Quick Hits (Details in individual
Week 7 Injury Report (available
- Week Seven byes: BAL, CHI, NO, SF, STL, TEN
- CAR DE Peppers leads NFL, and now team all-time, in sacks
- ATL DE Abraham returns, then leaves again; others hurt on DLine
- PIT LB Porter out, LB Chad Brown signed, has success in homecoming
- JAX retools LB: Smith in middle, rookie Ingram at WLB
- CAR MLB Morgan on IR, OLB Davis hurt
- BUF SLB Spikes returns, DE Kelsay on the rise
- CIN LB Brooks gets surprise start in middle
- PHI SS Lewis benched during game
- Former PSU teammates Short and Arrington on divergent paths in NYC
- DET DL wakes up, DE Hall has career day, then DT Rogers suspended
- IND acquire DT Anthony McFarland from TB
- SF S Roman replaces long-time starter Parrish
- WAS signs vet DB Vincent after BUF releases him
- STL trades DE Hargrove to BUF
- HOU CB Buchanon released, signed by TB
IDP Depth Chart
The Cardinals took beat up the Bears offense, but couldn’t capitalize
enough on the turnovers they forced. They picked off CHI QB Rex
Grossman four times. The most interesting INT was by DT Darnell
Dockett. A deflected ball landed in his arms and as he rolled
over another player, no whistle blew and he headed for the end zone
with a convoy. The TD was erased on instant replay, as he was ruled
down. Dockett also recovered a fumble off a sack by SS Adrian
Wilson. Wilson also had 6 solo tackles and broke up a pass.
DE Bertrand Berry finally had his first sack of the season. He
forced the fumble and recovered it, as well, on the blindside
hit. OLB Karlos Dansby appears the turf toe is sufficiently healed,
as he started for the second straight game. He posted four solo
MLB Gerald Hayes had his second pick of the year and led the
team with 7 tackles (6 solo).
DE John Abraham made his long-awaited return on Sunday. He picked
up where he left off Week One, registering a sack and forcing
the fumble on it late in the second quarter. However, the groin
began to bother him again after about 20 plays and he sat out
most of the second half. HC Jim Mora said they expected to limit
Abraham to about 20 plays, and with the Giants running over the
Falcon defense, there wasn’t much use for him in the second
half anyway. Abraham should play this week, but again have his
plays limited. The DLine was hampered by other injury problems.
DE Patrick Kerney left the game with a left hamstring injury that
the team is concerned about, although he says he’ll play
next week, and DT Rod Coleman had a toe problem that took him
out in the third quarter. He returned after treatment, but was
ineffective. Coleman is having further test on the toe, so there
is some need for concern. Jonathan Babineaux would likely replace
Coleman if he can’t play this week. Kerney had a sack before
MLB Edgerton Hartwell (knees) remained inactive after saying
he’d be ready this week. The team missed his support in
run defense, but WLB Demorrio Williams, who effectively replaces
him in the lineup, continues to produce. Williams tied SS Lawyer
Milloy for the team lead in tackles with 11 (9 solo). Williams
also had his first INT of the season off a pass tipped by Coleman.
CB DeAngelo Hall also had a pick in the game. Hartwell says he
is sick of sitting and definitely ready to play this week.
McAlister had his third pick of the year and rookie SS Dawan
Landry had his first of his career. Their counterparts in
the secondary had a significantly less enjoyable individual performance.
Rolle and FS Ed
Reed blew coverage on CAR WR Steve Smith on what would be
the decisive TD in the loss. Landry’s day took a bad turn when
he had to leave the game with a sprained knee. The team is on
a bye this week, so keep an eye out for his status next week.
MLB Ray Lewis led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo) and recovered
a fumble forced by DT Kelly Gregg. Gregg also had 8 tackles (6
solo). SLB Adalius Thomas had his team-leading fifth sack among
his 7 solo tackles, and also broke up a pass. It was the only
sack of the day for Baltimore, who has at least one sack and one
pick in each game this season.
DE Terrell Suggs had 3 tackles (1 solo), a pass defensed, and
a QB hurry as he continues to play through tender hamstring.
