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IDP Report - Week 16
Brent Clement
December 23, 2004

The Super bowl Edition of the IDP Report will be a little different than the past 15 weeks. This time of year is not about looking for prospects down the road, as the road ends this week for those owners who were skilled enough to get into their respective Super Bowl. This weeks IDP Report will focus more on an expanded number of players to start, and the injuries of note for Week 16

Key Injuries

Defensive Line

John Abraham is listed as out for Week 16. Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards hopes to have Abraham back next week to give him at least one full game of action before the playoffs begin.

Marcus Stroud has been bothered for weeks by a bruise on his knee. The injury has limited his mobility and ability to produce at the high level we are accustomed to seeing. He will play, but will again be limited this week.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is probable after suffering a stinger during Week 15. But he is undergoing more tests and may be a game time decision.

Linebackers

Brian Urlacher will be put on IR, his season is over.

Ray Lewis suffered a cracked wrist in Week 15. He is to be fitted for a splint or cast and is probable to play this week.

Monty Beisel suffered a left groin strain during Week 15's game against the Denver Bronco‘s, according to KCChiefs.com. He is currently listed as probable

Defensive Backs

Antoine Winfield says he will play in Week 16, but could be playing nickel back and is one small ding to that injured ankle from being out of the game.

Bob Sanders is doubtful for Week 16. He is to be examined by the team doctor and may be cleared to play this week, but is not considered a strong start if he does hit the field.

Top 20 for Week 16

Defensive Linemen
1. Charles Grant
2. Simeon Rice
3. Osi Umenyiora
4. Kevin Williams
5. Jason Taylor
6. Dwight Freeney
7. Shaun Ellis
8. Leonard Little
9. Kelly Gregg
10. Julius Peppers
11. Aaron Schobel
12. John Henderson
13. Greg Spires
14. Darren Howard
15. Patrick Kerney
16. Greg Ellis
17. Aaron Kampman
18. Alex Brown
19. Justin Smith
20. Marques Douglas

Linebackers
1. Donnie Edwards
2. Ray Lewis
3. Danny Clark
4. Dan Morgan
5. Jamie Sharper
6. Keith Bullock
7. Keith Brooking
8. Lance Briggs
9. James Farrior
10. Cato June
11. Brian Simmons
12. Nick Barnett
13. London Fletcher
14. Derrick Brooks
15. Tedy Bruschi
16. Nick Greisen
17. Dat Nguyen
18. DJ Williams
19. Brad Kassell
20. Karlos Dansby

Defensive Backs
1. Rodney Harrison
2. Kenoy Kennedy
3. Troy Polamalu
4. Terrance Kiel
5. Madieu Williams
6. Roy Williams
7. Adrian Wilson
8. Michael Boulware
9. Mike Doss
10. Sammy Knight
11. Chris Hope
12. Ronde Barber
13. Ed Reed
14. Darren Sharper
15. Corey Chavous
16. Will Demps
17. Terrance McGee
18. Will Allen
19. Brent Alexander
20. John Lynch

Next in Line

Defensive Linemen
CLE - Kenard Lang
DET Shaun Rogers
JAX - Marcus Stroud
CAR - Mike Rucker
DAL - Greg Ellis
STL - Tony Hargrove
MIN- Kenechi Udeze
DET - James Hall
ATL - Rod Coleman
PIT - Aaron Smith

Linebackers
KC - Kawika Mitchell
NYJ - Eric Barton
STL- Tommy Polley
PHI - Jeremiah Trotter
JAX - Akin Ayodele
MIN - EJ Henderson
STL - Pisa Tinoisamoa
WAS- Antonio Pierce
NYG - Carlos Emmons
SD - Randall Godfrey

Defensive Backs
CAR - Mike Minter
PHI - Michael Lewis
MIN - Bryan Russell
CLE - Robert Griffith
NE - Eugene Wilson
CAR- Chris Gamble
BUF - Lawyer Milloy
OAK - Stewart Schweigert
SEA - Ken Hamlin
JAX - Rasheen Mathis

Team Defense - Top 5 Plays of the Week

Miami vs. Cleveland. The Miami defense was the reason they beat the Patriots on Monday night, and should force multiple turnovers this week, and possibly score.

Buffalo vs. SF. San Francisco will have a tough time moving the ball on the Bills D, let alone score.

Washington vs. Dallas. Vinny is a turnover machine and Washington is very strong vs. the run. This also should be a low scoring game.

Philadelphia vs. St Louis. Usually facing the Rams offense is not a wise idea to start a defense, but the Rams without Bulger have been terrible, and even if he returns, which is expected he will be rusty.

Detroit vs. Chicago. Detroit is considered a strong play for one reason, they face the punchless Bears offense.