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Week 9 Injury Report (available
- Week 9 Byes: BUF, DAL, DEN, STL
- BAL MLB Lewis expected to miss a month
- TB DE Rice healthy scratch, sent home before game
- PHI DE Kearse injures shoulder, leaves game
- NE LB Bruschi back
- Season officially over for CIN S Madieu Williams
- NO MLB Watson benched after DUI arrest
- DEN CB Bailey aggravates hammy, leaves game
- NYJ LB Barton done, put on IR
- OAK DT Sapp has best game in years
- GB QB Favre turns the ball over to Bengals five times, to fan once
After a few quiet weeks, DE Bert Berry had his third multi-sack
game of the season, posting 2 among his 6 tackles (5 solo). He also
forced a fumble and recovered it. SS Adrian Wilson also had a sack,
and led the team with 8 solo tackles, including 1 on special teams.
Corner remained thin with Raymond Walls (groin) and rookies Antrel
Rolle (knee) and Eric Green (shoulder) all inactive again. Rolle’s
injury is the most serious, while Walls and Green should be back
soon. Rolle is definitely out this week and expected to be out
for the season. Robert Tate remained a starter opposite normal
starter David Macklin.
DE Brady Smith rested his broken toe during the bye and was wearing
a walking boot the whole week. He is unlikely to practice this
week, but could still play. Chauncey Davis will continue to replace
him if he cannot go.
The struggling Ravens took another hit last week as MLB Ray Lewis
is expected to miss at least three weeks with the hamstring injury
he suffered in Week Seven. Bart Scott replaced Lewis as the starting
MLB in their base set, but Tommy Polley took Lewis’s place
in pass packages, as well as playing outside in the base 4-3.
Scott had 5 tackles (4 solo) and Polley led the team with 9 tackles
The team was short another former NFL Defensive Player of the
Year as SS Ed Reed missed another game due to a sprained ankle.
Chad Williams continued to replace him.
DE Terrell Suggs shared a sack with pass rush specialist LB Peter
Boulware. Suggs now has 2 sacks on the season, putting him on
pace to fall well short of the double-digit production expected
MLB London Fletcher had just 2 tackles (1 solo) and has struggled
while playing through lingering hamstring problems the last several
weeks. After being one of the most consistent top LB fantasy producers
the last several years, he is well off the pace for a normal year’s
output in all categories, particularly solo tackles.
FS Troy Vincent left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder
injury. Coy Wire replaced him.
Streaky DE Aaron Schobel is hot again. After starting the year
with 2 sacks, he had none for five weeks, and now has had 3 in
his last two games after registering 2 on Sunday night. He forced
a fumble he recovered on one of the sacks and had 2 other solo
DE Julius Peppers (broken right hand), MLB Dan Morgan (shoulder),
and CB Chris Gamble started despite injuries. Morgan is playing
with a harness on his shoulder during games to help hold a previously
dislocated shoulder, so expect to see him to be a regular in the
injury report each week. Peppers had 2 solo tackles, Morgan had
4 tackles (2 solo), including a sack, and Gamble had 6 tackles
(5 solo) and a pass defensed.
OLB Will Witherspoon had his first sack of the season, along
with 3 solo tackles and 2 passes defended. Witherspoon has been
a bit of a disappointment this year after a career year in 2004.
The last time the Bears faced Jeff Garcia, they were in first
place and the game was won on an interception returned for a TD
in OT. A week short of five years later, history repeated itself
as Charles Tillman cut in front of Mike Williams for the pick
and ran it 22 yards for the win. Tillman has been the goat a few
times this year, including getting toasted by Detroit’s
Roy Williams for a TD in the first match-up of these teams earlier
this year. On Sunday, in addition to the game-winner, Tillman
broke up a TD with another pass defense and had 7 tackles (6 solo).
MLB Brian Urlacher led the team with 11 tackles (9 solo).
