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- After going sackless the previous two game, MIN DE Jared
Allen had the pass rusher trifecta on Sunday, recovering
the fumble on his own strip sack. He also tackled DEN RB Willis
McGahee in the end zone on Denver's first play from scrimmage
for a safety. Allen remains second in the league with 14.5 sacks
this season. On the other side, DE Brian
Robison was knocked out with a concussion in the second
Griffen replaced him and a solo tackle. If Robison can't
go this week, Griffen would be in line for his first career
- PHI DE Jason
Babin had a pair of sacks and DE Trent
Cole had one. Babin is tied for third in the league with
12 sacks on the season. Cole, who missed two games and most
of another with a calf injury, has 6 sacks. It's only his third
sack since coming back from the injury after their Week 8 bye
and it came only as he cleaned up after others got their first
and didn't finish the job. Unfortunately, Cole's most notable
play was more or less a hip toss he executed on SEA OT Russell
Okong that was a blatant personal foul in frustration away from
the ball and after the whistle. Cole wasn't flagged and Okong's
season is over with a torn pec he apparently suffered as a result.
- DEN DE Elvis
Dumervil continued his great play in the second half of
the season. Dumervil had 4 tackles (2 solo) and another sack.
He is up to 6.5 on the season, all in the last five games.
- CHI DE Israel
Idonije had his first sack since Week 6, his fourth of the
season. On the other side, DE Julius
Peppers didn't register a sack, but continues to bring disruption
lining up all over the front four. He had 4 solo tackles, 1
TFL and batted away a pass. Peppers once again went to the locker
room during the game, but shortly returned. He has been battling
a left knee sprain for a few weeks, but it might have just been
bathroom-related. I realize the Matt Forte injury was the main
focus of the day, but how do we not get an update from the sideline
reporter when one of the biggest defensive stars in the league
goes to the locker room? DT Henry
Melton had a sack for the second straight game and has 6
on the season. He is second on the team to Peppers' 8 sacks.
- It looks like BUF rookie NT Marcell
Dareus won't get many breaks in games the rest of the way.
After losing Pro Bowl NT Kyle
Williams earlier this season, back up NT Torell
Troup, a second-round pick last year, went on the IR last
week due to a lingering back problem. The team brought up journeyman
Dotson from their practice squad for depth.
- ATL DE John
Abraham had a sack, his second in the last three games,
and leads the team with 5 on the season.
- OAK DT Richard
Seymour was ejected in the third quarter on Sunday for,
sort of, punching MIA LG Richie Incognito. Prior to that, in
the same series, DT John
Henderson left with a knee injury. He had 7 tackles (6 solo)
and a QB hit before leaving. DE Desmond
Bryant got his fourth sack of the season.
- The IND DE tandem of Dwight
Freeney and Robert
Mathis were shut out by the tall NE tackles on Sunday. The
duo combined for 2 assists, both by Mathis. Newly acquired reserve
DE Mario Addison outperformed them with 5 assists. Apologies
to those who read my "Waiver Wire Recommendations" for DL last
week where I said Freeney and Mathis may be worth a gamble.
The inconceivable domination in time of possession by the Colts
didn't help their numbers.
- NE DE Vince
Wilfork led the team with 10 tackles (5 solo) and had a
sack. He has 2.5 sacks on the season.
- PIT reserve NT Chris
Hoke is done for the season, needing neck surgery.
- CIN reserve DE Carlos
Dunlap remained inactive with a lingering hamstring injury.
He has missed three of the last four games due to it. DE Michael
Johnson had his fourth sack of the season, a new career
high. He took over the starting RDE job last year and began
the season in it, but lost the role to Frostee
Rucker in Week 6 and has been relegated to a pass rush specialist
- CAR DE Charles
Johnson has sacks in back-to-back games and leads the team
with 8.5 this season. Rookie UDFA DE Thomas Keiser had another
sack and his first career pick. He has been a find since being
promoted from the practice squad. In the four games since, he
has 3 sacks and an interception. The starting third-round pick
DT duo of Sione
Fua (hamstring) and Terrell
McClain (knee) were both lost for the season. Sophomore
Neblett, who had 2 TFL on Sunday and had 1.5 sacks in the
previous three games, and veteran Frank
Kearse take over inside.
