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Week 17

Week 17 Injury Report (available Friday PM)

IDP Depth Chart

Early Game Alert:
No early games, no MNF – all games are on Sunday

Notable Injuries

  • DE Ty Warren, NE - aggravated an ankle injury on Sunday and is expected to miss this week.

  • DT Brett Keisel, PIT - left early Sunday after aggravating a neck injury. Rookie Ziggy Hood replaced him.

  • DE Kenyon Coleman, CLE - left Sunday's game with an ankle injury.

  • DE Jimmy Wilkerson, TB - done for the season with a torn ACL. A disappointing end for a player who was capitalizing on his first extended stretch as a starter.

  • DT Pat Williams, MIN - a surprise scratch on MNF, apparently to rest a lingering elbow injury. Watch for his status this week.

  • OLB Brian Cushing, HOU - broke a finger on Sunday, but it shouldn't stop his campaign for DROY continuing this week.

  • OLB Aaron Curry, SEA - remains doubtful this week after missing Sunday with a shoulder stinger in his left arm and a hip pointer.

  • OLB Rey Maualuga, CIN - the impressive rookie is done for the season with a broken left ankle.

  • MLB Larry Foote, DET - missed Sunday with, ironically, a foot injury. Rookie DeAndre Levy got the start in his place.

  • ILB Channing Crowder, MIA - is done for the season after suffering a right foot injury on Sunday. Reggie Torbor replaced him. There is concern it is a Lisfranc fracture, which will be a lingering problem in to 2010.

  • OLB Bryan Scott, BUF - he'll miss his second straight game due to a concussion.

  • CB Charles Tillman, CHI - done for the season after suffering broken ribs and a lung contusion when teammate Craig Steltz missed a diving Viking and caught Tillman with a direct helmet hit in the side on MNF. Corey Graham should start in his place.

  • CB Rashean Mathis, JAX - sat out the second half after aggravating his groin injury.

  • S Ed Reed, BAL - was inactive for the fourth straight week with hip/groin and foot problems, but is expected to play this week in their must-win finale.

  • S Troy Polamalu, PIT - despite missing the second half of the season with a sprained left PCL, he still hasn't been ruled out for the season with the team clinging to playoff hopes.

  • S Jairus Byrd, BUF - the impressive rookie and his league-leading 9 picks are done for the season due to a groin injury.

  • S Reed Doughty, WAS - expected to miss the season finale after suffering a high ankle sprain Sunday. Kareem Moore would replace him.

  • S, CHI - all top three safeties are injured. Kevin Payne (ankle) and Al Afalava (knee) were inactive on MNF and remain questionable this week. Danieal Manning suffered a calf injury on a kick return and is expected to miss the season finale. It should be Josh Bullocks and Craig Steltz who start again and see plenty of work at Detroit.
Defensive Line

  • With two sacks, including his fourth forced fumble of the season, at Philly on Sunday Denver OLB Elvis Dumervil took a commanding lead with 17 sacks on the season. For the third time in the last four games, Minnesota DE Jared Allen was held sackless and he remains sitting on 13.5 for the year with just three in the second half of the season. Despite once again seeing limited work, Indianapolis DE Dwight Freeney posted two sacks and caught up to Allen with 13.5 on the season. New Orleans DE Will Smith had his third sack in the last three games and is at 13 sacks.

  • Despite matching a single-game best with three sacks on Sunday, giving him 10 sacks on the season, Buffalo DE Aaron Schobel continues to say he is considering retirement after the season. After a disappointing 2007 and injury-shortened 2008, Schobel has had a nice return to form this season at age 32.

  • After being demoted to a back-up role at the beginning of December, New York Giant DE Osi Umenyiora responded with a sack in Week 14 and Week 15 as a situational pass rusher. However, after a goose egg in their embarrassing loss at home to Carolina on Sunday, he apparently held his tongue long enough and was critical of his limited role. He is under contract through 2012 and the team said they have no desire to trade or release him. This one should calm down over the offseason.

  • With DE Adewale Ogunleye done for the season, and likely for good in Chicago, Mark Anderson got the start and racked up a sack. Gaines Adams and rookie Jarron Gilbert also saw work.

  • Cincinnati NT Domata Peko is expected to return after missing the last four games after knee surgery.


  • Limited by shoulder and hamstring problems, Atlanta MLB Curtis Lofton had just one tackle and fell to third in the league in tackles with 129. With his seventh double-digit tackle game of the season, Carolina MLB Jon Beason jumped to a tie for second with Washington MLB London Fletcher at 134. San Francisco ILB Patrick Willis continues to lead the league with 147 tackles.

  • Cleveland OLB Matt Roth racked up another sack and half on Sunday, giving him four in the five games since joining the Browns.

