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

781 Harrison, Marvin (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Marvin Harrison was a pre-game inactive after not making the trip to Seattle. Harrison is recovering from a broken bone in his right hand. His status for the Arizona game has yet to be determined. 3163 Williams, Ricky (Miami Dolphins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Ricky Williams enhanced his potential offseason trade value with a 26-carry, 172-yard rushing performance in Saturday's 24-10 victory over Tennessee. Pressed to carry Miami's rushing load with Ronnie Brown (ankle/knee) sidelined for the first time this season, Williams responded with the fifth-highest rushing output of his six-year NFL career. Williams was especially strong in the fourth quarter with 82 rushing yards, including a game-sealing 19-yard touchdown with 1:48 remaining. Coach Nick Saban has repeatedly said he has no plans to trade Williams despite the presence of Brown, who was the No. 2 overall selection in last April's draft. Williams could make intriguing trade bait in the offseason, but he also doesn't sound like a player wanting to leave South Florida, especially with the Dolphins (8-7) having won five consecutive games for the first time since the 1999 season. "You look at a new coach, a new offense, a new system, a new offensive coordinator, it takes a while to buy into it and get going," said Williams, who is under contract through the 2007 season. "We've all bought into it now and take turns making plays. It's really nice to be a part of it." Williams and Brown are expected to resume splitting carries in Sunday's season-finale at New England. 240 Brunell, Mark (Washington Redskins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Mark Brunell sprained his knee in the second quarter and was replaced by Patrick Ramsey. Brunell's status for the regular season finale at Philadelphia and possible playoff games is up in the air. 1378 Palmer, Carson (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Carson Palmer, with 24 completions against Buffalo, now has 340. He broke Jeff Blake's franchise record of 326 pass completions in 1995. Palmer suffered what he described as a "groin tweak" while running out of bounds late in the fourth quarter. Palmer received treatment immediately after the game and said he would be ready to play next week. Jon Kitna played the Bengals' final offensive series. 1079 Leftwich, Byron (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Byron Leftwich hasn't played since cracking a bone in his ankle on Nov. 27, but he may start practicing on Wednesday. Coach Jack Del Rio says he has to see Leftwich play before deciding if he's ready for the playoffs. 813 Henry, Anthony (Dallas Cowboys) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Anthony Henry did not play because of an abdominal strain. Aaron Glenn started in his place. Henry missed four starts earlier this year with a strained groin. 978 Jones, Julius (Dallas Cowboys) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Julius Jones rushed for 194 yards, his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fourth of his career. The Cowboys are 3-1 when Jones rushes for over 100 yards. The 194 yards was the second-best rushing performance of his career and the fourth-best day in Cowboys history. The 34 carries by Jones was a career-high and the second most in club history. Emmitt Smith holds the record with 35 carries against the N.Y. Giants (11/7/94). Smith also had a 34-carry game at Washington (11/24/91).This was Jones' second two-touchdown game of the season. 55195 Ware, Demarcus (Dallas Cowboys) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB DeMarcus Ware became the first player in club history record three forced fumbles in a game. He became the first rookie since Randy White in 1975 to record three sacks in a game. With seven sacks on the season, he set a new rookie record for linebackers for sacks in a season. He also has posted the third-best sack total by a linebacker in club history. 1012 Kearse, Jevon (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Jevon Kearse sprained his right knee in the second quarter of Saturday's loss to Arizona and probably won't play Sunday against Washington. 684 Gordon, Lamar (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Lamar Gordon was inactive for Saturday's game. He is nursing ankle and foot injuries. He probably won't play Sunday with the Eagles wanting to take a better look at Bruce Perry. 231 Brown, Sheldon (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Sheldon Brown, who was listed as questionable all week with a knee injury, played Saturday against Arizona. He'll likely play Sunday against the Redskins. 1773 Stokley, Brandon (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Brandon Stokley tweaked his left knee in the fourth quarter of the Seattle game. His status for Sunday's home finale with Arizona won't be determined until the end of the week. 461 Diem, Ryan (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Ryan Diem was a pre-game inactive after not making the trip to Seattle. Diem suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee against San Diego last week. Diem is expected to be sidelined from two to three weeks. 998 June, Cato (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Cato June was a pre-game inactive after not making the trip to Seattle. June has been bothered by knee/ankle/sports hernia injuries for the past three weeks. He started the San Diego game but will be held out until the start of the post-season. 1597 Sanders, Bob (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Bob Sanders was a pre-game inactive and did not play against the Seahawks. Sanders did not practice last week due to strained back muscles suffered against San Diego. He may return to the starting lineup this week against Arizona. 1168 Mathis, Robert (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Robert Mathis was a pre-game inactive and did not play against Seattle. Mathis has been sidelined for the past two games due to a foot injury. He is not expected back until the start of the post-season. 609 Freeney, Dwight (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Dwight Freeney started the Seattle game and played for a portion of the first half. Freeney saw limited action as he continues to nurse a sprained arch that has been bothering him for most of the season. 1677 Simon, Corey (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Corey Simon was a pre-game inactive and did not play in the Seattle game. Simon has missed the last two games with a sprained left foot. 2038 Williams, Josh (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Josh Williams started his first game of the season at Seattle. Williams had missed the first two months of the season as he recovered from pre-season surgery to repair a double sports hernia and a shoulder injury. 137 Bentley, LeCharles (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- C LeCharles Bentley, the Saints' lone Pro Bowl pick this season, was inactive for the Lions game because of an elbow injury. 