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News and injury updates on a wide selection of NFL players after Sunday's action around the league:

959 Jones, Thomas (Chicago Bears) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Thomas Jones, who has played each of the past three games with a brace for his sprained right knee and a pain-killing injection, left midway through the fourth quarter with bruised ribs after rushing for 72 yards on 22 carries. 802 Culpepper, Daunte (Minnesota Vikings) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Daunte Culpepper suffered what the team believes is a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday's 38-13 loss at Carolina. An MRI on Monday morning was expected to confirm the injury. There also was fear about the possibility of damage to other ligaments and even the bones around Culpepper's knee. "If it's as serious as it appears," coach Mike Tice said, "it's devastating for our football team." 415 Davis, Stephen (Carolina Panthers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Stephen Davis gave fans a scare when he remained on the field for several minutes after being tackled on a first-half run. Trainers worked on Davis on the sidelines and he returned to the game a few minutes later. "My leg is fine," Davis said. "It got kind of bent up there and that hadn't happened in a long time. It feels pretty good but I was kind of scared at first." Davis broke his own single-season team record with his ninth rushing touchdown of the year in the second quarter. 4130 Williams, Carnell (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Cadillac Williams returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with a sprained foot. But he looked sluggish and was held to 20 yards on 13 carries. But Williams said he was not limited by the injury. 2132 Boldin, Anquan (Arizona Cardinals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Anquan Boldin suffered a sprained right knee in the third quarter against Dallas. An MRI will determine the severity of the injury, but it's believed Boldin's suffered damage to his meniscus. That would be a similar injury to the one he suffered in training camp in 2004. He underwent surgery and missed the first six games of last season. 4160 Smith, Alex (San Francisco 49ers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Alex Smith, the top overall pick in the draft, did not suit up for Sunday's game because of a right knee sprain. Smith is not expected to be ready for this week's game against the Giants because of the grade-two medial-collateral sprain. 601 Moss, Randy (Oakland Raiders) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Randy Moss saw limited action, catching 5 passes for 69 yards, but appeared even less of a factor physically than the previous week. 4050 Barber, Marion (Dallas Cowboys) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Marion Barber rushed 27 times for 127 yards and touchdown runs of 10 and 28 yards. The first 100-yard rushing performance of the season highlighted a balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe completed 19 of 24 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown. Barber scored his first career touchdown in the first quarter when he broke four tackles before sprinting 28 yards to the end zone. His second score, a 10-yard scamper in which he dove through three tacklers into the end zone, made the score 24-10 at halftime. 2049 Singleton, Alshermond (Dallas Cowboys) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Al Singleton is likely out for the season after fracturing his collarbone against the Cardinals. 1505 Henry, Anthony (Dallas Cowboys) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Anthony Henry suffered a groin strain against the Cardinals, but not before returning an interception 58 yards for a touchdown. It was the first defensive touchdown for the Cowboys since 2003. 1615 Sheppard, Lito (Philadelphia Eagles) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Lito Sheppard left the game in the first half. He injured his knee in practice during the week and tried playing on it, but was ineffective. He is hopeful of being able to play this week. 807 Kearse, Jevon (Philadelphia Eagles) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Jevon Kearse left the game in the first quarter after injuring his shoulder. He will have an MRI on the shoulder Monday. 793 McNabb, Donovan (Philadelphia Eagles) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Donovan McNabb, who is playing with a sports hernia injury, took a lot of hits Sunday. He completed just 12 of 34 passes. 955 Samuels, Chris (Washington Redskins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Chris Samuels sprained his right knee in the third quarter and didn't return. He said there's no ligament damage but will have an MRI on Monday. Samuels was replaced by 42-year-old Ray Brown. 1062 Griffin, Cornelius (Washington Redskins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Cornelius Griffin re-injured his hip on the opening play and lasted one more snap. He was replaced by Ryan Boschetti. 1061 Daniels, Phillip (Washington Redskins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Phillip Daniels left in the fourth quarter with an injured ankle and didn't return. 4076 Bradley, Mark (Chicago Bears) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Mark Bradley suffered what the Bears called a sprained right knee late in the first half after he had already posted career-best numbers of five catches for 88 yards. There's a good chance Bradley will be out for an extended period. 1918 Drummond, Eddie (Detroit Lions) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- KR/KOR Eddie Drummond returned to duty Sunday and had kickoff returns of 28 and 34 yards among his five attempts in the Lions' 19-13 loss to Chicago. Drummond missed the previous two games with a hyper-extended knee and it was a game-day decision to start him on kick returns. 869 Garcia, Jeff (Detroit Lions) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Jeff Garcia, the hero of the Lions' 13-10 victory at Cleveland a week ago, was the goat of their 19-13 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bears. Garcia completed 23 of 35 passes for 197 but his final throw was intercepted by CB Charles Tillman and returned for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. 