SLB Takeo Spikes played for the first time since the season opener,
finally over a hamstring injury. He didn’t have much of
an impact, posting 4 tackles (3 solo) and seeing less than a full
workload. Spikes said he is still lacking “burst”
DE Aaron Schobel had a sack for the second straight game, his
third of the season. On the other side, DE Chris Kelsay had his
team-leading fourth sack of the season. With a career best of
4.5 sacks, Kelsay is having a quiet breakout year. He is on track
to put up the best numbers of his four-year career across the
board. MLB London Fletcher had his first sack of the season among
his 7 tackles (6 solo).
First round pick SS Donte Whitner led the team with 8 tackles
(6 solo) and also had a pass defended. Fellow rookie FS Ko Simpson
grabbed his first career pick, the only turnover the defense forced
on the day. CB Nate Clements, who left the previous game with
a deep thigh bruise and wrist injury, started as usual. After
a career-high 99 tackles last season, he is back on pace for his
normal 60-70 range and doesn’t have a pick yet, so his value
is way down. The team is reportedly shopping him, as his is a
UFA who cannot be franchise-tagged again after the season. Rookie
CB Ashton Youboty would finally see some work if Clements is moved.
Veteran DB Troy Vincent was granted his request to be released
from the team’s IR. After injuring his hamstring four weeks
ago, Vincent was placed on the IR due to roster limitations, despite
the injury not being season-threatening.
First round pick DT John McCargo was placed on the IR with a
broken foot. DT Jason Jefferson was signed off the practice squad
to take his roster spot. The Bills acquired STL DE Tony Hargrove,
infamous for his AWOL incident earlier, for a fifth-round draft
pick. It was a bit of a curious acquisition, as Kelsay is emerging
and Ryan Denney has shown flashes, while their pressing need is
at DT up front. HC Dick Jauron’s only comment is that he
is happy with his current ends, but Hargrove was too good of a
player to pass up. So Hargrove retains some dynasty upside, as
apparently Jauron like him. However, unless an unexpected shake
up comes at end or there are injuries, Hargrove appears to have
little value the rest of the way this year.
Reserve LB Josh Stamer was put on the IR with a knee injury.
Peppers became the Panthers all-time sack leader on Sunday.
His second sack in the game gave him 48.5 for his career, passing
teammate DE Mike
Rucker. Rucker was at 47.5, but finally got to the QB for
the first time this season in the game, sharing a sack with MLB
The sack knocked BAL QB Steve McNair out of the game with a concussion.
In addition to two sacks, Peppers had six other solo tackles,
including forcing a fumble on one that Draft recovered.
If you need help at LB, check if Draft is still on the waiver
wire, because it looks like he will starting in the middle for
Carolina the rest of the season. Dan Morgan is officially done
for the year after being put on the IR last week. The team has
more injury problems at LB to worry about Thomas Davis had to
leave the game Sunday. The former first round pick left in the
third quarter with bruised ribs and did not return. Rookie James
Anderson replaced him and looked good, although he posted just
one solo tackle. Third DE Al Wallace also left near the end of
the game and did not return after an injury to his forearm. X-rays
showed no break.
After returning his first career pick for a TD the previous week,
rookie CB Richard Marshall had another INT on Sunday. He also
was the primary kick returner with RB DeAngelo Williams inactive
with an ankle injury. Marshall is a great looking dynasty prospect
and shows the big play ability that should make him one of the
more valuable third corners this year. SS Shaun Williams missed
his fourth straight game with a hyper-extended foot. Williams
had practiced all last week until suffering a setback on Thursday.
Colin Branch continues to replace him and had his first INT of
With a bye week on the horizon, DE Adewale
Ogunleye was inactive for the second straight game so he’ll
have three full weeks to rest his hamstring after the bye this
week. Rookie DE Mark Anderson got the start and responded with
the momentum-shifting play of the game. The Bears were down 20
on the last play of the fourth quarter, when Anderson blindsided
AZ QB Matt Leinart, knocking the ball loose. SS Mike
Brown snatched it up and cut the lead to 13 to kickoff an
amazing comeback. The sack was number 5.5 for Anderson, putting
him second in the league. Brown suffered a sprained foot shortly
after the TD. He left the game on a chart and didn’t return.
MLB Brian Urlacher also had a huge strip that CB Charles Tillman
would return for a TD. Urlacher also led the team with 19 tackles
(11 solo), breaking up 2 passes and hitting Leinart 3 times. WLB
Lance Briggs had 15 tackles (13 solo).
