Jordan Hicks had an interception return for a touchdown on Sunday night, but he later tore his pectoral muscle, ending his great rookie season. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

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Longhorns in the NFL: Week 9

Posted November 10th, 2015

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Is there such a thing as a former Longhorn? These players will always be Longhorns to University of Texas fans, even though they’ve graduated to the next level of football. Every Tuesday, we’ll update you on how they performed the previous weekend. Here’s a look at the Longhorns in the NFL and how they fared in Week 9.

Jordan Hicks, Eagles linebacker—Hicks continued to impress in his bid for defensive rookie of the year as he made seven tackles and had an interception return for a touchdown, his first in the NFL, in the Eagles’ big Sunday Night Football win over the Cowboys. Unfortunately, that bid has ended as he’s been placed on IR for a torn pectoral muscle. Hicks finished his season with 50 tackles. He also had a sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Here’s his highlight of the season.

Keenan Robinson, Redskins linebacker—Robinson is second on his team in tackles, behind Dashon Goldson, with 56. He had seven tackles and a pass defended against the Patriots on Sunday.

Malcom Brown, Patriots defensive tackle—The run stopper had two tackles in the 27-10 win over Washington as the Patriots allowed just 37 yards rushing.

Malcom Brown helped the Patriots hold the Redskins to 37 yards rushing. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Malcom Brown helped the Patriots hold the Redskins to 37 yards rushing. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Phil Dawson, 49ers kicker—Dawson connected on his only field goal, a 44-yarder, in Sunday’s 17-16 win over the Falcons. He was two-for-two on extra points.

Kenny Vaccaro, Saints safety—He was tied for the team lead in tackles in the Saints surprising 34-28 loss to the Titans on Sunday. He had 10 tackles.

Michael Griffin, Titans safety—Griffin came out on top in a battle between Longhorn safeties as his team took the victory over Vaccaro’s Saints. Griffin did his part, leading the team in total tackles with 8.

Brian Orakpo, Titans linebacker—He had his most productive game of the season, recording two sacks, four tackles, a pass defended and three quarterback hurries.

Brian Orakpo sacked Drew Brees twice on Sunday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Brian Orakpo sacked Drew Brees twice on Sunday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Fozzy Whittaker, Panthers running back—He had two rushes for 13 yards, but gave way to Joe Webb and Ted Ginn Jr. in kick and punt return duties.

Henry Melton, Buccaneers defensive tackle—He had two tackles, a pass defended and a quarterback hit.

Sam Acho, Bears linebacker—The 27-year-old had three tackles in a nice comeback win over the Chargers on Monday night. He has 24 tackles on the year.

Brian Robison, Vikings defensive end—Robison had five tackles and two for loss in the Vikings narrow 21-18 win over the Rams. He also hit the quarterback once.

Lamarr Houston, Bears linebacker—Houston came up big in the Monday night victory over the Chargers, sacking Philip Rivers twice while recording two tackles.

Lamarr Houston sacked Philip Rivers in a comeback win for the Bears. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Lamarr Houston sacked Philip Rivers twice in a comeback win for the Bears. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tony Hills, Saints offensive tackle—Hills didn’t get any playing time as a backup tackle on Sunday.

Geoff Swaim, Cowboys tight end—The Cowboys opted for James Hanna as they fell to the Eagles. Swaim hasn’t played since Oct. 11 against the Patriots.

Jackson Jeffcoat, Redskins linebacker—In an odd twist, Jeffcoat, who hadn’t been listed on any injury report last week was placed on Washington’s IR before Sunday’s game. His thigh is listed as the reason for his move to the IR.

Colt McCoy, Redskins quarterback—Backed up Kirk Cousins in the Redskins’ loss to the Patriots.

Roy Miller, Jaguars defensive tackle—Failed to log a stat in the Jaguars’ 28-23 loss to the Jets.

Lyle Sendlein, Cardinals center—On a bye in Week 9.

Cory Redding, Cardinals defensive end—On a bye in Week 9.

Alex Okafor, Cardinals linebacker—On a bye in Week 9.

Quandre Diggs, Lions cornerback—On a bye in Week 9.

Justin Tucker, Ravens kicker—On a bye in Week 9.

Earl Thomas, Seahawks safety—On a bye in Week 9.

Derrick Johnson, Chiefs linebacker—On a bye in Week 9.

Marquise Goodwin, Bills wide receiver—He suffered a rib injury in Week 5, after coming back from a different rib injury sustained in the preseason, and was put on IR after missing Week 6.

Tarell Brown, Patriots cornerback—He’s done for the year with a foot injury, placed on IR.

Aaron Williams, Bills safety—On short term IR which means he won’t be able to return to action until Week 14.

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs running back—Torn ACL. He’ll be out for the rest of the year.

Mykkele Thompson, Giants safety—On injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.

John Chiles, Bears wide receiver—Currently on injured reserve.

Malcolm Brown, Rams running back—On the practice squad.

Adrian Phillips, Chargers safety—Currently on the practice squad, last played in a game on Oct. 4.

Jaxon Shipley, Cardinals wide receiver—Currently on the practice squad.

Carrington Byndom, Cardinals cornerback—Currently on the practice squad.

Chris Whaley, Cowboys defensive tackle—Currently on IR with a torn Achilles tendon. He missed his rookie season with a torn ACL.

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