BOISE, Idaho--While we expect that many Bronco fans are not satisfied until every former Bronco player has been named Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl, former players continue to play vital roles for their respective National Football League team.
Jay Ajayi, Running Back, Miami Dolphins
Jay suffered a rib injury in the final preseason game, but is now in the Injured Reserve-designated to return list. Ajayi is eligible to return after Week 6. The Dolphins sorely miss Ajayi--Jamar Miller is the team's leading rusher with 30 carries for 105 yards (3.5 avg.). No other Dolphin has surpassed the 100-yard barrier for a season, and no Miami rusher has scored a touchdown.
Richie Brockel, Fullback, Carolina Panthers
Richie returned from a shoulder injury and played in his first game this season, helping Carolina defeat New Orleans 27-22
Ryan Clady, Tackle, Denver Broncos
Ryan suffered an ACL injury prior to the beginning of the NFL season that will keep him out of action this year.
Tyrone Crawford, Defensive Tackle, Dallas Cowboys
Crawford started this past weekend as Dallas lost their first game of the season, 39-28 to Atlanta. Crawford, who signed a lucrative five-year contract prior to the season, has three tackles and a sack this season.
George Iloka, Safety, Cincinnati Bengals
Iloka started Sunday and had two tackles (one solo) in helping the Bengals defeat Baltimore on the road, 28-24. Iloka has nine tackles this season.
Jeron Johnson, Safety, Washington Redskins
Johnson was credited with a solo tackle in Washington's 32-21 loss to the New York Giants. Johnson, who has seen limited playing time, has three tackles.
DeMarcus Lawrence, Defensive End, Dallas Cowboys
Lawrence started for Dallas and had two tackles, one of them solo, in the loss to the Falcons. DeMarcus has eight total tackles this season.
Charles Leno, Offensive Tackle, Chicago Bears
Leno played in Chicago's 26-0 loss to Seattle. The Bears are averaging 132 rushing yards per game, seventh in the NFL.
Doug Martin, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin started for Tampa Bay, but poor offensive line play limited Martin to 46 yards on 14 carries in a Tampa Bay loss. In his fourth season, Martin has carried 46 times for 176 yards (3.8 avg.) and caught 3 passes for 22 yards.
Shea McClellin, Linebacker, Chicago Bears
McClellin started for Chicago, recording six tackles, three of them solo, the the Bears' loss to Seattle. McClellin has turned into a defensive star since moving to linebacker, with 22 tackles, 11 solo.
Kellen Moore, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
Moore was activated prior to Sunday's game, but did not play in Dallas's 39-28 loss to Atlanta. Moore, the winningest quarterback in the history of college football, has yet to play a down in the NFL.
Matt Paradis, Center, Denver Broncos
Paradis once again started at center as Denver defeated Detroit 24-12. Denver is off to a 3-0 start, tops in the American Football Conference Western Division.
Blake Renaud, Fullback, Minnesota Vikings
Renaud was on the practice squad for Minnesota, but was released yesterday by the Vikings.
Orlando Scandrick, Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys
Scandrick will miss the season with a torn ACL suffered in the preseason.
Jamar Taylor, Safety, Miami Dolphins
Taylor had a solo tackle in Miami loss to Buffalo. Jamar has not started a game, but has 12 tackles, 8 of them solo, and a pass deflection.
Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, New Orleans Saints
Wilson played in the Saints' loss to Carolina. Wilson has one tackle in limited duty this season, his sixth in the NFL. Kyle now has 163 tackles and 3 interceptions in his career.
Billy Winn, Defensive Tackle, Indianapolis Colts
Winn made a tackle-for-loss in the Colt win over Tennessee. Billy has 3 tackles on the season and 81 in his NFL career.