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Week 5 Injury Report (available
- Week Five byes: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Seattle, Houston
- HOU DE Mario Williams finally "Super" in first win
- CIN MLB Thurman suspended for rest of season
- CAR MLB Morgan remains out; LB Seward moving out of picture
- BAL LB Scott continues to dominate
- ATL defense dominating despite key absences
- NE backups and replacements succeed in covering for banged up secondary
- NYG LB Emmons out two weeks, rookie to replace him
- MIN LB Leber inactive, LB Thomas replaces him, maybe for good
- KC DE Allen arrest for second DUI in less than a year
- SD SS Kiel awaits court for trafficking cough syrup
- GB CB Carroll cut
- TEN DT Haynesworth suspended 5 games for stomping Cowboy
IDP Depth Chart
SS Adrian Wilson briefly gave the Cardinals a 10-9 lead, before
the Falcons put up 21 unanswered points, with a 99-yard interception
returned for a TD. It was the longest in franchise history. He also
had 5 tackles (4 solo).
DE Bertrand Berry was caught leaving contain multiple times,
contributing to ATL QB Michael Vickís big rushing day. Berry
had just 2 solo tackles and is yet to have a sack this season.
There hasnít been word about an injury, but he is coming
off torn pec and knee problems last year. He may not be back at
full strength yet and/or may be slowing down at age 31. Backup
DE Antonio Smith is seeing more time and improving in his third
year. Last week he recovered a fumble and this week he had his
first sack among 4 solo tackles. Opposite Berry, Chike Okeafor
had his first sack, as well.
MLB Gerald Hayes led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo). Karlos
Dansby continues to battle turf toe and has yet to start a game.
He was still more productive that starting OLBs Calvin Pace and
Orlando Huff. Dansby had 5 tackles (3 solo).
CB Eric Green returned to the starting lineup after missing the
previous game with a groin injury.
Despite stud DE John Abraham having only played the first game
of the season and missing MLB Edgerton Hartwell for each game
so far, the Atlanta defense continues to thrive. They have not
allowed an offensive TD in three of their four games this year
and scored one of their own on Sunday. CB DeAngelo Hall looked
like his calf injured the previous game was fine as he returned
a pick 37 yards for a score in the third quarter. SLB Michael
Boley had a dominating performance. He tipped the pass that Hall
picked off, and then grabbed one of his own on another tipped
pass. It was his first career pick. He also had his first career
sack and forced a fumble on it that DT Rod Coleman recovered,
one of two on the day for Coleman. Boley also totaled 7 solo tackles.
DE John Abraham (groin) and MLB Edgerton Hartwell (knees) were
both inactive again. Both are likely to return after the bye this
week. Chauncey Davis, who had 2 solo tackles, continues to start
in place of Abraham at DE. DE Patrick Kerney appears fully recovered
from a triceps injury, as he had a career high three sacks, and
forced a fumble on one of them. In place of Hartwell, Keith Brooking
remains in the middle in his place, with Demorrio Williams remaining
in the first team at WLB. Williams led the team with 10 tackles
(7 solo). Williams, who was expected to lose his starting job
until Hartwell was hurt, leads the team in tackles. The play of
Williams and Boley has left the team with no need to rush Hartwell.
It will be interesting to see if they send Williams back to the
bench when Hartwell returns. Donít give up on Williams yet
because Hartwell is expected back, they may quickly find they
already have their best three backers on the field
WLB Bart Scott continues his march to become the third Defensive
Player of the Year on the Ravens roster. His grabbed his first
interception of the year (and second of his career, first since
2002) in the first quarter and returned it 24 yards to set up
a TD that tied the game 7-7. Scott finished with a game-high 15
tackles (11 solo). The former undrafted free agent is also tied
for the NFL lead with 5 sacks. MLB Ray Lewis had 14 (10 solo)
and leads the team with two more than Scott.