Nickel corner Ricky Manning Jr. had to leave the game with a
DT Tank Johnson has replaced Ian Scott as a starter.
Thurman’s suspension was increased to a year, Brian
Simmons appeared locked in the middle for the rest of the
season coming out of the bye week. However, after he practiced
all last week through a sore neck, he woke up and felt he would
be unable to play through the pain. Supplemental draft rookie
Ahmad Brooks found himself unexpectedly thrust into a starting
role at Tampa Bay Sunday. He responded with a game-high 11 tackles
(10 solo) and broke up a pass. He seemed comfortable and apparently
did a good job with reads and assignments. His quick success could
shake up the LB corps again, returning Simmons to his natural
role outside. Simmons is questionable this week. This could mean
feel-good story SLB Rashad
Jeanty is out of a job when he returns from injury. Jeanty
missed his second straight game with a bruised foot and is questionable
again this week. Landon
Johnson moved over from WLB to replace him and Caleb
Miller got another start in place of Jeanty. Johnson (6 solo)
and Miller (5 solo) each had 7 tackles.
Injuries were a problem in the secondary, as well. SS Dexter
Jackson (ankle sprain) remained inactive, as expected. Kevin Kaesviharn
continued to start in his place. He had 4 solo tackles and a pick.
CB Tory James left the game in the second quarter with a knee
injury, but returned and finished with 4 solo tackles.
DE’s Robert Geathers and Justin Smith (DE, LB) each had their fifth
sack of the season. Smith’s sack came on the eventual game
winning drive and was offset by a Roughing the Passer penalty,
for which I join the chorus of those booing the call and wondering
how you can rough the passer on a sack. Instead of second-and-long
from the Bengal 40, the Bucs had first-and-ten from their 25-yard
line. Geathers also had a Roughing the Passer flag on the Tampa
Bay’s first TD.
DT Sam Adams started Sunday, but continues to be plagued by knee
problems. It was announced last week he’ll need surgery
on the knee after the season. This likely means the end of the
road for the 13-year veteran. If the Bengals season goes bad,
he could be out of the lineup sooner.
HC Romeo Crennel expects both CB Gary Baxter and CB Leigh Bodden
back from injuries and in the starting lineup, as well as FS Brian
Russell. Baxter has missed three straight games before their bye.
Henry and OLB Greg
Ellis each had their first INT of the year. It was just the
third career pick for Ellis, a converted DE, and first since 2002.
Henry also broke up four other passes and tied for the team lead
with 8 tackles (all solo). ILB Bradie James also had 8 tackles
(6 solo). They had no sacks and forced no fumbles, unusual for
a team facing HOU QB David Carr, but they didn’t need to as the
game became a blowout in the second half.
FS Pat Watkins started, but Keith Davis again saw time. Watkins
was benched in the fourth quarter the previous week after struggling
against Philly. Neither was productive, as Watkins had just one
solo tackle and Davis didn’t appear in the box score. Marcus
Coleman could factor in to the picture. He was released after
his return from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s
substance abuse policy, but was resigned. The move avoids having
to guarantee his salary for the rest of the season.
First round pick LB Bobby Carpenter was inactive after getting
some time the previous week. He has been tried inside and outside,
but hasn’t shown enough at either spot, as well as on special
teams, to consistently be active.
DE Jason Hatcher injured his ankle in the game and is not expected
to play this week.
After connecting with OAK WR Randy Moss on a 51-yard pass earlier
on a drive late in the second quarter, OAK QB Andrew Walter went
back to the well too quickly. CB Champ
Bailey ran a better route than Moss and thwarted the Raiders
best scoring opportunity with a pick at the Denver one-yard line.
The Broncos would move on with only allowing one TD through five
games, the best such effort since 1934. It was the second pick
of the year for Bailey, who also had 6 tackles (4 solo).
Rookie pass rush specialist DE Elvis Dumervil was active for
just the second game and posted his first two career sacks. Dumervil,
the 2005 NCAA sack leader, was an outstanding collegiate pass
rusher who fell to Day Two because he is undersized.
