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IDP Notes
Week 3
9/17/08

Quick Hits (Details in individual team notes)
  • No byes Week Three
  • Depth charts updated with final cuts and latest roster moves
  • Ravens @ Texans cancelled by Ike, rescheduled for Week Ten
  • DAL S Williams out with broken arm
  • ATL SS Lawyer Milloy arrested for DUI
  • We have a TEN LB Bulluck sighting!
  • IND DE Freeney: two games, two sacks
  • CLE SS Jones to miss a few weeks with knee injury
  • NO D ravaged by injuries, so MLB Vilma makes all the tackles
  • WAS rookie S has nice debut
  • CIN SS Jackson out again this week
Week 3 Injury Report (available Friday PM)

IDP Depth Chart
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN | CLE
DAL
| DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND | JAX | KC
MIA | MIN | NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | OAK | PHI
PIT | STL | SD | SF | SEA | TB | TEN | WAS


Arizona
After a strong performance in Week One, OLB Travis LaBoy posted a goose egg on Sunday. His back-up, Bert Berry spelled him and posted his second sack of the year. WLB Karlos Dansby led the team with eight tackles (seven solo). Starting corners Eric Green (calf) and Rod Hood (neck) both left the game briefly with injuries, but both returned.

Atlanta
SS Lawyer Milloy (seven solo) and rookie MLB Curtis Lofton (five solo) led the team with eight tackles. Early Monday morning, Milloy was arrested for a DUI as he was caught speeding. If he misses any time because of it, rookie S Thomas DeCloud would get the start. DE John Abraham notched another sack, giving him four on the season. Jason Jefferson got the start in place of injured Grady Jackson (knee). Jackson is expected back this week.

Baltimore
Due to damage to Houstonís Reliant Stadium caused by Hurricane Ike, their game against the Texans was rescheduled to Week Ten. That was to be the Ravensí bye week. The break will help their dinged up secondary get healthy. CB Chris McAlister (swollen right knee), FS Ed Reed (nerve impingement in neck and left shoulder), and nickel CB Corey Ivy (right ankle sprain) all practiced last week through injuries. CB Derrick Martin (shoulder) and CB Fabian Washington (neck), were both coming off one-game suspensions, but injuries were likely to prevent their debuts in Week Two, if the game had been played. NT Kelly Gregg (left knee) was also still listed as doubtful before the game was cancelled.

Buffalo
DT Kyle Williams continued to roll, getting a sack among his five tackles (four solo). He has 2.5 on the season and is a DT on the rise for leagues that segregate interior linemen. Williams was a fifth-round pick in 2006, the same year the team took DT John McCargo in the first round. McCargo was a healthy scratch Week One and saw little work on Sunday. CB Ashton Youboty also had a sack and CB Terrence McGee led the team with seven solo tackles.

Carolina
SS Chris Harris couldnít wait to face his former team and came up big in the victory over the Bears. He forced a fumble, his second of the season, on TE Greg Olson in Carolina territory in the third quarter that CB Chris Gamble recovered and would lead to a TD. Harris also had five tackles (three solo, including one on special teams), while Gamble also had eight tackles (seven solo) and just missed a pick six when he jumped a route on a WR screen late in the fourth quarter. Olson also had another big fumble in the second quarter, forced by WLB Thomas Davis, to kill a deep Bears drive. MLB Jon Beason recovered the fumble. Beason also led the team with 11 tackles (eight solo) and broke up a pass. Davis also had nine tackles (eight solo). DT Damione Lewis had the only sack of the game, helped by pressure from DE Julius Peppers, who got his hands on CHI QB Kyle Orton and forced him in to standing fetal position for Lewis to clean up. Peppers had three tackles (two solo, including one TFL). Tyler Brayton continues to start at LDE opposite Peppers, but Charles Johnson rotated in regularly, especially on third-and-long. Brayton had a solo tackle and Johnson had two.

Chicago
The defense looked good again most of the game, but couldnít overcome a few crucial turnovers and general ineptness by the offense. They brought great pressure, with DE Alex Brown, FS Mike Brown, and reserve DE Israel Idonije each getting a sack. Brown has a sack in each of the first two games. CB Charles Tillman had an interception when he grabbed a bobbled ball from CAR TE Jeff King and returned it 26 yards to set up a TD. Tillman led the team with six solo tackles. SS Kevin Payne (five solo) and WLB Lance Briggs (four solo) also had six tackles.