- TB rookie DE Da'Quan Bowers got another start with DE Michael
Bennett missing his second game with a groin injury. Bennett
is not expected to play this week. Bowers shared his first career
sack with fellow rookie DE Adrian
Clayborn and Bowers then had a solo sack. He had the best
game of his young career, also posting 8 tackles (7 solo) and
breaking up a pass. Clayborn has at least a half-sack in three
consecutive games and leads the team with 5.5 sacks this season.
Price played on bad ankle, but was thrown out of the game
by HC Raheem Morris after a personal foul in the third quarter.
Miller replaced him.
- WAS DE Stephen
Bowen was active despite suffering a slight PCL tear in
his knee in the previous game.
- BAL DE Terrell
Suggs had a sack, giving him 4 in the last two game, and
a team best 10 sacks on the season. Suggs made it back-to-back
seasons with double-digit sacks, the same way he started his
career, before not achieving that milestone for five years.
Rookie reserve DE Pernell
McPhee continues to thrive as a pass rusher out of the five
technique. He had a pair of sacks, giving him 6 on the season.
- CLE rookie DE Jabaal
Sheard made it back-to-back game with a sack and leads the
team with 5.5 on the season. The second-round pick is having
a solid first season and his future at RDE is one of the few
promising situations on the team.
- AZ DE Calais
Campbell took sole possession of the team lead with his
6th sack of the season.
- NYG RDE Osi
Umenyiora was inactive, as expected, with an ankle sprain.
He is expected to miss at least another game. DE Jason
Pierre-Paul replaced him opposite LDE Justin
Tuck. Tuck had his first sack since Week 8 and has just
3 on the season, but also posting 5 tackles (4 solo) made it
a positive game for a player who has battled a number of injuries
- After being a game-time decision with an ankle sprain, STL
Long had a pair of sacks, boosting his total to 12, tied
for third in the league. Long has at least one sack for six
straight games and nine total in the span.
- DET DT Ndamukong
Suh spent the weekend at home in Portland, Oregon for the
first of his two-game suspension and unfortunately still found
his way in the headlines after a minor car accident, hitting
a tree early Saturday morning. Despite some disputes over the
cause of the accident and version of events from two female
passengers, the Portland police have ended their investigation
and it looks like a non-issue from a football disciplinary standpoint.
With Suh out, Sammie
Lee Hill got the start in his place next to DT Corey
Williams. The duo shared a sack. Rookie DT Nick Fairley
was knocked out of the game with a left foot injury, the same
one that kept his out of the first half of the season with a
stress fracture. X-rays were negative, but it is a bit of a
concern with his history. Fairley got his first career sack
- JAX NT Terrance
Knighton returned after missing three games with an ankle
injury, but the team remained without LDE Matt Roth (concussion)
for the second straight game and DE Aaron Kampman (hamstring0
for the fourth straight game. Once again, DL Leger
Douzable got the start for Roth. Former CFL star John Chick
is done for the season with torn patella tendon in his knee.
- OAK MLB Rolando McClain was active on Sunday despite being
charged last Wednesday with charged with discharging a firearm
within city limits, third degree assault, menacing, and reckless
endangerment. All the misdemeanors were related to a him allegedly
pointing a gun at another man, making him beg for his life,
and then firing a shot over his head. Apparently investigation
by the Raiders led to contradicting stories (certainly including
McClain's recollection of events) and they were comfortable
playing him. The league will likely let the legal process play
out and this story is not over. On the field, McClain led the
team with 8 tackles (7 solo).
- DEN future Defensive Rookie of the Year SLB Von Miller missed
his first game after surgery last week for torn ligaments suffered
in his right thumb in their previous game. He started all of
his first 11 games, producing 26 QB hurries, a18 QB hits and
10.5 sacks, tied for fifth in the league. Miller did make it
to a practice last week and was a game-time decision, but the
team ultimately decided to hold him out last week. He is expected
to play this week and is a must-start in all formats if he does,
even though he'll likely have a cast or brace on the right hand.
