Quick Hits (Details in individual
Week 12 Injury Report (available
- No byes Week 12, set lineups for three early (Thursday) games
- AZ DE Berry done for year…again
- BAL MLB Lewis inactive again
- GB MLB Barnett breaks hand, expected to play
- IND DE Freeney back in the offensive backfield again
- CLE OLB Wimbley sets new Browns rookie sack record
- MIN MLB Harris returns, Thomas back to bench
- KC OLB Johnson remains inactive, likely to miss this week
- IND FS Sanders knee remains a problem
- JAX SS Darius done for year
- Suspension ends for DET DT Rogers, but he's still expected to miss this week
- SF CB Harris takes share of league lead in INT, CB Spencer hurt
- Happy Thanksgiving - nothing like a tryptophan buzz and football in November
IDP Depth Chart
On his second sack of the game in the third quarter, DE Bertrand
Berry popped up and headed right for the locker room. He tore his
triceps and is done for the year. He missed the second half of last
year after suffering a torn pec. Antonio Smith replaces him in the
lineup and Calvin Pace, who was converted to an OLB in the preseason,
will likely see work back at DE.
A defense devastated by injuries started strong in the first half,
but fell apart in the second, giving up 24 points to the Ravens.
A defense that held the Ravens to seven yards on nine carries
in the first half was run over in the second half, providing lots
of tackle opportunities. WLB Demorrio Williams led the way with
a game-high 17 tackles (9 solo). Williams started again with MLB
Edgerton Hartwell (knees) still inactive and unable to face his
former team. MLB Keith Brooking had 13 tackles (6 solo). SLB Michael
Boley had 6 tackles (3 solo) and recovered a fumble on an aborted
snap. Hartwell could return this week, bumping Williams back to
a reserve role.
DE John Abraham (abdomen, groin) remained out and with Patrick
Kearney on the IR, the team went with UDFA rookie Paul Carrington
at RE and Chauncey Davis at LE. Carrington had his second sack
among 5 solo tackles. Davis had 2 solo tackles, while DE Josh
Mallard got his fourth sack of the season working in on passing
downs. Mallard also had another solo tackle, his first non-sack
tackle of the year. The team is cautiously optimistic Abraham
could return this week.
Webster (torn groin) was inactive as expected and rookie CB
continues to be unable to capitalize on the opening as he missed
another game with an ankle sprain. Allen Rossum started opposite
Hall. Veteran journeyman S Lance
Schulters was resigned last week, as expected and saw significant
playing time. He replaced Rossum in run situations and had 5 tackles
MLB Ray Lewis missed his second straight game due to a back injury.
He had minor surgery last week to drain a pocket of blood from
his back and the team hopes to have him back for their match-up
with Pittsburgh this week. The team went with a committee to fill
their open LB spot. Bart Scott slid over to MLB and DE Jarrett
Johnson lined up at an OLB spot to start the game. Scott had 4
tackles (3 solo) and Johnson had 2 solo tackles, one on special
teams. Scott took over the team lead in tackles on the season
with Lewis inactive, but he hasn’t been making the big fantasy
plays he did the first four games of they year. LB/DE Dan Cody
was active for the first time in his career and even saw action
in the rotation. Dennis Haley, who replaced Mike Smith the previous
week, who was replacing Lewis at MLB, failed to build on his big
performance. It looks like Haley isn’t a solid option if
Lewis remains out. Haley had just one solo tackle on special teams
and the only thing he did on defense was draw a neutral zone infraction
penalty. Smith was placed on the IR before the game and is done
for the season.
OLB Adalius Thomas led the team with 6 tackles (4 solo). Thomas
is playing through an ankle injury and broke a streak of five
consecutive games with a sack. DE Trevor Pryce had 2 sacks, giving
him 6½ on the season, his highest total since 2003. Pryce
had 2 other solo tackles. DE/OLB Terrell Suggs had his fourth
sack, his first since September. After getting at least one sack
each of his first four seasons, CB Samari Rolle had his first
sack since 2001. DT Kelly Gregg also had a sack.
MLB London Fletcher (9 solo) and WLB Angelo Crowell (7 solo) led
the team with 10 tackles. DE Aaron Schobel notched his eighth
sack of the season.
CB Nate Clements grabbed his first pick of the year. He also
broke up 2 other passes, recovered a fumble, and had 4 tackles
The previous week against TB, DE Julius Peppers had a three-sack
game. On Sunday, the Rams were determined to stop Peppers, and
succeeded (he did not appear in the box score), but forgot about
everyone else. The Panthers tied a team record for sacks in a
game with seven. DE Mike Rucker led the way with two sacks, including
one for a safety. MLB Chris Draft, OLB Thomas Davis, and former
Ram DT Damione Lewis each had 1½ sacks. Davis led the team
with 10 tackles (9 solo).
