While not an excuse, injuries were a contributing factor to a defense
that gave up 56 points and let Jetsí QB Brett Favre throw for a
career-high six TDs. SS Adrian
Wilson was out with a sore hamstring and replaced by Aaron
Francisco, who did little in pass defense, but led the team
with nine tackles (eight solo). Wilson should be back next week.
Pass rush specialist Bert
Berry was out with a torn groin and expects to miss another
three weeks, despite playing through it for a portion of the previous
game. With Berry out and Travis
LaBoy playing on a tender ankle, Clark
Haggans and Chike
Okeafor, as well as even Bryan
Robinson, saw a bit more work. Okeafor had a nice day with six
tackles (four solo), including his second sack of the season, as
well as a pick. If he is somehow still available as a DE in your
league, he is even more valuable. DE Darnell Dockett, playing through
a hamstring, got his first sack of the season. CB Eric
Green missed some time with a left knee injury in the second
quarter, but returned to finish the toasting.
Poor tackling was plagued the Falcons in their loss at Carolina.
CB Brent Grimes led the team with 10 tackles (nine solo), including
one for a loss. He also broke up a pass. Rookie MLB posted eight
tackles (seven solo). The team forced no turnovers and had no
sacks, failing to exploit the Panthers losing both of their starting
tackles during the game. SS Lawyer Milloy left the game in the
first quarter after getting a knee in the ribs, but x-rays were
negative and he returned to the game to finish with five tackles
Abraham was held without a sack for the first time this season,
logging just one TFL on defense, but still found a way to contribute
one of the few highlights for the Falcons on Sunday. With Atlanta
down 7-3 early in the fourth quarter, Abraham got in to block
a punt. It would be batted around and end up out of bounds at
the Carolina 25-yard line, leading to a field goal. DE Jamaal
Anderson started, playing through an elbow injury, but Chauncey
Davis saw significant work at, posting four tackles (three
solo) and OLB Stephen
Nicholas also plays the end of the line in some packages where
Anderson moves in. Anderson is doing a lot of work inside in 3-4
looks and pass packages, limiting his fantasy potential. He is
still looking for his first career sack, but HC Mike Smith has
complimented his play this year and linked it as contributing
to what Abraham has done. So while it looks like he may not be
a bust in real NFL terms, none of that makes him worthy of starting
from a fantasy perspective. Anderson had the first shot at picking
up the blocked punt, as well, but didnít have the hands.
ILB Ray Lewis led the team with 13 tackles (seven solo). CB Corey
Ivy started for Samari Rolle who was out with a right shoulder
injury. Ivy had four solo tackles, including a sack. DT Kelly
Gregg (knee) remained inactive. OLB Terrell Suggs had a sack,
his third in the last two games.
CB Terrence McGee suffered a knee sprain in the first quarter
and left the game. Rookie Leodis McKelvin replaced him to get
his first significant action. He had two solo tackles, forcing
a fumble he recovered on one. McGee is expected to miss at least
this week and maybe more. McKelvin gets a significant boost. He
will likely step in as the starter, so he can man a position heís
learned as a back-up, while Ashton Youboty remains the nickel.
Even if Youboty takes over as the starter, McKelvin will still
have some value while McGee is out, even more in leagues that
count return stats. On the other side, CB Jabari Greer returned
a pick 33 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter to give
the Buffalo their first lead in the game.
Referee Ed Hochuli made no new friends in Charlotte with another
controversial, albeit far less important, call. On the third play
of the game, nickel CB Richard
Marshall grabbed a short pass and took it 29 yards for the
apparent first score of the game. However, Hochuli threw a flag
on RDE Julius
Peppers for roughing the passer, explained as due to helmet-to-helmet
contact. Replay appeared to show a different story. The TD was
erased, but it would be one of the few positive results for Atlanta
on the day. Later on, Peppers would get his second sack of the
season, exploiting facing the Falconsí back-up LT. After going
eight games without sack, Peppers now has one in back-to-back
games. LDE Tyler Brayton (ankle) and third DE Charles
Johnson (hamstring) played, but were a little dinged up, so
seventh-round pick Hilee
Taylor was active for the first time and notched his first
MLB Jon Beason led the team with seven solo tackles. CB Chris
Gamble also had seven tackles (six solo). Both broke up a pass
each, as well.
