Wilson led the team with 12 tackles (10 solo), but a personal
foul he drew contributed to nullifying a nearly fantastic comeback.
Wilson launched himself at BAL TE Todd Heap in an attempt to breakup
a pass late in the fourth quarter. Instead of having the ball near
midfield with less than a minute to go in a tie game, the 15-yard
penalty for helmet-to-helmet gave the Ravens first down at the Arizona
39-yard line. BAL would drive for the winning FG.
DE Darnell Dockett had a solo sack, on which he forced a fumble
recovered by OLB Bert Berry, and Dockett shared another sack with
DE Antonio Smith. Berry missed time with a quad injury during
the game, watch his status for next week. Rookie DT Alan Branch
(broken hand) remained inactive despite doctorís clearing
him to play last week. Gabe Watson continues to start at NT and
posted 8 tackles (6 solo).
Despite a breakout game for QB Joey Harrington as a Falcon, the
team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory thanks in large
part to the temper of CB DeAngelo
Hall. After scoring to go up by seven in the third quarter,
Hall amassed three penalties totaling 67 yards on the subsequent
CAR drive, leading to a tying score for the Panthers. After a
37-yard PI call on first down, Hall had a 15-yard Unsportsmanlike
Conduct foul on a short completion. The pivotal penalty came after
a third-down sack by DE John
Abraham. Another Unsportsmanlike Conduct gave Atlanta a first
down on the ATL 14, instead of fourth down on the ATL 29 (or third
at the ATL 39, since there was a holding penalty called on the
play). Two plays later, the Panthers tied the game. Most of Hallís
actions came off a heated battle with star CAR WR Steve Smith,
who Hall was covering well, until he was beaten on the first play
of the drive and dragged Smith down for the first penalty. Despite
surprisingly not being ejected from the game and not removed from
it by HC Bobby Petrino, the coach has stated Hall faces ďsubstantial
disciplineĒ for his actions. Abraham had another sack in the game
and has three on the season so far.
After missing the first two games with a bone bruise, FS Chris
Crocker was active and started, pushing Jimmy Williams back to
the bench. Crocker had won the job in the preseason and Williams
gave no reason the first two games that he should keep it. Crocker
had 6 tackles (5 solo), including a sack.
SLB Michael Boley led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo), including
an assist on special teams. DT Rod Coleman was inactive again.
He missed the first three games recovering from a quad injury
and knee scope. Coleman has been cleared to return this week and,
when healthy, is one of the top pass rushing interior linemen.
With starting DE Trevor Pryce already out (broken wrist), the
team also lost starting CB Samari Rolle to an undisclosed illness.
Rolle missed practice on Thursday and Friday, and then was inactive
on Sunday. He is expected to play this week. Corey Ivy got his
first start in two years in place of Rolle and responded well.
Ivy had 5 solo tackles, including a sack (the only one of the
day for the defense) for the second consecutive game, and broke
up 2 passes. His efforts were key in more than one big play. In
the third quarter, AZ WR Larry Fitzgerald made a leaping catch
over Ivy and while coming down with Fitzgerald, Ivy wrestled the
ball away and recovered the fumble he forced. A review of the
play nullified his return, but the turnover was upheld and the
Ravens scored a FG on the subsequent drive. One of Ivyís
passes defended was breaking up a third down pass in the end zone
on the final drive, forcing a FG. Reserve DBs Ronnie Prude Jr.
and Gerome Sapp saw more work with Ivy a starter. Dwan Edwards
started in place of Pryce, who is expected to miss another 2-4
CB Chris McAlister led the team with 6 solo tackles and broke
up 2 passes. MLB Ray Lewis had 5 tackles (3 solo).
The team signed veteran LB Nick Greisen, who has starting experience
both inside and outside, to improve depth. Former UDFA LB Dennis
Haley was released to make room for Greisen. Haley was a regular
on special teams and actually had a huge game in his one opportunity
as an emergency starter with Ray Lewis out in a win over the Titans
last year. Haley was practicing with the first team before Week
2 when there was concern about the triceps injury Lewis suffered.
