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IDP Notes
Week 15

Early Game Alert: Jaguars @ Falcons, Thursday 8:20 PM ET

Defensive Line

  • In another dominant performance by MIN DE Jared Allen, he had three sacks and 3 QB hits on Sunday. He stormed back to the league lead with 17.5 sacks on the season, a new career best. With little left for his team to play for, Allen can set his sights on individual goals. If he gets to 20 sacks, he becomes just the eighth player to achieve that in a season since the league began keeping the statistic in 1982 and has a realistic chance at Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5. Allen also broke 100 sacks for his career (100.5) on Sunday, making him one of just 27 players to do so. On the other side, DE Brian Robison shared a sack with DT Remi Ayodele. It was the sixth sack of the season for Robison and he has 19.5 on his career, so a bit behind Allen. Robison had suffered a concussion in the previous game, but was obviously cleared to play.

  • BAL DE Terrell Suggs had three sacks, forcing a fumble on each, in a dominating performance. He has 7 sacks in the last three games and sets a new career high with 13 sacks on the season, putting him at fourth place in the league on the year. He also shares the league lead with 6 forced fumbles, also a new career best. DE Cory Redding also had a sack, giving him 4.5 on the year, the second-highest season total of his career. He has 3.5 in the last three games.

  • IND DE Dwight Freeney had a pair of sacks on Sunday, giving him 101.5 in his ten-year career. He joined MIN DE Jared Allen on the same weekend in becoming one of only 27 players to reach that milestone - though it took him 2 more season than Allen. Freeney leads the team with 7.5 sacks this season and has three in the last three games, but has little value in anything besides sack-heavy leagues. With just 17 tackles he is on pace for just under 21 tackles, which would be the lowest total of his career, including seasons he didn't play all 16 games (he has started every game so far this year). I'm not sure where or if this is tracked, but that has to be around a record low for any defensive player who started 16 games. On the other side, DE Robert Mathis had 6 tackles (5 solo), 2 TFL and a 2 QB hits, but no sacks. He has just 5.5 this season and is having his worst season as a pass rusher, in which he played every game, since his rookie season. The story of QB Peyton Manning has overshadowed the declining pass rush threat from their once-dominant end tandem. Both are over 30 and Mathis is in the last year of his contract. I still think Mathis has a bit more left in his tank, but regardless of who is back, the team desperately needs to address the position in the offseason. 2010 first-round pick DE Jerry Hughes has only added value on special teams, but is still a healthy scratch, at times, because he brings nothing on defense. He has just 1 sack so far in 22 career games, including playoffs. Aging veteran Tyler Brayton, a reclamation project signed in the preseason, and UDFA rookie DE Mario Addison, picked up off the street a few weeks ago after being release by Chicago, are both firmly ahead of Hughes.

  • CAR DE Charles Johnson had 2 QB hits, shared a sack with SLB James Anderson and had 5 tackles (4 solo) and 3 TFL. Johnson has at least a half-sack in three consecutive games.

  • DET DT Ndamukong Suh served the second of a two-game suspension, giving Sammie Lee Hill another start next to DT Corey Williams. Suh will return to his starting role this week. Rookie DT Nick Fairley was inactive with a left foot injury, the same one that kept his out of the first half of the season with a stress fracture. The team was hopeful he could play with Suh out, but he was held out as a precaution and should return this week. With both Suh and Fairley out, the team signed DT Jovan Haye for depth last week. DE Cliff Avril had a strip sack and the fumble was recovered for a TD. He also recovered a fumble himself on the first career sack by WLB DeAndre Levy later in the game. Avril leads the team with 9 sacks, a new career best, and shares the league lead with 6 forced fumbles.

  • ATL DE Ray Edwards had his third sack of the season, his first since Week 6. His first season in Atlanta has been a disappointment.

  • TB rookie RDE Adrian Clayborn had another sack, giving him at least a half-sack in four consecutive games, and forced a fumble on it, his second of the year. He led the team with 6.5 sacks on the season. DE Michael Bennett returned after missing two games with a groin injury, but rookie Da'Quan Bowers still got the start at LDE. The duo shared time with Bowers get 2 solo tackles and batting down a pass, while Bennett had 3 solo tackles. DT Brian Price was back in the starting lineup after being thrown out of the previous game by HC Raheem Morris for a personal foul. The team lost depth up front with reserve DE Tim Crowder (concussion) and reserve DT John McCargo (triceps) put on the IR this week. The team brought DT Frank Okam up from the practice squad and signed DE Nick Reed to fill the spots.

