Notre Dame in the NFL: Week 9

Tyler Eifert scored three touchdowns for Cincinnati to lead former Notre Dame players in Week 9 NFL action. Anthony Fasano scored a crucial touchdown while Louis Nix’s future is in flux.

Robert Blanton - safety - Minnesota Vikings

Blanton appeared on special teams and was captain of that unit Sunday as the Vikings moved to 6-2 with a 21-18 win over St. Louis.

Sergio Brown - safety - Jacksonville Jaguars

Brown made three tackles for Jacksonville (2-6) in a 28-23 loss to the New York Jets.

David Bruton - safety - Denver Broncos

Bruton had one tackle for Denver (7-1) in a 27-24 loss to Indianapolis.

Jimmy Clausen - quarterback - Chicago Bears

Clausen saw no action as the backup to Jay Cutler for the Bears (3-5) in their 22-19 win at San Diego.

Tyler Eifert - tight end - Cincinnati Bengals

Eifert starred on Thursday night with three touchdowns, all in the red zone, in a 31-10 win for the Bengals (8-0) over Cleveland. He had five catches for 53 yards total and leads the league in touchdown receptions with CHECK

Anthony Fasano - tight end - Tennessee Titans

Fasano made three catches for 33 yards, including a five-yard touchdown catch from Marcus Mariota in overtime to seal a 34-28 win for Tennessee (2-6) over New Orleans.

Michael Floyd - wide receiver - Arizona Cardinals

Arizona (6-2) had a bye this week.

Jonas Gray - running back - Miami Dolphins

Gray didn’t get a snap for the Dolphins (3-5) in a 33-17 loss to Buffalo. Backup running back reps went to Jay Ajayi behind Lamar Miller instead.

Ryan Harris - offensive tackle - Denver Broncos

Harris started at left tackle for Denver in its loss.

J.J. Jansen - long snapper - Carolina Panthers

Jansen remains the starting long snapper for an undefeated team as Carolina moved to 8-0 with 37-29 win over Green Bay.

TJ Jones - wide receiver - Detroit Lions

Detroit (1-7) had a bye this week.

Kapron Lewis-Moore - defensive end - Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore (2-6) had a bye this week.

Zack Martin - offensive guard - Dallas Cowboys

Martin started at right guard from Dallas (2-6) in a 33-27 loss to Philadelphia. He’s started every game this season.

Troy Niklas - tight end - Arizona Cardinals

Arizona had a bye this week.

Louis Nix - defensive tackle - New York Giants

New York released Louis Nix when it added Jason Pierre-Paul back to the roster. Nix cleared waivers Monday afternoon and could re-sign with the team after it lost starting defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Theo Riddick - running back - Detroit Lions

Detroit had a bye this week.

Cody Riggs - cornerback - Tennessee Titans

Riggs made five tackles, all solo, in the Tennessee victory.

Trevor Robinson - center - San Diego Chargers

Robinson started at center for San Diego (2-7) in a 22-19 loss to Chicago.

Kyle Rudolph - tight end - Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph had two catches for 30 yards on two targets in the Minnesota win.

Harrison Smith - safety - Minnesota Vikings

Smith had a rare quiet game in the Minnesota win without a tackle but continues to be one of the top safeties in the league this season.

Golden Tate - wide receiver - Detroit Lions

Detroit had a bye this week.

Manti Teo - linebacker - San Diego Chargers

Te’o (ankle) was inactive again for San Diego in its loss. 

Stephon Tuitt - defensive end - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuitt returned to the Steelers lineup in a 38-35 win over Oakland after missing time with a knee injury. He chipped in with three tackles.

Darrin Walls - cornerback - New York Jets

Walls was active for the Jets (5-3) in their 28-23 win over Jacksonville. He’s been seeing time mostly on special teams this season.

Chris Watt - center - San Diego Chargers

San Diego put Watt (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve before its loss.

Ian Williams - defensive tackle - San Francisco 49ers

Williams made one tackle for San Francisco (3-6) in a 17-16 win over Atlanta.

Sam Young - offensive tackle - Jacksonville Jaguars

Young was an active backup at both tackle spots in the Jacksonville loss.

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