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- DEN DE Elvis Dumervil and rookie SLB Von Miller continue
to terrorize opposing QBs. Each had a solo sack and the duo
shared another on Thursday night for the third straight game.
Dumervil is up to 3.5 on the season, all in the last three games.
Miller is fifth in the league with 9.5 sacks this year. Miller
had a dominant performance, leading the team with 10 tackles
(9 solo), 3 TFL, 4 QB hits, a forced fumble and a pass defensed,
in addition to the 1.5 sacks.
- NYG third DE Jason Pierre-Paul had the team's only sack.
He leads the team with 10.5 on the season, third in the league.
- CAR rookie back up DE Thomas Keiser had a breakout performance
in his second career game. He had his first two sacks, the team's
only ones in the game, and 5 solo tackles with 2 TFL. Keiser
saw more snaps with DE Charles Johnson banged up during the
game, which kept him sidelined, a times. Johnson was poked in
the eye and took a big hit in the back, but reported on Twitter
he is fine. Keiser has 7 solo tackles, 3 TFL and 2 sacks in
his first two career games.
- CIN reserve DE Carlos Dunlap returned from a hamstring injury
that kept him inactive in the previous game and had just 1 QB
hit. The starters remain LDE Robert Geathers and RDE Frostee
Rucker. DT Geno Atkins has sacks in back-to-back games and leads
the team with 5.5 on the year. He is developing in to one of
the more productive fantasy tackles in the league, with 2 QB
hits and also posting 6 tackles (4 solo) with 2 TFL.
- The top three ends for the Rams each had a sack. STL DE Chris
Long remained hot with his sixth in the last four games. He
leads the team with 9 sacks on the season, a new career high.
James Hall and first-round pick Robert Quinn each had their
fourth sack of the season. Quinn had his best game yet with
5 solo tackles.
- JAX third DE Aaron Kampman missed his second straight game
with a hamstring injury suffered over their bye week. He could
be needed this week as LDE Matt Roth left the game in the fourth
quarter with a head injury. No confirmation yet on if it is
a concussion. If Roth and Kampman both can't go, former CFL
star John Chick could get his first NFL start. NT Terrance Knighton
also missed his second game with an ankle injury, giving C.J.
Mosley another start next to DT Tyson Alualu.
- DET DE Kyle Vanden Bosch had the team's only sack on Sunday.
He now had 6 on the season, tied with DE Cliff Avril for the
- GB DL B.J. Raji was "The Freezer" on Sunday, a nickname he
gave himself (since he is smaller than William "The Refrigerator"
Perry) after being inserted on offense in some goal-line packages,
when he scored the Packers' first TD on Sunday as a fullback.
It is the first offensive TD of Raji's career. He returned a
pick for a TD last year to seal a victory over the Bears in
the NFC Championship. On the defensive side of the ball, batting
down a pass was his only contribution in the box score.
- MIN DE Jared Allen didn't register at least a shared sack
for the first time since Week 15 last year and lost the league
lead for now. He remains second in the league with 13.5 sacks
so far this season. The front seven picked up the slack, with
two sacks from their LBs and one each for DE Brian Robison,
giving him 5.5 on the season, and DT Kevin Williams, his first
this year. DT Remi Ayodele regained his starting spot next to
Williams after being benched in favor of rookie Christian Ballard
in the previous game.
- OAK DT Richard Seymour was limited by a knee injury that
kept him out of practice last week and is on the same track
this week. John Henderson replaced him the starting lineup and
had 4 tackles (1 solo). Converted DT Desmond Bryant continues
to be the answer at DE with Matt Shaughnessy done for the year.
Bryant had a pair of sacks, giving him all three on the season
in the last three games. The former UDFA out of Harvard is beginning
to thrive in a full-time role on the edge after flashing some
potential, in limited opportunities, as an interior pass rusher
in his first 2+ seasons as a reserve DT. DT Tommy Kelly also
had a pair of sacks and leads the team with 5.5 on the season.
- TB rookie DE Adrian Clayborn had his team-leading fourth
sack of the season and DT Brian Price had his third of the season.
