A healthy Karlos Dansby remains on pace for his first 100-tackle
season. He led the team with nine tackles (six solo), including
his third sack of the season on which he stripped and recovered
it himself deep in CAR territory in the second quarter. AZ scored
on their first TD on the next play for a 10-0 lead. Health is the
key for Dansby, who has never played 16 games. OLB Travis LaBoy
started, but wasnít 100%, after tweaking his groin the game
before the bye. He had just a solo tackle. On the other hand, the
by seemed to benefit the hamstring of SS Adrian Wilson. He had a
season-high six tackles (five solo).
DE Jamaal Anderson had his second sack of the season, and his
career, in the game, but had to leave in the second quarter after
suffering a concussion. He was unable to return and his status
is in question this week as heíll be monitored for after
effects. DE John Abraham was sackless for the second-straight
game after starting the season with seven in the first five games.
The explosive Abraham can be erratic, but can also dominate a
game, and is a must-start if healthy. Rookie MLB Curtis Lofton
recorded his first career sack among his three solo tackles and
stripped the ball on it. DE Chauncey Davis recovered it. Davis
replaced Anderson and finished with a team-high six solo tackles
in the game. Davis will get the start if Anderson canít
go this week.
CB Domonique Foxworth, who came over in from Denver in an early
September trade, got his first start as a Falcon and played well.
He posted three solo tackles and broke up a pass, with solid coverage.
DT Grady Jackson had been attached to a FOXsports report about
several players testing positive for banned substances, allegedly
diuretic found in certain water pills used for weight lose. While
not a steroid, it is banned because it is a masking agent that
can be used to hide steroid use and, in a worst-case scenario,
could involve suspensions. His agent reportedly has said Jackson
will not be suspended at all, but the story is still evolving,
although Jackson seems set to play this week.
Rookie LB Jameel McClain had quite a debut on Sunday. On his first
defensive snap ever in the NFL, McClain beat OLB Terrell Suggs
to OAK QB Jamarcus Russell in the end zone for a sack and safety.
Suggs, NT Haloti Ngata, and OLB Jarret Johnson each had a sack,
as well. Suggs leads the team with five sacks, matching his career-low
total for all of last year. Unsurprisingly, he seems extra motivated
in a contract year. McClain, an undrafted free agent, had just
been a special teamer until Sunday.
After aggravating his lingering right knee injury in practice
last week, CB Chris McAlister was inactive. Samari Rolle (neck
surgery) and SS Dawan Landry (spinal cord concussion) remained
inactive, as well. McAlister and Landry are expected to miss at
least one more game, while Rolle will try to go this week, but
is still a question mark. Frank Walker and Fabian Washington remained
the starters at corner. Walker got his first pick since 2005,
the only turnover the defense forced. Nickel CB Corey Ivy led
the team with 6 solo tackles (including one on special teams).
Jim Leonhard remained the starter at SS, as well as punt returner
and secondary kick returner. FS Ed Reed played through a lingering
right hamstring injury.
FS Ko Simpson
was limited by a hamstring and Bryan
Scott got the start. He worked primarily at SS, working both
slots with Donte Whitner. Scott led the team with seven solo tackles,
including his first sack since 2005. Once an extremely productive
starter for the Falcons, Scott was driven out of ATL after the
2005 season because of perceived limitations in coverage and has
spent the last three seasons as an injury-prone reserve in NO
and BUF. However, it was a strong effort against SD TE Antonio
Gates in their previous game that reportedly contributed to his
increased usage. Scott is a nice waiver pick who could pay off
with good tackle numbers, but his job security is questionable.
Posluszny (six solo) and WLB Keith
Ellison (five solo) had seven tackles.
DE Aaron Schobel missed another game, but CB Terrence McGee returned,
although he was limited by his left knee sprain. MIA WR Ted Ginn
Jr. had a career day thanks, in part, to McGeeís knee. Ashton
Youboty was also inactive with a foot injury. Schobel sounds questionable
again this week and Ryan Denney continues to start in his place.
Beason and CB Chris
Gamble led the team with eight tackles (seven solo). They
are one and two on the team, respectively, in tackles on the season.
