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News, notes and happenings regarding players throughout the NFL after Sunday's games:

912 James, Edgerrin (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Edgerrin James topped 9,000 career rushing yards with his 107-yard performance against the Titans. James now has 9,067 rushing yards. He accomplished the feat in 93 career NFL games, the third fastest in league history behind Eric Dickerson and Jim Brown. 53875 Frye, Charlie (Cleveland Browns) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Charlie Frye made his NFL starting debut and threw two touchdown passes in the first half, but the Browns were shut out in the second half of a 20-14 loss to the Jaguars. Coach Romeo Crennel said he started Frye to rest Trent Dilfer's knees. Crennel said he will wait until game time Sunday to identify his starting quarterback against the Bengals. 303 Chambers, Chris (Miami Dolphins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Chris Chambers set Miami's single-game marks for receptions (15) and receiving yards (238), including the game-winning 4-yard touchdown catch with six seconds remaining against Buffalo. "Never in my life have I caught 15 passes in one game," said Chambers, whose previous career-best was nine. 553 Favre, Brett (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Brett Favre had his right hand wrapped in a cast following the 19-7 loss at Chicago on Sunday. He suffered a cut on the inner part of the index finger of his throwing hand when he hit it against a helmet while following through on a 27-yard completion to TE Donald Lee late in the third quarter. Favre, who was knocked down a few times by the Bears' ferocious defense, also sustained some swelling in his right forearm. He stayed in the game, and the injuries weren't initially believed to be serious for the iron man of his position. Favre has started 237 straight games, including the playoffs. "While I was involved in the game, I might as well keep going because once you start sitting, there's no coming back," Favre said. Favre threw the ball a season-high 58 times, three short of his career high, but completed only 31 for 277 yards and had two costly interceptions. 954 Johnson, Larry (Kansas City Chiefs) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Larry Johnson had a fifth straight game of 100-plus yards with a 140-yard effort against the Broncos. It was Johnson's sixth 100-yard game of the season, but the five in succession have come since he replaced the injured Priest Holmes as Kansas City's featured back. Johnson now has 1,108 rushing yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in three pro seasons. 1855 Tomlinson, LaDainian (San Diego Chargers) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB LaDainian Tomlinson fell awkwardly on his ribs after a second-quarter carry against Oakland. He didn't play the half's final four minutes, giving way to capable backup Michael Turner. Tomlinson returned to action in the second half but was pulled early with the Chargers breezing to an easy win. He finished with 86 yards on 25 carries, and 24 yards on five receptions. Tomlinson believes he'll be fine for Sunday's game against Miami. 93 Barber, Tiki (New York Giants) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Tiki Barber carried 30 times for 115 hard-earned yards against Dallas, bringing his season total to 1,233 yards. But for the second straight week, he failed to score a touchdown. "That means nothing," he said. "It's all about whether we win." 4536 Garcia, Jeff (Detroit Lions) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Jeff Garcia, in his third start of the season, completed 17 of 35 passes for 126 yards and threw the touchdown that ended the Lions' comeback attempt with 52 seconds left in their 21-16 loss to Minnesota. Garcia completed only one pass of more than 13 yards and had a passer rating of 45.7 for the game. 979 Jones, Kevin (Detroit Lions) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Kevin Jones sat out the Lions' 21-16 loss to Minnesota on Sunday with a quadriceps injury suffered on Thanksgiving Day. Although he practiced Wednesday and Thursday, he couldn't get the muscle loose on Sunday, so interim coach Dick Jauron elected to keep him inactive. 1147 Manning, Peyton (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Peyton Manning recorded his 25th touchdown pass of the season Sunday, giving him 25 or more touchdown passes in an NFL record eight consecutive seasons. 977 Jones, Greg (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Greg Jones continues to do a good job replacing ailing Fred Taylor. He ran for 103 yards in 27 carries in the victory at Cleveland. 587 Fonoti, Toniu (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LG Toniu Fonoti was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury, enabling the Vikings to activate DE Eric Taylor from the practice squad. 1273 Moore, Mewelde (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Mewelde Moore, already playing with two sore ankles, sprained his right ankle in the first quarter on a punt return at Detroit. Moore returned to attempt a carry late in the second quarter but lost 6 yards. 775 Harris, Napoleon (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Napoleon Harris was inactive against Detroit after playing in the first 11 games. Harris has been a big disappointment since he was acquired from Oakland in the Randy Moss trade. 91 Barber, Ronde (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Ronde Barber tied a career high with three interceptions Sunday against the Saints, including the clinching grab at the goal line in the final minute. 53765 Edwards, Braylon (Cleveland Browns) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Braylon Edwards left the Jacksonville game in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury. He was on crutches as he left the locker room. The extent of the injury has not been determined. 1226 McNair, Steve (Tennessee Titans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Steve McNair thought the Colts got away with some questionable shots on him. He left the game briefly after taking a hit to the shin and also suffered a left ankle injury. While he threw for more yards than Payton Manning (220-187), he couldn't guide the Titans to a touchdown in their big loss at Indianapolis. 1473 Price, Peerless (* Free Agents) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Peerless Price was released Saturday morning before the team left for New York. With Patrick Crayton ready to return from a five-game injury layoff, the Cowboys decided they no longer need the luxury of the high-priced Price. Price caught five passes for 97 yards while filling for Crayton the previous five games as the third receiver. He also netted 63 yards on punt returns. However, he came no where close to matching Crayton's prior production or living up to the $1.8 million contract he signed with the Cowboys before the season. 1466 Portis, Clinton (Washington Redskins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Clinton Portis ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries against St. Louis. 54652 Orton, Kyle (Chicago Bears) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kyle Orton completed just six of 17 attempts against Green Bay for a net of 49 yards and a 23.7 passer rating. It his worst outing since Week 3, when he was picked off five times by the Bengals. However, Bears coaches say they are in no hurry to bring back rehabbing veteran Rex Grossman. 1302 Muhammad, Muhsin (Chicago Bears) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Muhsin Muhammad failed to catch a pass Sunday for the first time in 51 games, including 47 in the regular season, since Nov. 24, 2002. 