Quick Hits (Details in individual
Week 11 Injury Report (available
- No byes Week 11
- CAR DE Peppers takes NFL lead in sacks
- BAL MLB Lewis inactive, backup gets hurt too, UDFA is solid in their place
- ATL DE Kearney latest devastating injury to Falcons D
- IND DE Freeney gets first solo sack of season, DE Mathis adds two
- JAX MLB Smith has Petersonesque performance
- KC OLB Johnson inactive and likely to miss this week too, Fox fills in well
- Multiple injuries plague NYG D
- DAL OLB Ellis to IR, replacement a mystery
- Decimated DET DLine take another hit, DE Hall to IR
- SD OLB Phillips and DE Olshansky return, DE Castillo out
- MIN MLB Harris remains out, Thomas continues to start
- Most of PIT secondary concussed on Sunday
- JAX DT Stroud still inactive, DE McCray continues to emerge
- WAS S Archuleta only plays special teams
- STL CB Fisher breaks arm, lands on IR
IDP Depth Chart
OLB Karlos Dansby, who continues to battle issues with a hip flexor
and turf toe, returned to the starting lineup and had his second
best performance of the year. He posted 8 tackles (7 solo) and broke
up a pass. MLB Gerald Hayes led the team with 9 solo tackles.
After getting beaten twice for scores, CB Eric Green was replaced
in the third quarter by David Macklin. HC Denny Green did not
commit to which would start this week. The wheels seem to be falling
off as infighting is now a problem. Green and DT Darnell Dockett
reportedly had a confrontation during the game.
As the offense struggles, injuries continue to be the biggest
problem on defense. DE John Abraham remains out after abdominal
surgery and is expected to miss at least two more weeks. Chauncey
Davis continued to start in his place and posted 4 solo tackles.
On the opposite end, DE Patrick Kearney had to leave the game
after a chest injury late in the first half and did not return.
UDFA rookie DE Paul Carrington replace Kearney and had his first
career sack on the last play of the first half. DT Rod Coleman,
who also had a sack, recovered the fumble and lateralled it to
MLB who lateralled it to CB DeAngelo Hall. Hall was eventually
pushed out of bounds at the Cleveland 17-yard line after time
expired. The team got bad news on Kearney after the game, he has
a torn pectoral muscle that will require season-ending surgery.
As opposed to having two former Pro Bowlers at end, the Falcons
will be starting Davis and Carrington for the near future. Josh
Mallard, who had his third sack in the game, will see more work
on passing downs.
MLB Edgerton Hartwell was inactive again, as well. As it has
been most of the season, Brooking slid over to the middle and
Demorrio Williams started at WLB. Williams forced a fumble on
one of his team-leading 8 tackles (6 solo) that Brooking recovered.
Brooking also had 6 tackles (4 solo). SLB Michael Boley had his
second sack of the season. HC Jim Mora indicated Hartwell is struggling
with his knee problems. It seems safe to give up on him in redraft
The previous week the team lost nickel CB Kevin
Mathis to the IR and last week they lost CB Jason
Webster for at least a month with a torn groin muscle. Mathis
has a fractured neck and his football career is likely over. Rookie
was expected to get his first career start, but instead it was
who stepped in and had 6 solo tackles. Williams was still not
over and ankle sprain from practice last week and was active,
but did not play. I still expect big things from Williams before
the year is over. Veteran FA Lance
Schulters was signed last week to fill Mathis’ roster spot,
but cut to activate UDFA rookie Nick Turnbull from the practice
squad. Schulters is more insurance at safety, whereas Turnbull
was needed for special teams and knew the defense better. Schulters
could be resigned this week.
Despite predicting he’d play on Sunday, MLB Ray Lewis was
inactive with a back injury from a collision with FS Ed Reed in
the previous game. Reserve Mike Smith started in place of Lewis,
but last five plays before partially dislocating his shoulder.
Former practice squad player Dennis Haley filled in surprising
well at MLB. He posted 10 tackles (5 solo, including 1 on special
teams) and broke up 2 passes. It appears Lewis’ badly bruised
back will not be ready to go this week, as it is not getting better,
and Smith could miss several weeks. If Lewis cannot go as expected,
Haley will get his first career start and the team seems to have
confidence in him. Haley is a second year player out of Virginia.
The UDFA was a late bloomer, not starting until his senior season.