DE Alex Brown missed an opportunity to get his first sack of
the year early in the game after a defensive holding penalty erased
it, but he recorded one later. Brown has been a big disappointment
this year. He’s still not on pace to match his career-low
40 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a rookie, when he wasn’t even
a starter for all of the season.
Reserve DT Tank Johnson had a sack, giving him 3 in the last
two games, and looked very impressive once again.
Cincinnati intercepted Packer QB Brett Favre five times and a
Bengal fan made an attempt for a sixth turnover, as a goof ran
on the field and took the ball out of Favre’s hands during
Green Bay’s failed attempt to come back late in the game.
It was the third time this season the Bengals had 5 picks in a
game, and all have been against NFC North opponents.
Deltha O’Neal took over the league-lead in picks, grabbing
numbers 5 and 6 in the game. O’Neal had gone four games
without an INT after getting three in the first three games. Rookie
MLB Odell Thurman also had 2 interceptions in the game. Easily
the leader for Defensive Rookie of the Year halfway through the
season, Thurman has been involved in a turnover every game but
one for Cincinnati this year. He has 4 picks, 2 forced fumbles,
and a fumble recovery. He also leads the team in tackles for the
season. CB Tory James had the other pick, his fourth of the year
and got one for the second consecutive week.
After speculation it would occur, FS Madieu Williams was placed
on the IR due to his shoulder this week after he missed another
game on Sunday. Ifeanyi Ohalete remains the starter at SS and
Kevin Kaesviharn should remain at FS. Kaesviharn led the team
with 10 tackles (8 solo). David Pollack was inactive with a knee
injury suffered in the game the previous week. Landon Johnson,
who Pollack had just replaced as a starter, returned with the
first team at SLB and had 9 tackles (6 solo, including 1 on special
Reserve DE Duane Clemons had a sack for the second consecutive
game and another solo tackle.
Leigh Bodden replaced Gary Baxter and was quite functional. Bodden
led the team with 10 tackles (6 solo). He also had a pick and
broke up 3 other passes.
SS Chris Crocker was limited after injuring his shoulder. He
had an MRI and said he’d play this week. Rookie Brodney
Pool saw more work in his absence.
ILB Andra Davis had 9 tackles (8 solo) and his first sack of
ILB Dat Nguyen was active after missing several games with a neck
stinger, but Scott Shanle remained the starter. Nguyen had 1 solo
tackle in limited action. OLB Al Singleton broke his right collarbone
in the fourth quarter. His potential extended absence opens the
door for Scott Fujita to move into the starting lineup and rookie
Kevin Burnett to finally see some significant action. Fujita had
his first sack of the season in the game.
DE Greg Ellis had a sack and shared another with LB Bradie James.
Ellis now leads the team with 5 on the season and although his
tackles are down, he remains on pace to at least match his career-high
of 9 last year, despite the switch to a 3-4.
CB Anthony Henry continues to be a worthwhile off-season addition.
He grabbed his third INT of the season and returned it for a 58-yard
TD. He also had 6 solo tackles, taking over the team lead for
A week after looking back to form from injury problems, CB Champ
Bailey aggravated his hamstring injury and almost single-handedly
allowed the Eagles back in the game briefly, as Terrell Owens
kept burning him. Bailey finally left the game in the third quarter.
Rookie Domonique Foxworth replaced him and had a pick in the end
zone. Bailey has the bye week this week to get healthy. Rookie
CB Darrent Williams started opposite Bailey and had his first
career sack. Williams has taken advantage of his opportunities,
demonstrating great playmaking ability, and his lock on a starting
role is ensured after Lenny Walls is apparently about to be released.
MLB Al Wilson dislocated a finger during the game, but was back
in after a trainer popped it back into place.
DT Trevor Pryce had his first sack of the season.
