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IDP Notes
Week 15

Quick Hits (Details in individual team notes)
  • No byes Week 15, set lineups for early (Thursday) game
  • DROY candidate in HOU, but it is LB Ryans, not number one pick DE Williams
  • SD LB Merriman and BUF DE Schobel move in to tie for NFL lead in sacks
  • CIN MLB Miller leaves game early, Simmons steps in
  • KC OLB Johnson returns to starting lineup, is active
  • CHI DT Harris lost for season
  • PHI rookie LB Gaither takes over weakside role
  • PIT S tandem out, journeyman Carter and rookie Smith fill in admirably
  • STL LB Tinoisamoa breaks other hand
  • CAR corners dinged, depth takes another hit
  • CIN CB O'Neal becomes eight Bengal arrested this year
  • DEN CB Foxworth new starting SS
  • IND and SF secondary devastated by injuries
  • CLE S Russell done for season
Week 15 Injury Report (available Wednesday PM)

IDP Depth Chart

Turnovers were the difference as the Cardinals upset Seattle on Sunday. The D forced 4 fumbles and recovered 3 of them. OLB Karlos Dansby led the team with 11 tackles (10 solo) and had one of those forced fumbles. DT Darnell Dockett forced a fumble on his second sack of the season. He posted 7 tackles (6 solo).

DE Antonio Smith, who replaced Bertrand Berry in the starting lineup, had a sack and 3 QB hurries. On the other side, DE Chike Okeafor also had a sack.

After offense and special teams sabotaged the team in the first half, the defense stepped up and kept the teamís playoff hopes alive. Down by six in the third quarter, DE John Abraham got his first sack in nearly two months and knocked the ball away from TB QB Bruce Gradkowski. When the TB OLinemen couldnít hold on to the ball, back-up LB Demorrio Williams picked it up and returned it 54 yards for his first career TD. It gave the Falcons the lead for the first time in the game, and one they wouldnít relinquish. Despite reportedly aggravating his ab injury again, Abraham looked like he had overcome his injuries on Sunday. In addition to the sack, he finished with 3 solo tackles and a QB hurry.

With CB Jason Webster still sidelined with a torn groin, rookie CB Jimmy Williams moved in to the starting lineup after recovering from a high ankle sprain. Williams finished with 6 tackles (4 solo), including blasting TB WR Joey Galloway at the Falcons two-yard line to prevent a TD on the second-to-last play of the game.

WLB Keith Brooking led the team with 17 tackles (11 solo) and SLB Michael Boley also went double-digits with 11 (8 solo).

For the first time in a long time FS Ed Reed looked like the elite playmaker he was when he was DPOY in 2004. He had two picks, including a diving one deep in Baltimore territory, and broke up three other passes, as well as posting 3 solo tackles.

All the usual suspects in the front seven contributed big, as well. LB Adalius Thomas (his team-leading tenth of the season), DE Trevor Pryce (9.5 on the year), LB Bart Scott (8.5), LB/DE Terrell Suggs (7), and LB Ray Lewis (3) each had a sack. Suggs also forced his fourteenth career fumble on his sack, a new Ravens record, and recovered it himself on his sack in the second quarter. He also led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo).

With just a four point lead late in the third quarter, the defense sealed the victory with a couple of key turnovers. CB Nate Clements took a tipped pass off the hands of NYJ WR Jerricho Cotchery 58 yards for TD on his second pick of the year. Clements also had 5 solo tackles. The in the fourth quarter on the last of DE Aaron Schobelís three sacks, he knocked the ball out and DE Ryan Denney recovered it with less than two minutes left. Denney also had a sack. Schobel finished with 9 tackles (6 solo). Despite starting slow, Schobel has had 11.5 sacks in the last nine games and set a new career high with 12.5 for the season.

The team placed WLB Angelo Crowell on the IR last week after breaking his leg. Keith Ellison, who replaced Takeo Spikes earlier in the season, now replaces Crowell. Ellison had 9 tackles (6 solo, including 1 on special teams). Spikes had to leave the game with an ankle injury, but returned and is expected to play this week.

Rookie SS Donte Whitner was inactive with a hamstring injury. Jim Leonhard was a bit of a surprise as his replacement. He had 7 tackles (6 solo, including 1 on special teams). CB Terrence McGee was inactive with an ankle injury. Kevin Thomas started in his place. Whitner and McGee are expected to play this week.