DE Courtney Brown’s season is over before it begun. He
had another microfracture surgery on his knee and was put on the
IR. He hadn’t played yet this season. Kenard Lang and Ebenezer
Ekuban are now locked in as starters.
After two weeks without a QB sack, the defense turned it up a
notch against the Bills to finally get HC Rod Marinelli his first
win. Like in their season opener, the pressure came from the front
four. DE James Hall led the way with a career-high 3.5 sacks.
Hall leads the team with 5.5, a half-sack more than he had in
a disappointing 2005 after posting double-digit sacks in 2004.
Hall also totaled 7 tackles (4 solo) and forced a fumble on one
of his sacks, recovered by DT Shaun Rogers. Rogers also had a
sack among his 3 solo tackles. DT Cory Redding shared one of the
sacks with Hall. Redding started at DT in place of Shaun Cody,
who was inactive with a dislocated toe. Cody has already been
ruled out for this week. Kalimba Edwards moved in to the starting
lineup at DE with Redding sliding inside. Edwards ended the game
grabbing a lateral for a fumble recovery as the Bills pitched
the ball around in desperation on the final play of the game.
The team also doubled their interception total with a pick by
FS Terrence Holt. Holt returned to the starting lineup after missing
the previous game with back problems. CB Dre’ Bly dropped
a pick thrown right in his chest. CB Fernando Bryant led the team
with 8 tackles (6 solo). Kennoy Kennedy missed his fourth straight
with a foot injury. Rookie Daniel Bullocks continued to replace
him as the starter at SS. Kennedy is doubtful this week.
LB Ernie Sims left the game in the fourth quarter with what appeared
to be a leg injury when his right ankle was rolled in a tackle.
However, it was reported he injured his left elbow. He did not
return to the game, but said he was OK after, although he is having
an MRI this week.
DT Shaun Rogers was suspended four games for violating the league’s
substance abuse policy.
LB Teddy Lehman is expected to come off the PUP this week. The
Detroit Free Press thinks he could step right in to the SLB job,
but journeyman Paris Lenon has played well.
After the bye, CB Charles Woodson is still bothered by knee and
rib injuries. He did not practice on Monday. The Green Bay secondary
is extremely thin after releasing Ahmad Carroll, but fourth round
pick Will Blackmon has returned to practice.
OLB Ben Taylor is expected back from a hamstring injury. He miss
their last game before the bye. Backup LB Abdul Hodge is doubtful
with a knee injury
Rookie MLB DeMeco Ryans had a sack among his 9 tackles (6 solo).
First round pick DE Mario Williams had 6 tackles (5 solo).
FS C.C. Brown had his first career sack among his game-high 11
tackles (10 solo, including one on special teams). SS Glenn Earl
left the game in the fourth quarter with a strained neck, but
the injury is not believed to be serious. He is expected to play
DT Seth Payne, who handled the conversion from 3-4 NT to 4-3
DT well, tore his ACL and will miss the season. The Texans run
defense becomes a bigger liability without him. They signed DT
Lionel Dalton, last seen doing little for KC, to replace Payne.
DE Antwan Peek was expected to return from a groin injury, but
was inactive after being added to the injury report late last
week with a hamstring. Despite practicing last week, CB DeMarcus
Faggins (broken foot) missed another game. He should bump Lewis
Sanders from the starting lineup when he returns. His return seems
likely this week because the team released CB Phillip Buchanon.
The former first round pick was acquired for two Day One picks
in 2005 by former GM Charley Casserly and has now been a huge
bust for his second team. LB Kaliee Wong is expected to be activated
off the PUP this week. CB Dunta Robinson needed an IV for cramps
during the game, but he returned.
The Colts acquired DT Anthony “Booger” McFarland from
the Bucs for a second round pick. Losing Corey Simon, the team
needed to again try to address the need for a space-eater to help
their run defense that Simon was supposed to be.
FS Bob Sanders said his knee still felt “unstable”
after working out, but not practicing, earlier this week. His
status is very questionable for this week. CB Nick Harper is still
hampered by a groin injury, but Marlin Jackson recovered from
his concussion over the bye and will likely start in Harper’s
The Jaguars LB corps has regrouped after the bye, having to restructure
after losing MLB Mike Peterson. Daryl Smith is expected to move
to MLB. He was a standout at the position as a four-year starter
at Georgia Tech. Rookie third round pick gets the biggest bump,
as he moves in to the starting WLB role to replace Smith. Nick
Greisen remains the SLB.
