- DT Albert Haynesworth, WAS - suffered a left ankle sprain
on Sunday, but expects to play this week. Watch the injury updates
- DT Tommy Kelly, OAK - left Sunday with a rib injury and missed
the rest of the game.
- DE/OLB Terrell
Suggs, BAL - left Monday night's game with a sprained right
knee after QB Brady Quinn dove at his knees during a pick. Suggs
had a MRI on Tuesday, but the results aren't known as of Tuesday
night. Rookie Paul Kruger, active for just the second time this
season, replaced Suggs.
- OLB Aaron
Kampman, GB - was inactive with a concussion on Sunday and
is expected to return this week. Seventh-round pick Brad Jones
got the start in his place.
- OLB Akeem
Jordan, PHI - was inactive Sunday with a hyperextended knee
and his status for this week is uncertain. The Eagles shuffled
their LB set to compensate, moving Chris Gocong to the middle
and Will Witherspoon to the weak side. Rookie Moise Fokou then
stepped in and got the start at SLB.
- OLB Mike
Vrabel, KC - entering the game with the injury report indicating
he had a hip injury, Vrabel left on Sunday with a knee problem
and reportedly left the locker room in a brace. Former UDFA
Andy Studebaker replaced him. Not much mentioned about this
one, watch for updates before Sunday.
- OLB Keith
Ellison, BUF - more injuries at LB for the hapless Bills,
as Ellison missed Sunday due to a quad injury from the previous
game. Bryan Scott moved up from SS to replace him at WLB.
- S Troy Polamalu, PIT - strained his left PCL on Sunday, the
same knee he suffered an MCL sprain that cost him several games
earlier this year. HC Mike Tomlin calls him "questionable at
best" for this week. Dreaded GTD, but plan for him to sit.
- S Roy
Williams, CIN - was placed on the IR last week with a fractured
forearm. Nedu Ndukwe takes over full-time at SS and makes a
nice addition to finish out the year.
- S Jim
Leonhard, NYJ - out indefinitely after surgery on a broken
right thumb suffered in Sunday's game. He should be replaced
at SS by Eric Smith.
- S Ken
Hamlin, DAL - out a few weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Pat Watkins should start at FS in his place.
- CB Rashean
Mathis, JAX - out indefinitely with a groin injury. When
he missed a game earlier this month with a broken finger, the
thin secondary needed to move FS Reggie Nelson to CB to replace
- CB Tracy Porter, NO - out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL in
his left knee.
- CB Sheldon Brown, PHI - left the game early with a hamstring
injury. He was replaced by Dimitri Patterson.
- While there was no official comment on the heavily-wrapped
right hand of Carolina DE Julius
Peppers, MLB Jon
Beason revealed in an interview that Peppers has a broken
hand. The injury occurred in the previous game and he is playing
through it. He had some pressure on Sunday, but failed to register
even a tackle. He had just one solo tackle in the previous game.
He has been mostly limited to passing downs, with DE Charles
Johnson picking up the additional reps. However, Johnson
(pec) joined Peppers on the injury report this week. Peppers
will be challenged to put up decent numbers until the hand heals.
- After nine consecutive regular season games with a sack,
Indianapolis DE Dwight Freeney was kept in check by New England
on Sunday night. On the other side, DE Robert Mathis got through
for 2 sacks and now has 8.5 on the season, on behind Freeney.
- With a sack on Sunday, Denver OLB tweener Elvis Dumervil
took over the league lead in sacks with 10.5, passing Minnesota
DE Jared Allen who didn't get one. Allen has 7.5 sacks against
the Packers this year in two games and 3 sacks in his other
seven games. On the other side of Allen, DE Ray Edwards is one
of the hotter DLine players out there and may be finally living
up to his potential benefitting from playing opposite Allen.
In addition to back-to-back two-sack games, Edwards has 8 solo
tackles, including a forced fumble, and 2 passes defensed. Of
course, these games came against Green Bay and Detroit, who
rank first and fourth, respectively, in sacks allowed this season.
On that note, with every team having completed their bye, here
is a list of top teams in sacks allowed this season to help
your DLine decisions:
1. Green Bay Packers 41
2. Kansas City Chiefs 32
3. Washington Redskins 31
4. Detroit Lions 29
5. San Francisco 49ers 28
6. Oakland Raiders 27
7. Pittsburgh Steelers 27
8. Buffalo Bills 25
9. (Tie) Cleveland Browns 23
9. (Tie) Miami Dolphins 23
9. (Tie) Seattle Seahawks 23
- With his sixth double-digit tackle effort of the season on
Sunday, San Francisco ILB Patrick Willis move within 2 of Atlanta
MLB Curtis Lofton, who leads the league with 90 tackles this
- Miami OLB Joey Porter was inactive on Sunday after HC Tony
Sparano reportedly benched him for "off-field conduct".
- After posting 2 sacks in back-to-back games, San Diego OLB
Shawne Merriman disappeared against Philly, despite the Eagles
giving him plenty of opportunities by throwing 55 passes.
- Rookie OLB/DE Brian
Orakpo continues to adapt well to his tweener role in Washington.
He has 3.5 sacks in the last two games and leads all rookies
with 7 on the season.
- Minnesota CB Antoine Winfield has said he is likely to return
this week from a cracked bone in his right foot that cost him
3 games, but with the division well under control, the team
and Winfield are likely to be cautious.
- Buffalo S Donte
Whitner did not start on Sunday as he returns from an ankle
injury. Impressive rookie Jairus
Byrd should remain at FS, but Whitner should push George
Wilson back to the bench at SS. Byrd took over the league
lead in interceptions with his 8th pick on Sunday. It broke
a tie with New Orleans FS Darren
Sharper, who was inactive with a sprained knee. Sharper
should play this week.
- BAL SS Dawan Landry has had rough season, but it appeared
DC Greg Mattison didn't have confidence in last year's draft
picks of Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski at safety until he
said last week he planned to work them in more. That didn't
work out on Monday night, especially after Nakamura broke his
right ankle on the opening kickoff. Mattison appears to have
more confidence in rookie CB Lardarius Webb in the struggling
pass defense, who has also flashed some ability on the blitz.
Milk Carton Player of the Week
One year after posting a career-high 17.5 sacks, Miami OLB Joey
Porter has contributed 2.5 sacks through Week 10, missing
one game due to a hamstring injury and missing his second on Sunday
when HC Tony Sparano benched him for what he eventually labeled
"off-field conduct". Allegedly the Dolphin's co-captain was upset
about losing playing time due to his sub-par performance and had
it out with Sparano last week. While ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported
Monday that Porter won't play Thursday and likely beyond, Sparano
told the media on Tuesday Porter will play and could start. Discipline
for Porter has previously been a challenge for Sparano, notably
in an infamous incident almost a year ago during a loss to the
Patriots. After Porter drew 30 yards on penalties on back-to-back
personal fouls, Sparano sent Charlie Anderson in to replace Porter,
until Porter chased him back to the bench to continue the series.
However, it's a different story when the player was in the midst
of a career season. With Charlie Anderson and Cameron Wake performing
well when given a chance, it makes the decision easier. Porter
is likely to channel his anger in to an exciting performance or
two in the near future, but he has already done enough damage
to fantasy owners who have kept with him through his struggles
this year and isn't worth the gamble.