The defense was handicapped heading in to the game as both starting corners, Ken Lucas and Chris Gamble, were inactive with hamstring injuries. Lucas has battled a variety of injuries and continues to be replaced by Richard Marshall. The rookie had 5 tackles (4 solo) and broke up a pass, but struggled on NYG WR Plaxico Burress, including giving up a TD. Recently acquired Christian Morton was forced in to a starting role after Gamble injured his leg during Fridayís practice. Mortonís opportunity was quickly lost when he injured his hamstring in the first quarter. UDFA rookie Dion Bynum, also with the team only about a month, replaced Morton. Bynum had 7 tackles (6 solo) and broke up a pass. Heíll continue to see more work as Morton was placed on the IR with his injury. DB Derrick Strait was claimed off waivers from the Bears to add depth. SS Shaun Williams led the team with 10 solo tackles and forced a fumble.

After taking the NFL lead in sacks with a three-sack performance in mid-November, DE Julius Peppers has gone four straight games without one.

Thanks to the reemergence of QB Rex Grossman and the return exploits of Devin Hester, the defense was able to overcome some crucial injuries. Already missing Pro Bowl SS Mike Brown, the defense was shy two other Pro Bowlers as DT Tommie Harris was inactive with a ruptured hamstring and CB Nathan Vasher was inactive with a hamstring injury. Brownís replacement, Todd Johnson, was also inactive with an ankle injury. Harris is the most devastating loss. He will need surgery and miss the rest of the season. Vasher and Johnson should be back next week. Ricky Manning Jr. started in place of Vasher and Hester saw extensive time at CB due to the shortage in the secondary. The explosive Hester, who returned to kicks for scores and, in the process, set a new single-season record for return TDs with six, proved much more adept at the return game than corner. Hester was beaten on a fade by WR Torry Holt for a TD. Chris Harris replaced Johnson at SS. Ian Scott, Alfonso Boone, and Tank Johnson shared the burden of replacing Harris. Scott had a nice open field tackle on a reverse to stop STL WR Kevin Curtis for a loss instead of a big gain.

MLB Brian Urlacher led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo). Rookie DE Mark Anderson continued his tremendous debut as a pass rush specialist racking up 2 more sacks. He leads the team with ten. Adewale Ogunleye also had a sack.

The revolving door at MLB continued to go around on Sunday. After Odell Thurman was suspended the first four games, and eventually the season, for violating the leagueís substance abuse policy, veteran Brian Simmons slid over and got the first shot. While Simmons battled neck problems, supplemental draft pick Ahmad Brooks stepped over and flashed some upside in five starts. When Brooks recently started battling injuries and the rookie learning curve, Caleb Miller stepped in and had three big starts the last three weeks. Miller was the starter again on Sunday, but left early in the game after tackling OAK RB Justin Fargas. Simmons replaced him and had 5 tackles (4 solo), 2 QB hurries, and 3 passes defensed, including his second pick of the season. Brooks was inactive. Rashad Jeanty remained the starting SLB and led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo). Jeanty, after missing a string of games earlier with an injury of his own, has a tenuous hold on the starting job even as Simmons has been getting healthy. Simmons had been working mostly in the middle in passing packages. The one player who is locked in is Landon Johnson at WLB. Johnson had 4 tackles (3 solo) in the game.

DE Robert Geathers continued his breakout season, notching double-digit sacks for the first time in his career. He is the first Bengal with 10+ since Alfred Williams in 1992. With two on Sunday, Geathers has a team-high 10.5 for the year. He has flourished as a third-down specialist this season and leaves the team with some decisions at end this off-season. Geathers is a RFA, while Justin Smith is an UFA. Smith had 3 QB hurries and appeared to be on his way to a career best in sacks when he had seven sacks halfway through the season, but he hasnít had one in November and remains stuck on seven.

After missing three games with a shoulder injury, CB Deltha OíNeal was expected to return this week, but it was announced he had lost his job rookie Johnathan Joseph. However, OíNeal was arrested Saturday for a DUI at a police traffic checkpoint. He was left inactive, missing his fourth straight game. Joseph had 5 tackles (4 solo) and swung the momentum early on his first tackle. He stripped OAK WR Alvis Whitted after a reception on the Raiders first play from scrimmage and Joseph recovered the fumble, as well. The Bengals scored their first TD on the subsequent drive. Joseph also broke up a pass in the game. CB Tory James, whose job Joseph had been rumored to be on the verge of taking before OíNeal was hurt, had 6 tackles (5 solo) and a pass defensed.