DT Marcus Stroud rested lingering ankle and groin injuries over
the bye. He practiced Monday and is expected back in the starting
lineup this week after missing the game before the bye.
In a game where they were dominated by KC, a few individual performances
stood out. MLB Kawika Mitchell had been frustrating fantasy owners
so far this year after his breakout 100-tackle year in 2005. He
had his best fantasy game of the season with 10 tackles (7 solo)
and a fumble recovery. The recovery came off a fumble forced by
first round pick DE Tamba Hali, who had 9 tackles (7 solo). CB
Ty Law had his first sack since 2002 among his 3 solo tackles.
MLB Zach Thomas (7 solo) and WLB Channing Crowder (5 solo) led
the team with 10 tackles. The team had no sacks and forced no
CB Andre’ Goodman started with Travis Daniels inactive
again with knee problems. However, Goodman hurt his shoulder in
the third quarter and did not return. The status of both is uncertain
for this week.
Fourth round pick rookie DE Ray Edwards has been a key piece of
the Vikings defense this year. He has replaced situational pass
rusher Lance Johnstone and his role has grown after Erasmus James
went down for the year. He has two sacks and has flashed his playmaking
skills at other times that haven’t shown up in the box score.
Edwards had Day One talent, but fell to the fourth after declaring
early when he became disgruntled at Purdue after losing his starting
role due to his work ethic, and eventually left the team.
FS Eugene Wilson is expected back after missing two straight games
before the bye with a hamstring injury.
SLB Scott Fujita continues to be the team’s IDP MVP. He
led the Saints with 8 tackles (4 solo), including his third sack
of the year, and grabbed his team-leading second pick of the year,
as well as another pass defensed. DE Charles Grant also had his
third sack of the year, among his 3 solo tackles, surpassing his
2.5 total from an injury-plagued 2005.
DT Hollis Thomas had a big game against his former team. The
long-time Eagle had 6 solo tackles and his first solo sack since
2000. After going five years without a sack, Thomas has 1.5 so
far this year.
Omar Stoutmire got the first shot at replacing rookie SS Roman
Harper, who went on the IR with a torn ACL last week. Stoutmire
had 5 solo tackles and broke up 2 passes.
New York Giants
Despite a deep front line that was expected to terrorize opponents,
the Giants were struggling to get to the QB the first three games
of the season. The previous week that more than doubled their
season total against WAS, and they did that again Sunday, getting
ATL QB Mike Vick seven times. DE Osi Umenyiora and WLB Brandon
Short led the way with two each. Short continues to replace Carlos
Emmons who is inactive with a pec strain. Emmons’ status
this week is uncertain. Short forced a fumble on one sack, that
Vick was able to recover, and also led the team in tackles for
the second consecutive week, posting 8 solo. Umenyiora now leads
the team with four sacks. Rookie DT Barry Cofield had the first
sack of this career and shared another with fellow DT Fred Robbins.
CB Corey Webster has his first career sack, as well.
SS Gibril Wilson lost the nail of his right big toe on Friday
and was inactive on Sunday. While I have no doubt that is an extremely
unpleasant situation, the pain threshold of players today seems
a far cry from the days of Ronnie Lott and Hacksaw Reynolds. Jason
Bell started in place of Wilson, with James Butler also seeing
more work when Bell suffered a concussion in the game. The team
missed Wilson’s run support help, as Vick and ATL RB Warrick
Dunn ran wild again. Wilson’s status for this week is uncertain.
CB Sam Madison was involved in two turnovers, recovering a fumble
and grabbing his first pick as a Giant.
While Short had another big game for the Giants, and may have
replaced Emmons permanently, his former PSU teammate Lavar Arrington
is still looking to make an impact. He posted just one solo tackle
for the second straight game. Arrington, who hasn’t had
a sack in over two years, is still not past his knee problems
and seems unlikely to be an impact player this year, if ever again.
He said his suffered a knee injury during the game, and Chase
Blackburn saw some work in his place, because of a chop block
by the Falcons’ OLine. MLB Antonio Pierce also complained
of chopping blocking, and took his frustration out on ATL QB Mike
Vick with a late hit.