Gamble is on track to set a career high in tackles, on pace for
just under 100 for the season. Beason also had his second pick
of the season near the goal-line off a tipped pass to help preserve
the victory. Third DE Charles
Johnson finally lived up to the pass rush specialist label
with his first multi-sack game. Johnson had both sacks for the
Despite the bye, a couple key injuries in the secondary is still
a concern. Corners Nathan Vasher (thumb and wrist) and Charles
Tillman (shoulder) did not practice to start out the week. Vasher
had the pins removed from his wrist and hopes to return this week,
but Corey Graham has played well in Vasherís absence and
could push Vasher to the nickel job, which he might be better
suited for. DB Danieal Manning (hamstring) was back at practice
and proclaimed himself ready. DT Tommie Harris was also held back
as he continues to have problems with his knee.
SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer had thumb surgery over the bye and his
status is in question. He had been losing some snaps to UDFA Nick
Roach before Roach hurt his left shoulder. Roach is back and he
or Jamar Williams would get a shot if Hillenmeyer canít
play this week.
MLB Dhani Jones posted just one solo tackle in the game and fell
down to a tie for fifth in the league in tackles. There was no
mention of an injury in HC Marvin Lewisí presser, but Jones
has been playing through a mild foot problem. With rookie Keith
Rivers on the IR, the rest of the LB corps was lined up with Brandon
Johnson replacing Rivers at WLB and Rashad Jeanty at SLB. Jeanty
led the team with nine tackles (seven solo), despite leaving early
with a foot injury. Between injuries and suspensions (Darryl Blackstock),
the team has no depth at LB. They brought rookie tweener Eric
Henderson up from the practice squad last week and he could be
in line for more time. Johnson had six (four solo) in his first
The safeties continue to lineup with Chinedum Ndukwe at SS and
Dexter Jackson at FS, with Marvin White (who Jackson replaced
last week as the starting FS) working in. DT John Thornton returned
from an Achillesí tendon injury and had the only sack for
the Bengals. The team has just six on the season, only the Chiefs
DT Shaun Rogers led the team with nine solo tackles, including
his fourth sack of the season. He also blocked a FG attempt. The
volatile Rogers has been putting up great numbers with his new
team, he is on-track for career numbers across the board. OLB
Willie McGinest had just one solo tackle, but he brought some
great pressure too, getting four QB hits. ILB DíQwell Jackson
had nine tackles (eight solo), including his first sack of the
Jones had six tackles (five solo) in his second game back
from knee injury. He did experience some swelling after the game
and seems questionable for the next game, as heíll undergo some
further evaluation. Mike
Adams, who replaced him while he was out, missed Sunday with
a hamstring injury. DE Shaun
Smith (hand) remained inactive and is looking for medical
clearance to return this week. Louis Leonard continues to start
in his place.
The team won, but OLB DeMarcus Ware was held sackless for the
first time in ten games and you get the feeling he would have
traded the win for a sack. ILB Zach Thomas led the team with 11
tackles (eight solo). Thomas leads the team on the season. ILB
Bradie James went down in pain late in the game, but was back
in and seemed fine by the end.
A thin secondary took another hit when CB Anthony Henry left with
a quad injury in the third quarter. The team already had first-round
pick Mike Jenkins starting in place of Terence Newman, who is
recovering from groin surgery and expected to be out until after
the teamís Week 10 bye. Also, they were still, of course,
without Pacman Jones. Orlando Scandrick replaced Henry and Alan
Ball moved to the nickel. That should remain the lineup this week,
as it sounds like Henry is doubtful. Keith Davis remained the
starter at SS, as expected. Pat Watkins (stinger) was active,
but limited to special teams work. Reserve OLB Anthony Spencer
(hamstring) missed another game and is also expected to be out
until after the bye.
With Boss Bailey on the IR, Jaime Winborn takes over SLB coming
off the bye. Winborn has shown flashes of talent, but health has
been a major problem. Heís never played 16 games and this
is his ninth year in the league. CB Karl Paymah will replace Champ
Bailey who is out 4-6 with a groin strain.
While the team spirals down out of control, DE Dewayne White remains
white hot. White shared a sack with DT Cory Redding and had another
solo on which he stripped the ball. He also had another sack erased
on an offside by DE Jared DeVries. White totaled six tackles (five
solo). He has 23 tackles (18 solo) and 3.5 sacks in the last three
games. Reserve ends Ikaika Alama-Francis and rookie Cliff Avril
continue to be involved more, but neither are worth playing. Avril
had the first sack and forced fumble of his career. MLB Paris
Lenon recovered the fumble. Lenon also led the team in tackles
with nine (eight solo). Rookie LB Jordon Dizon hasnít been
more involved in part due to battling a lingering hamstring.