3494 Jones, Kevin (Detroit Lions) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Kevin Jones scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season in the Lions' 19-13 loss to Chicago on Sunday but he continued to struggle to get meaningful rushing yardage. In 18 carries, Jones gained 66 yards. His most productive game of the season was the Lions' opener against Green Bay in which he carried 25 times for 87 yards. 1378 Martin, David (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE David Martin was deactivated for Sunday's game because of a pulled right groin he suffered in practice Thursday. Martin had been a pass-catching catalyst of late for the receiver-thin offense, and the Packers were left with Bubba Franks and Donald Lee as their only tight ends in the loss to Cincinnati. 2906 Flanagan, Mike (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- C Mike Flanagan returned to the starting lineup Sunday after being out since undergoing surgery Oct. 5 for a sports hernia. Flanagan had to come out of the game for a series early in the fourth quarter, and his temporary absence was immediately felt by the offense. Replacement Scott Wells, for the second straight game, prematurely snapped the football back to Brett Favre, who was in shotgun formation, for a fumble that was recovered in the backfield by running back Tony Fisher on a third-down play. 2028 Harris, Al (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Al Harris was taken to the locker room in the third quarter Sunday because of leg cramps that required an intravenous injection of fluid. The starter returned later in the quarter. 1296 Ferguson, Robert (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Robert Ferguson joined TE David Martin on the sideline, a week removed from sustaining a torn lateral-collateral ligament in his left knee. Ferguson is iffy to return to action for the upcoming game against Pittsburgh on Sunday. 1831 Diggs, Na'il (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OLB Na'il Diggs is hopeful of returning for the next game after being out since suffering a torn medial-collateral ligament in his right knee Oct. 3. The starter at the strong-side position practiced for the first time on a limited basis toward the end of last week. 1404 Smoot, Fred (Minnesota Vikings) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Fred Smoot left the game in the fourth quarter because of a right shoulder stain he sustained while playing on special teams. The Vikings planned to evaluate Smoot on Monday. 1330 Smith, Steve (Carolina Panthers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Steve Smith's 201 yards broke a seven-year old team record held by former teammate Muhsin Muhammad, who had 192 yards in a Sept. 13, 1998 game against the New Orleans Saints. After the game, Smith said he believes Muhammad, now in Chicago, would be proud that he broke the record. "The thing that I dislike about people comparing me to Moose is it just reminds me that he's not here," Smith said. "He is one of those guys that I love to hug when he congratulates me. I really miss him, on and off the field. It's unfortunately that my big brother wasn't here to see it and enjoy it with me. I think he would be very proud." 1270 Morgan, Dan (Carolina Panthers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Dan Morgan, playing with a harness on his shoulder, made it through without further injury. "When I hit somebody or reach out for somebody I could feel my shoulder, but for the most part it was good," Morgan said. "It was a good day for the offense to be on the field all day." Carolina's offense held nearly a 12-minute edge in time of possession. Morgan spent most of the second half on the bench when the game got out of hand. 941 Delhomme, Jake (Carolina Panthers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Jake Delhomme posted his second highest quarterback rating ever on Sunday, throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He now has 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions on the season. 381 Conwell, Ernie (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Ernie Conwell re-injured his right knee in Sunday's game with the Miami Dolphins and did not finish the game. Saints coach Jim Haslett said Conwell will be questionable for next week's game with the Chicago Bears. 3365 Watson, Courtney (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Courtney Watson did not start for the first time this season after being arrested on a DWI charge early Tuesday morning in San Antonio. 711 Hakim, Az-Zahir (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Az-Zahir Hakim was inactive for Sunday's game because of a rib problem that he sustained last week against the St. Louis Rams. 2000 Smith, Dwight (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Dwight Smith, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee and sat out last week's game with the Rams, started against the Dolphins. 2153 Simms, Chris (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Chris Simms is going to have to grow up fast. The Bucs quarterback often threw the ball too short or hung onto it too long Sunday. First, he lost his poise and then the game. If Monster Park looked like a house of horrors to Simms, imagine what he will make of the Georgia Dome? If the 49ers can snap a five-game losing streak needing only five field goals from Joe Nedney, what will Simms have to do to beat Carolina next week? If he can't outperform 49ers backups Ken Dorsey and Cody Pickett, how will he fare against Jake Delhomme and Michael Vick? "I think in fairness to Chris, it's the first time he's had live snaps since the Houston Texans preseason game," coach Jon Gruden said. "I've been around long enough to know that the first performance of a young quarterback really isn't a gage as to where he can go and what he can become. He's going to learn from this and there's things he's got to learn from in a hurry because Carolina will have no mercy next week." Simms went 21-of-34 passing for 264 yards, but that doesn't begin to tell the story of his hesitant and mistake-filled performance against a 49ers team that lost 52-17 to the Washington Redskins last week. 613 Rice, Simeon (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Simeon Rice was sent home to Tampa and deactivated for missing a team meeting in San Francisco on Saturday night. 