This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.Another week, another top IDP goes down with an injury.
In Week 5 it was Mario Williams' turn, with the standout pass rusher suffering a season-ending pectoral muscle tear. It's a crushing loss for Houston, as well as IDP owners who benefited from Williams fitting into a defensive line eligibility loophole despite playing at outside linebacker. He had five sacks on the year before the injury struck, and was a candidate to lead the league in sacks at year's end.
Mild but nonetheless problematic injuries struck two other top IDPs, as Julius Peppers' already disappointing season was further disrupted by an MCL sprain, while promising Tampa Bay rookie Mason Foster emerged from the weekend with an ankle issue that has thrown his immediate availability into question. Also, Falcons defensive end John Abraham apparently suffered a hip injury in practice last week and ultimately missed the team's game against Green Bay as a result – his status is in question again headin
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