Defense Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Arthur Jones, DE, IND9/15/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Colts DE Arthur Jones was carted to the locker room with what is being called a high-ankle sprain.
Insight: He will not return. Ricky Jean-Francois will likely see more playing time.
John Abraham, DE, ARI9/15/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals rush linebacker John Abraham has passed his concussion test and is expected to return to the team on Tuesday, according to Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910.
Insight: Abraham's status is up in the air for Week 3, but it appears he's not going to retire over this concussion.
J.J. Watt, DE, HOU9/14/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Is Texans defensive end J.J. Watt the next Mike Vrabel?
Insight: The Patriots linebacker made a name on offense as well as defense with 10 career receptions ... all for touchdowns. After Sunday, Watt has one catch for one yard and one touchdown.
Eric Berry, DB, KAN9/14/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Chiefs SS Eric Berry left Sunday's game with an ankle injury and is not expected to return.
Insight: Just what the Chiefs need, an injury to the secondary while facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN9/14/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict left Week 2 game with Atlanta due to a neck stinger.
Insight: Burfict was forced out of the season opener after a blow to the head. He will not return and this is quickly becoming a recurring theme. Can he stay healthy and on the field?
Jon Beason, LB, NYG9/14/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: New York linebacker Jon Beason left the game against Arizona due to a toe injury.
Insight: He missed most of the preseason due to a torn ligament and fractured bone in his toe and if this is a recurrence then he could be out for a while.
Justin Gilbert, DB, CLE9/14/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Saints with a head injury.
Insight: Gilbert played much better before he exited versus New Orleans after a very rough NFL debut in Pittsburgh. Buster Skrine and Robert Nelson will fill in for Gilbert, playing opposite Joe Haden.
Greg Hardy, DE, CAR9/14/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play in Week 2 while he appeals domestic violence incident.
Insight: The pressure was too much for Panthers management and they will do the correct thing - sit him. Hardy's 15 sacks last season were a career-high.
Robert Quinn, DE, STL9/13/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Rams defensive end Robert Quinn signed a four-year, $66.575 million contract extension according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: The deal includes $41.2 million guaranteed and keeps Quinn in St. Louis until the end of the 2019 season. Quinn was an All-Pro last year and already has 34.5 sacks in 48 career games. He is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and is our guess to lead the league in sacks durin 2014.
Greg Hardy, DE, CAR9/12/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: It appears clear the Panthers will continue to allow defensive end Greg Hardy to play while he appeals domestic violence incident.
Insight: Jury trial is expected in November, meaning unless there is a change he's going to play for the first half of the season. Hardy's 15 sacks last season were a career-high. If there had been video of the incident ... who knows?
Justin Durant, LB, DET9/12/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant is expected to miss 3-4 weeks due to a groin injury.
Insight: Durant is Dallas' best linebacker with Sean Lee sidelined, so this isn't good. Kyle Wilbur and Rolando McClain will see a lot more playing time.
Chris Long, DE, STL9/10/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis DL Chris Long (left ankle) will need surgery and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Long on one side and All-Pro Robert Quinn on the other side made the Rams defense a strength. This is going to knock them down a peg or two. long is probably a candidate for the short-term injured reserve.
John Abraham, DE, ARI9/10/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Cardinals rush linebacker John Abraham has left the team due to a concussion suffered in Monday's game, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Abraham's status is up in the air, both for this week and for the remainder of the season as this certainly isn't his first concussion.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU9/8/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his knee.
Insight: This loss is huge for the Texan defense, which held Washington to six points in Week 1. The defense is built on pass rush with Clowney and J.J. Watt. For fantasy, Houston's defense takes a huge hit without Clowney.
Robert Mathis, LB, IND9/8/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis suffered a torn Achilles' tendon while working out in Atlanta last week and is out for the season.
Insight: Mathis was in Atlanta working out because of his suspension for the first four games of this season for violating the substance abuse policy. The Colts looked like they missed him as they put very little pressure on Peyton Manning Sunday night. Indianapolis will have to look for a pass rush somewhere else without Mathis this season.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU9/8/2014 12:12:00 AM
Description: Houston linebacker Jadeveon Clowney left the game with a knee injury and early reports is a torn lateral meniscus, according to Houston beat writer John McClain.
Insight: Inititial timetable for return is 4-6 weeks. McClain is usually on top of things, so we will go with this until we get an official update.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU9/7/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Houston linebacker Jadeveon Clowney left the game with a knee injury.
Insight: He is not expected to return. Clowney walked off on his own, so perhaps its not too serious, but we await further word.
Keith Rivers, LB, CIN9/7/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Bills linebacker Keith Rivers left Sunday's Week 1 matchup with the Bears due to a groin injury.
Insight: The Bills have ruled him out the rest of the game.
Derrick Johnson, LB, KAN9/7/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson may have suffered a torn Achilles, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Johnson plays at a high level and this would be a tough blow for a defense already without Joe Mays.
Chris Long, DE, STL9/7/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: St. Louis DL Chris Long left Sunday's game in the third quarter with a left ankle injury and is questionable to return.
Insight: Long was the second overall draft pick in 2008 and had double-digit sacks in 2011 and 2012, but was held to just 8.5 last season and was looking to rebound. This won't help.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN9/7/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict suffered a possible head injury in the second quarter against the Ravens on Sunday.
Insight: The injury seemed to come when Burfict laid a lick on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. It is a high possibility that Burfict suffered a concussion.
Koa Misi, LB, MIA9/7/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi has left the game due to an ankle injury. His return is questionable.
Insight: Miami is short-handed at the position with Dannell Ellerbe also sidelined in the game. The absence of two linebackers could allow the Patriots some running room.
Zach Brown, LB, TEN9/7/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Titans linebacker Zach Burns has left the game due to a shoulder injury.
Insight: He's questionable to return. Brown starts on the inside which won't help keeping Jamaal Charles under control.

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