1495 Little, Leonard (St. Louis Rams) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Leonard Little missed his second game following the Oct. 17 murder of his brother Jermaine, but Little was expected to return to the team Monday. 1647 Fisher, Travis (St. Louis Rams) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Travis Fisher, who aggravated a groin injury Oct. 23 against New Orleans, was inactive for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. He was replaced by Corey Ivy. 1235 Ivy, Corey (St. Louis Rams) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Corey Ivy started in place of the injured Travis Fisher against Jacksonville, and battled all day against the Jaguars' taller receivers. Ivy is listed as 5-10, but is actually no more than 5-7 or 5-8. But he was rarely beaten, and led the team in the press-box statistics with eight tackles. 4154 Terrell, Claude (St. Louis Rams) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- G Claude Terrell, who had moved into the starting lineup at left guard as a rookie, was inactive against the Jaguars because of a neck injury suffered the week before against New Orleans. 3097 Timmerman, Adam (St. Louis Rams) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- G Adam Timmerman visited a chiropractor Friday because of a tight back and was downgraded to questionable Saturday. However, Timmerman played the entire game Sunday at right guard, and said his back got better as the game progressed. 3233 Pickett, Cody (San Francisco 49ers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Cody Pickett has played three games on special teams for the 49ers this season. He has also been a practice-field sensation as a wide receiver on the scout team, while also seeing time at free safety. On Sunday when the 49ers face the Giants, Pickett might get his first career start at the position that earned him a spot in the NFL. Pickett was the team's fourth-string quarterback less than three weeks ago, but he might make his first career start this week. Rookie Alex Smith, the team's top overall pick, is likely to miss his second straight game with a right knee sprain. Backup Tim Rattay was traded to the Buccaneers on Oct. 18, and third-stringer Ken Dorsey, who was forced to start Sunday against the Buccaneers, is questionable with a left ankle sprain. "The guys play hard for him because he's a tough guy," coach Mike Nolan said. "He's one of them. The thing that is going to make a difference for him in passing the ball is getting to work with the wide receivers. His timing is going to be on the mark because that's usually the most difficult thing the quarterback has to do." 757 Young, Bryant (San Francisco 49ers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Bryant Young had his third multi-sack game of the season. His two sacks, both of which came in the final two minutes, were his seventh and eighth of the season. 2200 Dorsey, Ken (San Francisco 49ers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Ken Dorsey, making his first start of the season, completed just 7 of 18 passes for 40 yards. He left the game early in the fourth quarter with a left ankle sprain. His status for Sunday's game against the Giants is questionable. 422 Madison, Sam (Miami Dolphins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Sam Madison (hip) missed Sunday's 21-6 victory over New Orleans and was replaced by Reggie Howard. Madison had started 59 consecutive games. 525 Seau, Junior (Miami Dolphins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SLB Junior Seau missed his third consecutive game against New Orleans because of a strained calf. He was replaced by Donnie Spragan, who wasn't credited with a tackle. 2105 Boller, Kyle (Baltimore Ravens) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kyle Boller was downgraded just two days before the Pittsburgh game from doubtful to out, indicating a slight setback for the three-year starter. Baltimore was hoping he could be the third quarterback and thought he had an outside shot at being the backup in Pittsburgh. But Boller did not practice Saturday after working the previous two days as the scout-team quarterback. "We'll see how it progresses," coach Brian Billick said. "The key is how he feels going into [the Cincinnati game]. There was some soreness there. So, we're going to have to deal with that and see exactly what that means." 957 Lewis, Jamal (Baltimore Ravens) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Jamal Lewis admitted he is frustrated with his contract status and is concerned about getting hurt when he runs. A serious injury could affect his chances of landing a big contract in free agency. "I'm not the type that's going to lay down. At the same time, it's going to be in the back of your mind," Lewis said. "You want to go out and you want to play hard. [But] you want to be careful for your own health because this is the last year on my deal." 1613 Reed, Ed (Baltimore Ravens) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Ed Reed might be able to start against the Cincinnati Bengals after missing the first two games of his career with a high ankle sprain. He was been replaced by dime back Chad Williams. 736 Lewis, Ray (Baltimore Ravens) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Ray Lewis is scheduled to be sidelined four games with a strained hamstring. Tommy Polley has replaced Lewis in the middle, and special teams ace Bart Scott will make his first start at Polley's outside linebacker spot. 1799 Ricard, Alan (Baltimore Ravens) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FB Alan Ricard was put on injured reserve after hurting both of his calves. He had these nagging injuries since training camp and only played two games this season. 3367 Perry, Chris (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Chris Perry, who caught six passes for 25 yards and ran three times for 18, made a smart play toward the end of the game. With the Bengals holding just a 21-14 lead, Perry ran left for 17 yards, and instead of being pushed out of bounds, he fell inbounds and forced Green Bay to call its second timeout with 2:41 remaining. 