Neal
still leads the team with four, but hasn’t had one in four
games, after starting out with three in the first three games.
Nickel CB Keiwan Ratliff left the game in the first half with
a hip pointer, but is expected to play this week.
CB Gary Baxter, the big off-season FA addition to the defense,
is lost for the season after undergoing surgery on a chest muscle
torn in the game Sunday. Leigh Bodden replaces him in the starting
The rotation in the Cleveland LB corps continues to be a frustrating
fantasy situation. Despite technically not starting, LB Orlando
Ruff led the team with 9 tackles (3 solo), as a two-down ILB.
He continues to rotate out primarily on passing downs with Ben
Taylor. On the outside, Matt Stewart and Chaun Thompson start,
with Kenard Lang working in passing situations. ILB Andra Davis,
who had 8 tackles (2 solo) and leads the team with 62, remains
the only Browns LB to start regularly.
DE Orpheus Roye continues to have a breakout season. He had 8
solo tackles and recovered a fumble.
ILB Dat Nguyen remained inactive with a nerve injury in his neck.
He is expected back this week. Scott Shanle continues to start
in his place, but it was former Chief Scott Fujita who stepped
up in a reserve role, leading the team with 6 tackles (5 solo).
ILB Bradie James was solid with 5 solo tackles, including a sack.
1st round pick OLB DeMarcus Ware had 5 tackles (3 solo). Fellow
1st round pick Marcus Spears got his first career start at DE.
He had 4 tackles (1 solo) and a pass defensed.
The only playmakers for the Broncos were at corner. Champ Bailey
appeared back to form, as he plays through shoulder and hamstring
problems. He had a pick and broke up 3 other passes, as well as
posting 4 tackles (3 solo). Rookie Darrent Williams remains a
starter and had 7 tackles (6 solo), including a forced fumble
CB Dre’ Bly suffered a dislocated wrist in a collision with
MLB Earl Holmes in the third quarter. He is seeking medical opinions
as to whether or not to have surgery, which would cost him several
weeks, and perhaps the season. R.W. McQuarters will replace him
in the starting lineup. McQuarters has also been replacing Eddie
Drummond (knee injury) on kickoff returns, so his value increases
significantly in leagues that require a CB and score for returns.
Bly had a pick before leaving and McQuarters had one after replacing
him. DT Shaun Rogers also joined the growing list of wounded for
the Lions, as he sprained his right MCL in the game. No firm word
yet on his status, but this type of injury usually takes a few
weeks to heal. LB depth took a hit, as well, as reserve Alex Lewis
was placed on the IR.
On the positive side, DE James Hall was back in the starting
lineup after a strained groin kept him inactive for a few weeks.
He had 3 solo tackles and his return will hurt the production
of Kalimba Edwards, who played very well in his place.
MLB Holmes (4 solo) and SLB Boss Bailey (5 solo) led the team
with 7 tackles. DT Dan Wilkinson and reserve DL Jared DeVries
each had 2 sacks.
DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was left out of the sack parade on Sunday.
DE Aaron Kampman shared a sack with DT Grady Jackson, while a
trio of reserves each had their first career sack. Colin Cole,
Kenny Peterson, and rookie Brady Poppinga had one each. SLB Paris
Lenon, who again replaces Na’il Diggs in the starting lineup,
also had a sack. Diggs should miss at least another week as he
recovers from a MCL tear.
FS Nick Collins suffered a leg injury.
ILB Kaliee Wong was placed on the IR after tearing the patella
tendon in his right knee the previous week. Frank Chamberlin was
signed to fill his roster spot, but it is DaShon Polk who replaced
him in the starting lineup. Polk got off to a fast start, leading
the team in tackles with 10 (4 solo). The former Arizona Wildcat
standout was an undrafted free agent who became familiar with
the 3-4 during four years in Buffalo. He had his best season in
his first season in Houston last year and should produce some
decent tackle numbers as a run-stopping ILB filling in for Wong.
OLB Jason Babin (torn labrum) and DE Gary Walker (separated AC
shoulder joint) remained inactive.
While Dwight Freeney continues to draw double-teams, pass rush
specialist DE Robert Mathis set a team record by recording a sack
in his seventh consecutive game. He’s had a sack in every
game this year and leads the league with 8 sacks. Starting LE
Raheem Brock also had a sack, his third of the season, and Freeney
completed the triple play for the DE rotation with his sixth sack
of the season.
