Quick Hits (Details in individual
Week 3 Injury Report (available
- Bye week: Dallas, Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego
- PHI DE Kearse season over on last sack of huge game
- NE LB Bruschi returns
- BUF FS Troy Vincent to IR, rooks now starting safety tandem
- CAR MLB Morgan quiet on latest concussion and career implications
- CIN OLB Pollack done for year after scary neck injury
- MIN DE James done with torn ACL
- ATL DE John Abraham misses game
- STL DE Hargrove mysteriously AWOL
- New starting FS in Chicago
- Another shake up for DET LBs
IDP Depth Chart
After setting an NFL record for sacks by a DB last year, SS Adrian
Wilson looks like he will be helped in continuing to pile them up
as he became the newest “slash”. Wilson lined up at
DE at times early in the game and ended with 2 sacks. DT Darnell
Dockett led the team with a career-high 12 tackles (8 solo), including
a sack. LB Karlos Dansby was active and started. He had 2 tackles
(1 solo). MLB Gerald Hayes is showing he is more than a run-stopper.
He had his second pick of the season, one in each game.
Reserve LB James Darling will miss two weeks with a pulled hamstring
and a week after looking like he had moved in the starting lineup,
CB Eric Green is likely to be out with a hamstring injury. Matt
Ware will see more work if he does.
A week after an apparently successful move to SLB, Calvin Pace
was replaced in the starting lineup by Darryl Blackstock, who
seemed eternally in HC Denny Green’s doghouse. Blackstock
did nothing to improve his stock, as he didn’t put up a
After an incredible debut as a Falcon in Week One, DE John Abraham
was inactive on Sunday with a groin injury. Abraham said he expects
to be ready for next Monday’s game at New Orleans, but has
yet to practice this week. At best, this is a game-time decision,
beware. LDE Patrick Kerney was limited by a right triceps injury,
so he played mostly on the right side to protect the arm and was
limited to mostly passing downs. Chauncey Davis got the start
at RDE in place of Abraham, but Josh Mallard and undrafted rookie
free agent Paul Carrington both saw significant work with Kerney
being limited, as well. Carrington was the most productive of
the group with 2 solo tackles. Kerney is probable for this week.
MLB Edgerton Hartwell missed his second gaming recovering from
preseason surgery on both knees. Once again, Keith Brooking manned
the middle, leading the team with 9 tackles (7 solo). Demorrio
Williams continued to replace Brooking at WLB and had 4 solo tackles.
Michael Boley remains the SLB and had 6 tackles (5 solo) and pass
defensed. Hartwell is unlikely to be rushed back with the success
of the Falcon defense so far.
CB DeAngelo Hall was all over the field. He had 2 picks, broke
up 2 other passes, 4 solo tackles, and caught a pass on offense.
However, he fumbled it, so it may be a while before he sees another.
MLB Ray Lewis was upgraded to probable. He has neck and hamstring
issues, but is expected to start this week. He had 7 tackles (6
solo) and a pick. Lewis is off to a good start, but not as good
as the other LBs. Adalius Thomas had two sacks, including one
for a safety, among his 7 solo tackles and had a pick. He is probable
with a foot injury and expected to play. Bart Scott had 5 tackles
(4 solo), including one for a sack.
Rookie fifth round pick Dawan Landry led the team with 9 tackles
OLB Takeo Spikes was inactive after leaving the season opener
with a hamstring strain. He did not practice Wednesday and is
listed as questionable. Rookie Keith Ellison, who replaced him
Week One, got his first career start in place of Spikes on Sunday.
Ellison played WLB and had 4 tackles (2 solo, including 1 on special
teams). Angelo Crowell replaced Spikes at SLB, but it didn’t
impact his production. Crowell finished with 8 tackles (5 solo),
a sack and a pick. MLB London Fletcher led the team with 10 tackles
The youth movement at safety in the draft looks like a great
move for Buffalo after FS Troy Vincent was placed on the IR last
week due to his hamstring injury. In his place, rookie Ko Simpson
got his first career start and posted 4 tackles (1 solo) and a
sack. First round pick Donte Whitner joined him on the first team
at SS and had 7 tackles (3 solo). The young tandem should continue
to start in the Bills defensive backfield. Matt Bowen was inactive
again with a leg injury and special teams ace Coy Wire appears
better suited to a reserve role on defense.