DT Sam Adams had only one tackle, but it was a pivotal one. Down 21-3 in the third quarter, the Raiders went for it on fourth-and-one in Bengal territory. Adams broke through the line and tackled OAK RB ReShard Lee for a loss. Cinci would score on the following drive and put the game out of reach for good.

Despite the return of SS Dexter Jackson the previous week, Kevin Kaesviharn remains involved as the primary SS on passing downs. Jackson started again and had 3 tackles (2 solo), including his first sack of the season. Kaesviharn had 3 solo tackles, including a sack, and broke up a pass. He has 3.5 sacks on the season.

DE Orpheus Roye missed his second consecutive game with an MCL knee sprain. The less stout Simon Fraser replaced him again. Fraser had 7 tackles (2 solo), but the Steelers picked on Fraser on the right side early and often. His less impressive run defense contributed to a single-game team rushing record by the Steelers for Willie Parker and over 300 yards on the ground in the game by Pittsburgh. The Browns will have to figure something out, because Roye is now done for the season after being put on the IR this week.

FS Brian Russell was inactive with swelling and irritation in a right elbow injury. It is the elbow he suffered a staph infection in earlier this season and there is concern the staph infection returned. His season is over after being placed on the IR. Versatile Brodney Pool got the start at FS in his place and finished with 8 tackles (4 solo). Pool should continue to replace him. DB Ben Emanuel was signed to take Russellís place on the roster.

ILB Andra Davis led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo) and forced a fumble. He leads the team on tackles for the year.

Rookie ILB DíQwell Jackson had 7 tackles (3 solo) and aggravated his turf toe in the game. He is questionable this week.

After having the look of a unit that could contend for a championship, the Dallas D let the Saints run and pass all over them in their house. The forced no turnovers and had just one sack, by OLB Demarcus Ware. He leads the team with seven sacks on the season.

ILB Bradie James led the team with 8 tackles (5 solo).

After a revolving door at FS this season, the team hopes they have found an answer in former Pro Bowl, and recently discarded 49er, Tony Parrish. He was claimed off waivers last week. He was inactive Sunday night, but could challenge Keith Davis for a starting role.

FS John Lynch led the team with 10 tackles (5 solo). CB Darrent Williams had 5 solo tackles and his first sack of the season. Domonique Foxworth replaced Cumrome Cox as the starting SS and had 7 tackles (5 solo) and broke up a pass. Karl Paymah replaced Foxworth as the nickel corner.

MLB Al Wilson played through neck problems and posted 6 tackles (5 solo).

DT Cory Redding has been one of the few bright spots on the injury-plagued Detroit DLine. The converted DT has flourished inside, posting his team-leading seventh sack on Sunday, among his 5 tackles (4 solo). His pressure on one play also helped force the only INT of the day, by Jamar Fletcher. Redding has at least a half-sack in five straight games and seven of the last eight. Fletcher was the nickel corner and Stanley Wilson was in the starting lineup with Fernando Bryant still out with a concussion. Bryant is questionable this week.

SS Kenoy Kennedy pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges, but wonít be sentenced until January, so any suspension should come next year. Kennedy started and had 6 tackles (4 solo) and recovered a fumble forced by DT Marcus Bell. Rookie Daniel Bullocks continues to work in pass packages and had 4 tackles (2 solo).

LB Teddy Lehman missed another game due to a hamstring injury and is questionable this week. After being on the PUP to start the season due to a Lisfranc sprain, the injury-prone LB has only played in four games this year. Paris Lenon continues to man the middle and it looks like the Lions will have to wait another year to know if Lehman can build on the upside he showed as a rookie. Rookie WLB Ernie Sims led the team with 10 tackles (6 solo).

Green Bay
Continuing disappointment from DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila has resulted in his role being reduced. He has 13 sacks the last two years after having 13.5 in 2004. The undersized end is a liability in run defense, so when he isnít getting to the QB, he isnít adding value. Cullen Jenkins saw more snaps in place of KGB at end. Jenkins shared a sack with DE Aaron Kampman.

