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- 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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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.
Douzable continues to start in place of Roth opposite Jeremy
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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
Avril. SLB Justin
Durant was limited during the game with a tight hamstring.
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
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
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
- 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).
- 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
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
Smith should get the start. The team remains without CB
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
Pool will replace him in the starting lineup. The team added
Alexander for depth.
- KC SS Jon
McGraw suffered a left ankle sprain on Sunday and left the
game. He was replaced by Sabby
- 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
- 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.
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
Moore replaced him. CB Andre' Goodman was knocked out with
a concussion and replaced by rookie Chris
- 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.
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.