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Yellow Jackets In the NFL Update

Oct. 18, 2010

Next game: Saturday vs. Clemson, 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN)

Out of the four juniors who left early for the NFL earlier this year, only Demaryius Thomas is currently seeing action. Jonathan Dwyer is healthy, but has not seen action. Morgan Burnett and Derrick Morgan are both out with torn ACLs.

Others are injured, too. New Orleans Saints safety Chris Reis is out after having shoulder surgery. New England Patriots defensive tackle Darryl Richard has been on injured reserve all season. Detroit Lions defensive back Jahi Word-Daniels has been on the IR all season as well.

Among the healthy former Yellow Jackets, Calvin Johnson and Dawan Landry had huge days on Sunday. Johnson had five receptions for 146 yards, including an 87-yard TD catch. Landry had 12 tackles for the Ravens.

One addition to the list: Andrew Gardner joined the Minnesota Vikings practice squad this week.

Here’s a look at how all 25 former Jackets did this week:

Keith Brooking, LB, Dallas Cowboys (1-4)
Recorded five tackles as the disappointing Cowboys lost at Minnesota.

Morgan Burnett, S, Green Bay Packers (3-3)
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 (3-3)
Recorded four tackles in Rams’ 20-17 win over San Diego.

Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys (1-4)
Second straight game without a carry in the Cowboys loss to Minnesota.

Mike Cox, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
Made his season debut with one reception for four yards in loss to Houston.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1)
Dwyer still making to look NFL career debut.

Andrew Economos, LS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Economos not to blame for Bucs’ huge loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Keyaron Fox, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1)
Had a pair of tackles in 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Andrew Gardner, OL, Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
Signed in October to be on the Vikings’ practice squad.

Gary Guyton, LB, New England Patriots (4-1)
Registered three tackles in 23-20 overtime win over Baltimore.

Anthony Hargrove, DL, New Orleans Saints (4-2)
Helped the Saints win big at Tampa Bay.

Will Heller, TE, Detroit Lions (1-5)
Saw playing time in Lions’ 28-20 loss to the New York Giants.

Cord Howard, OL, Buffalo Bills (0-5)
Bills head to Baltimore next week after Week 6 bye.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions (1-5)
Had five receptions for 146 yards including an 87-yard touchdown catch.

Michael Johnson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
After a Week 6 bye, Johnson goes against former teammate Vance Walker and the Falcons this week.

Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
Registered a season-high 12 tackles in overtime loss to New England.

Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans (3-2)
The rookie first-round draft pick is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Chris Reis, S, New Orleans Saints (4-2)
On injured reserve following shoulder surgery.

Darryl Richard, DT, New England Patriots (4-1)
On injured reserve this season

Daryl Smith, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
Played against the Tennessee Titans Monday night.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (2-4)
Had just one reception, but it was a beauty – a touchdown catch over the Jets’ Darrelle Revis.

Vance Walker, DT, Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
Recorded two tackles in the Falcons’ 31-17 loss at Philadelphia.

Philip Wheeler, LB, Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Recorded a pair of tackles in the Colts’ 27-24 over the Washington Redskins.

Ken Whisenhunt, Head Coach, Arizona Cardinals (3-2) Whisenhunt and the Cardinals head to Seattle after Week 6 bye

Gerris Wilkinson, LB, New York Giants (4-2)
Had one tackle in 28-20 win over the Detroit Lions.

Jahi Word-Daniels, DB, Detroit Lions (1-5)
On the injured reserve list after suffering a hamstring injury in the preseason.

Mansfield Wrotto, OL, Buffalo Bills (0-5)
After being released by Seattle, Wrotto is back with Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills, but he has not seen action yet.


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