DE Terrell Suggs started and played through a right hamstring
injury that kept him out of practice the previous week, but posted
just 1 solo tackle. He said the hamstring felt fine after the
game. FS Ed Reed played through a foot injury and also said it
was fine after the game. He had 7 tackles (4 solo) and broke up
Despite practicing the previous week, SLB Takeo Spikes was inactive
for the third straight game with a hamstring injury. Rookie Keith
Ellison continued to start in his place, again at SLB, and posted
3 solo tackles, including 1 on special teams. WLB Angelo Crowell
again led the team with 10 tackles (7 solo) and had a pick. MLB
London Fletcher had 4 tackles (3 solo) and made a nice diving
interception in the fourth quarter.
The pressure on the QB was better than last week, but it resulted
in no sacks. DE Chris Kelsay was close a few times.
S Matt Bowen began practicing last week, but remained inactive
with a knee injury. He has lost his starting SS job to first round
pick Donte Whitner.
MLB Dan Morgan remains out indefinitely with a concussion. He
hasnít played since the season opener. No one, including
Morgan, is discussing his situation in detail. HC John Fox offered
little more than ďHeís doing fine. Heís working
out. Heís in meetings.Ē Fox also indicated he isnít
considering retirement, as has been rumored. Chris Draft remains
the MLB, after replacing Adam Seward in the middle the previous
week. Draft had 7 tackles (5 solo). Seward appears completely
out of the picture, and without fantasy value, for now, as he
worked mostly just on special teams. Naíil Diggs started
at WLB and posted 6 tackles (4 solo). Thomas Davis remains the
SLB, finishing with 7 tackles (4 solo, including 1 on special
teams) and broke up a pass.
Among his 4 solo tackles, DE Julius Peppers had the only sack
for the Panthers and forced a fumble on it. He also broke up a
pass. Peppers is tied for the NFL-lead with five sacks this season.
Rookie CB Richard Marshall started ahead of Ken Lucas. Lucas
is limited, particularly as a tackler, but neck and shoulder injuries.
Marshall led the team with 11 solo tackles (including 2 on special
teams) and defended a pass. Lucas had 2 solo tackles in limited
work on third downs.
SS Shaun Williams was inactive for the second straight week with
a foot injury from Week Two. Colin Branch started in his place
again and had 5 solo tackles.
The defense dominated Seattle and DT Tommie Harris continues to
dominate everyone. He has become the most disruptive interior
force in the league and is the rare DT that posts good fantasy
stats regularly. He had two sacks among his 3 solo tackles and
is tied for the league lead with five on the season.
Rookie DE Mark Anderson is becoming a sleeper sensation as the
primary backup on both sides. He had two sacks and now has 3.5
on the season. In addition to rotating in, Anderson had to spell
DE Adewale Ogunleye a couple of times. Once he stayed down on
the ground for a while before coming out and another time Ogunleye
just appeared winded. There was no injury report on him after
the game. Another surprise stud was nickel corner Ricky Manning
Jr. He had two interceptions in the second quarter, including
an outstanding athletic play where he tipped the ball to himself
and returned it for a TD. The return was brought back because
of a penalty, but the subsequent drive still resulted in a score.
Manningís impressive performance came after he pleaded no
contest to a felony assault charge.
OLB Lance Briggs led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo).
The tackling was poor on Sunday, contributing to 236 yards on
the ground for the Pats. The play that highlighted it best was
a 25-yard TD run by NE RB Laurence Maroney. CB Tory James missed
on dive for his legs, SS Kevin Kaesviharn bounced off him, and
FS Madieu Williams was knocked down by a stiff arm. Kaesviharn
continues to start in place of Dexter Jackson, who should return
after the bye from an ankle sprain.
The problems started up front, where run-stopping DT Sam Adams
continues to battle a bad knee. DE Justin Smith (DE, LB) had 10 tackles
(5 solo), and while four were for no gain or a loss, as many were
downfield after games of five yards or more. The biggest problem
is trying to get some stability in the LB corps.
