Yellow Jackets In The NFL Update

Nov. 30, 2010

Calvin and Michael Johnson – no relation, but both former Georgia Tech standouts – are working hard for teams that haven’t won often. The Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals are a combined 4-18.

Both Johnsons enjoyed big games this past week. Calvin had four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving Day. Michael had a career-high five tackles and two pass break-ups in yet another Cincy loss on Sunday.

In a league that includes 53 players with the last name Johnson, Calvin and Michael are standing out in 2010.

Here’s a look at how all 24 former Jackets did this week:

Keith Brooking, LB, Dallas Cowboys (3-8)
The veteran recorded six tackles and two pass break-ups in loss to the Saints.

Morgan Burnett, S, Green Bay Packers (7-4)
Burnett, who started the first four games of the season, is out for the season with a torn ACL.

James Butler, S, St. Louis Rams (5-6)
Helped Rams get important 36-33 win at Denver.

Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys (3-8)
His only rushing attempt Sunday was for a touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead of the Saints.

Mike Cox, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
Had one catch for 10 yards in 42-24 win at Seattle.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
Steelers rookie on the roster but listed as inactive.

Andrew Economos, LS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)
Tampa Bay still in the playoff hunt despite 17-10 loss to Baltimore.

Keyaron Fox, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
Had one tackle in 19-16 overtime win at Buffalo.

Gary Guyton, LB, New England Patriots (9-2)
Registered eight tackles, one sack, and a pass break-up in win at Detroit.

Anthony Hargrove, DL, New Orleans Saints (8-3)
Had three tackles in the Saints’ 30-27 win at Dallas.

Will Heller, TE, Detroit Lions (2-9)
Made one catch for 13 yards in 45-24 loss to New England.

Cord Howard, OL, Buffalo Bills (2-9)
Did not play for the third consecutive game.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions (2-9)
Had four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving Day.

Michael Johnson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (2-9)
Bengals stinking up the joint, but Johnson had a career-high five tackles and two pass break-ups on Sunday.

Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
The consistent Landry had five tackles in the Ravens’ 17-10 win over Tampa Bay.

Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans (5-6)
The rookie first-round draft pick is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Chris Reis, S, New Orleans Saints (8-3)
On injured reserve following shoulder surgery.

Darryl Richard, DT, New England Patriots (9-2)
On injured reserve this season.

Daryl Smith, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)
Registered four tackles in 24-20 loss at the New York Giants.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (3-8)
Inactive to due to ankle injury from previous week’s game against Rams.

Vance Walker, DT, Atlanta Falcons (9-2)
Played in Sunday’s 20-17 victory over the Packers, and now the Falcons are one of the favorites to play in the Super Bowl.

Philip Wheeler, LB, Indianapolis Colts (6-5)
Recorded a season high 10 tackles in 36-14 loss to San Diego.

Ken Whisenhunt, Head Coach, Arizona Cardinals (3-8) Cardinals fell Monday night to San Francisco.

Gerris Wilkinson, LB, New York Giants (7-4)
Saw action with no stats in 24-20 win over Jacksonville.

Mansfield Wrotto, OL, Buffalo Bills (2-9)
Made third consecutive start in the Bills’ heart-breaking 19-16 loss to the Steelers.

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