1299 Moulds, Eric (Buffalo Bills) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Eric Moulds has come on strong since his one-game suspension, following up last week's nine-catch, 110-yard game against Denver with a team-high 10 catches for 99 yards against the Bengals. 53452 Brown, Ronnie (Miami Dolphins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Ronnie Brown missed the first game of his NFL career when declared inactive for Saturday's 24-10 victory over Tennessee. Brown, who suffered ankle and knee injuries in last Sunday's 24-20 victory over the New York Jets, is expected to return for the season-finale against New England. 25 Alexander, Shaun (Seattle Seahawks) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Shaun Alexander bolstered his case for league MVP with a 139-yard, three-touchdown effort against the Colts. With 1,807 yards in 15 games, Alexander leads the race for the NFL rushing title by more than 100 yards. He has 27 total touchdowns, tied for the NFL single-season record set by Priest Holmes in 2003. Alexander has done all this within the framework of the NFL's top-ranked offense, helping the Seahawks win 11 consecutive games while posting a 13-2 record. The sixth-year pro from Alabama has not lost a fumble this season. 1762 Stevens, Jerramy (Seattle Seahawks) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Jerramy Stevens triggered a $125,000 pay raise for 2006 by catching his 45th pass of the season Saturday against the Colts. Stevens has 16 catches over the last four games. He needs two more receptions to break the franchise single-season record for catches by a tight end. Stevens has a touchdown grab in each of the last three games. 896 Jackson, Darrell (Seattle Seahawks) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Darrell Jackson saw his reps reduced against the Colts as the Seahawks played it safe with their No. 1 receiver. Jackson had missed practice time with swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. The team wants him to be fresh for the playoffs. 1868 Trufant, Marcus (Seattle Seahawks) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Marcus Trufant suffered a bruised back against the Colts and did not return to the game. The team was not yet sure when Trufant might return from the injury. Depth is a concern in the secondary. 1493 Ramsey, Patrick (Washington Redskins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Patrick Ramsey is likely to start at Philadelphia since Mark Brunell left the 35-20 victory over the NFC East-leading New York Giants with a sprained right knee. However, not only did Ramsey play well in the second half on Saturday, Brunell hasn't thrown for as many as 200 yards in six games. Despite Brunell's 22 touchdown passes -- the most by a Redskin since Brad Johnson's 24 for the 1999 NFC East champions, the 35-year-old quarterback has been far from the key to the turnaround. 64 Arrington, LaVar (Washington Redskins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB LaVar Arrington returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised thigh and finished second on the defense with six tackles. 769 Harrington, Joey (Detroit Lions) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Joey Harrington didn't play the perfect game in his first start after being benched three games in favor of Jeff Garcia, but he completed two clutch passes to WR Roy Williams in the final 37 seconds -- including a fourth-and-17 throw -- to set up the game-winning field goal in the Lions' 13-12 victory over New Orleans. For the game, Harrington completed 17 of 30 throws for 210 yards and was intercepted once. 761 Hanson, Jason (Detroit Lions) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Jason Hanson's 39-yard field goal to beat New Orleans in the closing seconds was the 16th game-winning field goal of his 14-year NFL career. After struggling in midseason with five missed field goals in six games, Hanson is 8-for-8 in the last four games. 1716 Smith, Steve (Carolina Panthers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Steve Smith was ejected from Saturday's game after grabbing an official. The upside with Smith: He's a tremendous athlete who is highly motivated. The downside: He has a bad temper. 55262 Williams, Carnell (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Cadillac Williams rushed 31 times for 150 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta, joining Errict Rhett as the second Tampa Bay rookie to rush for 1,000 yards. Williams (1,097) surpassed Rhett's 1994 rookie total of 1,011 rushing yards. 95 Barlow, Kevan (San Francisco 49ers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Kevan Barlow has missed three of the past four games with a knee injury. Both Frank Gore and Maurice Hicks has performed well in Barlow's absence, opening the possibility that the Barlow's job as the starter might be in jeopardy when he is able to return to action. Barlow has gained just 581 yards on 176 carries, while Gore has rushed for 500 yards on 102 rushes this season. 941 Johnson, Chad (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Chad Johnson had 117 receiving yards against Buffalo to give him 1,377 for the season, bettering his franchise record of 1,355 yards in 2003. 1350 O'Neal, Deltha (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Deltha O'Neal banged his right knee on the Bills' first offensive play. He left the game, went to the locker room for an exam but returned. He had four total tackles but did not have a statistic in the passing game. He declined comment after the game but did say, "It hurt more than anything I'd ever felt." 53876 Frye, Charlie (Cleveland Browns) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Charlie Frye was too groggy to speak to reporters after the Pittsburgh game, but he is expected to play against the Ravens. The team denied a report that he had suffered a mild concussion. 1465 Porter, Joey (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Joey Porter's three sacks against the Browns give him 10.5 this season, the most on the team since Jason Gildon had 12 in 2001. 1384 Parker, Willie (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Willie Parker ran 17 times for 130 yards against Cleveland, his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Parker's 80-yard touchdown run tied for the fourth longest in Steelers history. Parker became the first Steeler to run for 1,000 yards since Jerome Bettis did so in 2001. He has 1,067 yards and a 4.7-yard average. 426 Davis, Domanick (Houston Texans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Domanick Davis (knee) sat out for the fourth time this season because of swelling in his knee. His status is uncertain for this week. 1854 Toefield, LaBrandon (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB LaBrandon Toefield, playing because Greg Jones was injured, scored three touchdowns Saturday on just four carries. He finished with scoring runs of 1, 2 and 17 yards. He had 24 total rushing yards. 