- NT Jason Ferguson, MIA - done for the season with a torn
quad. Paul Soliai will replace him.
- DE Bryan Smith, JAX - done for season with shoulder injury.
Rookie undrafted free agent Julius Williams gets a shot at RDE,
not former second-round pick Quentin Groves (who Smith replaced
as a starter earlier this year).
- MLB Antonio Pierce, NYG - a surprising late scratch last
week after a bulging disc was discovered in his neck. He is
expected to miss the rest of the regular season, but probably
won't go the IR while the Giants are in contention. Chase Blackburn
replaced him and didn't have a great game (7 tackles), but has
been a quality sub when given the chance and worth a roster
spot if you are hurting at LB in deeper leagues.
- OLB Keith Ellison - done for the season with after being
placed on the IR due to his quad. The injury woes for the Bills
continue as converted S Bryan Scott will man the WLB spot and
gets a great bump in leagues where he is still eligible as a
DB. Scott had his second consecutive double-digit tackle game.
- OLB Aaron Kampman, GB - done for the season with a left knee
injury. Seventh-round pick Brad Jones will replace him.
- OLB Ricky Brown, OAK - placed on IR with ankle injury. Jon
Alston should replace him, but he is battling some post-concussion
syndrome issues that have limited his PT lately. Sam Williams
is next in line.
- OLB Landon Johnson, CAR - another LB lost for the season
in Carolina. Johnson joins Thomas Davis the IR with a knee sprain.
Dan Connor should get an opportunity in his place. Na'il Diggs
is also sporting some dinged ribs on the other side, so James
Anderson could also play this week.
- SS Ko Simpson, DET - is done for the season with a knee injury
suffered on Sunday. Marvin White should start in his place.
- CB Al Harris, GB - done for the season with a knee injury.
Tramon Williams, who has flashed promise when he has had opportunities.
- CB Rashean
Mathis, BAL - injured his groin while getting beat up by
Buffalo WR Terrell Owens on Sunday. He is expected to miss at
least this week.
- CB Fabian Washington, BAL - done for the season with a torn
left ACL. Veteran journeymen Chris Carr and Frank Walker will
be in the mix for bigger roles, but rookie Lararius Webb, who
continues to impress, should be the main beneficiary.
- FS Eugene Wilson, HOU - done for the season with broken toes.
John Busing should start in his place, but the team added Brian
Russell this week.
- It's uncertain if Washington DT Albert Haynesworth is ready to return from this ankle injury this week, he remains a dreaded game-time decision. Kedric Golston is his back-up.
- Coming off effectively a one-game suspension when he was
benched in Week 10 for "off-field conduct", Miami OLB Joey Porter
bounced back with a two sacks last Thursday night, his first
multi-sack game of the season, among his season-high 8 tackles
(7 solo). As discussed last week, it's not surprising Porter
bounced back after one game, but it's been a disappointing season
and I'd wait another week before relying on him again. Miami
further shook up their LB corps by cutting OLB Matt Roth, who
came off career highs in tackles and sacks last year in to a
contentious pre-season situation where he missed training camp
with a groin injury despite medical tests clearing him. He ended
up on the PUP and then has barely played since coming off this
month. He stay unemployed long as LB- and talent-starved Cleveland
plucked him off waiver. Miami signed former Lion Ikaika Alama-Francis
to take Roth's roster spot.
- With his fourth double-digit tackle game of the season, Atlanta
MLB Curtis Lofton became the first player to 100 tackles this
year (101) and increase his league-leading margin to 5 over
San Francisco ILB Patrick Willis.
- Despite being held in check by the Chargers, Denver OLB Elvis
Dumervil maintained the league lead in sacks with 12 on
- With OLB Mike
Vrabel inactive with a knee injury, the Chiefs gave former
sixth-round pick of the Eagles Andy
Studebaker his first career start and he made the most of
it. He got his first two career interceptions of his career
on passes redirected by his teammates. He got the second one
two yards deep in the end zone and returned it 94 yards before
an outstanding effort by Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall stopped
Studebaker from also getting his first career TD.
- NYJ SS Jim
Leonhard was a surprise starter on Sunday after having surgery
just six days early on a broken right thumb. He played with
a cast on his right hand and had 5 solo tackles, but was replaced
as the punt returner. With Leonhard able to play, Jay Glazer
is reporting FS Kerry
Rhodes will lose his starting job, at least this week. Eric
Smith, who had been tabbed to replace Leonhard, will now
start at FS. After establishing himself as one of the top playmaking
safeties early in his career, Rhodes has struggled the last
two years and has forced no turnovers this year. It is probably
a motivational ploy, but Rhodes shouldn't be in your starting
lineup in the near future.
- Returning from a broken arm, Tennessee CB Nick
Harper struggled when he lined up against Houston WR Andre
Johnson on MNF. He should continue to be picked on, helping
his fantasy production.
- As discussed as likely last week, Minnesota sided with caution
with CB Antoine Winfield, who missed his fourth game with a
cracked bone in his right foot. Expect him to return this week
for a divisional game against Chicago. Watch for his status,
but it should be safe to return Winfield to your lineup.
- Having lost corners Tracy Porter for a month or so and now
Leigh Torrence for the season, as well as Randall Gay dinged
up, the Saints turned to jobless former Pro Bowl veterans Chris
McAlister and Mike McKenzie to add depth. At 33 with a history
of knee problem, it is hard to expect much from McKenzie. McAlister's
career also appeared to unceremoniously wind down due to injuries
last year. The main beneficiary is first-round pick Malcolm
Jenkins, who had 7 tackles (5 solo) and his first career pick
in his first career start on Sunday.
- While celebrating their victory over the Broncos out on the
town in San Diego last week, a patron at the establishment they
were at was hit in the head with a champagne bottle thrown allegedly
by one of the Chargers. CB Antonio Cromartie was initially implicated,
but recent updates seem to indicate there are witnesses who
have cleared him. Interesting, Cromartie's agent, Gary Wichard,
opened the door to throw other Chargers under the bus when he
was quoted on TMZ.com as saying "…actually there were three
other players involved". San Diego police are investigating.
Even if Cromartie is cleared, there could be problems for other
- In Buffalo, George
Wilson continues to start at SS over a healthy Donte
Whitner. Rookie Jairus
Byrd, who leads the league with 8 picks, is locked in at
Milk Carton Player of the Week
For all the success (well, at least for the first six games) Denver's
defense has had under new DC Mike, one player expected to play
a key role has been MIA. Robert
Ayers, the 18th overall pick in the 2009 draft, hasn't been
able to make the transition from DE to OLB. Ayers is still looking
for his first career sack and is firmly behind solid, but unspectacular,
journeyman Mario Haggan.