Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 9 (2012)

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

A total of 17 players participated in week nine 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 ninth week of the 2012 regular season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Five tackles (four solo), two forced fumbles (neither recovered), interception (34-yard return) [Video], pass defense; on-side kick return for three yards

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

ACTIVE (17)
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Two solo tackles
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Reception for four yards (targets: 2)
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Two tackles (one solo)
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Four tackles (three solo)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Five tackles (three solo), pass defense
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Four tackles (three solo), pass defense
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Two solo tackles
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Played as a reserve
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Miami Dolphins: Two receptions for 27 yards (targets: 3, long: 18)
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Two receptions for 10 yards (targets: 6, long: 9); four carries for 24 yards (long: 15), fumble (lost); kick return for 39 yards; solo tackle^
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Target; trick play kick return [Video]^
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Carry for four yards; two receptions for -3 yards (targets: 3, long: 2), fumble (recovered); five kick returns for 173 yards (avg.: 34.6, long: 68)
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle

BYE / INJURED / DID NOT PLAY (15)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured – ACL (season)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Inactive
RB JEFF DEMPS, New England Patriots: “Injured” – leg (season)
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Bye
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Bye
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Bye
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Suspension – last of four games^
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Bye
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – ankle
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Inactive
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Bye
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Bye
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Inactive

^ NOTES
- Oakland had the chance to tie or take the lead with 2:42 left in the game when Black came down with the interception. Tampa Bay scored a touchdown three plays later and put the game out of reach.
- Harvin seriously sprained his ankle during the game. He returned but is doubtful to play in Week 10 against Detroit.
- Cooper had a trick play kickoff return for a touchdown called back due to a teammate throwing an illegal forward pass.
- Five Gators were listed as “inactive” this week, the most all season.
- 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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