Notre Dame in the NFL: Week 7

Tyler Eifert made his season debut for the Bengals while Michael Floyd worked his way back into the mix for Arizona in a rare tie. Irish Illustrated takes you around the NFL from a Notre Dame perspective.

Arizona: WR Michael Floyd, TE Troy Niklas

Floyd made five catches for 65 yards on seven targets in Arizona’s 6-6 tie with Seattle. The Cardinals are now 3-3-1 this season. Niklas (wrist) is on injured reserve. His season is likely over.

Baltimore: OT Ronnie Stanley, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

Stanley, who’s the starting left tackle for the Ravens, was inactive for the fourth straight week while battling a foot injury. Baltimore dropped to 3-4 with a 24-16 loss to the Jets. Lewis-Moore is on the practice squad.

Buffalo: S Robert Blanton

Blanton made seven tackles for Buffalo (4-3) in a 28-25 loss to the Dolphins.

Carolina: LS J.J. Jansen

Carolina (1-5) had its bye this week.

Cincinnati: TE Tyler Eifert, CB KeiVarae Russell

Eifert had one catch for nine yards while making his season debut for Cincinnati (3-4) in a 31-17 win over the Browns. Russell was inactive and has yet to play for the Bengals since being claimed off waivers.

Cleveland: George Atkinson III

Atkinson didn’t return any kicks for the Browns this week as they fell to 0-7 with a 31-17 loss to the Bengals.

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

Dallas (5-1) had its bye this week. Martin remains the starter at right guard. Smith, who started the season on the reserve/non-football injury list, is officially eligible to practice. That gives the Cowboys a six-week window to return Smith to practice. If he’s not back in the mix by Week 12, Smith will likely have to go on injured reserve. 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

Riddick (ankle) was inactive for the second straight week as Detroit (4-3) rallied for a 20-17 win over Washington. Tate had a team high 12 targets, making six catches for 95 yards. Jones remains on the Detroit practice squad.

Houston: WR Will Fuller, OL Nick Martin

Fuller had four catches for 22 yards on seven targets in Houston’s 27-9 loss to Denver. Fuller also returned one kick for 19 yards. The Texans are now 4-3 this season. Martin is on injured reserve after preseason ankle surgery.

Indianapolis: DB Matthias Farley

Farley didn’t make any tackles this week for Indianapolis (3-4) in a 34-26 win over Tennessee.

Jacksonville: DL Sheldon Day, TE Ben Koyack

Koyack (knee) returned to practice last week and suited up for Jacksonville (2-4) in a 33-16 loss to Oakland. Day made the active roster as well but no tackles.

Minnesota: TE Kyle Rudolph, S Harrison Smith

Rudolph had five catches for 55 yards as Minnesota dropped to 5-1 with a 21-10 loss to the Eagles. Smith recorded six tackles and a fumble recovery.

New York Giants:  DE Romeo Okwara, LB Ishaq Williams

No tackles for Okwara but he did put some pressure on the quarterback for the Giants (4-3) in their 17-10 win over the Rams. Williams remains on the practice squad.

Pittsburgh: OT Ryan Harris, DE Stephon Tuitt

Tuitt had two tackles for Pittsburgh (4-3) in a 27-16 loss to New England. Harris injured his leg in Week 4 and hit injured reserve, meaning his season is likely over.

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

Te’o is on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 3. Watt (knee) is on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with the window for his return to practice officially opening up this week. San Diego moved to 3-4 with a 33-30 win over Atlanta.

San Francisco: DL Ian Williams

Williams will miss the entire season after an offseason ankle injury. San Fransisco is 1-6 after a 34-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Seattle: RB C.J. Prosise

Prosise got some game action this week, making two catches for 17 yards while adding one carry. Seattle (4-1-1) struggled to a 6-6 tie with Arizona.

Tennessee: TE Anthony Fasano, CB Cody Riggs

Fasano had 10 yards on one catch for Tennessee (3-4) in a 34-26 loss to Indianapolis. Riggs didn’t make the active roster this week. 

Washington: S David Bruton

Bruton hit injured reserve after suffering a concussion. He’d started the first four games at safety. Washington is 4-3 after a 20-17 loss to Detroit.


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