There are two fewer Buckeyes on the NFL gridiron this week. Linebacker James Lauriniatis was waived by the New Orleans Saints from the Injured reserve list. Lauriniatis struggled with several injuries in his first season in the “Big Easy.” He’s eligible to be signed by another NFL team.
The week started of with some discouraging news for Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward. He will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Heyward has struggled with injuries throughout the season, as he only played 7 games. He was the Steelers most consistently productive player on defense this season.
Speaking of the Steelers, linebacker Ryan Shazier had a day back in the “Buckeye State” against the Cleveland Browns. Shazier had 7 tackles (6 solo), a sack, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 hits on the QB in Pittsburgh’s 24 to 9 win over the Browns.
Cleveland’s leading receiver Terrelle Pryor started well with a 38-yard catch to convert a 3rd and long on the Browns first drive. He finished with 5 catches for 97 yards in the loss.
Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys continue to surprise the NFL by extending their win streak to 9 games, which is a franchise season record. Elliott had 25 carries for 97 yards and 4 catches for 30 yards in the ‘Boys 27-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Elliott also made history passing Tony Dorsett for the Cowboys all-time rookie rushing record.
Fellow running back Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers had 86 rushing yards on 19 carries and 24 yards on 3 receptions 30-17 loss to the New England Patriots. Special teams ace Nate Ebner had one tackle for the Pats.
Ted Ginn Junior caught his first touchdown pass of the 2016 season on a 40-yard pass from Cam Newton at the end of the first half against the New Orleans Saints Thursday night. Ginn finished with 3 catches for 46 yards and 1 punt return for 13 yards. Safety Kurt Coleman had 9 tackles (7 solo), 1 forced fumble and 1 interception for the Panthers in the win.
Rookies Mike Thomas and safety Vonn Bell lined up on the other side for the Saints. Bell had 7 tackles, while Thomas had 5 catches for 68 yards in defeat.
Rookie cornerback Eli Apple had 9 tackles (5 solo) for the New York Giants in their 22-16 win over the Chicago Bears. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins 6 tackles (5 solo), a tackle for loss, a QB hit, and a half sack for the Giants in the win.
Malcolm Jenkins had 7 tackles (4 solo) for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 26-15 loss at the Seattle Seahawks. Safety Donte’ Whitner had 10 tackles (8 solo) for the Washington Redskins in their 42-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night football. Washington is
Braxton Miller and John Simon of the Houston Texans will play against the AFC West leading Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football in Mexico City.
Darron Lee, Jalin Marshall, Nick Mangold and Devin Smith of the New York Jets were on a bye and will lineup next Sunday against the New England Patriots. Rookies Joey Bosa and Joshua Perry of the San Diego Chargers were also on a bye, they’ll play at the 6-3 Houston Texans next Sunday. Bradley Roby and his Denver Broncos were on a bye and will play the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday night on NBC in primetime. Both teams are 7-3 and currently tied for 2nd place in the AFC West.