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Hoosiers in the NFL: Week eight results and notes for 11 former IU stars in the league

Eight weeks of the 2020 NFL season are now complete for 11 former IU stars with teams in the league.

It was a week that saw one Hoosier earn his first significant action in nearly two years.

Take a look at how they did with our quick weekly recap of the Hoosiers in the NFL.

Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman returned briefly after missing several weeks due to injury.  He had 3 carries for 20 yards, but unfortunately left again with an injury to the same knee that caused him to miss five weeks.  The latest injury was labeled a sprain, and his status for this week is uncertain.

For the season Coleman has 21 rushes for 50 yards (2.4 ypc).  He has added 3 catches for 34 yards in two games.

Dan Feeney (OL) – Los Angeles Chargers

Feeney has started all seven games and played 100 percent of the offensive snaps this year for Los Angeles.  He also played in 19 percent of the special teams snaps on Sunday.

The Chargers put up 30 points while rushing 38 times for 210 yards and passing for 275 yards while allowing 2 sacks.

Feeney spoke to the media on Monday after the Chargers fell to 2-5.

Jordan Howard (RB) – Miami Dolphins

Howard was a healthy scratch in week eight.  It was the fourth week in a row that he was inactive.

On the season Howard has 18 carries for 14 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He has one reception for -3 yards.

Brandon Knight (OL) – Dallas Cowboys

Knight sat out once again with an injury.  He has started four times in six games for Dallas and is expected to return this season.

Wes Martin (OL) – Washington

Washington was on a bye week.

After starting every game for Washington at left guard through the first five weeks, Martin has only seen a few special teams snaps in weeks six and seven.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Tennessee Titans

Saffold appeared in his 137th NFL game, starting for the 134th time.  The longest tenured Hoosier in the NFL and Tennessee suffered their second loss of the season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Saffold had the highest rated game by a guard all season.

The bad news — he suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Tennessee’s running game went for 118 yards on 29 carries while allowing 1 sack.  Saffold played in 97 percent of the offensive snaps and 17 percent of special teams.

Jason Spriggs (OL) – Chicago Bears

It was a good day for the former IU All-American.

Spriggs saw his first extensive action on the first unit offensive line against the Saints, and he did well for the most part.  Watch No. 78 knock over the New Orleans defensive line like a row of dominoes.

The fifth year pro played in 93 percent of the offensive snaps, leaving briefly with an injury.  The Bears offense allowed 5 sacks but did rush for more than 4 yards per carry.

Spriggs has been active all season for the 5-3 Bears, appearing in two games.  It was his first extensive action since an appearance for Green Bay against Chicago on Dec. 26, 2018.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Philadelphia Eagles

Sudfeld was inactive for the seventh straight week.  Philadelphia improved to 3-4-1 on the season beating the Cowboys.  With backup Jalen Hurts now involved in the offense, Sudfeld is likely to remain inactive on gamedays.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

Thomas saw a couple more targets than normal against Atlanta.  He caught all three of his targets for 28 yards.  It was his highest reception and yardage totals of the season.  Thomas was on the field for 74 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps in a loss to the Falcons.  The Panthers moved to 3-5 on the season.

On the year Thomas has 10 catches for 78 yards and a score.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Westbrook appeared in his sixth game for Tennessee.  He played on 3 percent of the offensive snaps, and 58 percent of the special teams snaps.  The Titans lost their second consecutive game.

Westbrook has 1 catch for 7 yards on the season and a two-point conversion catch.

Simon Stepaniak (OL) – Green Bay Packers

The Packers rookie has been on the non football injury list as he continues to recover from knee surgery.  We will share an update when Stepaniak is cleared to return.

NOTE:  Former IU linebacker Tegray Scales is no longer on the Tampa Bay practice squad.


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