1574 Rossum, Allen (Atlanta Falcons) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PR/KR Allen Rossum may miss the rest of the season for the Falcons, and at a minimum seems out for two games after straining a posterior cruciate knee ligament in Sunday's loss at Carolina. Rossum struggled most of the season until the past few games as a punt returner, and he had a season-long 47-yard kickoff return to open Sunday's game. 595 Foster, DeShaun (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB DeShaun Foster carried 24 times for 131 yards in the win over Atlanta. He also caught an 18-yard touchdown pass. 1408 Peppers, Julius (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Julius Peppers left the game in the first half after taking a cut block to his left leg from Falcons TE Alge Crumpler, his former college teammate at North Carolina. Peppers was racing down the line of scrimmage when Crumpler went to block him low. Peppers' leg twisted awkwardly, and the crowd grew silent as he lay on the field for a few minutes. However, Peppers returned to game a short time later. After the game, Peppers wore a walking boot on his left leg but said he will be ready to play next week against Tampa Bay. "Nah, I don't owe him one," Peppers said. "Crump, I've known him for about 10 years now. I know he didn't do it intentionally. It's part of the game." 1570 Rosenfels, Sage (Miami Dolphins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Sage Rosenfels completed 22 of 37 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns, including the game-winning 4-yarder to Chris Chambers, in the Dolphins' come-from-behind win over Buffalo. Rosenfels replaced Gus Frerotte, who left the game after suffering a concussion. 611 Frerotte, Gus (Miami Dolphins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Gus Frerotte suffered a concussion in the third quarter against Buffalo and didn't return. It wasn't immediately known whether Frerotte, who was briefly knocked unconscious, would be able to play Sunday against San Diego. 1509 Reed, Ed (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Ed Reed played for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain on Oct. 16. He was nonexistent with three tackles and no passes broken up against Houston. 1557 Roethlisberger, Ben (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Ben Roethlisberger had career highs for completions with 29, attempts with 41, yards with 386 and touchdowns with three in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. His three interceptions matched his total in the AFC championship game in January. 426 Davis, Domanick (Houston Texans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Domanick Davis fell 3 yards shy of tying his career high by rushing for 155 yards against the Ravens on Sunday. 206 Brooks, Aaron (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Aaron Brooks threw four interceptions against Tampa Bay, including a clinching pick by Ronde Barber at the goal line in the final minute. 168 Boldin, Anquan (Arizona Cardinals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Anquan Boldin made a spectacular 54-yard run and catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, lifting the Cardinals past the 49ers. Boldin finished with 11 catches for 156 yards. 341 Coakley, Dexter (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Dexter Coakley will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Washington. 1299 Moulds, Eric (Buffalo Bills) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Eric Moulds' team-record pass-catching streak ended at 121 games. Moulds played only sparingly against Miami as the Bills went with younger players. Moulds was not happy about his lack of playing time. 465 Dillon, Corey (New England Patriots) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Corey Dillon returned to the field against the Jets after missing three full games and parts of a handful of others with ankle and calf injuries. Dillon carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards with one score, the only touchdown of the game, in the win over New York. 1065 Law, Ty (New York Jets) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Ty Law had five tackles and no interceptions, but also no penalties, in a somewhat quiet game after all the hype accompanying the ex-Patriot's return. He missed some time in the third and fourth quarters when his surgically repaired left foot acted up on him, but he doesn't believe it's a major problem. 867 Houshmandzadeh, T.J. (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh had 88 receiving yards on five catches. One was good for a 43-yard touchdown. He had two touchdowns against the Steelers, and he now has five on 56 catches for 743 yards. 958 Johnson, Rudi (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Rudi Johnson ran for two touchdowns against Pittsburgh, and he now has 30 rushing scores in his career. He has 1,066 yards, breaking 1,000 for the second year in a row, after running for 98 against the Steelers. 1897 Van Pelt, Bradlee (Denver Broncos) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Bradlee Van Pelt got his first NFL snap on Sunday against the Chiefs, and he scored a touchdown. Van Pelt came in the game for a gimmick play where he lined up as the quarterback and Jake Plummer lined up at receiver, and Van Pelt ran for a 7-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw. 1857 Toomer, Amani (New York Giants) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Amani Toomer caught just one pass for 8 yards against Dallas but shrugged that off. "It was a game we had to win," he said. "But it was strange. It didn't feel like a playoff game, even though it was for first place and it was Dallas. I guess when you win it feels more like a playoff game. I just didn't want them to sweep us this season." 1146 Manning, Eli (New York Giants) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Eli Manning completed only 12 of 31 passes for 152 yards and was intercepted twice against Dallas. His streak of 12 games with at least one touchdown pass came to an end as well. He holds the second-longest streak in team history, ahead of Phil Simms but behind Y.A. Tittle. 525 Emmons, Carlos (New York Giants) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SLB Carlos Emmons, who had six tackles, commented on the lack of credit the defense gets. "It doesn't matter," he said. "We'll just pat ourselves on the back for every game we win. As long as we win, that's all that counts." 1428 Pierce, Antonio (New York Giants) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Antonio Pierce, who scored the 12-yard touchdown recovery, was asked to detail the play. "It was easy," he said. "I saw Kendrick Clancy push the center almost all the way back to the quarterback and the running back kind of backed off. I had the easy part. The ball hit the center, bounced up to me, and I only had to run 12 yards." 1779 Strahan, Michael (New York Giants) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Michael Strahan had two sacks against Dallas, giving him 9.5 for the season. 1889 Umenyiora, Osi (New York Giants) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Osi Umenyiora had one sack against Dallas, giving him to a team-leading 11 this season. "He is going to be a great player," teammate Michael Strahan said. "He works harder than I do, honestly." 5433 Landeta, Sean (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- P Sean Landeta is the Eagles' fourth punter this season. Their regular punter, Dirk Johnson, went down after the seventh game with a sports hernia. He was replaced by rookie Reggie Hodges, who stayed three games. Nick Murphy replaced him but stayed just one game. Landeta, who was with the Eagles from 1999 to 2002, was scheduled to make his first appearance Monday night against Seattle. 