OLB Adalius Thomas had a sack for the fifth straight game. Thomas
leads the team, and is tied for second in the AFC, with eight.
FS Ed Reed had his second pick of the year and 3 solo tackles.
Rookie SS Dawan Landry had his best performance yet, leading the
team in tackles with 12 (7 solo), including his first career sack,
and breaking up 2 passes.
The defense did their part in trying to stop the Colts, but the
offense offered little help. They took away the wide receivers
and made plays on the backs and tight ends the Colts had to force
feed the ball. WLB Angelo
Crowell stripped IND TE Ben Utecht after a reception in the
second quarter and CB Terrence
McGee returned it 68 yards for a score, the only Bills TD
in the game. McGee, whose starting role was in jeopardy just a
few weeks ago, also had 6 tackles (5 solo) and returned a kickoff
88 yards to set up a FG. Crowell also had 13 tackles (12 solo)
and broke up 2 passes. MLB London
Fletcher led the team with 14 tackles (8 solo) and also broke
up a pass. DE Aaron
Schobel forced a fumble on IND RB Dominic Rhodes that CB Nate
Clements recovered in Colt territory halfway through the fourth
quarter. After driving as far as the Colts 17-yard line, the Bills
were unable to convert a potential game-winning FG and never got
the ball back. Schobel was held sackless for the first time in
four games. The Bills had no sacks in the game.
First round pick SS Donte Whitner was arrested last week on harassment
charges against his girlfriend after police were called to his
suburban Buffalo house on Saturday. He was arraigned, released
on his own recognizance, started on Sunday, and posted 4 tackles
(3 solo). He is due in court next Monday.
With a three-sack game, DE Julius
Peppers took over the NFL lead with 11 sacks on the season.
He also recovered a fumble when TB QB Bruce Gradkowski dove instead
of slid and MLB Chris
Draft knocked the ball out.
After LT Luke Petitgout went down, DE Alex Brown smelled blood
in the water against aging vet backup Bob Whitfield. After being
shut out the first half, Brown had 3 solo tackles, including 2
sacks, had another QB hurry, and forced 2 fumbles in the second
MLB Brian Urlacher played through a sprained ligament on the
top of his left foot and started as expected. He had 8 tackles
(7 solo) and a QB pressure. WLB Lance Briggs led the team with
11 tackles (9 solo) and also had a pass defensed.
Return specialist Devin Hester returned a missed FG 108 yards
to tie teammate CB Nathan Vasher for the longest play in NFL history
almost a year to the day of Vasher’s return. It was Hester’s
third TD of the year and he is a high-risk, high-reward player
in leagues that count return stats.
After being demeaned by NYG WR Plaxico Burress the week leading
up to the game, CB Charles
Tillman did a decent job on him. Burress was held to four
catches for 48 yards. FS Danieal
Manning forced a fumble on one reception by Burress near the
goal line that Tillman recovered and fumbled turning back over
to the Giants. Tillman also had a pick.
Chris Harris saw more time at SS as Todd Johnson has struggled
in pass coverage since replacing Mike Brown. Harris had his first
INT of the season in the game.
Johnson injured his ankle in the game. He left twice in the
first half, the second time after aggravating the same injury,
but returned both times and finished leading the Bengals in tackles
with 9 (7 solo). He also forced a fumble that the Chargers recovered.
Simmons was inactive again with lingering neck problems. He
is questionable again this week. Rashad
Jeanty remained in the starting lineup and Ahmad
Brooks remained the MLB.
CB Deltha O’Neal injured his right shoulder and bounced
his head off the knee of SD WR Malcom Floyd on a diving tackle
attempt on Floyd, who burned him for a TD on the play. O’Neal
had to be helped off the field after the play in the third quarter,
but would return to the game. SS Dexter Jackson had a protective
boot on his left foot in the locker after the game, but his injury
was no addressed by HC Marvin Lewis. Backup Kevin Kaesivaharn
is probable for this week, he would replace Jackson if the injury
DE Robert Geathers had his team-leading seventh sack of the season.
DT John Thornton and DT Sam Adams each had a sack, as well.
Bodden was inactive again with a high ankle sprain, making
who returned after missing last week, and Ralph
Brown the starters at corner. UDFA rookie Jereme Perry was
the nickel and had the best stats, posting 4 tackles and a fumble
recovery. The fumble recovery sealed the victory as ATL QB Mike
Vick lost the ball off his own leg trying to scramble on a second-and-20
with less than three minutes left. Perry aggravated an ankle sprain
in the game and will be questionable this week. Reserve S Brodney
Pool and SS Sean
Jones each had a pick. It was the first of the season for
Pool and the team-leading fifth for Jones, who is tied for second
in the NFL.