As expected, CB Dre’ Bly (dislocated wrist) and DT Shaun
Rogers (MCL knee sprain) were inactive. R.W. McQuarters started
in place of Bly and rookie Shaun Cody replaced Rogers. Cody had
4 solo tackles and forced a fumble that was recovered by reserve
DE Kalimba Edwards. That was the only production from Edwards,
as the return of James Hall last week has cut into his time. Hall
had his best game of the season with 6 solo tackles, including
a sack. Opposite him, Cory Redding had his first sack of the season.
Redding also hurt his shoulder in the game.
Earl Holmes led the team in tackles with 8 solo and just missed
a safety on one of them as Chicago’s Thomas Jones barely
stretched the ball across the goal line as he went down. Holmes
sprained his wrist during the game.
SLB Boss Bailey had to leave the game in the third quarter with
an injury. FS Terrence Holt (concussion) and reserve LB Teddy
Lehman (foot) were also injured in the game. Lehman has a serious
sprain that needs further evaluation. FA Nate Wayne was signed,
which means the injury to Lehman or Bailey could be serious.
With Na’il Diggs (MCL tear in knee) remained inactive, Paris
Lenon remained the starting SLB and had a sack for the second
straight game. CB Al Harris had the only other sack, among his
6 tackles (5 solo). Diggs is expected back this week, while WLB
Robert Thomas needs a MRI to determine why his shoulder continues
to bother him.
FS Nick Collins recovered from a quad injury in the game the
previous week and remained in the starting lineup. He broke up
2 passes and had 4 tackles (3 solo). Reserve S Earl Little was
placed on the IR due to a hamstring injury. Little was a vet brought
in to help supplement the loss of Darren Sharper and as another
veteran presence in a young secondary. All he really accomplished
before ending his season early was show he had no business complaining
about losing his starting job in Cleveland.
MLB Nick Barnett led the team with 12 tackles (8 solo).
DE Gary Walker returned from a shoulder injury with a bang, after
missing several games. Walker had 2 sacks, forcing a fumble on
one, among 7 tackles (3 solo).
ILB DaShon Polk, who replaced Kaliee Wong (IR), had another solid
game. He again led the team in tackles, posting 9 (7 solo). OLB
Jason Babin finally returned from a torn labrum he suffered in
Week Two. Babin remained a reserve and posted 1 assist.
Pass rush specialist DE Robert Mathis kept a share of the league-lead
in sacks despite the bye. TEN DE Kyle Vanden Bosch and SF DE Bryant
Young tied him at eight.
DE Paul Spicer had a sack, giving him a new career-high of 4.5,
thanks to his anomaly three-sack game back in Week Three. MLB
Mike Peterson also had a sack, his first of the season, and led
the team with 10 solo tackles.
CB Robert Mathis had two picks and FS Deon Grant had one. Mathis
leads the team with four.
FS Deon Grant twisted his ankle in the game, so rookie Gerald
Sensabaugh would see more time if he can’t go.
The interior pass defense was beaten badly and the whole secondary
was beaten up. San Diego TE Antonio Gates was a one-man gang,
reserve S Jerome Woods and MLB Kawika Mitchell couldn’t
cover him, while SS Sammy Knight couldn’t tackle him. Gates
sealed the victory running over Knight for his third TD in the
fourth quarter. Mitchell led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo,
including 1 on special teams). Woods suffered a strained right
hamstring in the game. Another ding was CB Eric Warfield, who
had a hip pointer. Warfield had 5 tackles, broke up 3 passes,
and recovered a fumble. Of all the injuries, the one with the
most concern is CB Patrick Surtain. He suffered a sprained left
knee and did not play during the second half. He’ll have
a MRI this week. Dewayne Washington replaced Surtain. Reserve
CB Dexter McCleon, who missed another game due to a groin injury,
could return this week and looks like he’ll be needed. FS
Greg Wesley had a pick and 7 tackles (4 solo). The pass defense
wasn’t helped by the inability to get to the QB. The team
had no sacks on Sunday.