DT Albert Haynesworth was shaken up in the game after a collision
with third DE Da'Quan Bowers, but returned to finish the game.
Haynesworth continues to start in place of Gerald McCoy, who
is done for the season. In an apparent vote of confidence for
Haynesworth, the team released DT Frank Okam this week. DE is
battling a groin injury and Bowers could see more snaps this
week. With an apparent lack of confidence in Bennett, the team
replaced Okam with DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim this week.
- ATL DE John Abraham had his first sack since Week 7, the
only one for the team. With just 4 sacks this season despite
missing just one game, he's been a tremendous disappointment.
He can get them in bunches, though.
- MIA DE Jared Odrick had a sack for the third straight game
and all four of his sacks came in the last five games. After
his rookie season last year being a redshirt year when he broke
his left leg in Week 1, he was off to a slow start in the production
department this year before his midseason breakout as a pass
- AZ DT Dan Williams is done for the season with a broken left
arm. The former first-round pick appeared to take a helmet from
a teammate in the arm on a tackle in the fourth quarter.
- SEA DE Chris Clemons led the way for a big performance by
the Seahawks on Sunday with a three-sack performance, forcing
fumbles on two of them, as he beat up the St. Louis rookie back
up with LT Roger Saffold done for the year. He leads the team
with 8 sacks on the season. DE Red Bryant helped seal the victory
with his first career pick on ball tipped by DT Brandon Mebane.
- TEN RDE Dave Ball remained inactive for the second straight
game with a concussion. Derrick Morgan replaced him the starting
lineup opposite LDE Jason Jones. The fragile Morgan twisted
an ankle in the game, so watch for updates in the unfortunate
event you have him to choose from. The team had no sacks. This
disappointing front line is really missing Jason Babin and the
disruption he caused and attention he drew.
- Speaking of PHI DE Jason Babin, he got his tenth sack of
the season, forcing a fumble on it. He is fourth in the league
- CLE DE Jayme Mitchell was replaced by Emmanuel Stephens as
the starting RDE opposite rookie Jabaal Sheard. Stephens had
4 tackles (2 solo) and a QB hit. Sheard had the team's only
sack, giving him 3.5 on the season.
- NE DE Andre Carter followed up his 4.5 sack performance the
previous game by sharing one with DE Mark Anderson, who also
logged a solo sack of his own. Carter leads the team with 9
sacks on the season, all in the last five games. Anderson has
7 sacks this season.
- KC DE Glenn Dorsey was inactive with a knee injury. Wallace
Gilberry replaced him and had a strip sack, his second of the
season. Rookie DE Allen Bailey picked up some work too.
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
I like converted DT Desmond
Bryant, who is still eligible as a DT in most leagues, and
is beginning to flash potential at RDE. Especially in dynasty
- BAL MLB Ray Lewis missed his first game since 2007 with a
toe injury suffered in the previous game. Some reports speculate
he could miss as much as four weeks, but HC John Harbaugh said
there's a chance he could play this week. Baltimore has a short
week with a Thanksgiving game, so consider Lewis questionable
and expect the dreaded game-time decision, but I'd plan to be
without him if impacts your waiver wire decisions this week.
Dannell Ellerbe got the start in place of Lewis inside and rotated
with Brendon Ayanbadejo. Ellerbe had 3 tackles (2 solo), while
Ayanbadejo had 4 solo tackles and recovered the fumble at the
Cinci two-yard line lost by rookie CB Jimmy Smith after a pick
late in the third quarter. WLB Jameel McClain stepped up in
the absence of Lewis and shared the team lead with 9 tackles
- I discussed DEN rookie SLB Von Miller and his brilliant Thursday
night performance above with the defensive linemen. In other
LB news, rotational MLB Wesley Woodyard returned after missing
the previous game with a knee injury and had 8 tackles (6 solo,
including 1 on special teams that he forced a fumble on). That
limited platoon-mate Joe Mays, who had 3 solo tackles.