OLB Willie McGinest was back after being inactive last week.
On the other side rookie Kamerion Wimbley had a sack for the second
consecutive game among his 5 solo tackles. Wimbley leads the team
with 5.5 sacks. ILB Andra Davis led the team with 9 solo tackles.
After a successful, albeit challenging, conversion to OLB at age
31, the season is over for Greg Ellis. The nine-year veteran tore
his left Achilles’ tendon in the second half of Sunday’s
win. Kevin Burnett replaced him in the game and would seem to
be the first choice as replacement rest of the year. Burnett,
who spent much of his rookie season last year in Parcells’
doghouse, has been productive this year as a reserve, in nickel
packages, and on special teams. However, Parcells said he is “reluctant
to disturb another thing” that seems to be working, so Burnett
could remain behind OLB Demarcus Ware on the other side and in
the nickel package. That could mean displaced former starter Al
Singleton rotates with first round pick Bobby Carpenter, who has
sporadically been active as he has spent much of his rookie year
replacing Burnett in Parcells’ doghouse, and Junior Glymph.
Singleton would seem to be the base choice, with Carpenter and
Glymph competing for pass rush duty.
OLB Demarcus Ware broke a pattern of a sack every other game,
posting his team-leading fifth on Sunday for one in back-to-back
games. He forced a fumble on the sack, had another solo tackle,
and knocked down a pass.
Keith Davis remained the starter at FS and the competition to
keep the job thinned out after Marcus Coleman was released, probably
for good by Dallas. After already having served a four-game suspension
for violating the league’s substance abuse policy this year,
Coleman was arrested last week on suspicion of DWI. Rookie Pat
Watkins returned to the rotation and had a pick in the game. Davis
had 4 solo tackles.
Despite all the injuries in the secondary the previous week, all
the normal starters were in on Sunday. CB Darrent Williams played
through a separated shoulder and had 2 solo tackles and broke
up a pass. SS John Lynch and FS Nick Ferguson played despite concussions
the previous week. Both had 3 solo tackles and Lynch broke up
WLB Ian Gold (hamstring) was inactive and Nate Webster, who suited
up for the first time this year, started in his place. The former
Buc and Bengal had 5 tackles (4 solo). Gold is day-to-day and
still questionable for this week. Webster would start in his place
again if he is unable to go. MLB Al Wilson led the team with 10
solo tackles, including his first sack of the year. CB Champ Bailey
had 9 solo tackles, broke up a pass, and helped hold OAK WR Randy
Moss to one catch for eight yards.
DE Ebenezer Ekuban (thigh) was inactive and it was John Engelberger,
not rookie sensation Elvis Dumervil, who started in his place.
Both contributed to sealing the victory in the fourth quarter.
With four minutes left, Engelberger recovered a fumble forced
by DE Kenard Lang on Lang’s second sack of the day. The
Broncos increased the lead to four points on a FG off the turnover.
On the subsequent Raider possession, Dumervil pounced on an aborted
fumble and the offense took a knee for the win.
A DLine devastated by injuries (and a suspension) recently suffered
another big loss last week. The shoulder injury that kept James
Hall out of the previous game was worse than expected, as he went
on the IR with a torn rotator cuff. The team signed DE Corey
Smith, last seen as a little-used backup in Tampa Bay, to
fill Hall’s roster spot. DT Shaun
Rogers is still suspended and DT Shaun
Cody (dislocated toe) missed his fourth straight game. Cody
is expected back this week, but Rogers is out one more game. DE
who continues to shift down to DT in the base defense due to all
the missing players, was the only normal starting DLinemen active
on Sunday. Among his 5 solo tackles, Redding had the first two-sack
game of his career, establishing a new career high with 3.5 sacks
so far this year. Redding forced a fumble on a pressure that just
missed being his third sack, causing the only turnover of the
day for the defense. Next to him, Marcus
Bell, who continues to replace Rogers, had his first sack
of the season among his 5 tackles (4 solo). Jared
DeVries and Kalimba
Edwards got the starts at DE. Edwards has a big opportunity
with Hall out for the rest of the season, but he has struggled
to produce in HC Rod Marinelli’s system thus far after a career-high
seven sacks in 2005 as a pass rush specialist. Edwards posted
2 solo tackles and a QB hurry. He has just one sack this season.
