- DE Greg
Ellis, OAK - tried to play through a knee problem on Sunday,
but struggled and will have minor arthroscopic knee surgery
to clean it up over the bye and will miss a few weeks. Third-round
pick Matt Shaughnessy saw significant time and notched his first
career sack. He should start while Ellis is out.
- DE Jarvis Green, NE - is expected to miss at least 2 weeks
after having minor arthroscopic knee surgery over the bye; Mike
Wright should replace him in the starting lineup.
- ILB Eric
Barton, CLE - left Sunday's game in the second quarter with
what has been diagnosed as a bulging disc in his neck, which
could jeopardize his season. With Cleveland on a bye this week,
this probably won't be resolved this week, but rookie David
Veikune could be joining rookie Kaluka Maiava, already replacing
D'Qwell Jackson who is done for the season, as a starter inside.
- ILB Tim
Dobbins, SD - left the game with a sprained knee and is
expected to miss two weeks; Kevin Burnett should return from
an ankle sprain that cost him two games for which Dobbins was
- OLB Tyjuan Hagler, IND - left the game in the fourth quarter
with an elbow injury.
- OLB Chris
Gocong, PHI - was in and out of Sunday's game with an upper
leg injury. Rookie Moise Fokou replaced him.
- CB Nate Clements, SF - fractured his right shoulder blade
on Sunday. His role had been declining since their Week 6 bye
and now he's out 6-8 weeks.
- CB Terrence McGee, BUF - had minor arthroscopic knee surgery
this week with the team headed to a bye; watch for his status
coming out of the bye .
- CB Kelvin Hayden, IND - continues to struggle to remain healthy.
He suffered a concussion in third quarter on Sunday, but returned
briefly only to leave with a knee injury. Hayden has already
missed three games this year with a hamstring.
- DE Dwight Freeney had a sack for his eight consecutive regular-season game, dating back to last season (he had a sack in Week 16 last year and DNP in Week 17), tying a team record set by DE Robert Mathis in 2005. After a couple injury-plagued seasons in 2006 and 2007, Freeney returned to double-digit sack production in 2008 and with 8 sacks in 7 games this season, he is on pace to break his career best of 16 sacks in 2004. He is only going to get you one or two tackles a game, but one of those will be a sack. Mathis also had a sack on Sunday, giving him 6 on the season and also on pace to break his career high of 11.5 achieved twice, in 2008 and 2005.
- With Washington MLB London Fletcher on a bye, Atlanta MLB
Curtis Lofton took over the league lead in tackles as he was
all over the field Monday night in New Orleans. Lofton had 14
tackles (12 solo), his fourth double-digit tackle this season,
giving him 76 total on the season.
- Rookie OLB Brian Cushing had his second double-digit tackle
game of the season on Sunday, leading the team in tackles for
the sixth time this season with 10 (3 solo) and lead the team
on the season with 66 tackles (30 solo), including 1.5 sacks,
one of which for a safety. He also has forced 4 turnovers (2
picks and 2 forced fumbles). His great all-around performance
makes him a leading candidate for Defensive ROY.
- OLB Shawne Merriman finally recorded his first 2 sacks of
the season, but they came against the Raiders, who have allowed
the third-most sacks this season. A nice effort, but not too
much to get excited about. He has a bit more difficult against
the Giants this week in the Meadowlands, so putting together
another good performance would make it worth considering using
him again in leagues that weigh sacks heavily.
- With MLB Lofa Tatupu officially done for the season after
being put on the IR, David Hawthorne has his value locked in
for the rest of the year. On Sunday, he built on his last start,
an incredible Week 3 performance (15 solo tackles), with 8 tackles
(5 solo), including his first 2 career sacks. If doubters have
left him on the waiver wire in your league, scoop him up and
plug him in.
- No defender is hotter that Buffalo's rookie FS Jarius
Byrd, despite playing through some groin problems. He had
2 picks for the third consecutive game (and 1 in the game before
that) to tie for the league lead in interceptions with 7. Byrd
is now locked in to the starting role and Donte
Whitner should be at SS coming off the bye, if his ankle
is ready. Bryan
Scott moves to a back-up role and has been working at linebacker,
where depth is a problem, as well. Fellow rookie FS Sherrod
Martin in Carolina also had 2 picks in his first career
start on Sunday. He could have pushed Charles
Godfrey, who missed with an ankle injury, out of a starting
- Tied with Byrd for the league lead in interceptions with
7 is FS Darren Sharper in New Orleans. He grabbed a Hail Mary
at the end of the game to preserve a share of the lead.
- After easing back in with 31 defensive snaps in first game
of the season the previous week, the Indianapolis Star reports
Sanders saw 41 plays on Sunday, including all in the second
half. While he only had 2 tackles (1 solo), Sanders did grab
his first pick of the season. Sanders said his right knee was
OK after the game with no swelling. It appears safe to have
him back in your starting lineup or grab him off the waiver
wire if he's been forgotten. Meanwhile CB Kelvin
Hayden is struggling to remain healthy this season.
- Versatile Mike Adams has taken over the FS role in the base
defense for Cleveland. Displaced starter Brodney Pool, who has
three of the team's four total interceptions, replaces him in
passing situations, meaning neither player has much value.
- After missing most of October, Cincinnati SS Roy
L. Williams appears to be over his forearm injury coming
off the bye and returned to practice on Monday. While Williams
is expected to take back his starting role after a strong start
to the season, Nedu
Ndukwe played well in his place and could continue to see
more work. However, Ndukwe should be out of fantasy lineups
- Atlanta CB Brent Grimes showed some fabulous athleticism
snagging his first pick of the season at the apex of his jump
late in the second quarter of MNF.
Milk Carton Player of the Week
Coming off a career best 113 tackles in 2008, ILB Channing Crowder
had emerged as a top run-stopper. On a rejuvenated Dolphin team,
expectations were high for 2009. After getting off to a slow start,
6 tackles are his single-game high for the season, injury problems
are beginning to derail his season. A shoulder problem had him
inactive on Sunday. Plagued by knee problems the last two year,
he now hasn't played 16 games in three years. With no interceptions
and just 1.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in his five-year career,
Crowder has never been one to turn in the big plays. With low
tackle numbers and injury problems this year, he is paying no
dividends to his fantasy owners. He's definitely not a regular
starter and not worth rostering in shallow leagues.