The Bills got to Daunte Culpepper 7 times, but top pass rusher
RDE Aaron Schobel was not in on the party. He didn’t even
put up a stat in the box score. LDE Chris Kelsay had a sack and
third DE Ryan Denney had 3 sacks and a forced fumble in the first
half. Kelsay edged Denney to keep a starting spot in the preseason,
but after his performance last week (7 tackles) and Sunday, Denney
will continue to rotate in regularly.
MLB Dan Morgan’s career could be in jeopardy after his fifth
(reported) concussion last week. He has not commented on his status,
but missed last week after the concussion occurred in Week One
and is not expected to play this week. Adam Seward should continue
to replace him. Na’il Diggs was active, but did not play,
as he recovers from a preseason knee injury. Chris Draft started
in his place and led the team with 9 tackles (5 solo, including
1 on special teams).
After only 1 sack by the team last week, DE Julius Peppers posted
3 alone. DT Kris Jenkins also had one and DT Damione Lewis had
his second in as many games.
CB Ken Lucas had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with
a strained neck. If he can’t go, Lucas is questionable,
Reggie Howard or rookie Richard Marshall would get the start this
SS Shaun Williams is doubtful this week after leaving last week
with a foot injury. After seeing little action the last two years
dealing with knee problems, Williams has been very good for Carolina.
Colin Branch would likely start in his place this week if he can’t
go. Branch was supposed to be their starting FS in 2005, but a
knee injury ended his season.
Rookie Danieal Manning has replaced Chris Harris as the starting
FS. After success in Week One, he moved in to the nickel package
Week 2, and now appears to be with the first team for good. You
don’t have to rush to pick him up, but you can definitely
get rid of Harris.
The defensive line posted all 6 sacks, led by 2 from DT Tommie
Harris. DE Adewale Oguleye had one himself and shared another
with reserve DE Mark Anderson. The fifth round pick is quickly
establishing himself as an NFL player. Reserve DTs Alfonso Boone
and Tank Johnson each had a sack, too.
OLB Hunter Hillenmeyer was inactive after suffering a concussion
in the first game. Brendon Ayanbadejo replaced him and had 6 solo
tackles (including 1 on special teams). Hillenmeyer is not on
the injury report this week.
In a frightening scene, LB David Pollack was taken off the field
on stretcher with his head braced after a tackle in the first
quarter. Fortunately Pollack appears like he will make a full
recover, as HC Marvin Lewis said the injury was “not career-threatening”.
However, Pollack won’t be back on the field this year, as
he was placed on the IR with a neck injury. He will need to wear
a stabilizing halo for several weeks while his vertebra fracture
heals. Rashad Jeanty, who was the surprise starter when Pollack
missed last week with a hamstring injury, and Caleb Miller worked
in place of Pollack. Jeanty could get another start next week.
Odell Thurman is still two weeks away from returning from suspension,
so supplemental draft pick Ahmad Brooks may see more work. MLB
Brian Simmons led the team with 6 tackles (4 solo) and forced
two turnovers, a pick and a fumble.
Dexter Jackson sprained his ankle and had to leave the game.
Kevin Kaesviharn replaced him and will start at SS this week,
as Jackson has been ruled out. Jackson could miss a few weeks.
After a big start last week, DE Justin Smith had just 2 tackles
A thin secondary took a few more hits this week. CB Daylon McCutcheon’s
season is over before it started. He could not overcome off-season
leg surgeries and was placed on the IR. CB Gary Baxter says he
may need to sit out this week after aggravating a pec injury from
the preseason. He is doubtful after posting 10 tackles (6 solo)
and broke up a pass. Baxter missed most of 2005 with an injury
to his other pec. FS Brian Russell is questionable, still bothered
by the elbow that required preseason surgery to remove his bursa
sac. However, Russell has started both of the first two games
and had 7 tackles (5 solo) in the game. Brodney Pool saw extensive
work and had 4 tackles (3 solo) as well as a sack and a pass defensed.