Former Ram Tyoka
Jackson will see more action in the rotation now, as well,
with Hall out for the year.
The depleted front four let SF RB Frank Gore run wild, resulting
in several tackles in the secondary. SS Kennoy Kennedy led the
team with 14 (6 solo, including one on special teams) and FS Terrence
Holt has 10 (5 solo). Backup CB Stanley
Wilson dropped an easy pick that likely would have been returned
for a TD in the second quarter. Wilson is seeing more time with
who just weeks ago looked like he would replace Fernando
Bryant as a starter, being a healthy scratch on gamedays.
Boss Bailey started at SLB and rotated with Alex Lewis. Bailey
hurt his leg during the game. Paris Lenon remained the starter
in the middle. Teddy Lehman was active, but did not appear in
the box score.
First round pick WLB A.J.
Hawk had his biggest game so far, leading he team with a game-high
13 tackles (6 solo), 1.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble after
a reception by MIN RB Chester Taylor at the Green Bay one-yard
line, but alert MIN WR Billy
McMullen dove into the end zone with it. MLB Nick
Barnett had 5 tackles (3 solo), including sharing a sack with
Hawk. Rookie reserve LB Abdul
Hodge remained inactive after not being on the injury report
for the first time in weeks. Last week he said he expressed being
extremely upset about how long he has been kept out, that is was
the coach’s decision, and he could have played weeks ago. Perhaps
that has something to do with him still being inactive. SLB Brady
Poppinga had his first sack of the season and forced a fumble
DE Aaron Kampman was held without a sack after having at least
one in the four previous games. He fell to second in the league
in sacks with 9.5 after a big MNF performance by CAR DE Julius
The defense had just two picks heading in to Sunday, but grabbed
four off JAX QB David Garrard in the game, two thanks to JAX WR
Matt Jones. CB Dunta
Robinson got his first of the season. He also led the team
with 7 solo tackles. On the other side, CB Demarcus Faggins got
his first of the season off the hands of Jones. LB Morlon
Greenwood had the first of his career and DL Anthony
Weaver had the second of his career off a pass Jones couldn’t
hang on to.
DE Antwan Peek left in the second quarter with a left knee injury
and DT Travis Johnson left in the third quarter with a left calf
injury. Peek has a sprained MCL and is likely to miss at least
two weeks. Johnson was placed on the IR with his injury, ending
his season. The injuries gave former first round pick Jason Babin
more snaps and the absence of Johnson should give him even more
opportunities the rest of the season as Anthony Weaver could be
used inside more. He responded with his third career multi-sack
game, posting 2 among his 3 solo tackles. Rookie DE Mario Williams
had just one solo tackle, breaking a streak of three consecutive
games with a sack. He continues to play through a case of plantar
fasciitis in his foot that has gotten progressively worse.
OLB Kailee Wong finally played. He was a backup on the outside
and post 3 solo tackles. Rookie MLB DeMeco Ryans had 6 solo tackles
and a pass defensed. He also had the QB hurry that forced the
pick Greenwood made.
Nickel CB Lewis Sanders broke his hand Sunday and was placed
on the IR. He had been a starter while Faggins missed most of
the first half of the season. Dextor McCleon moves up to nickel
The Colts forced no turnovers, but got to BUF QB J.P. Losman four
times, including the first solo sack of the season for DE Dwight
Freeney. He now has 1.5 on the season, both in the last three
games. His only solo sack of the season was a huge one, as it
helped preserve Indy’s undefeated. After the Bills drove to Colts
17 yard line in the fourth quarter, Freeney got to Losman on a
third-and-five, forcing a longer FG that BUF K Rian Lindell missed.
The Bills never got the ball back. Freeney also had another QB
hurry. He may finally be getting over shoulder and buttocks injuries
that have been plaguing him this season. On the other side, DE
had his third multi-sack game of the season. He had 2 sacks among
his 3 solo tackles and increased his team-lead to 6.5 on the year.
He had gone four games without a sack. DT Anthony
McFarland had his first sack as a Colt.