Lucas was inactive with a thigh injury, so rookie Richard
Marshall got his second career start. Marshall had 4 tackles (3
solo), 4 passes defensed, and recovered a fumble forced by rookie
Dion Byrum on STL WR Torry Holt. Byrum, an UDFA originally signed
by Chicago, was just signed last week off the Tampa Bay practice
squad. The team had another turnover, a pick by CB Christian
Morton. It was the first career INT for Morton, who was signed
off the practice squad less than a month ago.
MLB Dan Morgan, on the IR due to multiple concussions, indicated
last week he expects to be back next season and he is ready to
play now, but the move to end his season was precautionary.
A defensive struggle turned on a key play in the second quarter
that showed why MLB Brian
Urlacher is the defending D-POY. The Jets took their most
successful drive of the game to the Bears six-yard line and on
third down NYJ QB Chad Pennington threw a low pass that Urlacher
reached down and hung on to, returning it out of the end zone
to the Chicago 33-yard line. The Bears wouldn’t score, but the
Jets lost their momentum and balance was regained in the a field
position battle of the first half. Urlacher also finished tied
for the team lead with 11 tackles (5 solo). SS Todd
Johnson also had 11 tackles (6 solo). The hard-hitting Johnson
appears to have temporarily subsided the push Chris
Harris made for more playing time with a pick the previous
week. Harris showed his special teams value recovering a surprise
onside kick to start the second half. The Bears would capitalize
with a FG to break the 0-0 tie and put the pressure on the Jets
After a couple of quiet weeks, freshman pass rush sensation DE
Mark Anderson had a sack among 3 solo tackles. He leads the team
with 8½ sacks for the year. DE Adewale Ogunleye also had
a sack, he has 3.5 on the season. Ogunleye had to leave the game
a bit early after getting unintentionally kicked in the groin.
He should be OK this week.
CB Charles Tillman had to leave the game after a collision with
teammate Johnson during a tackle. He looked shaken up on the sidelines,
but returned to the game. CB Nathan Vasher had his second pick
of the year.
Simmons (neck) remained inactive and Ahmad
Brooks (groin) was active, but DNP. Rashad
Jeanty remained the starting SLB and Caleb
Miller got the start in the middle with Landon
Johnson locked in at WLB. Miller led the team with 14 tackles
(12 solo) and recovered a fumble forced by Jeanty, who had 4 solo
tackles. Johnson had 12 tackles (8 solo).
SS Dexter Jackson (Achilles’ tendon) was inactive and,
as usual, Kevin Kaesivaharn replaced him. Kaesivaharn had a huge
game with 11 tackles (10 solo), including 2 sacks, and a pick.
CB Deltha O’Neal (shoulder) was inactive and first round
pick Johnathan Joseph started in his place. Jackson and O’Neal
are questionable this week.
Wimbley had a sack and just missed a couple more, but coming
up short on his last one was the difference in the game. With
seconds left in the game, PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger escaped Wimbley’s
grasp to flip the ball to PIT RB Willie Parker for a game-winning
TD. The sack gives Wimbley 6½ for the season, a new rookie record
for the Browns. On the other side, OLB Willie
McGinest had his third sack of the season among his 5 tackles
(3 solo) and also had his first pick of the year.
Holly, forced into a starting role with all the injuries at
corner, grabbed the first two interceptions of his career. The
first was tipped off the fingertips of PIT WR Santonio Holmes
that he took 57 yards for his first career TD. CB Leigh
Bodden remained inactive with a high ankle sprain. Brodney
Pool got the start in his place and shared the team lead with
8 tackles (7 solo, including 3 on special teams). ILB Andra
Davis had 8 solo tackles.
With OLB Greg Ellis on the IR, Al Singleton replaced him in the
starting lineup. First round pick Bobby Carpenter was active and
saw work in the rotation. However, it was reserve OLB Kevin Burnett
who turned in the big play. He grabbed his first career pick and
returned it 39 yards for his first career TD. OLB Demarcus Ware
had a sack for the third consecutive game and leads the team with
six. ILB Akin Ayodele led the team with 8 solo tackles.
Williams got his team-leading fourth INT of the season. It
is the most he’s had since getting five as a rookie in 2002.
CB Darrent Williams and MLB Al Wilson led the team with 7 tackles
(5 solo) each. Williams also returned a pick for a TD.
