- DT Sedrick Ellis, NO - out indefinitely with a knee sprain
- ILB Takeo Spikes, SF - left Sunday's game early with a shoulder
injury, status unknown
- CB Will
Allen, MIA - his season is over with a torn ACL, placed
- CB Bradley Fletcher, STL - after recently working his way
in to the starting lineup, the rookie's season is over with
LCL and ACL ligament damage in his left knee
- S William Moore, ATL - unable to overcome a hamstring injury
that plagued him since the preseason, the rookie's season is
over before it really got started as he was placed on the IR
- StarCaps quietly returned to the headlines this week as a
Congressional inquiry, that's the Congress of the United States,
will look in to the Minnesota state laws that protected Minnesota
Williams and Pat
Williams from having to answer for positive drug tests and
are in conflict with the league's labor agreement. The NFL is
literally making a federal case out of it because they are upset
with the Players Association over this. Interesting case, but
it should have no fantasy impact this year. It would seem the
next step would be taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court,
so this will drag on before there is any movement.
- DE Gaines Adams made his debut for Chicago coming off the
bench in the second quarter and batted down a pass on his first
play. The Bengals scored their third TD on the next play. Adams
also had two assists. He played primarily on the left side,
which was unexpected, cutting in to the snaps for starting LDE
Adewale Ogunleye and Mark Anderson. Starting RDE Alex Brown
saw the most snaps and was the most productive end for the Bears.
DT Tommie Harris was inactive to reportedly "rest" his troublesome
- Talk about paying immediate dividends, newly acquired MLB
Will Witherspoon had a dominating debut for Philly in D.C. on
MNF. He filled up the box score with 8 tackles (6 solo), including
forcing a fumble on his first sack of the season. Witherspoon
also snagged a pass deflected by SS Quintin Mikell on a blitz
and returned the pick for a TD. An outstanding acquisition by
the Eagles for an inexplicably discounted price tag, Witherspoon
is a playmaker who will be a fantasy monster behind a strong
front line. Thanks to Witherspoon's versatility, WLB might be
his best position, the team is well situated when Stewart Bradley
returns from injury next year.
- After ILB Lawrence Timmons left early with a right ankle
injury, back-up Keyaron Fox sealed the victory with an 82-yard
TD return on a pick with less than two minutes to play. Timmons
missed the start of the season with a left ankle injury and
Fox replaced him then, as well. Fox is a solid addition if Timmons
misses any time, but Pittsburgh is on a bye this week so he
won't help you this week and Timmons gets an extra week to heal.
OLB LaMarr Woodley returned a fumble recovery 77-yards for a
TD earlier in the game. After a brutal start to the season,
Woodley has been turning in some plays the last three games
and could be worth picking up if he was dropped in leagues that
score sacks well.
- The tenuous hold on his starting ILB role in San Diego could
have been lost due to injury for Kevin Burnett. Burnett missed
Sunday's game for San Diego with an ankle injury and Tim Dobbins
was fantastic in his place, leading the team with 11 solo tackles.
Dobbins, considered a liability against the pass, also grabbed
his first pick of the season. Burnett is out indefinitely.
- As discussed here last week
as a likely possibility, recently added veteran Chris
Draft has nudged undrafted free agent Ashlee
Palmer out of the starting lineup at OLB in Buffalo.
- Rookie Scott
McKillop had three tackles in his first opportunity for
significant playing time for San Francisco after starting ILB
Spikes left Sunday's game earlier with a shoulder injury.
McKillop could be in line for his first career start if Spikes
can't play this week.
- As expected, fourth-round pick Kaluka Maiava got the start
in place of D'Qwell Jackson, who is done for the season. Maiava
had five solo tackles.
- Seattle will definitely be without MLB Lofa Tatupu (partially
torn pec) as they come out of the bye this week, but he still
hasn't decided on surgery so he isn't done for the season yet,
much less on the IR. David Hawthorne, who blew up with 16 tackles
(15 solo) and a pick replacing Tatupu in Week 3, is a solid
play in his place.
- What was previously reported as a right foot sprain for Minnesota
CB Antoine Winfield after their Week 6 game turned out to be
a fracture. He is expected to miss at least a month. Benny Sapp
and Karl Paymah are seeing more work with Winfield out.
- San Francisco SS Michael
Lewis expects to return from concussion this week, but is
yet to be medically cleared.
- Jacksonville CB Rashean Mathis had surgery on his broken
left index finger over the bye and may not be ready to play
this week. If he does, he'll have trouble in most facets of
- Cincinnati was without SS Roy
Williams for the third straight game due to a lingering
forearm injury. Nedu Ndukwe continues to start in his place.
He had just 3 tackles (1 solo) as the Bengals jumped out to
a big lead early and went with packages with cover DBs more
- Despite rolling his Mercedes two days earlier after a Jay-Z
concert and a police statement saying he was "very lucky to
be alive", Cleveland CB Eric
Wright walked away unscathed and was in the starting lineup
- First-round pick CB Vontae
Davis has big play ability, but needs to be consistent,
as he takes over a starting role opposite third-round pick Sean
Smith. Smith beat Davis out for a starting role in the preseason,
but Davis moves to the starting lineup with veteran Will
Allen done for the season.
Milk Carton Player of the Week
The move to a 3-4 is always worrisome situation in terms of the
impact to the production of the front seven. For Derrick
Johnson in Kansas City, that turned out to be the least of
his concerns. After being a starter since his first game in the
NFL, Johnson found himself in not just an unusual place, but one
he has been unfamiliar with in his entire football career - coming
off the bench. What seemed like a motivation ploy by new HC Todd
Haley has become a new reality for the 15th overall pick in the
2005 draft. A great physical specimen, Johnson can turn in the
big play, but has lacked the consistency that Demorrio Williams
and Corey Mays apparently show Haley. Disappointingly complacent
with his situation earlier in the season, Johnson has apparently
been more vocal about his displeasure and perhaps that is the
fire Haley is looking for. For now, Johnson isn't worth rostering
in most redraft leagues, but you'll want to pull the trigger quickly
if he can work his way back in to the starting lineup.