MLB Odell Thurman, already serving a four-game suspension for
violating the leagueís substance abuse policy, had the suspension
extended for the rest of the season. His third strike was an arrest
on a drunken driving charge Monday 9/25. He is eligible to apply
for reinstatement in the league in 2007. Whether or not it is
with the Bengals remains to be seen. If winning isnít in
the headlines, the focus will be somewhere else. With several
character issues creating extensive negative publicity for the
team, Thurman could be made an example of if the team does not
meet expectations. Brian Simmons appears likely to start the rest
of the season at MLB, which should be a bump to his value, but
Simmons has appeared at times overmatched in the middle, particularly
on Sunday as the Patriots ran all over the defense. Simmons is
on pace for just 56 solo tackles, a low number for a starting
MLB. He posted just four assists on Sunday when New England ran
41 times. However, their options are limited, unless supplemental
draft rookie Ahmad Brooks (LB, CB) progresses faster than expected. The
LB problems donít end in the middle. With David Pollack
on the IR, Rashad Jeanty had been solid as his surprise successor.
However, Jeanty was inactive with a bruised foot, but is expected
back after the bye. Caleb Miller replaced Jeanty and had 13 tackles
(7 solo). On the weakside, where Simmons would normally play,
Landon Johnson had been playing. However, Miller started at WLB
on Sunday with Johnson, who was also slated to be a backup at
the beginning of the season, moving to SLB. Johnson had 5 tackles
Itís too early for a fantasy overreaction (e.g. dropping
Simmons). The defense has a bye week to heal up, get the people
recalibrated in their new positions, and the focus back on fundamentals.
How they play coming out of the bye, with two weeks to prepare
for Tampa Bay, will be telling. After that, we should have a better
idea of how to value some of their IDPs the rest of the way.
Another element missing contributing to the loss was the inability
to force turnovers. The Bengals, who led the NFL in turnovers
and differential last year, had 11 takeaways in the first three
games. On Sunday, they just had one, an INT by CB Tory James.
It was the first of the season for James who had nine in 2005.
Fellow CB Deltha OíNeal, who also had nine picks in 2005,
has only one this year, as well.
Rookie DE Frostee Rucker was placed on the IR last week with
a shoulder injury. The third-round pick never did anything on
the field and was another addition of dubious character in the
First round pick Kamerion Wimbley is proving to be the young pass
rusher from the edge the team wanted. He had two sacks and leads
the team with three. He has the start as Matt Steward is relegated
to the bench. Opposite Wimbley, Willie McGinest continues to play
through a calf injury. He had 2 solo tackles. ILB Andra Davis
also had a sack among his team-leading 7 solo tackles.
CB Gary Baxter remained inactive with a lingering pec injury.
Daven Holly started in his place again. When CB Leigh Bodden went
down with a sprained ankle, the team was without itís top
three corners, as Daylon McCutcheon was inactive as well. Antonio
Perkins saw more work with Bodden hurt. SS Sean Jones (DE, DB) had his
second interception of the year and broke up another pass. He
also had 6 tackles (4 solo).
DE Chris Canty (DE, CB) and OLB Kevin Burnett each had their first sack
of the season. Burnett, a second round pick last year, spent most
of his rookie season ignored by Parcells. He appears to be gaining
favor, as he has seen significant action the last two weeks. Barring
an injury or benching of another LB, he still doesnít have
much value. First round pick LB Bobby Carpenter appears to have
taken Burnettís place in the doghouse. He was inactive again.
ILB Bradie James had his first career pick and nickel corner Aaron
Glenn has his first INT of the year. ILB Akin Ayodele led the
team with 8 tackles (4 solo).
MLB Al Wilson, who was battling a hamstring injury before the
bye, pronounced himself fit for this week. However, the return
of DE Courtney Brown, who has yet to play this year, is still
uncertain as he recovers from preseason knee surgery.
After going two games without a sack, pass rush specialist DE
Kalimba Edwards got his first sack of the season, the only one
of the game. The team forced no turnovers. They have yet to grab
an INT this year.
After missing the previous game due to a death in the family,
CB Fernando Bryant was inactive with an ankle injury. Jamar Fletcher
started in his place again and led the team with 9 solo tackles.
