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Yellow Jackets In The NFL Update

Dec. 15, 2010

Following the Dallas Cowboys loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week, Cowboys running back and former Georgia Tech star Tashard Choice asked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick for an autograph for Choice’s nephew.

Vick was clearly flattered. Choice’s nephew would soon be one happy little guy. But Choice was ripped by some Cowboys fans for the autograph.

Most of the talking heads on television – especially the former players and ESPN’s Mike Ditka – came to Choice’s defense as the autograph being “no big deal.”

While Choice was making noise off the field, other former Yellow Jackets had good weeks on the field:

WillHeller had what proved to be the game-winning touchdownreception in the Lions’ victory over Green Bay. Gary Guyton had an interception and returned a fumble for atouchdown as the Patriots’ improved to 11-2. Former Jacket receiverKen Whisenhunt, now head coach of the Cardinals, saw his team whipDenver, 43-13.

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

Keith Brooking, LB, Dallas Cowboys (4-9)
Recorded three tackles in a 30-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Morgan Burnett, S, Green Bay Packers (8-5)
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 (6-7)
Saw action in 31-13 loss at New Orleans.

Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys (4-9)
Had seven carries for 16 yards and one reception for 17 yards in loss to the Eagles.

Mike Cox, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (8-5)
Made second start of the season in 31-0 spanking by San Diego.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3)
Steelers rookie on the roster but listed as inactive.

Andrew Economos, LS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)
Bucs beat Washington 17-16 to stay alive in the playoff picture.

Keyaron Fox, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3)
Saw action in 23-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gary Guyton, LB, New England Patriots (11-2)
Had one interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown in beat-down of the Chicago Bears.

Anthony Hargrove, DL, New Orleans Saints (10-3)
Registered a season-high six tackles in 31-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Will Heller, TE, Detroit Lions (3-10)
His only reception was the game-winning touchdown against the Packers.

Cord Howard, OL, Buffalo Bills (3-10)
Made fourth start of the season in 13-6 victory over Cleveland.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions (3-10)
Had one catch for 44 yards and one 13-yard rushing attempt in win over Green Bay.

Michael Johnson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (2-11)
Recorded three tackles in 23-7 loss to Pittsburgh.

Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens (9-4)
Had seven tackles and broke-up a pass in overtime win over the Houston Texans.

Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans (5-8)
The rookie first-round draft pick is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Chris Reis, S, New Orleans Saints (10-3)
On injured reserve following shoulder surgery.

Darryl Richard, DT, New England Patriots (11-2)
On injured reserve this season.

Daryl Smith, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5)
Had a pass break-up in Jacksonville’s 38-31 win over the Raiders.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (3-10)
Inactive for the third straight week due to an ankle injury.

Vance Walker, DT, Atlanta Falcons (11-2)
Helped the Falcons win at Carolina and hold on to first place in the NFC.

Philip Wheeler, LB, Indianapolis Colts (7-6)
Had four tackles in the Colts’ key 30-28 win over division rival Tennessee.

Ken Whisenhunt, Head Coach, Arizona Cardinals (4-9) Cardinals whip the Denver Broncos, 43-13, head to Carolina this week.

Gerris Wilkinson, LB, New York Giants (9-4)
Helped the Giants get a 21-3 over the Favre-less Vikings in Detroit.

Mansfield Wrotto, OL, Buffalo Bills (3-10)
Started and helped the Bills beat the Browns.


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