Woodyard Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week

October 31, 2012 10:34 AM

Woodyard Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Wesley Woodyard has no intention of slipping back into a substitute role when D.J. Williams returns from his nine-game, NFL-mandated banishment next month.

The Broncos have no plans of letting him off the field, either. He’s the first Denver defender to record 50 tackles with multiple sacks (three) and interceptions (two) before the midway point of the season. On Wednesday morning he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The fifth-year linebacker was a one-man wrecking crew in the Broncos’ 34-14 thrashing of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints last weekend, getting 13 tackles, two pass breakups, a sack and strip, and a game-turning interception.

“I noticed I was around the ball a lot,” Woodyard said.

The Saints managed just one first down, rushed for only 51 yards and didn’t reach the red zone until just before the two-minute warning Sunday night.

Woodyard was the biggest reason for that. Yet he’s not one to bask in the afterglow of his monster prime-time performance.

“I’ve still got a lot to do to get better,” Woodyard said. “It’s definitely one of the games I’ll look back on and say I made a lot of plays "

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