MLB Nick Barnett (4 solo), WLB A.J. Hawk (3 solo), and FS Nick Collins (4 solo) led the team with 6 tackles. Hawk and Collins each had a pick, as well.

MLB DeMeco Ryans continued his DROY campaign. He led the team with 14 tackles (8 solo). The rookie leads the league in tackles with 127 for the season.

CB Demarcus Faggins left in the fourth quarter with a concussion and leg injury, but is expected to play this week. He had his second pick of the year before leaving. Dexter McCleon replaced him. FS C.C. Brown had 9 tackles (8 solo, including 1 on special teams). Brown is questionable this week with turf toe.

FS Bob Sanders was inactive yet again, missing another game due to his lingering right knee problems. Marlin Jackson started at FS in his place, but left in the first half with a shoulder injury. SS Antoine Bethea left in the first quarter after aggravating an existing shoulder injury. With Mike Doss already on the IR, the Colts were without their top four safeties by halftime. Dexter Reid replaced Jackson at FS and Matt Giordano replaced Bethea at SS. Giordano led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo) and had his first career INT in the Colts end zone that turned into an 80-yard TD drive by the offense.

The secondary injuries didnít stop at safety. CB Nick Harper sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return. Kelvin Hayden replaced him.

OLB Gilbert Gardner sat in favor of Rocky Boiman late in the game. No word yet on if the demotion will stick.

DE Robert Mathis had the only sack in the game. He is now half a sack away from his third consecutive double-digit sack season.

MLB Daryl Smith led the team 8 tackles (7 solo) and got his second sack of the season. DT Marcus Stroud also had his second sack of the season. SS Gerald Sensabaugh had his second INT of the season, the only turnover the defense forced.

Kansas City
The Chiefs had no sacks and their only turnover was followed by a three-and-out by the offense. It was a fumble forced by FS Greg Wesley that CB Patrick Surtain recovered. Wesley also led the team with 8 solo tackles.

OLB Derrick Johnson returned to the starting lineup after minimal action or being inactive the last four games due to an ankle injury. Johnson had 7 tackles (6 solo). The move returned Keyaron Fox to a back-up role, but not for long. OLB Kendrell Bell was benched in the fourth quarter and Fox took over. HC Herm Edwards wouldnít say the move was permanent, but indicated Fox will definitely see more time, inferring at the expense of Bell. The 2001 DROY and a Pro Bowler the prior year with the Steelers when signed a seven-year contract to join the Chiefs in 2005 has been an unmitigated bust.

DE Jason Taylor led the way as the Dolphins disrupted the Patriots offense and forced their worst outing of the season. Taylor had 6 tackles (5 solo), a sack, a forced fumble, broke up a pass, and his pressure forced at least another incomplete pass. SS Yeremiah Bell led the team with 9 tackles (5 solo), including a sack on which he stripped and recovered the ball.

Second-year DE Matt Roth continues to progress as a pass rush specialist. He had a solo sack and shared another with DT Vonnie Holliday. Roth has 3.5 sacks in his last three games.

The leagueís best run defense held the Lions to negative three yards on ten attempts on Sunday. WLB E.J. Henderson led the way with a game-high 13 tackles (9 solo), including his third sack of the season. He also recovered a fumble forced by CB Cedric Griffin. Henderson has already, or remains on track, to put up career best numbers across the board. Griffin, who had 2 solo tackles, a pick, 2 other passes defensed, and recovered a fumble himself, continues to be the nominal starter across from Antoine Winfield. As the Vikings played a lot of nickel (at the expense of SLB Ben Leber), Fred Smoot still sees significant playing time. He had 8 tackles (6 solo).

Rookie DE Ray Edwards got his first career start as RDE, but failed to appear in the box score. The only sign he was in the game was when he drew a penalty. Darrion Scott still saw significant time and had a sack, giving him a team-high 5.5 on the year. DT Kevin Williams had his fifth sack of the season in the game and FS Dwight Smith had his second career sack and fourth pick of the year.

New England
While the offense struggled, the defense did them no favors. They forced no turnovers and had one sack, but DE Ty Warren. Warren tied LB Rosey Colvin for the team lead at 6.5 on season.