New York Jets
DE/LB Bryan Thomas led the team with 11 tackles (7 solo). He is
just six tackles shy of his previous career best. OLB Victor Hobson
had a pick and recovered a fumble. He has been more of a playmaker
this year than in previous seasons.
CB Andre Dyson had his team-leading third pick. Rookie sixth
round pick Drew Coleman got the start opposite Dyson for the second
straight week. He had 7 tackles (5 solo) and broke up a pass.
David Barrett, who has battled injury problems all season, was
inactive with a hip. Justin Miller was limited to mostly special
teams, as Hank Poteat, who the team signed last week after he
was released by the Jets, worked in the rotation. SS Kerry Rhodes
had 9 tackles (7 solo, including 1 on special teams) and a pass
DE Derrick Burgess and pass rush specialist Lance Johnstone each
had a sack. The team forced no turnovers.
CB Fabian Washington was inactive fore the second straight game.
Stanford Routt replaced him again in the starting lineup.
DT Tommy Kelly led the team with 7 tackles (5 solo) and batted
down a pass.
The biggest news here is the benching of SS Michael
Lewis on Sunday. After lapses in coverage on both of NO WR
Considine replaced him on the first team in the fourth quarter.
HC Andy Reid has not ruled out replacing him this week, but it
is more likely just a wake up call. Lewis, a Pro Bowler in 2004,
is a monster in run support and Considine would be a step down
there. However, Lewis is biting on everything right now and exposing
the team to the big pass play too often. I consider Lewis a buy-low
candidate right now in dynasty leagues.
WLB Matt McCoy aggravated his hip pointer during the game, which
was already impeding his running, and eventually had to leave.
The team seems negative on his outlook for this week. Further
hampering their LB situation was Shawn Barber, McCoy’s backup
and the primary nickel LB, had to also leave the game with a stinger.
Barber was also playing through a hip pointer from the previous
game. His status is also uncertain for this week. With both out
of the game, rookie Omar Gaither saw significant work in a crucial
stretch at the end of the game. For better or worse, the rookie
could see a starting role this week if both McCoy and Barber cannot
go. MLB Jeremiah Trotter also left the game in the fourth quarter
with an apparent leg injury, but returned on the next play. Trotter
led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo).
The team had no sacks as the NO OLine did a good job against
Philly’s front four. The “hockey line” rotation
concept has been a whole lot less successful since Jevon Kearse
went down and the second line lost the disruptive presence of
Trent Cole. While injuries have allowed him to keep getting another
chance, it may be time to cut their losses with former first round
pick Jerome McDougle. DT Darwin Walker got his first career interception
on a ball tipped up by DE Juqua Thomas. CB Lito Sheppard had a
more conventional pick, giving him three in the last two games.
DE Darren Howard suffered a groin strain against his old team.
He had 3 solo tackles and batted down a pass in the game.
Nickel CB Rod Hood missed another game with his heel injury.
Joselio Hanson continues to replace him.
After some early season struggles that had pundits questioning
their playoff chances this year, the Steelers went out and reminded
everyone who the defending champs are. They dismantled KC on both
sides of the ball. KC replacement QB Damon Huard, who had not
thrown a pick as a starter this year, had three picked off on
Sunday. SS Troy
Polamalu’s was the most interesting. After a 49-yard return,
he was dragged down by the flowing hair sticking out of the back
of his helmet by KC RB Larry Johnson. If you were wondering, that
action in and of itself was not what drew a penalty. The flag
came because Johnson held on to Polamalu’s hair as he got back
up, effectively dragging him back off the ground. Former NFL referee
Jerry Markbreit weighed in on the play in the excerpt below from
an October 17th Chicago Tribune column where he answers questions
about NFL rules:
“The television announcers were incorrect in assuming that
a foul was called when Polamalu was tackled by his hair. The foul
was for unnecessary roughness, which occurred when the same player
who made the tackle continued to fight with an opponent after
the whistle had blown. Tackling a player by any hair that is sticking
out of a helmet is still fair game.”
Polamalu was fine and, in addition to his second pick of the
year, broke up two other passes and led the team in tackles with
10 (9 solo). CB Bryant McFadden had his first pick of the season.