WLB Cato June didn’t have two picks again, like he did
each of the previous two games, but he did lead the team in tackles
with 9 (8 solo). He continues to have a breakout year and keep
alive the plug and produce success at WLB in Tony Dungy’s
system. His five INT’s lead the league and he is among the
top 10 in tackles. June has one more tackle than MLB Gary Brackett
to lead the team. June is playing through a sports hernia, but
will have a week to rest and is expected to continue playing through
it. Opposite him, SLB David Thornton had a sack, his second of
the season and a new career-high. However, his productivity continues
to be hurt by being stuck at SLB. He is on track for his lowest
tackle output since his rookie year.
S Bob Sanders had to be carted off the field after suffering
wrist and arm injuries in the first half, but returned to play
in the second half and with the bye this week, should be fine
for their next game.
Quiet bye week for the Jags.
Brought in to be a desperately needed playmaker on the defense,
OLB Kendrell Bell has been a big disappointment thus far. However,
he finally got to the QB, sharing a sack with Nickel CB Benny
Sapp. Bell also had another solo tackle. The previous week Bell
had a season-high 6 solo tackles, so he could begin to turn his
season around and is a buy-low candidate, but he is still not
worth starting regularly.
CB Patrick Surtain led the team with 6 tackles (3 solo) and 3
passes defensed. With Dexter McCleon inactive, Eric Warfield started
DT Ryan Sims remains inactive with a foot sprain suffered in
their first game.
SS Tebucky Jones will miss the rest of the season after surgery
to fix a torn right chest muscle, as he faces months of rehab.
He was injured in the loss to KC last Friday night. Yeremiah Bell
or Travares Tillman is likely to replace him in the starting lineup.
DE Jason Taylor had been in a protective boot and on crutches
last week after injuring his foot in Week 6. Despite the short
week due to Hurricane Wilma, he started and had 7 tackles (4 solo),
as well as a pass defended. He is expected to continue to play
through the torn plantar fascia, despite the fact the same injury
often ends the season for a player. He will be in pain and will
likely be rested in practice during each week the rest of the
season. DE Kevin Carter also joined the extensive list of health
problems on defense. He injured his calf and had to leave the
game. Rookie Matt Roth replaced him on the left side and finished
with 6 tackles (4 solo), with David Bowens also seeing more work.
If Carter misses any time, Roth’s value gets a significant
boost, as he’ll at least see extensive work on passing downs
and playing across from Jason Taylor has always been fantasy-friendly
for a DE.
As usual, MLB Zach Thomas led the team with double-digit tackles,
posting 14 (8 solo). SLB Junior Seau missed another game due to
lingering calf problems. Donnie Spragan started in his place and
had 6 tackles (5 solo). Seau is expected back next week, but he
has already returned once and aggravated the injury this year,
so look for it to continue to be a problem this season.
CB Sam Madison suffered a hip pointer during the game and had
to leave. Nickel CB Reggie Howard continues to struggle while
seeing more work with Madison out. Howard gave up two big passes
and committing a critical penalty nullifying a pick. However,
with Madison hurting, Kiwaukee Thomas inactive again and Tebucky
Jones out for a while, the options in the secondary are limited.
Despite no sacks or turnovers by the defense, a furious late second
half comeback by the offense was enough for the win. CB Fred Smoot
led the team with 8 solo tackles and 2 passes defended. No suspensions
have been handed down regarding the Lake Minnetonka boat incident.
Smoot was identified as one of the people who paid to rent the
boats, a claim he denies.
While there are signs of improvement, the switch to the 3-4 base
hasn’t solved the defensive problems and has made their
front seven significantly less fantasy-friendly. Sam Cowart and
E.J. Henderson cannibalize each other’s stats on the inside,
while on the outside, Keith Newman and Raonall Smith have yet
to register a sack since the switch last week. Newman had to leave
the game with a rib injury in the first half and was replaced
by Napoleon Harris. After registering a sack last week as a reserve,
Harris did little, finishing with 2 tackles (1 solo). Dontarrious
Thomas was inactive with a knee injury, so depth was a problem.
DE Kevin Williams is about the only player not impacted in the
front seven, as he seems to produce no matter where he plays.
Williams suffered a sprained ankle in the game, but was able to
finish. With Spencer Johnson out again with a knee injury, Darrion
Scott continues to start opposite Kevin Williams. He has been
the biggest benefactor of the injuries on the DLine and the slow
progress of rookie Erasmus James. Kevin Williams was placed on
probation for a year after pleading guilty to a domestic dispute.
As there appears to be no concern for discipline in the Tice Administration,
he’s unlikely to face any punishment from the team.
FS Darren Sharper had just 3 solo tackles against his former
team and the four pages of notes he prepared before the game might
have contributed more.
ILB Tedy Bruschi has been cleared by doctors to practice. It is
unclear how soon he can be expected to play in a game this year.
