Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 17 (2012)

At the conclusion of the 2012 NFL regular season there were 31 former Florida Gators football players spread over 23 teams.

A total of 27 players participated in week 17 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 last week of the 2012 regular season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Two tackles (one solo for loss), sack, two QB hits, pass defense, interception (14-yard return) for touchdown [Video]^

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

ACTIVE (27)
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons~: Solo tackle
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens~: Four receptions for 26 yards (targets: 4, long: 11)^
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Three receptions for 57 yards (targets: 7, long: 34)
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Six tackles (three solo), fumble recovery
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals~: Five tackles (four solo), pass defense
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Six tackles [team-high] (four solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos~: Two targets; solo tackle
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Two tackles (one solo), QB hit
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Two solo tackles
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots~: Solo tackle
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots~: Five receptions for 44 yards (targets: 8, long: 14)
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots~: Started at linebacker
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Two solo tackles
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Hand-off
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Three receptions for 32 yards (targets: 6, long: 22)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Carry for two yards; two kick returns for 46 yards (long: 27)
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers~: Two solo tackles
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks~: Played as a reserve
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Solo tackle
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tackle, pass defense
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins~: Active – did not play
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins~: Played as a reserve

BYE / INACTIVE / INJURED (4)
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured – ACL (season)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings~: Injured – ankle (season)
RB JEFF DEMPS, New England Patriots~: “Injured” – leg (season)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – ankle (season)

^ NOTES
- The interception was the first of Dunlap’s NFL career and the touchdown was the second of his career (fumble return in 2011).
- Thompson was active for the first time since Week 5 and registered career-highs in targets, receptions and yards.

~ PLAYOFFS
- 13 former Gators are on teams participating in the 2012 NFL postseason.

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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