- 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
- CB Lardarius
Webb, BAL - done for the season after tearing his right
ACL. Chris Carr replaces him opposite Domonique Foxworth as
- 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
- 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.
- After being held without a sack the previous two games, Minnesota
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
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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