The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 33 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 teams.
Eleven teams have multiple Florida players on their respective rosters including Miami (four); Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh (two).
Below are full game statistics for all 17 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the 12th week of the regular season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Nine tackles (three solo, one for loss), fumble recovery
» Spikes suffered a knee injury last Monday night and was downgraded to questionable before the game. After starting on the bench, Spikes totally turned around New England’s defense, helping hold Denver to just seven points in the second half.
Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!
S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Started | five tackles, four solo
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Started | five solo tackles
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started | five solo tackles
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started | three solo tackles, three pass defenses
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Played as a reserve
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Started | solo tackle
DT JAYE HOWARD, Kansas City Chiefs: Did not play
» Howard was activated for just the second game this season.
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Played as a reserve
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: 3/4 on field goals (long: 47); 1/1 on extra points
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Tackle
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Started | seven tackles (four solo)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Reception for four yards, touchdown
» Murphy’s touchdown reception was his second catch this season and first time crossing the goal line since Dec. 2, 2012. It was just his second touchdown in the last 28 games.
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New York Jets: Did not play
» Cunningham was signed by New York this week and activated for the first time.
WR DAVID NELSON, New York Jets: Five targets
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started | six solo tackles, pass defense
BYE / INACTIVE / INJURED (16)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Bye
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Bye
LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Injured – ankle (injured reserve)
RB CHRIS RAINEY, Indianapolis Colts: Inactive
» Rainey was signed by Indianapolis this week.
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Inactive – suspension
» Mincey was suspended for a violation of team rules. “I want to apologize to my family, teammates, and my fans for not being there when they need me. I will be a better man and more responsible,” Mincey said via Twitter.
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Inactive
» Gillislee is expected to be activated next week and over the remainder of the season after one of Miami’s running backs went down with a season-ending injury.
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Injured – illness
» Pouncey has missed consecutive games with an unspecified internal issue to his kidney and gallbladder. He had returned to practice and is expected to be back in the starting lineup next week.
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Bye
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – torn ACL and MCL (season)
DT RAY McDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Injured – high-ankle sprain
» McDonald has missed the last two games.
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Injured – groin (season)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Bye
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Injured – knee (PUP list)
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Injured – concussion
PRACTICE SQUAD (2)
OT Xavier Nixon* (Indianapolis), WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.* (Kansas City)
NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
Veterans: S Ahmad Black, OG Cooper Carlisle, P Chas Henry, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow, DE Justin Trattou
Rookies: WR Omarius Hines*, DT Omar Hunter*, DE Earl Okine*