The injuries problems didn’t stop in the defensive backfield.
DE Orpheus Roye is doubtful after injuring his shoulder. OLB Willie
McGinest was inactive with a calf injury. He was probable, but
aggravated the injury he had during the week warming up before
the game. He is questionable this week. Kamerion Wimbley started
in his place. He had a sack among his 3 solo tackles. Chaun Thompson
saw more work with McGinest out. He had 4 tackles (3 solo) and
a sack. Matt Stewart started opposite Wimbley and had a sack.
The Dallas front seven got came at slow-footed WAS QB Mark Brunell
from everywhere, finishing with 6 sacks and hitting him 9 other
times. OLB Greg Ellis led the way with 1.5 sacks on the day.
SS Roy Williams led the team with 7 solo tackles and had a pick.
After being a healthy scratch in Week One, first round pick ILB
Bobby Carpenter was active for his first game. He replaced Akin
Ayodele in the nickel package.
DE Courtney Brown was inactive again, giving Kenard Lang another
start. Brown is not expected to play this week, either. However,
DE Ebenezer Ebukan is emerging as the perhaps the only fantasy
player with value on that line. The Cowboys former first round
pick had 3 tackles (2 solo) and one-half a sack, after getting
a sack in the season opener.
With the success of the defense last week and Boss Bailey still
recovering from an ankle injury, the LB starters remained the
same. Paris Lenon was in the middle with Alex Lewis and first
round pick Ernie Sims at WLB. Sims led the team with 7 solo tackles.
Bailey rotated in and had an interception return for a TD negated
on a penalty by CB Jamar Fletcher that would have cut the lead
to 24-14 in the third quarter. Bailey steps in to the starting
lineup next week with Alex Lewis having suffered a sprained left
MCL in the first quarter. Lewis is expected to miss three weeks.
Lenon is likely to slide over to SLB to replace Lewis, with Bailey
taking over in the middle. The status of Bailey’s ankle
is still a concern.
SS Kennoy Kennedy hurt his foot Sunday and has been ruled out
for this week. Rookie Daniel Bullocks will get his first career
start at SS.
On the first three possessions against the Saints, DE Aaron Kampman
hit the trifecta, sacking the QB, forcing the fumble, and recovering
it. Next DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila got the sack and forced a fumble
recovered by DT Cullen Jenkins. Then CB Al Harris picked on at
the Packers' 8-yard line. Green Bay scored 13 points off the three
turnovers to take a 13-0 first quarter lead, but then allowed
the Saints to run off 20 unanswered points and 34 in a loss by
the end of the game.
DE Aaron Kampman is wasting no time proving his big new contract
a good deal. After being one of the only bright spots on defense
at Chicago in Week One, he was dominating against New Orleans.
Including his one-man show on the first possession, he finished
with 4 solo tackles, including 3 sacks, and forced 2 fumble, recovering
1, as well. He is tied for the league-lead with 4 sacks. The inconsistent
KGB should continue to benefit from teams having to focus on Kampman.
FS Nick Collins is also off to quick start. He led the team in
tackles with 8 solo and broke up a pass.
CB Al Harris suffered leg cramps in the game and a shoulder injury.
He is questionable this week.
First round pick WLB A.J. Hawk had 7 solo tackles and a pass
defensed. MLB Nick Barnett had just 4 tackles (2 solo).
SS Glenn Earl got plenty of work as the Colts smoked the Texans.
He led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo) and forced a fumble recovered
by OLB Morlon Greenwood. Greenwood also had 9 tackles (4 solo),
including a sack. Rookie MLB DeMeco Ryans had 7 tackles (5 solo).
Overall first pick DE Mario Williams had another quiet game,
posting 2 solo tackles. The news up front was former first round
pick Jason Babin, who technically got a start as the team was
in their nickel package, and got his first sack of the season.
