Dec. 18, 2012
Auburn in the NFL – Week 15
Auburn entered the 2012 season with 28 alumni on National Football League rosters, the eighth-best total among college football programs.
Devin Aromashodu (WR, Minnesota Vikings)
Did not feature in Minnesota’s 21-14 win over Chicago. Aromashodu has 11 receptions for 182 yards this season in 13 games, his fifth in the NFL and second with the Vikings. He has totaled 78 catches for 1,193 in his career.
Rob Bironas (PK, Tennessee Titans)
Had his lone attempt blocked in a Monday night win over the Jets, 14-10. Bironas has hit 24-of-30 field goals this season. He has hit on 85.5 percent of his attempts in eight seasons.
Ronnie Brown (RB, San Diego Chargers)
Missed Sunday’s loss to Carolina due to injury. Brown’s 13 rushing yards during week 6 put him over 5,000 for his career. He has played in 104 games in his career with 49 touchdowns.
Josh Bynes (LB, Baltimore Ravens)
Made his first career start and totaled a career-best 13 tackles in Baltimore’s 34-17 loss to the Broncos. Bynes has played in eight games with one start and totaled 24 tackles in 2012. He has played in nine games in his two-year career as a reserve linebacker with Baltimore.
Jason Campbell (QB, Chicago Bears)
Did not see action in Chicago’s 21-13 loss to the Packers. Campbell has played in six games in his sixth NFL season after being selected in the first round by Washington in 2005. He has two touchdowns and two interceptions in 2012. He has passed for more than 14,000 yards in his career with 76 touchdowns.
Karlos Dansby (LB, Miami Dolphins)
Six tackles and a deflection in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville, 24-3. Has recorded 111 tackles in 2012. A nine-year veteran, Dansby has more than 850 stops in his career. He’s one of just four active NFL players with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions.
Tristan Davis (RB, Washington Redskins)
Will miss the 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve on September 3.
King Dunlap (OT, Philadelphia Eagles)
Made his 10th start of the season on the offensive line in a 34-13 loss to the Bengals. He’s played in 12 games this season with 10 starts after missing two games due to a hamstring injury. Dunlap has played in 50 games in four seasons with 17 starts.
Nick Fairley (DT, Detroit Lions)
Missed Sunday’s 38-10 loss to Arizona with a shoulder injury. The 13th overall pick in 2011, Fairley has played in 23 games with seven starts in two seasons with the Lions. He has 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his sophomore season.
Mario Fannin (RB, Denver Broncos)
Will miss the 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on August 8.
Tyronne Green (OG, San Diego Chargers)
Missed his second-straight game due to injury. Green has started 11 games this season for the Chargers. He has played in 29 games in his career and started 26 times.
Quentin Groves (LB, Arizona Cardinals)
Held to one tackle after suffering a foot injury in Arizona’s 38-10 win over the Lions. Groves had totaled 20 tackles in the three previous games and averaged 6.5 tackles in his first four starts. He has a career-high 44 tackles (35 solo) and four sacks with one forced fumble this season in five starts.
Ben Grubbs (OG, New Orleans Saints)
Kept his streak of starts going at 14 in 2012 as New Orleans scored 41 points and earned a shutout for the first time in 17 years with the 41-0 drubbing of the Buccaneers. Grubbs has played in 88 games in his six-year career with 84 starts. He has started in every game he has played since 2008.
Josh Harris (DS, Atlanta Falcons)
Served as the long snapper for Atlanta as they shutout the Giants, 34-0. He has played in all 14 games in 2012 as the deep snapper. Harris is in his first season with the Falcons after being signed as a free agent. He has registered three special teams tackles this season.
Will Herring (LB, New Orleans Saints)
Posted two solo tackles in New Orleans’ first shutout in 17 years, a 41-0 win over Tampa Bay. Herring has totaled 130 tackles in his six-year career and has 12 total stops (nine solo) this season.
Brandon Jacobs (RB, San Francisco 49ers)
Will not play over the final two weeks of the season after being suspended by team. Jacobs is an eight-year NFL veteran and is in his first year with the 49ers after seven seasons with the New York Giants, including two Super Bowl victories. He has totaled five carries for seven yards this season.