  • CIN reserve DE Carlos Dunlap remained inactive with a lingering hamstring injury. He has missed four of the last five games due to it. DE3 Michael Johnson made it back-to-back games with a sack and has five on the season. DT Geno Atkins shared a sack with LDE Robert Geathers. Atkins leads the team with 7 on the season. DT Pat Sims was placed on the IR with a left ankle injury. The team signed DT Nick Hayden to fill his roster spot.

  • PIT DE Ziggy Hood left Thursday night's game with a groin injury in the second quarter. He was replaced by first-round pick Cameron Heyward on the left side. Heyward had a QB hit and blew his assignment on a draw for a big gain on a third-and-long.

  • JAX DE Aaron Kampman gave it a try, but couldn't successfully return from tearing both ACLs the last two years. He ended his third straight season on the IR, unable to overcome getting the knees back to form and associated hamstring problems. Kampman played just three games this year and, despite two more years on his contract, almost certainly his time with the Jaguars, and possibly his career, are over. The team also remained without LDE Matt Roth, who missed his third straight game with a concussion. Leger Douzable continues to start in place of Roth opposite Jeremy Mincey.

  • PHI ends Trent Cole and Jason Babin joined a couple of the other top pass rushers in the league in also registering three-sack performances on Sunday. Cole also had 7 solo tackles and 3 QB hits. Cole has sacks in back-to-back games and it was his best performance since missing some time with a calf injury earlier this season. He's now up to 9 sacks for the season. Babin has five sacks in the last two games and moves up to a tie for second in the league with 15, a new career high. Reserve DE Phillip Hunt the most work of his young career and got in on the sack party with the first of his NFL career (after leading the CFL with 16 last year). It was for a safety on MIA back up QB J.P. Losman in the fourth quarter. Fellow reserve DE Darryl Tapp suffered a broken rib on the play and is doubtful for this week. DT Cullen Jenkins suffered a groin strain in the game, so watch for updates this week. The team promoted UDFA DT Cedric Thornton from the practice squad, so they are likely expected at least one of those two not to play this week.

  • NO DT Sedrick Ellis was inactive with a hamstring injury. Shaun Rogers saw more work in his place, racking up 3 solo tackles and batting down a pass.

  • TEN rookie reserve DT Karl Klug had a pair of sacks, giving him three in the last two games. He leads the team with six on the season.

  • It continues to be an unbelievable year for NE DL Vince Wilfork. After getting his first career pick earlier this year, he grabbed another, and on Sunday scored his first career TD pouncing on a fumble in the end zone. He also has a career best 2.5 sacks this season.

  • AZ DE Calais Campbell made it back-to-back games with a sack. He leads the team with seven on the season.

  • CHI DE Julius Peppers got his team-leading ninth sack of the season. DT Henry Melton had a sack for the third straight game, his seventh of the year. Rookie reserve DT Stephen Paea had a pair, giving him three.

  • DEN DE Elvis Dumervil continued his torrid play in the second half of the season. He had 5 solo tackles, 3 QB hits, another sack and recovered a fumble. He is up to 7.5 sacks on the season, all in the last six games.

  • GB DE Ryan Pickett left in the third quarter with a concussion and is questionable for this week. Jarius Wynn and Howard Green should start at the ends if Pickett can't go this week.

  • OAK DE Desmond Bryant made it back-to-back games with a sack, his fifth of the season.

  • NYG RDE Osi Umenyiora was inactive, as expected, for the second straight game with an ankle sprain. DE Jason Pierre-Paul replaced him and had another dominant performance. JPP led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo), had a pair of sacks, one for a safety, and forced a fumble. He also blocked the potential tying FG as time expired at the end of the game. He is fifth in the league with 12.5 sacks on the season. LDE Justin Tuck left the game briefly with a toe injury, but returned. He put up a goose egg in the box score.


  • IND MLB Pat Angerer started after dinging his right knee in the previous game and missing some practice last week. He had 8 tackles (6 solo) and has fallen to third in the league with 120 tackles on the season. Kavell Conner was back starting at WLB a week after Ernie Sims got the nod with the first team. The two still rotated, with Conner posting 7 tackles (5 solo) and recovering a fumble, while Sims had 4 tackles (3 solo). SLB Philip Wheeler left in the fourth quarter with a right foot injury, giving both Conner and Sims more work.

