NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Six

THREE FORMER COUGS made news in the NFL circuit this past week for varying but similar reasons. Jerome Harrison began the week feeling unwanted in Cleveland, but now feels wanted in Philadelphia. Erik Coleman is officially feeling less-than-wanted in Atlanta. Chris Ivory is feeling more wanted than he would like in Whitman County.

Despite leading the Browns in both rushing and receiving in 2009, Harrison, AKA "The Ghost," had become just that in Cleveland, carrying the ball a mere 31 times through 4 games this season. His trade to Philadelphia on Wednesday should serve as a re-birth of sorts for Harrison, as the Eagles run an offense more suited to his skills and—more importantly—they don't have a coach named Mangini.

Coleman—a starter at strong safety for most of his career—suffered an opening day knee injury and hasn't started since, despite his return to health. To clarify his situation, the Falcons officially named second year player William Moore as the starting strong safety for week 6. Sadly for Coleman, his young understudy is having a breakout season, posting three interceptions so far.

An injury to New Orleans running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas meant a call to duty for Ivory, a rookie free agent surprise for the Saints. Unfortunately, his emergence in the Big Easy backfield has coincided with felony charges being filed against him in Whitman County for a 2009 assault. The news didn't seem to distract him on Sunday, however, if his 158 yard rushing performance is any indicator.

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

Hamza Abdullah, S, Arizona, 6th season: Did not play; bye week.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, 3rd season: Posted three solo stops in Vikings' 24-21 victory against Dallas.

Tyron Brackenridge, CB, Jacksonville, 4th season: No recorded stats from the Jags 30-3 Monday night fall to Tennessee.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 7th season: No longer starting means another week of no recorded stats for the Spokane native. The Falcons fell to Philly, 31-17.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 2nd season: Did not play; assigned to the Saints' practice squad.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 4th season: No recorded stats from Vikings' 24-21 defeat of the Cowboys.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 2nd season: The Puyallup native caught three passes for 33 yards in the Rams' 23-20 win against San Diego.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 19th season: The Spokane native connected on two 50 yard field goal attempts and 2 extra-point tries in the Lions' 28-20 fall to New York's Giants.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Philadelphia, 5th season: Declared inactive for the Eagles' 31-17 victory against Atlanta.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, 4th season :Declared inactive for 49ers' 17-19 win against Oakland.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, rookie:: Whitman County's most wanted rushed the ball 15 times for 158 yards and caught one pass for another 17 in the Saints' 31-6 pasting of Tampa Bay.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 11th season: Did not play; bye week.

Karl Paymah, DB, Houston, 6th season: Tallied one special teams tackle in the Texans' 35-31 defeat of Kansas City.

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 led all Seahawks defenders with six tackles (4 solo) in their 23-20 victory against Chicago. Had a highlight-film interception nullified when a part of his body was determined to have been out of bounds.

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