The game started off well when reserve LB Darrell McClover blocked a punt on the first series that WR Brandon Lloyd plucked out of the air and returned for a TD. Reserve S Brandon McGowan suffered an ankle sprain on a kick return and was in a walking boot after the game. If he misses time, SS Kevin Payne gets a boost and reserve DB Danieal Manning will see some time in pass packages. He could also work kick returns, for those in return yardage leagues, because of a Devin Hester injury. CB Nathan Vasher will work punt returns if Hester is out.

Cincinnati
The cancellation of the Ravens @ Texans game impacted the Bengals. In order to accommodate the rescheduling of that game, the Bengals bye was changed from Week Ten to Week Eight.

On Sunday, MLB Dhani Jones led the team with ten tackles (five solo), including one for a loss. First-round pick WLB Keith Rivers had eight tackles (four solo), including two TFL. Darryl Blackstock started at SLB over Rashad Jeanty, but both rotated. Blackstock briefly left the game with a neck stinger. DE Antwan Odom didnít start, but saw more action, and had four tackles (two solo), including his first sack of the season on which he forced a fumble.

SS Dexter Jackson was inactive with a broken thumb. Chinedum Ndukwe, who was inactive last week with a knee injury, got the start. He had six tackles (four solo) and broke up a pass. Kyries Herbert also saw some work at safety and recovered Odomís fumble. Jackson has already been ruled out this week, so Ndukwe gets another start at SS. CB Johnathan Joseph limped off the field with an ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. He had a walking boot at practice Monday and his status is in question for this week.

Cleveland
SS Sean Jones had his right knee cleaned last week to correct a lingering problem. He is expected to miss up to a month. Mike Adams, who started at FS in place of Brodeny Pool (concussion) in Week One, took over SS. Adams led the team with nine solo tackles, including one on special teams, DE Robaire Smith suffered a torn Achillesí tendon in the game and was placed on the IR this week. Shaun Smith should see more work in his place.

Dallas
CB Terence Newman returned to the starting line, but CB Adam Jones remained in as the starter opposite Newman. OLB Greg Ellis had two sacks and Demarcus Ware had another on the other side.

ILB Zach Thomas and FS Ken Hamlin led the team with seven tackles (five solo) each. SS Roy Williams suffered a broken right arm in the game and is expected to miss about a month. Pat Watkins should start in his place.

Denver
CB Champ Bailey led the team with seven solo tackles, including one on special teams. He also had his first pick of the season to set up the Broncos first TD. His brother, SLB Boss Bailey, made his debut after missing Week One recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in the preseason. Boss posted six tackles (five solo).

Former first-round pick DE Jarvis Moss was a healthy scratch for the second straight week. DE John Engelberger had the only sack in the game.

Detroit
Another week, another embarrassment by the Lions. For the second consecutive week, DE Dewayne White had the only highlight, the only sack for the team. He had the trifecta on the sack, forcing and recovering the fumble, as well. Daniel Bullocks replaced Gerald Alexander as the starting FS and led the team with 12 tackles (eight solo). Alexander suffered a concussion in the game.

Despite indications rookie Jordon Dizon would play more and Paris Lenon being dinged up, Lenon took all the snaps at MLB. WLB Ernie Sims was back from a right ankle injury to start. He posted five tackles (three solo). This week both DE Ikaika Alama-Francis and rookie DE Cliff Avril were active. Alama-Francis had a TFL and Avril played special teams.

Green Bay
WLB A.J. Hawk kept his hot start going, leading the team with seven tackles (five solos), including two sacks. DE Aaron Kampman had a solo sack and shared another with third DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. DE Cullen Jenkins also had a sack.

CB Charles Woodson sealed the win with picks on back-to-back series in the fourth quarter. The second interception he returned 41 yards for a TD. FS Nick Collins turned it in to a complete blowout when he returned a pick on the next series for a 42 yard TD. Woodson is still hampered by a healing broken toe, so his status will continue to frustrate owners each week, but he looked pretty good on Sunday. SS Atari Bigby left the game early with a hamstring injury. Aaron Rouse replaced him and was involved in two long TDs surrendered to DET WR Calvin Johnson allowing the Lions to briefly take a second half lead. Bigby is expected to not practice until Friday, so his status is in doubt this week. Rouse, who is playing with a dinged ankle himself, would replace Bigby if he canít go.