As discussed in this column in the preseason, Babin is nice pick
to have a relative breakout year for a pass rush specialist (Weaver
remains the starter and will see more reps) now that he’s
back to playing end.
CB Phillip Buchanon (ankle) and Demarcus Faggins (broken foot)
were both inactive again. Faggins will be out and Buchanon is
questionable. After losing Roc Alexander to the IR last week,
the Texans are very thin at corner. The team auditioned players
at CB this week, including former Cowboy starter Pete Hunter.
The Colts put a hurting on the Texans, making them 9-0 against
Houston lifetime, but the Colts left the game hurting, at least
according to the injury report this week. DE Dwight Freeney limped
off the field Sunday in the fourth quarter and did not return.
He had 1 solo tackle in the game. It is reported he has a strained
gluteus muscle. He is questionable and will be a game-time decision.
DT Corey Simon remained inactive, he hasn’t practiced since
undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last month. He
will likely miss at least another game. MLB Gary Brackett was
questionable last week due to a calf injury and led the team with
10 tackles (8 solo). He is questionable again this week, but looks
to be a safe play. OLB Gilbert Gardner had 5 tackles (4 solo),
but is questionable with a hand injury. He is expected to play.
DT Montae Reagor missed practice Wednesday with a sore knee, but
is expected to play. With all the DLine injuries, the team promoted
DE Bo Schobel from the practice squad last week and he saw time,
sharing a sack with Raheem Brock, who also had another solo sack.
DE Robert Mathis quickly returned to form posting 2 sacks and
forcing a fumble among his 6 tackles (4 solo).
FS Bob Sanders is also dinged up and listed as questionable and
is a game-time decision. Rookie Antoine Bethea started at SS for
the second straight game as Michael Doss is plays through a lingering
calf injury, but is one of the few not on the injury report this
week. CB Nick Harper is questionable with rib and ankle injuries,
but expected to play. Opposite him, CB Jason David has been battling
a groin strain for a while, but should start. CB Marlin Jackson
left the game with a leg injury, but was not on the injury report.
Injuries have prevented two rookies expected to provided depth
from contributing so far. Rookie LB Freddie Keiaho missed his
second game and is questionable this week, and not expected to
play. He hurt his knee in the first preseason game and has been
out since. CB Tim Jennings has been inactive both game with an
ankle injury, but should be active this week.
In an old school defensive struggle, CB Rashean Mathis ruined
PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger’s season debut. Mathis seemed
inside his head in the fourth quarter, twice picking him off,
and just missing a TD on the second, to secure the victory. Mathis
also broke up 2 other passes and 4 tackles (3 solo).
Rob Meier replaced Reggie Hayward as the starting DE with Hayward
out for the season. Bobby McCray saw more work on passing downs
and netted his first sack of the year.
MLB Mike Peterson (knee sprain) and DT Marcus Stroud (ankle sprain)
again played through injuries. Peterson led the team with 7 tackles
Veteran safeties Sammy Knight and Greg Wesley staked a claim on
holding their starting jobs. They tied for the team lead with
7 tackles and Wesley had a pick.
With just 2 sacks and no turnovers, it was a bad week if you played
Dolphins. DE Kevin Carter and third safety Yeremiah Bell had the
sacks. MLB Zach Thomas had just 5 tackles (2 solo). FS Renaldo
Hill led the team with 6 tackles (3 solo).
CB Travis Daniels was inactive again due to an ankle sprain.
He practiced Wednesday and is expected to play this week.
DE Erasmus James is done for the season after tearing his left
ACL in the fourth quarter on Sunday. He is the third significant
defender the team has lost for the season, joining Tank Williams
(fractured left knee cap) and first round pick Chad Greenway (torn
left ACL). When the team lost Kenechi Udeze for most of last season,
Darrion Scott was decent in his place. Rookie Ray Edwards might
be the better fantasy pick. Even if he doesn’t beat out
Scott for a job, his role as a pass rusher increases. DE Jayme
Mitchell was signed from the practice squad for depth to take
James’ roster spot.
