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Notre Dame in the NFL: Week 17

Tyler Eifert returned to the starting lineup to score a touchdown and Manti Te’o turned in another big week as the NFL regular season wrapped up. Irish Illustrated recaps how former Notre Dame players fared.

Robert Blanton - safety - Minnesota Vikings

Blanton made one tackle for Minnesota (11-5) as it clinched the NFC North title with a 20-13 win over Green Bay.

Sergio Brown - safety - Jacksonville Jaguars

Brown made three tackles for the Jaguars (5-11) in a 30-6 loss to Houston.

David Bruton - safety - Denver Broncos

Denver (12-4) put Bruton (broken fibula) on injured reserve. The Broncos knocked off San Diego, 27-20.

Braxston Cave - center - Detroit Lions

Cave got promoted from the practice squad but was inactive as Detroit (7-9) finished with a 24-20 win over the Bears.

Jimmy Clausen - quarterback - Baltimore Ravens  

Clausen wasn't active as Baltimore (5-11) finished the regular season with a 24-16 loss to Cincinnati.

Tyler Eifert - tight end - Cincinnati Bengals

Eifert returned after missing two weeks with a concussion to make four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in a 24-16 win for the Bengals (12-4) over Baltimore. A.J. McCarron hit Eifert from 22 yards out in the second quarter to give the Bengals a 7-6 lead.

Anthony Fasano - tight end - Tennessee Titans

Fasano didn't log a reception as the Titans dropped to 3-13 with a 30-24 loss to Indianapolis.

Darius Fleming - linebacker - New England Patriots

Fleming was an active reserve linebacker and made one tackle for New England (12-4) in a 20-10 loss to Miami.

Michael Floyd - wide receiver - Arizona Cardinals

Floyd had one reception for 16 yards as Arizona (13-3) was blown out by Seattle, 36-6.

Jonas Gray - running back - Jacksonville Jaguars

Gray had nine carries for 23 yards for Jacksonville (5-11) in a 30-6 loss to Houston.

Ryan Harris - offensive tackle - Denver Broncos

Harris started at left tackle for Denver (12-4) in its 27-20 win against San Diego.

Bennett Jackson - safety - New York Giants

Jackson is on injured reserve while recovering from a torn ACL. The Giants fell to 6-10 with a 35-30 loss to the Eagles.

J.J. Jansen - long snapper - Carolina Panthers

Jansen closed out the regular season with a 38-10 over Tampa Bay. Carolina finished 15-1.

TJ Jones - wide receiver - Detroit Lions

Jones didn’t have any catches and just one target as Detroit (7-9) closed with a 24-20 win over Chicago.

Ben Koyack - tight end - Jacksonville Jaguars

Koyack remains on the Jacksonville practice squad. The Jaguars (5-11) finished with a 30-6 loss to Houston.

Kapron Lewis-Moore - defensive end - Baltimore Ravens

Lewis-Moore was inactive for the Ravens. Baltimore (5-11) ended with a 24-16 loss to Cincinnati.

Zack Martin - offensive guard - Dallas Cowboys

Martin finished the season at right guard as Dallas (4-12) suffered a 34-23 loss to Washington.

Troy Niklas - tight end - Arizona Cardinals

Niklas had one reception for eight yards as Arizona (13-3) was blown out by Seattle, 36-6.

Louis Nix - defensive tackle - New York Giants

Nix is on the Giants practice squad. New York (6-10) finished with a 35-30 loss to Philadelphia.

Theo Riddick - running back - Detroit Lions

Riddick had two carries for four yards and four receptions for 29 yards as Detroit (7-9) knocked off Chicago, 24-20.

Cody Riggs - cornerback - Tennessee Titans

Riggs was an active reserve for Tennessee (3-13) in a 30-24 loss to Indianapolis.

Trevor Robinson - center - San Diego Chargers

Robinson started at center for San Diego (4-12) in a 27-20 loss to Denver.

Kyle Rudolph - tight end - Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph didn’t record any catches as Minnesota (11-5) closed with a 20-13 win at Green Bay.

Kona Schwenke - offensive tackle - Seattle Seahawks

Schwenke is on injured reserve as he recovers from a torn ACL. Seattle (10-6) blew out Arizona,  36-6.

Harrison Smith - safety - Minnesota Vikings

Smith had five tackles and a half sack as Minnesota (11-5) closed with a 20-13 win at Green Bay.

John Sullivan - center - Minnesota Vikings

Sullivan (back surgery) is on the injured reserve designated to return list but isn’t expected to play the rest of this season. Minnesota (11-5) beat Green Bay, 20-13.

Golden Tate - wide receiver - Detroit Lions

Tate made four catches for 34 yards on six targets as Detroit (7-9) beat Chicago, 24-20.

Manti Te’o - linebacker - San Diego Chargers

Te’o led the Chargers with nine tackles (seven solo). San Diego (4-12) fell 27-20 to Denver.

Justin Tuck - defensive end - Oakland Raiders

Tuck (pectoral) is on injured reserve. Oakland finished 7-9 with a 23-17 loss to Kansas City.

Stephon Tuitt - defensive end - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuitt had six tackles and two sacks for Pittsburgh (10-6) in a 28-12 win over Cleveland.

Darrin Walls - cornerback - New York Jets

Walls was an active reserve and special teams player for the Jets (10-6) in a 22-17 loss to Buffalo.

Chris Watt - center - San Diego Chargers

Watt is on injured reserve. San Diego (4-12) fell 27-20 to Denver.

Ian Williams - defensive tackle - San Francisco 49ers

Williams had one tackle for San Francisco (5-11) in a 19-16 win over St. Louis.

Cierre Wood - running back - Buffalo Bills

Wood is on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL. Buffalo finished 8-8 after a 22-17 win over the Jets.

Sam Young - offensive tackle - Jacksonville Jaguars

Young started at right tackle for Jacksonville (5-11) in a 30-6 loss to Houston.


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