Another serious injury problem hit the Bills on Sunday. Rookie
MLB Paul Posluszny broke his forearm in the second quarter. He
was placed on the IR and is done for the season. John DiGiorgio,
who was already replacing Keith Ellison and Coy Wire at OLB with
the first team, moves to MLB. DiGiorgio was a small school standout
we highlighted in the Week One notes. He becomes a top waiver
wire pick on a team that will spend a lot of time on defense.
DiGiorgio led the team with 12 tackles (8 solo) on Sunday, including
sharing a sack with DE Aaron Schobel. Angelo Crowell will remain
at WLB until either Keith Ellison or Coy Wire is ready. Neither
is expected back for a few more weeks. With a bye Week Six, Iíd
expect Week Seven to be the earliest either return. Mario Haggan
should remain at SLB until Crowell moves back.
SS Chris Harris came up big with 7 solo tackles, including forcing
a fumble he recovered himself on Atlantaís first drive from
scrimmage. MLB Dan Morgan led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo),
but was dinged up after the game with shoulder, leg, and foot
problems. Keep an eye on his always-fragile status this week.
Jenkins had a sack among his 3 solo tackles. DE Julius Peppers
managed to just breakup one pass. Rookie Charles
Johnson remains inactive, and Stanley
McClover, battling a groin and upper leg injury, was inactive
once again too.
The QB problem and second-half shellacking by Dallas turned out
to be the least of their worries on Monday morning. After already
losing playmaking FS Mike Brown and up-and-coming DT Dusty Dvoracek,
the Bears D was hit with several other critical injuries. The
biggest was DT Tommie Harris, who left in the fourth quarter with
a left knee injury. An MRI revealed an MCL sprain and some reports
say he could miss up to four weeks. The Bears defense was a shell
of itself late last season when Harris was out. Anthony Adams
will replace him next to Darwin Walker, leaving the Bears without
either opening day starter on their interior until Harris returns.
CB Nathan Vasher went down without contact during a cut in third
quarter and was writhing in pain on the ground. He eventually
left under his own power and is awaiting MRI results for what
is labeled a groin/hip abductor injury. This one doesnít
look good. Ricky Manning Jr. replaced Vasher and should join the
starting lineup while he is out. Manning is a gambler, which may
not translate well in real football terms, but gives him some
nice fantasy upside. S Brandon McGowan and rookie CB Trumaine
McBride will see work in the nickel if Manning starts. WLB Lance
Briggs didnít come out for the second half due to a groin
injury. Jamar Williams replaced him and led the team with 10 tackles
(8 solo). Williams has nice value by default for as long as he
replaces Briggs. There were several other injuries to note, although
not of as much concern as Harris, Vasher, and Briggs, who could
all miss this week. DT Darwin Walker, who played despite a quad
injury and was said to be limping after the game. DE Adewale Ogunleye
had to leave the game with a hip pointer, but returned shortly
after. CB Charles Tillman was banged up, particularly with a sore
ankle, but expects to be fine. SS Adam Archuleta, who had his
first pick as a Bear in the game and 6 solo tackles, broke his
right hand, but is expected to play this week with a cast.
MLB Brian Urlacher had 2 sacks and 3 assists. Urlacher now has
3 sacks in the first 3 games, after having none last year. DE
Mark Anderson had his second sack of the season. The Bears blocked
a FG for the third consecutive game, by reserve DE Israel Idonije
for the second straight game.
Brooks was inactive with a groin injury and Caleb
Miller got the start in the middle in his place. However,
Miller suffered a back injury in the second quarter and did not
return to the game. With Brooks and Miller out, newly acquired
Jones and Anthony
Schlegel saw significant action. Schlegel had 2 solo tackles
in the middle before leaving with his own back injury. Jones really
stepped up, making plays all over the field and posting 7 tackles
(6 solo, including 2 on special teams). Brooks is expected back
this week. Lemar
Marshall, who was doubtful with a groin injury, had to start
and was needed to play more than expected due to all the injuries.