CB Antoine Winfield suffered a concussion during the game Sunday,
but returned and should be OK this week. FS Dwight Smith returned
from a one-game team suspension and had 6 solo tackles.
MLB Napoleon Harris led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo), including
a sack. He also had a sack and forced fumble reversed in overtime
when the play was challenged and ruled an incomplete pass.
ILB Tedy Bruschi returned after being inactive Week One. He had
6 tackles (4 solo), an INT and broke up another pass. His return
bumped Mike Vrabel back outside and Tully Banta-Cain out of the
lineup, although Cain did get a sack in the game. DE Richard Seymour
had his second sack in as many games.
DE Ty Warren led the team with 11 tackles (3 solo).
After Artrell Hawkins missed Sunday’s game with a knee
injury and James Sanders was injured on the opening kickoff, the
team worked out three free agent vets: Lance Schulters, Brent
Alexander, and Keion Carpenter. All have starting experience and
would add quality depth.
Mark Simoneau (MLB) and Scott Shanle (WLB) continue to start.
Simoneau had just 1 solo tackle, but Danny Clark and Alfred Fincher
continued to see mostly special teams work. Shanle was productive,
posting 8 tackles (5 solo) and forcing a fumble. SLB Scott Fujita
led the team with 9 tackles (5 solo).
DE Charles Grant was active, especially early in the game. He
had 5 tackles (3 solo), almost had a sack, and forced a fumble
that DE Will Smith recovered. Smith also had his second sack in
as many games. Week One fantasy DT stud Brian Young injured his
left shoulder during the game. He had just 1 solo tackle, but
just missed a couple of sacks. X-rays were negative and a MRI
appears to be precautionary. He is questionable. DE Michael Haynes
was released a week after they picked him up.
Rookie SS Roman Harper had another solid game. He had 7 tackles
(6 solo) and broke up a pass. He looks to be useful as a pass
rusher. After tallying a sack in Week One, he almost got to the
QB again Sunday.
New York Giants
His job looked in jeopardy after an injury-plagued 2005 and 2006
preseason, but WLB Carlos Emmons continued his strong start. He
led the team with 11 solo tackles and broke up 2 passes. However,
he did sprain his ankle in the game, although he is expected to
be OK this week.
DE Osi Umenyiora had a sack, the only for the team on the day.
New York Jets
SS Kerry Rhodes led the team with 11 tackles (10 solo) and forced
a fumble on a sack.
ILB Jonathan Vilma had 7 tackles (5 solo).
While he proved to be a tackle machine his rookie year, one of
the fantasy concerns of MLB Kirk Morrison was whether or not he
could turn in the big scoring plays. In 16 games last year, he
had no sacks, picks, or forced fumbles. In Week 2, he had his
first career INT, as well 7 tackles (5 solo). Rookie WLB Thomas
Howard had 7 solo tackles.
Injury-prone SLB Sam Williams was inactive with an ankle sprain.
Grant Irons started in his place and had 4 tackles (3 solo). He
had to leave the game with back and knee injuries. Both are expected
to play this week.
CB Nnamdi Asomugha was inactive after spraining his foot in Week
One. Journeyman Tyrone Poole started in his place and had 4 tackles
(3 solo), as well as 3 passes defensed. CB Fabian Washington left
the game with a strained hamstring, giving Stanford Routt extensive
work as the team had to reach deep on the CB depth chart. Both
Asomugha and Washington are expected to play this week.
DT Warren Sapp had 2 sacks. He has only had one multiple sack
game each of the last two years, so it seems unlikely this will
be a regular occurrence.
DE Jevon Kearse was placed on the IR. He suffered sprains to all
three main knee ligaments (MCL, LCL, and PCL) in his left knee.
Kearse was off to a terrific start, after a sack in the season
opener, he got Eli Manning twice before he injured the knee sharing
a sack with DT Mike Patterson on the first possession of overtime.