Houston
Due to damage to Reliant Stadium caused by Hurricane Ike, their game against the Ravens was rescheduled to Week Ten. Week Two was now their bye instead of Week Eight.

Indianapolis
DE Dwight Freeney continues to start, but play mostly on passing downs, and got his second sack of the season among his three tackles (two solo). He also forced a fumble on his sack. WLB Freddie Keiaho led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo, including one on special teams). FS Bob Sanders had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and will miss four weeks. Melvin Bullitt replaced him. Sanders has never played 16 games in a season, so Bullitt or Matt Giordano will have value in at least one game this season. Bullitt would probably start if Sanders canít go this week.

Jacksonville
SS Brian Williams led the team with eight solo tackles. MLB Mike Peterson also had eight tackles (seven solo). OLB Justin Durant left in the first quarter with a groin injury and was replaced by Clint Ingram. RDE Reggie Hayward had his first sack of the season. First-round pick DE Derrick Harvey had a solo tackle rotating with Hayward, while second-round pick Quentin Groves had three solo tackles, including his first career sack, rotating in with LDE Paul Spicer. Groves forced a fumble on the sack with a classic arm sweep while being dragged down that Hayward recovered. It led to a field goal.

Kansas City
DT Tank Tyler (six solo) and OLB Derrick Johnson (seven solo, including one on special teams) led the team with eight tackles. Pat Thomas remained the starter at MLB and had four tackles (three solo).

SS Bernard Pollard recovered a fumble OAK rookie RB Darren McFadden put on the ground and forced another on McFadden that went out of bounds. Pollard also recovered another fumble that FS Jarrad Page forced. CB Patrick Surtain left the game at the half with a shoulder injury in some pain. Rookie Brandon Carr replaced him and had two solo tackles. Surtain is questionable this week and Carr would replace him.

Miami
FS Chris Crocker suffered a neck stinger in the first quarter and tried to return to the game before leaving for good. Instead of former first-round pick Jason Allen, it was Renaldo Hill who replaced Crocker. Hill started the past two years before he tore his ACL last October. It didnít matter who was back in the Miami secondary, they couldnít stop AZ QB Kurt Warner and WR Anquan Boldin. Warner threw three TDs to Boldin and posted a perfect QB rating on the afternoon. HC Tony Sparano mentioned there could be changes in the secondary as soon as this week.

ILB Channing Crowder led the team with eight solo tackles and forced a fumble. Rookie DE Kendall Langford had his second sack in his second game.

Minnesota
The defense was clicking on all cylinders in the first half, shutting out the Colts. However, the offense was could only convert field goals and the explosive Colts offense came back in the second half. DE Jared Allen got his first sack as a Viking and MLB E.J. Henderson was all over the field, getting three tackles for loss, including a sack, among his six tackles (five solo). SLB Chad Greenway led the team with six solo tackles.

CB Antoine Winfield had a pick and so did nickel CB Charles Gordon. Gordon has been playing nickel while Marcus McCauley was inactive again as he recovers from a knee injury. Rookie FS Tyrell Johnson had five solo tackles. He continued to replace Madieu Williams who remains out with a neck injury at least another week.

New England
SS Rodney Harrison led the team with eight tackles (six solo). OLB Adalius Thomas had his second sack of the season and reserve S Brandon Meriweather grabbed the first pick of his career. CB Deltha OíNeal got the start opposite Ellis Hobbs, over Lewis Sanders, who started Week One.

New Orleans
A banged-up Saints defense fell apart late in a loss at Washington. SLB Scott Fujita suffered a bruised right knee in the first quarter of their Week One victory, but returned to make a game-clinching interception with seconds left. However, the knee swelled up last week and he was out on Sunday. Rookie Jo-Lonn Dunbar, an UDFA, started in his place and posted six tackles (three solo) and two passes defensed. SS Roman Harper was inactive with a hamstring injury and Josh Bullocks returned to the starting lineup in his place. Chris Reis also saw some time at safety and got his first career sack. CB Randall Gay also missed the game, so Aaron Glenn got the start opposite rookie Tracy Porter. Glenn joined the legion of wounded during the game when he left in the fourth quarter with a strained ligament in his ankle. Mike McKenzie was inactive again as he is still recovering from a torn ACL last year.

