RB Ricky Williams (shoulder), Miami: A week after reaching the 1,000-yard mark, the 32-year-old Williams left the 27-20 loss to the Texans during the third quarter after injuring his right shoulder. Lex Hilliard replaced him.
Interesting stat from Week 16:
1,002 Career catches by Bills receiver Terrell Owens, who became just the sixth player to reach 1,000 during a loss to the Falcons. Owens joined Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Isaac Bruce on that list.
Whose performance in Week 16 puts them in the spotlight for next week?
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
America’s darlings when December began, the Saints survived at Washington in overtime thanks only to numerous Redskins mistakes and the next week at Atlanta thanks to Jonathan Vilma’s clutch fourth-down tackle.
But now there’s serious trouble in New Orleans.
The Saints followed a loss to Dallas that spoiled their perfect season with a shocking 20-17 overtime loss to a Tampa Bay team with a 2-12 record.
They Saints still likely will be the NFC’s top playoff seed, but they’re playing their worst football of the year with just one game left.
That final opponent won’t be easy, either: The Panthers have won three of four games and are coming off a convincing win over the Vikings and a rout of the Giants - not exactly a simple tuneup for the postseason.
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