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October 01, 2006|By Alex Marvez | Alex Marvez,South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Bengals' Odell Thurman and Chris Henry have company. Here are 10 other NFL players or coaches who also had rough weeks:

One

Al Wallace -- The Panthers defensive end was fingered by Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden as delivering the hit that ruptured quarterback Chris Simms' spleen last Sunday. Wallace learned of Simms' condition when the team returned to Charlotte that night.

"It kind of made me feel sick to my stomach," Wallace told The Charlotte Observer. "People go out and play this game. It's entertainment. You don't want to jeopardize anybody's life."

Two

Kellen Winslow -- Stemming from a taunting penalty he drew in last Sunday's loss to the Ravens, the Browns tight end said he is being targeted by officials because of the reputation he built at the University of Miami.

"It probably carried on from college," Winslow said. "[The officials say] `This guy likes to jaw. He likes to taunt players.' I can't do anything [about it]. It's just tough."

Three

Jeff Fisher -- Two fans created a Web site called firecoachfisher.com after Tennessee's 0-3 start. "It was kind of done to be humorous, but obviously we would like to see the team do better," co-creator Jonathan Tucker told The Tennessean.

Four

Kerry Collins -- One of Collins' Titans teammates lobbied for rookie Vince Young to become the starting quarterback. Linebacker Keith Bulluck told Sirius Satellite Radio he had "nothing against" Collins but sees Young as the franchise's future. "He brings energy to the whole team and that's something that we need," Bulluck said of Young.

Five

Hunter Smith -- Punters shouldn't talk trash. After all, they're punters. Smith, though, took a shot at the Jaguars last Sunday after the Colts' victory. Smith said that the Jaguars, who have committed four personal fouls in their past two meetings with the Colts, were "like the stand-up comic who can only use vulgarity and curse words because he lacks intelligence and lacks class ... They just don't have any material."

Six

Reggie Wayne -- The Colts wide receiver returned to practice Thursday, four days after learning that his older brother, Rashad, was killed in a traffic accident. Wayne is expected to play today against the Jets.

Seven

Tom Coughlin -- The Giants coach came under fire again after last Sunday's loss to the Seahawks when tight end Jeremy Shockey said his team was "outplayed and outcoached." Coughlin met with Shockey on Monday, but neither would disclose what was said.

Eight

Kurt Warner -- He said his emotions were "up and down" last week when ESPN inaccurately reported that the Cardinals were going to start rookie quarterback Matt Leinart. Warner was especially concerned about how the situation was affecting his family. "Your kids hear something at school," Warner said. "Your wife hears something. I tried not to turn that stuff on."

Nine

Ben Roethlisberger -- The Steelers quarterback is in a mini-slump for the first time in his storybook career. Roethlisberger has thrown five interceptions and no touchdown passes in two consecutive losses. "It's a weird feeling, but no excuses," Roethlisberger said.

10

Terrell Owens -- Need I say more?

Material from other NFL writers was used in this article.

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