The 2013 NFL regular season is two weeks away from kicking off on Thursday, Sept. 5, but 41 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 teams remained on rosters while the league participated in the second full week of preseason action from Aug. 12-19.
Thirteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters including Miami and Washington (four); New England, N.Y. Giants and Tampa Bay (three); and Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Seattle (two).
Below are game statistics for every player and select news updates on some Gators for the fourth full week of training camp.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started; three tackles (two solo, two for loss), two QB hits, two sacks
Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!
S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Six tackles (five solo, one for loss)
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Started; two tackles (one solo), pass defense
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S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started; three tackles (two solo), fumble recovery
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Four tackles (three solo)
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started; solo tackle, pass defense
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Target
LB LERENTEE MCCRAY, Denver Broncos: Two tackles (one solo)
WR OMARIUS HINES, Green Bay Packers*: Reception for seven yards (targets: 4)
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Nine tackles (five solo) [team-highs]
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle for loss, QB hit, sack
WR FRANKIE HAMMOND, Jr., Kansas City Chiefs*: Two punt returns for four yards
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Three carries for nine yards (long: 4); reception for no gain; two kick returns for 58 yards (long: 30)
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Solo tackle, forced fumble
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: Started; 1/1 on field goals (43 yards); 2/2 on extra points
» Sturgis won the starting job last Wednesday.
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Solo tackle
» Floyd, who injured his left knee during his first preseason game, is expected to miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing a procedure on his the extremity this week. Head coach Leslie Frazier termed it a “minor procedure,” noting that it was not arthroscopic surgery and Floyd should be ready to return for the season opener.
QB TIM TEBOW, New England Patriots: 1/7 for -1 yard, interception (QB rating: 0.0); six carries for 30 yards (long: 12)
» Though Tebow had a horrendous game on Friday, head coach Bill Belichick said Monday that he “definitely” thinks Tebow is improving week to week. “I think if you look at the entire week last week, it would look different than the game did,” he said.
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Two solo tackles (one for loss)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Three receptions for 20 yards (targets: 4, long: 9); carry for two yards; solo tackle
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Solo tackle for loss, two QB hits, sack, pass defense
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started; two receptions for 27 yards (targets: 2, long: 22)
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
LT MAX STARKS, San Diego Chargers: Started; solo tackle
DT RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started; solo tackle
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started; solo tackle
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three solo tackles
P CHAS HENRY, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three punts for 134 yards (long: 48)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 10/16 for 133 yards, touchdown, interception (QB rating: 83.6); carry for -7 yards, fumble
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve
» Hurt was removed from the physically unable to perform list.
OT XAVIER NIXON, Washington Redskins*: Played as a reserve
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Reception for eight yards (targets: 4)
DID NOT PLAY (8)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Injured – foot
» Thompson sprained his left foot last week and has not practiced in 11 days.
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Injured – concussion
» Dunlap was concussed at the end of July and missed two preseason games. He finally returned to practice but was listed as limited on Monday.
WR DAVID NELSON, Cleveland Browns: Injured – knee
» Nelson’s knee (which was surgically repaired following a torn ACL) flared up last week; he has missed both preseason games but returned to practice as a full participant on Sunday.
DE EARL OKINE, Houston Texans*: Inactive – precautionary
» Okine was activated off the PUP list at the end of July and held out of action.
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Injured – unknown
» Cunningham fell out of favor with the coaching staff last season and is likely on the verge of being released. He has not practiced or played.
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip
DT JAYE HOWARD, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – knee
» Howard returned to practice during the week but sat out as a precaution.
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Inactive – did not play
» Demps is still running track and has not reported to Buccaneers training camp.
NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
OG Cooper Carlisle, DT Omar Hunter*, RB Chris Rainey