Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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Longhorns in the NFL: Week 15

Posted December 20th, 2016

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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 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 15.

Brian Orakpo, LB, Tennessee—Orakpo had four tackles and a sack as the Titans defeated the Chiefs 19-17. His 11th sack of the season ties a career high he set in his rookie year. He has two more games to increase that total. He also had a pass breakup in the win.

Malcom Brown, DT, New England—Brown had four tackles, one for a safety, and a sack as the Patriots beat the Broncos 16-3. It was Brown’s first sack since he logged two on Oct. 9 against the Browns. That makes three sacks for him this season.

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Kenneth Dixon #30 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled in the end zone for a safety by Malcom Brown #90 and Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots during the first quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on December 12, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Kenneth Dixon #30 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled in the end zone for a safety by Malcom Brown #90 and Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots during the first quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on December 12, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Justin Tucker, PK, Baltimore—Tucker became the NFL’s most accurate kicker of all time on Sunday night as Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys went 4-for-6. Tucker went 2-for-2 with a long of 53 yards against the Eagles earlier in the day. He also connected on three extra points.

Jordan Hicks, LB, Philadelphia—Hicks was second on the team with five tackles, including a tackle for loss. The Eagles have lost five straight, mostly due to an offense that can’t get over the hump.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin takes the field prior to an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin takes the field prior to an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo—Goodwin had a better game this week, catching three passes for 43 yards as the Bills trounced the Browns 33-13.

Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina—Whittaker carried the ball three times for three yards and caught one pass for 25 yards in the win over the Redskins. He also returned a kick for 15 yards.

Brian Robison, DE, Minnesota—Robison had just one tackle as the Vikings fell 34-6 to the Colts. He also hit the quarterback once. Robison is set to make his 100th career start in Week 16. He’s in his 10th year in the league, all have been spent in Minnesota. He’s two sacks away from matching his career high of nine.

Keenan Robinson, LB, N.Y. Giants—Robinson had one tackle as the Giants held down the Lions, 17-6.

Sam Acho, LB, Chicago—Acho made his first tackle against the Packers after two weeks of not logging a stat. His Bears fell 30-27, however.

Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles—Brown had two touches for eight total yards as the Rams got creamed by the Seahawks, 24-3.

Michael Griffin, S, Carolina—Griffin made one tackle as the Panthers seriously dented the Redskins’ playoff hopes on Monday night.

Adrian Phillips, S, San Diego—Phillips had one tackle in the 19-16 loss to the Raiders.

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Indianapolis—Ridgeway didn’t log a stat and played in 29 defensive snaps.

Alex Okafor, LB, Arizona—Okafor played in 26 snaps on defense and special teams but failed to register a tackle.

Tony Hills, OT, New Orleans—He didn’t get into the game for the 48-41 win over the Cardinals.

Phil Dawson, PK, San Francisco—Dawson had another rough game, going just 1-for-2 on extra points.

Colt McCoy, QB, Washington—He backed up Kirk Cousins in Week 15’s loss to the Panthers. He managed to catch up with Fozzy Whittaker after the game, though.

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Donald Hawkins, OT, Jets—He hasn’t had any playing time since Week 10 and was signed by the Jets on Nov. 30 after being waived by the Panthers.

Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City—Johnson ruptured his Achilles for the second time in three years in the 21-13 win over the Raiders in Week 14. He finished the season with 90 tackles, a sack and a 55-yard interception returned for a touchdown.

Kenny Vaccaro, S, New Orleans—Vaccaro dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension ahead of Week 14’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.

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.

Quandre Diggs, CB, Detroit—Diggs was lost for the season in Week 13 due to a pectoral injury.

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, San Francisco—He was signed to the 49ers practice squad after Jimmie Ward went on injured reserve and Prince Charles Iworah was promoted from the practice squad. Thomas had signed with 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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