He had 3 solo tackles, including a safety on a sack. It was the
first sack by the Bengals in almost seven years. WLB Landon
Johnson, the only healthy LB and thankfully most versatile
one, had 6 tackles (5 solo). Johnson appears to be the only Bengal
LB safe to start next week. Rashad
Jeanty, expected to start at SLB this season, remained inactive
and has yet to play this year.
Rookie CB Leon Hall was beaten for a TD on the opening drive of
the game, but bounced back with his first career pick. FS Madieu
Williams had his first pick of the season off a ball tipped by
CB Johnathan Joseph.
Jones led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo), broke up 2 passes,
and forced a fumble.
ILB Leon Williams continues to encroach on the snaps for ILB Andra
Davis. Williams had 5 tackles (3 solo) and Davis had 4 tackles
(2 solo). ILB DíQwell Jackson had 9 tackles (5 solo) and
OLB Kamerion Wimbley had his first two sacks of the season among
his 5 solo tackles. He also forced a fumble.
OLB Antwan Peek continues to start in place of Willie McGinest,
who is still a few weeks from returning with a bad back. Peek
hurt his foot during the game, but is expected to play this week.
CB Gary Baxter remained inactive with bad knees and is out indefinitely.
Henry had two picks for the second straight game and leads
the NFL with four on the season. He returned one for a TD. SS
got his second in as many games and recovered a fumble. CB Terence
Newman was active for the first time, missing two games with
a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. Newman didnít start,
but played the nickel and in dime packages. Jacques
Reeves remained the starter opposite Henry. Newman is likely
to be back as a starter next week, but the injury is likely to
linger throughout the season.
Ware terrorized CHI QB Rex Grossman, posting 2 sacks among
his 6 solo tackles. Rookie OLB Anthony
Spencer also got his first career sack. He continues to start
in place of Greg Ellis, who remains inactive and is yet to play
this year due to an Achillesí tendon injury.
DE Elvis Dumervil had 2 sacks for the second straight game and
2 other solo tackles. He forced a fumble and recovered it himself
on a sack in the third quarter. Dumervil has picked up the slack
for Dwight Freeney as the new undersized terror as a pass rusher.
Reserve DT Alvin McKinley had the only other sack, his first as
a Bronco. Simeon Rice continues to be a non-factor. Rookie DE
Jarvis Moss had 3 tackles (2 solo) in situational play. Starting
LDE John Engelberger had 2 tackles (1 solo). Rookie Tim Crowder
was inactive again with an ankle sprain. He has yet to play this
season after an impressive camp. Dumervil looks to be the only
DEN DL to own this season, and a good one at that. Jarvis Moss
is still worth a roster spot in dynasty leagues.
FS Nick Ferguson led the team with 11 tackles (9 solo) and forced
a fumble recovered by Curome Cox. Cox was in at SS because John
Lynch left in the first half with a groin injury. The team is
thin at S with Hamza Abdullah out a few weeks with a hip injury.
Cox also had 2 tackles (1 solo) and should get the start if Lynch
canít go this week.
After leading the team with double-digit tackles the first two
weeks, MLB Paris Lenon had just one tackle, a sack, on which he
forced a fumble. Idrees Bashir, who started at SS over Kennoy
Kennedy and split time with him in the game, recovered the fumble.
Bashir also recovered a fumble forced by DE Corey White. White
started on the right side in place of Kalimba Edwards who was
inactive due to a right ankle sprain suffered in the fourth quarter
of Week Two. He is day-to-day for this week. With Edwards out,
both Jared DeVries and rookie Ikaika Alama-Francis were active
and played for the first time this season. Neither appeared in
the box score.
WLB Ernie Sims hurt his leg on a 43-yard TD run by PHI RB Brian
Westbrook, during which he broke several arm tackle attempts,
late in the second half. Sims returned to the game in the second
half and finished with a team-high 8 solo tackles. Rookie FS Gerald
Alexander had 8 tackles (7 solo), but was poor in pass coverage,
as was the whole secondary. After a big game last week, LB Boss
Bailey disappeared again, finishing with 1 solo tackle.