641 Garrard, David (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB David Garrard played his best game as a pro Saturday as he passed for 292 yards and ran for 40 yards in the victory over Houston. 1226 McNair, Steve (Tennessee Titans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Steve McNair suffered a pectoral strain in warm-ups, and it forced him from the game in the second quarter. He was 5-for-13 with two interceptions when he was replaced by Billy Volek against the Dolphins. McNair will be rested early in the week and reassessed before the Jacksonville game. 1855 Tomlinson, LaDainian (San Diego Chargers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB LaDainian Tomlinson has been slowed by bruised ribs the past four games. Over that span, he didn't rush for 100 yards or score a touchdown. But he's adamant about playing Saturday in the season finale. 954 Johnson, Larry (Kansas City Chiefs) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Larry Johnson had his eighth straight 100-yard rushing day in gashing the Chargers for 131 on 32 carries. Johnson accounted for 179 of Kansas City's 341 total yards. He scored two touchdowns. 2066 Wilson, Al (Denver Broncos) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Al Wilson might have a broken right thumb. Wilson hurt his thumb late in the game against Oakland. Wilson said he wouldn't miss any time with the injury, but he said he didn't know how it might affect his play. 52 Anderson, Mike (Denver Broncos) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Mike Anderson went over 1,000 yards rushing in a season for the second time in his career. His last 1,000-yard season was in 2000. He tied a NFL record for longest span between 1,000-yard seasons. 53366 Blackburn, Chase (New York Giants) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- Rookie LB Chase Blackburn was released from the hospital Sunday after leaving Saturday's game on a stretch following a collision that left him with a neck stinger. Coach Tom Coughlin said he would be surprised if Blackburn was available to play next Saturday. "The medical post trauma obviously is in the neck area. But, all the tests disproved any fact that there might be some type of fracture or anything like that," Coughlin said. "There was nothing of that nature. He is sore, his neck is sore, and we think he's going to have to recover from this obviously, but he's out of the hospital and he does not have any type of debilitating injury." 1889 Umenyiora, Osi (New York Giants) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Osi Umenyiora, the NFC's sack leader in just his third season, was rewarded by the team with a six-year, $41 million contract extension. 904 Jackson, Steven (St. Louis Rams) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Steven Jackson played Saturday despite not practicing all week because of a hip pointer and then being hospitalized at 1 a.m. the day of the game because of the flu. Jackson was throwing up, and he also had strep throat. 725 Grossman, Rex (Chicago Bears) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Rex Grossman completed just 11 of 23 passes at Green Bay, but they went for 166 yards and a touchdown, despite some drops by his receivers. Grossman came out hot, completing six of nine passes for 119 yards. 486 Driver, Donald (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Donald Driver had six receptions for 107 yards against Chicago and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in the past four seasons. Driver is only the fourth receiver in team history with at least three 1,000-yard seasons, joining James Lofton, Sterling Sharpe and Antonio Freeman. 496 Dunn, Warrick (Atlanta Falcons) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Warrick Dunn finished with 59 yards on 14 carries against Tampa Bay, but he missed most of the fourth quarter and overtime after aggravating a sore hamstring. 1163 Mason, Derrick (Baltimore Ravens) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Derrick Mason set the Ravens' single-season receptions mark with 83 catches. He had a season-high nine catches Sunday against Minnesota. He had 103 receiving yards, including a 39-yard touchdown. 169 Boller, Kyle (Baltimore Ravens) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kyle Boller has produced a quarterback rating over 100 in consecutive games for the second time in his career. He has thrown three touchdown passes in each of his past two games. 667 Glenn, Terry (Dallas Cowboys) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Terry Glenn recorded his seventh touchdown catch of the season, a single-season career-high. 55101 Thompson, Tyson (Dallas Cowboys) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Tyson Thompson continues to climb the rookie kickoff return charts. With five returns for 132 yards Saturday he has established rookie club records for kickoff returns and kickoff return yards. He has 52 returns for 1,256 yards. The marks are second-best in club history in both categories behind Reggie Swinton's 52 returns for 1,327 yards in 2001. 1003 Kalu, N.D. (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE N.D. Kalu probably will start Sunday's final regular-season game at left end in place of injured Jevon Kearse. 1410 Perry, Bruce (Philadelphia Eagles) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Bruce Perry made his NFL debut Saturday after being signed off the practice squad. He returned kickoffs and averaged an impressive 31.7 yards on six returns. 1147 Manning, Peyton (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Peyton Manning started against the Seahawks and played the first quarter. Manning completed nine-of-12 passes for 116 yards. 1972 Wayne, Reggie (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Reggie Wayne started the Seattle game and played the first quarter. Wayne caught two passes for 21 yards. 1276 Moorehead, Aaron (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Aaron Moorehead played in his first game of the season against Seattle after being a game-day inactive for the first 14 games. 912 James, Edgerrin (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Edgerrin James started the Seattle game and played a quarter-and-a-half before being replaced by RB Dominic Rhodes. James rushed 12 times for 41 yards, giving him 1,506 yards for the season. It's his fourth career 1,500-yard rushing season. 1526 Rhodes, Dominic (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Dominic Rhodes saw his most extensive playing time at running back for the Colts at Seattle, rushing for minus-four yards in five carries while also catching six passes for 27 yards. 1899 Vanderjagt, Mike (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Mike Vanderjagt had a string of 16 consecutive made field goals snapped when a first-quarter field goal attempt was blocked by Seattle. Vanderjagt attempted an on-side kick late in the fourth quarter. 382 Cortez, Jose (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Jose Cortez made his first game appearance for the Colts as he handled kickoffs at Seattle. Cortez was signed in the week before the Seahawks game, replacing rookie Dave Rayner. Rayner was waived. 