Veteran Mario Haggan replaced Miller and put on an impressive
performance of his own. Haggan first got the Broncos on the
board with the first INT of his nine-year career on MIN rookie
QB Christian Ponder that Haggan returned 16 yards for a TD.
He finished leading the team 12 tackles (7 solo) and 3 TFL.
WLB D.J. Williams had 9 tackles (5 solo). Wesley Woodyard and
Joe Mays continue to rotate in the middle.
- ATL MLB Curtis Lofton led the team with 11 solo tackles,
his sixth double-digit tackle game of the season. He leads the
team with 111 tackles, fourth in the league. SLB Stephen Nicholas
was inactive with a shoulder injury suffered in the previous
game, giving veteran Mike Peterson a start. He responded with
a double-digit tackle performance of his own, posting 10 (7
solo) with 2 TFL and he broke up a pass. WLB Sean Weatherspoon
remains sitting on six double-digit tackle games this year as
he had 7 tackles (5 solo). He has 96 tackles on the season,
just outside the top ten in the league.
- TEN MLB Barrett Ruud remained inactive with a groin injury
and rookie Colin McCarthy continues to fill up the box score
in his place. McCarthy led the team with 9 solo tackles, broke
up a pass, forced a fumble and recovered 2 fumbles. In place
of Ruud the last four weeks, he has 37 tackles (31 solo), 2
passes defensed, an INT, 2 forced fumble and 2 recoveries.
- BUF ILB Nick Barnett led the team with 11 tackles (8 solo),
his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season, and also got
the team's only sack, his third of the year. He leads the team
with 97 tackles on the season and, along with CLE MLB D'Qwell
Jackson, a leading candidate for IDP Comeback Player of the
- KC rookie OLB Justin Houston fell to the third-round for
off-field concerns, but was expected to be one of the top edge
pass rushers in the class. 12 games in to his career, he was
still looking for his first sack, but that all changed on Sunday.
Against the Chicago OLine that had been playing well lately,
Houston erupted with 3 sacks, forcing a fumble on one, and 7
solo tackles. The team had 7 total sacks, after coming in to
the game with just 13 to that point in the season. ILB Derrick
Johnson getting his second of the season and OLB Tamba Hali
getting his team-leading eighth sack of the season. Hali injured
his hand in the game, but didn't come out.
- PHI MLB Jamar Chaney shared the team lead with 12 tackles
(7 solo), his second double-digit tackle game of the season.
Chaney appeared to have a few issues in coverage and against
the run, including bouncing off SEA RB Marshawn Lynch on a TD
run. You can see the inconsistency that explains why he wasn't
handed the starting MLB job to start the year after his breakout
at the end of last season. The team will likely again be looking
for another answer at the position this offseason. The team's
most fundamentally-sound LB is rookie WLB Brian Rolle. Despite
his size, Rolle looks like the best tackler among their LBs,
but because of it, he is pulled in favor of Keenan Clayton in
- SEA MLB David Hawthorne had 6 tackles (3 solo), sharing the
team lead with OLB Leroy Hill (6 solo). The knee Hawthorne dinged
in the previous game looked fine when took his third pick of
the season back 77 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter. Hill
also had his third sack of the season and rookie OLB K.J. Wright
had the first of his career, forcing a fumble on it.
- HOU OLB Connor Barwin didn't get a sack in his encore performance
after setting a franchise record with 4 sacks in the previous
game, but he still brought a strong pass rush, totaling 4 QB
hits. On the other side, rookie OLB Brooks Reed had his streak
of five straight game with a sack snapped as the Texans didn't
record one on Sunday. ILB Brian Cushing left the game in the
second quarter after dinging his right knee, but would return
and finished the game sharing the team lead in tackles with
6 (5 solo). Tim Dobbins picked up some snaps while Cushing was
- MIN SLB Chad Greenway had just 6 tackles (2 solo) and "fell"
to fifth in the league in tackles with 110 on the season. He
had double-digit tackles in four of the previous five games.