- In his second game back from a dislocated wrist, still playing
with a cast, DAL ILB Sean Lee had his fourth double-digit tackle
game, leading the team with 10 (6 solo). OLB DeMarcus Ware had
a sack and took over the league lead with 14 on the season.
- IND MLB Pat Angerer had 7 tackles (3 solo) and still leads
the league with 105 tackles on the season.
- SF ILB Patrick Willis couldn't make it three games in a row
with double-digit tackles, as the 49ers completely dominated
time of possession, but he did lead the team with 7 (6 solo),
forced a fumble, and broke up 3 passes, including grabbing one
for his first INT of the season. ILB NaVorro Bowman had just
3 solo tackles, broke up a pass, and recovered a fumble on a
punt. He falls to third in the league with 95 tackles on the
season. OLB Ahmad Brooks and first-round pick OLB3 Aldon Smith
each had a sack. Brooks has 6 on the season and Smith leads
the team with 7.5 for the year.
- JAX WLB Daryl Smith again led the team in tackles, posting
8 (5 solo) on Sunday. MLB Paul Posluszny got to the QB for the
second straight game, getting a sack to go with 5 tackles (3
solo). He has 2.5 sacks on the season and leads the team with
77 tackles, just two ahead of Smith, who is closing on him.
WLB Clint Session left the game early in the fourth quarter
with his second concussion of the season. He was placed on the
IR and Russell Allen should replace him. The team added veteran
LB Kevin Bentley for depth.
- CLE MLB D'Qwell Jackson had 9 tackles (7 solo) and a TFL.
He has 91 on the season and moved up to fifth in the league.
- STL MLB James Laurinaitis has back-to-back double-digit tackle
games, his fourth of the season, leading the team with 13 solo
- GB OLB Clay Matthews has been hot lately, but he was slowed
early in the first quarter when he head was jammed on a QB hit
and left with a neck stinger. He returned on the next series
and finished with 2 solo tackles and 2 QB hits. He says he'll
be ready to go on Thursday. ILB Desmond Bishop shared the team
lead with 9 tackles (7 solo) and 2 TFL. Bishop is fourth in
the league with 93 tackles this season. OLB Frank Zombo remained
inactive as he continues to battle a hamstring. Erik Walden
continues to start in his place and got his third sack of the
- WAS ILB London Fletcher had his fourth double-digit tackle
game, leading the team with 16 (9 solo). He also had a sack
and forced a fumble. Fletcher is second in the league with 96
tackles on the season as he closes in on yet another 100-tackle
season. Next to him, Perry Riley continues to start over Rocky
McIntosh. Riley had 11 tackles (5 solo), including an assist
on special teams. OLB Ryan Kerrigan had another sack, giving
him four in the last three games, and now leads the team with
6 on the season.
- TB WLB Geno Hayes was back starting at WLB after being demoted
the last two weeks. He had just 2 tackles (1 solo). Quincy Black
returned to SLB and Adam Hayward was returned to primarily a
special teams role with Hayes back. Black shared the team lead
with 8 tackles (7 solo) and had 2 TFL.
- CAR MLB Dan Connor was inactive with a shoulder injury after
being questionable to play. Jordan Senn got his first career
start in his place and had 6 tackles (3 solo), as well as forced
a fumble. SLB James Anderson led the team with 10 tackles (7
solo) and grabbed his first pick of the season. With a team-high
87 tackles on the season, he'll be well in to triple digits
for the second straight season.
- NYJ reserve OLB Garrett McIntyre, former UDFA who spent the
last few seasons between the Arena Football League and CFL,
got his first career start as the latest player trying to fill
the gap opposite OLB Calvin Pace after the loss of OLB Bryan
Thomas for the season. The stout McIntyre got the role to help
set the edge against mobile DEN QB Tim Tebow on Thursday night,
but should be back to primarily a special teams role and has
little fantasy upside. He posted 3 tackles (2 solo) and nearly
had a sack in the third quarter before Tebow eluded him. Pace
had the only sack of the night for the Jets. He leads the team
with 4 sacks on the season.
