NFL player ticker: Jets make Barlow inactive

News, notes and updates on player happenings throughout the NFL after the games of Week 13

--- RB Kevan Barlow was inactive for the first time this season with the Jets, although the former 49er - acquired by New York in August for a 2007 fourth-round draft pick - made the trip to Green Bay. His deactivation may have had something to do with the Jets being short-handed on special teams. The Jets didn't miss Barlow much in their 38-10 rout on the road. Second-year back Cedric Houston made his first start of the season and had 105 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. His longest gain was a 31-yarder. Rookie Leon Washington had 40 yards on seven carries in a reserve role. His 20-yard run accounted for the Jets' final TD.

--- WR Terrell Owens led the Cowboys with eight catches for 84 yards in last week's victory over the New York Giants, but he also had two drops in the game, his 11th and 12th on the season. This season, the former 49ers star has more drops than any receiver in the NFL.

--- PK Morten Andersen, with his 34-yard field goal against the Redskins, pulled within one of tying Gary Anderson for the most in NFL history. Andersen's boot was the 537th of his career.

--- RB Tatum Bell said he is good to go for the rest of the season with the Broncos. He previously said his two turf toe injuries would mean he wouldn't be 100 percent all season. But after running hard and strong against Seattle on Sunday, Bell said he should be fine for the stretch run. Bell had 133 yards on 23 carries against Seattle. That was a much-needed boost for a running game that had struggled without him. Bell was inactive three times in a four-week span because the toe injuries were slowing him down. The Broncos need to be effective running the ball down the stretch, especially with rookie Jay Cutler at quarterback. The running game sets up most of Denver's passing plays, including the bootleg plays they are well known for.

--- RB Clinton Portis underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday. Dr. Ray Thal performed the outpatient procedure at the Reston (Va.) Hospital Center, repairing a labrum tear and stabilizing the shoulder. Portis' rehab is expected to last for six months, putting him on track to be on the field for Redskins minicamp next June.

--- WR Michael Clayton was placed on injured reserve by Tampa Bay on Tuesday for the second time in his three-year career. Clayton's injury was not disclosed, but he suffered what he thought was a sprained MCL ligament in the fourth quarter of the Bucs 20-3 loss at Pittsburgh Sunday. The first-round pick in 2004 played in 12 games with nine starts and was second on the team in receiving with 33 catches for 356 yards and one touchdown. Since his rookie season, Clayton's career has been plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness. Clayton set Bucs rookie records for receptions (80), receiving yards (1,193) and receiving touchdowns (seven) in 2004. In two seasons since, he has 65 catches for 728 yards and one touchdown.

--- LB Jay Foreman signed with the 49ers, a move necessitated by the hamstring injury suffered by ILB Derek Smith. Foreman (6-1, 240) has played for the Buffalo Bills (1999-2001), Houston Texans (2002-2004) and the New York Giants (2005). He has started 62 of 82 games played and accumulated 356 total tackles. Foreman started in 42 consecutive games for Houston at inside linebacker and had back-to-back 100 tackles seasons in 2002 and 2003. Foreman was originally drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 draft out of Nebraska. He was traded by Buffalo to Houston for KR/PR Charlie Rogers on April 17, 2002. He was waived by Houston in March of 2005 and then was signed by Oakland. Foreman was waived by the Raiders prior to the start of the regular season. He was signed by the Giants in late December and saw action in one regular season contest and the Giants playoff game against Carolina.

--- RB Josh Scobey suffered a cracked bone in his shoulder area Sunday night and was placed on injured reserve by the Seahawks on Tuesday.

--- LG Jeno James, who has missed the last three games with the Dolphins since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, is progressing and will be re-evaluated Wednesday. James' presence seemed to be missed Sunday as his replacement Kendyl Jacox did little to help McIntosh ward off the Jaguars' pass rushers.

--- K Jason Elam injured his left hamstring on a trick play near the end of the first half. Elam ran for two yards for a first down, then limped off the field after kicking a 41-yard field goal on the next play. The Broncos think he'll be able to play this week, but if he can't punter Paul Ernster would handle the extra points and field goals.

--- T Kevin Sampson has been placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs after undergoing surgery on his lower back last week. Sampson missed five games with what was previously described as an ankle injury. He started six games this year at right tackle. Kyle Turley has played the RT position in his absence with rotation help from John Welbourn.

--- LB Derrick Johnson was a surprise injury inactive in Kansas City's loss to Cleveland. The Chiefs thought last Thursday that he might be ready to play on his injured ankle, but when Johnson could only take a few practice snaps on Friday, he missed his third game in the last four. He played only sparingly against Denver.