Harris was a surprise scratch with swelling in his surgically-repaired
left knee, but the defensive line held their ground on four straight
runs for the game-winning goal-line stand. DE Alex
Brown single-handedly, literally, stopped PHI Correll Buckhalterís
momentum with a headlock on the final run. Israel
Idonije started in place of Harris and played up and down
the line as rookie Marcus
Harrison worked Harrisí role, as well. Idonije had three solo
tackles and a sack. SS Kevin
Payne led the team with nine tackles (eight solo) and had
a pick for the second straight week. OLB Lance
Briggs had some bone-crunching hits in the game, but from
a fantasy perspective they didnít count for more than his four
tackles (two solo) and pass defensed. MLB Brian
Urlacher had eight solo tackles and just missed an interception
in the end zone past his hands at full extension that went for
Tillman crumpled to the ground and was in writhing in pain
after attempting to take down PHI TE Brent Celek. He has an undisclosed
right shoulder injury and his status this week is uncertain. Corey
Graham filled in and would get the start if Tillman is out.
On the other side, Nathan
Vasher has a thumb and wrist injury for which specifics werenít
shared, but some reports have included some type of minor fracture.
Vasher is expected to play this week.
Despite facing a struggling CLE QB Derek Anderson, the Bengals
defense came up with few big plays and got little help from their
offense. SS Chinedum Ndukwe provided the few highlights the team
had. Ndukwe blew threw the center of the line for a sack on third
down in the second quarter, forcing a punt. It was the only sack
for the Bengals in the game. In the third quarter, with DT Domata
Peko applying the pressure to force a bad throw, Ndukwe grabbed
his first pick of the season. It was the only turnover the defense
forced in the game. Ndukwe broke up another pass and finished
with six tackles (three solo). This was the player the team expected
to take over the starting job to start the season, before a knee
injury held him up and Dexter
Jackson retained the job. Now with Dexter sidelined since
the season opener with a broken thumb, Ndukwe shouldnít relinquish
the job when he returns. CB Johnathan
Joseph was inactive again with an ankle sprain, giving David
Jones another start. With the secondary dinged up, the team
signed former first-round pick Jamar
Fletcher last week. Fletcher was last seen on the Texans in
training camp. He was active and worked in some pass packages.
MLB Dhani Jones led the team with nine tackles (five solo, including
one on special teams). Rookie WLB Keith Rivers had eight tackles
Desperate for a win, the defense got a gift when CIN QB Carson
Palmer was out and got after starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. They sacked
him three times, grabbed three picks, and forced him to fumble
once. NT Shaun
Rogers got the party started when he shoved CIN C Eric Ghiaciuc
back in to Fitzpatrick causing him to fall down, giving Rogers
the gift sack. SS Mike
Adams really got the team fired up with a pick deep in their
own territory in the second quarter. He also recovered a fumble
forced by OLB Kamerion
Wimbley on CIN RB Chris Perry. Adams continues to start in
place of Sean Jones, who remains out after getting his right knee
cleaned earlier this month. Jones should return after the bye.
Wimbley, playing through a tender groin, also had his first sack
of the season. On the other side, Willie
McGinest remained inactive with a hamstring and seventh-round
pick OLB Alex
Hall had a sack for the second consecutive game. Hall got
to Fitzpatrick deep in Bengal territory late in the game, dragging
him down despite Hall losing his helmet and knocking the ball
loose for DE Corey
Williams to recover. It would lead to a field goal making
it a two-score game with less than a minute to play. Nickel CB
would put the game away with a pick on the Bengalsí final possession.
It seems no coincidence Wimbleyís ability to put up his first
two sacks in the last two games has been in tandem with the emergence
of Hall on the other side.
Wright got his second pick of the season on an acrobatic,
one-handed grab. However, on the return, CIN RB Chris Perry lit
him up and forced a fumble that the Bengals recovered. Wright
also broke up another pass and had seven tackles (five solo).
McDonald led the team with seven solo tackles. DE Shaun Smith
broke a bone in his hand and will have surgery this week. With
the bye this week, he may return without missing a game.
ILB Zach Thomas led the team with 12 tackles (6 solo) and fellow
ILB Bradie James added 10 more (four solo). OLB DeMarcus Ware
had a sack to continue a streak of at least one in each game so
far this season and seven consecutive games dating back to last
season (eight if you include their playoff loss).