DC Jim Johnson indicates he plans to continue with the two-line,
eight-man rotation, so all their ends get a bump. Trent Cole appears
to be the biggest beneficiary. However, Cole is more comfortable
on the right side, so Darren Howard will move to Kearse’s
spot on the left. Jerome McDougle, who was inactive the first
two games, will finally have a chance to start earning some of
his money as a former first round pick. Cole had 2 sacks for the
second week and is tied for the NFL lead with four.
CB Rod Hood started in place of CB Lito Sheppard, who is out
indefinitely with ankle problems. Hood himself left the game with
a heel injury and is doubtful this week. Joselio Hanson replaced
Hood and should start again if Hood can’t go. The team signed
CB Dustin Fox off their practice squad for depth with all the
injuries at CB.
The Eagles played a lot of nickel and dime against New York,
where OLB Shawn Barber is featured. He posted 9 tackles (8 solo)
and greatly cut in to the time of Matt McCoy.
After a sparkling season opener, OLB Joey Porter owners were disappointed
by just 1 assist this week. The other LBs contributed, with a
sack for ILB Larry Foote, a pick for OLB Clark Haggans, and a
team-high 10 tackles (8 solo) for ILB James Farrior.
SS Troy Polamalu played through a shoulder injury and had 3 solo
tackles and 2 passes defensed.
WLB Pisa Tinoisamoa dislocated his elbow on a tackle in the third
quarter and left the game. Dexter Coakley replaced him. Tinoisamoa
will try to play this week with an arm brace.
DE Tony Hargrove unexpectedly missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.
The absence was not excused, and team officials apparently could
not get in touch with him at first. He reportedly was back at
the team’s practice facility on Friday, but HC Scott Linehan
said he won’t play this week. Rookie Victor Adeyanju will
start in his place. The reason is a mystery, and Linehan didn’t
offer details. His teammates seemed very surprised.
MLB Will Witherspoon led the team with 9 solo tackles and also
forced a fumble.
The Charges defense dominated for the second straight game, but
it didn’t result in much fantasy-wise. They had no sacks
and forced no turnovers. ILB Donnie Edwards led the team with
6 tackles (3 solo).
First round pick Manny Lawson had the first two sacks of his career.
S Chad Williams also had a two-sack game. CB Walt Harris led the
team with 7 solo tackles and broke up 3 passes.
MLB Lofa Tatupu had a game-high 12 tackles (6 solo) and recovered
a fumble. After missing Week One with a shoulder stinger, OLB
Leroy Hill was back in the starting lineup. He had a sack among
his 8 solo tackles. OLB Julian Peterson also had a sack.
Rookie Darryl Tapp has been an immediate success as a situation
pass rusher. He had his first sack in the season opener and although
he didn’t get one last week, he had 3 QB hits.
MLB Shelton Quarles returned after missing Week One with a groin
injury. He posted 8 tackles (5 solo), as well as forced a fumble.
He left the game briefly, but should be back as the starter, pushing
Barrett Ruud back to the bench.
DTs Chris Hovan (ankle) and Anthony McFarland (hip) are both
questionable. CB Brian Kelly was inactive with a serious turf
toe injury. Juran Bolden started in place of Kelly, finishing
with 5 solo tackles, including a sack. Bolden was dinged in the
game, giving Torrie Cox some extra work, but Bolden returned.
Kelly is questionable this week and a risky play.
SS Jermaine Phillips was a one-man fantasy wrecking crew. He
led the team with 13 tackles (12 solo), as well as forced two
fumbles and recovered one.
OLB Derrick Brooks had 6 solo tackles and a pick that he returned
63 yards for a TD, but the return was called back after an illegal
block by OLB Ryan Nece.
FS Chris Hope (12 solo) and OLB Keith Bulluck (10 solo) led the
team with 12 tackles. Not much else fantasy help, as the team
had no sacks and forced no turnovers.
MLB Lemar Marshall continues to thrive. He had 6 solo tackles,
including a sack, and broke up a pass. SS Adam Archuleta led the
team with 11 tackles (9 solo, including 3 on special teams).
CB Shawn Springs was inactive again as he continues to recover
from abdominal surgery in mid-August. He had to leave practice
on Wednesday when he aggravated the injury. He remains questionable