- With a healthy lead in time of possession, limited tackle
opportunities for ATL MLB Curtis Lofton and WLB Sean Weatherspoon.
Lofton had 6 (3 solo) and broke up a pass, but fell out of the
top five in the league in tackles. Weatherspoon had just three
solo tackles. Both have otherwise been tackle machines this
year, with five double-digit tackle games.
- TEN MLB Barrett Ruud aggravated a groin injury in the second
quarter and didn't return. Rookie Colin McCarthy took over and
led the team with 10 solo tackles, 3 TFL and forced a fumble.
For the second straight game, McCarthy has impressed replacing
a banged up Ruud. As discussed in this column last week, McCarthy
was pegged with potential to start as rookie before the team
signed Ruud right before the preseason. The team has Ruud on
only a one-year deal, so there is no financial considerations
or otherwise to stand in the way of McCarthy taking the job
over sooner than later.
- CIN SLB Manny Lawson continues to be the most productive
Bengal LB as MLB Rey Maualuga doesn't look at full speed yet
in his second game back from a lateral ankle sprain and the
output of WLB Thomas Howard has fallen off. Lawson had 6 tackles
(5 solo) and a TFL. He has more than half his tackles on the
season (16) in the last two games and shared his first sack
of the season in the previous game.
- DET WLB DeAndre Levy led the team with 9 tackles (5 solo),
including an assist on special teams, and grabbed his first
pick of the season. He leads the team with 78 tackles on the
season. MLB Stephen Tulloch had 6 tackles (5 solo) and broke
up 2 passes, grabbing one for his second pick of the season
and deflecting another for a pick by SS Chris Harris. While
Tulloch isn't putting up the tackle numbers his fantasy owners
desire, he's supplementing his numbers elsewhere with more big
plays in the passing game than expected - career bests of 2
picks and 3 sacks so far this year.
- MIN SLB Chad Greenway led the team in tackles with 15 tackles
(7 solo), his third double-digit tackles game of the season
- all in the last four games. He also had his first sack of
the season. There were plenty of tackles to go around as Oakland
dominated the time of possession. MLB E.J. Henderson saw more
work in pass packages with his brother, Erin, inactive with
a hamstring injury. E.J. had 9 tackles (7 solo) and his second
sack of the season. Kenny Onatolu played WLB in the base package
in place of Erin Henderson and had 1 solo tackle.
- BUF ILBs Nick Barnett and rookie Kelvin Sheppard each had
7 tackles (6 solo). Barnett had his second sack of the season,
as well. OLB Chris Kelsay returned after missing the four of
the previous five games with a nagging calf strain. He bumped
Danny Batten back to the bench.
- After three consecutive double-digit tackles games, MIA ILB
Karlos Dansby had just 4 solo tackles on Sunday, as the Dolphins
got out to a big lead early and the Bills took to the air, leaving
few tackle opportunities up front with just 19 runs. Of his
recent production, Dansby has admitted he started the season
overweight after the lockout and is just now back in game shape.
A little too late to help his team make the playoffs and save
HC Tony Sparano's job, but just in time to help ruin their chances
at the first overall pick to get Stanford QB Andrew Luck. Pass
rush specialist OLB Jason Taylor got his fourth sack of the
season. OLB Cameron Wake is struggling to get to the QB. He
has just half a sack in the last four games and wasn't in as
a pass rusher in every nickel package.
- SD OLB Shaun Phillips was inactive for the fourth straight
game with a foot injury, giving Antwan Barnes another start
opposite Travis LaBoy. ILB Takeo Spikes played despite suffering
a concussion in the previous game. He had 3 solo tackles.
- NYG rookie UDFA LB Mark Herzlich got his first career start
at MLB on Sunday, as Greg Jones was benched. He had 4 tackles
(2 solo) in a similar two-down role. The team was missing WLB
Michael Boley, inactive with a hamstring injury suffered in
the previous game. Spencer Paysinger replaced him with rookie
Jacquian Williams seeing snaps at both positions. SLB Mathias
Kiwanuka led the team in tackles with 7 (6 solo).