The Packers confirmed their defense was for real, joining the
tough squads the previous weeks that were able to limit Ladainian
Tomlinson. He had just 62 yards rushing on 22 carries, although
he did score a TD on a reception.
After a slow start, WLB A.J. Hawk tied for the team lead with
11 tackles (5 solo). SS Atari Bigby also had 11 tackles (9 solo,
including 1 on special teams). MLB Nick Barnett had 7 tackles
(5 solo) and helped seal the victory with a pick, his second of
the season, late in the fourth quarter. He almost returned it
for a TD. FS Nick Collins injured his back and briefly left the
game on Sunday. Rookie S Aaron Rouse should return from a hamstring
injury in a week or two, but he doesnít look to replace
either starter soon.
Third down rush specialist DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila saw more time
with Cullen Jenkins dinged up during the game. Jenkins returned
once before leaving for good, with soreness in his side, in the
second half. KGB responded with his first two-sack game since
2005. He also forced a fumble on one and had another solo tackle.
First round pick DT Amobi Okoye had another sack, his third in
two games, among his 3 solo tackles. The team had no other sacks
and didnít recover any turnovers, but OLB Morlon Greenwood
forced a fumble. He also had 6 solo tackles. DT Travis Johnson
returned to the starting lineup after missing the last game with
a foot injury. MLB DeMeco Ryans led the team with 13 tackles (10
Reserve DT Cedric Killings suffered a scary neck injury after
a collision blocking on a kick-off return. He was taken off the
field in a stretcher, but all reports have been positive about
him regaining strength and movement after reportedly losing feeling
after the hit. He fractured his C-4 (fourth cervical vertebra)
in his neck. Although his prognosis so far is positive and he
is expected walk again, his football future is likely in doubt.
Rookie WLB Freddie Keiaho returned from a dislocated right elbow
that kept him out of Week Two. He had 5 tackles (4 solo) playing
with an arm brace. After a long punt return in the third quarter
put HOU in position to close the lead, MLB Gary
Brackett grabbed his first pick of the season to swing the
momentum back to the Colts. Brackett also forced a fumble and
had 9 tackles (7 solo). SLB Rob
Morris remained inactive with sore ribs and his status is
questionable again this week. Rocky
Boiman replaced him and made a diving interception on a ball
off the hands of HOU rookie WR Jacoby Jones, in addition to making
2 tackles (1 solo).
CB Marlin Jackson led the team with a game-high, and career-best,
15 tackles (12 solo). Jackson is now averaging 11 tackles per
game and is second in the NFL in stops. DE Robert Mathis had his
second sack of the season. DE Dwight Freeney remains sackless.
Henderson was inactive after a concussion in Week Two. Rob
Meier started in his place. Despite the absence of Henderson,
the Jaguars were able to contain Denverís running game and the
offense allowed them to dominate the time of possession, limiting
tackles opportunities. CB Brian
Williams led the team with 5 tackles (3 solo). DE Reggie
Hayward had his first sack of the season, the only one for
With Gerald Sensabaugh done for the season, Sammy Knight got the
start at SS. He had 4 solo tackles and a pick. First round pick
Reggie Nelson remains the starter at FS. He had 3 tackles (2 solo,
including 1 on special teams) and forced a fumble on kick coverage.
No one loves home cooking as much as the Chiefs. Since 1990, the
Chiefs are an NFL-best 103-34 at home. Despite a minimal offensive
effort, the defense held an erratic Viking O and the Chiefs ended
a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season, including
the playoffs and preseason.
Allen had a huge game in his first of the season, returning
from a two-game suspension. Allen was a regular visitor in the
Vikings backfield, notching 2 sacks among his 8 solo tackles.