632 Gardner, Gilbert (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Gilbert Gardner made his second start of the season, replacing Cato June in the Seattle game. Gardner recorded his first sack of the season with a third-quarter tackle of Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck. 1606 Sapp, Gerome (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Gerome Sapp started in place of Bob Sanders. Sapp, a special teams standout for the Colts, made his first defensive start of the season in the Seattle game. 1505 Reagor, Montae (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Montae Reagor was a pre-game inactive and was held out of the Seahawks game. Reagor has been bothered a sore knee. 1865 Tripplett, Larry (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Larry Tripplett made his second straight start replacing Simon in the Colts' defensive lineup. 1058 Labinjo, Mike (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Mike Labinjo saw his first playing time of the season for the Colts. Labinjo, who began his NFL career with Philadelphia, had been on the Colts' practice squad until earlier in the month. He recorded his first NFL sack. 53891 Gandy, Dylan (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OG Dylan Gandy made his first NFL career start at Seattle. The rookie saw extensive playing time against San Diego as he replaced starter OG Jake Scott when Scott was moved to OT after Ryan Diem's injury. 1636 Scott, Jake (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Jake Scott moved over to start at right tackle at Seattle due to the injury to Ryan Diem. Scott will remain at OT until Diem returns. 307 Chapman, Kory (Indianapolis Colts) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Kory Chapman was a pre-game inactive (coach's decision). 1488 Rackers, Neil (Arizona Cardinals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Neil Rackers made two 32-yard field goals, bringing him to within one of tying the NFL record of 39 field goals in a season. Rackers missed a 54-yarder at the end of the first half. It had the distance but was wide left. 168 Boldin, Anquan (Arizona Cardinals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald both have over 1,300 receiving yards this season. They are the sixth pair of teammates to accomplish that feat in NFL history. 568 Fitzgerald, Larry (Arizona Cardinals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin both have over 1,300 receiving yards this season. They are the sixth pair of teammates to accomplish that feat in NFL history. 434 Davis, Leonard (Arizona Cardinals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Leonard Davis suffered a right knee contusion and could miss this week's game at Indianapolis. Right tackle Oliver Ross replaced him against the Eagles, and Fred Wakefield took over for Ross. 1827 Thomas, Fred (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RCB Fred Thomas injured his knee in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game with the Detroit Lions, but returned. 909 Jacox, Kendyl (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LG Kendyl Jacox, who missed the Saints' last game with a knee problem, moved from his normal starting spot to center to fill in for LeCharles Bentley against the Lions. 847 Holland, Montrae (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Montrae Holland started at left guard for the second straight game because Kendyl Jacox was shifted to center. 1173 Mayberry, Jermane (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Jermane Mayberry was inserted into the starting lineup when Montrae Holland went to left guard. 840 Hodge, Sedrick (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SLB Sedrick Hodge missed his second straight game because of a sprained left ankle. 1231 Melton, Terrence (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SLB Terrence Melton made his first NFL start in place of Sedrick Hodge against the Lions. 870 Howard, Darren (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RDE Darren Howard was inactive against the Lions because of a knee injury. 1230 Meier, Shad (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Shad Meier was inactive again because of a lingering knee problem. 7819 Leisle, Rodney (New Orleans Saints) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Rodney Leisle was inactive for the 15th consecutive game. 844 Holcomb, Kelly (Buffalo Bills) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kelly Holcomb became the first Bills quarterback in 44 games to top 300 yards passing in Saturday's upset of the Bengals. Holcomb completed 24 of 31 for 308 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his second consecutive start, raising his record as the Bills starter to 4-3. 1203 McGahee, Willis (Buffalo Bills) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Willis McGahee, who had gotten only 17 carries in his past two games, received 23 for 66 yards against the Bengals with a long run of 12. While doing better than in recent weeks, McGahee still lacked power near the goal-line, gaining just seven yards on five carries inside the 5-yard line. 536 Evans, Lee (Buffalo Bills) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Lee Evans bounced back from a poor game against Denver to catch five passes for a team-best 107 yards and a three-yard touchdown against the Bengals. Evans' 65-yard catch on Buffalo's first play led to a field goal and a 3-0 lead. 1205 McGee, Terrence (Buffalo Bills) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- KR Terrence McGee, who returned three kickoffs for touchdowns a year ago to set a team record, got his first of the year in Sunday's win over Cincinnati. His 99-yard touchdown return in the third quarter was the seventh-longest in club history and fourth of his career, a team a record. He finished with five returns for 220 yards, just one shy of another team mark. McGee also had the game-clinching interception return for a touchdown. 1617 Schobel, Aaron (Buffalo Bills) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Aaron Schobel had two sacks, giving him 12 on the year, a new personal high. He had 11.5 in 2003. 1862 Traylor, Keith (Miami Dolphins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- NT Keith Traylor (knee) returned to the starting lineup against Tennessee and finished with one tackle. Traylor had missed the previous three games following arthroscopic knee surgery. 55322 Wright, Manuel (Miami Dolphins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Manny Wright was declared inactive against Tennessee because of Keith Traylor's return to the starting lineup. A 2005 fifth-round supplemental draft pick, Wright had done a solid job as a reserve in the three games Traylor missed. 53341 Berger, Joe (Miami Dolphins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Joe Berger made his NFL debut when replacing Alonzo Ephraim for several second-half series against Tennessee. Berger, a 2005 sixth-round draft pick by Carolina, returned to the bench after struggling in pass protection. 