FS Dwight Smith was inactive with a foot injury suffered in the
previous game and Kalvin Pearson started in his place. Smithís
status remains in question for this week.
Coming off the bye, DE Mike Montgomery (ankle), CB Al Harris (spleen),
and SS Atari Bigby (hamstring) are expected to return. DT Johnny
Jolly was indicted on drug possession from an arrest back in July.
It is likely the trial wonít begin until the season is over,
so there may be no ramification for him this year.
DE Mario Williams got his seventh sack of the season and is on
a good pace to at least match his production from his breakout
season last year. He forced a fumble on the sack that DT Amobi
Okoye. Okoye is back in the starting lineup, but continues to
rotate and have no fantasy value. CB Dunta Robinson still wasnít
starting, but both he and Fred Bennett saw significant work. Robinson
is expected not to start again this week, but it seems a formality,
at this point. He had nine tackles (seven solo) and a pick. Get
him back in your lineup. SLB Zach Diles led the team with 12 (seven
solo). FS Will Demps was benched in favor of Nick Ferguson and
reserve Eugene Wilson stole a lot of snaps from starting SS Brandon
Harrison. According to Houston Chronicle beat writer John McClain,
HC Gary Kubiak likes how the tandem play together. Robinson looks
like the only HOU DB worth considering in fantasy lineup right
MLB Gary Brackett led the team with nine solo tackles and broke
up a pass. SLB Clint Session also had nine tackles (six solo).
SS Bob Sanders (high ankle sprain and arthroscopic knee surgery)
remained inactive and is likely to miss one more game. CB Kelvin
Hayden (knee) remained inactive, but is expected to return this
FS Reggie Nelson returned after missing three games with a knee
injury. He was back in the starting lineup without restrictions
and posted five solo tackles. MLB Mike Peterson led the team with
ten solo tackles. DE Paul Spicer had his second sack and forced
a fumble on it. Reggie Hayward was back in the starting lineup
across from Spicer with rookies Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves
rotating in. Despite adding two pass rushers with their first
two picks, only the Bengals and Chiefs have less sacks than the
nine total sacks JAX has.
NYJ QB Brett Favre managed to keep both teams in the game as he
alternated picks and TDs. Rookie CB Brandon
Flowers had the first two interceptions of his career, including
returning one for a 91-yard TD in the fourth quarter, but it wasnít
enough. Flowers also had eight tackles (five solo). SS Bernard
Pollard led the team with nine tackles (seven solo). FS Jarrad
Page had his second pick of the season. He also suffered a
groin injury in the game. Nickel CB Patrick
Surtain was also dinged, leaving with a quad injury. He was
replaced by Dmitri Patterson.
Donnie Edwards returned from his ankle injury and didnít
start, but worked in at MLB with Pat Thomas, as well as outside.
It looks like time to cut bait on Thomas, who hasnít been
very productive since starting the year in the middle, and Demorrio
Williams is of indeterminate value until this is sorted, as well.
DE Tamba Hali was moved back to LDE and finally brought pressure.
He had a hit on Favre that forced the first INT and had his first
sack of the season. It was just the fourth sack of the season
for the Chiefs and first by the defensive line. However, Hali
had to leave the game after aggravating a lingering knee injury.
Turk McBride started at RDE with seventh-round pick Brian Johnston
seeing some work. The team hopes Johnston, a product of FCS (aka
D-IAA) Gardner-Webb, will be the next Jared Allen Ė a physical
specimen from a small school who blows up. With the team all but
mathematically eliminated, Johnston could start to see more work.
He wonít have much value in redraft leagues, but is a nice
prospect in deep dynasty leagues.
With the team up just 17-16, CB Will D. Allen grabbed his first
pick of the season on the first play of the fourth quarter. He
was playing through a knee injury. The team converted that turnover
in to a FG. On the next drive by BUF, reserve OLB Quentin
Moses forced a fumble and OLB Joey
Porter recovered it. The offense ran a few minutes off the
clock before punting it back to the Bills and pinning them at
their own three-yard line. After two incomplete passes, Porter
was credited with his second sack of the game when he stripped
the ball from BUF QB Trent Edwards in the end zone. BUF C Duke
Preston recovered the ball, but was tackled by LB Charlie
Anderson for the safety. With less than two minutes remaining,
Bell forced a fumble after a reception that ILB Channing
Crowder recovered to seal the teamís third victory.
