Your Weekly Update on Spartans in the NFL


Chris Baker has done well since leaving the Spartan Nation for the NFL.
Chris Baker has done well since leaving the Spartan Nation for the NFL.


  • In a duel between former Spartan tight ends, Chris Baker and the Seahawks triumphed, 23-20, over Kellen Davis and the Bears. Baker started and had one catch for 16 yards, while Davis played and had a special teams assist in the game.
  • Colts wide receiver Blair White caught one ball from Peyton Manning for nineteen yards in the team’s Sunday night 27-24 victory over the Redskins.
  • Defensive back Jeremy Ware played for the Raiders in a 17-9 loss to the San Franciso 49ers.
  • Both nose tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo of the Chargers and defensive tackle Clifton Ryan of the Rams were inactive for St. Louis’ 20-17 win over San Diego.
  • In the Ravens-Patriots game, there were three former Spartans on the sidelines. On Bill Belichik’s side was quarterback Brian Hoyer, who did not play. On the Ravens’ sideline was starting defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and starting wide out Derrick Mason, who racked up 100 yards on eight catches in New England’s 23-20 win.
  • Brandon Fields, the punter for the Dolphins, had four punts for a 41.8 average in Miami’s 23-20 victory over the Packers.
  • Former Spartans Drew Stanton and Julian Peterson both played big roles in Detroit’s 28-20 defeat at the hands of the Giants. Stanton came in for Shaun Hill, racking up 222 yards while converting on 19 of 34 throws, good for a 73.4 QB rating. He also had a touchdown of 87 yards to wide out Calvin Johnson, and an interception. Peterson recorded three tackles, two assists, and one fumble recovery.
  • Sunday’s Spartan showdown between the Jets and Broncos included three former Michigan State players. For Denver, both defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (one tackle in the game) and safety Renaldo Hill (one tackle, one assist, and a fumble recovery) started. For New York, Eric Smith had one tackle, a pass defensed and a special teams tackle. Smith and the Jets triumphed over Hill and Vickerson and the Broncos, 24-20.
  • The Browns and the Steelers each had a former Spartan player on the sidelines for the rivalry matchup on Sunday. Pittsburgh had starting right tackle Flozell Adams, while Cleveland had defensive end Robaire Smith (who was not active for the contest). Adams and the Steelers came out on top, 28-10.
  • Titans running back Javon Ringer picked up 42 yards on ten carries and also had a reception for eight yards in a 30-3 clobbering of the Jaguars.


  • C Kyle Cook (Bengals), DT Domato Peko (Bengals), WR Devin Thomas (Panthers), and C Chris Morris (Panthers) all had a bye week.
  • Note: Running back Jehuu Caulcrick was cut by the 49ers on October 14th.

Note: Browns DE Robaire Smith had a season-ending surgery on his back on Tuesday, and will be placed on Injured Reserve sometime this week.