The porous Denver D finally gave up more than the offense could
cover as an efficient KC QB Damon Huard picked them apart enough
in the air to allow KC RB Larry Johnson run all over them on the
ground. Once again they had just one sack, by DT Kenny
Peterson. The interior DLine depth was hurting, as Dewayne
Robertson (knee) and Josh
Shaw (groin) were inactive. DE Elvis
Dumervil had pins removed from his right hand for a dislocated
pinky prior to Sunday, but it didnít pay immediate dividends.
He is still looking for his first sack of the season.
SS Marquand Manuel led the team with nine tackles (seven solo).
SLB Boss Bailey had eight solo tackles, including one for a loss,
and recovered a fumble forced by his brother Champ, who had seven
tackles (five solo, including one on special teams). Boss and
FS Marlon McCree both left the game briefly with undisclosed injuries,
but both returned shortly and finished the game.
The Lions are coming off a bye.
CB Charles Woodson continues to complain about his broken big
toe, but he broke up three passes, including grabbing his third
pick of the season and returning 62 yards for his second interception
returned for a TD this season to give the Packers their first,
and last, lead in the game. Despite the fact Woodson should continue
to be listed as questionable and not practice during the week,
the results on Sunday have been great. Opposite Woodson, Tramon
Williams replaced Al Harris, as expected. Williams had a pick
and broke up another pass, as well as two solo tackles. Harris
originally was expected to miss the season after suffering a ruptured
spleen in the previous game, but now believe he could return in
a month. SS Atari Bigby remained inactive with a hamstring, giving
Aaron Rouse another start at SS. Rouse had seven tackles (five
solo) before leaving with a left knee sprain halfway through the
fourth quarter. He was replaced by Charlie Peprah. FS Nick Collins
aggravated his back injury in the third quarter, but returned
to the game. He finished with a pick and seven tackles (six solo).
Injuries also hit the front seven. DE Cullen Jenkins suffered
a torn pec in the fourth quarter and left the game. He is done
for the season. Michael Montgomery replace him as a good starter
and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila will see more work. WLB A.J. Hawk suffered
a groin pull during the game and was replaced by Desmond Bishop
in the fourth quarter. SLB Brady Poppinga returned to the starting
role and led the team with 12 tackles (eight solo).
For the first time this season, the Texans did not force a turnover.
They had only one sack, but reserve OLB Chaun
Thompson. DE Mario Williams got some licks on JAX QB David
Garrard, but never before he got rid of the ball. Williams finished
with one TFL. SS C.C. Brown broke his forearm in the game and
had surgery Monday. He is out indefinitely. Journeyman Nick
Ferguson replaced him and would appear to be the immediate
DeMeco Ryans posted just three solo tackles and broke up a pass.
He sprained his ankle during the game and was only out of the
game briefly to get it re-taped, but seemingly wasnít as
effective as usual, although the team report card in the Houston
Chronicle called it his ďbest gameĒ of the year. Kevin
Bentley worked the middle while Ryans was out and wore the helmet
communicator. Ryans was reported limping after the game. CB Jacques
Reeves led the team with six solo tackles. SLB Zac Diles had six
tackles (five solo).
SS Bob Sanders had his knee cleaned over the bye week as he is
already expected to be out the rest of the month with a high ankle
A banged-up Jaguarsí defense started off missing FS Reggie
Nelson (knee) and OLB Justin Durant (groin), then lost CB Rashean
Mathis to a shin injury in the second quarter. Gerald Sensabaugh
started in place of Nelson and led the team with 11 tackles (10
solo, including two on special teams). Nelson is expected back
next week. Durant missed his second straight game with a groin
injury and continues to be replaced by Clint Ingram. Mathis had
three solo tackles, broke up a pass, and forced a fumble before
he left. Mathis was replaced by Will James. The injury isnít
believed to be serious and Mathis is expected to play this week.
OLB Darryl Smith had seven solo tackles, forced a fumble, and
broke up a pass. First-round pick DE Derrick Harvey got his first
career start over Reggie Hayward. He posted two solo tackles.
The rookie tandem of Brandonís at corner provided the playmaking
ability the defense needed to finally get the team a win. Brandon
Carr had a ball pop right in to his hands when DT Turk
McBride knocked it free from DEN rookie WR Eddie Royal from
behind. It would lead to a field goal. Later in the game, after
the offense would commit their only turnover of the day, Carr
erased it with his first career pick. He also broke up two other
passes and had two solo tackles. Brandon
Flowers recovered a fumble forced by OLB Derrick
Johnson slamming DEN WR Brandon Marshall down and Flowers
almost returned it for a TD. The offense would convert on the
next play. Johnson, who played predominantly on the weak-side
Edwards was sidelined with an ankle injury, had a great game.
