Cobb, Trevathan, Woodyard among ex-Cats who standout in Week 1

By Ben Tompkins

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Several former Cats played key roles for their teams in week one of the National Football League.

Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan started at outside linebacker in a 49-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. On his way to four solo tackles, Trevathan nabbed a Joe Flacco pass and as he was crossing the goal line after a 29-yard interception return, Trevathan dropped the ball prematurely and the ball fell in the end-zone. Upon further review, the play was ruled a touchback and the Ravens gained possession.

Denver middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who started alongside Trevathan, made 10 total tackles, and would also record half of a sack. Woodyard however left Thursday’s game against the Ravens with an apparent leg injury, the Baltimore Sun reported, and according to, Woodyard is listed as questionable for week two.

In Green Bay, wide receiver Randall Cobb hauled in seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. Packers’ punter Tim Masthay punted six times, averaging 44.8 yards with a long of 51 yards. The 49ers handed them a loss in the first game of the year, 34-28.

Buffalo wide receiver Steve Johnson started against New England after missing two preseason games due to a hamstring injury, per ESPN. Johnson’s three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown included a  13-yard completion, but the Bills fell to the Patriots, 23-21.

Carolina offensive guard Garry Williams exited the game with a knee injury in the first quarter. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reported that, after MRI results came back, Williams tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee.

Around the rest of the league, Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters recorded a sack and six combined tackles. Of his tackles, three were solo and three were assisted.

Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith ran for 29 yards on 10 carries in the Cardinals’ loss to the St. Louis Rams. Smith’s longest run of the day was seven yards. Larry Warford made his starting debut at right guard for the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. reported that the Cardinals placed defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin on injured reserve Aug. 31 with a shoulder injury that will end his season. UK’s third and final product in Denver, tight end Jacob Tamme, played on Thursday but did not record a catch.

Ian Rapoport of reports that Cincinnati Bengals defensive end DeQuin Evans is currently serving an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Evans was suspended for four games as a member of the Bengals’ practice squad in 2011 when he was a rookie.