Defensive Back

  • Arizona S Adrian Wilson continued his strong finish to the season with a sack and a pick on Sunday. It was his fifth pick of the year, a new single-season best, and the 23 pick of his career. The sack gave him 20.5 on his career, moving him in to the elite 20-20 club. He is just the 10th player in NFL history to record 20 sacks and interceptions in their career.

  • Philadelphia CB Asante Samuel and New Orleans S Darren Sharper each had a pick on Sunday to give them 9 on the season, moving in to a three-way tie for first with Buffalo rookie S Jairus Byrd, who will remain stuck on 9 after going on the IR last week.

  • After a disappointing performance on MNF, Minnesota CB Antoine Winfield said he previously aggravated his cracked foot. He's remained productive from a fantasy perspective, partially because teams aren't afraid to challenge him. He could be a scratch this week to heal for the playoffs.

  • 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.

Pro Bowl Analysis

NFC Defense
DE - Jared Allen, MIN; Julius Peppers, CAR; Trent Cole, PHI
DT - Darnell Dockett, AZ; Kevin Williams, MIN; Jay Ratliff, DAL
I/MLB - Patrick Willis, SF; Jonathan Vilma, NO
OLB - Lance Briggs, CHI; DeMarcus Ware, DAL; Brian Orakpo, WAS
CB - Asante Samuel, PHI; Charles Woodson, GB; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, AZ
SS - Adrian Wilson, AZ
FS - Darren Sharper, NO; Nick Collins, GB

Jared Allen is tied for second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks, but 7.5 of those came against Green Bay and his only other multi-sack game came at home against the Bears. Allen has one sack in the last four games while the Vikings have dropped three of those games and their playoff situation gets worse. He has disappeared in the second half of the season with just 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble. I'd replace him with Will Smith who has been far more consistent and is a huge part of a rejuvenated Saints' defense that is finally complimenting their explosive offensive. Ray Edwards on the other side of Allen might be more deserving and Andre Carter had a heck of a year too. Dockett made it on rep this year, as well, I'd give Aubrayo Franklin the nod for anchoring the defense in SF.

While Willis is a no-brainer and it is hard to argue with Vilma, it's also a shame Curtis Lofton, who led the league in tackles until recently when injuries have slowed him down, London Fletcher and Jon Beason aren't recognized. It is unbelievable Fletcher has never been to a Pro Bowl. I'd bump Ware and Briggs on the outside, both who made it more on reputation this year, for any of those other three inside. I'm OK with Orakpo, but fellow rookie Clay Matthews is just as deserving. Samuel had the pick numbers, but the reason QBs can't ignore who he's covering is because of Sheldon Brown on the other side. I don't necessarily bump Samuel, but Brown is probably more deserving than DRC. Charles Tillman also continued to play at an elite level in Chicago while most of the defense struggled. No one is better at getting in a strip attempt while still applying a fundamentally solid tackle. No major arguments at safety, but Dashon Goldson has been extremely productive, albeit consistent, and the QB of that secondary.

AFC Defense
DE - Dwight Freeney, IND; Robert Mathis, IND; Mario Williams, HOU
DT - Haloti Ngata, BAL; Vince Wilfork, NE; Casey Hampton, PIT
I/MLB - Ray Lewis, BAL; DeMeco Ryans, HOU
OLB - Elvis Dumervil, DEN; James Harrison, PIT; Brian Cushing, HOU
CB - Nnamdi Asomugha, OAK; Darrelle Revis, NYJ; Champ Bailey, DEN
SS - Brian Dawkins, DEN
FS - Ed Reed, BAL; Jairus Byrd, BUF

Both Indy ends are deserving and while Super Mario made it on rep and a shoulder injury held him back this year, I don't know who should be there instead. Maybe Aaron Schobel or Randy Starks. Ray Ray, sack-leader Dumervil, and DROY candidate Cushing are no-brainers. You have to find room for David Harris, a career statistical year as the leader of the top-rated defense. Harrison had nowhere to go but down statistically after last year, but he is still deserving.

Asomugha and Revis are the two top shutdown corners in the league, both no-brainers. While RB Cedric Benson was probably the most blatant snub of having no Pro Bowl Bengals, Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall both had great seasons and more deserving, particularly Hall, than Bailey who made it on rep this year. Cortland Finnegan has some early season injury problems, but returned to form in the second half and was a big part of the rebound by the Titans. Safety is tough. Dawkins brought great leadership to a rejuvenated Denver D, but his declining skills in coverage were most recently exploited by his former team. Reed battled injuries, but remains a premier playmaker in the secondary when healthy, while Byrd led the league in picks as a rookie. Still, it's hard to not find room for Brandon Meriweather and Tyvon Branch. I'd probably bump Dawkins and Reed, who has missed a quarter of the season, for those two.