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Abraham named defensive player of week

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three seems to be John Abraham's number of the week.

On Wednesday, the ageless veteran linebacker was named NFC defensive player of the week with his third team after recording three sacks in the Cardinals’ 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams. More importantly, those sacks helped Abraham leap Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neil into ninth place on the all-time sack list.

This was Abraham’s fifth weekly honor, his most recent coming in 2011 with the Atlanta Falcons. He also won the award with Atlanta in 2006, and with the Jets in 2004 and 2001.

Abraham, in his 14th season, has 11 sacks and four forced fumbles this season, giving him 133 and 48 for his career.

He is the third Cardinal this season to earn the weekly honor. Cornerback Patrick Peterson won the defensive nod after Week 4 and quarterback Carson Palmer the offensive honor after Week 12.