HC Rod Marinelli has said Fletcher, a former first round pick
of Miami, will remain the starting CB even when Bryant returns.
SS Kennoy Kennedy missed his second straight game with a foot
injury. Rookie Daniel Bullocks started in his place again, posting
8 tackles (6 solo) and breaking up a pass.
Boss Bailey finally started a game at MLB in the first series,
but his performance continues to disappoint. He had just 2 solo
tackles. Rookie WLB Ernie Sims leads the team in tackles by a
wide margin on the season.
Former first round pick CB Ahmad Carroll was cut after a mistake-filled
Monday night game. Carrollís career has been full of missed
assignments and penalties.
Carroll had a sack before leaving. OLB A.J. Hawk and DE Aaron
Kampman shared a sack. DE KGB had his second sack of the season.
CB Charles Woodson has been solid as a punt returner and playing
well at corner. He forced a fumble and recovered it on a goal-line
run. He also had 3 solo tackles and broke up a couple of passes.
After the Texans took the lead 10-6 on the first play of the fourth
quarter, Mario Williams would finally get the monkey off his back.
On the first play from scrimmage for Miami on the subsequent drive,
he would drop MIA QB Daunte Culpepper for a three-yard loss and
get his first NFL sack. With that obstacle out of the way, he
wasted no time adding to his career sack total. On the next play,
he would share a sack with fellow rookie MLB DeMeco Ryans. Miami
was backed up deep in their own territory now and after an incomplete
pass on third down, they would punt and leave Houston with good
field position. The Texans capitalized on the next drive, scoring
another TD to take a 17-6 lead. Williams would make still another
huge impact on the game. With less than two minutes left, Miami
scored to cut the lead to 17-15 and would go for two. They would
attempt a halfback option on the conversion, but as MIA RB Ronnie
Brown threw it toward the end zone, Williams cut across the goal-line
and tipped the pass away to help seal HC Gary Kubiakís first
win. In addition to the half-sack, Ryans led the team with 8 tackles
As a less-mobile Culpepper has struggled against strong pressure
this year, the Texans brought it with a variety of blitzes the
whole game. SS Glenn Earl set the tone with a sack on the first
play of the game. The team would finish with five sacks (after
a total of three in their first three games) and had 10 QB hits
in the game.
DE Antwan Peek remained out with a groin injury. After a solid
start, former first round pick DE Jason Babin has not been productive.
Anthony Weaver is spending more time at end with Seth Payne, who
had his first sack on Sunday, next to Travis Johnson inside.
CB DeMarcus Faggins is expected to miss at least three more weeks
with his broken foot from the preseason. Lewis Sanders continues
to start opposite Dunta Robinson, with Dexter McCleon the nickel
DE Dwight Freeney had 3 solo tackles and has yet to register a
sack through four games, the longest stretch heís been shutout
in his career. He played through a strained glut the previous
game, but he wasnít on the injury report last week. He still
draws a lot of attention, which continues to benefit Robert Mathis
on the other side. Mathis had his second two-sack game of the
season, forcing a fumble on one.
The secondary was thin with CB Nick Harper (groin), FS Bob Sanders
(knee), and third corner Marlin Jackson (concussion) all inactive.
Rookie Antoine Bethea, who beat Michael Doss out for the SS job,
once again moved to FS to cover for Sanders. Doss started at SS.
Kelvin Hayden started at CB in place of Harper and was the most
productive of the three, as the Jets tested the young player in
his first start. Hayden had 8 tackles (5 solo) and a pass defensed.
Rookie Tim Jennings saw his first extensive action, posting 2
solo tackles. Harper is expected to miss this week, but Jackson
is expected back and should replace Harper as a starting corner.
Sanders may not return until after the teamís bye (10/15).
It was revealed he underwent surgery on his knee two weeks ago,
which is why he has missed the couple of games. The success of
Bethea has apparently made Doss expendable, as Jay Glazer of CBS
reports Doss is on the trading block, but nothing is going to
happen while Sanders is injured.