901 Jackson, Jamaal (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- C Jamaal Jackson has played so well since replacing injured Hank Fraley three weeks ago that most observers feel he'll be ahead of Fraley on the depth chart going into training camp next summer. 1236 Mikell, Quintin (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Quintin Mikell became the Eagles' nickel corner when starter Lito Sheppard suffered a season-ending ankle injury three weeks ago and Rod Hood moved into the starting lineup. 1583 Runyan, Jon (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT Jon Runyan is having one of his best seasons. He turned 32 last month and is in the final year of his contract. There's a pretty good chance he'll re-sign with the club. 1438 Pinner, Artose (Detroit Lions) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Artose Pinner, the Lions' No. 3 back, had his most productive game of the season with 64 yards on 14 carries and three receptions for 39 yards. Pinner got increased playing time behind Shawn Bryson because starting RB Kevin Jones sat out the 21-16 loss to Minnesota with a quadriceps injury. 2051 Williams, Roy (Detroit Lions) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Roy Williams averaged less than 10 yards per catch with four receptions for 34 yards in the Lions' 21-16 loss to Minnesota. Williams' first two receptions were for 4 and 5 yards before he made catches for 13 and 12 yards in the Lions' conservative, short-throw West Coast offense. 7045 Bly, Dre (Detroit Lions) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Dre' Bly, who was outspoken in his criticism of QB Joey Harrington and the Lions' young offensive players after the firing of coach Steve Mariucci, was burned by Minnesota WR Koren Robinson for a 45-yard gain that set up Minnesota's second touchdown in a 21-16 victory over the Lions. 896 Jackson, Darrell (Seattle Seahawks) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Darrell Jackson has resumed running in recent days and the team hopes he can return for the Dec. 11 game against San Francisco. Given the slow pace of recovery from knee surgery, Jackson might have a better chance of returning Dec. 18. He set a franchise record last season with 87 receptions. 2080 Wistrom, Grant (Seattle Seahawks) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Grant Wistrom isn't getting to the quarterback much this season. He remains disruptive at times, but DT Rocky Bernard and DE Bryce Fisher have been the ones who have helped Seattle rank among the league leaders in sacks this season. 55064 Tatupu, Lofa (Seattle Seahawks) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Lofa Tatupu should be a candidate for NFL rookie of the year, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said recently. Some veterans never show the grasp of the game that Tatupu is showing already. He's the one who calls the defenses on the field and gets others lined up properly. Tatupu's ability to cover opposing running backs has helped Seattle rank among the top few teams in red-zone touchdown percentage allowed. 414 Darby, Chartric (Seattle Seahawks) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Chuck Darby has been one of the most surprisingly effective free agent additions for Seattle. He draws frequent double teams that help free up others to make plays. Darby's energy and enthusiasm also have helped second-year DT Marcus Tubbs realize more of his potential. 999 Jurevicius, Joe (Seattle Seahawks) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Joe Jurevicius has bailed out the Seahawks by making big plays in relief of injured WR Darrell Jackson. Jurevicius has thrived in the Seattle offense, ranking among the league leaders in touchdown receptions. His size and willingness to battle for the ball have made QB Matt Hasselbeck confident to go his way in clutch situations. 781 Harrison, Marvin (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Marvin Harrison became the 12th player in NFL history to surpass 12,000 career receiving yards. Harrison has 12,040 career receiving yards. 4466 Fletcher, Bryan (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Bryan Fletcher caught his third touchdown pass over the past three weeks. The last time a Colts tight end had touchdown catches in three consecutive games was former TE Marcus Pollard in 2002. 768 Harper, Nick (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Nick Harper was inactive for the Tennessee game with a strained groin. Harper did not practice last week. 54167 Jackson, Marlin (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Marlin Jackson made his first NFL start in place of Nick Harper (groin). Jackson, who had practiced with the first defensive unit in the week leading up to the game, finished with four total tackles and a pass broken up. 54051 Hayden, Kelvin (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Kelvin Hayden got his first extensive playing time with the defense in the Tennessee game. Hayden took over for Marlin Jackson in the Colts' nickel pass coverage, as Jackson started for Nick Harper (groin). 1289 Morris, Rob (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Rob Morris played most of the fourth quarter against Tennessee in a backup role. 632 Gardner, Gilbert (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Gilbert Gardner got his longest amount of playing time of the season against the Titans, playing most of the fourth quarter. 1351 O'Neil, Keith (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Keith O'Neil, usually a special teams performer for Indianapolis, got work at outside linebacker in the fourth quarter of the Tennessee game. 920 Jefferson, Joseph (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Joseph Jefferson was inactive for the Titans game with a sore knee. Jefferson has been bothered by soreness and swelling in the surgically repaired knee. 307 Chapman, Kory (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Kory Chapman was inactive for the Tennessee game (coach's decision). 7962 Hartstock, Ben (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Ben Hartstock was inactive for the Tennessee game (coach's decision). 1276 Moorehead, Aaron (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Aaron Moorehead was inactive for the Tennessee game (coach's decision). 54803 Reid, Darrell (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Darrell Reid was inactive for the Tennessee game (coach's decision). 2038 Williams, Josh (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Josh Williams was inactive for the Tennessee game (coach's decision). 7610 Vollers, Kurt (Indianapolis Colts) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Kurt Vollers was inactive for the Tennessee game (coach's decision). 1167 Mathis, Rashean (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Rashean Mathis suffered a broken hand in the Cleveland game. He hopes to play against Indianapolis even though he was sent to the Cleveland Clinic after the game for treatment. 641 Garrard, David (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB David Garrard doesn't put up big numbers. He threw for only 115 yards in Arizona on Nov. 27 after Byron Leftwich broke an ankle on the first play. He only threw for 116 yards in Cleveland, but he had two touchdown passes and threw only one interception. 57987 Smith, Jimmy (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Jimmy Smith caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland. 2014 Wilford, Ernest (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Ernest Wilford dropped what could have been two touchdown passes in Cleveland but caught three passes for 36 yards. 