2086 Johnson, Andre (Houston Texans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Andre Johnson (calf) was inactive for the third consecutive game. 598 Taylor, Fred (Jacksonville Jaguars) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Fred Taylor, who sat out the Steelers game with a sore ankle, rushed for 165 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown burst in the first quarter in St. Louis. He had 138 yards in the first half. 3593 Wilford, Ernest (Jacksonville Jaguars) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Ernest Wilford got more playing time because Reggie Williams was dinged early in the game. He caught six passes for 145 yards, including a touchdown catch of a batted ball in the end zone. But he also let a ball go off his hands that was intercepted in the fourth quarter and led to a winning touchdown. 3217 Williams, Reggie (Jacksonville Jaguars) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Reggie Williams was dinged in the head early in the game. He tried to come back and left again. He didn't have any catches and will be evaluated this week. 163 McNair, Steve (Tennessee Titans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Steve McNair had a recurrence of back spasms after landing hard when he was spun on a tackle after taking off late in the loss to Oakland. McNair lost two fumbles, one in the end zone that was an Oakland touchdown, another that set up a field goal. 2083 Brown, Chris (Tennessee Titans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Chris Brown had a season-high 97 rushing yards Sunday and a 5.1 yard average. He didn't lose a fumble for the first time in three weeks and still has not topped 100 yards. 2138 Calico, Tyrone (Tennessee Titans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Tyrone Calico suffered a calf strain in the first half and was out after making just one short catch on a Sunday when the Titans needed him badly because Drew Bennett and Brandon Jones were out. 3212 Troupe, Ben (Tennessee Titans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Ben Troupe didn't finish the loss to Oakland because of a high left ankle sprain. 798 Bailey, Champ (Denver Broncos) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Champ Bailey needs the bye week to get healthy. After re-aggravating his hamstring injury against Philadelphia on Sunday, Bailey took himself out of the game in the third quarter. He gave up three long catches to the Eagles, including a 91-yard touchdown to Terrell Owens and a 46-yard catch to Owens that set up another touchdown. Bailey has been slowed by the hamstring injury since Denver's third game of the season. He also missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury. "Sometimes you have to pass it on and say 'I'm doing everything I can but ... ," safety John Lynch said. "I think the thing bit him a little. The bye comes at a nice time for him to get that thing healthy." Bailey has only started and finished two games all season. He suffered a dislocated shoulder in Denver's first game, played through that injury in Week 2 and then suffered the hamstring injury that has hampered him. Denver still went 6-2 without a healthy Bailey, using rookies Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth at cornerback when Bailey has been out. The only way Bailey's hamstring will improve is with rest, and he'll get some in the next week. "I think this week is really going to help him, where he can sit back and just stay off of it for a while," coach Mike Shanahan said. 417 Green, Trent (Kansas City Chiefs) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Trent Green played in San Diego through the emotional drain of having lost his 58-year-old father to a sudden heart attack just three days earlier. "I thought about him all day," Green said. "It was difficult waking up knowing he wasn't going to be getting ready to watch the game." But after spending time with his mother and other family, Green said it was clear to his family that his father would have wanted him to play." 447 Gonzalez, Tony (Kansas City Chiefs) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Tony Gonzalez, frustrated after being held without a catch in the first half, ended with his best day of the season, a seven-catch, 97-yard day that saw Gonzalez catch his first touchdown pass of the year. 3730 Cooper, Stephen (San Diego Chargers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- ILB Stephen Cooper replaced starter Randall Godfrey (neck) and played pretty well. The plan is for Cooper, a special-teams standout, to take over for Godfrey when the 10-year pro retires at the end of the season. 3336 Kaeding, Nate (San Diego Chargers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Nate Kaeding's back has become problematic and P Mike Scifres handled the kickoffs against the Chiefs. 729 Vincent, Troy (Buffalo Bills) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FS Troy Vincent injured his left shoulder with 7:21 to play. He did not know if was dislocated, "but I took a pretty good shot," said Vincent, whose injury will be re-evaluated on Monday. 725 Ellis, Greg (Dallas Cowboys) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Greg Ellis recorded 1.5 sacks against the Cardinals, his first multi-sack game of the season. He now leads the team with five sacks. 248 Bledsoe, Drew (Dallas Cowboys) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Drew Bledsoe was 19 of 24 passing against the Cardinals. His 79.2 completion percentage was the best of his career. 960 Burress, Plaxico (New York Giants) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Plaxico Burress had four receptions for 42 yards, bringing his season total to 577 yards on 40 catches and five touchdowns. "We just played hard and when that happened we were able to control the game," he said. 3062 Pierce, Antonio (New York Giants) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Antonio Pierce, who had 11 tackles, two passes defensed and an interception, was the Redskins' starter last season and said it felt good to win. "I have a lot of friends on the team, but this was about winning for this organization and the memory of Mr. Mara. I am very friendly with (Redskins running back) Clinton (Portis) and during the game he just said: 'You guys are winning out.' Yeah, we were." 3191 Manning, Eli (New York Giants) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Eli Manning gave the bulk of the credit Sunday to RB Tiki Barber. "He comes to play and today he seemed to be all fired up," he said. "The team did a great job of staying focused and I think what we went through this week helped us. Knowing Mr. Mara inspired us to try to become better men. 1604 Shockey, Jeremy (New York Giants) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Jeremy Shockey, who was especially close to Wellington Mara was somber after the game. "I wanted to do extremely well today," he said, "but I just couldn't do it. I wanted five or six touchdowns for him but the one I did get felt great." 