November 13, 2012
NFL Boilers: Edwards released
The Falcons released Ray Edwards on Monday evening, marking the end of a less-than-remarkable season-and-a-half tenure in Atlanta.
Edwards had very little production this season, during which he had gradually lost his starting job before almost falling out of the rotation all together. Atlanta media has labeled Edwards a bust, which is hard to dispute. He had only 3.5 sacks in his 25 games as a Falcon, after signing a $25-million free agent contract.
A day before pleasing the fans in the Louisiana Superdome with a win over Atlanta, Drew Brees spent time with one in particular.
The former Boilermaker QB met fan Katy Blake at the Saints' practice facility; Blake was paralyzed in an accident a couple years ago, and said she was inspired by Brees' book, which helped her through the dark times.
Rob Ninkovich is becoming of the best playmakers on the Patriots' defense.
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril hopes to be cleared to play this week after suffering a concussion at Minnesota.
He was injured in the third quarter and missed the remainder of the game.
Danny Watkins might be healthy this week after missing the last three Eagles' games with injury.
What's that mean?
Dennis Kelly might lose his starting spot, or he could move to his natural position at tackle.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 10 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (4-5, 38-23 win at Philadelphia; host Cleveland at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#8||QB||Kyle Orton||Reserve||Did not play||#93||LB||Anthony Spencer||Starter||4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QH, 1 FF|
New England Patriots (6-3, 37-31 win over Buffalo; host Indianapolis at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#90||LB||Niko Koutouvides||Reserve||None||#50||LB/DE||Rob Ninkovich||Starter||4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH|
San Diego Chargers (4-5, 34-24 loss at Tampa Bay; play at Denver at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#61||C||Nick Hardwick||Starter||Chargers gained 103 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks||#95||LB||Shaun Phillips||Starter||5 tackles|
Atlanta Falcons (8-1, 31-27 loss at New Orleans; host Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#93||DE||Ray Edwards||Reserve||1 tackle, 1 TFL|
Baltimore Ravens (7-2, 55-20 win over Oakland; play at Pittsburgh at 8:20 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#31||SS||Bernard Pollard||Starter||11 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH|
Chicago Bears (7-2, 13-6 loss to Houston; play at San Francisco at 8:30 p.m. Monday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#86||TE||Kyle Adams||Reserve||1 rec., 7 yards; 1 kickoff return, 15 yards|
Detroit Lions (4-5, 34-24 loss at Minnesota; host Green Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#92||DE||Cliff Avril||Starter||2 tackles, 1 TFL|
Green Bay Packers (6-3, BYE in Week 10; play at Detroit at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Season Statistics||#96||DE||Mike Neal||Reserve||6 tackles, 2 sacks in five games|
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8, 27-10 loss to Indianapolis; play at Houston at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#77||RG||Uche Nwaneri||Starter||Jags gained 37 yards rushing; line allowed four sacks|
New Orleans Saints (4-5, 31-27 win over Atlanta; play at Oakland at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#9||QB||Drew Brees||Starter||21-of-32 passing for 298 yards, 3 TDs / 1 int., for a 113.8 QB rating|
New York Jets (3-6, 28-7 loss at Seattle; play at St. Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#81||TE||Dustin Keller||Starter||3 rec., 47 yards|
Philadelphia Eagles (3-6, 38-23 loss to Dallas; play at Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#67||RG||Dennis Kelly||Starter||Eagles gained 91 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks|
Tennessee Titans (4-6, 37-3 win at Miami; BYE in Week 11)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Game Statistics||#66||OT||Mike Otto||Reserve||Titans gained 177 yards rushing; line allowed one sack|
Washington Redskins (3-6, BYE; host Philadelphia at 1 p.m. Sunday
|No.||Pos.||Player||Role||Season Statistics||#91||LB||Ryan Kerrigan||Starter||25 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 passes defensed and 1 int. (for TD)|
in nine games (nine starts)
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