402 Culpepper, Daunte (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Daunte Culpepper, who underwent surgery last month to repair three torn ligaments in his right knee and is out for the season, attended his first game since the injury Sunday. Culpepper, looking noticeably lighter, flew from the Twin Cities on the plane of Reggie Fowler, one of the team's owners. He exchanged greetings with several teammates during pregame warm-ups. 1806 Taylor, Eric (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Eric Taylor was activated from the practice squad. Taylor added depth to a defensive line that has lost DT Kevin Williams for two to four weeks because of a knee injury. The Vikings are hopeful Williams will be able to return Dec. 18 against Pittsburgh. 959 Johnson, Spencer (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DL Spencer Johnson returned against Detroit after missing six of the past seven games because of a knee injury. 54216 Johnson, Marcus (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT Marcus Johnson got his second consecutive start Sunday against Detroit despite having committed five penalties and being benched twice in his first start at the position the previous week. 1112 Liwienski, Chris (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LG Chris Liwienski, who lost his starting job after nine games, was kept active for Sunday's game at Detroit because the Vikings were concerned about new LG Anthony Herrera's matchup against Lions LT Shaun Rogers. Liwienski did see action in place of Herrera in the second quarter. Liwienski also subbed for RG Adam Goldberg during the second half. 1711 Smith, Raonall (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Raonall Smith replaced Napoleon Harris in the Vikings' nickel package, playing along with LB Dontarrious Thomas. 1724 Smoot, Fred (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Fred Smoot, who has missed four games because of a fractured right collarbone, might be able to play Sunday against St. Louis. 54300 Kluwe, Chris (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- P Chris Kluwe suffered both a sprained left ankle and strained right knee on separate plays at Detroit. Kluwe injured his ankle in the third quarter when he was hit by the Lions' Vernon Fox. In the second quarter, Kluwe injured his knee while trying to punt on the run after a high snap from Cullen Loeffler. Kluwe said he would be fine for Sunday's game against St. Louis, but the Vikings could be forced to bring back veteran Darren Bennett. 53888 Gallishaw, Laroni (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Laroni Gallishaw suffered a sprained right ankle in the first quarter at Detroit and did not return. 53811 Farwell, Heath (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Heath Farwell sprained his left knee late in the Detroit game while playing on special teams. 55288 Williamson, Troy (Minnesota Vikings) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Troy Williamson was inactive again Sunday against Detroit. 167 Bolden, Juran (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Juran Bolden suffered a back strain but returned to finish the game Sunday. 55261 Williams, Carnell (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Cadillac Williams is back. Williams rushed 22 times for 96 yards against New Orleans, giving him 296 rushing yards in his last three games. 626 Galloway, Joey (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Joey Galloway had his eighth TD reception of the season, one shy of tying the club record, on a 30-yard pass play from Chris Simms against the Saints. 602 France, Todd (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Todd France's first field-goal attempt against the Saints, a 43-yarder, was blocked. But France later connected on a 28-yarder. 463 Dilfer, Trent (Cleveland Browns) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Trent Dilfer didn't play against Jacksonville because coach Romeo Crennel wanted him to rest his ailing knees. He might start Sunday against Cincinnati. 487 Droughns, Reuben (Cleveland Browns) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Reuben Droughns rushed for 88 yards against Jacksonville, giving him 1,029 for the season. He is the first Browns back since 1985 to rush for 1,000 yards. 242 Bryant, Antonio (Cleveland Browns) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Antonio Bryant dropped two more passes against Jacksonville, one inside the 10. He has seven drops this season. 1577 Roye, Orpheus (Cleveland Browns) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Orpheus Roye had 10 tackles and two sacks against Jacksonville, making him the team leader with four sacks. 1034 Kinney, Erron (Tennessee Titans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Erron Kinney left the Indianapolis game in the first quarter with a right knee injury, and he will be re-evaluated Monday. He was hurt on his one catch and remains on pace for 72, which would be a single-season franchise high for a tight end. 54918 Scaife, Bo (Tennessee Titans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Bo Scaife got a lot of looks after Erron Kinney left the Indy game with a knee injury. Scaife did some nifty running after six catches, gaining 53 yards, but he had a late drop of a sure touchdown. 1867 Troupe, Ben (Tennessee Titans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Ben Troupe caught six passes against the Colts for a game high 67 yards, but he failed to hold into a 6-yard touchdown just before the half. The Titans had to settle for a field goal that cut their halftime deficit to 14-3. 268 Calico, Tyrone (Tennessee Titans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Tyrone Calico returned from a three-game layoff because of a calf injury but caught just two passes for 34 yards in Indianapolis. 1898 Vanden Bosch, Kyle (Tennessee Titans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Kyle Vanden Bosch had two sacks of Peyton Manning washed away by illegal-contact-downfield penalties in the Titans' loss at Indianapolis. 664 Glenn, Aaron (Dallas Cowboys) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Aaron Glenn started at cornerback for the injured Anthony Henry. He had two interceptions against the Giants, giving him a team high four for the season. 813 Henry, Anthony (Dallas Cowboys) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Anthony Henry did not make the trip to New York. He remains hobbled by a strained groin and did not play for the third time in the last four weeks. He missed games against the Eagles and Broncos. 159 Bledsoe, Drew (Dallas Cowboys) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Drew Bledsoe passed for 146 yards against the Giants, marking the third time in the past four weeks that he has passed for less than 200 yards. It was the fourth time in the last six games as well. How bad was Bledsoe? He passed just 17 yards in the first half and had less than 100 before a final fruitless drive in which he passed for 48 yards. 392 Crayton, Patrick (Dallas Cowboys) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Patrick Crayton returned from a five-game injury layoff to play against the Giants but he did not spark the sagging Cowboys offense. Crayton was held without a reception. He caught 18 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns before his injury. 294 Cartwright, Rock (Washington Redskins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Rock Cartwright ran for a career-high 118 yards on just nine carries at St. Louis. 1962 Washington, Marcus (Washington Redskins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Marcus Washington dumped Ryan Fitzpatrick for an 11-yard loss at the 1-yard line on the Rams' third play. Washington has 2 1/2 sacks the past two weeks. 240 Brunell, Mark (Washington Redskins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Mark Brunell shook off a bad first half at St. Louis to complete all eight of his passes in the second half for 100 yards. 