With two more sacks, Porter leads the league with 10.5 on the
season, tying his career high. He has 9.5 sacks in the last five
games alone. The team placed CB Michael Lehan on the IR and signed
Joey Thomas to take his roster spot for depth. CB Jason Allen
will remain in the nickel role with Lehan down for the season.
Allen led the team with seven solo tackles (including one on special
teams). He has been productive when given the chance, but his
inconsistency has made it hard for him to keep playing time since
being drafted in the first round of 2006. NT Jason Ferguson played
through his rib injury, but saw limited snaps.
Tackles Kevin and Pat Williams took the headlines over the bye
when they were involved in a FOXsports report about several players
testing positive for banned substances, allegedly diuretic found
in certain water pills used for weight lose. While not a steroid,
it is banned because it is a masking agent that can be used to
hide steroid use and, in a worst-case scenario, could involve
suspensions. HC Brad Childress said he expects both to play this
week as the story continues to evolve.
FS Madieu Williams is expected to finally take the field as a
Viking, after sitting out so far this season after preseason surgery
on his neck for a nerve problem. However, it may not be as a starter
immediately. Rookie Tyrell Johnson has filled in admirably, but
is unlikely to hold Williams off for long. The Vikings made Williams
one of the highest-paid safeties in the league this off-season.
If you have room, this is probably the last opportunity to sneak
Williams by on waivers, he should be producing soon. Napoleon
Harris is expected to remain the starting MLB, even when David
Herron returns. Herron is out indefinitely with a hip injury and
there is no indication heíll be ready after the bye.
Starting corners Deltha OíNeal and Ellis Hobbs were both
dinged up in the game. OíNeal left with an apparent head
injury and Hobbs left with an apparent shoulder injury in the
first half. Both returned in the fourth quarter. Hobbs was only
back briefly before appearing to aggravate the injury and leaving
for good. Mike Richardson and rookie Jonathan Wilhite worked in
their place. OíNeal had his second pick of the season before
leaving. As expected, Brandon Meriweather replaced Rodney Harrison,
who went on the IR with a torn quad, at SS. Meriweather had six
tackles (three solo). He leads the team in picks and is a great
addition in all leagues if available.
ILB Tedy Bruschi led the team with 11 tackles (six solo). OLB
Adalius Thomas had two sacks, giving him a team-leading five on
the season. Heís on track to return to double-digit sacks
this season since moving back outside, but his tackle numbers
are way down now that heís focusing on pinning the ears
back and getting after the QB. Ends Ty Warren and Richard Seymour
each had a sack. It was the first of the season for Warren and
fourth of the season for Seymour. Seymour is on his way to posting
his best numbers since his 2003, the best fantasy season of his
career. Both pulled more work with third DE Jarvis Green (ankle)
Starting ends Will Smith and Charles Grant are among the players
having their names mentioned in the diuretic/water pill scandal.
As previously mentioned, the story is still evolving, but the
worst case scenario involves potential suspensions. Both played
in London, with Smith posting three solos and Grant one, as well
as batting down a pass. The team had no sacks. Both are expected
to play this week.
The team got healthy as first-round pick Sedrick Ellis (right
knee) was back in the starting lineup and nickel CB Aaron Glenn
(ankle sprain) was back, as well. Ellis had one solo tackle. MLB
Jonathan Vilma led the team with nine solo tackles and grabbed
his first pick as a Saint. He took a slim lead in tackles for
the league, with 72 on the season.
New York Giants
Constant pressure on PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger was a difference
in the game. The Giants entered the game behind the Steelers for
the league lead in sacks, but posted five to none by PIT to pass
them on the way to victory. DE Mathias
Kiwanuka led the way with a career-high three sacks, and a
few other QB hits, forcing a fumble on one. He has five sacks
on the season. DE Justin
Tuck got his sixth sack of the season and third DE Darrell
Tollefson also had one. This line hasnít missed a beat despite
Umenyiora before the season began, helped by the emergence
MLB Antonio Pierce returned after missing the previous game with
a quad strain. He had seven tackles (three solo) and forced a
fumble. FS Michael Johnson led the team with eight tackles (three
solo, including one on special teams). First-round pick S Kenny
Phillips got his first career pick on the a desperation fourth-down
heave by Roethlisberger that sealed the victory with less than
two minutes to play.