973 Jones, Donnie (Miami Dolphins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- P Donnie Jones had a career-high nine punts against Tennessee. Thanks to outstanding coverage, Jones' gross average (43.9 yards) wasn't much higher than his net (41.1). 789 Hasselbeck, Matt (Seattle Seahawks) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Matt Hasselbeck topped 80 percent completions for a third consecutive game. He has completed 59-of-73 passes for 679 yards and nine touchdowns in the last three games. He has thrown only one interception during the stretch. You won't hear Hasselbeck's name in the league MVP conversation, but his numbers stack up nicely with those of the top quarterbacks, and his team has won 11 games in a row. 228 Brown, Ray (Washington Redskins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OG Ray Brown, at 43 the NFL's oldest lineman since the 1920s, started at right guard and held his own in place of the injured Randy Thomas. 1155 Marshall, Lemar (Washington Redskins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Lemar Marshall picked off Giants QB Eli Manning in the second quarter to take the team lead with three interceptions. 411 Daniels, Phillip (Washington Redskins) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Phillip Daniels had Washington's only sack, giving him five sacks the last two weeks and giving him the team lead with seven. Daniels last had more sacks in 2001 when he had a career-high nine for NFC Central Division champion Chicago. 2052 Williams, Roy (Detroit Lions) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Roy Williams had another costly drop on a slant that looked as if it might go for big yardage Saturday against New Orleans, but he made up for it with two clutch receptions -- for 40 yards on a fourth-and-17 and a 15-yarder two plays later -- to set up game game-winning field goal in the Lions' 13-12 win Saturday. Williams had four catches for 111 yards overall, his second 100-yard game of the season. 488 Drummond, Eddie (Detroit Lions) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PR/KR Eddie Drummond returned to action in the Lions' game Saturday against New Orleans after missing two games with a knee injury. He had no yards on one punt return but returned five kickoffs for 150 yards, including a 48-yarder. 1561 Rogers, Shaun (Detroit Lions) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Shaun Rogers made it three consecutive games in which he has made a big defensive play. Rogers, selected for the Pro Bowl last week, recovered a fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown in the Lions' 13-12 victory against New Orleans on Saturday. In the previous two games, he had a big-play QB sack but also had a costly penalty in each game, against Green Bay and Cincinnati. 1283 Morgan, Dan (Carolina Panthers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Dan Morgan left the Dallas game after re-injuring his shoulder. 595 Foster, DeShaun (Carolina Panthers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB DeShaun Foster was ineffective Saturday against Dallas, held to 68 yards on 22 carries. 724 Gross, Jordan (Carolina Panthers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OT Jordan Gross and the Panthers struggled containing Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, who had three sacks and three forced fumbles. 1007 Kasay, John (Carolina Panthers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K John Kasay made both of his field-goal attempts against Dallas, including a 47-yarder. He had missed his previous four tries from beyond 40 yards. 1675 Simms, Chris (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Chris Simms saw his streak of passing attempts without an interception end Saturday at 127 when he was picked off by the Falcons' Keith Brooking. 332 Clayton, Michael (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Michael Clayton suffered a turf toe injury in the first quarter and did not return Saturday against the Falcons. 1931 Walker, Kenyatta (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT Kenyatta Walker suffered a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against the Falcons. He returned briefly but was replaced in overtime by tackle Todd Steussie. 372 Cook, Jameel (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FB Jameel Cook scored his first touchdown of the season on a 9-yard pass from Chris Simms against the Falcons. 1322 Nedney, Joe (San Francisco 49ers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Joe Nedney tied a 49ers record with a career-best 56-yard field goal as time expired in the first half Saturday. Nedney has made 24 of 26 field-goal attempts this season. 1417 Peterson, Julian (San Francisco 49ers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Julian Peterson was forced to play defensive back for most of the Rams game after injuries knocked starting CBs Derrick Johnson and Bruce Thornton out of action in the first half. Peterson finished with seven tackles. 108 Battle, Arnaz (San Francisco 49ers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Arnaz Battle returned to action for the first time in a month and led the 49ers with four catches for 37 yards against the Rams. He also had one carry for 8 yards. 54971 Smith, Alex (San Francisco 49ers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Alex Smith has yet to throw a TD pass in 136 attempts to begin his career. With a solid game against the Rams, Smith's passer rating for the season has improved to 35.1. 55109 Thornton, Bruce (San Francisco 49ers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Bruce Thornton missed the second half of the Rams game with a shoulder stinger. 54206 Johnson, Derrick (San Francisco 49ers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Derrick Johnson missed the second half of the Rams game with a sprained knee. 690 Graham, Shayne (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Shayne Graham broke his club record for points. He had nine points against the Bills and now has 128. He had scored 122 in 2004. 958 Johnson, Rudi (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Rudi Johnson has 1,440 rushing yards. He needs just 15 in the season finale at Kansas City to surpass his mark from 2004. Johnson had 18 attempts for 88 yards at the end of the third quarter on Saturday but did not get a carry in the fourth quarter. 54071 Henry, Chris (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Chris Henry, who was held out by coach Marvin Lewis a week earlier for disciplinary reasons, returned to the lineup Saturday. He caught one pass against the Bills -- a 27-yard touchdown reception. The score gave the Bengals a four-point lead with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter. Henry, who was arrested Dec. 15 in Covington, Ky., for marijuana possession, was not allowed to speak with reporters after the game per coaches' orders. Henry's touchdown was his sixth, third most receiving on the team behind Chad Johnson (nine) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (seven). 