The game that featured the most former Auburn Tigers NFL players this weekend was the Saturday night matchup between the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns. Ben Tate had only three carries for the Browns for five rushing yards and linebacker Karlos Dansby had a tackle and a sack for the Cleveland defense.
Rams rookie running back Tre Mason led the team with ten carries, including one that went 18 yards, but finished with only 29 yards rushing for St. Louis. Mason added seven receiving yards on two catches. Daren Bates had one assisted tackle for the Rams.
Things looked okay for Cam Newton in the box score following the Panthers’ 30-7 loss to the New Orleans Patriots (score aside – it was a pre-season game after all). The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner completed eight of twelve passes for 88 yards, without either a touchdown or interception.
However, Newton was constantly under pressure and was sacked three times and he briefly left the game in the second quarter after being shaken up on a scramble. It may have been that play that caused a hairline fracture in Newton’s rib – an injury that puts the start of his season into doubt.
Chris Davis returned two punts for the San Diego Chargers, one of which went for 11 yards. The rookie was credited with two assisted tackles and half a sack on defense in the 21-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Corey Leomnier had a tackle and a sack for San Francisco.
Elsewhere, Ben Grubbs was back on the field for the Saints, and he helped lead the way for an impressive New Orleans running performance in the first half. Jay Prosch doesn’t often show up in the box score for the Texans, but he helped Houston score their first touchdown with a punishing block. Cody Parkey kicked one extra point for his new team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Pat Sims and Neiko Thorpe each had a tackle for the Raiders, Ryan White recorded one tackle for the Cowboys, and Dee Ford was credited with one tackle for the Chiefs. Nick Fairley had one assisted tackle for the Lions, as did Jeremiah Ratliff for the Bears.
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