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After missing the first four games of this season because of a substance abuse violation, and the fifth game because the Chiefs brass felt he wasn't ready, Chiefs CB Eric Warfield started Friday night against Miami. For leagues that must start a CB, Warfield has been a solid scorer throughout his career. Many considered Warfield to be the best player in the secondary last year, which admittedly might not be saying much. Warfield did not record any tackles or stats on Sunday…

After getting 5-2 tackles last week, I wrote that we should look for increasing numbers from Dolphins LB Channing Crowder. He had 7-2 tackles Sunday in their loss to the Chiefs…

Miami strong safety Tebucky Jones had season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Before he left he had 1-3 tackles and a sack. After a career year in New Orleans in 2004 where Jones had over 100 total tackles, Jones signed with Miami. He was off to a strong start again this year and was again on pace for over 100 tackles…

The early word has Jones being replaced by Yeremiah Bell. Bell was a sixth round pick by Miami in the 2003 NFL draft out of Eastern Kentucky. Bell was tabbed as the starter at free safety in preseason before he was beaten out by Lance Schulters. Some believe Bell is a more natural fit at free safety and he is not the hardest hitter around, but they don't have a lot of current options…

Vikings strong safety Corey Chavous is quietly having a solid season. One week after 5-2 tackles and his first interception of the season, the cerebral Chavous had 5-1 tackles in the Vikings come-from-behind win over Green Bay…

Colts DE Robert Mathis continues to amaze. Despite playing mostly on passing downs and special teams, he has been the top scoring DE in many IDP leagues. Mathis had his eighth sack of the season, which leads the NFL, and has recorded a sack in seven consecutive games, a team record. He also forced a fumble which led to a 37 yard touchdown return by DT Monte Reagor…

Imagine the kind of numbers Mathis might produce if he played more often…

Veteran safety Jason Simmons replaced C.C. Brown in the starting lineup for the Texans. The coaching staff believes they need more big plays from their safeties. It was also said to be an injury move. Simmons didn't make a lot of big plays, but he had 5-1 tackles. Brown owners should keep close tabs on this situation…

With LB Kailee Wong out for the season, Texans LB DaShon Polk had a team high ten total tackles. Take a long look at Polk if he is still available in your league…


Rams safety Adam Archuleta has been a playmaker this season. In Sunday's win, he had a pair of sacks and a recovered fumble to go with 6-1 tackles. He now had 3.5 sacks and an interception for the season…

When Redskins veteran DE Phillip Daniels recovered a fumble in the first half in Sunday's rout of the 49ers, it was the first turnover the defense generated since week one…

Cleveland CB Gary Baxter was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. He is one of the better cover corners in the league and he will be missed by the Browns. Look for Leigh Bodden to be his immediate replacement…

The Detroit Lions lost two Pro Bowlers on defense to injury Sunday. CB Dre Bly is out indefinitely because of a dislocated bone in his right wrist. It might need surgery. And DT Shaun Rogers is week to week with a sprained right MCL…

Despite having only two sacks for the season, Bengals DE Justin Smith has been a solid contributor for his IDP owners. The main reason is that Smith gets consistent tackle numbers. He had 5-2 tackles Sunday in Cincy's loss to Pittsburgh…

Redskins LB Lavar Arrington might be out of the doghouse now. Arrington, who had not played a down on defense in the last three games, led the team with 7-2 tackles. He played a little bit in the first half, and whenever he entered the game, the Redskins fans stood and cheered…

Benching the three time Pro Bowler has caused plenty of controversy with the rabid Redskin diehards. Some Redskin staff point to Arrington's recovery from two knee surgeries in the last 13 months as being the reason for his recent benching. Some league sources think it has something to do with Arrington's reckless playing style. But most agree there's much more to the situation than meets the eye…

Arrington became a local fan favorite early on in his career with his ability to register monster hits against the opposition. Arrington excelled both against the run and against the pass. It was Arrington's clean hit that effectively ended Troy Aikman's career. Between his abilities as a player and his charisma and charm in dealing with the public, Arrington became a household name for Redskin fans…

The honeymoon began to end when Arrington clashed with new Defensive Coordinator Marvin Lewis in 2002. Lewis felt that Arrington's role should be limited because of his coverage liabilities. Lewis also told Sports Illustrated that Arrington was the most undisciplined player he had ever coached. There was some scuttlebutt that Arrington's reckless play even cost the team a few wins…

Early in 2004, Arrington had a financial dispute with the team as it was believed he was owned money from his previous extension. At the same time, Joe Gibbs came along and hired ex-Bills Head Coach Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator. Williams uses a very disciplined form of defense, which is not exactly aligned with the way Arrington plays…

With the Redskins defense thriving in Arrington's absence during his recovery from knee surgeries, Williams declared that for Arrington to play again he'd better play more disciplined. The financial dispute grew and both parties were seemingly unhappy with the other. It was finally settled in preseason of this year, and Arrington did not receive any more money from the dispute…

After playing some in the opener, Arrington barely saw the field the next two games and his agent asked that he be able to shop Arrington to other teams. The team denied the request. Arrington was listed as inactive for the next game. He didn't play a down on defense the game after that. Arrington believed his lack of play was retribution from owner Dan Snyder for the financial dispute. Regardless, Arrington played Sunday, and played well. We'll see what the future brings for Arrington in Washington. But if he continues to play as well as he did Sunday, I'd think he sees the field more and more…

Eagles MLB Jeremiah Trotter was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Week after getting 5-4 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble. After a disappointing season in 2004 where Trotter did not play as many downs and started to look a little old on the field, Trotter seems back on track and has 37 total tackles in the last four games…

Arizona LB Karlos Dansby continues to put up very good numbers, especially for a strong side safety. On Sunday, he had 11 total tackles, a sack and a forced and recovered fumble. Dansby definitely has an impressive knack for being a playmaker…

In his previous 35 NFL games prior to this season, Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch had four sacks. IN seven games this year, he has seven and a half sacks…

Raiders DE Derrick Burgess is finally making a believer out of me. It only took getting two sacks in each of the last three games. He now has seven for the season. Coach Norm Turner gave much of the credit of Burgess' sacks to the interior linemen, but you simply can't ignore what Burgess has done recently…

Falcons LB Demorrio Williams is simply having a great season. On Sunday he had 10-0 tackles and a sack. He's on pace for over 130 tackles for the season and he has three sacks and an interception. If for some strange reason he's still flying under the radar in your league, do what you can to get him…

Until next week…

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