NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Nine

IT WAS CERTAINLY a tough weekend for the two Cougar kickers earning paychecks the NFL. Detroit's Jason Hanson suffered a knee injury on a roughing-the- kicker call and Buffalo's Rian Lindell saw his record-setting extra-point streak come to an end.

Lindell had a PAT attempt blocked in the third quarter of the Bills' loss to Chicago that ended his incredible streak of 321 consecutive extra-point kicks without a miss. It was the first miss of his 11-year career and the fourth longest streak in NFL history. He is, however, the outright owner of the all-time record for successful consecutive PATs to begin a career.

The 40-year old Hanson hurt his right knee in the third quarter when Jets lineman Trevor Pryce rolled into him following a successful field goal. The Lions accepted the roughing penalty and took Hanson's 3-points off the board. They subsequently scored a touchdown but Hanson's knee wasn't cooperating, so defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh took over the kicking chores and missed -- a miss that would cost the Lions the game.

After taping his knee, Hanson returned to action in the fourth quarter for an extra-point, but was unable to handle kick-off duties for the Lions.

Today marked Hanson's 295th game with Detroit, the second longest in NFL history for games played with one team. He is just one game shy of tying the record set by Bruce Matthews with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

A HOUSE DIVIDED: For the first time in their lives, the Abdullah brothers — Hamza and Husain — were on opposite sides in a football game. While the scoreboard ended up in Husain's favor, the siblings had near identical numbers in the final box score with two tackles each.

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

Hamza Abdullah, S, Arizona, 6th season: Assisted on one defensive tackle and one special teams stop in the Cardinals' 27-24 overtime loss to Minnesota.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, 3rd season: Registered two solo tackles (one on defense, one on special teams) in the Vikings victory against Arizona.

Tyron Brackenridge, CB, Jacksonville, 4th season: Did not play; bye week.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 7th season: No recorded stats for the Spokane native in the Falcons' 27-21 victory against Tampa Bay.

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 the Vikings' win against the Cardinals.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 2nd season: Did not play; bye week.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 19th season: The Spokane native connected on two extra-point attempts in the Lions' 23-20 overtime loss to the Jets.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Philadelphia, 5th season: It was a quiet debut for the Eagles, as he carried the ball twice for 6 yards in their 26-24 win against the Counterfeit Colts.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, 4th season :Did not play; bye week.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, rookie : Carried the ball 12 times for 50 yards in the Saints' 34-3 spanking of Carolina. He left the game in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder separation.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 11th season: The Vancouver, Wash. native made one of 2 extra-point tries in the Bills' 22-19 fall to Chicago.

Karl Paymah, DB, Houston, 6th season :Declared inactive for the Texans' 29-23 loss to San Diego.

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 nine tackles (8 solo) as the Seahawks' lost a 41-7 squeaker to the Giants.

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