  • CLE MLB D'Qwell Jackson had his seventh double-digit tackle game of the season, leading the team with 13 (7 solo). He temporarily took over the league lead in tackles Thursday night with 125. He has had less than 8 tackles in a game just once this season. Jackson also had a sack, giving him 3.5 on the season, and recovered a fumble.

  • PIT OLB James Harrison was suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on CLE QB Colt McCoy on Thursday night. A questionable move by the league on a bang-bang play were McCoy was on the run and with both players moving at full speed, little ability to necessarily avoid that type of contact. I doubt a suspension would have been handed down to a player with less of a history of this type of thing. OLB LaMarr Woodley was inactive again after returning the previous week from a hamstring injury that cost him three games. Even when active, he remains unreliable the rest of the year as he is expected to rotate frequently with back up Jason Worilds to keep Woodley healthy for the playoffs. Worilds took advantage of the start to have the best game of his career. He was a terror on Thursday night with 9 tackles (8 solo), a pair of sacks and forced a fumble. He now has 3 sacks for the season, all in the last three games. LB continues to be a plug-and-play position for the Steelers year after year. Woodley is expected to play Monday night and with Harrison out, both he and Worilds should see plenty of work. After an unproductive stint at OLB due to injuries, ILB Lawrence Timmons had 8 total tackles for the third straight game. However, the absence of big plays is a disappointment to fantasy owners. He has one interception and no sacks or forced fumbles this season. Timmons could be forced back to an OLB role if Woodley can't go on MNF.

  • BAL MLB Ray Lewis missed his fourth straight game with a toe injury, with HC John Harbaugh saying he is "hopeful" Lewis will be back this week. Dannell Ellerbe continued to replace him, but had just 1 solo tackle, as the Ravens dominated time of possession and the team was typically in pass packages, without Ellerbe, with the Colts playing from behind the whole game. WLB Jameel McClain led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo) and broke up a pass.

  • ATL WLB Sean Weatherspoon led the team with 9 tackles (8 solo) and also broke up a pass and got his fourth sack. MLB Curtis Lofton had 5 tackles (3 solo). The duo are both in triple-digit tackles for the season and among the top ten in the league. SLB Stephen Nicolas missed his second game with a shoulder injury. Veteran Mike Peterson replaced him again and had just one solo tackle, but also picked off a pass.

  • MIN SLB Chad Greenway shared the team lead with 8 (5 solo) and moves to fourth in the league with 118 on the season. He played though a hyperextended elbow suffered in the previous game.

  • CIN WLB Thomas Howard led the team with 12 tackles (9 solo), his first-double digit tackle game since 2008. He has taken over the team lead with 78 tackles on the season.

  • HOU OLB Connor Barwin 5 tackles (4 solo) and a strip sack, giving him five sacks in the last three games after his record-setting 4 sacks two games ago. Barwin leads the team with 9.5 sacks on the season. On the other side, rookie OLB Brooks Reed recovered the fumble on Barwin's sack and had 3 tackles (2 solo). ILB DeMeco Ryans had 6 tackles (4 solo), a TFL and broke up a pass. Unfortunately that is one of his most productive games of the season as he has struggled to return from a torn Achilles' tendon last year and a bothersome elbow injury in the first preseason game.

  • CAR SLB James Anderson led the team with 17 tackles (10 solo), shared a sack with DE Charles Johnson, and broke up a pass. Anderson leads the team with 117 tackles, good for fifth in the league, and put together back-to-back 100-tackles seasons.

  • DET MLB Stephen Tulloch led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo) and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score off a strip sack by DE Cliff Avril. SLB Justin Durant was limited during the game with a tight hamstring. Bobby Carpenter played most of the game in place of Durant and had 7 solo tackles.

  • JAX MLB Paul Posluszny (5 solo), OLB Darryl Smith (4 solo) and OLB Russell Allen (6 solo) shared the team lead with 7 tackles. Allen also forced a fumble and was called on as the emergency kicker late in the fourth quarter, with the victory in the bank, as K Josh Scobee was battling a groin strain. Allen shanked the kickoff, getting it just 20 yards, but returned for no gain. Smith also had a sack, giving him 3.5 on the season. Poz also broke up 2 passes, grabbing one for his second pick of the year. He also broke triple-digits in tackles for the season in the game, making it four straight years he has achieved it.

