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

Ten 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 game as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.  The 49ers have a bye week coming up, and Coleman is likely to return for week 12.

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 nine games and played 100 percent of the offensive snaps this year for Los Angeles.  He also played in 16 percent of the special teams snaps including 11 percent on Sunday.

The Chargers continue to pile up tough losses, moving to 2-7 on the season.  LA scored 21 points while rushing 29 times for 99 yards and passing for 187 yards while allowing 2 sacks.

Jordan Howard (RB) – Miami Dolphins

Howard was a game day inactive once again, and on Monday the Dolphins waived the veteran back in what coach Brian Flores called a “mutual parting.”

Howard will go on waivers and be up for grabs for anyone to claim.

“A lot of respect for him and respect for the way he worked. No ill will, just thought it was best for both parties,” Flores said.

For his five year NFL career, Howard has 3,928 yards rushing (4.2 ypc) and 34 touchdowns.  He has added 83 receptions for another 634 yards and two more scores.

Brandon Knight (OL) – Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys had a bye week.  Knight is on injured reserve with his return timing unclear.  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 Detroit while Martin played on 20 percent of the special teams snaps.

On the season Martin has played in 53 percent of the offensive snaps and 14 percent on special teams.  Washington fell to 2-7.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Tennessee Titans

Saffold appeared in his 139th NFL game, starting for the 136th time.  The longest tenured Hoosier in the NFL and Tennessee fell to 6-3 with a loss to the Colts.

Saffold played through a shoulder injury that he suffered a week ago but then left the Thursday night game with an ankle injury.  He played in just 51 percent of Tennessee’s snaps.

Now in his 11th year in the league, Saffold is questionable for a showdown with the Ravens on Sunday.

Jason Spriggs (OL) – Chicago Bears

It has been a roller coaster of late for Spriggs.  He spent most of the season on the active game day roster but never saw the field.  Then he played extensively against New Orleans before being place on the reserve/COVID-19 list and also suffering a knee injury.

On Monday night Spriggs was back to being active on game day but did not see the field.

On the season Spriggs has played in 11 percent of the offensive snaps and 1 percent on special teams.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Philadelphia Eagles

Sudfeld is on the active roster but has been inactive on game day for most of the season including Sunday against the Giants.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

Thomas hauled in his lone target against Tampa.  He caught one pass for 7 yards. Thomas was on the field for 60 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps as the Panthers fell to 3-7 on the season.

On the year Thomas has 12 catches for 93 yards and a score while playing on 65 percent of the offensive snaps.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Westbrook appeared in his eighth game for Tennessee.  He played on 14 percent of the offensive snaps, and 25 percent of the special teams snaps.  Westbrook was targeted once.  The Titans fell to 6-3 with a loss to the Colts.

Westbrook has 1 catch for 7 yards on the season and a two-point conversion catch.  Westbrook has one start and has played on 18 percent of the offensive snaps and 32 percent of the special teams snaps overall.

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 on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.  The former All Big Ten performer signed a futures contract with Pittsburgh in January 2019 but was cut after the preseason.  The Steelers are thin at inside linebacker and brought him back last week.

Scales signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. In four years with the Hoosiers, he amassed 324 tackles (46 for a loss) with 17 sacks. In 2016, he was named 2nd Team All-American by Sports Illustrated, the first IU linebacker with that accolade since 1987.


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