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Defense Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Aldon Smith, LB, SFX8/29/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Niners linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Insight: He won't make his first appearance until Week 11. Smith is extremely talented but he won't ever reach his full potential until he conquers some of his off-the-field demons. The 49ers defense is already without Glenn Dorsey (torn biceps) and Navorro Bowman (knee) and fantasy owners should consider slightly downgrading their value.
Geno Atkins, DT, CIN8/21/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins (torn ACL) has been cleared to practice.
Insight: Atkins should be ready for Week 1. He is a premier defensive tackle and his return automatically makes the Bengals a better defense.
Brett Keisel, DE, ARI8/19/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is in Arizona to take a physical for the Cardinals.
Insight: The Cardinals are looking to find a replacement for Darnell Dockett after his season-ending knee injury. Keisel has played in a 3-4 defense and at 35-years-old may have something left in the tank.
Darnell Dockett, DT, ARI8/19/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals confirmed that Darnell Dockett has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the entire 2014 season, according to Bob McManaman, azcentral sports.
Insight: Arizona's defense ranked sixth in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed last season, but top linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended for the entire 2014 season for substance abuse, safety Tyrann Mathieu is coming back from a torn ACL and now Dockett is done for the year. Be careful not to overvalue them on draft day.
Darnell Dockett, DT, ARI8/18/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: According to foxsports.com, the Cardinals believe that Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Monday's practice.
Insight: Arizona's defense ranked sixth in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed last season, but top linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended for the entire 2014 season for substance abuse, safety Tyrann Mathieu is coming back from a torn ACL and now Dockett could be done for the year.
Kevin Minter, LB, ARI8/18/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starting inside linebacker Kevin Minter has been dealing with a pectoral injury and may miss the remainder of the preseason, according to Mike Jurecki of 910 AM in Phoenix.
Insight: The Cardinals defense was very good last season, but they lost both starting inside linebackers (Daryl Washington to suspension, Karlos Dansby to free agency) in the offseason. Whether the remaining group can play at previously high levels in questionable.
Manti Te'o, LB, SDC8/17/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: San Diego second-year linebacker Manti Te'o suffered a left foot sprain in the Chargers preseason game against Seattle, according to a Union-Tribune San Diego report
Insight: He missed five games last season after injuring his right foot versus the seahawks last preseason, but the team hopes this isn't as bad.
Cary Williams, DB, PHI8/17/2014 3:07:00 PM
Description: Eagles DB Cary Williams was injured (hamstring) on his 77-yard interception return in the first half of Friday night's game.
Insight: Williams should be ready for the start of the regular season, but don't expect him next Thursday against Pittsburgh. The Eagles have given up 625 net passing yards in two preseason games and can ill-afford any injuries in the defensive backfield.