Arnaz Battle, WR, San Francisco - Arnaz
started the year as the 49er's starting wide receiver but injuries only limited
to seven starts and nine total games. When he was playing he caught 29 balls
for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also harkened back to his QB days with the
Irish as he attempted and completed two passes on the year. Those numbers
aren't stellar, but combined with his blocking and willingness to go over the middle,
it was enough to satisfy the front office as he just signed a 4 year contract extension
worth $4.5 million.
Bertrand Berry, DL, Arizona - Berry suffered a season ending injury in the 8th game of the Cardinals season which cut short the production of one of the league's best pass rushers. He finished his abbreviated season with 33 tackles and 6 sacks.
Jerome Bettis, RB, Pittsburgh - While he still says he's undecided about retirement, today could be the final home game for the Bus and his 13 year, Hall of Fame-worthy NFL career. There are hints in the papers that the Steelers will honor Bettis somehow during the game. On the season he's played in 11 games and has tallied 327 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Jordan Black, OL, Kansas City - Black played in 15 games this season and started for the Chiefs when starting left tackle Willie Roaf missed three games with a hamstring injury.
Rocky Boiman, LB, Tennessee - The Titans linebacker played in 14 games this season and notched 25 tackles. Rocky will become an unrestricted free agent in March unless Tennessee signs him to a contract extension before then.
John Carney, K, New Orleans - In his 16th year in the NFL, Carney played in all 15 Saints games going 23-30 on field goals and a perfect 21-21 on extra points. It was a hectic year that saw the Saints play home games in San Antonio, but it was just announced that the Saints will return to New Orleans next season.
Deke Cooper, DB, Jacksonville - Deke recently was just replaced as the starting Jags safety -- a spot he took over when Donovin Darius went down with an injury -- but over the course of the season contributed to 45 tackles and 1 interception.
Glenn Earl, DB, Houston - After separating his shoulder in training camp, Earl battled back from the injury but still only played in 3 of the first 9 Texan games. However he worked his way up into the starting lineup a few weeks ago and now starts at strong safety. On the year he has 28 tackles and 1 interception.
Jeff Faine, OL, Cleveland - Faine had a rough end to the year as a torn bicep against the Raiders a few weeks ago ended his season. Faine started at center the first 14 games for the Browns before ending up on injured reserve, a spot where he's ended up the past 3 seasons. He was recognized by the team though and awarded the Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award for "conduct on and off the field and for the way he cooperates with the media".
Tony Fisher, RB, Green Bay - In an injury filled year for Packer running backs, Fisher started two games before it was found he was playing with a broken rib. He's back now but is splitting time with Noah Herron. On the season, Fisher has 157 yards rushing and 1 touchdown in addition to 42 receptions for 303 yards and another touchdown.
Mike Gandy, OL, Buffalo - After being released from the Bears, Gandy signed with the Bills and now has shed the injury-prone label as he has started all 15 games at left tackle for Buffalo.
David Givens, WR, New England - Combing with Deion Branch to form one of the better WR tandems in the NFL, Givens has continued his excellent play with the Patriots. He has started 9 games this year after missing three games with a knee injury but still has had perhaps his best year as a pro with a career high 58 receptions, 720 yards, and 2 touchdowns on the year.
Paul Grasmanis, DL, Philadelphia - A backup defensive tackle for the Eagles, Grasmanis was lost for the season due to injury after only 2 games.
Craig Hentrich, K/P, Tennessee - Hentrich continued his steady pro career with the Titans punting 73 times. He didn't kickoff for Tennessee like he has the previous two years, but did match his career punting average of 42.9 yards per kick.
Grant Irons, DL, Oakland - Playing at both linebacker and defensive end for the Raiders, Grant "Ironman" Irons played sparingly in 15 games this season and totaled 4 tackles. A hamstring injury will leave him on the bench for the final game of the season.
Julius Jones, RB, Dallas - With one game left, Julius needs 42 yards to reach 1000 rushing yards on the year for the Cowboys. If he does, he will become only the 5th Cowboy running back to reach this milestone and will combine with brother Thomas to form the first sibling pair to both notch 1000 yard seasons in the same year. He missed a few games with injury but did manage to play in 12, starting 11. On the season he has 5 rushing touchdowns as well as 33 receptions for 229 yards receiving.
Lance Legree, DL, NY Jets - Lance has started the past three games for the Jets at defensive tackle as starter Dewayne Robertson has been sidelined with a leg injury. Lance has 27 tackles this year and 3 sacks this year, and is still managing to stay postive despite the Jets' woes.
Sean Mahan, OL, Tampa Bay - A starting guard for the Bucs, Mahan has had a solid year starting all 15 games and helping the Tampa Bay offensive line develop some consistency.
Jim Molinaro, OL, Washington - Molinaro has only appeared in 3 games this season and has been in the inactive list for the past 8 weeks.
Luke Petitgout, OL, NY Giants - Petitgout has remained a stalwart at left tackle for the Giants and started 14 games this season after missing one with a back injury.
Mike Rosenthal, OL, Minnesota - Rosenthal started the first 10 games of the year for the Vikings at right tackle but lost his starting spot to Marcus Johnson. However, Johnson went down with injury and Rosenthal stepped back into the starting lineup last week.
Allen Rossum, DB, Atlanta - One of the NFL's better return men, Rossum has played in 10 games this year after missing two early in the season with a hamstring injury and the last three games with a knee injury. When back returning kicks he has 702 kickoff return yards on 31 tries and 17 punt returns for 145 yards.
Gerome Sapp, DB, Indianapolis - Sapp was a part time starter at free safety this year for the Colts. He has played in every game and tallied 31 tackles.
Hunter Smith, P/K, Indianapolis - Sapp's teammate, Hunter the Punter has contined his steady work for the Colts as one of the NFL's best punters. The Colts haven't needed a punter much this season, but Smith has still put up 47 punts at a 44.0 yards per kick average.
Justin Tuck, DL, NY Giants - In his rookie year Tuck has appeared in 13 games as a backup defensive end. In early December Tuck was nominated as a finalist for Rookie of the Week awards based on his performance against the Cowboys. Over the course of the season Tuck chalked up 26 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble.
Courtney Watson, LB, New Orleans - After starting the first 9 games at middle linebacker for the Saints, Watson injured his knee against the Bears in November and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Watson's disappointing year also included a DWI arrest in late October.
Anthony Weaver, DL, Baltimore - Battling injuries, starting defensive end Anthony Weaver only played in 9 games for the Ravens this season. His totals for 2005 include 29 tackles and 2 sacks.
Renaldo Wynn, DL, Washington - Wynn has played in all 15 games this year starting at defensive end for the Redskins. He has 26 tackles and a blocked field goal on the season.
Bryant Young, DL, San Francisco - A torn MCL kept Young out for a month but he has returned and hopes to start in his 13th game today. Despite the injuries, Young still managed to notch 30 tackles, 8 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Young is the only member of the 49er's left from the franchise's last Super Bowl win.
Practice Squad players - Carlyle Holiday was activated from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad for a week in mid-December but was deactivated a week later. Offensive lineman Jim Jones was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad last week and practice squad player Darrell Campbell was added to the Bears travel roster for today's game. Kurt Vollers spent time this year with the Colts and was called up from the practice squad and got into last week's game against the Seahawks.