McFadden moved in to the starting lineup to replace Deshea Townsend,
who was not expected to play with a hamstring injury. Townsend
did see action in dime packages. The third INT was returned 30-yards
for the first career TD for LB Rian Wallace.
Wallace saw action because of two injuries. Top reserve LB James
Harrison was inactive with a high ankle sprain. Joey Porter was
inactive with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice last
Wednesday. Porter is doubtful this week, as well. The loss of
Porter prompted the Steelers to bring back an old face last week.
Chad Brown, released by the Patriots earlier this year, was signed
and wasted no time picking up where he left off in 1996. Brown
had a sack among 3 tackles (2 solo). Reserve LB Arnold Harrison
actually started in Porter’s place, with Brown seeing work
as a pass rusher.
Little had the number of SEA RB Maurice Morris the whole game.
All five of his solo tackles were on the Seahawks’ back. His final
tackle was the biggest. Late in the fourth quarter with the Rams
down 27-21 and the Seahawks deep in their territory, Morris went
up the middle and Little was there again. Little was credit with
the forced fumble, but the ball appeared to pop out more off Brandon
Chillar’s knee. DT Jimmy
Kennedy recovered it at the St. Louis 7-yard line. It was
the only turnover of the game for the Rams. A quick strike on
the subsequent drive should have given the Rams a 28-27 victory,
but with less than two minutes left, they lost on a long FG. After
a couple years in which his playmaking production dipped, he is
once again on track to be among the league-leaders in sacks and
forced fumbles. He leads the team with five sacks and three forced
fumbles. Kennedy also had four solo tackles and although a scoring
change took away his sack last week, he continues to improve.
After a slow start to his career, the former first round pick
continues to improve as a real and fantasy performer. DT La’Roi
Glover and rookie DT Victor
Adeyanju also had a sack each. It was the first career sack
for Adeyanju, who should now be locked in the rest of the year
as a starter with the departure of Tony Hargrove. Hargrove was
traded to the Bills for a 2007 fifth-round pick.
CB Fakhir Brown missed his second game with a high ankle sprain,
so it was rookie Tye Hill in the starting lineup again opposite
Travis Fisher, who played through his own groin and thigh problems.
The team signed vet journeyman Dwaine Carpenter for depth at safety.
Merriman hit SF QB Alex Smith multiple times and sacked him
once, among his 7 tackles (6 solo), giving him 5.5 sacks for the
season. On the other side, OLB Shaun
Phillips had two sacks to take the team lead with six. DE
surpassed his rookie season total with his fourth sack. Castillo
also had his first career INT off a tip by Phillips.
CB Drayton Florence led the team with 8 solo tackles, including
one on special teams.
A week after having a career-high three interceptions, CB Walt
Harris was inactive after injuring his hamstring in practice on
Thursday. Sammy Davis started in his place against the team that
drafted him in the first round in 2003 and traded him in the offseason.
He had 6 tackles (5 solo) and broke up a pass. More changes in
the secondary as Mark Roman replaced Tony Parrish at SS. Parrish,
an All-Pro in 2003 when he led the league in interceptions, has
not been the same playmaker since breaking his leg last year,
but has never seemed to have a fan in HC Mike Nolan. Roman, who
arrived from Green Bay in the offseason, began to share time with
Parrish early in the season, culminating with replacing him on
Sunday. Parrish had started every game he played in prior to Sunday.
Roman had 3 solo tackles and broke up a pass in the game. Nolan
said the situation would continue to be evaluated.
Another shake-up was on the DLine. Ronnie Fields replaced Anthony
Adams at DT on the first line. Fields had 5 tackles (4 solo) and
was in on the rush that drew an Intentional Grounding penalty
in the San Diego end zone, resulting in a safety.
Nolan indicated there could be more changes to the defense over
the bye week.
LB’s Derek Smith (7 solo) and Jeff Ulbrich (5 solo) led
the team with 8 tackles. The team had no sacks or turnovers.
After 204 attempts without an interception, STL QB Marc Bulger
was picked by MLB Lofa
Tatupu deep in Rams territory late in the fourth quarter.
With a six-point lead at the time, the pick should have secured
the win. However, the Seahawks gave the ball right back and the
Rams quickly scored. It took a long Josh Brown FG to finish an
incredible comeback. Tatupu broke up another pass and had 6 solo
tackles in the game.
