Defense Player Notes For The Last 15 Days
Charles Johnson, DE, CAR 12/4/2013 2:44:00 PM Description: Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson will return from a sprained MCL Sunday night against New Orleans. SOURCE: Joe Person, Charlotte Observer Insight: The Panthers' vaunted defense didn't miss a beat without him. A win over the Saints would put Carolina in great position to secure a first round bye.
Sean Lee, LB, DAL 12/3/2013 7:05:00 PM Description: Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee expects to return Monday against Chicago. SOURCE: Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas Insight: Lee missed three weeks with a strained hamstring. His return would be a big boost to a defense that is 22nd in points allowed (25.2 ppg).
Brett Keisel, DE, PIT 12/3/2013 1:25:00 PM Description: Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel will not play in Week 14, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Insight: When Ed says it, it's usually true. Keisel has been dealing with a plantar faciitis issue and may be out for a while.
Zack Bowman, DB, CHI 12/1/2013 1:52:00 PM Description: Chicago cornerback Zack Bowman left the game early in the second quarter after a hard landing on the turf. Insight: Bowman's injury normally would warrant attention except that the bears are already without Charles Tillman and Major Wright.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, NYG 11/29/2013 3:18:00 PM Description: The Giants are going to be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul Sunday against the Redskins. Insight: Pierre-Paul is battling a shoulder injury. It's the first game Pierre-Paul has missed in four NFL seasons. Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks two seasons ago but is only on pace for three in 2013.
Tamba Hali, LB, KAN 11/27/2013 1:36:00 PM Description: Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali won't practice Wednesday but coach Andy Reid expects he'll play Sunday against Denver. SOURCE: Adam Teicher, ESPN Insight: Hali sprained his ankle during Sunday's loss to San Diego. He's had an excellent season (nine sacks, four forced fumbles) and should be headed to his fourth Pro Bowl in a couple of months.
Sean Lee, LB, DAL 11/27/2013 10:14:00 AM Description: Dallas star linebacker Sean Lee isn't likely to play Thursday in a Thanksgiving matchup with Oakland. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News Insight: He missed Sunday's game with a strained left hamstring. After Thursday, the Cowboys don't play again until Monday, December 9th. Lee should be back by then.
Tamba Hali, LB, KAN 11/25/2013 1:34:00 PM Description: Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (sprained ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Denver after avoiding the more serious high-ankle sprain, according to USA Today's Lindsay Jones. Insight: Justin Houston also suffered an injury on Sunday. Hali is the more likely of the two to suit up next week against Peyton Manning.
Justin Houston, LB, KAN 11/25/2013 1:30:00 PM Description: Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston (dislocated elbow) is doubtful for Week 13. Insight: Houston's elbow is still too swollen to get an MRI, so the exact extent of the injury isn't known yet. He has 11 sacks this season, but none in the last three games.
Justin Houston, LB, KAN 11/24/2013 3:02:00 PM Description: Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston is done for the day after injuring his elbow in the first half against San Diego. SOURCE: John Clayton, ESPN Insight: Tamba Hali is also out with an injury, which leaves the Chiefs without two of their best pass rushers. Houston had one tackle before leaving.
Tamba Hali, LB, KAN 11/24/2013 2:56:00 PM Description: Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali will not return to Sunday's game against San Diego. SOURCE: John Clayton, ESPN Insight: He suffered an ankle injury in the first half and had to be carted off the field. Hali has been a huge contributor for Kansas City this season with nine sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in his first 11 games.
Justin Houston, LB, KAN 11/24/2013 2:41:00 PM Description: Chiefs OLB Justin Houston left Sunday's game against the Chargers in the second quarter with an apparent elbow injury. his return is questionable. Insight: Houston has 11 sacks this season. With he and Tamba Hali sidelined, it's no wonder the team has no sacks in almost a month.
Tamba Hali, DE, KAN 11/24/2013 2:00:00 PM Description: Kansas City LB Tamba Hali left Sunday's game with San Diego due to an ankle injury. His return is questionable. Insight: He's been All-Pro caliber for the last few years and will be missed by the defense. Hali has nine sacks this season after 35.5 over the previous three campaigns.