FS Nick Ferguson is likely done for the season after a knee injury.
Sam Brandon is expected to replace him.
WLB Ian Gold returned from a hamstring injury. He started and
posted 6 tackles (3 solo).
The patchwork defensive line failed to put much pressure on AZ
rookie QB Matt Leinhart or slow down RB Edgerrin James, who both
found success. The team forced no turnovers and had no sacks.
DT Shaun Cody returned, but didn’t start. He left the game
after aggravating his injured toe and is now doubtful for this
week. DT Shaun Rogers is eligible to return from suspension this
week, but is not expected to be active as he had knee surgery
over his four-game suspension that he is recovering from slower
than hoped. So the patchwork DLine will continue for another week.
Boss Bailey started at SLB and rotated with Alex Lewis. Lenon
remained the starter in the middle and rotated with Teddy Lehman.
First round pick WLB A.J. Hawk continued his strong play. He led
the team with 13 tackles (10 solo) and recovered a fumble. MLB
Nick Barnett broke his right hand in the fourth quarter. He is
expected to play on Monday night with an oversized cast.
With BUF QB J.P. Losman throwing out of his own end zone in the
third quarter, CB Dunta
Robinson snagged his second pick and returned it nine yards
for a TD.
Rookie DE Mario Williams had just two solo tackles as he continues
to play through a case of plantar fasciitis in his foot that has
gotten progressively worse. He is expected to play this week.
MLB Gary Brackett (hamstring) was inactive again and former starter
Rob Morris got the start. Morris led the team with 9 tackles (6
solo). Brackett is expected back this week.
FS Bob Sanders continues to struggle with knee problems. After
missing five games, he returned for one, and now has missed two
more in a row. Marlin Jackson started in his place again. Sanders
is not expected to play this week.
After starting the season with the worst sack drought of his
career, DE Dwight Freeney is getting back on track. He had two
tackles, including a sack on which he forced his first fumble
of the season. Freeney has now had sacks in back-to-back games
and all 2½ sacks he has on the season in his last four
It was a costly win for the Jaguars as SS Donovin Darius broke
his right leg. Gerald Sensabaugh will replace him in the starting
DT Marcus Stroud returned to the starting lineup and Rob Meier
returned to the bench as Bobby McCray held on to a starting job
at end. McCray had his team-leading seventh sack of the season.
Rookie WLB led the team with 6 tackles (4 solo) and had the first
INT of his career.
FS Greg Wesley (shoulder) was active, but did not play. Rookie
Jarrad Page replaced him and sealed the victory with a pick in
the end zone. Page broke up another pass and had 3 solo tackles.
Wesley remains uncertain for this week.
Johnson (ankle) remained inactive and is not expected to play
this week either. Keyaron
Fox started in his place again and had 8 solo tackles. MLB
(8 solo) and SS Sammy Knight (7 solo) led the team in tackles
Taylor showed why he is one of the best ends in the league
on an athletic pick to seal the victory. Taylor pealed off his
blocker upon recognizing the screen being set up and snagged the
pass from MIN QB Brad Johnson with a perfectly timed leap. He
returned it 51 yards for his seventh career TD. In addition to
the pick, Taylor had 5 tackles (2 solo), including his ninth sack,
forced 2 fumbles and broke up another pass. Another defensive
TD earlier in the fourth quarter gave the team the lead. DE Matt
Roth forced a fumble that FS Renaldo
Hill returned for a score. Roth saw more work because David
Bowens missed time in the game with a hyperextended knee.
There were several other injuries for the D in the game that
could be factors with the short week. OLB Channing
Crowder left the game with a hip pointer and did not return.
Pope replaced him. CB Will
Allen left with a groin injury and is questionable.
DT Keith Traylor was inactive and is out indefinitely with a
knee injury. Jeff Zgonina started in his place.
CB Antoine Winfield had his third pick and second concussion of
the season, but is expected to play this week. Rookie nickel CB
Cedric Griffin suffered a stinger in the game, but an MRI on his
neck, but says he is expects to play through the shoulder pain
MLB Napoleon Harris returned to action and resumed his starting
MLB spot. He had 6 tackles (3 solo) and pushed Dontarrious Thomas
back to the bench.
ILB Tedy Bruschi led the team with 8 tackles (5 solo) and shared
a sack with reserve OLB Tully Banta-Cain that knocked GB QB Brett
Favre out of the game with an elbow injury. OLB Mike Vrabel had
1½ sacks among his 6 tackles (5 solo) and forced a fumble.