MLB Gary Brackett was inactive with a hamstring injury he suffered
in the previous game. Rookie Freddie Keiaho replaced him in the
previous game as Rob Morris was inactive with a hamstring injury
of his own, but Morris was healthy this week and got his first
start since 2004. Morris, a former first round pick who started
at MLB for the Colts from 2001-2004, had 8 tackles (6 solo). Keiaho
had 3 solo tackles, all on special teams. WLB Cato June (5 solo)
and SS Antoine Bethea (8 solo, including 1 on special teams) led
the team with 9 tackles.
After a strong return in Week 9 after missing five games, FS
Bob Sanders appeared back at full strength from arthroscopic knee
surgery. However, Sanders sat out practice all week and was inactive
Sunday as the knee is still bothering him. He is expected back
this week. Former first round pick Marlin Jackson started in his
place. Jackson had 7 tackles (6 solo) and gave the thin Colts
secondary a scare when his right leg appeared hurt in the third
quarter. However, he would return and finish the game.
DT Montae Reagor remained inactive and is expected to miss at
least five more weeks. He was involved in a serious car accident
three weeks ago.
Darryl Smith finally appears to have settled in to the MLB role
he inherited when Mike Peterson went on the IR. He had a team-high
12 solo tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble.
DT Marcus Stroud remained inactive continuing to battle an ankle
sprain, bone bruise, and groin injuries. Rob Meier continues to
start in his place, so Bobby McCray continues to start at DE for
Meier. McCray had his team-leading sixth sack of the season, setting
a new career high. Fellow DE Paul Spicer had his second sack of
Usually the story in KC is the defense can’t do enough to
compliment the high-powered offense. On Sunday the defense held
the Dolphins to 13 points, but an offense that was shut out through
three quarters did them in. After a FG early in the fourth quarter,
the D held the Dolphins to a three-and-out on the subsequent drive,
but the offense stalled again. A fumbled punt return briefly gave
them hope, but the Dolphins recovered. However, on the second
play of the next drive, Miami ran an ill-advised reverse and the
ball was lost in transition. DE Jared Allen recovered it at the
Miami 20-yard line and a quick TD by the offense seemed to change
the momentum. The defense held again, but with three minutes left,
the offense couldn’t get the job done one last time. Allen
also had his team-leading sixth sack of the season among his 8
tackles (7 solo), as well as 3 QB pressures and a pass defensed.
Johnson (ankle) was inactive and is not expected to play this
week either. Keyaron
Fox started in his place and led the team with 9 tackles (6
solo). He should fill in for Johnson again this week.
FS Greg Wesley (shoulder) was inactive and is questionable for
this week. Rookie Jarrad Page replaced him and posted 5 tackles
(3 solo) and broke up 2 passes. CB Ty Law continues to play through
back problems. He posted 6 solo tackles in the game.
After shutting out the Chiefs offense for three quarters, the
defense overcame some close calls on turnovers in the fourth quarter
to hang on for the win. While limiting the Chiefs potent running
game, they were also all over the field in pass defense, breaking
up 14 throws. SS Yeremiah Bell led the way, leading the team in
tackles with 9 (6 solo) and passes defensed with three.
Two sacks on the finally KC possession sealed the victory. The
first was by DT Vonnie Holiday and the second was by MLB Zach
Thomas, his first of the season. Thomas finished with 7 tackles
(3 solo). DT Keith Traylor had a sack earlier in the game, his
fourth of the season – more than double the 35 year-old
veteran has had in any of his 15 previous seasons.
Seventh-round pick Rodrique Wright returned to practice after
rotator cuff surgery earlier this year. He is the NFL list, so
he will not play this year, but he has lost a lot of weight and
will be converted to a DE next year, a thin and aging position
Dontarrious Thomas continued to start at MLB with Napoleon Harris
inactive again with a dislocated wrist. Harris could miss a few
more weeks. Thomas led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo, including
one on special teams).
Smoot was inactive as he was with his family last week to
attend his brother’s funeral. His brother was killed in a car
accident. Rookie CB Cedric
Griffin started and GB WR Donald Driver had a career day.
Griffin had 7 tackles (6 solo) and broke up 2 passes. FS Dwight
Smith did not start the first series as punishment for missing
a team meeting. Greg
Blue started, but Smith played most of the game and finished
with 4 solo tackles.
Rookie DE Ray Edwards was inactive for a violation of team rules.
No other information was give, but he is likely to be back this
week. Just in case you dynasty leaguers were wondering if there
was an injury.