- PHI MLB Jamar Chaney is stacking up solid performance. He
led the team with 6 tackles (4 solo) and broke up 2 passes,
grabbing one for an INT. He had 12 tackles (10 solo), 3 passes
defensed, a pick and a sack in the last two games.
- NO MLB Jonathan Vilma underwent surgery on his problematic
left knee over the bye and is questionable this week. HC Sean
Payton said treatment is going "well" and they'll have a better
idea on Thursday of his status this week. JoLonn Dunbar should
get another start in the middle if he can't go this week.
- NE LB Jerod Mayo finally put up his second double-digit tackle
game of the season, his first since Week 2. The 2010 tackle
leader had seven by this point last year. He has been dinged
up a bit, but the changes to the defensive schemes haven't helped
his production either. Mayo led the team with 11 tackles (7
- KC OLB Tamba Hali got his seventh sack of the season. ILB
Derrick Johnson led the team with 12 tackles (7 solo) and broke
up a pass. He has three double-digit tackle games in the last
five and leads the team with 83 on the season.
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
TEN rookie LB Colin
McCarthy became even more appealing this week for redraft
leagues after another Barrett
Ruud injury and another strong performance. WAS ILB Perry
Riley looks locked in now in a nice situation. I remain
extremely pessimistic about NO MLB Jonathan
Vilma's knee, so JoLonn Dunbar in tackle-heavy leagues and
Jonathan Casillas in big-play leagues are appealing to me again
- BAL SS Bernard Pollard remains locked in as a starter and
continues to produce. He shared the team lead with 9 tackles
(7 solo), with a TFL. He also stopped a scramble with his second
sack of the season and broke up a pass. Fully healed from a
high ankle sprain that cost him much of the beginning of the
season, rookie CB Jimmy Smith has taken on a significant role,
passing CB Chris Carr for the nickel role. Smith had his first
career pick late in the third quarter in Cincinnati territory
and although he lost control, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo recovered
it at the two-yard line to set up a TD. CB Lardarius Webb had
his third pick of the season on the subsequent drive by the
Bengals, setting up the TD that would be the difference in the
game. Webb overcame an early mistake when muffed the catch on
the first punt of the game, benefitting his fantasy owners with
a fumble recovery. FS Ed Reed had a pick in the end zone for
his third of the season.
- Finally healthy this season (and out of trouble, for now)
CIN CB Adam Jones got the start opposite Nate Clements as the
replacement for Leon Hall, who is done for the season with a
torn left Achilles' tendon. Pacman was tested and led the team
with 7 solo tackles. He had a hard time on BAL rookie WR Torrey
Smith when the two were matched up, but had one of the highlights
of the week with a potential TD-saving tackles when Smith's
dreadlocks were the only thing Jones could touch on him, and
he dragged him down by them. WR Brandon Tate remained the primary
punt returner, likely since Jones missed a couple games with
a hamstring suffered on a punt return fresh off the PUP. So
his fantasy value won't get a bump in leagues that count return
stats. Clements had his first pick of the season in the game.
- WAS SS LaRon Landry was inactive, bothered by his problematic
left Achilles' tendon. As I mentioned in last week's column,
this issue has been ongoing and with little for the Redskins
to play for but pride, it makes little sense for Landry to push
it any given week. Instead of veteran Reed Doughty, who has
been take turns starting for the fragile duo of Landry and FS
Oshiomogho Atogwe, the team gave rookie DeJon Gomes his first
career start in place of Landry at SS. Gomes responded with
14 tackles (6 solo), including an assist on special teams. Atogwe
was back after being inactive of DNP the last three games with
a knee injury. He had 7 tackles (1 solo) and broke up a pass.
CB Josh Wilson left in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury
and was replaced by Byron Westbrook. On the other side, DeAngelo
Hall had 11 tackles (8 solo).
- CLE SS T.J. Ward remained inactive with a right foot sprain
that is expected to keep him out at least another three weeks.
Usama Young remained his replacement and led the team with 10
tackles (6 solo). Nickel CB Dimitri Patterson returned after
missing two games with a knee sprain.