64 Arrington, LaVar (Washington Redskins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB LaVar Arrington, who dropped Cam Cleeland for a 7-yard loss on St. Louis' first play, was knocked from the game with a pulled quadriceps in the second quarter. He returned to the lineup in the second half. 622 Gage, Justin (Chicago Bears) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Justin Gage failed to make a reception against Green Bay after catching 11 passes in the previous two games. 987 Jones, Thomas (Chicago Bears) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Thomas Jones rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries against Green Bay, giving him 1,005 yards this season on 236 carries, his first 1,000-yard season in the NFL. 141 Berrian, Bernard (Chicago Bears) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Bernard Berrian, who was playing in his first game since suffering a torn tendon in his right thumb and having surgery after the sixth game of the season, caught three passes for 59 yards against Green Bay, both team highs. 1901 Vasher, Nathan (Chicago Bears) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Nate Vasher intercepted his seventh pass of the season Sunday and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown, his second of the season. He also scored on a 108-yard return of a missed field goal. 742 Hall, DeAngelo (Atlanta Falcons) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LCB DeAngelo Hall returned one punt for 17 yards against Carolina, but most of that was wiped out by a penalty. Generally, Hall is expected to get punt return opportunities when the kicking team is behind its 35-yard line or so. When the return man needs to set up inside Atlanta's 10- or 15-yard line, veteran WR Brian Finneran is more likely to be there. On defense, Hall was matched up against Panthers WR Steve Smith most of the time, although early in the game he did not follow Smith to the slot. Smith caught seven passes for 65 yards and an 18-yard touchdown. The two have become friends, dating back to their time shared on the set of a television commercial last summer. On Smith's score, an 18-yarder in the second quarter, he caught a quick "smoke" route that Hall narrowly missed intercepting, spun loose from Hall's tackle attempt, and then easily cleared a feeble tackle attempt by S Bryan Scott. 925 Jenkins, Michael (Atlanta Falcons) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Michael Jenkins lined up deep on a kickoff during the Falcons' loss at Carolina on Sunday, and he may be a candidate to work there for however long Allen Rossum (strained left knee) is out. Jenkins did not have a return. 1390 Pathon, Jerome (Atlanta Falcons) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Jerome Pathon returned one kickoff for 21 yards in the Falcons' loss at Carolina on Sunday, and he may seem more action there in the next game or two while Allen Rossum (strained knee) is out. 55127 Torrence, Leigh (Atlanta Falcons) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Leigh Torrence, an undrafted rookie, took over at nickel back for the Falcons at Carolina once Allen Rossum strained a knee. After a couple of series, however, he surrendered those duties on those occasions that Panthers WR Steve Smith was in the slot, instead moving into an outside spot. 1524 Reyes, Tutan (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- G Tutan Reyes injured his knee late in the game on a DeShaun Foster touchdown run, but he said afterward that he'll fine and will play this week against Tampa Bay. 1283 Morgan, Dan (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Dan Morgan (ankle) did not play against Atlanta. 485 Draft, Chris (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Chris Draft started in Dan Morgan's place against Atlanta and did well, recording eight tackles and his first sack of the year. "He played better than I thought he would," Falcons RB Warrick Dunn said. 1716 Smith, Steve (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Steve Smith now has 10 touchdowns this season, keeping him on pace for the league lead with Marvin Harrison, who also caught his 10th of the season on Sunday. Smith caught seven passes for 65 yards but also had two rare drops, including one that would have been good for at least a 35-yard gain and given him his ninth 100-yard game of the season. 2081 Witherspoon, Will (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Will Witherspoon did an outstanding job of blanketing Falcons TE Alge Crumpler and not allowing him to become a big factor on Sunday. Crumpler had three catches for 52 yards Sunday. "The last time we faced him, I had a pretty bad day," Witherspoon said. "I guess I had a point to prove to myself that it was not going to be that easy for them. It was not going to be a day of pitch and catch for them." 1579 Rucker, Mike (Carolina Panthers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Mike Rucker left Sunday's game with a sprained ankle in the second half and did return. His status for this week remains uncertain. 1101 Lewis, Keith (San Francisco 49ers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Keith Lewis, who narrowly missed blocking a Scott Player punt in the first quarter, broke through to get his hands on one in the third quarter. It was the second blocked punt of Lewis' career. He set the University of Oregon record with seven blocks during his career. Lewis also had his first interception of the season. 95 Barlow, Kevan (San Francisco 49ers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Kevan Barlow did not play against the Cardinals due to a left knee bruise. He is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. 1322 Nedney, Joe (San Francisco 49ers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Joe Nedney returned to action after missing a game with a groin strain. The 49ers kept veteran Jose Cortez on the roster for Sunday's game but did not activate him. Nedney made a 48-yard field goal, his only attempt of the game. 53948 Gore, Frank (San Francisco 49ers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Frank Gore returned to action after missing two games with a left hip flexor strain. Gore gained 22 yards on six carries, but he also lost a key fumble that led to the Cardinals' winning points. 1295 Morton, Johnnie (San Francisco 49ers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Johnnie Morton, who got another start in place of injured Arnaz Battle, caught three passes against Arizona for a season-high 66 yards. He caught consecutive 24-yard passes from Alex Smith that led to the 49ers' only touchdown of the game. 1113 Lloyd, Brandon (San Francisco 49ers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Brandon Lloyd, the team's top receiver, had a team-high five catches but for just 47 yards against Arizona. 1862 Traylor, Keith (Miami Dolphins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Keith Traylor, who wasn't listed on Miami's pregame injury report, was declared inactive for Sunday's 24-23 victory against Buffalo. Coach Nick Saban said Traylor woke up with an aggravated knee injury Sunday morning, which led to Miami having to scratch one of the keys to its run defense. 55322 Wright, Manuel (Miami Dolphins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Manny Wright saw his first NFL action against Buffalo with Keith Traylor (knee) declared inactive. A 2005 fifth-round supplemental draft pick, Wright had a 10-yard sack and one other tackle. 172 Booker, Marty (Miami Dolphins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Marty Booker was declared inactive for the first time this season because of a strained calf. Booker, who was replaced in the starting lineup against Buffalo by Bryan Gilmore, only played for one snap the previous Sunday against Oakland. 