In addition to the forced fumble on a TFL, Johnson had six tackles
(five solo) and a pick. Demorrio
Williams started on the strong-side in place of Edwards, posting
five solo tackles and breaking up a pass. Edwards is expected
to be out until at least past the teamís bye in Week Six.
Carr continued to start in place of CB Patrick Surtain, who is
out with a shoulder injury. Surtain practiced in limited fashion
last week, so he could be back this week, but may not return as
a starter. Dimitri Patterson was the nickel and led the team with
9 tackles (7 solo, including one on special teams). In addition
to Edwards being out at LB, Napoleon Harris (knee) is yet to be
active this year. Pat Thomas had another pedestrian effort in
the middle with three solo tackles and a pass defensed. DE Tamba
Hali was limited by knee problems and posted just one assist.
The Dolphins are coming off a bye week.
MLB E.J. Henderson had a rough game on Sunday. He was benched
for the first defensive series for a violation of team rules,
reportedly missing a meeting. David Herron got the start in the
middle. Then Henderson was carted off the field with two dislocated
toes on his left foot in the first half. He would return in the
second half before leaving for good. The Vikings have an extra
day because they play on Monday night this week, but Henderson
appears very questionable at this point. If he canít play,
David Herron should get the start in the middle.
The Boston Globe reported rookie ILB Jerod Mayo was seen wearing
a cast on his left forearm and wrist on Monday. Of course, no
information has been divulged coming off a bye. Watch for the
injury report on Wednesday.
The defense took advantage of a sieve of an offensive line and
SF QB J.T. OíSullivan didnít help himself throwing
two picks in the end zone in the second half. The first pick was
to FS Kevin Kaesviharn in the third quarter and the second was
to rookie CB Tracy Porter in the fourth quarter. It was Porterís
first career interception. He also had his first career sack in
DE Charles Grant led the way with pressure, getting two sacks
among his six tackles (five solo). It was his first multi-sack
game since the 2004 season. Grant has three sacks on the season,
already surpassing his total last year. DE Will Smith forced a
fumble on his sack that MLB Jonathan Vilma recovered in the second
quarter. The Saints were down 3-0 at the time and would score
a TD on the subsequent drive. They wouldnít relinquish the
lead the rest of the game. Vilma also had six tackles (five solo).
Both interior DLinemen, Kendrick Clancy and rookie Sedrick Ellis
notched a sack. It was the first of his career for Ellis. SLB
Scott Fujita returned from missing two games with a right knee
problem and posted three tackles (one solo). Corners Randall Gay
(hamstring) and Aaron Glenn (knee) were both inactive.
New York Giants
DE Mathias Kiwanukaís ankle is feeling better coming off
reserve DE Darrell Tollefson, and CB Corey Webster each had a
sack. Webster forced a fumble on his. CB Aaron Ross left the game
in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury. Sam Madison,
who briefly replaced Webster earlier in the game when Webster
cramped up, replaced Ross. Kevin Dockery remained the nickel CB.
Kiwanuka, who has been playing on a sore ankle, and Ross, whose
injury doesnít look serious, should be healthy after the
teamís bye this week.
MLB Antonio Pierce led the team with 13 tackles (10 solo). Gerris
Wilkinson and rookie Bryan Kehl continued to alternate each series
at WLB, but neither posted a tackle. First-round pick S Kenny
Phillips continues to work as the third safety.
New York Jets
Sunday was a tale of two halves for the Jets. After shutting out
the Cardinals in the first half with a dominant performance and
multiple turnovers, they gave up 34 points in the second half.
The corners were two beneficiaries of the air show at the Meadowlands.
Revis had two picks, returning one 32 yards for a TD when
he jumped a short route in zone coverage. Fourth-round pick CB
led the team with nine solo tackles and forced a fumble on one.
Jenkins returned from a back injury that cut his previous
game short and blocked a field goal, as well as brought some good
pressure up the middle, including forcing an interception to FS
Smith remained the starter, but former starting CB David
Barrett, a better pass defender, has been replacing him in
certain situations. Barrett will get the opportunity to start
and push Smith even further out this week, as Smith has been suspended
one game for his hit the knocked out AZ WR Anquan Boldin.