WLB Gerris Wilkinson remained inactive with a MCL sprain giving
rookie Bryan Kehl another start. He had four tackles (one solo)
and his first career pick. Wilkinson is out at least one more
week, but could find himself seeing less snaps in a continued
job share. Nickel CB Kevin Dockery suffered a fracturing of the
transverse process in his back during the game and is out for
a few weeks. Rookie Terrell Thomas replaced him and will see more
action while Dockery is out.
New York Jets
ILB David Harris suffered an injury to his lower body and left
the game Sunday. HC Eric Mangini, notorious as his mentor Bill
Belichick for ambiguous injury data, called it a hip, but it has
been reported as both a hamstring and a groin injury. Harris should
be questionable this week and probably benched, since his production
has been unspectacular this season, not warranting the risk if
there is any question. David Bowens replaced him on Sunday and
had four tackles (three solo, including one on special teams),
with his third sack. DE Shaun Ellis had a sack for the fourth
straight game, his team-leading sixth of the season. SS Kerry
Rhodes had nine tackles (eight solo), including is first sack
of the season. Rhodes leads the team in tackles and is having
a nice bounce-back season after a disappointing 2007. CB Dwight
Lowery led the team with ten tackles (eight solo).
MLB Kirk Morrison led the team with a game-high 13 tackles (11
solo). It was his second double-digit tackle game of the season.
He is now on pace to slightly surpass his career best of 127 set
in 2006. However, he is second on the team in tackles to SS Gibril
Wilson on the season. Wilson posted seven tackles (six solo) and
forced a fumble recovered by CB DeAngelo Hall. Wilson is on pace
to shatter his career high in tackles, but hasnít been coming
up with the big plays. Both Morrison and Wilson are among the
top ten in the league tackles. They get plenty of opportunities
with the offense among the bottom third of the league. Hiram Eugene
remained the starter at FS with Michael Huff coming off the bench.
Huff had started the first 37 games of his career before Eugene
replaced him last week.
Burgess missed his third game with a strained triceps. Jay
Richardson started in his place opposite Kalimba Edward. Rookie
Scott couldnít follow up his two-sack performance the prior
week, posting just two solo tackles on special teams. SLB Ricky
Brown got his first double-digit tackle game with a career-high
10 (six solo), but made some mistakes in the game and could be
pushed by back-up Robert Thomas.
DL Darren Howard was looking like a bust after being a high-profile
addition three years ago. Last year, he fell to the bottom of
the depth chart and posted just one sack, the lowest total of
his career. This year, he began working inside and was born-again
as an all-purpose reserve. With another sack on Sunday, he leads
the team with 4.5 on the season. He has some value in deep leagues
who segregate DE and DT (and he qualifies as a DT), but still
not worth rostering in most leagues because his output will be
erratic. DE Trent Cole led the team with six tackles (five solo).
He is still a good pass rusher, but career-high 12.5 sacks last
year is looking like an outlier on expectations of where his expected
production actually lies. CB Asante Samuel grabbed his third pick
of the season among the three passes he broke up in the game.
Harrison was on the other side of losing the ball for once
on Sunday. As the back-up long snapper, he had to fill in when
Greg Warren injured and sailed a snap deep in PIT territory over
P Mitch Berger and out of the end zone for a safety. Harrison
had his worst game of the season on defense, as well, posting
just two assists. He also had two solo tackles on special teams.
Farrior and DE Brett
Keisel led the team with 11 tackles (six solo) each. Despite
leading the league in sacks as a team entering the game, PIT couldnít
get to NYG QB Eli Manning. The Giants took over the team lead
in sacks by the time the game was over. The defense also forced
Clark dislocated his shoulder in the fourth quarter and left
the game. Tyrone
Carter replaced him and should get the start Monday night
Smith also seeing more work, as Clark is expected to miss
the game. Despite not practicing last week and being reported
prior to the game that DE Aaron
Smith would miss it, he started. Smith is apparently dealing
with a serious personal situation that the team and media are
respecting his privacy regarding specifics. Smith is not expected
to practice this week and remains a question for Monday night.
Hampton returned from a groin injury and SS Troy
Polamalu played despite a concussion in the previous game.
Both are expected to play this week.