Spencer Johnson (DE, Buffalo Bills)
Posted two tackles and his first sack of the season for Buffalo in a 50-17 loss to the surging Seahawks. Johnson has 16 tackles, one sack and two deflections this season and 300 total stops in his nine-year career.
Pat Lee (DB, Detroit Lions)
Had one tackle in Detroit’s 38-10 loss to the Cardinals. Lee has played in 13 games combined this season for the Raiders and Lions. He has recorded 33 tackles with four break ups, one interception and one forced fumble.
Sen'Derrick Marks (DT, Tennessee Titans)
Recorded three tackles and forced a fumble as the Titans defeated the Jets 14-10 on Monday Night Football. Marks has 35 tackles and one sack in 2012. He has played in 49 games in his four-year career with 24 starts. He has totaled 93 tackles and 2.5 sacks during his tenure.
Brandon Mosley (OG, New York Giants)
Will miss the 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve on August 27 with an ankle injury.
Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)
Led Carolina to its second-straight victory with 231 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Newton has passed for 7,502 yards in his first two seasons, second-most behind Peyton Manning (7,874, 1998-99). He has thrown for 3,451 yards with 18 touchdowns and rushed for 647 yards with seven scores in his second season after being drafted with the top overall pick in 2011. Newton has 60 total touchdowns in 30 career games. Sunday’s win over San Diego marked the fifth consecutive game in which he has not thrown an interception or lost a fumble. Newton has attempted 152 straight passes without an interception – breaking the six-year old Carolina record of 150 held by Jake Delhomme.
VIDEO: Newton Connects on a Pair of TD Passes FIRST | SECOND
Ben Obomanu (WR, Seattle Seahawks)
Placed on Injured Reserve on October 30 with a wrist injury. Obomanu played in eight games in 2012 and has played in 66 career games while totaling 87 receptions for 1,209 yards with seven touchdowns in his six-year tenure, all with the Seahawks.
Jerraud Powers (DB, Indianapolis Colts)
Placed on injured reserve on November 13 with a toe injury. He finished the 2012 season with 40 tackles and one interception in eight starts. Powers has started all 42 games in his career and registered 210 tackles with six interceptions in four seasons.
Jay Ratliff (DT, Dallas Cowboys)
Missed his fourth game in a row with a groin injury as Dallas defeated the Steelers, 27-24. Ratliff is in his eighth season, all with Dallas. He has started 85 games with 228 tackles and 27.0 sacks.
Carlos Rogers (DB, San Francisco 49ers)
Made his first interception of the season and posted four tackles (three solo) as the 49ers traveled cross country and defeated New England, 41-31. In his eighth season after being drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in 2005, Rogers has 48 tackles in 2012. He’s started all but three of the 96 games he played in since 2006 and was a 2011 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.
VIDEO: Near Pick-Six for Rogers
Pat Sims (DT, Cincinnati Bengals)
Did not record a tackle in Cincinnati’s 34-13 win over the Eagles. Sims has played in six games this season with eight tackles and one interception after returning from injury. A five-year veteran, he has played in 58 games with 23 starts.
Takeo Spikes (LB, San Diego Chargers)
Had his second double digit tackle game of the season with 10 stops in a 31-7 loss to the Panthers. The 15-year veteran has started all 14 games for the Chargers in 2012 and totaled 76 tackles (51 solo) with one forced fumble. Spikes has recorded 1,431 tackles in his 15 seasons in the NFL, the last two with San Diego.
Ben Tate (RB, Houston Texans)
Carried five times for 13 yards for the Texans as they clinched the AFC South title with a 29-17 win over Indianapolis. Tate has 255 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season for the AFC’s top club. For his career, the Maryland native has run for 1,197 yards and six touchdowns.
Neiko Thorpe (DB, Kansas City Chiefs)
Saw action in Kansas City’s 15-0 loss to the Raiders. Thorpe is in his first year in the league after signing as an undrafted free agent over the summer. He has totaled two tackles in seven games in 2012.
Lee Ziemba (OT, Carolina Panthers)
Will miss the 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve on September 3 with a knee injury.