3350 Snee, Chris (New York Giants) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Chris Snee had several key blocks to spring RB Tiki Barber, and after the game said: "Nothing makes an offensive lineman feel better than for the running game to work. It's great fun blocking for the run. It's what we would all prefer." 2995 Rayburn, Sam (Philadelphia Eagles) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Sam Rayburn had to leave Sunday's game in the second half after suffering a stinger. The Eagles are hopeful he'll be able to play this week against Washington. 1237 Cortez, Jose (Philadelphia Eagles) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Jose Cortez's debut with the Eagles went well. He didn't have any field-goal attempts, but got most of his kickoffs high and deep. 2802 Salave'a, Joe (Washington Redskins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Joe Salave'a left in the fourth quarter with the plantar fascia in his right foot that he first suffered on Oct. 16 at Kansas City. 2899 Clark, Ryan (Washington Redskins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Ryan Clark ended the Giants' second drive with the first interception of his 4-year career. 2114 Tillman, Charles (Chicago Bears) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Charles "Peanut" Tillman's 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in overtime gave the Bears a 19-13 victory in a pivotal NFC North battle for first place. 2657 Brown, Alex (Chicago Bears) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Alex Brown, who led the Bears with six sacks last season, got his first of this season on Sunday. 4075 Benson, Cedric (Chicago Bears) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Cedric Benson, who had just 10 carries for 14 yards in the past four games, picked up 35 yards on three carries in overtime. 4077 Orton, Kyle (Chicago Bears) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kyle Orton was not intercepted for the third time in the past four games and threw for a season-best 230 yards. 2975 Vines, Scottie (Detroit Lions) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Scottie Vines, forced into starting duty because of injuries to Lions WRs Roy Williams and Kevin Johnson, and the drug suspension of Charles Rogers, had his second consecutive five-catch game. Vines' five receptions were good for 61 yards. 127 Hanson, Jason (Detroit Lions) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Jason Hanson is perfect on his last six field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more but has missed three times (including one blocked attempt) from 47 yards in the last three games. Hanson had a pulled right hamstring earlier in the season and his usual LS Don Muhlbach missed the two previous games. 136 Favre, Brett (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Brett Favre had five passes intercepted in a 21-14 loss at Cincinnati on a day when the Packers offense was without six top players at the skill positions of running back, wide receiver and tight end. Favre's interception total was one short of his career high, set in an NFC divisional-playoff loss at St. Louis during the 2001 season. The Bengals picked off four passes in four straight Green Bay possessions, bridging the third and fourth quarters. The other miscue occurred late in the first half, which snapped a streak of 108 straight passes without an interception for Favre, dating to the second quarter of the Oct. 3 loss at Carolina. Favre finished 26-of-39 passing for 279 yards. He had a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bubba Franks with a little more than three minutes left in the fourth quarter to pare the deficit to 21-14. 2746 Thomas, Robert (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Robert Thomas aggravated a shoulder injury during the game and didn't return. Paris Lenon moved from his strong-side position to replace Thomas on the weak side, while rookie Brady Poppinga finished the game at the strong-side spot. 3268 Thomas, Joey (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Joey Thomas was benched as the nickel back and replaced by rookie Mike Hawkins after committing an illegal-use-of-hands penalty midway through the second quarter, which gave the Bengals a first down after a failed third-down play. 1498 Little, Earl (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Earl Little was placed on injured reserve Saturday because of a left hamstring injury that hadn't improved since the veteran backup sustained it Oct. 3. 4595 Gado, Sam (Green Bay Packers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Samkon Gado was promoted from the practice squad to take Earl Little's spot on the 53-man roster. The Packers had four running backs activated Sunday in an attempt to make amends for losing starter Ahman Green (quadriceps) and top backup Najeh Davenport (ankle) to season-ending injuries. Gado, an undrafted rookie out of Liberty originally signed by Kansas City, picked up 8 yards in his only carry Sunday. 3787 Johnson, Spencer (Minnesota Vikings) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DL Spencer Johnson's sprained right knee was believed to be healthy enough so he could play against Carolina, but the Vikings elected to deactivate him. It was the third consecutive game Johnson has sat out. 3417 Thomas, Dontarrious (Minnesota Vikings) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Dontarrious Thomas was inactive Sunday, despite the fact he said his bruised right shoulder was ready to go. It was the second consecutive game Thomas has missed. 1259 Robinson, Koren (Minnesota Vikings) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Koren Robinson did not play in the second half against Carolina after suffering a concussion on a big hit from Ricky Manning Jr., while returning a kick late in the second quarter. Robinson said he would be set to go Sunday against Detroit. 3525 Davis, Rod (Minnesota Vikings) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Rod Davis suffered a sprained left ankle but is expected to be fine. 3758 Carstens, Jordan (Carolina Panthers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Jordan Carstens came up with his second sack in as many games for the Panthers. Carolina now has 10 sacks in its last two games. 