DE Ty Warren returned from injury and had 1½ sacks, as
A decimated secondary got a week off as the Pats shut down the
Packers in Lambeau. SS Rodney Harrison remained inactive with
a broken right shoulder blade and James Sanders started in his
place. Harrison will miss this week, as well. Chad Scott, who
replaced Harrison the previous week, had to move to CB to replace
Asante Samuel. Samuel is questionable this week. FS Eugene Wilson
remained inactive for the sixth consecutive game with a hamstring
injury and Artrell Hawkins continued to replace him. Wilson is
questionable this week.
DE Will Smith had a sack among his 4 tackles (2 solo), giving
him a team-high 6½ on the year. After a disappointing October,
he has 3 sacks in 3 games this month. He has battled a hip problem
CB Fred Thomas returned from a hamstring and posted 5 solo tackles
and forced a fumble. He aggravated the injury and is questionable
again this week. Jason Craft would replace him if he can’t
New York Giants
With three of their top four ends inactive again, 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. Expect the same this week as Strahan (foot),
Umenyiora (hip flexor), and Justin Tuck (foot) are expected to
miss this week, as well. CB Sam Madison (hamstring) is also expected
to miss this week.
Brandon Short (quad) missed his third straight game, but Carlos
Emmons returned from a groin injury and started at WLB, bumping
rookie Gerris Wilkinson. Reggie Torbor started at SLB. MLB Antonio
Pierce led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo) and recovered a fumble.
New York Jets
Hobson (6 solo) and ILB Jonathan
Vilma (2 solo) each had 9 tackles, but neither of them could
get over quick enough to help rookie CB Drew
Coleman after CHI WR Mark Bradley put a move on him after
a curl and turned up the field to score a 57-yard TD that put
a defensive struggle out of reach. SS Kerry
Rhodes also had 9 tackles (9 solo, including one on special
teams) and got his team-leading fourth sack. Rhodes appeared to
have recovered a fumble by CHI RB Thomas Jones in the second quarter,
but the ruling was overturned on a controversial replay and would
end up being a huge difference.
CB Andre Dyson had to leave the game with a neck injury. Justin
Miller replaced him.
Rookie LB Anthony Schlegal was active for the first time this
season. He saw mostly work on special teams.
SS Michael Huff played through a concussion and led the team with
10 tackles (9 solo, including one on special teams).
CB Nnamdi Asomugha continued his mini-breakout season. He had
his second career sack among his 6 solo tackles and forced a fumble.
After starting with 5 sacks for the month and at least one in
every game in September, DE Trent
Cole had a sporadic October and a slow start the previous
week to November. He turned it around on Sunday posting 1½ sacks
and forcing a fumble. Cole leads the team with 8 sacks. He and
Trotter led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo) each. DE Darren
Howard shared a sack with Cole and another with SS Sean
Considine. Considine remains the starter, but Michael Lewis
retains a role as an LB-tweener in the nickel packages.
Sheppard broke up five passes, but also dropped what should
have been a sure pick. FS Brian
Dawkins had 6 solo tackles and broke up 2 passes, but also
dropped what should have been an interception and he was the last
guy to miss a tackle on a 70-yard TD run by TEN RB Travis Henry.
CB Rod Hood was a healthy scratch. It appears that Joselio
Hanson has passed him as the nickel corner and William James
is now the fourth corner.
Nickel LB Shawn Barber left the game with a knee injury that
was diagnosed as a torn MCL after the game. His status for this
week is uncertain.
As the 3-4 is designed to do, the linebackers put great pressure
on CLE QB Charlie Frye in the game. ILB James
Farrior had a biggest day, notching his third sack of the
season among his 12 tackles (6 solo) and also had a couple other
QB pressures. OLB Clark
Haggans aggravated an ankle injury in the game, but never
left. He had a key sack on a third-and-four deep in Steeler territory
that left the Browns with another FG instead of a TD. Haggans
had four other solo tackles and recovered a fumble. He leads the
team with 5½ sacks this year. OLB Joey
Porter had a half-sack among his 8 tackles (5 solo) and two
other QB hurries.
SS Troy Polamalu was cleared to play despite a concussion the
previous week. He posted 7 tackles (5 solo), including his first
sack of the season and broke up a key pass on third down late
in the game that prevented the Browns from being able to run out
the clock. The Steelers scored the game-winning TD on the subsequent
CB Deshea Townsend was limited to pass packages by a lingering
ankle injury and concussion the previous week, so on-again, off-again
starter Bryant McFadden ran opposite Ike Taylor as the starter.
DE Leonard Little celebrated signing a five-year extension with
5 solo tackles, including a sack on which he forced a fumble,
and a pass defensed. It was the tenth sack of the season for Little,
who returns to double-digit sacks for the first time since 2003.
