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Week 7

Week 7 Injury Report (available Friday PM)

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Notable Injuries

  • DE Antwan Odom, CIN - his career year is over after suffering a ruptured Achilles' tendon on Sunday and being placed on the IR

  • DT Kris Jenkins, NYJ - season is over with a torn ACL, placed on IR

  • LB D'Qwell Jackson, CLE - his season is over due to a torn pec; he was placed on IR

  • LB Lofa Tatupu, SEA - he has a partially torn pec, but his season may not be over as he hasn't been placed on the IR yet; regardless, he'll miss significant time

  • CB Brian Williams, ATL - his season is over after suffering a torn ACL on SNF

  • CB Cortland Finnegan, TEN - inactive for a third straight game with a bad hamstring
Defensive Line

  • Tampa Bay gave up DE Gaines Adams, the fourth overall pick in 2007, and traded him to Chicago. He still has great potential in dynasty leagues and a fresh start will be good, but he is in a crowded situation this year and not worth a roster spot in most redraft leagues. Adewale Ogunleye appears done in Chicago after his contract expires this year, although Mark Anderson is also a free agent, he can be brought back as the third end for cheaper and is younger than the 32-year old O-Gun. In Tampa Bay, DE Stylez White was the Sack Artist Formerly Known as Greg by celebrating his new starting gig in place of Adams with his first sack of the season among his 8 solo tackles.

  • Seattle DE Patrick Kerney had two sacks in his return from a groin injury.

  • With Dewayne White and early season surprise Jason Hunter hurting, Cliff Avril has snuck back in to fantasy relevance, posting 2.5 sacks the last three games and starting his first game of the season on Sunday.


  • The Eagles solved their MLB problem by acquiring Will Witherspoon from the Rams. He immediately takes over as an every-down player. In two games, Jeremiah Trotter has shown why he hasn't found other work in the league, he could be cut and can be immediately dropped in all leagues. So can Omar Gaither. In addition to be pushed out of the picture by Witherspoon, Gaither suffered a foot sprain. Paris Lenon moves in to the starting lineup to replace Witherspoon in St. Louis.

  • With D'Qwell Jackson done for the season, two rookies will be counted on to step up. Second-round pick David Veikune is struggling a bit with the transition from DE to LB, so Kaluka Maiava, a fourth-round pick, looks to get the first opportunity. The forgotten man amongst the four USC linebackers drafted this year (as the other three were picked in the first two rounds), Maiava stepped in on Sunday when Jackson went down and had 6 tackles (5 solo) and forced a fumble.

  • Seattle MLB Lofa Tatupu has a partially torn pec, so David Hawthorne, who blew up with 16 tackles (15 solo) and a pick replacing Tatupu in Week 3, returns to the starting lineup indefinitely. Scoop him up if was tossed back on the scrap heap. The LB corps gets a further boost with the return of Kimbo Slice look-alike Leroy Hill from a torn groin, bumping Will Herring out of the lineup. Hill provides some veteran leadership for Hawthorne, an undrafted free agent last year, and rookie Aaron Curry.

  • Few teams needed a player back more than Paul Posluszny returning to the middle of an injury-riddled Buffalo defense on Sunday. However, the team, their fans, and his fantasy owner held their collective breath when Poz was grabbing his knee in the first series of OT at The Meadowlands on Sunday evening. However, all exhaled when he returned the next series and grabbed an interception that resulted in the game-winning FG. He also had 9 tackles (6 solo) in the game. Keith Ellison tied for the team lead with 12 tackles (6 solo), while undrafted free agent Ashlee Palmer had 6 solo tackles in his first career start. Palmer has a tenuous hold on a starting job with veteran Chris Draft, who was added last week and had the only sack in the game, lurking. Ellison is second in the league in tackles with 61 and shouldn't be on any waiver wires anymore.

  • The surprising news on Sunday was Adalius Thomas being a healthy scratch for New England. Gary Guyton and Jerod Mayo started inside, while Pierre Woods and Derrick Burgess started outside. Tully Banta-Cain and Rob Ninkovich had significant contributions outside. HC Bill Belichick indicated the move was performance-related. Thomas has had a disappointing season so far, but not any worse than Burgess. This has motivational tactic written all over it, expect Thomas back and productive in London on Sunday. Also, if you noticed Banta-Cain was released, it is reportedly just a procedural move so they can sign him to a long-term contract.

  • Denver OLB Elvis Dumervil had two more sacks on MNF, forcing a fumble on one, and takes sole possession of the league lead in sacks with ten.

  • After leaving a few plays in to his first game as a Bear on opening day with a ruptured right PCL, Pisa Tinoisamoa lasted only slightly longer in his second game. He suffered cartilage damage in the same knee on SNF and will be out again, maybe done for the season. Jamar Williams will replace him at SLB, while Hunter Hillenmeyer remains out with two cracked ribs. Despite some missed calls, one resulting in a TD when he failed to rotate coverage over to a trips right set and had two covering three, Nick Roach looks likely to remain at MLB for Chicago.

Defensive Back

  • CB Marcus Trufant comes off the PUP for Seattle this week and should immediately replace Josh Wilson opposite Ken Lucas as a starter.

  • Despite a foot sprain that had him in a walking boot on Monday, Minnesota hasn't ruled out CB Antoine Winfield this week. He's a risky start, watch for updates, but plan for him to miss this week.

  • Buffalo S Donte Whitner left in the first half with an ankle injury in his first game back after missing two with a broken thumb. Rookie Jairus Byrd replaced him again.

Milk Carton Player of the Week
While watching the dismantling of the Tennessee in the snow by the New England on Sunday, a steaming bald head we haven't heard from in a while flashed on the screen with a look of hopelessness that summed up the season for the Titans. Kyle Vanden Bosch was one of the key veterans the team was counting on up front after losing Albert Haynesworth and he has yet to appear on top of an opposing QB this year. Averaging three tackles a game and pretty much nothing else, KVB is a huge disappointment coming off an injury-shortened 2008 season. Has any move ever worked out worse as fast for both teams than Haynesworth moving to D.C.?