- DE Antwan Odom, CIN - his career year is over after suffering
a ruptured Achilles' tendon on Sunday and being placed on the
- DT Kris Jenkins, NYJ - season is over with a torn ACL, placed
- 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
- 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.
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
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
- 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.
- 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
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