He also forced a fumble that was recovered by MLB Napoleon
Harris in the second quarter. However, the play was challenged
and reversed when MIN RB Adrian Peterson ruled down before the
fumble after replay. So on the very next play, Allen stripped
Peterson again and CB Patrick
Surtain recovered. This led to a FG, the first points of the
day for KC. Allen also broke up 2 passes, including one on third
down deep in KC territory, holding the Vikings to a FG. On the
other side, DE Tamba
Hali also had 2 sacks. Jimmy Wilkerson returned to a reserve
role with Allen back. Allen may be a forgotten man, due to the
suspension, in redraft leagues. Check the waiver wire and scoop
him up if heís there and you require DLine in your lineup.
Johnson continues to be an outstanding producer as the typically
less fantasy-friendly SLB spot. Johnson led the team with 10 tackles
(8 solo). Harris had 4 solo tackles against his old team. Reserve
Fox left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury.
With the addition of Donnie
Edwards, Fox has seen his role on defense diminish and has
been limited to mostly special teams. Edwards had 7 tackles (5
MLB Zach Thomas was inactive due to a mild concussion suffered
in Week Two, despite reports Friday that his test results were
positive. Thomas said if this was a few years ago, he would have
played, but all the recent news about concussions have him more
cautious. Channing Crowder started in the middle in place of Thomas
and had 9 tackles (6 solo). Donnie Spragan replaced Crowder at
WLB and led the team with 11 tackles (5 solo). DL Vonnie Holliday
had the only sack of the game. The team forced no turnovers.
A secondary restructured last week made their debut. Renaldo Hill
moved to SS and Travis Daniels moved over from CB to start at
FS, who didnít make a great case for his tackling skills
when NYJ RB Thomas Jones fended him off twice on the same run
with a stiff arm, knocking him down the second time. Travares
Tillman rotated with Daniels. Replacing Daniels at CB was Michael
Lehan, who was the most productive of the group with 7 tackles
(5 solo). Lehan left the game briefly in the third quarter with
a neck problem, but returned and finished the game. His status
is in question for this week.
Despite successfully shutting down KC RB Larry Johnson (just 42
yards on 24 carries), the Vikings got no help on offense and couldnít
stop the Chiefs through the air on a decisive fourth quarter winning
drive. WLB Chad Greenway and SLB Ben Leber each had 8 solo tackles.
Greenway also recovered a fumble forced by reserve DT Spencer
Johnson on a sack. It was the only sack and only turnover on the
day for the defense.
DE Kenechi Udeze was back in the starting lineup and responded
with 8 tackles (7 solo). On the other side, Ray Edwards had 3
tackles (2 solo) and 2 QB hits, but couldnít finish either
off for a sack. DE Erasumus James remained inactive as he recovers
from his knee injury and is not expected to play next week. He
has yet to play this year and it is beginning to be a mystery
why he wasnít put on the PUP. Despite the absence of James,
the strong play of Udeze and Edwards so far this year, as well
as the emergence of rookie Brian Robison, has left less work for
SS Darren Sharper played through a sore hip and FS Dwight Smith
played through a hamstring injury. Reserve S Michael Doss was
active after missing the previous game with a calf injury.
CB Asante Samuel had his first pick of the season. He was back
in the starting lineup after coming off the bench the first two
games. On the other side, CB Ellis Hobbs had his first career
sack and forced a fumble on it that DE Jarvis Green recovered.
Green also had a sack, his third of the season. Although they
donít get too many of them, Hobbs continues to standout
as a kick returner, giving him additional value in leagues that
count return yardage.
A week after making his first big impact with his new team with
a pick returned for a TD, LB Adalius Thomas led the team with
9 tackles (7 solo). Thomas was in on two big stops after an early
Patriot turnover that forced BUF to punt from their own end zone
on the subsequent drive. He was dinged during the game, and replaced
by Junior Seau, but was able to return. Once again, Tedy Bruschi
was the least productive fantasy LB of their top five at the position.
SS Rodney Harrison will be out one more game for his four-game
suspension for violating the leagueís substance abuse policy.
This week should be the last start for James Sanders.
