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

It took an extra day, but five weeks of the 2020 NFL season are now complete for 11 former IU stars with teams in the league.

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

Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman did not play on Sunday.  He was placed on the 49ers’ injured reserve list as he contends with a sprained knee.  The injury is not expected to be season ending and Coleman can return in a few weeks.

Under new league rules for players on injured reserve, Coleman is eligible to return for the team’s Oct. 18 game against the Los Angeles Rams.  He is not expected to return this week.

For the season Coleman has 18 rushes for 30 yards.  He has added 3 catches for 34 yards in two games.

Dan Feeney (OL) – Los Angeles Chargers

Feeney started for the fifth straight week.  With Feeney at center the Chargers scored 27 points in a loss to New Orleans.  They rushed 32 times for 111 yards and allowed 3 sacks while passing for 239 net yards.  L.A. dropped to 1-4 on the season.

Feeney has played 100 percent of the offensive snaps this year.

Jordan Howard (RB) – Miami Dolphins

Howard was a healthy scratch in week five.  He was inactive reportedly due to the gameplan.

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 started against the Giants.  It was his third start in five games.  With injuries on the offensive line, Knight appears primed to start for the rest of the season.  He played 100 percent of the offensive snaps on Sunday.

Dallas (2-3) rushed 29 times for 126 yards and allowed a total of two sacks while gaining 276 net passing yards.

Wes Martin (OL) – Washington

Martin has started every game thus far for Washington at left guard while playing on 100 percent of the offensive snaps.

Washington’s offensive struggles continued as they amassed just 38 yards rushing on 14 carries and allowed 8 sacks.  The Football Team fell to 1-4.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Tennessee Titans

Saffold appeared in his 134th NFL game, starting for the 131st time.  The longest tenured Hoosier in the NFL helped lead Tennessee to 34 rushes for 139 yards and three scores in a dominant 42-16 win.

The Titans moved to 4-0 on Tuesday night.

You can see Saffold and fellow former Hoosier Nick Westbrook are among the first to arrive at the celebration after this Titans’ score.

Jason Spriggs (OL) – Chicago Bears

Spriggs has been active all season for the 4-1 Bears.  He saw his first game action of 2020 when he earned two special teams snaps.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Philadelphia Eagles

Sudfeld was inactive for the fourth straight week.  Philadelphia fell to 1-3-1 on the season after falling to Pittsburgh.  With backup Jalen Hurts now involved in the offense, Sudfeld is likely to remain inactive on gamedays.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

After receiving 5 targets a week ago, Thomas saw only one in a week five win over Atlanta.  Thomas was on the field for 65 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps.  The Panthers picked up their third straight win and moved to 3-2 on the season.

On the year Thomas has 5 catches for 30 yards and a score.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

It was a momentous night for the former Hoosier wideout as Westbrook snared his first NFL reception.  He caught his lone target, a 7 yard reception in a Tuesday night win over Buffalo.  Westbrook saw 45 snaps with the offensive unit and continues to play extensively on special teams.  The Titans moved to 4-0.

Simon Stepaniak (OL) – Green Bay Packers

The Packers rookie is on the non football injury list for at least the first six weeks of the season as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

NOTE:  Former IU linebacker Tegray Scales was added to the Tampa Bay practice squad this week.

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