--- DE Luis Castillo is optimistic he can go this week for the Chargers, but he has said that before. His high ankle sprain has now cost him four straight games and he speculated he might just try to play on it before even practicing. That's doubtful, knowing the way coach Marty Schottenheimer feels about practice.

--- WR Kelley Washington, who missed seven games with a hamstring injury, is practicing again with the Bengals and is expected to be active Sunday for Oakland. He is expected to replace wide receiver Reggie McNeal on the active list. McNeal was arrested early Sunday morning in Houston and charged with resisting arrest.

---PK Nick Novak was waived by Washington. Shaun Suisham will assume the kicking duties for the Redskins.

--- WR Santana Moss finally looked like his old self this past Sunday against Atlanta. Moss had seven catches for 123 yards, including a leaping 42-yard touchdown over cornerback DeAngelo Hall and safety Chris Crocker that made it 14-0 with 2:43 to play in the first quarter. The big day by Moss, who strained his right hamstring on Oct. 22 at Indianapolis, excited the Redskins. "It was jump ball and the guy made a play," coach Joe Gibbs said. "Santana's back. That's a thrill for us. He just makes plays. He's a playmaker. We need to get him the ball." Despite the near non-existent November, Moss leads the Redskins with 41 catches (down from 84 during his Pro Bowl year in 2005) and 587 receiving yards (down from his team record 1,483). His four touchdown catches are one behind tight end Chris Cooley's team-leading total. "We've been waiting for this day with Santana," quarterback Jason Campbell. "He was coming out of his breaks quick, getting downfield, jumping, making plays. It was good to see."

--- QB Jason Campbell has been sacked just three times in 98 dropbacks with the Redskins compared to predecessor Mark Brunell's 12 sacks in 272 dropbacks.

--- RB Ladell Betts, who has averaged 96 yards in three starts since replacing the injured Clinton Portis as the starter, needs to average 90 yards over the final four games to become the 10th 1,000-yard rusher in Redskins history.

--- LG Derrick Dockery leads the Redskins offense with 58 straight starts, including playoffs. Dockery has started every game since being inserted into the lineup in the fourth game of his rookie year.

--- LB Marcus Washington is the only member of the Redskins defense to start all 46 games, including playoffs, since coach Joe Gibbs returned to the Redskins in 2004.

--- QB Bruce Gradkowski already has surpassed Vinny Testaverde, Shaun King, Trent Dilfer, Steve Young and Doug Williams for the Tampa Bay's rookie passing records.

--- QB Matt Leinart has played well for the past month, mostly because of improved pass protection by Arizona's offensive line. The line has yielded just one sack in each of the past four games.

--- RB Edgerrin James gained 115 yards last week, the 50th time in his career he has gone over 100 yards. It was his first time doing it in Arizona, however, after joining the Cardinals as a free agent this season.

--- RB Marcel Shipp broke a long dry spell by scoring three touchdowns for the Cards last week. He hadn't scored since 2002, and had touched the ball from scrimmage 505 times between touchdowns.

--- WR Carlyle Holiday was claimed by Green Bay on waivers from Arizona. Holiday, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound receiver out of Notre Dame, officially is a first-year player who has spent portions of the 2005-06 seasons on the Cardinals' practice squad. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent following the '05 draft, Holiday spent three games on the 53-man roster as a rookie, playing in one contest. This season, he played in four Arizona games, including two starts, but did not catch a pass.

--- QB Joey Harrington, after arguably having the best game of his career against his former Lions team, regressed Sunday by throwing two costly interceptions in Miami's playoff death knell loss to the Jaguars. Harrington now has 11 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions this season, and 71 and 75 respectively for his career - a touchdown-interception ratio generally attributed to career backups.

--- DT Vonnie Holliday is getting lost in the shadow of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor's heroic exploits this season in Miami as he is quietly putting together one of the best seasons of his career at age 30. Holliday had a half sack and four quarterback hurries Sunday and now had 6.5 sacks, the most sacks since 2001 when he had seven for the Packers. His career high is eight, accomplished his rookie season in Green Bay.

--- WR Chris Chambers is coming off his first 100-yard game of the season with the Dolphins, but 42 of his 121 reception yards came in garbage time in the fourth quarter. Also, QB Joey Harrington seemed to be forcing the issue and both of his interceptions came on ill-advised throws to Chambers. Chambers did take blame for the pick in the end zone that eventually turned a potential 14-3 lead into a 10-7 deficit in the second quarter.

--- LB Zach Thomas, seemingly getting better with age, recorded 11 more tackles for the Dolphins last week, the 34th time in his last 43 games that he reached double-digit tackle totals and sixth time this year.

--- QB Chad Pennington went 25-for-35 for 263 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions against Green Bay. He was even better in the decisive first half, going 22-for-29 for 241 yards with both touchdowns and no picks.