1306 Meier, Shad (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Shad Meier, who was active for the first time this season after undergoing knee surgery in early August, left the game with hip and knee injuries and did not return. 203 Horn, Joe (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Joe Horn, who had been inactive for three of the last four games with a left hamstring injury, started against the Dolphins and caught seven passes for 99 yards. 1069 McKinnon, Ronald (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Ronald McKinnon, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent this summer, made his first start for the Saints in place of Courtney Watson. 4123 Brown, Jammal (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT Jammal Brown returned to the starting lineup against the Dolphins after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle. 2620 Mitchell, Mel (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FS Mel Mitchell returned after missing the last three games with a left hamstring injury. 1526 Slaughter, T.J. (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WLB T.J. Slaughter was sidelined for a fourth straight game because of a right groin injury. 3309 Leisle, Rodney (New Orleans Saints) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Rodney Leisle was inactive for the eighth straight game. 356 Galloway, Joey (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Joey Galloway continues to be a gamebreaker. He scored his 10th touchdown in the past 11 games on a 78-yard reception. 1894 Bryant, Matt (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Matt Bryant kicked a career-best 47-yard field goal. But he came up well short on a 52-yard attempt later in the game. 1006 Rackers, Neil (Arizona Cardinals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Neil Rackers is still perfect this year, making all 22 of his field-goal attempts. If Rackers keeps it up, he'll be the team's offensive most valuable player. 1577 McCown, Josh (Arizona Cardinals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Josh McCown took so many vicious shots against Dallas that Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe told him after the game that he admired McCown's toughness. McCown avoided several other blows with his mobility, which is a big reason he's starting instead of Kurt Warner. 2881 Wakefield, Fred (Arizona Cardinals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Fred Wakefield is struggling in pass protection, which isn't a surprise since Wakefield is a converted defensive end. He's starting in place of right tackle Oliver Ross, who's expected back next week after missing four games with a broken hand. 3355 Jackson, Steven (St. Louis Rams) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Steven Jackson rushed for 179 yards on 25 carries, and scored a touchdown on a 19-yard pass play as the Rams beat the Jaguars, 24-21. 1989 Nutten, Tom (St. Louis Rams) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- G Tom Nutten started at left guard with rookie Claude Terrell out because of a neck injury. 1304 Barlow, Kevan (San Francisco 49ers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Kevan Barlow rushed for 101 yards on 26 carries for his first 100-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career. Barlow's biggest run was a 29-yarder that came with :02 remaining in the second quarter. It set up Joe Nedney's 47-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Barlow also led the 49ers in receiving with two catches for 21 yards. 3266 Spencer, Shawntae (San Francisco 49ers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Shawntae Spencer recorded his first career interception. His pick and 24-yard return set up a Joe Nedney field goal, which gave the 49ers a 9-3 lead. 3 Nedney, Joe (San Francisco 49ers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Joe Nedney, who entered the game 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts this season, made 4 of 5 field-goal attempts to account for all the 49ers' scoring. Nedney made kicks of 45, 47, 41, 46 and 28 yards. He missed a 39-yard attempt. 1945 Howard, Reggie (Miami Dolphins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Reggie Howard enjoyed his best outing of the season against the Saints. Howard had Miami's first interception in four games and helped the Saints fail to convert any of their 11 third-down attempts. 708 Holliday, Vonnie (Miami Dolphins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Vonnie Holliday had a standout performance against the Saints, registering six tackles and one sack. Holliday also pressured QB Aaron Brooks in the end zone on a third-quarter play that resulted in a sack for a safety by DE Kevin Carter. 2686 Thomas, Kiwaukee (Miami Dolphins) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Kiwaukee Thomas assumed Miami's nickel cornerback role against New Orleans with Reggie Howard moved to the starting lineup in place of Sam Madison. 2583 Carter, Kerry (Free Agent) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Kevin Carter registered his first sack for a safety since his rookie season in 1995, tackling Aaron Brooks in the end zone during the third quarter. Carter, who missed two days of practice last week because of a sore knee, finished with two tackles. 1637 Weaver, Anthony (Baltimore Ravens) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Tony Weaver could come back for the Nov. 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has missed four games with a toe injury and has been replaced by Jarret Johnson. 2520 Scott, Bart (Baltimore Ravens) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Bart Scott will make his first start at outside linebacker Monday because of the injury to Ray Lewis. Tommy Polley will replace Lewis in the middle, and Scott will fill in at Polley's outside linebacker spot. 1310 Johnson, Rudi (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Rudi Johnson had 22 carries for 72 yards, reversing a trend of decreasing attempts. He had run 19, 18, 18 and 12 in the previous four games. 2072 Palmer, Carson (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Carson Palmer had a 102.2 passer rating, his 10th 100.0-plus rating in the last 11 games. He had his streak of nine in a row stopped by the Steelers in Week 7. 