After a couple weeks of abuse, CB Jason David broke up 2 passes,
including grabbing his first pick of the season, and had 4 solo
tackles. However, the season continued to be rough for David as
he suffered a fracture in his left forearm and will miss 4-6 weeks.
Fred Thomas, who David replaced as a starter, or Jason Craft is
likely to replace David. David has the only two turnovers for
the defense this season and they have yet to register a sack.
FS Josh Bullocks had 9 solo tackles and Scott Fujita had 9 tackles
(5 solo) to lead the team. It is the second straight week Bullocks
has led the team.
New York Giants
Kiwanuka and third DE Justin
Tuck showed the next generation of the Giants front seven
is ready to contribute now. Kiwanuka led the team with 9 tackles
(7 solo), including an assist on special teams, and had 2 sacks,
doubling the Giants total for the season. Kiwanuka forced a fumble
on one recovered by MLB Antonio Pierce. Tuck had just 4 solo tackles
and a QB hurry in the box score, but one was a stop of WAS RB
Ladell Betts on fourth-and-goal on the final play of the game
to preserve the victory. The team experimented with Kiwanuka and
Tuck inside on passing downs with good results, even though Kiwanuka
had the only two sacks. Tuck looks in line for significantly more
snaps. There was also talk LB Gerris
Wilkinson could share time with WLB Kawika
Mitchell, who has struggled in pass coverage. However, Wilkinson
remained inactive with a knee injury from the preseason. Mitchell
broke up 2 passes and had 2 tackles (1 solo), including the stop
on third down right before Tuck on the final WAS drive. DE Osi
Umenyiora started again and had 5 tackles (4 solo). It looks
like he is past the MCL injury he suffered in the season-opener.
CB Sam Madison looked like he found the fountain of youth, breaking
up 3 passes and making 6 solo tackles, including several nice
ones of the open-field variety. On the other side, Corey Webster
was struggling and benched during the game in favor of rookie
New York Jets
After a quiet start to his season, SS Kerry Rhodes picked off
a deep pass in the third quarter for the first turnover the team
forced this season. He also had 5 tackles (2 solo). FS Erik Coleman
led the team with 12 tackles (5 solo). DE Shaun Ellis had the
only sack of the season.
After leaving the previous game early with a right calf problem,
the injury kept DE Derrick Burgess out of the game Sunday. The
team hopes heíll be back this week. Rookie Jay Richardson
started in his place and had 3 assists. After his big play last
week, DT Gerard Warren moved in to the starting lineup in place
of Terdell Sands. He responded with 2 solo tackles, including
his second sack in as many games on which he forced a fumble.
DE Tommy Kelly blocked the potential game-winning FG at the end
of the game.
WLB Thomas Howard led the team in tackles again, posting 8 (5
solo). He also had an interception. MLB Kirk Morrison had his
third pick of the season and 4 tackles (2 solo). Morrison had
two picks in his first two seasons.
Huff had 6 tackles (5 solo), but struggled covering CLE TE
Kellen Winslow, especially for a player who is supposed to be
able to play corner. CB Duane
Starks was released to make room on the roster for QB Jamarcus
While they allowed a franchise-record 446 passing yards for DET
QB Jon Kitna, the defense had nine sacks and forced three turnovers
to compliment their own offensive explosion. Starting RDE Trent
Cole led the way, exposing injured DET LT Jeff Backus who played
through a rib problem. Cole had 3 sacks among his 5 solo tackles
and forced a fumble on one of the sacks. Cole leads the league
in sacks with five on the season. DT Brodrick
Bunkley had the first 2 sacks of his career, including one
on the first play from scrimmage by the Lions to set the tone.
Reserve DE Juqua
Thomas also had 2 sacks, including forcing a fumble and recovering
it on one. Thomas has 3 sacks in the last two games and is halfway
to the career-high of six he set last year.