1838 Thomas, Zach (Miami Dolphins) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Zach Thomas was declared inactive for the second consecutive game because of shoulder and calf injuries. Thomas, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Channing Crowder, hopes to return for Sunday's game at San Diego. 1823 Thomas, Adalius (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Adalius Thomas returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Houston -- Baltimore's first defensive score of the season. 169 Boller, Kyle (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kyle Boller led his first game-winning drive in the final minute of a game as the Ravens edged the Texans 16-15. Boller finished 17-for-33 for 198 yards. 451 Demps, Will (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Will Demps was placed on injured reserve with a partially torn ligament in his knee. He might have been able to return in four weeks if the Ravens had needed him. 1708 Smith, Musa (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Musa Smith was placed on injured reserve with the same leg injury that kept him out for most of the season. He is still expected to compete for the backup running back job next season. 1358 Ogden, Jonathan (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Jonathan Ogden left the Houston game after two series with a hamstring injury. He said he might be able to return Sunday against Denver. 1908 Vincent, Keydrick (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- G Keydrick Vincent missed his third straight game with a thigh injury. He was originally only expected to miss one game. 1790 Suggs, Terrell (Baltimore Ravens) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Terrell Suggs had a career-high three sacks of Texans quarterback David Carr. He only had two sacks in his first 11 games. 735 Haggans, Clark (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Clark Haggans, who missed three games after groin surgery, had his seventh sack, which leads the team. 1285 Morgan, Quincy (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Quincy Morgan, signed before the season after Dallas released him, caught his first touchdown pass with the Steelers, a 25-yarder against Cincinnati. He is the Steelers' No. 4 receiver. 144 Bettis, Jerome (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Jerome Bettis caught three passes against the Bengals, the most he's had in a game in two years. 1745 Staley, Duce (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Duce Staley has been used as the third-down back the past two games but has little to show for it: three rushes for 2 yards and two catches for 9 yards. 539 Faggins, DeMarcus (Houston Texans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Demarcus Faggins returned from the inactive list because of a hamstring injury. He still is not 100 percent though, so he just played in nickel situations at Baltimore, and Lewis Sanders remained the starter. 1367 Orr, Shantee (Houston Texans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Shantee Orr set a franchise record with three sacks in a game. He sacked Ravens QB Kyle Boller three times for minus-23 yards. He now has five sacks for the season and four in the past two games. 53435 Brown, C.C. (Houston Texans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DB C.C. Brown, a rookie, made his first start at free safety against the Ravens. He put together an impressive game but made a critical mistake in the Ravens' game-winning scoring drive. He finished the game with four tackles. 355 Coleman, Marcus (Houston Texans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FS Marcus Coleman was told to remain in Houston and was deactivated for the game Sunday for violating team rules. Coleman missed the Texans' walkthrough on Saturday. He is expected to rejoin the Texans for practice on Wednesday. 222 Brown, Kris (Houston Texans) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Kris Brown went 5-for-5 on field goals at Baltimore, connecting from 39, 26, 22, 29, and 39 yards. 605 Franks, Bubba (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Bubba Franks suffered an arm stinger and aggravated a back injury in the first series against Chicago and didn't return. Franks was in the starting lineup a week after he sustained a mild concussion and back pain on a hard hit by Philadelphia's Brian Dawkins. He wasn't cleared to practice again until Friday and then was activated for the game Sunday. 1088 Lenon, Paris (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OLB Paris Lenon injured his right finger early in the third quarter against Chicago and was sidelined the rest of the game. Lenon collided with fellow LB Robert Thomas on a tackle of Thomas Jones. Rookie Brady Poppinga replaced Lenon at the strong-side position. Lenon started in place of Na'il Diggs, who was deactivated because of lingering knee soreness. Diggs sustained MCL tears in both knees in separate incidents this year, which have kept him out of seven games. 1580 Ruegamer, Grey (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Grey Ruegamer made his first start of the season against Chicago but had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter because of leg cramps. Rookie Will Whitticker, whom Ruegamer replaced in the lineup, took over for the final series. 922 Jenkins, Cullen (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Cullen Jenkins was back in the starting lineup against Chicago and registered one of the three sacks of Kyle Orton. Colin Cole was elevated ahead of Jenkins to the starting spot beside NT Grady Jackson the previous week at Philadelphia. 55252 Whitticker, Will (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Will Whitticker, whom Grey Ruegamer replaced in the starting lineup, took over for Ruegamer (leg cramps) late in the game at Chicago. 462 Diggs, Na'il (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Na'il Diggs was deactivated at Chicago because of lingering knee soreness. Diggs sustained MCL tears in both knees in separate incidents this year, which have kept him out of seven games. 54758 Poppinga, Brady (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Brady Poppinga replaced Paris Lenon (finger) at the strong-side position in the second half at Chicago. 309 Chatman, Antonio (Green Bay Packers) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Antonio Chatman, who doubles as the punt returner, also handled kickoff returns at the outset of the Chicago game. Chatman, though, averaged only 12 yards on three returns before being replaced by fellow receiver Andrae Thurman late in the first half. CB Ahmad Carroll handled both kickoff returns in the second half and averaged 21.5 yards. The Packers came into the game ranked last in the league on kickoff returns. 1792 Sullivan, Johnathan (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Johnathan Sullivan injured his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game with Tampa Bay. Saints coach Jim Haslett said Sullivan was having X-rays taken, and the severity of the injury was not yet known. 1827 Thomas, Fred (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Fred Thomas had a stinger in his neck and arm late in the Tampa Bay game, but he was able to return. Coach Jim Haslett said Thomas has had six or seven stingers in the past five or six games and has been able to play through them. 663 Gleason, Steve (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FS Steve Gleason was sidelined for the second consecutive game with a neck injury. It is not known when he might return. 736 Hakim, Az-Zahir (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Az-Zahir Hakim was inactive for Sunday's game with the Bucs because of back and rib injuries. 