  • In this column last week, I discussed PHI MLB Jamar Chaney not looking like the long-term solution for the Eagles and he was replaced in by rookie Casey Matthews in the nickel, in addition to the short-yardage package. Matthews ended up with the most snaps of any LB. Beleaguered DC Juan Castillo has run out of new options, so he's back to trying previously failed ones. Matthews had 3 solo tackles and his first career sack. Chaney had 4 solo tackles. Rookie WLB Brian Rolle also continues to platoon with Keenan Clayton. Matthews and Clayton were the nickel combo.

  • MIA ILB Karlos Dansby led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo), also getting 2 TFL, a QB hit and breaking up a pass. OLB Cameron Wake was replaced by DE Jared Odrick in some running packages. Wake had 5 tackles (4 solo) and 2 TFL, bringing good pressure, but failing to add to his sack total. He still leads the team with 6.5 on the season. Pass rush specialist OLB Jason Taylor had a pair of sacks, giving him 6 on the season.

  • NYJ ILB David Harris led the team with 6 tackles (4 solo) and had a sack for the second time in the last three games. Harris doesn't put up big tackle numbers, he has more value in big play leagues, where he finds ways to add more value.

  • KC rookie OLB Justin Houston kept rolling on Sunday, picking up another sack and giving him four in the last two games. OLB Tamba Hali also had a sack in back-to-back games and leads the team with nine on the season. He played through an injured hand suffered in the previous game. ILB Derrick Johnson led the team with 12 tackles (9 solo), 2 TFL and recovered a fumble. It was the fourth double-digit tackle game of the season. He leads the team with 112 tackles.

  • NO MLB Jonathan Vilma didn't have much of an encore to his 10 tackle performance in his second game back from knee surgery. He had just an assist as the Saints dominated the time of possession. OLB Scott Shanle continues to be limited by a shoulder injury.

  • TEN MLB Barrett Ruud remained inactive with a groin injury and rookie Colin McCarthy continued to replace him on Sunday. McCarthy had "just" 6 tackles (5 solo), a down game based on what he'd done the previous four weeks. Ruud was placed on the IR this week, so McCarthy is a top ten LB the rest of the way.

  • WAS ILB London Fletcher had his seventh double-digit tackle game, leading the team with 10 (7 solo). Fletcher remains in the league lead with 134 tackles on the season.

  • NE LB Jerod Mayo led the team in tackles with 9 (6 solo) and grabbed a pick for the second straight game, his third of the season.

  • SF ILB Patrick Willis was inactive, as expected, with a right hamstring strain. Larry Grant replaced him and led the team with 11 tackles (10 solo, including 1 and an assist on special teams). OLB Aldon Smith had another sack, giving him three in the last two games and he leads the team with 10.5 on the season.

  • CHI MLB Brian Urlacher had just his third double-digit tackle game of the season, leading the team with 11 (10 solo).

  • After missing his first career game last week with torn ligaments in his right thumb, DEN rookie SLB Von Miller returned and picked up where he left off. He had 5 tackles (4 solo), 2 QB hits and a sack. He leads the team with 11.5 on the season. WLB D.J. Williams remained hot, leading the team with 9 solo tackles, 4 TFL and picked up a pair of sacks. He has five sacks on the season.

  • GB ILBs Desmond Bishop remained inactive and A.J. Hawk was active, but did not play, as both are battling calf injuries. Rookie D.J. Smith continued to replace Bishop and former UDFA Rob Francois continued to replace Hawk, as expected. The duo each had a pick, while Smith shared the team lead with 10 tackles (7 solo) and called the defense. Francois had 9 tackles (7 solo) and also forced a fumble. Both Bishop and Hawk are expected back this week, with Hawk seeming like the safest bet to return.

  • OAK MLB Rolando McClain led the team with 7 solo tackles and had a pair of sacks, including one for a safety late in the contest on GB back up QB Matt Flynn with the game out of hand. He has four sacks on the season.

  • SD ILB Donald Butler injured his left foot during the game and though he returned to play, was in a walking boot after the game. Na'il Diggs should get the start this week if he can't go.

  • BUF rookie ILB Kelvin Sheppard led the team with 14 tackles (11 solo). ILB Nick Barnett had 8 (6 solo).

