Defense Player Notes For The Last 15 Days
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU 10/20/2014 7:35:00 PM Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is out for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh. Insight: He was questionable coming in, but Houston did not see enough in practice to give Clowney the go-ahead. Consider him questionable for Week 8.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS 10/20/2014 1:14:00 PM Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a torn right pectoral in the game against Tennessee and is out for the season, according to ProFootballTalk. Insight: It'ss the third time this injury has happened to him, though the first two were on the left side. It's a huge blow to the Washington defense.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS 10/19/2014 5:32:00 PM Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a pectoral injury in the game against Tennessee. Insight: He'll likely have an MRI Monday.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN 10/19/2014 2:20:00 PM Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has left the Week 7 game against Indy with a neck injury. Insight: Burfict has been dealing with concussion and neck issues all season, though this looked like a stinger on a hit of Andrew Luck.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU 10/17/2014 7:18:00 PM Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) returned to practice on Friday. Insight: This was the first time he practiced since going under the knife after Week 1. He will be a game-time decision for Monday night's game against the Steelers.
Patrick Willis, LB, SFX 10/17/2014 6:19:00 PM Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) has been declared out for Week 7 against Denver. Insight: With the 49ers already missing Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith at linebacker, this is a huge loss for the team. Rookie Chris Borland will make his first career start.
Jimmie Ward, DB, SFX 10/17/2014 4:36:00 PM Description: 49ers safety Jimme Ward is expected to miss the Week 7 game against Denver. Insight: Anytime you are short-handed in the secondary while facing Peyton Manning its not a good thing. The 49ers are hoping Trumaine Brock will be ready to go.
Eric Berry, DB, KAN 10/17/2014 2:40:00 PM Description: Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) will miss Week 7 against San Diego. Insight: With Philip Rivers playing at an MVP level, it's not a good time for Berry to be out of the lineup.
Chad Greenway, LB, MIN 10/17/2014 11:02:00 AM Description: Vikings LB Chad Greenway hasn't played since Week 3 against New Orleans, but after practicing all week should be ready to go in Week 7.
Insight: Greenway's return will certainly be a boost to the Minnesota defense which is 22nd against the run and 11th against the pass.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU 10/15/2014 3:45:00 PM Description: Texans coach Bill O'Brien said there is a 50/50 chance outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney returns to the field for the Monday night game against the Steelers. Insight: Clowney has not played since suffering a torn meniscus in Week 1. J.J. Watt has been carrying the Texans defense, and he should be even more effective should Houston get back its second-best pash rusher.
Calais Campbell, DE, ARI 10/14/2014 9:11:00 PM Description: Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell has began jogging and is expected to return in Week 8 according to Fox Sports 1. Insight: Campbell sprained his MCL on a controversial low block from Broncos tight end Julius Thomas in Week 5. Ed Stinson, who started for Campbell this past week, will start again in Week 7.
Danny Trevathan, LB, DEN 10/14/2014 5:51:00 PM Description: The Broncos placed outside linebacker Danny Trevathan on injured reserve/designated to return. Insight: Trevathan can return to practice in six weeks, but he cannot return to the field until Week 15. Brandon Marshall will take over the weak-side linebacker position until then.
Patrick Willis, LB, SFX 10/14/2014 5:49:00 PM Description: Doctors have diagnosed 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis with a sprained toe, and he is "unlikely" to play in Week 7 according to Profootballtalk. Insight: Willis is seeking a second opinion. He would be a huge loss in Week 7 against the Broncos with the 49ers already missing Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith at linebacker.
Stephon Tuitt, DE, PIT 10/14/2014 1:19:00 PM Description: Rookie defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt is expected to move into the starting lineup after NT Steve McLendon suffered a shoulder injury and will not be avilable in Week 7. Insight: The Steelers are missing a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and the Browns took advantage in Week 6 as will teams down the road.
Steve McLendon, DT, PIT 10/14/2014 1:15:00 PM Description: The Steelers will be without starting NT Steve McLendon in Week 7 due to a shoulder injury suffered against Cleveland. Insight: Second-round rookie Stephon Tuitt is expected to get a start at DE with Cam Thomas moving inside.
Patrick Willis, LB, SFX 10/14/2014 11:49:00 AM Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis will have an MRI done Tuesday on his foot/toe. Insight: Willis left the stadium Monday in a walking boot. The 49ers are already pretty thin at linebacker missing Aldon Smith and Navarro Bowman.
Patrick Willis, LB, SFX 10/13/2014 10:28:00 PM Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis is out for the rest of Monday night's game against the Rams due to a toe injury. Insight: ESPN announcer Mike Tirico announced the injury right before a commercial in the third quarter. He did not reveal any more details than the injury and the fact Willis would not return. Check back for more updates.
Jerod Mayo, LB, NEP 10/13/2014 6:50:00 PM Description: New England linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) is out for the season, according to Adam Schefter. Insight: We still do not know the specifics of the injury, but it is reportedly extremely significant. Mayo will look to get back on the field at the start of the 2015 season.
Von Miller, LB, DEN 10/12/2014 3:24:00 PM Description: Denver linebacker Von Miller has been removed from Sunday's game with a possibly concussion. UPDATE: Miller has returned to action. Insight: He had a helmet-to-helmet collusion with Chris Ivory. Miller is undergoing tests, and his status will be updated soon.
Jerod Mayo, LB, NEP 10/12/2014 2:49:00 PM Description: New England linebacker Jerod Mayo has exited Sunday's game against Buffalo with a knee injury. Insight: Mayo was carted off the field and is not expected to return. he played just six games last season.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN 10/12/2014 2:09:00 PM Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has suffered a blow to the head and had left the game against Carolina. Insight: Burfict had a concussion earlier this season, so this isn't good news for the Bengals. He could be gone for a while. Vincent Rey will have to take over his role.
Danny Trevathan, LB, DEN 10/12/2014 1:49:00 PM Description: Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan was forced from Sunday's game against the Jets and will not return. Insight: Trevathan is one of Denver's best run stoppers, so this could be a huge loss, moving forward. He was removed with a left-knee injury.
J.J. Watt, DE, HOU 10/10/2014 9:49:00 AM Description: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt did everything he could to help bring his Houston team a victory, but ultimately it wasn't enough. Insight: Watt had four tackles, two sacks, three passes defended and returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown. It just wasn't enough to overcome Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.
Mychal Kendricks, LB, PHI 10/7/2014 12:56:00 PM Description: Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks returned to practice Tuesday, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. Insight: Kendricks' return would be a huge improvement on the defensive side of the ball, particularly against the run.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS 10/6/2014 9:33:00 PM Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo left Monday night's game against Seattle with an ankle injury. Insight: He is questionable to return, and it will be a big loss for Washington if he unable to do so. Rookie Trent Murphy replaced Orakpo at outside linebacker.