--- QB David Carr has thrown just one touchdown pass in the last six games for the Texans. He has 10 for the season.

--- TE Owen Daniels hasn't caught a touchdown pass in the last five games. He had five touchdown catches in the Texans' first seven games. Last week was the third time this season that Daniels did not record a reception.

--- LB Morlon Greenwood is having his best season as a Texan. He is currently second on the team in tackles with 76. He also has one sack and three fumble recoveries.

--- QB David Garrard, who is fighting to win the starting job long-term with the Jaguars, has an 86.2 rating and a 4-2 record in his six starts. But he needs a strong finish to keep the job.

--- RB Maurice Drew is averaging 25.2 yards in kickoff returns and has kickoff returns of 30, 37, 40 and 50 yards for the Jaguars this year.

--- QB Jay Cutler had a rough starting debut against the Seahawks last week, and Mike Shanahan admitted he made the game plan too complicated. Expect a simpler approach this week at San Diego, which could help the rookie making his second start.

--- WR Brandon Marshall had a spectacular 71-yard touchdown in the final minutes against Seattle. Marshall, a rookie, is big and fast and the Broncos raved about him during the offseason workouts. Marshall missed most of the preseason with a knee injury but appears to be getting comfortable late in the season.

--- CB Champ Bailey had another interception against Seattle. It came in the end zone on a deep pass. All six of his interceptions this season have come inside Denver's five-yard line.

--- RB Larry Johnson of the Chiefs has fallen to No. 2 (behind San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson) in both rushing (1,312 yards) and yards from scrimmage (16,87, 149.5 a game).

--- QB Trent Green owns a 12-0 regular-season record at Arrowhead in December games since arriving in Kansas City in 2001. Green has a 112.3 passer rating in December games after throwing for 22 TDs with just eight interceptions in the often intemperate December climate.

--- TE Tony Gonzalez leads all NFL tight ends with 728 receiving yards and is second in receptions (57).

--- QB Philip Rivers battled the tricky Buffalo winds and came out OK. It was far from his best game as he completed 17 of 29 passes for 160 yards and a score - he also lost a football. Rivers managed the game well and didn't let his often inconsistent play hamper the other players. He continues to provide a leadership role that is beyond what was expected from a first-year starter.

--- RB LaDainian Tomlinson is two touchdowns shy of Shaun Alexander's single-season record of 28 after rushing for two scores on Sunday at Buffalo. The most impressive one was a 51-yarder in which he made S Ko Simpson look every bit the rookie that he is. Tomlinson has now rushed for 100 yards in six straight games and in seven games this season. Against the Bills' shoddy run defense, he collected 178 yards 28 carries.

--- TE Antonio Gates is getting back into the mix at just the right time for the Chargers. He was again a big part of the offense has he had game highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (90). He also added a touchdown. Gates is picking steam down the stretch. --- WR Keenan McCardell has done a good job of stiff-arming old age in his 15th season - until lately. After missing the previous game, McCardell was sidelined in the Bills game after aggravating his calf injury. He will be eased into practice this week, depending on how he feels.

--- FB Lorenzo Neal looks to be heading for another Pro Bowl as he continues to blow up blockers at the point of attack to spring Tomlinson. Neal even added eight yards on three carries last week, one that was good for a first down.

--- NT Jamal Williams was a force in the middle against the Bills, which allowed the linebackers to do their thing. But Williams also had six tackles, which is a high amount for someone basically asked to busy blockers until the back-end players show up. Williams is playing at a Pro Bowl level.

--- CB Quentin Jammer had an interception for the third straight game with the chargers and now has tied his career-high with four on the year. This from someone who had but one interception in each of the past two years.

--- OLB Shaun Phillips had another sack against the Bills, tying him with Shawne Merriman for the team lead at 10.5. Phillips' numbers should only go up with the return of Merriman, who plays opposite of him.

--- OLB Shawne Merriman showed no rust from missing four games on a suspension as he had two sacks, two forced fumbles and six tackles. His pressure on J.P. Losman was the reason Jammer got his interception.

--- QB Marc Bulger passed 15,000 career passing yards Sunday in his 56th game with the Rams, tying him with Dan Marino and Kurt Warner for reaching that milestone the fastest.

--- RB Steven Jackson had 96 yards Sunday and is over 1,000 (1,028) for the season. He also went over 300 touches from scrimmage with 239 rushes and 72 receptions. Jackson is on pace for 1,371 yards rushing to go with 96 catches for 622 yards. That would produce combined yards of 1,993.

--- WR Torry Holt went over 100 yards Sunday for the first time since Oct. 15, and has 910 yards for the season. That's a pace that would give him 1,213 yards for the season. Holt has a streak of six consecutive 1,300-yard seasons and has to average 97.5 yards a game over the last four games to reach 1,300.