Mike Vrabel remains shifted back inside when the set is 3-4, with Tully-Banta Cain outside, but the Pats showed more 4-3 looks giving DE Jarvis Green more time. Green should have more value than Cain the rest of the way.

SS Rodney Harrison remained inactive with a broken shoulder blade and James Sanders continued to start in his place. Harrison believes he will be back before the playoff, but as always with the Patriots, injury information is kept quiet. No more shroud of secrecy on FS Eugene Wilson, as he was put on the IR last week. Artrell Hawkins is likely to remain the starter in Wilsonís place. Chad Scott got the start in place of Ellis Hobbs, but Hobbs replaced Asante Samuel later in the game. Vet Ray Mickens, signed last week when Wilson went on the IR, played nickel corner.

NT Vince Wilfork left the game with an apparent leg injury in the second half and was replaced by Mike Wright.

New Orleans
After missing the previous game with a knee injury, DE Will Smith bounced back strong with 2 sacks and 3 QB pressures. Smith set a new career high with 10.5 sacks on the season, which leads the team.

WLB Scott Shanle led the team with 6 solo tackles. SLB Scott Fujita had 5 solo tackles.

New York Giants
The first of SS Gibril Wilsonís two picks set up a TD in third quarter to move the New York lead to 17 and help put the game away. They were the first interceptions of the season for Wilson, who also had 3 solo tackles. UDFA rookie CB Kevin Dockery also had his second career INT in the game and 8 tackles (5 solo). Dockery was bumped up to nickel corner as R.W. McQuarters moved up to starter with Corey Webster (turf toe) inactive. Webster is likely to miss this week, as well.

DE Michael Strahan (Lisfranc foot sprain) missed his fifth consecutive game. His return this week is unlikely and there are reports he could miss the rest of the regular season. Rookie Mathias Kiwanuka continues to start in his place at LDE with Osi Umenyiora back on the right side. Umenyiora left late in the game, but it was due to cramps and he is expected to be fine this week. Kiwanuka had his fourth sack of the season. DT William Joseph had his second sack of the season and forced a fumble on it. Joseph is back in a reserve role rotating inside, after spending time at LDE when both Strahan and Umenyiora were out.

After battling knee problems at practice the prior week, MLB Antonio Pierce led the team with 11 solo tackles.

New York Jets
SS Kerry Rhodes led the team with 7 solo tackles. OLB Victor Hobson had 2 sacks, giving him a new career high with four on the season. OLB/DE Bryan Thomas also had a sack. He leads the team with 7.5 for the year.

MLB Kirk Morrison led the team with 13 tackles (8 solo) and forced a fumble, recovered by FS Stuart Schweigert, the only turnover for the Raiders in the game.

Pass rush specialist Lance Johnstone was inactive again as he battled knee and toe problems. Johnstone is seeking another opinion, but expects to need season-ending knee surgery. Former UDFA Kevin Huntley has stepped off the practice squad and in to Johnstoneís role. After sharing his first career sack and getting his first fumble recovery in the previous game, he had two assists on Sunday.

After winning the starting WLB job heading in to the season, Matt McCoy appears all but out of the picture now. The return to health of Shawn Barber (although he suffered a stinger in the game and is questionable this week) this year cost McCoy snaps in pass packages, then injuries and ineffectiveness cost him his job. McCoy was inactive for the first time this season with shoulder problems and a lingering hip flexor. Rookie Omar Gaither replaced him in the starting lineup and after a strong performance, should retain the job. Gaither had 5 tackles (4 solo) and broke up two passes, including grabbing one for his first career INT. A far bigger pick was that by Michael Lewis, who took a tip by CB Will James and returned it 84 yards for his first career TD. James was the nickel corner with Rod Hood out with a hamstring injury. Lewis, who continues in a part-time hybrid S/LB role in certain packages, also had 6 tackles (4 solo, including 1 on special teams). Sean Considine, who remains the starter at SS, had 10 tackles (6 solo). FS Brian Dawkins had his first sack of the season among his 8 tackles (6 solo).

MLB Jeremiah Trotter led the team with 13 tackles (8 solo).

DT Brodrick Bunkley was active, but did not play. He remains in the doghouse after missing the team flight three weeks ago and is out of the rotation at this time.

