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NFL Week 3 player of the week nominations
The third week of the NFL was one to remember. Some bigtime playmakers stepped up in crucial moments and now the NFL has released its player of the week nominations.

‡ Peyton Manning followed up his brilliant Week 2 performance against the New York Giants with an even better outing. Manning completed 27 of 43 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns passes against the Broncos on the road. ‡ They re calling Mark Sanchez the Manchise in New York after his performance against Miami on Sunday night. The Jets QB threw for three touchdowns for the second straight week, leading the Jets over the Dolphins 31-23. ‡ Maybe you haven t heard yet, but Michael Vick is back. Philly s QB carved up the Jaguars defense, throwing three touchdowns and running for one. Vick has made Eagles head coach Andy Reid look like he made the right decision, starting him over future-franchise QB Kevin Kolb.

Let s take a look at the players who make their living with the ground game.

‡ Chris Johnson is a man on a mission, saying earlier in the year he will run for 2,500 yards in 2010. Although the Titans RB isn t on pace, he led his team to a 29-10 win over the Giants. Johnson ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns. ‡ The Steelers are known for their stifling defense and their physical running game. Pittsburgh s running back Rashard Mendenhall absolutely went off against the Bucs on Sunday. The second-year back out of Illinois had 19 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown. ‡ Adrian Peterson had a monster day running for 160 yards and two touchdowns. AP had an 80-yard touchdown run that broke open a Vikings 24-10 win over the Lions.

Several key Cowboys dealing with injuries
During last week s win at the Houston Texans, three key players from the offensive side of the ball for the Dallas Cowboys dealt with injuries.

‡ Starting TE Jason Witten played through a sprained knee, the team s official website reports. Witten, who had an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, may be limited in practice during the team s Week 4 bye week. ‡ ‡ Starting LG Kyle Kosier suffered a sprained MCL against Houston and couldn t finish the game. Kosier was coming back from a knee injury which he suffered in the preseason. If he can t start after the bye, backup G Montrae Holland would start. ‡ ‡ Rookie WR Dez Bryant suffered a rib injury two weeks ago. He was listed on the injury report with the injury leading up to last week s game. The injury has been diagnosed as a stress fracture in his rib area. That type of injury can be very painful, but a player can deal with it by wearing extra padding or protection. Bryant played well against the Texans and didn t look to be limited by the injury.

‡ Chargers LB English out at least four weeks

‡ San Diego Chargers second-year OLB Larry English had underwent surgery on his foot and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks, the team announced.

‡ English, who was selected in the first-round in the 2009 NFL Draft, started the Chargers first two games, recording six tackles, half a sack and two quarterback pressures.

‡ With starting OLB Shawne Merriman (calf) left last week s game at the Seattle Seahawks early, so backup OLBs Jyles Tucker and Antwan Applewhite may have to see more snaps than usual against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

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Colts cut QB; Sanders and Gonzalez out again ‡ The Indianapolis Colts released QB Tom Brandstater off their practice squad. ‡ Brandstater, who was selected in the sixth-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, was claimed off waivers by the Colts on June 7. He was waived on Sept. 4, but signed to the practice squad the next day. ‡ In addition, the Colts announced that starting SS Bob Sanders (biceps) and backup WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) will not play at Jacksonville on Sunday.

‡ Seahawks make several moves ‡ The Seattle Seahawks, perhaps looking to improve their depth at few positions, made several roster moves on Tuesday. ‡ They signed veteran WR Brandon Stokley, G/OT Allen Barbre, and OT Breno Giacomini. To make room for all three players on the 53-man roster, the team waived OL Mansfield Wrotto, FB Quinton Ganther, and G Mike Gibson.

‡ Barbre and Giacomini last played for the Green Bay Packers. Barbre was Green Bay s fourthround selection (119th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft from Missouri Southern. He played in 25 career games with his seven career starts coming at right tackle last season. ‡ Giacomini was the Packers fifth-round selection (150th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Louisville. He has played in one career game, being active for three and inactive for the remaining 29 contests.

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