ND in the NFL: Week 3

David Bruton turned in a veteran performance while Manti Te’o suffered a season-ending injury. Irish Illustrated takes you around the NFL from a Notre Dame perspective.

Arizona: WR Michael Floyd, TE Troy Niklas

Floyd made four catches for 65 yards on 11 targets for Arizona (1-2) in a 33-18 loss to Buffalo. Niklas made one catch for no gain. 

Baltimore: OT Ronnie Stanley, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

Stanley played at left tackle for Baltimore (3-0) in its 19-17 win over Jacksonville. Lewis-Moore remains on the practice squad.

Buffalo: S Robert Blanton

Blanton made three tackles for Buffalo (1-2) in its 33-18 win over the Cardinals.

Carolina: LS J.J. Jansen

Jansen didn’t get to taste winning again for long as the Panthers (1-2) suffered a 22-10 loss to the undefeated Vikings.

Cincinnati: TE Tyler Eifert, CB KeiVarae Russell

Eifert and Russell were inactive for Cincinnati’s 29-17 loss to Denver. The Bengals are 1-2 this season. Eifert has returned to practice and is looking to get back into game action soon after offseason ankle surgery.

Cleveland: George Atkinson III

Atkinson returned one kick for 21 yards as Cleveland dropped to 0-3 with a 30-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Dallas: WR Chris Brown, OL Zack Martin, LB Jaylon Smith

Martin started at right guard for Dallas (2-1) in its 30-17 win over the Bears. Smith is on the reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he’ll miss at least the first six weeks for sure. Brown, an undrafted free agent signing, is on injured reserve for the season after breaking his foot in preseason practice.

Detroit: RB Theo Riddick, WR Golden Tate, TJ Jones

Tate had four catches for 40 yards and one carry for minus-8 yards as the Lions couldn’t rally in a 34-27 loss to Green Bay. Riddick had 10 carries for just nine yards and seven receptions for another 39. Jones is on the Lions practice squad.

Houston: WR Will Fuller, OL Nick Martin

Fuller had three receptions for 31 yards on seven targets in Houston’s 27-0 loss to New England. The Texans are 2-1. Martin is on injured reserve and will miss the season after requiring ankle surgery in preseason.

Indianapolis: DB Matthias Farley

Farley made the active roster but didn’t register a tackle for Indianapolis (1-2) in a 26-22 win over San Diego.

Jacksonville: DL Sheldon Day, TE Ben Koyack

Day had one tackle for Jacksonville (0-3) in a 19-17 loss to the Ravens. Koyack didn’t make the active game day roster.

Minnesota: TE Kyle Rudolph, S Harrison Smith

Rudolph proved an enticing target for quarterback Sam Bradford with seven catches for 70 yards and one touchdown on 10 targets. His 15-yard score came at 9:43 of the third quarter, giving the Vikings (3-0) a 16-10 lead on their way to a 22-10 win. Smith had seven tackles (six solo) and a sack in the victory.

New York Giants:  DE Romeo Okwara, LB Ishaq Williams

Okwara made the active roster but didn’t make a tackle for the Giants (2-1) in their 29-27 loss to Washington. Williams is on the Giants practice squad.

Pittsburgh: OT Ryan Harris, DE Stephon Tuitt

Tuitt had five tackles and a tackle-for-loss as the Steelers dropped to 2-1 with a 34-3 loss to the Eagles.

San Diego: LB Manti Te’o, OL Chris Watt

Te’o made three tackles (two solo) for San Diego (1-2) in a 26-22 loss to Indianapolis before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury. Watt (knee) is on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means he’ll miss the first six weeks of the season at a minimum.

San Francisco: DL Ian Williams

Williams will miss the entire season after an offseason ankle injury. San Francisco (1-2) took a 37-18 loss to Seattle.

Seattle: RB C.J. Prosise

Prosise didn't make the active roster Sunday for the second straight week. Seattle improved to 2-1 with a 37-18 win over the 49ers.

Tennessee: TE Anthony Fasano, CB Cody Riggs

Both Fasano and Riggs made the active roster for Tennessee (1-2) in its 17-10 loss to Oakland but neither registered statistics.

Washington: S David Bruton

Bruton led Washington (1-2) with nine tackles (eight solo) in its 29-27 win over the New York Giants.

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