Greenway suffered a hyperextended elbow in the game, but is
expected to be fine this week.
- IND MLB Pat Angerer had to leave with a right knee injury
after the Patriots first play from scrimmage and did not return.
He didn't register a stat and fell to a tie for second in the
league in tackles with 112 on the season. A.J. Edds replaced
him and finished tied for the team lead with 9 tackles (1 solo),
including an assist on special teams. Ernie Sims started at
WLB and had 8 tackles (3 solo), replacing Kavell Conner with
the first team. Conner still rotated in and had 4 (2 solo).
- NE OLB Rob Ninkovich had a sack for the third straight game
and is up to 4.5 on the season. LB Jerod Mayo had 7 tackles
(2 solo) and broke up 2 passes, grabbing one for his second
pick of the season.
- PIT OLB LaMarr Woodley returned after missing three game
with a hamstring injury and was back in the starting lineup,
but he aggravated the injury in the second quarter and Jason
Worilds replaced him the rest of the way. Expect a platoon until
Woodley is 100%. On the other side, OLB James Harrison seemed
100% as he racked up 3 sacks. He is now up to 8 on the season
after a slow start due to offseason back surgery and then missing
four games with a broken orbital bone on his face. ILB3 Larry
Foote was inactive with a hamstring.
- NYJ reserve OLB Garrett McIntyre, former UDFA who spent the
last few seasons between the Arena Football League and CFL,
continues to start opposite OLB Calvin Pace. However, it was
back up OLBs Jamaal Westerman and Aaron Maybin who had the team's
only two sacks. Maybin, who forced a fumble on his sack, has
three sacks in the last two games and now leads the team with
6 on the season and 4 forced fumbles.
- Despite a lingering ankle sprain, WAS ILB London Fletcher
had his sixth double-digit tackle game, leading the team with
17 (9 solo). Fletcher took over the league lead with 124 tackles
on the season. Next to him, Perry Riley couldn't make it three
straight double-digit tackle games, but still posted 8 (3 solo)
and recovered a fumble on special teams.
- BAL MLB Ray Lewis missed his third straight game with a toe
injury and is expected to miss this week, as well. His back
up, Dannell Ellerbe, returned to the starting lineup after missing
the previous game with a hamstring. He shared the team lead
in tackles with WLB Jameel McClain, both posting 7 (5 solo).
- CLE MLB D'Qwell Jackson led the team with 12 tackles (8 solo)
and shares the second highest total in the league at 112.
- DAL ILB Sean Lee led the team in tackles with 7 (5 solo)
and broke up a pass. OLB DeMarcus Ware built on his league lead
with his 15th sack of the season. On the other side, OLB Anthony
Spencer got his 6th sack of the season. Ware suffered a neck
stinger during the game, but he was able to return.
- GB ILBs Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk were both inactive with
calf injuries suffered in the previous game. Rookie D.J. Smith
replaced Bishop and former UDFA Rob Francois replaced Hawk,
as expected. Smith called the defense and had 8 tackles (6 solo).
Bishop and Hawk remain questionable this week. OLB Erik Walden
started despite an arrest on suspicion of felony domestic assault,
allegedly on his live-in girlfriend, the previous week. OLB
Clay Matthews made it back-to-back games with an INT, his second
of the season, and returned it for a TD. He also had his sixth
sack of the season, taking over the team lead.
- NYG UDFA rookie MLB Mark Herzlich was inactive with an ankle
sprain suffered in the previous game, but the LB corps got a
boost from the return of WLB Michael Boley. Rookie Greg Jones
started in the middle and Chase Blackburn, just signed last
week, saw plenty of work, grabbing a pick. Rookie reserve LB
Jacquian Williams still had a significant role too and was the
most productive LB with 8 tackles (6 solo, including 1 on special
teams) and a pass defensed.
- SF ILB Patrick Willis suffered a right hamstring injury in
the first quarter and was done for the game after remaining
down for several minutes before limping off the field. Larry
Grant replaced him and posted 6 tackles (5 solo) and a sack.
