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 23 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the 13th week of the regular season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Started | seven tackles (four solo, one for loss), pass defense, forced and recovered fumble
» On a fourth down completion with 1:27 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hill stripped and recovered the ball off Pierre Garçon to effectively end the game.
Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!
S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Started | three tackles (two solo)
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Started | nine tackles (five solo, one for loss), sack, QB hit
» After making a crucial stop for his team on 3rd-and-6 at the Chicago 14 with early in the fourth quarter, Bostic was flagged for taunting. It did not wind up hurting the Bears, however, as they picked up an interception two plays later.
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Two solo tackles
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | six solo tackles
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started | three solo tackles, pass defense, interception (13-yard return)
» Haden was emotional after allowing the game-winning touchdown on Sunday. He said the following to reporters. (The second half of his comments can be found in the video). “We f*ckin’ can’t stand losing. It hurts. To go out there, put my f*ckin’ heart out there every time, every time. And we end up coming up short. It was my fault right there on the touchdown. He ran a good route, good play, good offense, you know what I’m sayin’?”
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Reception for four yards; three kick returns for 59 yards (long: 24)
» Sunday was the first time Caldwell returned a kickoff of punt in a game since 2010.
RB CHRIS RAINEY, Indianapolis Colts:Two kick returns for 45 yards (long: 25), three punt returns for 29 yards (long: 18), fumble (recovered)
» Rainey played in a game for the first time this season.
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Started | two solo tackles
» Evans injured his shoulder during the game and did not return.
DT JAYE HOWARD, Kansas City Chiefs: Did not play
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Six carries for 21 yards (long: 6); solo tackle
» Gillislee took his first NFL carries and made his first professional tackle after being activated for just the second time this season.
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Solo tackle
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: 3/4 on field goals (long: 43, miss: 41), 2/2 on extra points; tackle
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Two solo tackles (one for loss), sack, QB hit, forced fumble
» Floyd registered the first forced fumble of his career.
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started | five tackles (four solo), pass defense
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Played as a reserve
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New York Jets: Played as a reserve
» Cunningham played in a game for the first time this season.
WR DAVID NELSON, New York Jets: Three receptions for 37 yards (targets: 8, long: 18) [team-highs]; solo tackle
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started | three receptions for 48 yards (targets: 6, long: 24)
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
DT RAY McDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started | solo tackle for loss, sack, QB hit
» McDonald returned to the field after missing two games with a high-ankle sprain.
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started | two solo tackles, two pass defenses
BYE / INACTIVE / INJURED (10)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Injured – hamstring
» Wright missed a game due to injury for the first time in the last two seasons.
LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Injured – ankle (injured reserve)
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Inactive
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – torn ACL and MCL (season)
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Injured – groin (season)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip
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*