DE Shaun Ellis left the game in second quarter with a leg injury,
forcing a fumble on a sack before he left. David Bowens replaced
him and had his best game as a Jet. Bowens got two sacks, forcing
a fumble on each, and recovering one himself. OLB Calvin Pace
recovered the other. Facing his old team for the first time, Pace
also posted six tackles (four solo), including forcing a fumble
on a sack. ILB David Harris recovered the fumble. Harris also
had eight tackles (six solo). OLB Bryan Thomas had his fourth
sack of the season.
Despite significant injuries that should have had them sidelined,
Warren (partially torn pec) and CB Nnamdi
Asomugha (right elbow fracture) started and played, albeit
sparingly. Their back-ups stepped up with some career performances.
Sands had two sacks, matching his career total. CB Chris Johnson
had his first career pick. With Stanford
Routt (ankle) inactive, the team had few choices but to play
Asomugha and use Johnson. They could also look at moving FS Michael
Huff to corner, since he isnít doing much as a safety. DE
Burgess started, but was limited by a triceps injury and put
up a goose egg. Kalimba
Edwards got the start opposite him, but spent more time filling
in for Burgess. Edwards had a sack for the third straight game.
DE Jay Richardson,
who Edwards replaced as the nominal starter, also had a sack.
However, when Burgess is healthy, it looks like Edwards will still
see a bigger role over Richardson. They have a bye this week,
so several dinged up players have some time to get healthy.
SS Gibril Wilson had a huge game, leading the team with 11 tackles
(nine solo), including almost every one on the opening drive of
the second half. He also got a safety when breaking up a run and
getting SD QB Phillip Rivers after he fell on the ball in the
end zone. CB DeAngelo Hall had his second pick of the season in
the third quarter, but the offense promptly turned it back over
and a rally by the Chargers was on.
After getting lit up the first half by CHI QB Kyle Orton, the
Eagles defense held the Bears to just a field goal in the second
half, but the offense couldnít carry them to victory. WLB Omar
Gaither led the team with nine solo tackles, including two
for a loss, broke up two passes, and recovered a fumble. DE Trent
Cole had eight solo tackles, including his second sack of the
season. On the other side, DE Juqua
Parker also had a sack, giving him 3.5 in the last two games.
SS Quentin Mikell had a pick in the end zone.
OLB James Harrison and OLB LaMarr Woodley brought the pain from
the edge. Harris had two solo sacks and shared another with Woodley,
who also had a solo sack. Woodley picked up a fumble Harrison
forced on a sack and returned it seven yards for a TD.
DE Leonard Little returned after being out since suffering a hamstring
injury opening day. Victor Adeyanju started at LDE, but Little
rotated in for passing situations. Little brought plenty of pressure
and rang up two sacks, as well as two more solo tackles. The Rams
have a bye this week, so Little should be back to playing full-time
in Week Six. On the other side rookie RDE Chris Long notched his
second career sack. WLB Pisa Tinoisamoa led the team with nine
solo tackles, including three on special teams. MLB Will Witherspoon
had five solo tackles.
CB Tye Hill hyper extended his knee in the first quarter and didnít
return. Newly-signed Jason Craft replaced him and had five solo
tackles. Fakhir Brown could be brought back if Hill misses time.
FS O.J. Atogwe grabbed his first pick of the season.
Sacks and a few timely turnovers helped the Chargers steal a victory
in the face of a potentially devastating loss. Down 15-3 in the
third quarter, the offense threw an interception that set the
Raiders up in San Diego territory. However, three plays later,
ILB Tim Dobbins grabbed a passed that bounced off OAK RB Darren
McFadden for a pick and returned possession to the offense. The
following drive went in to the fourth quarter and ended with a
TD. On the subsequent possession by the Raiders, OLB Marques Harris
forced a fumble on a sack and recovered it himself. The Chargers
turned that in to another TD, and their first lead of the game.