FS Brian Dawkins was inactive with the neck stinger he suffered
in Week Two. Early reports are heís likely to return Week
Four. Quintin Mikell started in his place and had his first career
sack among his 3 solo tackles. He also recovered a fumble. CB
Lito Sheppard remained inactive with his sprained right MCL and
is likely to miss this week, as well. Will James continued to
start in his place. CB Sheldon Brown led the team with 7 tackles
(6 solo), but was frequently victimized in the big passing day
by the Lions. Mikell also doesnít provide the same help
in centerfield that Dawkins does. SS Sean Considine had his first
pick of the season in the end zone.
With only 12 rushing attempts by the Lions, there were not a lot
of tackles to go around for the front seven. MLB Omar Gaither
had just 1 solo. Unable to get in the sack party, LDE Jevon Kearse
and back-up DE Darren Howard totaled one pass defended (by Howard)
for the day. Rookie reserve LB Stewart Bradley broke a bone in
his hand during the game. The injury is not serious, but he had
surgery Monday and is likely to miss at least a week.
The game was well in hand late in the fourth quarter, despite
the defense not forcing a turnover to that point. With under five
minutes left, nickel CB Bryant McFadden picked off SF QB Alex
Smith and returned it 50 yards for his first career TD.
ROLB James Harrison played through a sore neck and had 7 tackles
(5 solo), including a solo and assist on special teams. Rookie
OLB LaMarr Woodley still saw more time, including at the expense
of Clark Haggans, and responded with his second sack in as many
games. ILB James Farrior had a sack among his 3 solo tackles and
had 2 passes defensed.
SS Troy Polamalu led the team with 8 tackles (5 solo) and broke
up a pass. After not allowing a 100-yard rusher all of last year,
the defense has kept the streak alive so far this year.
WLB Pisa Tinoisamoa missed his second game due to an ankle sprain
in Week One. He is expected to return this week. Chris Draft replaced
him again and had 5 tackles (4 solo). MLB Will Witherspoon (5
solo), CB Ronald Bartell (6 solo), and SLB Brandon Chillar (3
solo) all had 6 tackles to lead the team. Chillar also forced
Rookie Clifton Ryan continues to be a productive part of the interior
rotation. He had 2 solo tackles and forced a fumble. Over the
last two weeks he has 6 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles,
and a fumble recovery. Reserve DE Trevor Johnson had the only
sack in the game.
CB Tye Hill is expected to miss at least two more games with fractures
in his lower back and CB Fahkir Brown has one more game to serve
of his four-game suspension for violating the leagueís substance-abuse
WILB Matt Wilhelm was inactive with a strained calf, the same
one that cost him most of the preseason. He is expected to miss
this week, as well. Stephen Cooper moved over to WILB for Wilhelm
and Carlos Polk got the start at SILB. Tim Dobbins, who replaced
Wilhelm during Week 2 when he was injured, struggled in pass coverage.
However, Dobbins also saw work. Polk and Dobbins both finished
with just 1 solo tackle. Cooper had 6 tackles (3 solo). On the
outside, LB Shaun Phillips led the team with 6 tackles (5 solo),
including 1.5 sacks. The shared sack was with DE Igor Olshansky.
OLB Shawne Merriman had just 2 assists. Rookie LB Anthony Waters
was still inactive, as he has been each game this season, despite
Wilhelm being out.
NT Jamal Williams started and played through his hyperextended
his left elbow. The DLine was hit with another injury when DE
Luis Castillo left in the second quarter with a foot sprain. Brandon
McKinney and Jacques Cesaire replaced him. Castillo is expected
to play this week.
OLB Manny Lawson tore his ACL in practice last week and was placed
on the IR. Journeyman Hannibal Naives replaced Lawson in the starting
lineup. Naives responded with his first solo sack since 2003.
He has just 4.5 for his career. Naives forced a fumble on the
sack and recovered it himself, one of the few 49er highlights
on the day and the only turnover they forced.
Lewis led the team with 9 tackles (5 solo), including an assist
on special teams. He shared a sack with DE Marques
Douglas, who had 8 tackles (7 solo). First round pick LB Patrick
Willis had 7 tackles (5 solo) and broke up a pass. It was
the first week he didnít lead the team in tackles this season.
