The Spartan Nation Weekly Update of Spartans in the NFL



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  • In the Lions’ 44-6 thumping of the Rams, there were three former Spartans on the sidelines. For the Lions, starting outside linebacker Julian Peterson racked up seven tackles, four assists, one sack, and two passes defensed while quarterback Drew Stanton had one pass for eleven yards (and also had three kneel downs at the end of the game). On the losing side was defensive tackle Clifton Ryan, who was not active for the game.
  • Recent Panthers acquisition Chris Morris was not active for the team’s 23-6 loss to Kellen Davis (who started at tight end) and the Bears.
  • Starting defensive end Robaire Smith of the Browns recorded two tackles, three assists, and one tackle for loss in the Browns’ 20-10 defeat at the hands of the Falcons.
  • Colts wide receiver Blair White had one special teams tackle in a 19-9 win over the previously undefeated Chiefs.
  • The Chargers, with Ogemdi Nwagbuo seeing action at defensive tackle, lost to the Raiders and former Spartan Jeremy Ware (who did not play), by the score of 35-27.
  • In a battle of Spartan alumni, Brandon McKinney, Derrick Mason, and the Ravens triumphed over Kevin Vickerson, Renaldo Hill, and the Denver Broncos. All four former Spartans started. For Baltimore, McKinney had one assist and Mason had three catches for forty-seven yards. For Denver, Vickerson had three tackles and two assists while Hill racked up four tackles and three assists.
  • Running back Javon Ringer picked up five yards on four carries and also had a reception for nine yards in the Titans’ 34-27 win over the Cowboys.
  • Both defensive tackle Domato Peko, who had a tackle in the game, and center Kyle Cook started for the Bengals in a 24-21 loss to the Buccaneers.
  • Safety Eric Smith of the Jets had one tackle and one assist in the team’s 29-20 victory over the Vikings in Monday Night Football.
  • QB Brian Hoyer (Patriots), RT Flozell Adams (Steelers), TE Chris Baker (Seahawks), and P Brandon Fields (Dolphins) all had a bye week this week.
  • Note: Devin Thomas was cut by the Redskins on Saturday and picked up by the Panthers on Monday.



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