- DET SS Amari Spievey was benched in the second quarter after
missing some tackles on a TD drive. Veteran Chris Harris, claimed
off waivers three weeks ago after being released by the Bears,
took over the rest of the game and had a key interception late
in the game that helped seal the victory. Expect Spievey to
be back in there on Thursday. Nickel CB Aaron Berry was an unexpected
inactive with a sickness on Sunday. He's expected to play on
Thursday. CB Eric Wright had this third pick of the season.
- OAK FS Michael Huff returned after missing the previous game
with a right ankle sprain. He covered the slot in the nickel,
with all their health problems at corner, keeping a significant
role for back up Matt Giordano, who had a pick for the second
straight game and leads the team with three on the season. The
team was without CB Chris Johnson, missing another game with
a groin/hamstring, and lost fourth-round pick CB Chimdi Chekwa
to the IR, being able to overcome his own hamstring problem.
The team signed CB Bryan McCann, a better returner than corner,
to fill Chekwa's roster spot. Third-round pick CB DeMarcus Van
Dyke returned from his hamstring problem, but the team stuck
with veteran Lito Sheppard starting opposite Stanford Routt.
Sheppard had 6 solo tackles, a sack and broke up a pass. SS
Tyvon Branch led the team with 7 tackles (6 solo, including
1 on special teams).
- For the third straight season, CB Terrence McGee is done
for the season early with a significant injury. He suffered
a ruptured patella tendon in his left knee in the second quarter
and has already had surgery on it. Rookie CB Aaron Williams
replaced him and is expected to start opposite Drayton Florence
this week, as former first round pick Leodis McKelvin has fallen
off the radar. SS George Wilson was inactive with a neck stinger
suffered in the previous game. Rookie Da'Norris Searcy replaced
him and didn't miss a beat with Wilsonesque production. Searcy
led the team 11 tackles (9 solo).
- DAL CB Mike Jenkins remained inactive for the third straight
game with a right hamstring injury. Orlando Scandrick continued
to replace him and grabbed his first pick of the season. FS
Gerald Sensabaugh had a nice game with 9 tackles (7 solo) and
a forced fumble he recovered. However, he suffered an undisclosed
right foot injury. S Barry Church picked up some additional
snaps and could get the start on Thursday if Sensabaugh can't
- DEN fourth-round pick FS Quinton Carter continues to start
ahead of second-round pick Rahim Moore.
- GB CB Tramon Williams shared the team lead in tackles with
9 (7 solo) and grabbed a pair of picks to give him four on the
season. An ageless CB Charles Woodson continues to fill up the
box score. He had his second sack of the season and remains
in a tie for second in the league lead with 5 picks this season.
- ATL SS William Moore was inactive for the second straight
game with a thigh injury. Veteran James Sanders replaced him
in the starting lineup again and posted 4 tackles (3 solo).
Nickel CB Kelvin Hayden left with a right foot injury in the
second quarter. Chris Owens replaced him and led the team with
7 tackles (5 solo). CB Dunta Robinson had his first pick of
- SF FS Dashon Goldson was ejected in the fourth quarter for
throwing punches at AZ WR Early Doucet. He reportedly will not
be suspended further, so will play this week. Goldson had his
third pick of the season before getting tossed. SS Donte Whitner
had his second in the game.
- CHI CB Charles Tillman had a tough afternoon on SD WR Vincent
Jackson after a superb performance on DET WR Calvin Johnson
the previous week. Regardless, Tillman came up with his specialty,
a perfectly-timed punch to force a fumble on SD RB Ryan Matthews
in the third quarter that Tillman recovered and set up a TD
to give them a two-score lead late in the game after a TD on
the subsequent drive. Tillman also led the team with 7 tackles
(6 solo). SS Major Wright had an INT in the end zone, his third
of the season and giving him picks in back-to-back games. Nickel
CB D.J. Moore was inactive with an ankle sprain. Special teams
ace CB Corey Graham replaced him and his second pick of the
season. He also downed a punt inside the five-yard line. No
fantasy points for that, but part of the brilliant special teams
play he adds.