Free agent additions Chad Brown and Monty Beisel have not been
spectacular in replacing Bruschi and the retired Ted Johnson in
the interior of New England’s LB group, and no one could
replace the leadership he brought to the squad. If he is on the
free agent wire, and you have room to add him, it is worth picking
him and seeing what happens.
SS Dwight Smith was inactive with leg injuries including a strained
MCL. Smith already moved down from FS to replace Jay Bellamy at
SS and with Mel Mitchell injured, as well, it was Steve Gleason
who got the start in his place and had 2 solo tackles. Rookie
Josh Bullocks remains the starting FS.
DE Darren Howard dislocated a finger in practice last week, but
started and had a solo tackle, giving Will Smith some more work.
Howard had surgery Tuesday to have the finger fixed and is questionable
for this week.
SLB Sedrick Hodge was in the starting lineup and apparently will
avoid suspension for a year after winning an appeal regarding
another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy
he was alleged to have made.
New York Giants
A healthy diet of the Denver running game meant a game-high 13
tackles (12 solo) for MLB Antonio Pierce.
LB Barrett ‘Juan Gonzalez’ Green could be gone again.
After being active for the first time and posting 1 tackle as
a reserve LB last Sunday, he could need more surgery on the ankle
he had surgery on this off-season, after surgery for a torn ACL.
He was inactive on Sunday. There’s no reason to continue
owning him in any league, just a FYI for those of you still interested
in what happened to the former starting WLB. Carlos Emmons returned
from a knee injury last week, but was moved back to SLB, as Nick
Greisen appears to have hung on to the starting WLB job. Greisen
has started there the last two weeks. Reggie Tobor was the odd
man out, but Emmons left the game in the third quarter after injuring
his chest and was replaced by Tobor. Emmons will have a MRI this
New York Jets
After missing three games with an ankle sprain, WLB Eric Barton
was back Monday night, but not for long. He tore his left triceps
and is done for the season. Mark Brown now gains value with job
security for the rest of the season.
MLB Jonathan Vilma had 7 tackles and a pick. He is second in
the league in tackles.
CB Ty Law had another pick, giving him one in three consecutive
games. It was his 40th of his career and the fourth of the season,
putting him a tie for second in the league.
The Raiders secondary was decimated in the first quarter on Sunday.
SS Derrick Gibson dislocated his wrist on the opening drive and
CB Charles Woodson broke his right leg while in on a tackle of
Buffalo RB Willis McGahee later in the quarter. C Renaldo Hill
also may have a small fracture in his hand. The injuries gave
three rookies, Fabian Washington, Standford Routt, and Chris Carr,
extensive time at corner and moved Jarod Cooper in with the first
team at safety. Cooper’s value gets the biggest boost going
forward. Washington will likely move into the starting lineup
and Routt the nickel, with Hill in the picture, as well. The initial
prognosis for both Woodson and Gibson is to miss 6-8 weeks.
Heading in to Sunday with 5 sacks, DE Derrick Burgess already
had more this season than any Raider had last season. He added
2 more, giving him 7 on the season, good for a tie for third in
the league, and a new career-high for Burgess. DT Warren Sapp
also had a sack.
LB Kirk Morrison led the team with 7 tackles (3 solo) and had
a fumble recovery.
As the offense was slow to get started, the defense dominated
early and held Ladainian Tomlinson to the worst day of his career.
MLB Jeremiah Trotter led the way, leading the team (tied) with
9 tackles (5 solo), as well as having a sack, a forced fumble,
breaking up 2 passes, and grabbing an INT on a deflection. The
corners continue to be important playmakers, making the names
of Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor a more distant memory each week.
Sheldon Brown also continued to be an important playmaker, he
also had 9 tackles (5 solo), including a sack and forced fumble.
Lito Sheppard defended 2 passes, including grabbing 1 for a pick,
and had 2 solo tackles.
After disappearing again in a big loss to Dallas, DE Jevon Kearse
had a sack and was generally applying good pressure. He remains
a tremendously inconsistent fantasy producer. DT Darwin Walker
returned to the starting lineup from a thigh injury that cost
him a few games. He posted just a solo tackle, but is one of the
better DT’s in leagues that segregate DL. His return pushes
1st round pick DT Mike Patterson back to a reserve role.
Soon after looking like he might be back this season after being
shot during an attempted robbery, DE Jerome McDougle is likely
done for the year. He underwent emergency hernia surgery last
week that resulted from the injury and his attempt to return to
A pass batted by DE Kimo von Oelhoffen resulted in an INT for
fellow DE Aaron Smith. Kimo also had a sack in the game. FS Chris
Hope had an acrobatic pick and nice return, during which SS Troy
Polamalu reacquainted himself with former teammate Cincinnati
QB Carson Palmer by laying him out. Hope also led the team with
6 solo tackles. Palmer had gone over 4 games without a pick and
9 games with a passer rating over 100, until Sunday.
