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 week 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 14.
Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City—Johnson became the second lifetime Longhorn in as many weeks to suffer a season-ending injury. He ruptured his Achilles for the second time in three years in the 21-13 win over the Raiders. He finishes the season with 90 tackles, a sack and a 55-yard interception returned for a touchdown. The 12-year veteran seemed to be more motivated to return to action than Earl Thomas did a week ago.
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Keenan Robinson, LB, N.Y. Giants—Robinson made seven tackles in the Giants’ 10-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday night. He was second on the team in tackles as the Giants held the Cowboys to their lowest output of the season. He also had a pass breakup.
Brian Orakpo, LB, Tennessee—Orakpo and the Titans returned to action on Sunday, defeating the Broncos 13-10. Orakpo had four tackles and recorded his tenth sack of the season in the victory. He’s one sack shy of his career high of 11 which he set in his rookie year with the Redskins.
Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Indianapolis—Ridgeway had a career high five tackles and a sack as the Colts fell to the Texans 22-17.
Malcom Brown, DT, New England—Brown made four tackles and had a half tackle for loss as the Patriots held on to defeat the Ravens 30-23.
Justin Tucker, PK, Baltimore—Tucker finally didn’t convert on a field goal attempt though it wasn’t his fault. A perfectly timed jump by Shea McClellin over the deep snapper allowed the fifth-year linebacker to block Tucker’s 34-yard attempt in the first quarter. Tucker made three field goals on the night, including a 50-yarder. He’s 31-of-32 on the season and also connected on two extra points in the loss.
Jordan Hicks, LB, Philadelphia—Hicks made three tackles as the Eagles dropped their fourth game in a row. They’ve given up at least 26 points in each game in that stretch. Hicks has 68 tackles on the year.
Alex Okafor, LB, Arizona—Okafor played in about 20 percent of defensive snaps and failed to record a stat other than a fumble recovery he made on special teams late in the third quarter.
Sam Acho, LB, Chicago—Acho is Chicago’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award due to his work with schools and hospitals in the Chicago area. His work with Living Hope Ministries focuses on medical aid for people in need in Nigeria. Acho played in just six defensive snaps and 68 percent of special teams snaps.
Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina—Whittaker carried the ball three times for 15 yards in the Panthers’ 28-16 win over the Chargers. Whittaker also had a tackle on special teams.
Colt McCoy, QB, Washington—He backed up Kirk Cousins in Week 14’s win over the Eagles.
Brian Robison, DE, Minnesota—Robison had just one tackle but recorded his third sack in four games as the Vikings got a much-needed 25-16 win against the Jaguars. His seventh sack of the year came in Minnesota’s second win in eight weeks.
Phil Dawson, PK, San Francisco—Dawson had a rough day against the Jets, making just one field goal on three attempts, a 47-yarder. He connected on both extra point attempts. If he had made either of his 40-plus yard missed field goals, the 49ers could have avoided overtime.
Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles—Brown had four carries for 14 yards as the Rams were blown out by the Falcons 42-14.
Adrian Phillips, S, San Diego—Phillips had one tackle in the 28-16 loss to the Panthers.
Michael Griffin, S, Carolina—Griffin didn’t log a stat as he played in just 20 overall snaps, mostly on special teams.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo—Goodwin didn’t have a touch in the game and was targeted just twice by Tyrod Taylor.
Tony Hills, OT, New Orleans—He played in just seven overall snaps in the Saints’ loss to the Buccaneers. He had a crucial false start penalty at the one-yard-line on first and goal near the end the first half.
Kenny Vaccaro, S, New Orleans—Vaccaro dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension last week ahead of Sunday’s 16-11 loss to the Buccaneers. He’ll miss the rest of the regular season. A positive test for Adderall, a banned substance, is the reason for his suspension, according to NFL.com.
Quandre Diggs, CB, Detroit—Diggs was lost for the season in Week 13 due to a pectoral injury.
Earl Thomas, S, Seattle—Thomas cracked his tibia on a play in the second quarter of Week 13’s win over the Panthers. He nearly picked off Cam Newton on the play as he jumped and collided with Kam Chancellor. Thomas is even possibly contemplating retirement.
Donald Hawkins, OT, Carolina—He hasn’t had any playing time since Week 10.
Chykie Brown, CB, Cincinnati—He’s on the injured reserve list for the Bengals after a knee injury in Baltimore.
Geoff Swaim, TE, Dallas—Swaim suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 10. His season is over as his recovery time will be about four months.
Aaron Williams, S, Buffalo—Williams is on injured reserve due to another neck injury. He suffered the injury in the Bills’ loss to the Dolphins on Oct. 23. He is out indefinitely.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City—Charles was placed on injured reserve. He’s still able to return by Week 17, which would allow him to be available for the playoffs.
Roy Miller, DT, Jacksonville—Miller tore his Achilles and will miss the rest of the season.
Lamarr Houston, LB, Chicago—He tore his ACL in Week 2 and is done for the year.
Mykkele Thompson, S, N.Y. Giants—He injured his knee in Week 2 and was placed on injured reserve.
Trey Hopkins, G, Cincinnati—The third-year lineman is currently on the Bengals’ practice squad.
Duke Thomas, CB, free agent—He was signed to the Eagles practice squad after he had previously reached an injury settlement with the Texans before the start of the season. Philadelphia cut him from the practice squad on Oct. 21.
Carrington Byndom, CB, free agent—He reached an injury settlement with the Ravens before the season started and is free to sign with any team.
Cedric Reed, DE, free agent—Reed was cut by Miami before the season started and spent most of last year on the Bills’ practice squad. He’s currently a free agent.
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