1978 Webster, Nate (Cincinnati Bengals) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Nate Webster completed an arduous odyssey Saturday when he played for the first time since suffering a patellar tendon injury in Game 3 of 2004. He played special teams and a few snaps defensively. "That was a goal I wanted to accomplish, going out there and getting dirty," Webster said. "It felt good, but the loss leaves a nasty taste in your mouth." 713 Green, William (Cleveland Browns) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB William Green, though healthy, was on the inactive list Saturday. It meant the Browns played the Steelers without a single first-round draft pick of their own. 54755 Pool, Brodney (Cleveland Browns) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- S Brodney Pool recovered two fumbles Saturday, one on a kick return by teammate Joshua Cribbs and one by Steelers punt returner Antwaan Randle El. 242 Bryant, Antonio (Cleveland Browns) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Antonio Bryant is going to have difficulty reaching his goal of 1,000 yards receiving. He caught five passes for 50 yards against Pittsburgh, giving him 886 yards. 1531 Richardson, Kyle (Cleveland Browns) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- P Kyle Richardson had his busiest day of the season Saturday against Pittsburgh. He punted eight times for 335 yards. His average was 41.9 yards, but his net was only 32.9. 1947 Ward, Hines (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Hines Ward, although he did not make the Pro Bowl, needs 65 yards receiving Sunday for his fifth straight 1,000-yard season. He has one TD for every 6.2 receptions, tops among NFL receivers. 1557 Roethlisberger, Ben (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Ben Roethlisberger did not make the Pro Bowl, but he raised his passer rating to 103.4 as he bids to lead the NFL in that category. He has not thrown an interception in his past three games. 144 Bettis, Jerome (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Jerome Bettis has only 100 carries this season, but he's scored six touchdowns. 106 Batch, Charlie (Pittsburgh Steelers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Charlie Batch threw one pass against Cleveland -- a 31-yard TD to Quincy Morgan. 54430 Malone, Alfred (Houston Texans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Alfred Malone, an undrafted rookie, made his NFL debut Saturday against Jacksonville. He finished with a sack and seven tackles, ranking him second on the team. 5187 Johnson, Travis (Houston Texans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Travis Johnson (back) was inactive Saturday against Jacksonville. His status for this week is uncertain. 1928 Walker, Gary (Houston Texans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Gary Walker (triceps) was injured in the first quarter against Jacksonville and never returned. His status for this week is unsure. 1367 Orr, Shantee (Houston Texans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Shantee Orr had two sacks against Jacksonville and is just one shy of tying the franchise record of eight set by Jeff Posey in 2002. 1737 Spicer, Paul (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Paul Spicer suffered an injury to his left hand when he hit a helmet in pregame warm-ups Saturday. Although he saw some action with a heavy wrap on the hand, he may have a broken bone, and it could hinder his effectiveness in the playoffs. 977 Jones, Greg (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Greg Jones was inactive for the Houston game with a jammed neck that still is bothering him. The Jaguars don't know if he'll be back for the playoffs in two weeks. 1807 Taylor, Fred (Jacksonville Jaguars) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Fred Taylor, back from an ankle injury, appears to be getting back in a groove as he ran for 101 yards against Houston. 1911 Volek, Billy (Tennessee Titans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Billy Volek replaced Steve McNair (pectoral strain) in the second quarter at Miami and absorbed four sacks, lost a red-zone fumble and hit Drew Bennett with a 55-yard TD. 268 Calico, Tyrone (Tennessee Titans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Tyrone Calico made a weak effort to go after a deep ball early in the Miami game and said it was because of a left hamstring injury. He wasn't on the field after that. 216 Brown, Chris (Tennessee Titans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Chris Brown is dealing with an ankle injury. He had just seven carries for 18 yards in the Titans' loss to Miami. 1867 Troupe, Ben (Tennessee Titans) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Ben Troupe was the intended receiver on Steve McNair's first interception at Miami. The ball was behind him, and he wound up tipping it into the air before Donnie Spragan intercepted it. A week after a 100-yard game, Troupe didn't have a catch. He's dealing with an ankle injury. 1353 Oben, Roman (San Diego Chargers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LT Roman Oben (foot) was placed on injured reserve. 646 Gates, Antonio (San Diego Chargers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Antonio Gates had four scoring catches against the Chiefs this year. 576 Fletcher, Jamar (San Diego Chargers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Jamar Fletcher replaced Sammy Davis as the nickel back against Kansas City. Fletcher was among those bouncing off Larry Johnson on Johnson's touchdown reception. 507 Edwards, Donnie (San Diego Chargers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- ILB Donnie Edwards' 18 tackles against Kansas City marked a season high for the Chargers. 670 Godfrey, Randall (San Diego Chargers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- ILB Randall Godfrey is rethinking his decision to retire. His 72 tackles are second on the team. 196 Brees, Drew (San Diego Chargers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Drew Brees was 18-for-33 for 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss to Kansas City. 257 Burgess, Derrick (Oakland Raiders) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Derrick Burgess notched his 15th sack of the season Saturday at Denver. He is one shy of the team record of 15.5 set by Sean Jones in 1985. 395 Crockett, Zack (Oakland Raiders) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Zack Crockett, who hadn't carried more than seven times in a game this season, carried six times on Oakland's first drive at Denver and netted 31 yards. He finished with 61 yards on 15 carries. 1622 Schweigert, Stuart (Oakland Raiders) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- FS Stuart Schweigert got his second interception of the season on a deflected Jake Plummer pass. Schweigert has two of Oakland's NFL-low five interceptions. 542 Fargas, Justin (Oakland Raiders) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Justin Fargas, in part because the Broncos dominated time of possession, got only two carries in a game in which he figured to get close to double figures after having just two carries this season. He gained 26 yards, with a long gain of 15. 