NFL BEAVS WEEK 1: Ellison snags 16 tackles

LINEBACKER KEITH ELLISON goes on a tear, racking up 16 tackles in a heartbreaking loss. Meanwhile, safety Al Afalava was a sixth round draft choice many said wouldn't make the final cut. Not only did he make the Bears, he rocketed up to the top spot on the depth chart and posted four tackles and a sack in his first career start.

S Al Afalava | Chicago Bears

WK1: In his first career start tallied four tackles, all solo, one sack and one pass deflection during a 21-15 loss at Green Bay.


QB Derek Anderson | Cleveland Browns

WK1: DA looked on from the sideline as new Browns starting quarterback Brady Quinn took snaps with the first string offense in their game against the Minnesota Vikings.


LB Nick Barnett | Green Bay Packers

WK1: As the starting inside linebacker for the Pack, Barnett, a seven year pro, was able to record three tackles, one being a solo.


C Kyle DeVan | Indianapolis Colts

WK1:  DeVan appears destined to back up former Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday for the duration of the season. After being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins before the 2008 season, DeVan bounced around a bit from the NFL to the Canadian Football League, first with the New York Jets, then the Boise Burn (of CFL) and finally finding a home with the Colts.


DT Dwan Edwards | Baltimore Ravens

WK1:  Edwards recorded two solo tackles in a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs this week. The six year pro is second on the depth chart behind former Pro Bowler Trevor Pryce.


LB Keith Ellison | Buffalo Bills

WK1:  Ellison, a four year pro and current starting weakside linebacker for the Bills, recorded 16 tackles on a Monday night loss to the Patriots, with 11 of his tackles being solo, and one for a loss.


WR Mike Hass | Seattle Seahawks

WK1:  On the Seahawks practice squad for the second straight year.


WR TJ Houshmanzadeh | Seattle Seahawks

WK1:  Houshmanzadeh made his much anticipated Seahawks debut on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. The nine year pro reeled in six receptions for 48 yards, with a long pass completion of nine yards.


CB Brandon Hughes | San Diego Chargers

WK1:  Due to a significant knee injury, the expected fourth string cornerback for the Chargers was placed on the injured reserve. San Diego Head Coach Norv Turner commented that Hughes was to miss significant time. It was later confirmed that the former Ronnie Lott Watch List member would miss the entire 09-10 NFL season.


RB Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams

WK1: S-Jax was held in check for most of the afternoon by a stingy Seahawks defense, rushing 16 times for 67 yards and averaging just 4.2 yards per carry.


OT Adam Koets | New York Giants

WK1:  Koets is second on the Giants depth chart at the center position, behind Pro Bowler Shaun O' Hara.


CB Gerard Lawson | Cleveland Browns

WK1:  Lawson did not play on Sunday against the Vikings, and was third on the depth chart behind former Oregon State and San Jose State cornerback Coye Francies.


OG Andy Levitre | Buffalo Bills

WK1:  Levitre, a second round pick, made his first career start with the Bills on Monday night, holding down the left guard position. The rookie played a key-role in the hopeful last-minute heroics by WR Roscoe Parrish, getting out in front to lead block, but the play came up short of the touchdown necessary.


CB Keenan Lewis | Pittsburgh Steelers

WK1:  Lewis played, but did not record a stat.  He is third on the depth chart.


QB Matt Moore | Carolina Panthers

WK1:  Moore is the backup to 11 year pro Jake Delhomme, and watched from the sidelines on Sunday as Delhomme delivered four interceptions to a Philadelphia defense.


LB Slade Norris | Oakland Raiders

WK1:  The former Beaver standout was cut by the Raiders on September 5th, then retained by the organization and placed on the practice squad the next day.


WR Chad OchoCinco | Cincinnati Bengals

WK1:  The flamboyant nine year veteran was the lone bright spot in an otherwise sputtering Cincinnati offense on Sunday, reeling in five receptions for 89 yards, a team high.


S Sabby Piscitelli | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WK1:  Piscitelli recorded his first start in a Bucs uniform and brought in 8 solo tackles against the Cowboys. Piscitelli was burned three times by Dallas wideouts en route for touchdowns.


OG Roy Schuening | Oakland Raiders

WK1:  Signed to the Raiders practice squad.


LB Victor Strong-Butler | Dallas Cowboys

WK1:  One combined tackle against the Buccaneers


WR Sammie Stroughter | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WK1:  3 receptions for 25 yards, longest reception of 13 yards, 8.3 yards per catch. The rookie wideout was a initially a long shot to make the Tampa Bay roster, but managed to land as a backup to seven year pro Antonio Bryant, who had been battling injuries all offseason.

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