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Week 16

Week 16 Injury Report (available Friday PM)

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Early Game Alert:
Friday: SD @ TEN 7:30pm EST

Notable Injuries

  • DE Adewale Ogunleye, CHI - done for the season with a small fracture in his lower left leg. Mark Anderson should replace him as the starter with Gaines Adams getting his first significant work as a Bear.

  • DE Leonard Little, STL - he was inactive Sunday due to complications from an infection in his knee. He is questionable for this week.

  • DE Andre Carter, WAS - plans to play through a slightly torn right biceps the last two weeks.

  • DE Ty Warren, NE - missed Sunday with an ankle injury. Mike Wright stepped up in h is place.

  • NT Vince Wilfork, NE - missed Sunday with a foot injury.

  • OLB Keith Bulluck, TEN - his streak of 127 consecutive starts is over after he tore his left ACL on Sunday. After a couple disappointing years, Bulluck was already back over 100 tackles on the season for the first time since 2006. An injury this late in the year will linger in to next season, when he'll be 33, so best is likely behind one of the top linebackers for the first half of the decade. A free agent after the season, he might not even be back in Tennessee. Colin Allred should replace him as the starter with Stanford Keglar seeing more work, as well. The team added journeyman Jamie Winborn for depth, who could push for a bigger role as soon as he learns the defense.

  • OLB David Thornton, TEN - a shoulder injury ends what has been a disappointing season for Thornton, who hasn't been nearly as productive in new DC Chuck Cecil's scheme this year. However, rookie Gerald McRath posted 11 tackles (7 solo) starting in place of Thornton on Sunday and now he will finish out the season as starter.

  • OLB Aaron Curry, SEA - the first-round pick was called "doubtful" for this week by HC Jim Mora as he deals with a shoulder stinger in his left arm from Sunday.

  • OLB Bryan Scott, BUF - suffered a concussion on Sunday so he has to sit out this week per the new league rules.

  • OLB Clint Ingram, JAX - was inactive Thursday night and is now done for the season due to a shoulder injury. Rookie Russell Allen started in his place.

  • CB Terrence McGee, BUF - done for the season with a right shoulder injury.

  • CB Lardarius Webb, BAL - done for the season after tearing his right ACL. Chris Carr replaces him opposite Domonique Foxworth as the starter.

  • CB Phillip Buchanon, DET - a shoulder sprain and knee injury make him highly questionable this week.

  • CB Jerraud Powers, IND - the third-round pick is not expected to play the rest of the regular season due to a hamstring injury. He won't be put on the IR in hopes of being ready for the playoffs. The rookie has been a key part of the injury-plagued Indianapolis secondary.

  • CB Corey Webster, NYG - missed MNF with a knee injury, but should return this week.

  • DB Aaron Ross, NYG - the new FS continues to battle a left hamstring problem and could miss this week.

  • S Ed Reed, BAL - was inactive for the third straight week with hip/groin and foot problems. He's seeing a specialist for the hip this week, watch for updates.
Defensive Line
  • After being held without a sack the previous two games, Minnesota DE Jared Allen got one on SNF to give him 13.5 on the season and close the gap on Denver OLB Elvis Dumervil, who remains at a league-leading 15 after being held sackless for the second consecutive week. With two sacks on Sunday, New Orleans DE Will Smith jumps to third with a new season high of 12 sacks.

  • As discussed here last week, Indianapolis' ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis saw limited work on Thursday night. Daniel Muir and Antonio Johnson started in their place, but it was third DE Eric Foster with the big night, racking up a couple sacks, another TFL, and forcing a fumble.


  • With his sixth double-digit tackle game of the season, Atlanta MLB Curtis Lofton recaptured sole possession of second among the league's leaders in tackles. Washington MLB London Fletcher is two behind him. San Francisco ILB Patrick Willis remains in the lead in tackles with 138.

  • Chris Gocong is the latest Philadelphia LB to fall out of favor, as rookie Moise Fokou started at SLB over him on Sunday. Will Witherspoon is the only LB worth touching on that team right now.

  • New England saw OLB Adalius Thomas return to the starting lineup and said all the right things publically, but the relationship with HC Bill Belichick may be irreparable at this point. He has just 3 sacks this season, tying the lowest of single-season total of his career. OLB Tully Banta-Cain took a commanding team lead after a career best 3 sacks against the Bills. He leads the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. The miserable Buffalo OLine also helped OLB/DE tweener Derrick Burgess get just his 4th sack of the season.

  • Dallas OLB Demarcus Ware should return from his neck sprain scare this week.

  • OLB Ernie Sims has resumed his starting role, pushing rookie DeAndre Levy to a back-up role.

Defensive Back

  • With his 8th pick of the season, Philadelphia CB Asante Samuel join New Orleans S Darren Sharper and Green Bay CB Charles Woodson within to within one of league leader Buffalo rookie S Jairus Byrd. After 7 picks in the first half of the season, Sharper only has one in the second half.

  • The depth in the secondary in New Orleans got a boost when CB Tracy Porter returned to the starting lineup after missing several weeks with an MCL sprain and Randall Gay returned from a hamstring injury. They started, pushing first-round pick Malcolm Jenkins to the nickel and Mike McKenzie to the bench. The team hopes to get their other starter, Jabari Greer, back from a sports hernia soon and should emerge stronger for the opportunity the absences offered Jenkins and the addition McKenzie has been.

  • Pittsburgh SS Troy Polamalu has missed six games with a strained PCL in his left knee, but may return this week - watch for updates.

  • Kerry Rhodes is back in the starting lineup for the Jets.

  • A rare highlight for Detroit happened on Sunday when rookie S Louis Delmas returned his first career pick 100 yards for a TD.