Your Weekly Spartans in the NFL Report
Hondo S. Carpenter
As incredible as it may sound, the NFL season is nearly halfway over. Only one game remains in week eight as 2013 season quickly rolls along. Though a couple of Spartans have been bitten by the injury bug (Brian Hoyer, Jerel Worthy) this season, 14 remain on active NFL rosters, and 12 were in action this week.
LeVeon Bell has established himself as the Steelersâ€™ top option at running back. A decision that had to make the bookies happy.Â The rookie has become Pittsburghâ€™s trusted choice in the red zone, as he pounded in his third rushing touchdown of the season on Sunday during his teamâ€™s 21-18 loss to the Raiders. Bell also had 24 yards on 13 carries, as well as five catches for 27 yards. The bruising back now has 300 total yards on the season.
Miami punter Brandon Fields did his part, but the Dolphins could not stop the Patriots in the second half, surrendering 24 unanswered points en route to a 27-17 loss. Fields punted four times on Sunday, averaging 40.3 yards per boot. His longest punt went for 52 yards, and he also managed to pin New England inside its own 20-yard line once. Fellow Dolphin-Spartan Dion Sims recorded one catch for four yards in the contest.
Rookie Will Gholston saw some playing time for the Buccaneers on Thursday during a 31-13 loss to the Panthers, but did not record any stats.
The Bengal-Spartan duo of Kyle Cook and Domata Peko helped Cincinnati rout the Jets on Sunday afternoon, 49-9. Cook started at center, but did not make the stat sheet, while Peko notched two assists at defensive tackle. With his solid day against the Jets, Peko now has 21 tackles to go along with 2.5 sacks.
49ers tight end Garrett Celek played but did not record any stats during San Franciscoâ€™s 42-10 drubbing of the Jaguars in London on Sunday.
Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles was inactive for his teamâ€™s 15-7 loss to the Giants on Sunday. The second-year signal-caller suffered a concussion last week during Philadelphiaâ€™s 17-3 loss to the Cowboys.
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and the Denver defense shut down a potent Redskins offense, limiting Robert Griffin III to just 132 passing yards and Washington to 266 yards overall in a 45-21 Broncos win. Vickerson notched a tackle and a quarterback hit during the win.
The Broncos forced RG III out of the game in the fourth quarter with a left knee injuring,Â leading head coach Mike Shanahan to call upon the teamâ€™s primary backup quarterback, Kirk Cousins. The signal-caller struggled at times against the ruthless Broncos defense, as Cousins was pressured a number of times. He finished the game 5 of 9 for 48 yards and two interceptions, one of which came as a result of a teammateâ€™s error. RG III said heâ€™s feeling â€˜OKâ€™ after the injury, but Cousins might be called upon again for next Sundayâ€™s game against the Chargers.
Safety Trenton Robinson recently signed with Washington, joining Cousins on the Redskins. Robinson played during the loss to Denver, but did not have any stats.
Backup quarterback Drew Stanton did not play for the Cardinals during Arizonaâ€™s 27-13 win over the Falcons.
Playing on Monday Night: TE Kellen Davis, Seattle Seahawks
On Bye: WR Keshawn Martin, Houston Texans