--- WR Isaac Bruce has 867 career receptions and moved into seventh place on the all-time list. He also passed 13,000 yards for his career.

--- QB Carson Palmer for comeback player of the year? After his serious ACL-MCL injury in January, he has returned to start the first 12 games for the Bengals and throw for 22 touchdowns and 3,102 yards.

--- RB Rudi Johnson continues to provide balance in the run game for the Bengals high-powered deep pass game. He is on pace for 1,249 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

--- WR Chad Johnson's torrid November has him on pace to become the first receiver in franchise history to break 1,500 yards in a single season (1,528), which would guarantee him his fourth consecutive spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team.

--- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh continues to benefit from being the No. 2 receiver alongside Chad Johnson, who attracts heavy coverage. Houshmandzadeh, who missed the first two games with a heel injury, has 65 receptions -- more than eight a game, on average -- seven for touchdowns.

--- RB Cecil Sapp (fractured fibula) was placed on injured reserve by the Broncos.

--- DE Jason Taylor injured his right wrist late in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-10 loss to Jacksonville but returned to finish the game. Taylor finished with three tackles, two passes defensed, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.

--- K Josh Brown tied an NFL single-season record Sunday with his fourth winning field goal in the final minute. Brown had missed twice earlier in the game, but his 50-yarder with five seconds left was the difference for Seattle.

--- WR-PR Tim Dwight was placed on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in practice with the Jets. Dwight finished the season with 16 receptions for 112 yards, two rushes for 28 yards and 14 punt returns for 146 yards.

--- CB Hank Poteat made his second start with the Jets in his fifth game with the team. He is the fourth different Jets starter at right corner this season, along with David Barrett, Justin Miller and Drew Coleman.

--- WR Randy Moss had four receptions for 44 yards for the Raiders after having three receptions for 34 yards in his previous three games.

--- S Chris Carr, who hadn't had a punt return longer than 11 yards in five weeks, had a 34-yard return to set up Oakland's lone offensive touchdown against the Texans.

--- PK Sebastian Janikowski missed three field goal attempts in a game against the Texans for the first time since Dec. 22, 2001 when he was 1-for-4 in a 13-10 loss to Tennessee.

--- FS Marlon McCree is still paying the cost for playing in the second half against Denver on Nov. 19 with a calf injury. McCree was carted from the field in the first half of that game, but then returned for the second half. He has since missed two straight games for San Diego.

--- K Martin Gramatica missed his first field goal against the Giants but made his next three, including the game-winner. It was big for him, considering he had only kicked one field goal since 2004. He was out of football last season. "It's hard to believe," Gramatica said of his fine performance. "This was my chance and I want to take advantage of it."

--- RB Marion Barber led the Cowboys in rushing for the third time in the last four games. He had 12 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants. Those scores were his 10th and 11th for the season. The 11 rushing touchdowns are the most by a Dallas back since Emmitt Smith had 11 rushing touchdowns in 1999. Barber now has 13 total touchdowns on the season, the most by a Dallas player since Emmitt Smith scored 13 touchdowns (11 rushing, two receiving) in 1999.

--- TE Alge Crumpler established a new team record with his 16-yard touchdown catch against the Redskins, accounting for the 29th scoring reception of his career. It broke a tie Crumpler was in with Jim Mitchell for most TD passes caught by a tight end.

--- PK Matt Bryant made a 27-yard FG on the final play of the game against the Steelers to avoid the Bucs' third shutout in their last 15 regular-season games.

--- LB Joey Porter had his third two-sack game of the season against the Buccaneers. He leads the Steelers with seven sacks and climbed to fourth on the team's career sack list with 60.

--- WR Santonio Holmes may get his first start in his rookie season for the Steelers on Thursday night against Cleveland. Starter Cedrick Wilson has a sprained ankle that could keep him out.

--- CB Deshea Townsend recorded another sack Sunday against the Bucs, giving him 15.5 in his career. That's more than any other Steelers cornerback ever compiled.

--- LB DeMeco Ryans finished with 15 tackles, one sack for minus-8 yards, one quarterback hurry, one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in a dominating effort by the Houston rookie in a victory at Oakland.

. --- QB Byron Leftwich was placed on Jacksonville's injured reserve list Friday and is out for the season. His future with the team is up in the air.

--- QB David Garrard, Leftwich's replacement in Jacksonville, had his best game in the NFL against the Dolphins, passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns with a 136.4 quarterback rating.

--- P Sean Landeta has been dragged out of retirement to provide the Giants with some insurance in case Jeff Feagles's sore knee had prevented Feagles from playing, or playing well.

--- RB Shaun Alexander scored against the Broncos for his first touchdown since returning from a broken foot. His 1-yard run ended a string of 20 consecutive passing touchdowns for the Seattle offense.


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