Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 9, 2016)

“Zeke” scored 2 TD’s in his 1st trip to the Buckeye State as a pro, and celebrated by throwing up the “O”. Photo Credit: Cowboys.com

The current Buckeyes finally lived up to the potential that many in Buckeye Nation expected coming into the 2016 season with a 62-3 drubbing of 10th ranked Nebraska. While OSU fans enjoy the chase for the 2016 College Football Playoff, they can also take pride in the players who once donned the scarlet and gray now playing on Sunday’s.

Ezekiel Elliott made his first return to the Buckeye State as a Dallas Cowboy against the Cleveland Browns. Zeke had 2 rushing touchdowns to go along with 92 yards on 18 carries. He also had one catch for 5 yards.

On the other side, Cleveland Browns leading receiver Terrelle Pryor had 5 catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in the 35-10 loss. The Browns are now 0-9, while the ‘Boys have won 7 in a row and are 7-1 on the season.

Rookie Jalin Marshall scored his 1st career TD in a loss to the Dolphins. Photo Credit: Jets.com

A couple of former Buckeye wide receivers had big days on Sunday. Rookie Mike Thomas had 5 catches for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints in their 41-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. New York Jets rookie Jalin Marshall had 3 catches for 59 yards and caught his first career touchdown in the 27-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Ted Ginn Junior had 5 catches for 40 yards, and Corey “Philly” Brown had 1 catch for 11 yards and 1 tackle for the Carolina Panthers in the 13-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Cam Heyward’s return sparked the Steelers defense but wasn’t enough to get the win. Photo Credit: Steelers.com

On the defensive side of the ball, San Diego rookies Joey Bosa and Josh Perry had a tackle a piece for the Chargers in their 43-35 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Safety Vonn Bell had 6 tackles (4 solo) and a half sack in the Saints 41-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. His fellow Safety Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers had 7 tackles (6 solo) in their win over the Rams.

Cam Heyward returned to the Steelers lineup against the Ravens after missing the last 3 games. He had 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 TFL) while linebacker Ryan Shazier had 9 tackles (6 solo), a half sack, and a tackle for loss in the Steelers 21-14 loss at Baltimore.

Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby struggled against the Oakland Raiders. Roby had two key penalties for holding and pass interference that set the Raiders up for key scores. He also had 9 tackles (8 solo) and 1 sack.

New York Giants rookie defensive back Eli Apple had 4 tackles, and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins 2 tackles (1 solo) and a hit on the QB in their 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles (2 solo) for the Eagles in defeat.

On Monday Night Football, the Buffalo Bills take on the Seattle Seahawks. Defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and Quarterback Cardale Jones will suit up for the Bills, while tight end Nick Vannett and Safety Tyvis Powell will lineup for the Seahawks.

On the injury front, the New Orleans Saints placed 8-year linebacker James Laurinaitis on the IR, and San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde missed this week’s game—his second this season—against the Saints with a shoulder injury. He had started the first six games. Minnesota offensive tackle Alex Boone missed the Vikings 22-16 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions with shoulder, knee and concussion issues. Linebacker Darron Lee missed Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins with an ankle injury. He was the team’s leading tackler through the first 6 games of the season when he last played.

Braxton Miller and John Simon of the Houston Texans, Donte Whitner of the Washington Redskins and Mike Adams of the Chicago Bears were all on a bye this week.

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