With DE Ty Warren already inactive with a shoulder injury, it
was surprising four-time Pro Bowl DE Richard Seymour was on the
sidelines frequently in the second half. Neither he nor HC Bill
Belichick offered an explanation. Seymour moved over to the left
side to start in place of Warren and Jarvis Green started at right
end. Marquise Hill and Mike Wright saw significant time rotating
in with Seymour.
ILB’s Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau did what they could
to stop the Jets. Bruschi led the team with a game-high 16 tackles
(6 solo) and broke up a pass. Seau had 15 tackles (11 solo). With
double-digit tackles in back-to-back game, Seau has taken over
the team lead in tackles.
OLB Rosey Colvin had the only sack of the day and CB Asante Samuel
had the only turnover with his third pick of the year. CB Ellis
Hobbs was back in the starting lineup opposite Samuel after battling
a broken wrist most of the season.
SS Rodney Harrison was inactive with a broken right shoulder
blade and Chad Scott started in his place. Scott had 7 tackles
(4 solo). Harrison is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. FS Eugene
Wilson remained inactive for the fifth consecutive game with a
hamstring injury and Artrell Hawkins continued to replace him.
With just one sack and forcing no turnovers, the Saints left the
heavy lifting to the offense on Sunday and came up short. OLB
Scott Shanle led the team with 8 tackles (4 solo) and had his
third sack of the year.
Jason Craft started at CB with Fred Thomas inactive with a hamstring
injury. DE Will Smith is questionable this week with a hip problem.
New York Giants
With three of their top four ends inactive, first round pick Mathias
Kiwanuka started in place of Osi Umenyiora and DT William Joseph
slid over to DE to start for Michael Strahan at LE in the base
package. Kiwanuka flashed his playmaking skills again, grabbing
his first career pick in the first quarter on an athletic play
as he dropped back in to coverage. He also had 2 solo tackles,
but the rookie tired with a full compliment of snaps as his play
tailed off in the second half. Joseph had 4 tackles (3 solo).
Strahan is anxious to get back despite the original prognosis
being him missing up to eight weeks. At this time the feeling
is he’ll miss at least another couple of weeks. Umenyiora
(hip flexor) is doubtful this week, so Kiwanuka and Joseph will
likely start again. Justin Tuck (foot) hasn’t practiced
since Week 7 and is expected to remain inactive.
The injury problems were just as bad in the LB corps. OLB Brandon
Short was inactive as expected for the second straight game with
a quad injury. Rookie Gerris Wilkinson started at WLB and had
8 tackles (5 solo). Short is likely to miss this week, as well.
Carlos Emmons was inactive with a groin injury. Reggie Tobor got
the start at SLB and posted 5 tackles (3 solo). MLB Antonio Pierce
led the team with 15 tackles (9 solo) and broke up a pass.
Nickel corner R.W.
McQuarters was frequently blitzing as the defense tried to
compensate for the losses at DE. He got his first sack of the
season and first since 2001. He had to move in to the starting
lineup when CB Sam
Madison left after aggravating a hamstring injury. He missed
the previous two games with the injury. Madison sounds unlikely
to play this week. CB Corey
Webster was picked on frequently by CHI QB Rex Grossman, regardless
of who he lined up on.
New York Jets
FS Erik Coleman picked off a pass late in the fourth quarter that
led to a game-winning TD and an upset over HC Eric Mangini’s
old team. It was the first back-to-back losses for the Patriots
since 2002. Coleman also had 9 tackles (7 solo, including one
on special teams). SS Kerry Rhodes led the team with 10 tackles
(7 solo, including one on special teams).
CB David Barrett played through his hip injury, but left in the
fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Andre Dyson and rookie Drew
Coleman started. Coleman had a pick taken away on a personal foul
by OLB Victor Hobson.
The defense set up the first offensive TD in three games, but
the inept offense foiled a solid defensive effort against arch-rival
Denver. CB Nnamdi Asomugha’s fourth INT of the season deep
in Bronco territory in the first quarter set up a short TD run.
CB Fabian Washington would grab a pick on the following drive,
but the offense failed to capitalize. Same story when Washington
had his third INT of the season later in the game. Asomugha broke
up another pass and had 3 solo tackles in the game. Washington
also broke up another pass and had 2 solo tackles in the game.
MLB Kirk Morrison led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo, including
one on special teams). Rookie OLB Thomas Howard had 8 tackles
DT Warren Sapp had 2 sacks to give him six on the season, the
most he has had as a Raider. It was his second multi-sack game
of the season and he has four in the last three games.
