- DT Shaun Rogers, CLE - done for the season with a broken
leg. Ahtyba Rubin replaces him at NT. Don't expect similar results.
- DE Jeremy Jarmon, WAS - the supplemental draft pick is done
for the season a torn ACL. An injury like this late in the year
is going to carryover to next season.
- MLB Antonio
Pierce, NYG - his season is officially over after being
placed on the IR with a bulging disc in his neck. Chase
Blackburn will be the primary Mike, but Jonathan
Goff could get some work so the team can evaluate if he
is the future at the position.
- OLB Lance Briggs, CHI - suffered a left knee sprain on Sunday
and is questionable. With LB depth a problem in Chicago, they
signed Cato June this week. Jamar Williams probably gets first
shot if Briggs is out, but June is familiar with the Tampa-2
and should be up-to-speed quickly.
- OLB Shawne Merriman, SD - HC Norv Turner said he could be
rested this week to help a lingering foot injury. The team hasn't
lost much when first-round pick Larry English has been in there
and they have an easy date at Cleveland this week.
- CB Charles Tillman, CHI - suffered a concussion on Sunday
and is very questionable this week. Nathan Vasher should replace
him if he's out.
- CB Rashean Mathis, JAX - will miss his second straight game
as he has already been ruled out this week with a groin injury.
- S Michael
Johnson, NYG - left Thursday night's game with a groin strain.
- S Brodney Pool, CLE - expected to miss this week, if not
the rest of the season, with another concussion. Mike Adams
is expected to take over at S, with Brandon McDonald returning
to the starting lineup at CB, where Adams recently replaced
- S Eric Weddle, SD - expected to miss a couple weeks with
a knee injury. Steve Gregory will start in his place.
- Oakland DE Greg Ellis exited his return to Dallas early on
Thanksgiving due to swelling in his recently surgically-repaired
left knee. He has been battling arthritis in the knee and had
a procedure over their Week 9 bye. He missed their Week 10 game,
then notched a sack in their Week 11 upset of the Bengals, but
the short week caught up to his 34 year-old body. After a quick
start to the season which saw him get 4 sacks over the first
4 games, he has been a fantasy non-factor. Trevor Scott took
advantage of more work on Thursday, posting a season-high 6
tackles, including 2 sacks. Scott, who after an impressive rookie
debut last year has been lost in the shuffle with additions
of ends Ellis and Richard Seymour, looks to have value the rest
of the season as Ellis shouldn't be relied on the rest of the
- Washington expects to have DT Albert Haynesworth back from
this ankle injury this week.
- Indianapolis waived Josh Thomas this week, a good sign DE
Dwight Freeney will be back from an ab injury.
- The Thanksgiving feast for Denver OLB Elvis Dumervil on Thursday
night featured NYG QB Eli Manning. Dumervil had two more sacks
to boost his league-leading total to 14, a new career high.
He also forced his third fumble of the season on his second
- Miami OLB Joey Porter continued to play with some fire after
his Week 10 benching. Porter had 2.5 sacks on Sunday, giving
him back-to-back multi-sack games. He has 13 tackles (10 solo)
and 4.5 sacks in the last two games, compared to 12 tackles
(10 solo) and 3 sacks his first seven games (missing two of
their first nine games). You have to ride him while he's hot.