OLB Kendrell Bell was a fantasy non-factor again, posting 4 tackles
(3 solo). Opposite him, 1st round pick Derrick Johnson had 8 tackles
(6 solo) and a pass defensed.
DT Ryan Sims remains inactive with a foot sprain suffered in
their first game.
DE Jason Taylor continues to play through a torn plantar fascia.
He was limited to just 2 solo tackles and a pass defended. Opposite
him, Kevin Carter started after leaving the game early the previous
week with a leg injury. Carter had a sack for his second career
safety and another solo tackle. The rest of the line played very
well. DT Vonnie Holliday had his best game as a Dolphin, with
6 solo tackles and a sack. DT Keith Traylor and reserve DT Jeff
Zgonina each had a sack, as well.
SS Tebucky Jones (IR) was replaced by Travares Tillman in the
starting lineup. Tillman had 4 tackles (2 solo). FS Lance Schulters
played through a quad injury and had 2 tackles (1 solo). CB Sam
Madison was unable to play through a hip pointer and was inactive,
breaking a streak of 59 straight games played. Embattled CB Reggie
Howard started in his place and had 4 solo tackles and a pick.
Kiwaukee Thomas moved into the nickel CB role.
SLB Juinor Seau missed another game due to lingering calf problems
and Donnie Spragan continues to start in his place. MLB Zach Thomas
had just 2 solo tackles, but no injury was reported. Odd.
CB Fred Smoot began the trash talk with Carolina WR Steve Smith
before the game even started, but there wasn’t much left
for him to say after being beaten for most of Smith’s franchise-record
201 yards receiving and a TD. Smith didn’t just let his
play do the talking, he threw a little smack back, mimicking rowing
a boat after one catch, apparently a reference to the Lake Minnetonka
boat incident. All the chasing around of Smith did help Smoot’s
fantasy performance, as he led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo).
He also led the team in penalties with five. Injury was added
to insult when Smoot had to leave in the fourth quarter with an
injury to his right shoulder. The injury is being called a bruise
after a MRI and he should be good for this week.
The starting LB corps remained the same. Outside, Keith Newman
and Raonall Smith have yet to register a sack in the three games
since the switch to a 3-4. The team had no sacks or turnovers
in the game. Inside remained Sam Cowart and E.J. Henderson. Cowart
had 7 tackles (6 solo) and a pass defended. Reserve LB Dontarrious
Thomas missed another game with a knee injury.
1st round pick DE Erasmus James had a rare appearance in the
box score erased by a penalty. A fumble he forced on a sack and
recovered was overturned by a Fred Smoot defensive holding penalty.
CB Antoine Winfield echoed similar comments posted in this column
weeks ago – the Vikings scheme (ergo, DC Ted Cottrell) is
hurting the defense. Interesting
Unless you are living in a cave without ESPN, you are probably
aware ILB Tedy Bruschi returned. He started, played on over 80%
of the defensive snaps, and was even on special teams. He finished
the game with 7 tackles (2 solo). He bumped Chad Brown from the
starting lineup. Brown was inactive, despite not being on the
injury report last week. Rosey Colvin also was a starter on the
outside opposite Willie McGinest, with Mike Vrabel moving inside
next to Bruschi. This bumped Monty Beisel out of the starting
lineup. Brown and Beisel were two of the vets brought in to help
offset the lose of Bruschi and retirement of Ted Johnson in the
off-season, and neither has been impressive. If Bruschi can maintain
this level of play the rest of the year, both lose almost all
the little value they had as starters. Colvin and Vrabel each
had a sack, while Vrabel also led the team with 14 tackles (9
solo) and a pass defensed. Obviously the move inside agrees with
him and his fantasy value goes up.
DE Richard Seymour missed his third straight game with a knee
injury, despite being expected back this week. Jarvis Green continues
to start in his place.
