Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 16 (2012)

Now 16 weeks into the 2012 NFL regular season, there are 31 former Florida Gators football players spread over 23 teams.

A total of 21 players participated in week 16 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 16th week of the 2012 regular season.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Three solo tackles, interception [Video], two pass defenses^
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Six solo tackles, interception returned for touchdown (41 yards) [Video], pass defense^

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

ACTIVE (21)
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Played as a reserve
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Reception for five yards (targets: 2)
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Three solo tackles (one for loss), pass defense
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Five tackles (four solo), 0.5 sack, two QB hits, pass defense
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Four tackles (three solo)
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Two solo tackles (one for loss), sack, three QB hits, two pass defenses
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Solo tackle for loss
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Reception for 13 yards (targets: 5)
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Five solo tackles
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Active – did not play
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Reception for 18 yards (targets: 2)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Two targets; two kick returns for 67 yards (long: 34); solo tackle
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Five tackles (one solo)
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two tackles (one solo)
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Started at right tackle

BYE / INACTIVE / INJURED (10)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured – ACL (season)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Inactive
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Injured – ankle (season)
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Suspension – game 4/4^
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Injured – knee
RB JEFF DEMPS, New England Patriots: “Injured” – leg (season)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – ankle (season)
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Inactive
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive

^ NOTES
- Nelson’s interception came at midfield with 0:14 remaining in a tied game. Two plays later, Cincinnati kicked a game-winning field goal.
- Jenkins became the third rookie in NFL history to record three pick-sixes in a single season (Lem Barney, Ronnie Lott).
- Cunningham was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
WR Jabar Gaffney, 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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