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 playoffs and how they fared in the Divisional round.
Malcom Brown, DT, New England—Brown had six tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss as the Patriots easily handled the Texans. He helped the Patriots limit Lamar Miller to just 73 yards on 19 carries in the 34-16 win to set up a matchup with the Steelers. The last time Brown faced the Steelers, in Oct. of this season, he had five tackles and he’ll have to play well in order to limit Le’Veon Bell in the AFC Championship.
Earl Thomas, S, Seattle—He’s out for the season, and so are his Seahawks now that they fell to the Atlanta Falcons 36-20 on Saturday. Thomas cracked his tibia on a play in the second quarter of Week 13’s win over the Panthers. After previously tweeting that he was contemplating retirement, Thomas put fans at ease when he tweeted on Christmas eve that he would return next season. He also made a little noise on Twitter as he watched the Patriots advance.
Tom Brady has the easiest route… put his ass in our division and see what he does!!! #salty!!
— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) January 15, 2017
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City—Charles was on injured reserve as his Chiefs came up short against the Steelers on Sunday night. He could have been activated in Week 17, but after the Chiefs activated Justin March-Lillard on Dec. 22 that move was off the table. He finished the disappointing season having played in just three contests, rushing 12 times for 40 yards and a touchdown. He’s under contract for another year before becoming an unrestricted free agent, but there are many concerns about his health entering next season.
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. The Chiefs are done for the season after losing to the Steelers 18-16. Johnson has two years left on his contract.
Geoff Swaim, TE, Dallas—Swaim suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 10. His recovery time will be about four months. He made six catches for 69 yards, including three first downs. The Cowboys bowed out in the Divisional round of the playoffs, falling 34-31 to the Packers. His run-blocking ability was definitely missed in a game that turned into a shootout. (He’s No. 87 in this clip from the Cowboys’ win earlier in the year.)
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 9, 2017
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