NFL Texas Exes: Injuries Sideline Williams, Simms

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Serving on a Detroit defensive line that pressured Atlanta QB Michael Vick all afternoon, DT Shaun Rogers racked up four tackles and two sacks, while helping the Lions hold the Falcons running game to less than 100 yards.

Rogers' DE teammate Cory Redding posted two tackles before scooping up a Vick fumble in the third quarter. The Detroit Longhorns knocked-off previously-undefeated Atlanta, 17-10, but WR Roy Williams left the game in the third quarter with an ankle sprain. The rookie, who leads the Lions in receiving, caught only three passes for 18 yards before hobbling off the field in the third quarter. Williams, currently listed as day-to-day, will be evaluated on Wednesday to determine his availability for next week's game with Green Bay.

QB Chris Simms got his first NFL start for Tampa Bay but left the game late in the first quarter after suffering a shoulder sprain following a sack. Simms went 5 for 8 for 68 yards after the Bucs started the second-year passer to boost an offense that had scored only three touchdowns this season. Veteran Brian Griese filled in for Simms and gave the Bucs their first win of the year, a 20-17 triumph over New Orleans. Simms is listed as doubtful for next week, but head coach Jon Gruden plans to start him next week if he is healthy.

DT Cedric Woodard posted three tackles for Seattle, but the Seahawks fell victim to a St. Louis overtime touchdown that handed Seattle its first loss of the season, 33-27. Woodard and the defense failed to stop Rams QB Marc Bulger who passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns.

CB Quentin Jammer added two tackles for San Diego in the Chargers' 34-21 victory over Jacksonville. San Diego's secondary forfeited 357 yards to Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich but nabbed two picks in the win.

DT Casey Hampton had two tackles for Pittsburgh in a 34-23 win over Cleveland. Hampton and the Steelers' line kept the Browns from reaching 100 yards on the ground. K Phil Dawson nailed three field goals, including a 46-yarder, and tacked on two extra points for Cleveland.

OG Dan Neil helped his Denver offense rush for over 200 yards in a 20-17 win over Carolina.

OT Leonard Davis played for Arizona, and his offensive line made way for four touchdowns, but the Cardinals lost to San Francisco's pass-happy offense 31-28.

OT Mike Williams saw action for Buffalo, but the winless Bills could not stop the undefeated New York Jets and lost 16-14.

OG Derrick Dockery played for Washington but an almost non-existent Redskin offense only managed to rack up just over 100 total yards, and the Redskins lost to Baltimore 17-10.

Long-snapper Cullen Loeffler played in Minnesota's 34-28 win over Houston.

Kansas City RB Priest Holmes, Chicago CB Nathan Vasher and Cincinnati LB Marcus Wilkins did not play due to their team's bye week.


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