Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 8 (2012)

Now eight weeks into the 2012 NFL regular season, there are 32 former Florida Gators football players spread over 23 teams.

A total of 22 players participated in week eight action, many of whom had an impact on their respective team’s performance.

For the third-straight year, OGGOA has checked and re-checked the box scores to bring you a summary of what all of these Gators accomplished during the eighth week of the 2012 regular season.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Seven receptions for 90 yards (targets: 12, long: 32) [team-highs], touchdown (Video); carry for -1 yard; kick return for 43 yards^

Check out how the rest of the Florida Gators in the NFL played this week…

ACTIVE (22)
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Played as a reserve
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: No receptions (targets: 4), touchdown (fumble recovery)^
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Five tackles (four solo, one for loss), forced fumble^
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Eight tackles (five solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Played as a reserve
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Five tackles (four solo, one for loss), sack, QB hit
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Solo tackle
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Miami Dolphins: Reception for 30 yards (targets: 2)^
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Two solo tackles (one solo)
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Eight solo tackles [team-high], two pass defenses [team-high]
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Carry for two yards
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Target
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Four carries for 26 yards (long: 19); reception for -5 yards (targets: 2); two kick returns for 43 yards (long: 22)
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Three solo tackles
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Five solo tackles, two pass defenses [team-high]
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two solo tackles
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve

BYE / INJURED / DID NOT PLAY (10)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Bye
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured – ACL (season)
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Bye
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Bye
RB JEFF DEMPS, New England Patriots: “Injured” – leg (season)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Injured – ankle^
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Suspension – third of four games^
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – ankle
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Inactive
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive

^ NOTES
- Harvin has won or shared “player of the week” honors in six of eight weeks. He is the NFL’s leader in receptions and yards after the catch. Harvin is also ranked fifth in the league in targets and total receiving yards.
- Murphy recovered a Cam Newton fumble in the end zone for the touchdown; Wright forced the fumble.
- Gaffney was active for the first time this season.
- Hernandez did not travel to London, England desptie returning from injury and playing in each of his team’s last two games.
- Hill is serving a suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
P Chas Henry, TE Cornelius Ingram, QB John Brantley*, LB Andra Davis, LB Brandon Hicks, OT Phil Trautwein, DE Bobby McCray, DE William Green*, DE Derrick Harvey, DE Jarvis Moss, DE Justin Trattou, CB Lito Sheppard, DT Marcus Thomas, DT Gerard Warren

* Rookie

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