MLB Jonathan Vilma did play, and he had a game-high 16 tackles (10 solo) and jumps out to an early league-lead in tackles. DE Will Smith had his first sack of the year among his four tackles (three solo).

New York Giants
The Giants got after STL QB Marc Bulger all day, sacking him six times and hitting him several more. LDE Justin Tuck and DT Fred Robbins each had two sacks each, but RDE Mathias Kiwanuka was kept in check on a hobbled ankle by STL star LT Orlando Pace. Kiwanuka had a clean sheet in the box score. Tuck also put a cherry on top of the victory in the fourth quarter when he lined up as a DT and batted a Bulger pass in the air, grabbed it himself, and took it 41 yards for a TD.

MLB Antonio Pierce had a sack and two other solo tackles. Gerris Wilkinson and rookie Bryan Kehl continued to alternate each series at WLB. Kehl had four tackles (three solo, including one on special teams) and Wilkinson had just one solo tackle. This battle looks to be tilting towards the rookie, but both will continue to cannibalize the value of the other for now. FS Michael Johnson suffered a neck stinger in the second half, but returned to the game to finish with a team-high seven solo tackles, including two on special teams. First-round pick S Kenny Phillips thought he had his first career pick when he and STL WR Torry Holt both came down with a 45-yard pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter. However, Holt kept wrestling for the ball on the ground and officials ruled it a TD once on the scene. Phillips continues to work as the third safety. CB Aaron Ross dinged his shoulder in the game, but it sounds like he will be OK. Reserve CB R.W. McQuarters was inactive with a calf injury.

New York Jets
OLB Bryan Thomas had a sack and on the other side Calvin Pace shared a sack with CB Dave Barrett. FS Eric Smith led the team with ten tackles (five solo), including an assist on special teams.

Oakland
The hapless Raiders ran in to the even more hapless Chiefs and put up a solid defensive effort. They knocked KC starting QB Damon Huard out of the game quickly and then got after QB Tyler Thigpen, as KC was on their third QB in Week Two. WLB Thomas Howard led the way with a team-high seven tackles (five solo), as well as a sack and a forced fumble on separate plays. MLB Kirk Morrison had a sack among his six tackles (five solo) and a pick. After dinging his shoulder on Monday night, D Derrick Burgess started and got his first sack of the season among his five tackles (four solo), forcing a fumble on it. Third LDE Kalimba Edwards made his season debut after missing the opener with a groin injury and had a sack rotating with starting RDE Jay Richardson.

Philadelphia
The big defensive highlight in the exciting offensive exhibition on MNF came on the heels of a TD by the Philly offense to pull them within a point at 14-13. On the subsequent kick-off, the ball was misplayed and the Cowboys were buried deep in Philly territory. On the first play from scrimmage, DAL QB Tony Romo rolled in the end zone to avoid the rush when FS Brian Dawkins knocked the ball loose and SLB Chris Gocong landed on it for his first career TD. CB Sheldon Brown led the team with eight solo tackles and forced a fumble.

Pittsburgh
DE Aaron Smith scored two sacks while on the other side Brett Keisel suffered a calf injury in the second quarter and is expected to miss some time. CB Deshea Townsend was inactive with a heel injury. Nickel CB Bryant McFadden started in his place and had a pick. Townsend is expected back this week. SS Troy Polamalu also had a pick in the game.

St. Louis
With LDE Leonard Little out with a hamstring injury, first-round pick DE Chris Long remained on the right and James Hall got the start in place of Little. Howieís son got his first career sack and Hall had six tackles (five solo). Hall looked like he was about to take NYG QB Eli Manning down for a sack late in the first half when he appeared to have Manning ďin the graspĒ, but there was no whistle and Manning flipped the ball to RB Brandon Jacobs with his left for a completion. Victor Adeyanju was bumped up to the third DE with Little out and got a sack. Little remains questionable for this week. MLB Will Witherspoon looked like his recovery from a groin injury had progressed, as he led the team with seven tackles (six solo).