Outstanding pressure by Seattle contributed to Bulger finally
giving one away. The team had six sacks and hit him at least as
many times. DE Bryce Fisher and OLB Julian Peterson each had a
pair of sacks, as well as two other solo tackles each. Peterson
leads the team with four. DT Marcus Tubbs returned to the starting
lineup and shared a sack with DT Rocky Benard. Tubbs had missed
the game prior to their bye last week after minor knee surgery.
The other sack was by the guy who continues to be the story of
the defense, FS Ken Hamlin. His return from life-threatening,
much less career-threatening, injuries from a beating he took
last year has been amazing. He had his second sack of the season,
tying his career-best, and led the team in tackles with 7 solo.
Rice played through shoulder and knee problems to post four
solo tackles. He didn’t have sack, but put some good pressure
on CIN QB Carson Palmer when it counted, including forcing a pass
early to help hold the Bengals on the final drive. Reserve DLinemen
had both sacks for the team on the day. His second sack was huge,
as in came on the final drive and forced the team to use a timeout.
They gained 17 yards on the next play, but would have been short
of a first down even if they had time left. They were forced to
try a 63-yard FG, which was missed.
Jermaine Phillips started at SS and was more productive than
Kalvin Pearson, with whom he rotated with. Pearson suffered a
ab injury in the second quarter, but was able to return to the
game. X-rays after the game showed a possible tear and further
tests will be done this week. CB Brian Kelly was inactive again
as he continues to battle turf toe. He has missed three games
and is said to be considering surgery. Juran Bolden, who is playing
through his own hip problems, started in his place. Torrie Cox
moved to the nickel in Bolden’s place. Cox left with a lower
back injury, but returned.
MLB Shelton Quarles led the team with 8 tackles (5 solo) and
forced a fumble that the Bengals recovered. Quarles left the game
in the third quarter with a knee injury, but returned soon after.
The team claimed DB Derrick Strait off waivers when he was released
by the Jets last week. The 2004 third round pick was inactive
Sunday, but should provide depth to a dinged secondary this week.
They also signed CB Phillip Buchanon, who was released by Houston.
GM Bruce Allen made Buchanon, who has been a bust for two teams,
a first round pick when Allen was with the Raiders.
DT Anthony McFarland was traded to the Colts for a second round
pick. Ellis Wyms likely moves in to the starting lineup with Dewayne
White seeing more time inside on passing downs.
SS Chris Hope didn’t have a pick for a third straight game,
but recovered a fumble forced by CB Pacman Jones. SS Lamont Thompson
sealed the victory with his his first INT of the year.
DE Antwan Odom replaced Travis LaBoy in the starting lineup,
but it didn’t matter much in the pass rush department, as
the team failed to get a sack for the third straight game. LaBoy
is battling back and elbow problems, but his biggest problem,
and reason Odom will get a look, is his inability to get to the
OLB Keith Bulluck led the team with 7 tackles (5 solo).
Springs made his first appearance of the year in a game, finally
over ab and groin injuries, but he couldn’t help his team stop
TEN RB Travis Henry or some key passes from QB Vince Young. Springs
played the slot, while Kenny
Wright remained in the starting lineup. Second-year CB Carlos
Rogers had his first career sack, but also broke his thumb
in the game. He had surgery on it Monday, but could still play
this week with a cast. However, he may have some problems tackling
and holding on to any potential interceptions that come his way.
The team signed five-time Pro Bowl DB Troy Vincent shortly after
he was released by the Bills this week. The 15-year veteran will
try to help a poorly ranked pass defense and injury-plagued secondary.
He started as a corner in Philly, but played safety with the Bills.
The Redskins lack depth at both spots.
DE Phillip Daniels started, as usual, after leaving the previous
game with a stinger in his shoulder and neck. He and DE Andre
Carter each had their second sack of the season. Daniels forced
a fumble on his sack, but the Titans recovered it. DT’s
Cornelius Griffin (hip) and Joe Salave'a (calf) were inactive.
Two rookies - Anthony Montgomery and Kedric Golston – started
in their place and shared their first sack. The run defense was
negatively impacted, as Tennessee put up 194 yards on the ground.
Griffin and Salave’a are both expected back this week.
FS Sean Taylor led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo) and broke
up a pass.