DT Corey Simon remained inactive with a knee injury and is not
expected back until after their bye week.
MLB Gary Brackett, playing through a thigh injury, tied for the
team lead with 13 tackles (9 solo). WLB Cato June also had 13
tackles (10 solo).
CB Brian Williams (LB, CB) and FS Deon Grant couldnít get on the
same page with how to cover WAS WR Santana Moss. He toasted one
or both on all three of his TD catches, including the game-winning
catch in OT. The two faired better on WAS WR Brandon Lloyd, who
Williams stripped after a catch and Grant recovered the fumble.
Williams had 9 tackles (6 solo) and Grant had 8 (7 solo), as well.
SS Donovin Darius tied Williams for the team lead in tackles with
9 (8 solo). CB Rashean Mathis continued on his pace for a career
year. He intercepted a flea-flicker for his fourth pick of the
season and a franchise-record 16th INT. Five in a season (twice)
is his best individual year, which he should easily surpass.
After sacks in the previous two games, backup DE Bobby McCray
was close a couple of times, but didnít notch one Sunday.
He did have 3 solo tackles. With DE Marcellus Wiley inactive (groin),
rookie Tony McDaniel and Brent Hawkins saw some work, as well.
DT Marcus Stroud, who is already playing through a lingering
right ankle injury, left the game in the fourth quarter with a
groin injury. He had a protective boot on the injured foot after
the game, as well. Stroud posted just one solo tackle in the game.
Stroud is uncertain to play this week.
Utilized more as a pass rusher, OLB Derrick Johnson (OLB, CB) had the best
game of his young career. He led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo),
including 1.5 sacks, forcing a fumble on one. He also broke up
a pass. First round pick Tamba Hali had his first sacks, as he
shared one with Johnson and had another himself on which he forced
a fumble. FS Greg Wesley and MLB Kawika Mitchell got in on the
sack party, each had their first of the season. DE Jared Allen
was in on a different kind of party last week, as he was arrested
for a DUI. It was his second DUI in the last year, so he could
face disciplinary action from the league. He started the game
and had 1 solo tackle and a fumble recovery.
CB Ty Law had his first pick as a Chief, the 47th of his career.
SS Sammy Knight had his first pick of the season.
DE Jason Taylor had to leave the game in the first quarter with
sore ribs and would post only one assist in the first half, but
he returned in the second half with a vengeance. After HOU T Ephraim
Salaam left with a groin injury, Taylor exploited replacement
Brad Bedell on the first series of the third quarter. Taylor flew
by Bedell, sacking HOU QB David Carr, stripping the ball, and
recovering it. Taylor would record a second sack, his third of
the season, later in the game. He had a total of 6 tackles (5
solo) in the game. DT Vonnie Holliday also had two sacks in the
For the second straight game, CB Will Allen (CB, SS)ís active hands
forced a key turnover. As HOU WR Andre Johnson was bringing in
the ball on a short pass at the end of the first quarter, Allen
went for the ball instead of the tackle and stripped it out of
Johnsonís grasp. The play was ruled an interception and
Miami would take a 3-0 lead after a field goal on the subsequent
drive. Allen broke up two other passes and had 8 solo tackles,
including just his second career sack, in the game. CB Travis
Daniels, whose ankle sprain sidelined him the first two games,
appears to be fully healed. After being eased in as a sub last
week, he was back in the starting lineup across from Allen on
Sunday, moving Andre Goodman back to third corner. Daniels finished
with two assists.
As usual, MLB Zach Thomas led the team in tackles. He had a game-high
12 (11 solo).
The lost meant another bad memory for DC Dom Capers in Houston.
He had been the franchiseís only HC until he was fired in
CB Fred Smoot returned to the starting lineup after being benched
for the first series the previous week. He broke up a pass and
had 4 solo tackles, but missed a critical one on BUF WR Peerless
Price on a low pass. Price eluded him and ran down the sideline
for the decisive TD in the third quarter. CB Antoine Winfield
led the team with 11 tackles (7 solo). Rookie CB Cedric Griffin
is seeing his role increase. He has moved in to a rotation in
the nickel role. Ronyell Whitaker, who gave up the decisive TD
against Chicago the previous week, is seeing his time decrease.