It appeared FS O.J. Atogwe forced a fumble late in the third quarter as NYG WR Plaxico Burgess came down with a catch deep in St. Louis territory, which Atogwe recovered. However, upon review, Burgess was ruled down before Atogwe knocked the ball out. The Giants scored the TD that would be the difference in the game on the next play.

San Diego
OLB Shawne Merriman had successful surgery on his left knee this week and is expected to be ready for training camp. As expected, Jyles Tucker replaced him opposite Shaun Phillips at OLB. Tucker had two tackles (one solo) and batted down a pass in the fourth quarter. Tucker played most of the first half and new top reserve OLB Marques Harris rotated in outside in the second half. Phillips suffered a strain groin in the game and Harris hurt his hand. Both are expected to play this week.

CB Quentin Jammer led the team with 11 tackles (ten solo) and forced a fumble. SS Clinton Hart broke a bone in his hand and had surgery this week. He plans to try playing through it with a cast. FS Eric Weddle also strained his groin, but is expected to play this week.

San Francisco
The 49ers had been behind the entire game when the Seahawks were threatening to extend a 20-13 lead in San Francisco territory until a pass deflected by CB Walt Harris fell in to the arms of ILB Patrick Willis who returned it 86 yards for a TD to tie the game. Willis led the team with eight solo tackles. Not long after the pick, Willis left the game with a leg injury and had x-rays that were negative. He would return to the game, just missing one series. Harris also had a pick of his own.

SS Michael Lewis had five tackles (three solo), including a sack. He also recovered a fumble. Nickel CB Dashon Goldson left the game in the first half with a knee sprain. His back-up, Shawntae Spencer also left the game with a knee sprain. Both should be OK for this week.

Seattle
The defense got after SF QB J.T. OíSullivan, sacking him eight times. DE Patrick Kerney and rookie RDE Lawrence Jackson led the way with two each. Kerney has three sacks on his first two games. He also led the team in tackles with six (five solo).

Despite breaking his left hand in practice last week, CB Marcus Trufant played with a cast. He had two solo tackles and recovered a fumble.

Tampa Bay
Despite concerns a strained right hamstring would cost him a game, WLB Derrick Brooks played in his 210th straight game and made his 194th straight start. He had three tackles (two solo). He could be limited again this week, but is expected to start. MLB Barrett Ruud led the team with eight tackles (five solo). DE Gaines Adams got two sacks and third DE Greg White had 1.5 sacks, following up his one the previous week. White was rewarded with a new three-year contract on Monday.

Rookie nickel CB Aqib Talib got his first career pick when ATL rookie WR Harry Douglas fell down on the first series. He left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring strain.


Tennessee
He only posted four tackles (two solo), but RLB Keith Bulluck sealed the victory early in the fourth quarter. With the Bengals punting deep in their own end zone, Bulluck came up the middle to the right and got his hand in on, then picked it up for a TD to give the Titans a 24-7 lead, which was the final score. MLB Keith Fowler had seven tackles (four solo), including two for a loss.

The secondary continue to be excellent fantasy performers, led by corners Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper. Finnegan had his third pick of the season and four tackles (three solo). Harper had five tackles (four solo) and forced a fumble. Nickel CB Vincent Fuller had eight tackles (three solo), including two assists on special teams. SS Chris Hope also had eight tackles (four solo). FS Michael Griffin had six tackles (five solo), including a solo and assist on special teams, as well his first interception of the season. LDE Jevon Kearse shared a sack with RDE Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Kearse also forced a fumble. DT Albert Haynesworth started despite a mild concussion, although he left the game briefly late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. He forced a fumble on his only tackle of the game.

Washington
DE Jason Taylor got his first sack as a Redskin among his four tackles (two solo) and also batted down a pass. MLB London Fletcher led the team with seven tackles (four solo). H.B. Blades got the start at SLB with Marcus Washington inactive with hamstring and hip problems. Blades had six tackles (four solo) and broke up a pass. Washington is expected to return this week.

SS Reed Doughty was inactive because he was sick, so rookie Chris Horton got the start and proved to be quite a playmaker, building on a strong preseason. He had two picks, including one to end the final drive by the Saints and preserve the victory. He also recovered a fumble, making him a part of every turnover the team forced. The seventh-round pick was an All-PAC-10 safety at UCLA known for his hard hitting. Definitely a player to watch.