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IDP Notes
Week 5

Quick Hits (Details in individual team notes)
  • Week Five byes: CLE, NYJ, OAK, STL
  • HOU MLB Ryans rolls ankle, returns to game
  • MIN MLB Henderson has all kinds of problems in game
  • AZ SS Wilson misses air show at the Meadowlands
  • SD ILB Cooper set to return from suspension
  • IND SS Sanders adds knee surgery to go with ankle injury
  • GB CB Woodson gets second pick six of season
  • CHI CB Tillman hurts shoulder, DT Harris misses game
  • Injury-plagued OAK starters struggle to stay on field
  • SF ILB Spikes takes over starting job with a bang
  • KC OLB Edwards to miss a few weeks
  • GB DE Jenkins placed on IR
  • BUF CB McGee sprains knee
  • AZ OLB Bert Berry out with torn groin
  • HOU SS Brown breaks arm, Ferguson replaces him
  • Rookie corners help spark defense in KC
  • Another big play for WAS S Horton
Week 5 Injury Report (available Friday PM)

IDP Depth Chart
| DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND | JAX | KC
PIT | STL | SD | SF | SEA | TB | TEN | WAS

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 (four solo).

DE John 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.

MLB Paul Posluszny led the team with eight solo tackles, including one for a loss. He also brought some pressure on a couple blitzes. Kawika Mitchell, originally tagged to play WLB, has been playing SLB due to the loss of Angelo Crowell. Keith Ellison has been playing WLB.

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 career sack.

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.

DT Tommie 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 a TD.

CB Charles 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 (six solo).

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 Terry Cousin 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.

CB Eric 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). CB Brandon 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.

Green Bay
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 beneficiary.

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 sprain.

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.

Kansas City
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 since Donnie 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.

SLB Chad Greenway led the team with 11 tackles (seven solo). There was hope Madieu Williams would return this week, but he remained inactive and rookie Tyrell Johnson continued at FS. DE Ray Edwards was sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered in the previous game. Otis Grigsby got the start in his place.

New England
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.

New Orleans
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 the game.

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 the bye.

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. CB Darrelle Revis had two picks, returning one 32 yards for a TD when he jumped a short route in zone coverage. Fourth-round pick CB Dwight Lowery led the team with nine solo tackles and forced a fumble on one. DT Kris 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 Eric Smith. 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, DT Gerard 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. DT Terdell 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 Derrick 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 Travis Kirschke and NT Chris Hoke started in place of Brett Keisel and Casey Hampton, respectively. Both are expected to be out this week, as well. CB Deshea Townsend returned from a heel injury, but was eased back in as CB Bryant McFadden still started. Reserve LB Andre Frazier was carted off early in the game with his neck immobilized, but he is OK and expected to return as soon as this week.

St. Louis
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.

San Diego
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 solo tackles.

San Francisco
A gradual takeover of the strong-side ILB job by Takeo Spikes was completed on Sunday when Spikes got the start over Jeff Ulbrich. 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. Ahmad Brooks 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.

Tampa Bay
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 Finnegan, Nick 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 Tony Brown 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 fumble.

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.