After a slow start, DT Kevin Williams (WR, DT, CB, S) had his first big game
of the year. He appeared to have regained the quickness and strength
he was missing through an injury-plagued 2005 when he had just
four sacks. Williams finished with 8 tackles (7 solo), including
his second sack of the season, and a pass defensed. However, he
also jumped offside on a third-and-goal on which they stopped
Buffalo and would have forced fourth down in the second quarter.
Instead, BUF RB Willis McGahee would score a TD on the new down
and put the Bills up 7-3. DE Darrion Scott continues to start
and shared a sack with WLB E.J. Henderson.
SS Darren Sharper suffered a bruised left thigh in the fourth
quarter. He left the game and didnít return. Greg Blue replaced
With Ben Leber inactive with a sprained knee, Dontarrious Thomas
replaced Leber as the starting SLB. Thomas had 4 tackles (3 solo,
including 1 on special teams) and made no obvious mistakes. The
team has been disappointed with Leberís play, so it could
be more than a one-game stint for Thomas. Thomas is a 2004 second
round pick out of Auburn, where he formed a fearsome duo with
AZ LB Karlos Dansby. Thomas was never able to climb out of former
HC Mike Ticeís doghouse, but he has potential to be a solid
Despite the absence of CB Ellis Hobbs (wrist) and FS Eugene Wilson
(hamstring), the usually potent Bengal offense was contained.
One key was the Pats being able to win the time of possession
battle with a dominating run game. The second key was the creative
new packages employed to cover the thin secondary and effectiveness
of the substitutes. Chad Scot started at corner in place of Cobbs
and Artrell Hawkins, who was playing through a thigh injury himself,
started at FS. Hank Poteat, who recently returned after Randall
Gay was put on the IR, was the nickel corner. WR Troy Brown also
reprised his role as emergency corner. The third key was the breakout
game (actually, quarter) by DE Jarvis Green. A situational pass
rusher, Green is typically used in four-man fronts when the team
is in nickel packages, which they were in frequently to counter
the spread Cincinnati offense. After the Pats went up by 11 early
in the fourth quarter, Greenís big day got underway. He
got his first sack on CIN QB Carson Palmer deep in Bengal territory,
forcing a fumble he recovered himself. New England would capitalize
with a TD on the subsequent drive, extending the lead to 18. On
the next drive, ILB Tedy Bruschi and DE Ty Warren would converge
on Palmer, with Warren getting the sack and forcing a fumble he
recovered himself. Another TD after the change of possession extended
the lead to 25. But, I digress, back to Green. He would have two
sacks on the next drive, both on first downs in the span of three
plays, that sealed the victory as minutes came off the clock on
a futile drive in which the Bengals were unable to score.
ILB Tedy Bruschi led the team with 7 tackles (3 solo).
After a rough game the previous week, backup S James Sanders
was no where to be found despite the injuries in the secondary.
In addition to Poteat, the team added former undrafted free agent
Antwain Spann last week, who saw time on special teams.
After getting to ATL QB Michael Vick fives times in an emotional
return home last Monday, they only got to CAR Jake Delhomme once
and forced no turnovers. WLB Scott Shanle had the only sack for
the Saints, among his 5 tackles (4 solo). DE Will Smith was held
without a sack for the first time this year. Smith had 3 tackles
(1 solo) and a pass defensed.
CB Fred Thomas, who had trouble covering a healthy (CAR WR) Steve
Smith, led the team with 12 solo tackles. He missed number 13
when Smith dragged him in to the end zone for the first score
of the game in the third quarter. MLB Mark Simoneau had 8 tackles
Rookie DE Rob Ninkovich, who flashed some potential in limited
exposure earlier this year, had his season end when he was put
on the IR with a knee injury. DE Eric Moore was activated from
the practice squad to take Ninkovichís place.
