Even though these players didn't make the official list, they made their presence felt on the gridiron and created some big plays for their respective defenses.
Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs
The rookie out of Tennessee was impressive in the Chiefs 42-20 victory over Jacksonville, recording four tackles (all solo), an interception and a forced fumble. He has been a key to Kansas City's success on defense this year and is turning into quite the player.
Desmond Bishop, LB, Green Bay Packers
With the score 21-17 midway through the third quarter, the former sixth-round pick out of California picked off Brett Favre and scored the touchdown that proved to be the game-winner. He also had eight tackles (five solo).
Rocky McIntosh, LB, Washington Redskins
In a game where defense proved to be the difference, McIntosh shined, making eight tackles (six solo) with a sack and a forced fumble. The Skins just won't go away in that tight NFC East, beating Chicago 17-14 on the shoulders of one of McIntosh's defensive mates.