The murky week-to-week CB picture in New England got a little
clearer. Tyrone Poole is done for the season, and possibly his
career, after being put on the IR with a foot injury. Poole played
in the season opener and hasn’t played since. Asante Samuel
has been the one constant at corner for the Pats, starting every
game. He had his first pick on Sunday. Opposite him, a healthy
Duane Starks appears to be hanging on to the other starting job.
Randall Gay was inactive after the bye, despite playing in Week
Six. He has been battling ankle problems.
Journeyman Arturo Freeman got the start at SS and looks to be
the latest option to replace Rodney Harrison, who is on the IR.
Freeman had 5 tackles (3 solo). If he hangs on to the starting
job, he has some value in the opportunistic Patriot defense.
MLB Courtney Watson was benched after an arrest for DUI on late
Wednesday/early Thursday. The Notre Dame grad had an open bottle
of beer in a cup holder and was “combative” during
questioning and a failed field sobriety test. Ronald McKinnon
replaced him in the starting lineup and had 8 tackles (7 solo).
Watson saw limited work later in the game.
SS Dwight Smith returned after missing a game and had 7 solo
tackles and a pick.
DE Darren Howard showed no ill effects of a dislocated finger,
posting 7 tackles (5 solo), a sack, and forced a fumble he recovered.
Reserve DE Will Smith also had a sack and leads the team with
4 for the year. DE Charles Grant appears to continue to be limited
by a toe injury. He had 3 solo tackles, but has just 1.5 sacks
on the season.
CB Mike McKenzie aggravated a shoulder injury during the game,
but should play this week.
New York Giants
SLB Carlos Emmons was inactive due to his chest injury and Reggie
Tobor returned to the starting lineup in his place. Tobor had
only 1 assist on defense, but 2 solo tackles and a forced fumble
on special teams. Nick Greisen remains the WLB, posting 4 tackles
(3 solo) and forcing a fumble. MLB Antonio Pierce led the team
with 11 tackles (7 solo) and an INT.
Ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora each had 4 solo tackles.
One of those was a sack for Strahan, while two were for Umenyiora,
who also had a fumble recovery.
Reserve S Shaun Williams left the game in the first quarter with
a pulled hamstring.
New York Jets
WLB Eric Barton’s season is officially over after going
on the IR. Bump up the value of his replacement, Mark Brown.
A restructured Raider secondary featured 1st round pick Fabian
Washington moving into the starting lineup to replace Charles
Woodson (broken right leg) and Jarrod Cooper was at SS in place
of Derrick Gibson (dislocated wrist). Washington had 3 solo tackles
and broke up 3 passes. Cooper had 6 solo tackles and was in the
right place at the right time to make a big play and help stop
the Tennessee from getting back in the game in the second quarter.
After falling behind by 17, the Titans scored a couple quick TDs
to get within 5 points. Then an 82-yard punt return for a TD that
would have given the Titans the lead was erased on a penalty.
With Tennessee instead stuck deep in their own territory, DT Warren
Sapp sacked Tennessee QB Steve McNair, forcing a fumble that rolled
to the end zone and Cooper recovered for a TD. The Titans were
unable to overcome that key 14 point swing for the Raiders. Sapp
had his best game as a Raider, finishing with 6 tackles (5 solo),
2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Sapp had just 2.5 sacks all of
last season, his first as a Raider. He now has 4.5 and is on track
for his best season since 2002. The team had a season-high 6 sacks
in the game.
ILB Danny Clark had his best game of the season, leading the
team with 12 tackles (7 solo) and getting a sack, his first big
fantasy play of the season.
DE Bobby Hamilton left after turning his ankle, but returned
to the game. Hamilton finished with 5 solo tackles and a fumble
recovery. DE Derrick Burgess, who had been hot lately despite
not being a starter, was a non-factor. He had just 1 assist.