- As expected, MIN CB Asher Allen took over the starting role
for Antoine Winfield, done for the season with a broken shoulder,
opposite CB Cedric Griffin. The team signed Benny Sapp, who
is familiar with HC Leslie Frazier's defense from his last stint
in town, to fill Winfield's roster spot and Sapp immediately
stepped in to the nickel role, stepping former UDFA Marcus Sherels
and rookie CB Brandon Burton, who was active for the first time
- TEN SS Chris Hope will remain in a rotation with Jordan Babineaux,
with the latter remaining the starter. Babineaux is getting
more snaps and producing more, but the situation is fantasy
- TB FS Tanard Jackson was inactive with a lingering hamstring
injury. Corey Lynch replaced him. SS Sean Jones shared the team
lead with 8 tackles (7 solo).
- JAX CB William Middelton replaced CB Rashean Mathis, who
is done for the year with a torn left ACL, opposite Derek Cox
and Drew Coleman remained the nickel. SS Dawan Landry had his
second INT of the season.
- SEA SS Kam Chancellor was in the lineup after suffering a
concussion in the previous game. He had 4 solo tackles.
- STL CB Justin King played through a bad ankle, but dinged
up his knee too, and was limited in the game. Nickel CB Marquis
Johnson couldn't take advantage as he suffered an ab injury
in the game. He becomes the latest STL DB on the IR. As expected,
former UDFA Josh Gordy was the new starter in place of CB Al
Harris, whose season, and likely career, ended in the previous
game with torn ACL.
- SD SS Steve Gregory returned after missing the previous game
with a thigh injury. He had 3 tackles (2 solo). CB Antoine Cason
grabbed his first pick of the season and returned it 64 yards.
- HOU FS Danieal Manning returned to practice this week for
the first time since breaking his left leg. He remains questionable
- A well-underthrown pass gave NYG CB Prince Amukamara his
first career pick less than 10 minutes in to his first career
game. The rookie was already used as the third CB and also had
5 tackles and broke up another pass. His return was crucial,
as the Giants lost yet another corner when Michael Coe was lost
in the game and went on the IR with a shoulder injury.
- PHI FS Nate Allen returned from a concussion and was back
in the starting lineup, bumping rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett back
to a reserve role. The team released S Jarrad Page. CB Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie was inactive, as expected, with a high ankle
sprain. CB Joselio Hanson, who might be a better fit for the
slot role with his quickness as opposed to DRC's long speed,
replaced him in the nickel role.
- NE CB Devin McCourty was inactive with a right shoulder injury,
reportedly a separation, and remains questionable this week.
Antwaun Molden replaced him and had 7 tackles (6 solo, including
2 on special teams) and broke up a pass. They were also without
S Patrick Chung for the second straight game with a foot injury.
Sterling Moore replaced him again and had 2 solo tackles. James
Ihedigbo remained the starter at safety and was dinged up, leaving
the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, but returned
and finished the game. S Ross Ventrone was signed again and
was the primary back up over Sergio Brown, whose fallen out
of favor after seeing some starting work early in the season.
McCourty seems unlikely to play this week, while Chung should
be the dreaded game-time decision. CB Kyle Arrington is the
only player of value in the secondary right now, and he grabbed
two more picks to separate from the pack to lead the league
with 7 interceptions on the season. Arrington was also dinged
up in the game and left briefly with an injured right arm, but
looked fine on both picks after returning to the game.
- KC SS Jon McGraw missed another game with a lingering shoulder
problem despite returning in the previous game after missing
one before with it. Donald Washington started in his place and
had 8 tackles (7 solo).
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
As I mentioned here last week, CIN CB Pacman Jones has a big
role with Leon
Hall done for the season. He is no longer a gamble now that
he's got the starting job. He's appealing in big play leagues.
I also like CHI SS Major
Wright, who is showing a knack for the ball in a playmaking
defense that has some appealing match ups coming up for a team
that will be spending more time on that side of the ball with
the loss of QB Jay