2160 Johnson, Jeremi (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FB Jeremi Johnson has five receptions for 46 yards. Three of his catches, including a season-long 27-yarder Sunday, have gone for touchdowns. 1162 Clemons, Duane (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Duane Clemons had the Bengals' only sack of Brett Favre. Clemons, playing just his third game after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, is poised to get more playing time. He simply makes plays in the defensive line. 3496 Johnson, Landon (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Landon Johnson, playing for the injured David Pollack, returned to the starting lineup at the strong-side and had eight tackles. 1045 O'Neal, Deltha (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Deltha O'Neal had two interceptions, giving him a league best six. He also defensed three passes, including a tip that was intercepted by linebacker Odell Thurman. 119 Anderson, Willie (Cincinnati Bengals) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT Willie Anderson started his 88th consecutive game. 1646 Bryant, Antonio (Cleveland Browns) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Antonio Bryant has been a focus of a possible shakeup, but he caught four passes for 98 yards against the Texans. He has also dropped five passes in 2005. Three of them were in critical situations -- one in the end zone in Indianapolis, one on second down against the Ravens and one on third down late in the game against the Lions. The Browns lost all three games. He did not drop a pass against Houston. "I think the timing of his drops hasn't been what we want," Crennel said. "I think I can say that for the offense and for the team. You put yourself in a situation where you have to make a play. You need to make one play. If you don't make that one play it gets magnified. I think that's happening quite a bit with us." 3755 Bodden, Leigh (Cleveland Browns) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Leigh Bodden, replacing injured Gary Baxter in the starting lineup, was beaten on a touchdown pass from David Carr to Jerome Mathis, but he bounced back with an interception to set up a field goal. He led the Browns with 10 tackles. 1682 Richardson, Kyle (Cleveland Browns) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- P Kyle Richardson's woeful season continued. He had punts of 19 yards and 10 yards. He might be replaced, coach Romeo Crennel said. 676 Dawson, Phil (Cleveland Browns) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Phil Dawson is still perfect. He is 12 of 12 on field goal tries this season, largely because the Browns have scored two touchdowns on 13 trips inside the red zone. 994 Droughns, Reuben (Cleveland Browns) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Reuben Droughns just missed his second straight 100-yard game. He finished with 99 yards and has 530 for the season. The Browns still do not have a rushing touchdown. 400 Dilfer, Trent (Cleveland Browns) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Trent Dilfer has turned the ball over nine times in the last four games. A fumble led to a field goal by the Texans. 4229 Miller, Heath (Pittsburgh Steelers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Heath Miller is becoming a prime weapon in the Steelers' passing game, something that has not taken place in more than a decade for a man playing his position. He was second on the team in receptions after six games and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is starting to look for him, particularly on play-action. "He changes the field, no question," Jerome Bettis said. "Now in the middle of the field, he's a threat, a legitimate threat to go deep. On third-and-6, third-and-7, now you have to defend the whole field, and that's something we as a team never had a priority doing as well. I think that creates a priority for us as and offense. Now we have to look for him as well." 2070 Haggans, Clark (Pittsburgh Steelers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Clark Haggans will return to start on the left outside Monday night against Baltimore after missing three games following surgery to repair a torn groin muscle. He was having his best season and had three sacks in the first three games before he was hurt. "We just got another player back who's going to help us do what we want to do on defense," linebacker Joey Porter said. 634 Batch, Charlie (Pittsburgh Steelers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Charlie Batch will remain the No. 2 quarterback ahead of Tommy Maddox for the foreseeable future. 4239 Mathis, Jerome (Houston Texans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Jerome Mathis has become a force to reckon with after two weeks in which he collected a total of 443 return yards. He followed his 266-yard outing against the Indianapolis Colts with a 177-yard outing against Cleveland. He also added a 34-yard touchdown reception against the Browns, the first touchdown of his career. "You don't look at it as if it's all on you because it never is," Mathis said. "When I ran that kickoff return down the side line it started with the guys in front of me. So it is 10 guys out there that block their butts off for me each and every week. They always tell us it's only going to get tougher, we kind of step up to the challenge together and get it done as a team." 1184 Wiegert, Zach (Houston Texans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Zach Wiegert (ankle) missed his third consecutive game. 1536 Walker, Gary (Houston Texans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Gary Walker made his first start since Week 2 because of a shoulder injury. He collected seven tackles and two sacks. Walker hadn't had a full sack in his previous 21 starts. 3277 Babin, Jason (Houston Texans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OLB Jason Babin finished with one sack but played solidly despite returning from a shoulder injury that had sidelined him the previous four games. 1545 Carr, David (Houston Texans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB David Carr had his lowest quarterback rating (68.3) since Week 1. He completed only 10 of 20 passes for 138 yards and threw one interception. 