DE Leonard Little aggravated the same hamstring injury that cost
him two games earlier this year and left the game in the first
half. Eric Moore replaced him and had a sack in the fourth quarter,
his first of the season. Rookie DE Chris Long also had two big
sacks in the fourth quarter, giving him four on the season. Little
is a very risky play this week regardless of what his status ends
up being. DT Adam Carriker (left ankle sprain) was inactive despite
practicing last week.
FS O.J. Atogwe had his fourth pick of the season and third in
the last two games. He is the main playmaker on defense and arguably
the top fantasy option at purely FS. CB Ronald Bartell left in
the third quarter after a big shot. Nickel corner Jason Craft
replaced him and led the team with 11 tackles (nine solo, including
one on special teams). CB Tye Hill (torn cartilage in knee) was
inactive despite wanting to return last week.
ILB Tim Dobbins led the team with nine tackles (seven solo), including
forcing a fumble and breaking up a pass. He seems to be pulling
ahead in the rotation with Matt Wilhelm, even against a passing
team like the Saints. OLB Jyles Tucker returned after missing
three games with a hamstring strain. He had two tackles, including
one for a loss.
CB Quentin Jammer left in the third quarter with cramping. Cletis
Gordon saw plenty of work with Jammer our and CB Antonio Cromartie
battling a lingering hip problem. The team has a bye as they return
from London, so both corners should be healthy for their next
OLB Manny Lawson had his first big game of the season. He missed
two games with a hamstring injury before returning the previous
week and on Sunday he led the team with nine tackles (seven solo),
including his first sack of the season. DE Ray McDonald was inactive
with a knee injury. He is expected back after the bye. SS Michael
Lewis played through a knee sprain and had three solo tackles.
MLB Lofa Tatupu returned from a concussion in the previous game,
but left in the first quarter with a groin strain and didnít
return. Once again, D.D. Lewis filled in admirably, posting ten
tackles (six solo, including one on special teams). It was his
second consecutive game he didnít start and posted double-digit
tackles. WLB Leroy Hill led the team with 13 tackles (ten solo,
including one on special teams). DE Patrick Kerney also left the
game early after aggravating his surgically-repaired (torn labrum)
left shoulder. He had his fifth sack of the season and stripped
the ball, as well as recovered a fumble forced by SLB Julian Peterson
on his fourth sack of the season, before leaving. Rookie Lawrence
Jackson replaced Kerney. HC Mike Holmgren expects Tatupu and Kerney
to miss practice this week, but play on Sunday. CB Josh Wilson
returned his first career pick 75 yards for his first career TD.
DT Rocky Bernard had two sacks.
Adams doubled his sack production on the season with two in
the game. MLB Barrett
Ruud led the team with 12 tackles (five solo). SS Jermaine
Phillips left the game after suffering a broken arm on a kick
return early in the second quarter. Sabby Piscitelli replaced
him and should move in to the starting lineup, rotating with Will
Allen. Piscitelli becomes a quality addition in most average (12
teams) or larger leagues. Phillips is out 4-6 weeks.
Hope had his first two picks of the season and first two-pick
game of his career. The second was tipped off the hands of IND
TE Dallas Clark late in the fourth quarter and TEN put the game
away with a TD on the next play. OLB David
Thornton (five solo) and FS Michael
Griffin (six solo, including two on special teams) led the
team with eight tackles.
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch was inactive after aggravating his groin
injury. Dave Ball was supposed to replace him, but Ball was hurt
on the opening kick-off and rookie Jason Ford saw most of the
work. The team had no sacks in the game.
DE Jason Taylor started, but was limited, on Sunday. He posted
just one solo tackle. After the game, he pushed up a procedure
scheduled for Monday to drain the calf. Demetric Evans rotated
in and recorded his first sack of the season, the only one for
the team. Evans should get the start this week as Taylor is expected
to miss at least this week. DT Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) missed
his second straight game, but is expected back this week. MLB
London Fletcher led the team with seven tackles (six solo).
The secondary was hurting with CB Shawn
Springs (calf strain) inactive, as expected, and SS Chris
Horton out, as well. Fred Smoot replaced Springs across from
and with Leigh Torrence at the nickel, but the team had more problems
at safety. With former starter Reed
Doughty out for the season, the team went to the street after
Horton was hurt. They signed Mike
Green, formerly with CHI and SEA, and put him in the starting
lineup on Sunday. Green had six tackles (five solo). Horton is
expected back this week.