- In Baltimore, Tavares
Gooden is not looking like the future at ILB the Ravens
hoped when they drafted him in the third round last year and
let Bart Scott walk before this season. Rookie UDFA Dannell
Ellerbe continues to impress and force a committee inside,
proving solid against the run despite being undersized. Gooden
has battled injuries (a knee and two concussions) that have
stunted his development, but there has to be some concern about
the future. Despite another fantastic season for Ray Lewis,
he turns 35 before next year and can't keep this level of play
up much longer. Neither Gooden or Ellerbe is worth rostering
in all but the deepest redraft leagues, while Gooden's upside
still gives him more dynasty potential. Versatile former UDFA
Jameel McClain was also in the picture inside earlier in the
season, but he has been working outside more especially since
Suggs has been out. DC Greg Mattison employs McClain like
a poor man's Adalius
Thomas, moving him around to confuse offenses as he can
be used as both a rushers and in pass coverage. McClain has
his first two career starts with Suggs out the last two game,
rotating with Paul
Kruger, who got his first career pick on SNF to help the
Ravens win in OT. Suggs missed his second straight game with
a sprained MCL and his status is still in question for this
- Carolina MLB Jon Beason was arrested Monday on an aggravated
assault charge related to an incident a few weeks earlier at…believe
it or not…a strip club. Beason posted bail and issue will probably
carry in to the off-season. This shouldn't impact him this year.
- Former Dolphin OLB Matt Roth wasted no time making an impact
for his new team in Cleveland. He started despite just being
signed last week and had a sack.
- Philadelphia rotated MLBs between Joe Mays and Jeremiah Trotter.
Will Witherspoon jumped to WLB, as expected. The moves were
necessitated by WLB Akeem Jordan being out with a knee injury.
- With his seventh double-digit tackle game of the season,
San Francisco ILB Patrick Willis closed the gap on the league-lead
in tackles to within two of Atlanta MLB Curtis Lofton, who has
109 on the season.
- Green Bay CB Charles Woodson continues to play at a dominant
level as he celebrated Thanksgiving in Detroit with 2 more picks,
returning the second for a TD, getting his second sack of the
season and forcing a fumble on a nice strip late in the game
that was awarded on replay. He puts up good tackle numbers in
addition to being an elite playmaker.
- Knee problems continue to cost Pittsburgh SS Troy Polamalu
time. He's doubtful for this week after missing the last two
games with a PCL sprain. He missed four games early in the season
with an MCL sprain in the same knee.
- Police have recommended charging San Diego CB Antonio Cromartie
with misdemeanor assault related to the bottle-throwing incident
discussed here last week. A city prosecutor should be making
a decision soon. This could a problem for Cromartie in the off-season
and there could be other Chargers dragged in to it.
- CB Terrence McGee could return for Buffalo this week after
missing a few games after a knee procedure.
- As expected, Minnesota was cautious with CB Antoine Winfield
and he sat out Sunday's easy win over Chicago. Expect him back
this week for a tougher tilt at Arizona.
- It was a shock that CB Mike
McKenzie didn't find work this year after his outstanding
performance for New Orleans on MNF. I didn't expect much from
the 33 year-old with bad knees, but he locked down Randy Moss
and had a great pick, then almost another later in the game.
McKenzie appears to have plenty of real and fantasy value left
in him this year.
- Indianapolis waived DB Anthony Madison this week, a good
sign CB Kelvin Hayden could return from a knee injury.
- Washington CB DeAngelo Hall is expected to miss another week
with his knee injury.
Milk Carton Player of the Week
Despite missing the final nine games last year due to a broken
jaw, Cincinnati OLB Keith
Rivers finished second in the Defensive ROY voting in 2008
to Jerod Mayo, the player selected immediately after him in the
draft. Expectations were high for the former ninth overall pick
coming in to this season as his spot on the weak side looked like
the only locked down position in the LB corps. He had a quiet
first half of the season, posting just one double-digit tackle
game (@CLE in Week 4) and disappointing fantasy owners with his
lack of playmaking ability. He suffered a calf injury in Week
9 and is finally expected back this week after missing the last
three games despite the injury originally being reported as a
strain and not serious. Brandon Johnson has been solid, but unspectacular,
in his absence. Rivers will resume his starting role, but there
seems little to be excited about. In 15 career games, almost a
full season, Rivers has 80 total tackles or 5.3 per game, with
one interception, one other pass defensed, and nothing else. He
is still young with plenty of upside, but he has to start either
racking up tackles regularly or turning in some big plays before
being inserted back in fantasy lineups.