- OLB Demarcus
Ware, DAL - carted off the field in the second half on Sunday
with a neck injury. While a scary scene, fortunately the injury
was just a neck sprain. He is expected to miss at least Saturday
- OLB Aaron Curry, SEA - the rookie left was a hip pointer
Sunday, but it reportedly fine and ready to go this week.
- OLB David Thornton, TEN - left early with a left shoulder
injury and is questionable this week. Rookie Gerald McRath replaced
- S Ed Reed, BAL - was inactive for the second straight week
with hip/groin and foot problems. Tom Zbikowski started in his
place again and had a pick for the second consecutive game.
Reed is expected back this week, so Tommy Z. heads back to the
bench with a brighter looking future in 2010.
- S Louis Delmas, DET - left Sunday's game with an ankle sprain
and is questionable this week.
- Look for dinged up Indianapolis' ends Dwight Freeney and
Robert Mathis to be among the key players the Colts rest down
the stretch with home field wrapped up throughout the playoffs.
It sounds like HC Jim Caldwell will give starters most of their
reps on Thursday night, but Weeks 16 and 17 will be a risky
play for many Colt starters.
- After the notes were published last week, Atlanta DT Jonathan
Babineaux was pulled over smoking a blunt and found to have
more than an ounce of marijuana, allegedly, so he was charged
with possession with intent to distribute. He's out on bond
and played Sunday and will play this week, but he has some legal
and league problems to deal with next year. Joining Babs with
similar worries is Green Bay DL Johnny
Jolly, who has had a previously dismissed drug possession
charge resurface this week due to new evidence.
- Washington DT Albert Haynesworth is expected back in the
lineup this week.
- Jacksonville DT John Henderson is expected back in the lineup
- Denver OLB Elvis Dumervil (15.0) was held sackless, as was
Minnesota DE Jared Allen (12.5), so no change at the top of
the league lead for sacks.
- Washington rookie tweener Brian Orakpo beat Oakland LT Mario
Henderson and chip blocks to rack up 4 sacks on Sunday, tying
a team single-game record. Orakpo now has 11 on the season,
tying him for fourth in league with teammate DE Andre Carter,
who had a pair of sacks on Sunday. Carter has also forced 3
fumbles on the season and already has a career season-high in
tackles with 57.
- After finally releasing the talent of TE Vernon
Davis with his tough love approach, it looks like another
underachiever is heading toward becoming a success story for
San Francisco HC Mike Singletary. OLB Ahmad
Brooks has always been an outstanding physical specimen
with plenty of upside, but he has struggled to translate to
consistent success on the field as he bounced around the front
seven since being drafted by Cincinnati in the 2006 supplemental
draft. This season, Brooks has focused on OLB, particularly
as a pass rush specialist, working behind starters Parys
Haralson and Manny
Lawson. He finally had a breakout game before a national
audience on MNF, tallying 3 sacks and forcing 2 fumbles. He
also had a sack in the previous game and now has 5 on the season.
Brooks has renewed appeal for dynasty leagues, but remains a
risky gamble the rest of the season in redrafts - although he
has an appealing match-up against Detroit in Week 16 and at
St. Louis in Week 17.
- The return of Lance Briggs in Chicago pushed Jamar Williams,
coming off a career-high 18 tackles, out of WLB, but not all
the way back to the bench. Williams rotated with Nick Roach
- After missing three games with a sprained right MCL, a thinner
Baltimore OLB/DE Terrell Suggs returned to action on Sunday
and posted 4 solo tackles.
- New England OLB Adalius Thomas secluded himself deeper in
HC Bill Belichick's doghouse by being one of the four players
late for a team meeting last week due to snow in what has infamously
been dubbed "LateGate". Thomas, who was benched previously,
was a healthy scratch on Sunday. OLB/DE Derrick Burgess and
LB Gary Guyton, two of the others involved, played on Sunday,
as did WR Randy Moss (sort of). Expect Thomas to be out of New
England in the off season, although they are unlikely to cut
him because they would be on the hook for almost $9 million
in bonus money.
- San Francisco ILB Patrick Willis retains the league lead
in tackles with 132, while Carolina MLB Jon Beason and Washington
MLB London Fletcher have caught Atlanta MLB Curtis Lofton for
a big tie at second with 118 tackles on the season.
- Impressive Buffalo rookie S Jairus Byrd recaptured the league
lead in interceptions on the season with his ninth on Sunday.
- Jacksonville CB Rashean Mathis (groin) is due back in the
lineup this week, despite the short week.
- Dallas S Ken Hamlin (ankle) is due back in the lineup this
- San Diego S Eric Weddle (knee sprain) is due back in the
lineup this week.
- Pittsburgh SS Troy Polamalu will miss his fifth game this
week with a strained PCL in his left knee. Best case scenario
now is he returns Week 16, so he's probably done for the season.
- Finally back from his foot injury, Minnesota CB Antoine Winfield
returned with a bang. He had 9 solo tackles and forced a fumble.