Injury was added to insult during a whipping by the Broncos. DE
Jevon Kearse suffered an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder
in the first quarter and did not return. X-rays were negative
and a MRI will be done this week. He is considered day-to-day,
at this point. Kearse was looking like he might have his first
big game of the season after an early sack. Rookie Trent Cole
replaced him and had 4 tackles (2 solo). CB Lito Sheppard hurt
his knee last week in practice and was questionable for the game,
but he did start. He clearly wasn’t 100%, coming in and
out of the game, and getting beaten on some easy routes. He sat
out the second half when he couldn’t play through the injury.
He had 4 solo tackles before leaving. Roderick Hood replaced him
with the first unit in the second half. CB Sheldon Brown played
through a hip injury that occurred during the game. Reserve DT
Sam Rayburn had a neck stinger during the game. SS Michael Lewis
left that game in the third quarter after being shaken up. Quintin
Mikell replaced him.
MLB Jeremiah Trotter led the team with 11 tackles (10 solo).
OLB Clark Haggans returned from a partially torn groin and picked
up where he left off. He had 6 tackles (4 solo), including a sack.
FS Chris Hope had a pick for the second consecutive game and
has 3 on the season. SS Troy Polamalu led the team with 10 tackles
(6 solo). CB Ike Taylor, who has been a tackle-machine this season,
added 9 more (8 solo) and had his first INT of the season.
For the second straight game, a big play by FS Mike Furrey clinched
victory. He returned a pick in the fourth quarter 37 yards, setting
up the game-winning TD by RB Steven Jackson. Furrey also had a
fumble recovery and 6 tackles (5 solo). The converted WR has thrived
since being moved to starting FS and has a knack for the big play.
CB Corey Ivy led the team with 8 solo tackles. Ivy also applied
pressure on a key fourth down play, forcing an incomplete to help
seal the win. He started in place of Travis Fisher, who was inactive
with a groin injury suffered in Week 7.
DE Leonard Little missed his second straight game since the tragic
murder of his brother. He is expected back next week. Tyoka Jackson
again started in his place, but got dinged up, giving Brandon
Green a chance for some more time. Green responded with 4 tackles
(3 solo) and a sack.
There was a Chris Claiborne sighting. The MLB had a rare productive
day in his embattled first season with the Rams. He finished 6
solo tackles, a forced fumble, and shared a sack with DT Ryan
Pickett. Fortunately, there was no sighting of DT Damione Lewis
punching anyone in the groin this week.
Rookie reserve LB Brandon Chillar had his first career TD. Reserve
LB Drew Wahlroos came in clean on a punt and blocked it, which
Chillar scooped up and returned 29-yards for a TD.
A week after making his first start, 1st round pick Shawne Merriman
had his first impact game. A regular visitor in the Kansas City
backfield, he posted 2 sacks, forcing a fumble after losing his
helmet on one of them, among his 5 tackles (4 solo). He also knocked
Priest Holmes out of the game with a big hit. He tweaked his groin
during the game, but it didn’t appear to slow him down.
This performance was needed, as the Chargers were short-handed
in the LB corps. ILB Randall Godfrey was out with a neck injury.
Stephen Cooper started in his place and posted 8 tackles (5 solo),
half a sack, and had the key pressure in forcing a fourth down,
fourth quarter incompletion by Chief QB Trent Green in the Charger
red zone. OLB Steve Foley was inactive with an abdominal strain
that has apparently been bothering him for weeks, and would help
explain why the 2004 breakout star has not been as productive.
Shaun Phillips replaced him as a starter outside and had 2 tackles
(1 solo), as well as recovering the fumble Merriman forced. ILB
Donnie Edwards played through a knee injury from Week Sever, finishing
with 11 tackles (5 solo).
A week after having to be carted off the field with a rib injury,
CB Sammy Davis showed no ill effects, as he led the team with
a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo). SS Terrence Kiel had to leave
the game with a calf injury after posting just 1 solo tackle.
