Former Cats recover from injuries in NFL week 7

By Ben Tompkins

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After two consecutive weeks of injuries to former UK players, week seven of the NFL saw no further damages done.

After getting an MRI and upon further examination, it has been confirmed that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb has a fractured fibula and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, per ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen.

Before exiting the game injured last week against the Ravens, Cobb lead all Packers receivers in yards and receptions. Until his return, Cobb’s statistics will read 29 receptions for 378 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Though Cobb was sidelined, teammate and punter Tim Masthay continued to lead the Packers special teams in the battle for field position in their 31-13 win over the Browns. Punting three times, Masthay averaged 30 yards per punt for a total of 90 yards.

On the road in Indianapolis, Denver Broncos linebacker and defensive captain Wesley Woodyard was benched for the second straight week due to stinger-like symptoms in his neck. Woodyard was limited in practice during the week leading up to the game-time decision that kept him from suiting up.

In the loss to the Colts, teammate and fellow linebacker Danny Trevathan combined for eight total tackles, six assisted, to remain the sole leader of tackles on Denver’s defense. As a first-year starter, Trevathan has notched 34 solo tackles and 15 assisted to combine for 49 total, plus three interceptions and a sack.

The final former UK player in Denver, tight end Jacob Tamme caught one pass for seven yards in the matchup with Indianapolis. On the year, Tamme has caught two Peyton Manning passes for a total of 12 yards. His role on the team is mainly a special teams player.

Buffalo wide receiver Steve Johnson was back in action on Sunday as the Bills pulled out a narrow victory in Miami, 23-21. After taking a week off to recuperate from a back injury sustained against the Browns in week five, Johnson caught six passes on 13 targets for 61 yards. Even after missing a week, Johnson still leads the Bills receivers in yards and receptions with 26 catches for 315 yards, plus two touchdowns.

Slowly building his numbers week-by-week, Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith contributed in a limited role in the team’s 34-22 loss to the Seahawks. Smith recorded no rushing statistics, but he did catch four passes for 30 yards. As the third option on the depth chart, the former UK running back has amassed 54 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while adding 62 yards through the air from nine receptions.

Larry Warford and the Detroit Lions lost a close game at home to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24. The rookie has been a standout addition to an offensive line that ranks fifth in the NFL in sacks allowed, only permitting defensive lineman to get to Matthew Stafford 10 times.

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters made one solo tackle in his team’s 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Through six games, Peters has made 12 solo and nine assisted tackles to combine for 21 on the year, in addition to two sacks.

After the Cincinnati Bengals’ upcoming game on Sunday, hybrid linebacker/defensive end DeQuin Evans will be eligible to return to play. Evans was suspended for eight games at the beginning of the season for violating the league’s drug policy.