54556 Moore, Lance (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Lance Moore was inactive against Tampa Bay because of a hamstring injury. 370 Conwell, Ernie (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Ernie Conwell was put on injured reserve Saturday after having surgery during the week to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. 55086 Thomas, Levon (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Levon Thomas was signed from the Saints' practice squad to take TE Ernie Conwell's roster spot. Thomas was added because Az-Zahir Hakim and Lance Moore were not available because of injuries. 3232 Woodard, Cedric (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Cedric Woodard, who was signed on Tuesday to take the roster spot of injured MLB Courtney Watson, was inactive Sunday. 7819 Leisle, Rodney (New Orleans Saints) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Rodney Leisle was inactive against Tampa Bay for the 12th straight game. 568 Fitzgerald, Larry (Arizona Cardinals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Larry Fitzgerald, 22, became the youngest receiver in team history to gain 1,000 yards receiving in a season. Fitzgerald has 82 receptions for 1,128 yards and seven touchdowns. 1488 Rackers, Neil (Arizona Cardinals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Neil Rackers hopes to return from torn calf to play in the final two games of the year. Rackers suffered the injury in practice last week. It's possible he could return sooner if he can handle only placekicking duties. Kicking off would place too much stress on the injury. Rackers was on his way to one of the finest seasons ever by a kicker. He has made 32 of 33 field goals, including 31 straight to start the season, and leads the NFL with 22 touchbacks. It's a secondary consideration for Rackers, but returning would help his chances of making his first Pro Bowl. 54872 Rolle, Antrel (Arizona Cardinals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Antrel Rolle is expected to practice and play this week for the first time since the third game of the season. The Cardinals didn't place Rolle on injured reserve when he underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. That gamble could pay off this week. Rolle expects to begin practicing Wednesday and likely will play in nickel packages against Washington. 1952 Warner, Kurt (Arizona Cardinals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kurt Warner has passed for more than 300 yards in five games this season, but Sunday in San Francisco was first time he did it and won. 54624 Novak, Nick (Arizona Cardinals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Nick Novak made all three of his field-goal attempts at San Francisco as a fill-in for Neil Rackers (calf). 62 Archuleta, Adam (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Adam Archuleta was inactive for the second straight week, the result of a concussion suffered against Arizona on Nov. 27. Archuleta practiced Wednesday and Thursday but was limited on Friday. 53532 Carter, Jerome (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Jerome Carter started in place of Adam Archuleta and struggled in tackling and pass coverage against Washington. At one point, O.J. Atogwe replaced him, but Atogwe is hampered by a toe injury. 53309 Barron, Alex (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT Alex Barron was inactive against Washington after having surgery Thursday to repair a broken bone in his hand. 1588 Saipaia, Blaine (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OL Blaine Saipaia was active against Washington even though he is not totally recovered from a concussion suffered Nov. 27. Saipaia would have played only in an extreme emergency. 550 Faulk, Trev (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Trev Faulk played sparingly against Washington after taking sick Saturday night. Faulk had 102-degree temperature and was throwing up all night. Faulk started but was blown up on a block on Clinton Portis' 47-yard touchdown run. 321 Claiborne, Chris (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Chris Claiborne received significant playing time against Washington with Trev Faulk affected by the flu. Benched and replaced by Faulk for the previous week's game against Houston, Claiborne appeared more active than he had been in a while, and he was credited with a team-high eight tackles. 53835 Fitzpatrick, Ryan (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick made his first start and had a passer rating of 58.0. He ran five times for 22 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown. 904 Jackson, Steven (St. Louis Rams) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Steven Jackson managed just 24 yards on 11 carries against Washington. 1122 Losman, J.P. (Buffalo Bills) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB J.P. Losman threw for a career-high 224 yards and three first-quarter touchdowns in Sunday's 24-23 loss at Miami. However, he was only 5-for-13 for 54 yards after halftime and also committed two critical turnovers in the red zone when he could've put the game away. 1203 McGahee, Willis (Buffalo Bills) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Willis McGahee gained 81 yards on 27 carries against Miami but didn't score a touchdown. He has just four TDs on the year. 2043 Williams, Mike (Buffalo Bills) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LG Mike Williams did not dress for the game against Miami due to a chest muscle injury. Bennie Anderson started in his place. 1905 Villarrial, Chris (Buffalo Bills) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Chris Villarrial left the Miami game early with a hamstring injury and did not return. Rookie Duke Preston took his spot. 13 Adams, Sam (Buffalo Bills) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Sam Adams, who sat out the previous week's game against Carolina for disputed medical reasons, dressed for the Miami game but did not start. He did, however, play a good number of snaps as the Bills effectively shut down the Dolphins' running game. 1246 Milloy, Lawyer (Buffalo Bills) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Lawyer Milloy, who suffered a foot injury last week, was able to start and finish the Miami game. 1907 Vinatieri, Adam (New England Patriots) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Adam Vinatieri scored 10 points against the Jets (one PAT and three field goals), to become New England's all-time leading scorer with 1,135 points. The kicker, who has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Patriots, passed Gino Cappelletti's team record of 1,130 points. 662 Givens, David (New England Patriots) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR David Givens returned to the lineup in the win over the Jets after missing three games with a knee injury. Givens caught five passes for 27 yards. 189 Brady, Tom (New England Patriots) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Tom Brady bounced back from a four-interception performance in the loss in Kansas City with an efficient effort in the win over the Jets. Despite heavy snow in the early going, Brady completed 27 of 37 passes for 271 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. 