360 Collins, Kerry (Oakland Raiders) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Kerry Collins has at least one interception in his last eight starts. He has 11 interceptions during that span. 54886 Routt, Stanford (Oakland Raiders) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Stanford Routt, who drew the start at Denver over Fabian Washington in the nickel defense the Raiders use as their base alignment, found himself victimized by Broncos WR Ashley Lelie, who finished with six receptions for 110 yards. 712 Green, Trent (Kansas City Chiefs) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Trent Green, knowing that second-half passing would be extremely difficult after a cold, daylong rain turned the Arrowhead field into a bog, hit 14 of 25 first-half passes for 156 of his 207 yards. His biggest throw was a 42-yard touchdown strike to Samie Parker that immediately countered San Diego's first TD and gave the Chiefs a 14-7 lead they wouldn't lose. 1770 Stills, Gary (Kansas City Chiefs) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Gary Stills, a former Pro Bowl selection for his special teams play, became Kansas City's career leader in special teams tackles with his 148th tackle against the Chargers. 53750 Duke, Wesley (Denver Broncos) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Wesley Duke, a rookie who caught a touchdown pass at Buffalo on Dec. 17, was inactive against the Raiders. Denver wanted an extra defensive lineman available and activated Marco Coleman. 80 Bailey, Champ (Denver Broncos) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Champ Bailey gave the Broncos a scare when he went down holding his side after a hard block by Raiders receiver Jerry Porter. But Bailey only had the wind knocked out of him, and he returned a few plays later. 1085 Lelie, Ashley (Denver Broncos) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Ashley Lelie suffered a gash on his right arm that required 14 stitches. Lelie shouldn't miss any time because of the cut. 63 Armstead, Jessie (* Free Agents) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Jessie Armstead, who has not played in the league this season, worked out for the Giants last week. Coach Tom Coughlin did not rule out signing Armstead to bolster a beat up linebacking corps. 525 Emmons, Carlos (New York Giants) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Carlos Emmons (strained pectoral muscle) did not play against Washington, and coach Tom Coughlin said he did not expect him to play against Oakland. 1666 Shockey, Jeremy (New York Giants) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Jeremy Shockey appeared to be working the referee's for a penalty Saturday while Redskins LB Lemar Marshall was intercepting a pass intended for him. "We need to finish the play obviously and the result was an interception, which probably should not have been thrown in that area anyway," coach Tom Coughlin said. "But, you can't expect officials to -- they're not going to make that call anyway until probably the play is over." Shockey, who labored with a sore/sprained ankle for most of the second half Saturday, caught just two passes and, for most of the game, was covered by Redskins SS Sean Taylor, a former teammate at the University of Miami. "He always does a good job," Shockey said. "We work out together in the off-season. He's tough but he doesn't usually stop me." 1349 O'Hara, Shaun (New York Giants) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- C Shaun O'Hara was particularly upset after Saturday's loss. "The last thing we wanted to do was fly to Oakland to win our division championship," he said. "We had many, many opportunities to win today. We just couldn't finish it." 93 Barber, Tiki (New York Giants) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Tiki Barber, who had 80 yards in 16 carries, giving him 1,656 yards in 329 carries this season, tried to explain Saturday's loss. "We had plenty of chances," he said. "We just couldn't find the big play when we needed it." He needs just 12 carries vs. Oakland to tie the single-season team record (341, Joe Morris, 1986). 53532 Carter, Jerome (St. Louis Rams) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Jerome Carter has been playing all season with an injured foot, and aggravated it Saturday on the second-half kickoff to the point where he had to leave the game. 55070 Terrell, Claude (St. Louis Rams) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LG Claude Terrell did not practice Thursday because of the flu, but he started and competed well in Saturday's game against San Francisco. 1020 Kennedy, Jimmy (St. Louis Rams) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Jimmy Kennedy played Saturday against the 49ers although an MRI on Friday showed he has a hernia. It's not known if he will need offseason surgery. 766 Hargrove, Tony (St. Louis Rams) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Anthony Hargrove didn't practice Friday because of the flu and went to the hospital to get an IV, but he played Saturday against the 49ers. 5596 Martin, Jamie (St. Louis Rams) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Jamie Martin completed 33 of 41 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' second loss to San Francisco. 141 Berrian, Bernard (Chicago Bears) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Bernard Berrian had a career-best 93 receiving yards on three catches, including a career-best 54-yarder, in the win at Green Bay. 987 Jones, Thomas (Chicago Bears) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Thomas Jones picked up 105 yards on 25 carries at Green Bay, his first 100-yard game in nine weeks. 1302 Muhammad, Muhsin (Chicago Bears) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Muhsin Muhammad caught five passes for 58 yards at Green Bay but dropped two passes, including a potential touchdown that slipped between his hands. That play could have put the game away late in the fourth quarter. 53951 Gould, Robbie (Chicago Bears) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PK Robbie Gould's 45-yard field goal at Green Bay was his longest as a pro. 570 Flanagan, Mike (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- C Mike Flanagan aggravated a sore groin early in the second quarter Sunday and didn't return. Coach Mike Sherman said afterward that Flanagan's status for the season finale Jan. 1 against Seattle is up in the air. Flanagan has managed to play in the past nine games in the aftermath of Oct. 5 surgery for a sports hernia. 1580 Ruegamer, Grey (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OL Grey Ruegamer, who started at right guard against Chicago in place of injured Will Whitticker (concussion), moved to center when Mike Flanagan left with a groin injury. 1986 Wells, Scott (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OL Scott Wells slid over from his starting spot at left guard to right guard when C Mike Flanagan (groin) went down against Chicago. Grey Ruegamer moved from right guard to center. 