Aggressive play by Dobbins has him encroaching on Matt Wilhelmís
snaps. Wilhelm saw 41 to 25 by Dobbins on Sunday. Harris was in
the game because OLB Jyles Tucker, who replaced Shawne Merriman,
left in the first half with a hamstring injury. Tucker had a sack,
his third in the last two games, before leaving. The interior
LB group gets a facelift next week as Stephen Cooper returns from
a four-game suspension. Cooperís return boots veteran Derek
Smith from the starting lineup, although Cooper might not be playing
full-time at first. Dobbins should see more work in the base defense
next to Cooper, splitting time with Wilhelm, who is better suited
for coverage. OLB Shaun Phillips and DE Luis Castillo both had
1.5 sacks in the game. FS Eric Weddle led the team with seven
A gradual takeover of the strong-side ILB job by Takeo
Spikes was completed on Sunday when Spikes got the start over
Spikes responded with eight tackles (seven solo) and a fantastically
athletic one-handed interception as he was falling. Ulbrich was
limited to special teams work, so Spikes officially becomes roster-worthy.
has begun taking reps at this position, as well, so he may now
be the primary back-up at both ILB spots. On the weak-side, Patrick
Willis had nine solo tackles, including two for a loss, broke
up a pass, and recovered a fumble forced by SS Michael
Lewis. After being questionable due to an elbow injury, Lewis
led the team with 11 solo tackles, including one for a loss.
OLB Manny Lawson grabbed his left leg and collapsed while running
down the field on kick coverage in the third quarter. It was reported
as a cramp, but seems more severe. He didnít play the rest
of the game. It didnít impact the defense much because they
played in nickel most of the afternoon, where Dashon Goldson replaces
him. OLB Parys Haralson was a non-factor, posting a clean sheet
in the box score.
The Seahawks are coming off a bye.
After being plagued by a hamstring strain so far this season,
aging WLB Derrick Brooks showed he still had some athleticism
with a nice pick off a tipped ball and lateral to SLB Cato June.
Brooks also showed he could still deliver the big blow, forcing
a fumble the SS Jermaine Phillips returned for a TD. Brooks also
broke up another pass and had three tackles (two solo), with two
for losses. MLB Barrett Ruud had five solo tackles, including
a sack, and an interception. DE Gaines Adams sealed the victory
with a nice pick dropped back in coverage after the flight of
the ball was altered on a hit by third DE Greg White. For the
second straight week, CB Rhonde Barber was abused in coverage,
but from a fantasy perspective, he led the team with six tackles
(five solo). Rookie CB Aqib Taliq played through a hamstring strain.
The dynamic corner duo continue to put out great fantasy production.
With teams finally avoiding CB Cortland
Harper got his first pick of the season when he tipped a ball
to himself. Harper also had six tackles (five solo). Finnegan
had seven tackles (six solo), including one for a loss, and broke
up a pass. Nickel back Vincent
Fuller led the team with eight tackles (seven solo, including
one on special teams) and forced a fumble. DT Albert Haynesworth
had two sacks, giving him five on the season already. His season
high is six set last year. He also helped open the way for DT
to get a solo sack and share one with DE Kyle
Vanden Bosch. Brown now has 3.5 on the season and should easily
pass his career-high of four last year. DE Jevon
Kearse had a solo sack too.
Stephen Tulloch replaced Ryan Fowler as the starting MLB. Tulloch
had four solo tackles and recovered a fumble. RLB Keith Bulluck
had five tackles (four solo), broke up a pass, and recovered a
Rookie Chris Horton got the start at SS over Reed Doughty, mixing
both beginner mistakes and flashes of being a playmaker. Horton
contributed to two Cowboy TDs when Doughty was inserted back with
the first team in the second half. However, Horton was on the
field as an extra DB with less than a minute left we came up his
third career interception. He also had three solo tackles in the
game. It appears to be a straight job share with Doughty at this
point, but there is no doubt Horton is the more appealing fantasy
option. CB Shawn Springs left the game in the fourth quarter with
a calf injury, but is expected to play this week. CB Carlos Rogers
led the team with seven tackles (six solo) and broke up a pass.
DE Jason Taylor was inactive, as expected, after surgery last
week to relieve swelling and pain in his lower leg. HC Jim Zorn
says there is no timetable for his return. Demetric Evans started
in place of Taylor and had one solo tackle. The team had no sacks.
Evans should continue to start while Taylor is out with pass rush
specialist Chris Wilson also seeing more opportunities. SLB Marcus
Washington continues to struggle with hip problems. He is no longer
being utilized as a pass rusher in the nickel. H.B. Blades could
see more work if Washington canít get healthy soon.