NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Fourteen

BUFFALO KICKER Rian Lindell officially joined the increasing list of Wazzu alums out for the year on injured reserve. Last week the Vancouver, Wash., native became the sixth Cougar pro to have his season cut unceremoniously short for health reasons.

Lindell broke a bone in his shoulder back in Week 9 while making a touchdown-saving tackle during kickoff coverage. Although kicking briefly in practice two weeks ago, it was determined his injury was too severe for a 2011 return.

Through eight games he'd connected on 13 of 15 field goal attempts and was perfect on 25 extra-point tries.

Here's how all of the NFL Cougars performed in week 14:

Hamza Abdullah, S, Arizona, 7th season: Tallied three special teams tackles in the Cardinals' 21-19 defeat of San Francisco.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, 4th season: Did not play; placed on injured reserve (concussion) and out for the remainder of the season.

Erik Coleman, S, Detroit, 8th season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 3rd season: Caught two passes for 4 yards in the Saints' 22-17 victory against Tennessee.
Word out of New Orleans is that Collins is currently in third place in fan balloting for the fullback's spot on the NFC Pro Bowl roster. To cast your vote for Jed, click to www.nfl.com/probowl and vote as many times as you like.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 5th season: No recorded stats in the Vikings' 38-24 fall to Detroit.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 3rd season: The Rams leading receiver coming into the Monday night contest versus Seattle, he was all but shut down by the Seahawks. The Puyallup native caught just one pass for 6 yards in their 30-13 fall to the Hawks.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 20th season: The Spokane native was perfect on two field goal tries (long of 30) and 4 extra-points in the Lions' 38-24 win against Minnesota. He currently has posted 103 points this season, marking the tenth time in his career he has passed the century mark in scoring.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Detroit, 6th season: Did not play; placed on the club's reserve/non-football illness due to a brain tumor.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, 2nd season: Gained 53 yards on 13 carries in the the Saints' win against the Titans.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 12th season: Did not play; placed on injured reserve last week and is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. The Vancouver, Wash. native broke a bone in his shoulder making a touchdown-saving tackle on kick coverage in week nine.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, New York Jets, 3rd season: In his first professional start, he posted one solo tackle in the Jets' 37-10 defeat of Kansas City.

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 9th season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve (back).

Zack Williams, G, Carolina, rookie: Did not play; on injured reserve (ACL).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT last week, Cougar great Lewis Bush, who played in the NFL for 10 seasons, died of an apparent heart attack. He was 42. A Tacoma product, he was a standout defensive end at WSU from 1988-92. Following his senior season he was voted the Niemi Award as the Cougar senior player who best exemplies courage, spirit and attitude. He played seven seasons for the Chargers and was on their 1994 Super Bowl team. He also played three seasons for the Chiefs. Lewis leaves a wife and four kids.


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