After a couple of quiet weeks, DE Bryant Young was on a tear again.
He had his third multi-sack game of the season, picking up 2 and
forcing a fumble on one. He’s moved back into a tie for
the league-lead in sacks with 8, the most he’s had in a
season since 2000.
CB Ahmed Plummer (ankle) and LB Saleem Rasheed (knee) were both
inactive after arthroscopic surgery on their ailments a few weeks
ago. Plummer could be back this week, but is likely to miss some
FS Ken Hamlin is improving as he now rests at home. Hamlin suffered
a blood clot in his brain, skull fracture, bruising of brain tissue,
and a broken hand in a fight after their Week Seven game. Marquand
Manuel should continue to replace him in the foreseeable future.
Hamlin was placed on the non-football injured reserve list, which
means the team could release him and recover the remainder of
his contract for getting hurt outside of football. However, this
would not only seem like a bad PR move, but Hamlin is a talented
player if he can fully recover and be ready for next year.
CB Andre Dyson is expected back this week after missing two games
with a hamstring.
Several IDP owners were unpleasantly surprised by a goose egg
from DE Simeon Rice on Sunday. Rice was a healthy scratch, and
apparently even sent home from San Francisco, for allegedly missing
a team meeting on Saturday before the game. HC Jon Gruden said
the situation is over and Rice will be back this week. Dewayne
White started in his place and had 4 solo tackles.
LB Derrick Brooks led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo). He tweaked
his hamstring during the game, but was able to finish. It bothered
him a bit more after the game, so keep an eye out for his status
As expected, FS Dexter Jackson was inactive due to a hamstring
injury. He remains out indefinitely. Will Allen started at FS
and had 7 tackles (6 solo).
What could have been the game with his first big impact, ended
with another highlight for the folly file of embattled 1st round
pick PacMan Jones. After spotting Oakland 17 points, two quick
scores in the second quarter brought the Titans within five. The
defense held Oakland the next drive and then Jones took the punt
back 82 yards for what should have given Tennessee the lead for
the first time. Instead, a questionable personal foul on SS Tank
Williams erased the return. Buried deep in their own territory,
the Titans would turn the ball over for an Oakland defensive TD
three plays later. The Titans managed to hang around, down only
two when Jones cost them the game in the fourth quarter. On a
short pass to Jerry Porter, Jones made a weak tackle attempt on
him on the sidelines. Porter then turned it up field for a 44-yard
score with less than five minutes left to seal the victory. Porter,
covered mostly by Jones, had his best game of the season, mostly
comprised of that play. Jones finished the day with 2 solo tackles
and a pass defended. Opposite Jones, CB Andre Woolfolk was inactive
with a hamstring injury. Reynaldo Hill started in his place and
turned in a huge play. He posted 5 tackles (4 solo) and returning
a pick 52 yard for a score.
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch had a half sack and regained a share of
the league-lead with 8 on the season. He also finished with 4
tackles (2 solo). Opposite him, DE Antwan Odom had to leave the
game briefly in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury.
He returned and finished with 3 tackles (1 solo). Reserve DT Rien
Long had a sack for the second straight game.
OLB Keith Bulluck led the team with 6 tackles (4 solo).
The Giants running wild on them left plenty of tackle opportunities,
and three Redskins finished with double-digit tackles. MLB Lemar
Marshall led the team with 13 tackles (10 solo, including 1 on
special teams). SS Ryan Clark had 11 solo and a pick. CB Walt
Harris had 10 (6 solo).
DT Cornelius Griffin was limited by a strained hip flexor he
suffered during Week Seven. He was limited to only two plays in
the game before leaving. DE Phillip Daniels also had to leave
the game with an ankle injury. The absences meant more time for
Demetric Evans, who had a sack among his 7 tackles (6 solo) and
broke up a pass.
LB Lavar Arrington saw decent work again, primarily in passing
situation, and posted 4 tackles (3 solo).