1039 Klemm, Adrian (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OL Adrian Klemm took over at left guard after C Mike Flanagan was injured against Chicago and the Packers shuffled their interior line. 1076 Lee, Donald (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Donald Lee was Green Bay's only tight end for nearly the final three quarters against Chicago after David Martin suffered a concussion on a pass play. Regular starter Bubba Franks was placed on injured reserve last week because of neck and back injuries sustained in the first meeting against Chicago on Dec. 4. 1158 Martin, David (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE David Martin left the Chicago game in the first half with a concussion. 565 Fisher, Tony (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Tony Fisher made his third start of the season at halfback Sunday against Chicago. He replaced rookie Samkon Gado, who sustained a season-ending torn knee ligament in the Dec. 19 loss at Baltimore. Fisher had a game- and career-high eight catches for 61 yards. He had just six carries for 22 yards. 54078 Herron, Noah (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Noah Herron assumed the featured back role on the majority of early downs against Chicago, rushing 14 times for only 33 yards. However, Herron had a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter that tied the score at 7-7. 4472 Flinn, Ryan (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- P Ryan Flinn made his NFL regular-season debut Sunday, averaging 40 yards on three punts. Flinn, a first-year player out of Central Florida, was signed Thursday to replace B.J. Sander, who suffered a season-ending bruised knee in the previous game. Flinn also took over Sander's holding duties and had trouble getting a snap placed properly, resulting in a missed 38-yard field-goal attempt by Ryan Longwell in the second quarter. Longwell also misfired wide right on a 39-yard try in the third quarter. 462 Diggs, Na'il (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OLB Na'il Diggs made only his fifth start of the season -- and his first since Nov. 27 at Philadelphia -- in the loss to Chicago. Diggs has been hampered for most of the season by torn ligaments in both knees. He made the start at his customary strong-side spot, with Paris Lenon moving to the weak-side position to replace an injured Robert Thomas. 1835 Thomas, Robert (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Robert Thomas has been deactivated five of the past six games because of a strained quadriceps. 98 Barnett, Nick (Green Bay Packers) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- MLB Nick Barnett unofficially was credited with six tackles Sunday against Chicago, giving him 182 for the season. That would break the club record of 180 set by LB Mike Douglass in 1981. 742 Hall, DeAngelo (Atlanta Falcons) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LCB DeAngelo Hall likely won't play in the season finale after Tampa Bay's Michael Pittman collar-tackled him from behind at the end of a 61-yard interception return in the second quarter. 505 Edwards, Antuan (Atlanta Falcons) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Antuan Edwards played the rest of the game despite bruising ribs on Tampa Bay's opening series. Edwards' injury history is significant, but he certainly has a future with the team. 592 Forney, Kynan (Atlanta Falcons) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RG Kynan Forney aggravated an ankle injury against Tampa Bay that forced RT Todd Weiner to take over inside. Weiner, who has had an injured elbow, shoulder and wrist for nearly three months, already was rotating every other series with Barry Stokes on the outside. 1979 Weiner, Todd (Atlanta Falcons) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- OL Todd Weiner moved from right tackle to right guard after Kynan Forney aggravated an ankle injury against Tampa Bay. Weiner, who has had an injured elbow, shoulder and wrist for nearly three months, already was rotating every other series with Barry Stokes on the outside. 5470 Lehr, Matt (Atlanta Falcons) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LG Matt Lehr's calf injury against Tampa Bay gave Austin King his first significant work in three years. 1028 King, Austin (Atlanta Falcons) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LG Austin King saw his first significant work in three years Saturday against Tampa Bay after Matt Lehr suffered a calf injury. 1805 Taylor, Chester (Baltimore Ravens) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Chester Taylor was limited to 15 yards on five carries against Minnesota. He fumbled on a kickoff, his third fumble in four games. 1593 Sams, B.J. (Baltimore Ravens) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- PR B.J. Sams was inactive against Minnesota because of a knee injury. He was replaced by Mark Clayton. 800 Heap, Todd (Baltimore Ravens) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Todd Heap has five touchdowns in his past five games. He had four catches for 30 yards against Minnesota. 1100 Lewis, Jamal (Baltimore Ravens) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Jamal Lewis gained 74 yards against Minnesota but averaged 3.1 yards a carry. It marked the second straight game that he has received more carries than Chester Taylor. 53578 Clayton, Mark (Baltimore Ravens) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Mark Clayton has scored a touchdown in three straight games. He had five catches for 90 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown catch, Sunday against Minnesota. 53811 Farwell, Heath (Minnesota Vikings) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Heath Farwell (sprained right knee) sat out for a third consecutive game Sunday. 311 Chavous, Corey (Minnesota Vikings) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Corey Chavous played against the Ravens despite having a high right ankle sprain. 2008 Wiggins, Jermaine (Minnesota Vikings) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Jermaine Wiggins played against Baltimore despite a sprained left ankle that limited him in practice last week. Wiggins' touchdown catch in the game was the first by a Vikings tight end this season. 597 Fowler, Melvin (Minnesota Vikings) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- C Melvin Fowler sat out the Baltimore game because of a sprained left ankle. Cory Withrow, who opened the season as the Vikings' starting center, subbed for Fowler. 54216 Johnson, Marcus (Minnesota Vikings) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- RT Marcus Johnson missed Sunday's game against Baltimore because of a sprained right ankle. Veteran Mike Rosenthal, the starter at that position for the season's first 10 games, replaced Johnson. 227 Brown, Ralph (Minnesota Vikings) (12/25/2005) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Ralph Brown was replaced as the Vikings' dime back after giving up a 6-yard touchdown pass to TE Todd Heap and a 47-yarder to WR Mark Clayton on Sunday against Baltimore.


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