Knights NFL Update

Find out how your UCF Knights fared this weekend in the NFL, as well as which Knight appears to be ending his retirement.

The Kansas City Chiefs were pounded by the undefeated Tennessee Titans Sunday, 34-10, dropping the Chiefs to 1-5. Although UCF rookie tight end Mike Merritt is currently a member of the Chiefs, he didn't play on Sunday.

The bigger news surrounding the Chiefs blowout loss was apparent season-ending injury to quarterback Brodie Croyle, who reportedly tore some ligaments in his knee. With the Chiefs desperate for a signal-caller, a phone call was made to former UCF Knight, Daunte Culpepper who announced his retirement prior to this season. It appears that Culpepper and the Chiefs will come to terms this afternoon on a deal which will return the once productive player to the NFL. The nine year veteran has completed nearly 64% of his career passes, with more than 22,000 passing yards, 142 touchdown passes, and 33 more rushing touchdowns.

Although the Detroit Lions suffered their usual outcome on Sunday, as they lost to the Houston Texans 28-21, former UCF running back Kevin Smith had another productive performance. Smith led the Lions once again with 61 yards rushing on just 10 carries, including a 28-yard touchdown scamper. Smith also caught one pass for seven yards. On the season, Smith has ran for 256 yards on just 52 carries (4.9 ypc), has 96 yards receiving, and has found the end zone three times.

Current Lions and former UCF tight end Michael Gaines caught two passes for 11 yards, and has seven receptions for 61 yards this season for winless Detroit.

Former Knight star receiver Brandon Marshall had his least productive game of the season for the Denver Broncos, but he still made six catches for 77 yards. The New England defense keyed on Marshall, one of the top receivers in football in their 41-7 victory. On the season, Marshall has 49 receptions for 598 yards and three touchdowns. Marshall's 49 catches lead the NFL, and his 598 receiving yards rank him third, behind Green Bay's Greg Jennings and Houston's Andre Johnson.


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