Willis is doubtful this week, but sounds like he could return
before the end of the season. ILB NaVorro Bowman shared the
team lead in tackles with Grant, posting 6 solo. He has fallen
to sixth in the league with 109 tackles. Rookie OLB Aldon Smith
had a pair of sacks and leads the team with 9.5 on the season.
- STL MLB James Laurinaitis made it three of the last four
games with double-digit tackles as he posted 12 (10 solo) and
got his third sack of the season. He broke 100 tackles for third
- DET MLB Stephen Tulloch had his second double-digit tackle
game of the season, sharing the team lead with 10 tackles (5
- NO MLB Jonathan Vilma returned after missing two games after
surgery on his problematic left knee. He looked fine leading
the team with 10 tackles (6 solo) and breaking up a pass. Reserve
Ramon Humber continues to have a growing role in their 3-4 looks
and pass packages, getting 3 solo tackles, his first career
sack and breaking up a pass.
- JAX MLB Paul Posluszny led the team with 11 tackles (7 solo)
and leads the team with 95 on the season.
- PHI CB Nnamdi
Asomugha was back to a starting role on Thursday night,
he was limited in the previous game after a hyper extending
his knee in practice leading up to that game. However, his night
didn't last long when suffered a concussion and neck stinger
in the second quarter. CB Joselio
Hanson, who continues to replace the injured Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie at the nickel, took over for Asomugh.
DRC remained inactive with a high ankle sprain. Asomugha has
been cleared from the concussion, but was limited in practice
this week and remains questionable more around the knee. FS
Nate Allen shared the team lead with 12 tackles (6 solo, including
1 on special teams). Special teams ace S Colt Anderson suffered
a torn left ACL on a punt return and is done for the season.
- SEA CB Brandon
Browner grabbed a pair of picks and rookie SS Kam
Chancellor had one as the team benefit from a desperate
PHI QB Vince Young slinging the ball indiscriminately in a second
half comeback attempt. The duo share the team lead with four
picks on the season.
- BUF SS George
Wilson missed his third straight game with a neck stinger.
Rookie Da'Norris Searcy continued to replace him, posting 9
tackles (6 solo, including 1 on special teams). Rookie CB Aaron
Williams, who moved in to the starting lineup when CB Terrence
McGee was lost for the season three weeks ago, left the
game in the third quarter with a right knee injury and didn't
return. He is expected to miss just this week. Former first-round
pick CB Leodis
McKelvin, who has fallen out of favor this year, stepped
in for Williams opposite Drayton
Florence, and should get the start for Williams this week.
- Injury-prone CHI S Major
Wright was knocked out of the game in the second quarter
with a shoulder injury and replaced by Craig
Steltz, who led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo) and forced
a fumble. The team remained without CB D.J.
Moore, who missed his third straight game with an ankle
sprain. CB Corey Graham continued to replace him.
- TEN CB Jason
McCourty left the game in the first quarter with a concussion.
Second-year CB Chris
Hawkins replaced him. The team was already shorthanded in
the secondary with reserve Tommie Cambell inactive after a left
shoulder sprain in the previous game. Safeties Jordan
Babineaux and Chris
Hope were pressed in to duty at the same time, which the
team had refrained from doing previously. Babineaux has remained
the starter at SS since replacing Hope after he broke his arm
in Week 1, and hasn't relinquished the starting role since Hope
returned, but the duo have been in a rotation, hurting the fantasy
value of both. McCourty is questionable this week.
- For the second straight week, ATL SS William
Moore was active, but did not play. He missed the two games
before that with groin and quad problems, so caution in coming
back from that were part of the explanation HC Mike Smith gave
in his presser on Monday, but he also complemented the play
of veteran James
Sanders, who has been replacing Moore, and said the team
will have "a decision to make" on who to play when Moore is
healthier. I could understand easing him back in one game, but
it's odd for a team to have a player be an active DNP for two
games related to injury. It makes no sense with limited roster
spots, he should have been inactive if he couldn't contribute.