  • DAL ILB Sean Lee (5 solo) and ILB Bradie James (4 solo) led the team with 9 tackles. Lee also grabbed his fourth pick of the season. OLB DeMarcus Ware was unable to protect his league lead in sacks, falling to a tie for second with 15 as he was held without one on SNF. Ware missed some time during the game after aggravating a shoulder stinger. He should play this week.

  • STL MLB James Laurinaitis made it four of the last five games with double-digit tackles as he led the team with 12 (7 solo).

Defensive Back

  • PHI CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned from an ankle sprain and was eased back in. Joselio Hanson remained the primary nickel, with DRC seeing only a handful of snaps, but he made the most of them with 3 solo tackles and looking good in coverage. CB Asante Samuel broke up a pass and made a nice play forcing a fumble on his only tackle, then hustling to recover it. You know CB Nnamdi Asomugha is no longer intimidating QBs like he used to when a Matt Moore goes at him in the end zone early in the game and you know it's been a rough year transitioning for him as a big-money free agent when the opposition is once again successful. I look forward to Asomugha next season from a fantasy perspective. I think he'll be more comfortable and utilized better with a real DC next year when Juan Castillo is inevitably replaced and with a false sense of optimism in challenging him from his opposition, it could be a big fantasy year for him. The talent is still there and his problems aren't injury-related.

  • PIT SS Troy Polamalu broke up 2 passes, grabbing one for his first pick of the season, and had 8 tackles (3 solo). He is listed as questionable with a hamstring for MNF, but is expected to play. CB William Gay helped seal the victory in an unexpectedly close game Thursday night with a pick in the end zone late in the fourth quarter. It was his second of the season. He also almost let the Browns back in it with penalty negating a pick by S Ryan Mundy on the next drive. FS Ryan Clark led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo).

  • CLE SS T.J. Ward remained inactive with a foot injury. There is a chance he returns this week. Usama Young continues to replace him. FS Michael Adams had his third pick of the season and 10 tackles (6 solo). He leads the team in interceptions.

  • IND rookie CB Chris Rucker replaced Jerraud Powers, who was lost for the season with a dislocated left elbow in the previous game, as the RCB. Jacob Lacey remained the starter at LCB with Kevin Thomas as the nickel. Lacey was the most productive with 9 tackles (8 solo) and 3 passes defensed. FS Antoine Bethea led the team with 11 tackles (5 solo), broke up a pass and forced a fumble. He continues to be a reliable source of triple-digit tackle production and already has set a new career high for a season with 113 tackles.

  • BAL CB Lardarius Webb suffered a toe injury on Sunday and there are reports he is expected to miss some time, but HC John Harbaugh said in his Monday presser that "we anticipate everybody that was playing [Sunday] health-wise to be healthy this week", and when later asked specifically about Webb, referenced that previous statement. Webb has become team's best corner this year in his first season as a starter, and a weapon as the punt returner. Webb also says he plans to play through the injury, as he stayed in the game after suffering it. If he is out, first-round pick Jimmy Smith should get the start. The team remains without CB Chris Carr, who has missed three games with a back injury. Harbaugh said he is "hopeful" Carr will also be ready this week.

  • After active, but DNP, the previous two weeks, as he returns from a groin injury, ATL SS William Moore finally got back on the field. Veteran James Sanders remained the starter, but Moore was more productive, posting 3 tackles (2 solo) and grabbing his second pick of the season, seeing more work in the second half. Not sure Moore has regained his starting role yet, but Sanders has little value in any format again. As expected, CB Brent Grimes (knee) and nickel CB Kelvin Hayden (dislocated toe) were inactive, with Dominique Franks getting the start in place of Grimes and Chris Owens on the nickel.

  • CIN FS Reggie Nelson had 9 tackles (7 solo) and broke up 2 passes, grabbing one for this team-leading third INT of the season. The former Jacksonville first-round pick has had a career renaissance in Cincinnati.

  • HOU SS Danieal Manning led the team with 11 tackles (8 solo), his most productive game since returning from a broken left leg.

  • MIN RCB Cedric Griffin was benched after getting beat on a 57-yard TD early in the first quarter. In this column the last few weeks, I've discussed Griffin's problems in returning from back-to-back blown ACLs and the lack of confidence HC Leslie Frazier has expressed in him. Benny Sapp replaced Griffin in the Vikings' decimated secondary with Marcus Sherels in the nickel. Rookie Mistral Raymond remained the FS, with recently-acquired Jarrad Page not threatening him yet.

