NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Three

HOW SLIM ARE the pickings for notable news from the world of Washington State alums in the NFL these days? So sparse that the most noteworthy story of professional Coug gridders this week comes from the upstart United Football League.

Cougar receiving great Devard Darling—a five year NFL veteran—shone in his UFL debut with Omaha on Friday, catching 5 passes for 48 yards-- including a touchdown grab--in the Nighthawks' 27-26 win against Hartford.

Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week three:

Hamza Abdullah, S, Arizona, 6th season: Declared inactive (hamstring) for the Cardinals' 24-23 victory against Oakland.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, 3rd season: Tallied five tackles (3 solo) in Vikings' 24-10 defeat of Detroit.

Tyron Brackenridge, CB, Jacksonville, 4th season: Posted one special teams stop in the Jags' loss to Philadelphia.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 7th season: The Spokane native was declared inactive (bum knee) for the Falcons' 27-24 win against New Orleans.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 4th season: Recorded one special teams tackle in Vikings defeat of the Lions.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 2nd season: Seeing his first action of the season, the Pride of Puyallup caught three passes for 33 yards in the Rams' 30-16 takedown of Washington.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 19th season: Connected on one field goal and one extra-point, but missed a try from 44 yards in the Lions' loss to Minnesota.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland, 5th season: Declared inactive with a lingering thigh injury for the Browns' 24-17 fall to Baltimore. More bad news for the Ghost: his "replacement"—Peyton Hillis—rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, 4th season : Declared inactive for the 0-3 49ers' loss to Kansas City.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, rookie:: Playing his first professional game after being slowed by a MCL strain late in preseason, he carried the ball seven times for 13 times, fumbling once.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 11th season: The Vancouver, Wash. native tallied 12 points (3 field goals and 3 extra-points) in the Bills' loss to New England. Missed a 3-pointer from 51 yards.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, New York Jets, 2nd season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve (achilles).

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 8th season: The Tacoma native posted three solo stops in the Seahawks 27-20 victory against San Diego, but left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

In case you missed the CF.C post this weekend, four years ago Steve Gleason made a play that continues to resonate to this day in New Orleans. For more, click here.

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