Brayton was in the starting lineup a week after the knee/groin
incident with SEA TE Jerramy Stevens. Brayton was fined $25,000,
but not suspended. As HC Art Shell commented that Brayton was
“provoked” in to the action, it seems clear the team plans no
The highlight of a defense effort that neutralized the passing
game all day was CB Sheldon Brown’s INT for a 70-yard TD.
Brown broke up another pass and had 4 tackles (3 solo). The team
had no sacks and had no other turnovers, but forced a fumble,
by Jeremiah Trotter, that the Redskins recovered. Trotter also
had 7 tackles (6 solo).
Dawkins led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo) and had 2 passes
Considine remained the starter at SS, but Michael
Lewis still saw significant work. Each had 4 tackles.
DT Mike Patterson started this week, but was limited after having
surgery on his broken left hand last week.
Reserve CB Roderick Hood said he has turned down a contract extension
offer from the team because he plans to seek a starting job in
the off-season. He has been an excellent nickel back and was key
in replacing Lito Sheppard when injured earlier this year, before
Hood missed several games with a heel injury.
Two turnovers resulting in 14 points and a third to end the game
were the difference in getting the World Champions back in the
win column against a resurgent Saints squad. ILB James
Farrior got it started forcing a fumble on the Saints first
possession that DE Brett
Keisel recovered. Farrior also had 10 tackles (7 solo) in
the game and Keisel also had a sack. ILB Larry
Foote later was credited with forcing a fumble on NO RB Reggie
Bush that FS Ryan
Clark recovered. Foote also led the team with 11 tackles (7
solo) and broke up a pass. On what would be the Saints final drive,
forced a fumble after a reception that Clark recovered, sealing
the victory. Carter suffered a concussion on the play. Carter
was in at SS replacing Troy
Polamalu, who also suffered a concussion in the first quarter
and left the game. Polamalu looked really lost on the sidelines
during the game. He is questionable this week after what is reportedly
at least his sixth concussion, although his first in four seasons
as a Steeler. CB Deshea
Townsend also suffered a concussion during the game. He also
left in the first half and is questionable.
After discussion of replacing CB Ike Taylor with Bryant McFadden
last week, Taylor remained in the starting lineup and McFadden
the nickel. McFadden would return to the starting lineup if Townsend
can’t play because of his concussion.
After allowing the Seahawks to drive all the way to their own
one-yard line on the opening drive, the defense responded with
a huge play. DE Leonard
Little sacked SEA QB Seneca Wallace and knocked the ball out.
Adeyanju picked it up and returned it 89 yards for his first
career TD. It was the first of two sacks in the game for Little,
among his 7 solo tackles. He has 9 on the season. MLB Will
Witherspoon also had a huge game. He led the team with 10
tackles (6 solo), including his first two sacks of the season,
and broke up a pass.
FS O.J. Atogwe forced two fumbles, including one on his first
sack of the season. He totaled 8 tackles (5 solo).
CB Travis Fisher broke a bone in his right forearm in the second
half. He was placed on the IR. First round pick Tye Hill will
move in to the starting lineup.
Phillips returned from a calf injury and had a big sack. On
the first play from scrimmage for the Bengals after the Chargers
scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, he sacked CIN
QB Carson Palmer, forced a fumble, and recovered it. The Chargers
would score on the next play to take the lead for the first time
in the game of the only turnover they would force. In addition,
Phillips finished with 7 tackles (2 solo). DE Igor
Olshansky, also back from injury, recorded a sack. DE Luis
Castillo was inactive. He is out indefinitely with a high
ankle sprain. Jacques
Cesaire, who replaced Olshanksy while he was out, will start
in place of Castillo while he is out. Opposite Phillips, Shawne
Merriman was serving the second game of his four-game suspension.
got the start in his place and posted 6 tackles (5 solo, including
1 on special teams).
ILB Donnie Edwards led the team with 16 tackles (13 solo).
Moore Breakout Tour rolled through Detroit this week. The
OLB led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo), including two sacks.
