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Week Two's NFL Ballers...
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season is in the books, Gator Nation. Two fewer players saw the field this past Sunday, 23 compared to Week 1's 25.
Percy Harvin had the biggest day out of the crop of former Gators, "balling out" in every aspect of the game.
The following players were inactive in Week 2:
- David Nelson, Buffalo Bills - Out for season with torn ACL.
- Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals
- Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns - Sidelined for first of four games.
- Andre Caldwell, Denver Broncos
- Jeff Demps, New England Patriots
- Justin Trattou, New York Giants
- Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
- Jaye Howard, Seattle Seahawks
- Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins
It's time to get into it folks. Here is a gallery of the players who hit the field this weekend, along with their production.
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Mike Peterson, Outside Linebacker - Atlanta
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The Denver Broncos came calling for a Monday night showdown with the Falcons in Atlanta. Mike Peterson and gang weren't having any of the Peyton Manning talk, and sent the Broncos back to Denver with a loss. Peterson saw action, but didn't record any stats.
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Deonte Thompson, Wide Receiver - Baltimore
Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Deonte was back on the grind Sunday, seeing playing time at wide receiver, however he failed to record any receptions. He did make an impact on special teams, returning three kick offs for 100 yards with a long of 49.
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Louis Murphy, Wide Receiver - Carolina
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Murphy saw playing time at wide receiver for the Panthers this past Sunday, however, he failed to make any catches. We are going to blame this one on QB Cam Newton. Come on Cam!
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Reggie Nelson, Free Safety - Cincinnati
David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
Reggie! Mr. Nelson was back at it again, holding down the secondary for the Bengals 34-27 win over in-state rival Cleveland. Joe Haden would have probably had something to say about this score if he weren't serving a four-game suspension.
Nelson started at free safety, recording six tackles total (four solo).
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Major Wright, Strong Safety - Chicago
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Strong safety Major Wright's six tackles (one for a loss) couldn't help the Bears overcome an anemic performance by Jay Cutler and the Chicago offense.
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Jeremy Mincey, LB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
It looks to be another long season for the Jags. Mincey, who started at defensive end, contributed five solo tackles (one for a loss) and a pass deflection in Jacksonville's 27-7 loss to Houston.
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Brandon Siler, LB - Kansas City
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That a boy Siler! Siler recorded one tackle on special teams, and while that doesn't seem like much, it is a 100% improvement in production from Week 1.
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Mike Pouncey, Center - Miami
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Pouncey mowed down the Raiders in Week 2, making way for Reggie Bush's 172 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also helped protect Tannehill, who threw for 300 yards. An all around good day for the Dolphins.
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Percy Harvin, Wide Receiver - Minnesota
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Mercy Percy! Have yourself a day. Harvin caught 12 passes for 104 yards (long of 20 yards). He also added 13 yards on the ground on two carries, and 78 yards (long of 50 yards) on two kickoff returns. No big deal.
Play on player!
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Jermaine Cunningham, LB - New England
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
The entire New England Patriots team was stunned by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Cunningham got the start, however he was not much of a factor, recording just one tackle in the Pats 20-18 loss.
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Aaron Hernandez, TE - New England
Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
AH has definitely seen better days than last Sunday. He left the game with a right ankle injury, failing to record any stats. Get better Hernandez, the Patriots are going to need you.
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Brandon Spikes, LB - Patriots
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
That a boy! B Spikes stepped his game up after a lackluster Week 1 (one tackle). Spikes was one of the bright spots for the Pats in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, recording seven tackles, forcing one fumble, and knocking down the quarterback twice. Not too shabby.
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Will Hill, DB - NY Giants
Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
Hill followed up Week 1's performance with a similar game in the Giants victory over Tampa Bay, recording one tackle on special teams. He also took snaps at safety, but failed to record any stats.
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Tim Tebow, QB/TE/Who Knows - NY Jets
Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Get this man the ball! Tebow rushed just one time for 22 yards. He just makes stuff happen, even only on one touch. The Jets lost to the Steelers, 27-10. Word on the street has surfaced that Tebow will be looking for a trade at the end of this season.
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Cooper Carlisle, Guard - Oakland
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Carlisle made the start at left guard for the Raiders on Sunday. It was not a good day for anyone donning the Silver and Black, to say the least.
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Chas Henry, P - Philadelphia
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Henry punted five times in the Eagles 24-23 win over the Ravens. He averaged 39.2 yards per punt, with a long of 56.
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Marcus Gilbert, Center - Pittsburgh
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Gilbert made the start at right tackle for the Steelers. He, along with former Gators Maurkice Pouncey and Max Starks, helped Pittsburgh defeat the Jets, 27-10.
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Maurkice Pouncey, Center - Steelers
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Pouncey started at Center for the Steelers, and helped lead them to a victory over the Jets.
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Chris Rainey, RB - Steelers
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Rainey contributed to the Steelers win from the back field, wide out position and on special teams. He carried the ball twice for three yards, caught one pass for five yards and returned one punt for 13 yards. Despite the limited output, it is still good to be Chris Rainey.
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Max Starks, Tackle - Steelers
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Big Max Starks is the veteran of the three Gators on the Steelers offensive line. He made the start at left tackle on Sunday, protecting Big Ben's blindside.
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Ray McDonald, DE - 49ers
Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
Ray, Ray! McDonald, who got the start at defensive tackle, disrupted the Lions attack all day on the way to a 27-19 victory for San Francisco. He recorded two tackles (one for a nine yard loss), one sack and a QB hit.
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Ahmad Black, S - Tampa Bay
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Production for Black was down this week, recording just one tackle against the Giants.
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Maurice Hurt, Guard - Redskins
Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
The Big Hurt saw time at both Guard and Tackle this weekend in the Redskins 31-28 loss to St Louis.
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