SS Troy Polamalu remained inactive with an MCL sprain and FS Ryan Clark sat out after pulling his groin in the previous game. Clark is questionable this week and Journeyman Tyrone Carter filled in at SS and rookie Anthony Smith got the start at FS, with both stepping up. Carter (5 solo) and ILB James Farrior (3 solo) shared the team lead with 7 tackles. Each had a pass defensed, as well. Smith had 4 tackles (1 solo and including 2 assists on special teams) and grabbed his first career pick, as well as breaking up another pass.

St. Louis
Already playing with a harness for a dislocated shoulder and broken left hand, WLB Pisa Tinoisamoa broke his right hand in the second quarter. He is expected to miss the rest of the season. Veteran Dexter Coakley replaced him and should the rest of the way if he is done.

Despite practicing last week, rookie DE Victor Adeyanju was inactive a radius fracture in his right forearm. Brandon Green started in his place. End took another hit when LDE Leonard Little left in the second half after getting hit in the throat.

San Diego
With two sacks on Sunday, OLB Shawne Merriman moved in to a tie for the league lead in sacks with 12.5. He also had 5 tackles (4 solo), two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. ILB Randall Godfrey was inactive with a calf injury, so Stephen Cooper got the start inside. He led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo), including his second sack of the season, and he broke up 2 passes.

After replacing DE Luis Castillo (high ankle sprain) for four weeks, Jacques Cesaire and Castillo switched roles. Cesaire started, but Castillo played most of the second half after Cesaire left with a neck injury. Castillo had his sixth sack among his 5 tackles (4 solo).

San Francisco
MLB Derek Smith was inactive with a hamstring, so Jeff Ulbrich started in his place. Ulbrich had 7 tackles (4 solo). Smith is questionable this week. OLB Brandon Moore had 4 tackles (2 solo), including the only sack for the 49ers.

FS Keith Lewis led the team with 11 tackles (8 solo) and broke up a pass.

CB Shawntae Spencer remained inactive with an ankle sprain and Donald Strickland started in his place. The team will need Spencer, who is probable this week, back soon, because Strickland suffered a knee injury in the game and was placed on the IR. CB Sammy Davis was also put on the IR with a quad injury, further hurting depth at the position.

OLB Julian Peterson will have to wait another week to get his first double-digit sack season, but he did have 4 tackles (3 solo) and a pick, the only turnover the D forced.

OLB Leroy Hill (3 solo) and CB Marcus Trufant (8 solo) led the team with 8 tackles each.

Tampa Bay
After missing a few games with knee and ankle problems, MLB Shelton Quarles showed the last two weeks he isnít ready to relinquish his job to Barrett Ruud. Quarles posted double-digit tackles and got to the QB for the second straight week. In his last two games he has 22 tackles (16 solo) and 2.5 sacks.

DE Dewayne White is getting some tackles, but he hasnít gotten a sack since being installed at RDE in place of Simeon Rice, who is done for the season. White, a UFA after this season, is likely to get a significant offer to stay and should replace Rice, who will probably be let go.

With Juran Bolden battling an assortment of lower body injuries, CB Phillip Buchanon got his first start as a Buc. He responded with his first pick as a Buc, in the end zone late in the second quarter that preserved the first half shutout of Atlanta.

CB Pacman Jones had 4 solo tackles, including his first career sack, and returned a kick 36 yards to set up the eventual game-winning drive.

After being held sackless in November, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch is still looking for sack number five after six games without one. He did have 8 tackles (7 solo). DE Antwan Odom missed his ninth game due to ongoing knee problems.

OLB Keith Bulluck led the team with 9 tackles (3 solo). Peter Sirmon appears to have replaced rookie Stephen Tulloch in the middle. Sirmon 7 solo tackles.

As SS Troy Vincent continues to be limited by a hamstring injury, Vernon Fox started his third straight game and led the team with 7 tackles (6 solo). Adam Archuleta remains nothing more than a special teams player. Vincent should return this week.

After a huge game last week, DE Andre Carter returned to his sub-par performance with 3 tackles (2 solo). He has been a huge disappointment with just three sacks this season.

Rookie LB Rocky McIntosh ran with the first team during Sundayís game. Considered a contender for the starting WLB job after being drafted, Warrick Holdman quickly locked it up in preseason and McIntosh has been mostly limited to special teams. He could get more of a look the rest of the way.