Last night, much of the talk surrounding the 24-23 Cleveland Browns loss to Washington was about Johnny Middle Finger, but some former Auburn Tigers made an impact as well. Ben Tate led the Browns with 51 rushing yards on ten carries, including a 19-yard scamper. Teammate Karlos Dansby logged one tackle and four assists.
Sunday, Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton was back in action for the Carolina Panthers. Newton completed four of his nine passing attempts for 65 yards, without a touchdown or an interception, as Carolina beat Kansas City 28-16. It was Newton’s first game action since offseason ankle surgery. Rookie defender Dee Ford had two tackles, two assists and half a sack for the Chiefs.
The Houston Texans drubbed the Atlanta Falcons 32-7 over the weekend, and several former Auburn Tigers took part in the victory. Running back Ronnie Brown is back in the NFL and saw a handful of carries for Houston. Brown ran for three yards on six attempts and also caught a nine-yard pass. Linebacker Quentin Groves had a tackle, and Jay Prosch started at fullback, but did not record a statistic.
Tre Mason led the St. Louis Rams in carries and rushing yards for the second consecutive game. The rookie had 30 yards on 12 attempts. Linebacker Daren Bates accumulated three tackles for St. Louis and Ryan White added two tackles in the game for the Packers as Green Bay beat the Rams 21-7. Greg Robinson had a pancake block in the game.
Cody Parkey was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts for the Colts, including a 45-yarder in an Indianapolis 27-26 loss to the New York Giants. It will be a longshot for Parkey to make the squad since the team has Adam Vinatieri – one of the NFL’s all-time greats – on the roster, but a good showing for Parkey during the preseason could open doors elsewhere.
Cornerback Carlos Rogers tied for the Oakland team lead with four tackles and teammate Pat Sims had one for the Raiders in a 27-26 victory over Detroit. Nick Fairley recorded one tackle, and has since lost his job as a starter for the Lions.
Elsewhere, Jerraud Powers led the Arizona Cardinals with four tackles in the team’s 30-28 loss to the Vikings. Josh Byrnes assisted on a tackle for the Baltimore Ravens in the team’s 37-30 win over Dallas Ryan Smith had a tackle for the Cowboys. Jeremiah Ratliff produced half a sack for the Chicago Bears on Thursday against Jacksonville. Corey Lemonier recorded half a tackle for the 49ers in San Francisco’s 34-0 loss to the Broncos.