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

Nine 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 with our quick weekly recap of the Hoosiers in the NFL.

Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman missed San Francisco’s Thursday night game after reinjuring his 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.

Dan Feeney (OL) – Los Angeles Chargers

Feeney has started all eight games and played 100 percent of the offensive snaps this year for Los Angeles.  He also played in 17 percent of the special teams snaps on Sunday.

The Chargers put up 26 points while rushing 31 times for 128 yards and passing for 312 yards while allowing 2 sacks.

Feeney’s mullet continues to earn him national attention.

Jordan Howard (RB) – Miami Dolphins

After four straight weeks as a game day inactive, Howard returned and did what he always seems to do — scored a touchdown.  Howard continued to struggle to generate production, carrying 10 times for 19 yards while playing 34 percent of the offensive snaps.

The touchdown was Howard’s 36th of his career.  He has the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL by a Hoosier and is tied for the third most total touchdowns by a former IU player.

On the season Howard has 28 carries for 33 yards and 4 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

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

Washington lost to the New York Giants while Martin played on 15 percent of the special teams snaps.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Tennessee Titans

Saffold appeared in his 138th NFL game, starting for the 135th time.  The longest tenured Hoosier in the NFL and Tennessee improved to 6-2 with a win over the Bears.

Saffold continued to struggle with a shoulder injury that he suffered a week ago.  On Sunday he played in just 47 percent of Tennessee’s snaps.

Now in his 11th year in the league, Saffold was labeled a limited practice participant on Monday.  Tennessee has a Thursday game which will limit his recovery time.

Jason Spriggs (OL) – Chicago Bears

Following his first extensive action since 2018 last week, Spriggs contracted COVID-19 and was inactive for a loss to Tennessee.

Spriggs had been active on game day all season prior to this week.

The Bears removed the veteran right tackle from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles had a bye.  Sudfeld is on the active roster but has been inactive on game day for most of the season.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

Thomas saw a couple more targets against Kansas City.  He caught one pass for 8 yards. Thomas was on the field for 71 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps and had a fumble that Carolina recovered.  The Panthers fell to 3-6 on the season.

On the year Thomas has 11 catches for 86 yards and a score.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Westbrook appeared in his seventh game for Tennessee.  He played on 9 percent of the offensive snaps, and 34 percent of the special teams snaps.  The Titans improved to 6-2 with a win over the Bears.

Westbrook has 1 catch for 7 yards on the season and a two-point conversion catch.  For the season Westbrook has one start and has played on 19 percent of the offensive snaps and 33 percent of the special teams snaps.

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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