Reserve S Keith
Lewis sustained a concussion Sunday and S Mark
Roman injured his elbow. Both are expected to play this week.
OLB LeRoy Hill returned to the starting lineup after missing a
game with a foot injury and had 9 tackles (7 solo) and forced
a fumble. Both FS Brian Russell and SS Deon Grant had a pick.
Grant also had 9 tackles (8 solo). CB Marcus Trufant had 9 tackles
(8 solo), as well.
DT Rocky Bernard and reserve DT Brandon Mebane each had a sack.
DE Darryl Tapp has been a disappointment as a pass rusher so far,
with just a half-sack on the season after three in the preseason.
MLB Barrett Ruud continues to be one of the most productive defensive
players in the league. He led the team with 11 tackles (8 solo)
and grabbed his first career interception. He now has double-digit
tackles and has been involved in at least one turnover in each
game so far this season, as well as leading the NFL in tackles.
SS Jermaine Phillips had an athletic pick at the sideline and
nickel CB Phillip Buchanon also had an interception in the end
zone, although he made a bad decision to try and run it out. S
Will Allen (CB, FS) was inactive after not being on the injury report.
He did collide with WR Ike Hilliard in practice last Wednesday,
but has also lost his starting job to rookie Tanard Jackson and
Allen may not be adding value on special teams. Rookie reserve
S Sabby Piscitelli fractured his foot on special teams and is
expected to miss the rest of the season, so the team will still
need Allen this year.
Rookie DT Greg Peterson shared his first career sack with DE Kevin
Carter. WLB Derrick Brooks had 8 tackles (6 solo) and forced a
DE Patrick Chukwurah remained inactive with a MCL injury for the
third straight game, although he returned to practice last week
and is expected to play this week. Rookie DE Gaines Adams remains
a back-up and had just 2 tackles (1 solo).
NO QB Drew Brees just couldnít pick up OLB Keith
Bulluck in his peripheral vision on Monday Night. Bulluck
had three picks, in addition to 4 solo tackles. Reserve S Vincent
Fuller also had his first career pick and returned it 61 yards
for a TD to seal the victory late in the fourth quarter. The Titans
had a fifth turnover, a fumble forced on the first sack of the
season by DE Travis
LaBoy that DT Randy
Starks recovered. It was the only sack in the game for TEN.
OLB David Thornton led the team in tackles again with 13 (10 solo).
He has double-digit tackles in back-to-back games.
Rookie SS LaRon Landry led the team with 12 tackles (6 solo),
including an assist on special teams. MLB London Fletcher had
10 tackles (5 solo), an interception, and recovered a fumble forced
by DE Andre Carter on a sack, the second of the season for Carter.
The defense had several nicks and bruises that their bye week
came just in time for. Landry had his hand wrapped for a cut after
the game, but is fine. FS Sean Taylor limped off the field in
the first half with a leg injury, but returned and had a pick
in the second half. He appears to be fine. WLB Rocky McIntosh,
who has exploded on the scene the first couple of weeks, had problems
with both shoulders during the game and finally left in the fourth
quarter. He had 4 tackles (3 solo) and a pass defended. Rookie
H.B. Blades replaced McIntosh and finished with a solo tackle
on defense and an assist on special teams. He was diagnosed with
a pinched nerve in his shoulder and after an MRI on Monday, was
told to avoid contact for two weeks. With a bye this week, he
may not actually miss a game, but watch for his status leading
up to their Week 5 game. DT Cornelius Griffin left in the fourth
quarter with a leg injury. He bruised his right ankle and an MRI
revealed he has torn cartilage in his right knee. The injury will
require surgery after the season, but the current expectation
is he will be able to play the rest of the season. DE Phillip
Daniels, already playing with a foot injury, bruised his back
in the game. He is expected to be fine after the bye. SLB Marcus
Washington continues to play with pain from a right elbow he dislocated
in the preseason. CB Fred Smoot was inactive for the second straight
game with a hamstring injury, but is expected back after the bye.