New York Giants
Rookie Gerris Wilkinson is expected to start in place of WLB Carlos
Emmons. Emmons is expected to miss two weeks with a pec strain.
Wilkinson was very impressive in the preseason.
New York Jets
De Shaun Ellis had 2 sacks, his first in almost a year. After
putting up double-digit sacks in 2003 and 2004, he had just 2.5
last year and none after October.
Coming off winning AFC Defensive Player of the Week, SS Kerry
Rhodes posted just 5 tackles (3 solo) and a pass defensed as he
played through a sore ankle.
CB Justin Miller not only returned a kickoff for a TD, but had
9 solo tackles and a pass defended. Miller started in place of
David Barrett, who was inactive with hip and leg problems. Miller
still has exponentially more value in leagueís that count
return stats, but as he continues to stake claim for the starting
role even once Barrett is healthy, his overall value is rising.
Derrick Strait started again at FS and split time with former
starter Erik Coleman. Neither has any value while they job-share.
OLB Eric Barton (8 solo) and ILB Jonathan Vilma (6 solo) led
the team in tackles with 11. Rookie LB Anthony Schlegel is yet
to be active for a game this year.
It looked like a good day when DE Tyler Brayton stripped CLE RB
Rueben Droughns and SLB Sam Williams returned it 30 yards for
a TD on Clevelandís first series. However, the Raiders couldnít
protect a 21-3 lead they took late in to the second quarter. Williams,
who was inactive before the bye with an ankle sprain, also had
3 solo tackles. CB Nnamdi Asomugha, who was also inactive before
the bye with a foot sprain, had his first two picks of his career.
DE Derrick Burgess, who led the league with 16 sacks last year,
had his first two of this season.
CB Fabian Washington aggravated a hamstring injury he suffered
in Week Two and is doubtful for this week. Tyrone Poole is likely
to start in his place. Pass rush specialist Lance Johnstone injured
his knee during the game and will have an MRI this week.
SS Michael Lewis (WR, SS) was down for a while after a vicious collision
with GB TE Bubba Franks in the second quarter. Lewis returned
in the second half and had a pick. FS Brian Dawkins forced a fumble
on a big hit, but it went out of bounds before it could be recovered.
DE Darren Howard recovered a fumble on a mishandled hand-off deep
in Green Bay territory after the Eagles had just turned the ball
over the previous drive.
CB Lito Sheppard remained inactive, but is expected to return
this week. Rod Hood, who had been replacing him, was inactive.
Joselio Hanson got the start.
A report from ESPN's Len Pasquarelli categorically contradicts
a report form Fox Sportsí Jay Glazer last week about the
severity of the injuries to DE Jevon Kearse. Whereas Glazer reporting
extensive damage to the knee and leg, Len reports Kearse's recent
knee surgery revealed only meniscus damage and a fractured tibia.
SS Troy Polamalu is reportedly fully recovered after the bye from
After going AWOL before the previous game, DE Tony Hargrove was
active on Sunday. However, as expected, rookie Victor Adeyanju
remained the starter. He had 4 solo tackles while Hargrove did
not post a stat in a reserve role. Adeyanju hasnít been
able to get to the QB, so Hargrove could reclaim his role. One
guy who has never had trouble getting to the QB is DE Leonard
Little. He had just one sack in the game, his third of the season,
but he exploited DET rookie T Jonathan Scott and his DET QB Jon
Kitna several times.
MLB Will Witherspoon and SS Corey Chavous led the team with 8
solo tackles. Witherspoon also broke up a crucial pass. With seconds
left and Detroit in scoring range, rookie CB Tye Hill was called
for pass interference in the end zone. However, the officials
gather to discuss and the flag was waved off when they said the
pass was tipped before the contact, by Witherspoon, which negates
OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa aggravated his dislocated elbow during the
game, he has been playing with a brace, but he was able to return
to the game. He had a sack and 5 tackles (3 solo).