65 Ashworth, Tom (New England Patriots) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- T Tom Ashworth has yet to regain his job as the starting right tackle after missing time with a knee injury, but he did return to the field in Sunday's win as an extra tight end and fullback. The former college tight end led the way for Corey Dillon's 1-yard, third-quarter touchdown run from his fullback spot, the only touchdown of the game. 170 Bollinger, Brooks (New York Jets) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Brooks Bollinger passed for 135 yards at New England, one week after garnering a career-high 261. He completed only 15 of 37 attempts in the snow and wind in Foxboro, Mass. 1157 Martin, Curtis (New York Jets) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Curtis Martin had nearly as many yards receiving (26 on four receptions) as rushing (29 on 15 carries) at New England, never a good sign for him. 5 Abraham, John (New York Jets) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE John Abraham notched his first sack in four games, with a first-quarter takedown of New England's Tom Brady for an 11-yard loss. 1546 Robertson, Dewayne (New York Jets) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Dewayne Robertson, who had six tackles and a half-sack at New England, left the game with a thigh bruise. Robertson also has been beset by injuries to his right hand and left knee this season. 1378 Palmer, Carson (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Carson Palmer had a 101.5 passer rating against Pittsburgh, his 14th 100.0-plus rating in the past 15 games. He had his streak of nine in a row stopped by the Steelers in Week 7. His 26 touchdown passes through 12 games are eight more than he had in 13 games in 2004. 1715 Smith, Shaun (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Shaun Smith started for the second week in a row and had seven tackles against the Steelers. 1548 Robinson, Bryan (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Bryan Robinson was out for the second week in a row with a sprained foot. 1350 O'Neal, Deltha (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/04/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Deltha O'Neal collected his eighth interception and needs one to tie Ken Riley's franchise record of nine in 1976. 1133 Lynch, John (Denver Broncos) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S John Lynch was upset with a fourth-quarter penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison. Lynch has been fined for hitting with his helmet before, so that play will be looked at closely by the NFL. 52 Anderson, Mike (Denver Broncos) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Mike Anderson had a 66-yard touchdown catch on a screen pass, but he didn't do much running the ball. Anderson had 37 yards on 13 carries against the Chiefs, the second straight game he has averaged less than 3 yards per carry. 3787 Burns, Keith (Denver Broncos) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Keith Burns was inactive for Denver's game against Kansas City because of a knee injury. The Broncos fared well against Chiefs returner Dante Hall, but they would like to get Burns, their best special teams player, back quickly. He might play this week against Baltimore. 704 Green, Cornell (Denver Broncos) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Cornell Green, who has a separated shoulder, was inactive against Kansas City. RT George Foster played the entire game. Green had been rotating series with Foster the previous few weeks. 596 Foster, George (Denver Broncos) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT George Foster played the entire game against the Chiefs. Cornell Green (shoulder) had been rotating series with Foster the previous few weeks, but Green was inactive Sunday. 677 Gonzalez, Tony (Kansas City Chiefs) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Tony Gonzalez cracked the end zone for only the second time this season on a 25-yard pass from Trent Green in the second quarter against Denver. It was Gonzalez's only catch of the day, but it was a huge one as it came one play after the Chiefs saw a 20-yard TD pass to Samie Parker wiped out by a motion penalty. 712 Green, Trent (Kansas City Chiefs) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Trent Green just missed his third straight triple-digit passer rating as he amassed a 98.6 rating on 16-of-23 accuracy for 253 yards and two touchdowns against Denver. Two interceptions hurt his rating. 1022 Kennison, Eddie (Kansas City Chiefs) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Eddie Kennison had a season-long 52-yard reception to go with a 27-yarder as part of his four-catch, 108-yard effort against Denver. It was Kennison's fourth 100-yard game of the year. 1601 Sands, Terdell (Oakland Raiders) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Terdell Sands, who played extensively with Warren Sapp on injured reserve and Ed Jasper inactive with a back injury, had two big plays at San Diego -- a 7-yard sack of Drew Brees and a tackle of LaDainian Tomlinson on a screen that resulted in a 4-yard loss. 919 Jasper, Ed (Oakland Raiders) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Ed Jasper was inactive against San Diego with a back injury. 1071 Lechler, Shane (Oakland Raiders) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- P Shane Lecher had another rough day, although he did hit a 52-yarder to extend his streak of games with a punt of 50 or more yards to 33. Lechler was stopped for a 2-yard gain in the second half after sidestepping a rush. Although it appeared Lechler could have gotten a kick off, he opted to run and was stopped short of a first down. 1297 Moss, Randy (Oakland Raiders) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Randy Moss caught seven passes for 74 yards at San Diego, but he had no big plays of consequence. His long gain of 17 yards came just before halftime and preceded a missed 61-yard field-goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski. 990 Jordan, LaMont (Oakland Raiders) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB LaMont Jordan had 42 yards on his first seven rushes at San Diego before he fumbled on a 2-yard gain in the second quarter. He had had only 11 more yards on seven carries the rest of the way. 54573 Morrison, Kirk (Oakland Raiders) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Kirk Morrison, playing in the stadium where he played home games for San Diego State, had one of his best games with 11 tackles -- including a crushing one-on-one stop of LaDainian Tomlinson for no gain at the goal line. 46 Anderson, Courtney (Oakland Raiders) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Courtney Anderson scored on a 16-yard pass from Kerry Collins -- his first touchdown since scoring twice in the season opener at New England. 196 Brees, Drew (San Diego Chargers) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Drew Brees missed just five of his 22 attempts, throwing for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Oakland. 1183 McCardell, Keenan (San Diego Chargers) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Keenan McCardell became the 13th player in NFL history to record 800 career receptions. He caught four passes for 60 yards against Oakland. 1319 Neal, Lorenzo (San Diego Chargers) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FB Lorenzo Neal is having another outstanding year in his 13th season. His blocking is one of the reasons LaDainian Tomlinson likely is headed to his third Pro Bowl. 1025 Kiel, Terrence (San Diego Chargers) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Terrence Kiel (ankle) should start Sunday after skipping the Raiders game. If he can't go, he would be replaced again by Clinton Hart, who had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown against Oakland. 54171 Jackson, Vincent (San Diego Chargers) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Vincent Jackson, a second-round pick, continues to be a disappointment. He's battled various nagging injuries and has just one catch this season. 1353 Oben, Roman (San Diego Chargers) (12/05/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LT Roman Oben (foot) could be ready for Sunday's game against Miami after missing the past four.

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