DT La’Roi Glover had 2 sacks.
Among his 4 solo tackles, FS O.J. Atogwe forced two fumbles for
the second straight game. One was recovered by DT Jimmy Kennedy.
A play after CAR WR Keyshawn Johnson ripped off his helmet and
drew a face-mask foul, CB Tye
Hill grabbed his second pick of the season on the next play
when Johnson attempted a pass on a trick play.
MLB Will Witherspoon led the team with 8 solo tackles. He also
broke up a pass.
OLB Shaun Phillips aggravated his calf injury during the game,
but returned in the second half. He had his eighth sack in the
game and forced a fumble. OLB Shawne Merriman served the third
game of his four-game suspension. Carlos Polk started in his place.
He injured his shoulder in the game, but returned.
DE Luis Castillo remained inactive with a high ankle sprain.
Jacques Cesaire continued to replace him, but suffered an ankle
injury of his own and his status is uncertain with the short week.
DE Igor Olshansky was ejected near the end of the game when he
clubbed DEN C Tom Nalen after Nalen appeared to launch at his
knees on a play that was whistled dead.
Two picks by CB Walt Harris for the second time this season helped
the 49ers get to .500 in an upset over Seattle. Harris set a new
career high with six picks and is tied for the NFL lead. CB Shawntae
Spencer had to leave the game after spraining his ankle, he is
questionable this week. Sammy Davis replaced him in the game.
OLB Brandon Moore had 6 solo tackles, as did FS Keith Lewis (including
2 on special teams) to lead the 49ers in tackles. Lewis also recovered
a fumble and had a pick. Lewis and Mark Roman are locked in as
the safety tandem now. Mike Adams was active, but did not appear
in the box score, and Tony Parrish was a healthy scratch for the
first time in his career.
FS Ken Hamlin led the team with 12 tackles (7 solo). OLB Leroy
Hill (9 solo) and MLB Lofa Tatupu (8 solo) each had 10 tackles.
Tatupu also forced a fumble, recovered by DE Grant Wistrom, the
only turnover of the game.
DT Chartric Darby had his third sack in two games since moving
in to the starting lineup. It gives him 3.5 on the year, a new
As expected, DE Simeon Rice (shoulder) and DT Ellis Wyms (ankle)
were inactive again. Rice is considering surgery which could end
his season. MLB Shelton Quarles (knee, ankle) was expected to
return this week, but he was inactive again, as well. The same
trio replaced them: Dewayne White at DE, Jon Bradley at DT and
Barrett Ruud in the middle. White had his fourth sack of the season
among his 3 tackles (2 solo) and 2 QB hurries. He could provide
some good production the rest of the season if Rice is done. Bradley
had 4 tackles (1 solo). Ruud had 6 tackles (5 solo).
OLB Derrick Brooks (7 solo) and CB Rhonde Barber (5 solo) led
the team with 8 tackles. Barber also broke up a pass and shared
a sack with DE Greg Spires.
CB Juran Bolden left the game with an ankle sprain. X-rays were
negative, but he did not return to the game. Torrie Cox and Phillip
Buchanon saw more work in his absence.
OLB Keith Bulluck capped a surprising thrashing of the Eagles
by taking a lateral from DT Randy Starks the final 16 yards for
a score. Bulluck had 8 solo tackles and broke up 2 passes as well.
Starks, who had recovered an aborted snap on the play, did not
start. And it was not because of the return of DT Albert Haynesworth
from suspension. Rookie Jesse Mahelona started next to Robaire
Smith. Haynesworth was in the rotation and will likely return
to a starting role.
LaBoy was inactive due to a concussion in the previous game
Odom missed another game, and is expected to miss at least
one more, due to recent knee surgery. So Tony
Brown got the start opposite Kyle
With CB Reynaldo Hill (ankle) inactive, versatile seventh round
pick Cortland Finnegan got the start and led the team with 11
tackles (8 solo) and broke up 2 passes. CB Pacman Jones returned
a punt 90 yards for a TD. Jones had his court date set at December
5th for his recent assault accusation for spitting on a woman
in a bar.
Peter Sirmon got the start in the middle, but rookie Stephen
Tulloch continues to see significant action and had his first
SS Troy Vincent left in the first half with a hamstring injury
and would not return to the game. Adam Archuleta must really be
in Joe Gibbs’ doghouse because it was Vernon Fox, not Archuleta,
who replaced Vincent. Vincent is day-to-day. FS Sean Taylor led
the team with 9 tackles (7 solo).