James Harrison continues to start in place of Clark Haggans at
OLB. Haggans remains out with a partially torn groin.
The younger brother of DE Leonard Little was murdered while Little
was playing on MNF last week and he missed Sunday’s game.
The tragedy could affect him all season, although he seemed to
be able to get by the tragedy Leonard himself caused in the past.
Tyoka Jackson started in his place.
DT Damione Lewis was ejected in the first quarter after a sack
by DT Jimmy Kennedy. In extracurricular activity after the play,
Lewis punched New Orleans C LeCharles Bentley in the groin.
The Rams wrapped up the victory with less than two minutes left
with a TD by FS Mike Furrey on what was ruled an INT. As Ernie
Conwell grabbed a pass in coverage, he held it above his head
away from the defender, hence away from his body too, as he went
down. On the way down, Furrey swept in and took the ball like
he was just grabbing it off a table, racing 67 yards to put the
Rams up by 11 and end the comeback hopes of New Orleans. It looked
more like a fumble recovery, or that Conwell was down, but the
call stood and it was ruled a pick. Furrey has retained the starting
FS job since replacing Michael Hawthorne two weeks ago.
SS Adam Archuleta had a big day. In addition to 6 tackles (5
solo), he had 2 sacks and recovered a fumble forced by OLB Dexter
Coakley on a sack. Coakley led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo).
ILB Donnie Edwards had an INT and 7 tackles (5 solo), but didn’t
lead the team for once, as he suffered a knee injury during the
game. He should be OK this week.
1st round pick Shawne Merriman made his first career start at
OLB and had a sack along with 4 other solo tackles. He bumps Ben
Leber from the starting lineup.
CB Sammy Davis injured his ribs in a collision in the end zone
with a teammate and had to be carted off the field. He is questionable
for this week. Jamar Fletcher replaced him and had 4 solo tackles,
including a sack, and a pick. CB Quentin Jammer led the team with
10 tackles (8 solo).
Jeff Ulbrich decided in favor of season-ending surgery for his
torn biceps, so Brandon Moore has moved to ILB. Moore had 7 tackles
(6 solo), including a sack. Fellow ILB Derek M. Smith suffered
a strained hamstring during the game, but is expected to be fine
for this week. He also had 7 tackles (6 solo).
Despite being thin at corner, the team waived Willie Middlebrooks…again.
Bruce Thornton has impressed enough since being called up from
the practice squad he has retained a starting job at CB opposite
Shawtae Spencer. Ahmed Plummer remains inactive after ankle surgery
a few weeks ago.
Michael Adams continues to be productive at FS. He led the team
with 8 tackles (7 solo).
FS Ken Hamlin has been released from the hospital after a fight
he allegedly instigated last Sunday night landed him in the ICU
of a Seattle. The most life-threatening issue was a small blood
clot in his brain. He also has a broken hand, a skull fracture,
and bruising of brain tissue, which HC Mike Holmgren said left
lingering brain damage. There was no update on his condition upon
his release, but his season, if not his career, appear in jeopardy.
Marquand Manuel replaced him in the starting lineup and had 8
tackles (4 solo). It has been a frightening couple of weeks for
Seattle safeties. SS Michael Boulware returned to the starting
lineup a week after having to be carted off the field and reporting
a loss of feeling in his legs for a while. After regaining feeling
and being cleared in the hospital just hours later, he returned
to practice last week and was able to play last Sunday. This week
he had 5 tackles (4 solo) and a pick.
Everyone on the DLine except top reserve DT Rocky Bernard, had
a sack on Sunday. DE Bryce Fisher had 2 and now passed Bernard
for the team lead with 5 sacks.
OLB D.D. Lewis led the team with 11 tackles (6 solo), while former
IDP stud Jamie Sharper continues to disappoint, posting just 3
SS Jermaine Phillips is questionable with a thumb injury and FS
Dexter Jackson is not expected to play with a hamstring injury.
Will Allen has capably backed both up.
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch had a sack among his 4 tackles (3 solo),
giving him 7.5 for the season, good for second in the league.
Reserve DE Travis LaBoy, reserve DT Rien Long, and FS Lamont Thompson
also each had a sack.
MLB Brad Kassell led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo).
Although limited to mostly passing situations, LB Lavar Arrington
finally saw significant time and led the team in tackles with
9 (7 solo). Time to pick him up if an impatient owner dropped
him. Keep an eye out for further comments on him from the Washington
FS Sean Taylor had his first pick of the year, but no tackles.
Taylor is playing through shoulder problems and remains a risky
play as he’s likely to be inconsistent. DT Cornelius Griffin
left the game with a strained hip flexor and is day-to-day.