He took over the team lead with 5.5 sacks on the year, a new career
best. Scoop up this emerging IDP star if he’s still available
in deep and/or dynasty leagues. On the other side, first round
Lawson continues to struggle and see his snaps decrease. He
did recover a fumble forced by MLB Derek
Smith, one of four turnovers on the day for San Fran. CB Shawntae
Spencer forced a fumble on his first sack of the season that
was recovered by DT Marques
Douglas. Spencer and SS Mark
Roman did a nice job limiting DET WR Roy Williams most of
the game. Roman also recovered a fumble on a strip by FS Keith
Lewis and Roman appear to have strengthened their hold on starting
spots on Sunday. Former starting FS Mike Adams was limited to
pass packages before leaving with a neck strain. Former starting
SS Tony Parrish was active, but did not appear in the box score.
After two disappointing seasons and another slow start this year,
DE Grant Wistrom is creeping back on the fantasy radar. He had
a sack on Sunday among his 5 tackles (3 solo), giving him three
in his last two games and four on the season. He had four all
of last season.
FS Ken Hamlin grabbed his team-leading third pick in the game.
He broke up another pass and had 5 solo tackles. After being questionable
last week with a shoulder injury, Jordan Babineaux remained the
starter at SS and posted 5 tackles (3 solo) and a pass defensed.
Michael Boulware remained a reserve and didn’t appear in
the box score.
Former first round pick DT Marcus Tubbs was placed on the IR
last week. An Achilles’ tendon problem in the preseason
and recent knee surgery have limited him all season after a breakout
2005. DT Chartric Darby celebrated his new spot in the starting
lineup with two sacks.
MLB Lofa Tatupu led the team, as usual with 10 tackles (7 solo).
A decimated D held together in the first half, but couldn’t
hold off the Panthers in the second half. MLB Shelton Quarles
(knee, ankle), DE Simeon Rice (shoulder) and DT Ellis Wyms (ankle)
were all inactive. Barrett Ruud replaced Quarles and had 6 tackles
(3 solo). Dewayne White replaced Rice and had 5 tackles (4 solo)
and recovered a fumble. Jon Bradley replaced Wyms.
CB Rhonde Barber forced a fumble, picked up a pass and just missed
another while breaking up four other passes. He also had 5 tackles
Thompson, whose starting role is reportedly week-to-week,
had two picks in the game. He is tied with SS Chris
Hope for the team lead with three. Hope (6 solo) and OLB Keith
Bulluck (4 solo) tied for most tackles with eight. Bulluck
also had 2 passes defensed and shared a sack with reserve DE Tony
Brown. Brown also appeared to have forced a fumble that was
ruled down by contact. Fourth-round pick Calvin
Lowry saw work with the first team at FS in practice last
week, lending credence to reports Thompson’s job could be in trouble.
OLB David Thornton saw more work this week as he places through
a shoulder injury, but rookie Stephen Tulloch remained the starting
MLB. Peter Sirmon, the former starting MLB who replaced Thornton
in the base defense last week, appears to be the odd-man out.
He returns to being the top reserve LB.
HC Jeff Fisher said in his press conference that suspended DT
Albert Haynesworth will return to practice on Wednesday. Haynesworth
was suspended five games for, literally, stomping on the head
of DAL C Andre Gourde. DT Robaire Smith suffered an ankle sprain,
but is expected to play this week.
Reserve LB Robert Reynolds was placed on the IR with a quad injury.
Rookie Terna Nande was activated off the practice squad to replace
him. DE Antwan Odom was inactive after undergoing arthroscopic
surgery on his right knee. He is expected to miss two weeks. DE
Travis LaBoy suffered a concussion in the game, so keep an eye
on his status for this week.
CB Adam “Pacman” Jones returned from his one game
suspension after a misdemeanor assault charge for spitting on
a female Tennessee State student in a nightclub three weeks ago.
The defense forced no turnovers and the one fumble they did force
ended up in a Philadelphia TD. After PHI WR Reggie Brown caught
a 20-yard pass near the sideline in the second quarter, CB Shawn
Springs popped the ball out. PHI RB Correll Buckhalter was trailing
the play, picked out of the air in stride, and took it 37 yards
for a TD. In addition to the forced fumble, Springs broke up a
pass and had 4 solo tackles.
FS Sean Taylor led the team with 6 solo tackles and was burnt
badly by PHI WR Donte Stallworth for a long TD. Troy Vincent played
his first game in Philly since leaving the team in 2003. He continued
to start at SS, while Adam Archuleta was limited to just special
team and saw no plays on defense. Vincent had 5 tackles (4 solo)
and Archuleta had a solo tackle on special teams.
WLB Warrick Holdman had his fifth career sack, and first solo
sack since 2001, among his 4 solo tackles.