2089 Leftwich, Byron (Jacksonville Jaguars) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Byron Leftwich, who won with a 66.0 passer rating against Pittsburgh, lost with an 87.2 passer rating in St. Louis. He had two touchdown passes and it was the first time the Jaguars have lost when he has thrown for at least two touchdowns. 4253 Jones, Matt (Jacksonville Jaguars) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Matt Jones, playing in front of a contingent of Arkansas fans who drove to St. Louis, caught four passes for 38 yards. He was the target of two off-target passes on the team's final drive. 4263 Roby, Courtney (Tennessee Titans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Courtney Roby scored his first NFL touchdown on a 19-yard dart from Steve McNair and was the Titans' leading receiver with seven catches for 83 yards. 4271 Hill, Reynaldo (Tennessee Titans) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Reynaldo Hill collected the second interception of his career and scored his first touchdown on a 52-yard interception return just before halftime after he picked off Kerry Collins. 429 Plummer, Jake (Denver Broncos) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Jake Plummer has now gone 25 straight quarters without an interception. Plummer threw four touchdowns against the Eagles, and now has 12 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. 3495 Bell, Tatum (Denver Broncos) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Tatum Bell had a 67-yard touchdown, his eighth run of 20 or more yards this season. Bell and Mike Anderson are each on pace for 1,000 yards this season. They each had 100 yards against the Eagles. 116 Smith, Rod (Denver Broncos) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Rod Smith caught a pass in his 100th straight game, and is the sixth player with an active streak of 100 or more games. Smith caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. 2106 Foster, George (Denver Broncos) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT George Foster rotated with backup Cornell Green because Foster has been slowed because of a knee injury. Foster injured his knee against New England on Oct. 16 and hasn't played at the same level since then. 2505 Walls, Lenny (Denver Broncos) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Lenny Walls was out with a groin injury against the Eagles. The Broncos need Champ Bailey and Walls to get healthy over their bye this week. 380 Kennison, Eddie (Kansas City Chiefs) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Eddie Kennison had his third 100-yard day of the year with a seven-catch, 115-yard day that included KC's final touchdown with 2:12 remaining in an eight-point game. 999 Hall, Dante (Kansas City Chiefs) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR/KR Dante Hall came within one man of breaking a punt return for a touchdown against San Diego. As it was he went 52 yards. 970 Porter, Jerry (Oakland Raiders) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Jerry Porter scored two touchdowns -- his first trips to the end zone since last Dec. 12. He scored three touchdowns that day, also against Tennessee. 1291 Jordan, LaMont (Oakland Raiders) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB LaMont Jordan rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries and caught 5 passes for 69 yards, and was particularly effective on screen passes from QB Kerry Collins. 561 Sapp, Warren (Oakland Raiders) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Warren Sapp had 2.5 sacks, his best game as a Raider, and now has 4.5 for the season. 2589 Clark, Danny (Oakland Raiders) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Danny Clark had a game-high 12 tackles and also had his first sack of the season. The Raiders came into the game with 11 sacks, seven by Derrick Burgess. They had six against Tennessee, none by Burgess. 1725 Oben, Roman (San Diego Chargers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LT Roman Oben left the game with a foot injury. If he can't go Sunday, Leander Jordan would make his sixth NFL start and first since 2001; the previous starts were all at right guard. 1791 Foley, Steve (San Diego Chargers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OLB Steve Foley suffered a setback with his abdominal strain injury and could miss his second straight game. 4288 Merriman, Shawne (San Diego Chargers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- Rookie OLB Shawn Merriman, the draft's 12th overall selection, had two sacks in his second NFL start. 4290 Jackson, Vincent (San Diego Chargers) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- Rookie WR Vincent Jackson, a second-round pick, was active for the first time this year. He failed to make a catch. 168 Holcomb, Kelly (Buffalo Bills) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kelly Holcomb became the first Buffalo quarterback in 12 games to top 200 yards passing with a 263-effort in Sunday's loss at New England. He was 20 of 33, including a 55-yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds, but also had two turnovers. 44 Moulds, Eric (Buffalo Bills) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Eric Moulds posted season highs for catches (nine) and yards (125) in Sunday's loss at New England. It was his first 100-yard game in 20 starts dating to last season. 2020 McGahee, Willis (Buffalo Bills) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Willis McGahee responded to last week's poor outing at New England with his fourth 100-yard game and first on the road with 136 yards on 31 carries in Sunday's loss at New England. McGahee had been averaging just 56 yards rushing on the road, but ran hard all game as Buffalo dominated time of possession. 4180 Parrish, Roscoe (Buffalo Bills) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Roscoe Parrish, Buffalo's top draft pick who broke his right wrist in training camp and returned to the lineup a week ago, caught his first NFL pass, good for 17 yards, in Sunday's loss at New England. He also returned punts and had two rushes. 2727 Evans, Lee (Buffalo Bills) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Lee Evans caught just one pass for 14 yards and was whistled for two penalties in Sunday's loss at New England. 1166 Lindell, Rian (Buffalo Bills) (10/30/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Rian Lindell was three of four on field goals against the Patriots, including a 41-yarder, and is 17 of 19 at the season's halfway point.


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