Maybe there's more to the story. If taken at his word, Smith's
comments at least indicate Moore no longer has a lock on the
job. Sanders did his part to retain the role, posting 10 solo
tackles and recovering a fumble. The team was also without CB
Grimes, who was inactive with a right knee that he had a
"minor" procedure on and is expected to miss a few weeks. He
has already been ruled out this week. Dominique
Franks replaced in the starting lineup opposite Dunta
Robinson, with Chris Owens remaining at nickel as Kelvin
Hayden missed his second game with a dislocated right toe.
- KC FS Kendrick
Lewis was temporarily knocked out of the game after dinging
his right knee. He returned and finished with 5 tackles (3 solo)
and was the first to knock away a potential TD pass in the fourth
quarter that was batted around before SS Jon
McGraw held on to it in the end zone for his third pick
of the season. McGraw also had 3 tackles (2 solo), a TFL, and
his second career sack. Sophomore CB Javier
Arenas has had a bigger role as a returner than as a DB,
but he got his first career pick in the prevent defense on a
Hail Mary by CHI QB Caleb Hanie on the last play of the game.
- MIA CB Vontae
Davis had 4 solo tackles, his first sack of the season and
broke up a pass. Davis has been on fire since being injured
and benched for a violation of team rules, allegedly an altercation
with teammate Brandon Marshall at practice over Davis coming
to practice hung over, at midseason. In the last four games,
right after the start of Miami's current hot streak, Davis has
a sack, 5 passes defensed and 2 picks - the total he has all
season in each category.
- MIN RCB Cedric
Griffin and SS Jamarca
Sanford are the only two starters that remain in the Vikings'
defensive backfield since opening day. The injury-ravaged secondary
is on their fourth different starting LCB and third different
starting FS. Sanford, not the most fundamentally-sound player,
was in a platoon early in the season (when they had enough healthy
players to do such things0 and missed a game himself with a
concussion this year. Griffin is holding his job by default.
As previous discussed in this column, he doesn't seem all the
way back from tearing both ACLs in the last two season. HC Leslie
Frazier made the reality painstakingly clear in his Monday presser,
noting his challenges in returning from the injuries for Griffin
and that he isn't the same player, summing up the situation
by saying, "we're just so depleted depth-wise that we have to
have him out there". Griffin had 6 tackles (5 solo) and forced
a fumble, so he'll continue to be out there and put up numbers
only because the team has no other choice. On the other side,
Sapp, who was a street free agent until a couple weeks ago
with no interest since being released by the Dolphins after
opening day, started at LCB. Asher
Allen was inactive with shoulder injury suffered in the
previous game. CB Chris
Cook remains suspended with pay as he deals with the felony
domestic violence charges against him. As previously discussed
in this column, it would be a shock to see him play again this
year, perhaps ever again with the Vikings. With their top two
free safeties put on the IR after the previous game, rookie
Raymond got his first career start. He had 2 solo tackles
and likely moves this week in to a platoon, at best, with veteran
Jarrad Page, who was released by another troubled secondary
in Philadelphia. With their best DB an increasingly-fragile
Winfield turning 35 and due $7M next year, this secondary
could see 100% turnover from the opening day starters over the
- DEN fourth-round pick FS Quinton
Carter continues to start ahead of second-round pick Rahim
Moore, who was not even active this week and did not travel
with the team because he's not offering value on special teams.
The team could have used Moore on Sunday when Carter was dinged
and former UDFA Kyle McCarthy had to be used at FS.
- IND RCB Jerraud
Powers and nickel CB Terrence
Johnson both had their season end on Sunday. Powers, the
team's best corner, dislocated his left elbow. Johnson suffered
an unspecified arm injury. Both went on the IR this week. Jacob
Lacey, who was benched after Week 6, regained his starting
job on Sunday with the firing of DC Larry Coyer. With those
injuries, his job security seems much safer now, as the most
experienced corner, under new DC Mike Murphy. Sophomore Kevin
Thomas, who had been starting in place of Lacey, now remains
a starter and rookie Chris
Rucker will see extensive time as the nickel CB.