After an arrest last week, SS Terrence Kiel reportedly faces up
to five years if convicted of possession and transportation of
a controlled substance. He is out on bond and awaiting trial on
charges of transporting codeine-based cough syrup, which when
mixed with a carbonated beverage is widely known as "purple
drank" or "lean," to his home state of Texas. Kiel
has been in trouble with the law before and was shot three times
in 2003 in an attempted car-jacking. Clinton Hart started at SS
in his place on Sunday and had 4 tackles (1 solo). The depth in
the secondary took a further his as Bhawoh Jue underwent arthroscopic
knee surgery on last Wednesday and is out indefinitely.
LB Steve Foley, who is out for the season after being shot by
a police officer last month, underwent multiple knee surgeries
as a result of one of the shots. At 31, it is probably not worth
holding on to him in dynasty leagues. Shaun Phillips, who took
Foleyís place at OLB in the starting lineup, led the team
with 7 solo tackles, including a sack on which he forced the fumble
and recovered it. OLB Shawne Merriman had his team-leading fourth
sack. ILB Donnie Edwards and CB Quentin Jammer each had a pick.
The defense had no sacks, forced no turnovers, and was lit up
by Damon Huard. Not much else to say.
CB Shawntae Spencer led the team with 8 solo tackles, but had
a pass interference that set up a short TD run and was beaten
for a long TD.
The Seahawks were thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball
Sunday night. The defense had one sack and forced no turnovers.
The sack was by DT Russell Davis, who saw extensive work with
Marcus Tubbs inactive. Tubbs had knee surgery and is expected
to miss a couple of weeks. The only big production came from MLB
Lofa Tatupu leading the team with 11 tackles (9 solo). OLBs Leroy
Hill (9 solo) and Julian Peterson (5 solo) each had 9 tackles.
SS Michael Boulware suffered a concussion in the second quarter
on a vicious collision with CHI TE John Gilmore. Boulware sat
out the second half and Oliver Celestin replaced him. Boulware
is expected to play this week.
With Shaun Alexander out, the team had to make a roster move
to add RB depth. They cut fan-favorite reserve LB Isaiah Kacyvenski.
The special teams captain briefly had a starting role at MLB during
his seven-year Seahawk career.
CB Brian Kelly is expected to be back in the starting lineup after
missing two games. With the team coming off a bye, he had an extra
week to rest his turf toe.
There isnít a whole lot more to add about DT Albert Haynesworth
being suspended five games after stomping on Cowboy C Andre Gurode.
Gurode needed 30 stitches to close up his face, as the first kick
knocked his helmet off, leaving the second spike-to-head. It was
probably the worst in-game act in the league since Green Bay DL/thug
Charles Martin picked up Bears QB Jim McMahon and tossed him in
wrestling move after a play in 1986. That earned Martin just two
games. Haynesworth once kicked former teammate Justin Hartwig
and had a road rage, so a bit of anger counseling might not be
a bad idea either. Randy Starks moves in to the starting lineup
while Bad Albert is out. Starks started Sunday as the other normal
starting DT, Robaire Smith, was limited by a hamstring. Reserve
DE Antwan Odom made his season debut after missing the first three
games with a knee injury.
SS Chris Hope quietly leads the league in tackles with 41. He
had 10 (8 solo) in the game. He also had his first INT of the
year, the only turnover the Titans forced. They had no sacks in
The pass rush finally got going Sunday, with four sacks that more
than doubled what they had done through three games. DE Andre
Carter, the free agent brought in to help the rush from the edges,
brought good pressure and had his first sack as a Redskin among
his 4 tackles (3 solo). Opposite him, Phillip Daniels had his
first sack and the first interception of his 11-year career. It
came off a pass tipped by CB Kenny Wright. Wright continues to
start in place of Shawn Springs, who has not played yet this year
as he recovers from abdominal surgery in the preseason. Springs
is not expected to play this week either, and is going to see
a specialist about his extended recovery. CB Carlos Rogers led
the team with 7 tackles (6 solo).