  • The DET secondary remained without CB Chris Houston and FS Louis Delmas for the second straight game. Both have MCL tears, but could be back this week. Aaron Berry continues to replace Houston, but he left in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury. Alphonso Smith replaced him and grabbed two picks, returning one 30 yards for a TD. CB Eric Wright also temporarily left the game with a tight hamstring, but returned with the situation desperate in the defensive backfield. He broke up 4 passes and grabbed one for his fourth INT of the season. Wright has struggled this season and his starting job might be in jeopardy if the secondary wasn't so thin. The ream once again had to employ WR Rashied Davis as an extra DB at times.

  • TB CB Aqib Talib was inactive after aggravating a hamstring injury in the previous game that he's been battling for a few weeks. He practiced this week and is expected to play this week. E.J. Biggers replaced him Sunday as a starter.

  • A decimated JAX secondary continues to take a beating, joining the Rams as the two teams whose number of injuries in the defensive backfield injuries have become comical. Fourth-round pick Chris Prosinski got his first career start with S Dwight Lowery inactive with a shoulder injury, but Prosinski had his season end in the game with a thumb injury. The team signed DB Darcel McBath, last with the Denver, to replace Prosinski. UDFA rookie CB Kevin Rutland had his first career pick as a newly-minted starter opposite Ashton Youboty, who had his first pick as a Jaguar too.

  • NYJ FS Jim Leonhard is done for the season with torn right patellar tendon. Brodney Pool will replace him in the starting lineup. The team added S Gerald Alexander for depth.

  • KC SS Jon McGraw suffered a left ankle sprain on Sunday and left the game. He was replaced by Sabby Piscitelli.

  • TEN CB Jason McCourty was inactive with a concussion, giving Alterraun Verner the start for the man who replaced him on the first team. Verner was as productive as when he was regular, leading the team in tackles with 11 (9 solo), including an assist on special teams. McCourty has been cleared to return this week.

  • WAS SS LaRon Landry was inactive for the second straight game with a sore groin. Reed Doughty started in his place. FS Oshiomogho Atogwe was active, but limited by knee and toe issues. Rookie DeJon Gomes started in his place and took the bulk of the work at FS.

  • NE S Patrick Chung was inactive for the fifth straight game with a foot injury. This time they game converted WR Matt Slater the start and used semi-converted WR Julian Edelman in the secondary, as well. The team released S Sterling Moore, who also had been starting in place of Chung previously. James Ihedigbo remains the only constant at safety.

  • AZ rookie CB Patrick Peterson had his first career sack to go with 5 solo tackles. FS Kerry Rhodes has begun practicing as he tries to return before the end of the season from a broken left foot.

  • Injury-prone CHI S Major Wright remained inactive after being knocked out of the previous game with a shoulder injury. Craig Steltz continued to replace him and mostly did a good job as a second shadow on DEN QB Tim Tebow. Steltz had 5 tackles (3 solo), a sack and forced a fumble. Nickel CB D.J. Moore returned after missing three games with an ankle sprain, kicking CB Corey Graham back to a predominantly special teams role.

  • DEN SS Brian Dawkins was knocked out of the game with a neck injury and was in street clothes by the second half. Second-round pick Rahim Moore replaced him. CB Andre' Goodman was knocked out with a concussion and replaced by rookie Chris Harris.

  • GB CB Charles Woodson was active after suffering a head injury in the previous game. He grabbed his seventh pick of the season, moving in to a tie for the league lead. SS Morgan Burnett shared the team lead with 10 solo tackles.

  • OAK CB Chris Johnson was expected to play, but remained inactive as he understandably remained with his family following the tragic murder of his sister and wounding of his mother in a shooting.

  • SD FS Eric Weddle had an INT for the second straight game, his 7th pick of the season, tying him for the league lead.

  • BUF SS George Wilson returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a neck stinger. Rookie CB Aaron Williams was inactive with a knee injury suffered in the previous game. He is expected to return this week. Leodis McKelvin got the start in his place.

  • NYG SS Kenny Phillips was inactive, as expected, with a left MCL sprain. Deon Grant replaced him.

  • DAL CB Mike Jenkins said his right shoulder popped out in the second quarter. He returned to the game, but is questionable this week.