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Notre Dame in the NFL: Week 12

Robert Blanton returned to the Vikings lineup with a vengeance. Tyler Eifert caught another touchdown before being injured. Irish Illustrated rounds up former Notre Dame players during Week 12 NFL games.

Robert Blanton - safety - Minnesota Vikings

Blanton returned to the lineup at safety with Harrison Smith sidelined. He led Minnesota (8-3) with nine tackles, eight of which were solo, in a 20-10 win over Atlanta.

Sergio Brown - safety - Jacksonville Jaguars

Brown had two tackles for Jacksonville (4-7) in a 31-25 loss to San Diego.

David Bruton - safety - Denver Broncos

Bruton made a couple tackles for Denver (9-2) in its 30-24 overtime win over New England.

Jimmy Clausen - quarterback - Baltimore Ravens  

Clausen caught on with Baltimore after being cut by the Bears. He backed up Matt Schaub, who started in place of an injured Joe Flacco, in a 33-27 Ravens win over Cleveland.

Tyler Eifert - tight end - Cincinnati Bengals

Eifert had three catches for 40 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown, before exiting Cincinnati’s 31-7 win over St. Louis with a stinger. Cincinnati is now 9-2 this season. Eifert isn’t expected to miss any time.

Anthony Fasano - tight end - Tennessee Titans

Fasano had two catches for 22 yards on two targets for Tennessee (2-9) in a 24-21 loss to Oakland.

Darius Fleming - linebacker - New England Patriots

Fleming came up off the practice squad for New England (10-1) before its 30-24 loss to Denver on the road. He made one tackle while coming on in place of an injured Dont’a Hightower.

Michael Floyd - wide receiver - Arizona Cardinals

Floyd played after missing last week with a hamstring injury but made just one catch for 14 yards on two targets in a 19-13 win over San Francisco. Arizona is now 9-2 this season.

Ryan Harris - offensive tackle - Denver Broncos

Harris started at left tackle for Denver in its win.

J.J. Jansen - long snapper - Carolina Panthers

Jansen snapped several times for Carolina as it rolled to 11-0 with a 33-14 win over Dallas.

TJ Jones - wide receiver - Detroit Lions

Jones was inactive for Detroit (4-7) in a 45-14 win over Philadelphia.

Kapron Lewis-Moore - defensive end - Baltimore Ravens

Lewis-Moore didn't make the active roster for Baltimore’s win.

Zack Martin - offensive guard - Dallas Cowboys

Martin started at right guard from Dallas (3-8) in a 33-14 loss to Carolina.

Troy Niklas - tight end - Arizona Cardinals

Niklas made one tackle on special teams for Arizona in its win.

Theo Riddick - running back - Detroit Lions

Riddick got in on the scoring for Detroit with five catches for 62 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown to put the Lions up 7-0 in the first quarter. He also ran for six yards on two carries.

Cody Riggs - cornerback - Tennessee Titans

Riggs didn’t make the active roster for Tennessee in its loss.

Trevor Robinson - center - San Diego Chargers

Robinson started at center for San Diego (3-8) in its 31-25 win over Jacksonville.

Kyle Rudolph - tight end - Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph led the Vikings with seven catches for 53 yards on 10 targets in their win.

Harrison Smith - safety - Minnesota Vikings

Smith (knee) didn’t dress for Minnesota in its win.

Golden Tate - wide receiver - Detroit Lions

Tate had seven receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown on eight targets in the Detroit win. He scored from two yards out in the second quarter to give the Lions a 14-7 lead.

Manti Teo - linebacker - San Diego Chargers

Te’o made six tackles (four solo) and had an interception, which he returned 11 yards, in the San Diego victory.

Stephon Tuitt - defensive end - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuitt had four tackles as Pittsburgh (6-5) lost 39-30 at Seattle.

Darrin Walls - cornerback - New York Jets

Walls had two tackles for New York (6-5) in its 38-20 win over the Dolphins.

Ian Williams - defensive tackle - San Francisco 49ers

Williams had five tackles and one tackle-for-loss for the 49ers (3-8) in their 19-13 loss to Arizona.

Sam Young - offensive tackle - Jacksonville Jaguars

Young was an active backup at both tackle spots for the Jaguars in their loss.


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