- NE CB Devin
McCourty was returned from a reported shoulder separation
and was active and in the starting lineup for the first time
since Week 10. He had 4 solo tackles. On the other side, CB
Arrington didn't add to his league-leading 7 interceptions,
but helped his fantasy owners with 5 tackles (4 solo) and a
fumble recovery. The team remained without S Patrick
Chung for the fourth straight game with a foot injury. It
Jones, just added last week, who saw most of the work in
place of Chung, instead of Sterling Moore, who had been starting
in his place. Jones had 9 tackles (6 solo) and broke up a pass.
Converted WR Matt Slater rotated with Jones and had 7 (6 solo)
and forced a fumble.
- PIT SS Troy
Polamalu started despite be knocked out of the previous
game with "concussion-like symptoms". He had 4 tackles (3 solo)
and forced a fumble. CB Ike
Taylor had his second pick of the season.
- CIN CB Nate
Clements was inactive with a hamstring injury suffered in
the previous game. Kelly
Jennings replaced him and led the team with 7 tackles (5
solo). On the other side, CB Adam
Jones remains the replacement for Leon
Hall, who is done for the season. Jones had a pair of tackles
and broke up a pass.
- CAR SS Charles
Godfrey led the team with 11 tackles (9 solo, including
2 on special teams). Fourth-round pick CB Brandon Hogan is yet
to play despite being activated from the PUP a month ago. His
bad knee has been giving him problems in practice.
- TB CB Aqib
Talib left the game in the first quarter after aggravating
a hamstring injury he's been battling for a few weeks. He is
questionable this week. E.J.
Biggers replaced him. SS Sean
Jones led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo).
- WAS SS LaRon
Landry was inactive after suffering a groin strain in the
previous game. Despite his lingering left Achilles' tendon issue,
and the associated injury problems he's had this season, and
the team being out of playoff contention, the team apparently
still doesn't plan to put him on the IR. Reed
Doughty started in his place. FS Oshiomogho
Atogwe was back in a full-time role after being limited
in the previous game with a knee and toe issues.
- CB Lardarius
Webb returned a punt 68 yards for a score. He also had 2
- CLE SS T.J.
Ward remained inactive with a right foot sprain that is
expected to keep him out at least another week. Usama Young
remained his replacement.
- DAL CB Mike
Jenkins returned after missing the previous four games with
a right hamstring injury.
- GB CB Charles
Woodson was forced out of Sunday's game in the fourth quarter
with a concussion. HC Mike McCarthy expects him to play this
week, but he has to go through the third-party tests required
by the league to be cleared. Sam
Shields gets the start if Woodson can't go.
- NYG SS Kenny
Phillips suffered a left MCL sprain and is expected to miss
at least this week. It is the same knee that he had microfracture
surgery in two years ago that almost ended his career before
it started. Deon
Grant will start in his place.
- STL SS Darian Stewart was inactive after suffering a concussion
in the previous game. Veteran Craig
Dahl got the start in his place and led the team with 13
tackles (11 solo, including 1 on special teams) and forced a
fumble. SS Amari
Spievey shared the team lead with 10 tackles (9 solo).
- The DET secondary was without CB Chris
Houston and FS Louis Delmas, who suffered knee injuries
in the previous game. No update yet on their status for this
week, both were listed as doubtful last week. Aaron
Berry replaced Houston and veteran Chris
Harris replaced Delmas.
- SD FS Eric
Weddle had his 6th pick of the season, tying him for second
in the league.
- A decimated JAX secondary took another hit when CB William
Middleton suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice
this week. Middleton replaced Derek
Cox, who went on the IR the week before. UDFA rookie Kevin
Rutland is expected to replace him opposite Ashton
Youboty, who replaced Rashean
Mathis, lost last month for the season to a knee injury.
Back up SS Courtney
Greene also went on the IR, unable to overcome a hamstring
injury. The team brought back CB David
Jones, who was released in September after seeing starting
work previously with the team, added CB Morgan
Trent and versatile former Dallas fourth-round pick Akwasi
Owusu-Ansah for depth, due to all the injuries.