NFL Cougar Highlights: Week 14

AFTER BEING SHUTDOWN the past two weeks, St. Louis receiver Brandon Gibson rebounded with arguably his strongest performance of the season, Sunday. The Washington State great caught six passes for 100 yards—including the game-winning touchdown—in the Rams' 15-12 defeat of Buffalo.

The 13-yard TD strike to Gibson came with just 48 seconds remaining in the contest. It was his fifth touchdown reception of the season. The Puyallup native had uncharacteristically been without a catch the past two games.

IT WAS A GOOD news, bad news kind of week for Cougar alums in the NFL. From the good side, linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis was signed by San Francisco to their practice squad. On the bad end, safety Erik Coleman was cut by Detroit.

Hoffman-Ellis was originally signed by St. Louis last Spring as a free agent, but was released by the Rams' as a late preseason cut. He was on the roster of the United Football League's Sacramento Lions earlier this season, along with former Coug Patrick Afif. (The UFL season was cut short due to league financial woes.)

Coleman, a nine-year veteran, had appeared in all 12 of Detroit's games, starting in 7 of those. He was fifth on the team with 45 tackles. The Spokane native was replaced on the roster by 27-year old free agent Tyrell Johnson.

Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week 14:

Erik Coleman, S, Detroit, 9th season: Did not play; released by the club on Tuesday.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 4th season: Caught two passes for 9 yards and coughed-up a costly fumble in the Saints' 52-27 loss to the New York Giants.

Eric Frampton, S, Dallas, 6th season: Tallied five defensive tackles (1 solo) in the Cowboys' 20-19 win against Cincinnati.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 4th season: The Puyallup native caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 15-12 victory against the Bills.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 21st season: The Spokane native was good on two extra-points and two of 3 field goals (long of 46) in the Lions' 27-20 loss to Green Bay. His one miss fell short from 50 yards out.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Detroit, 7th season: Did not play; officially listed on the Lions' reserve/non-football injury list. If you missed the Thanksgiving day special The NFL Today (CBS) aired on Harrison's road to recovery, you can view it here.

Alex Hoffman-Ellis, LB, San Francisco, rookie: Did not play; signed to the 49ers' development squad on Tuesday.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, 3rd season: Did not play; declared inactive due to hamstring injury.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 13th season: The Vancouver native connected on two field goal attempts (long of 40) in the Bills' 15-12 loss to St. Louis. A bad snap from center kept Lindell from an extra-point kick in the game. His pass attempted on the botched point-after fell incomplete.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Kansas City, 4th season: The Tacoma native posted nine tackles (2 solo) in the Chiefs' 30-7 fall to Cleveland.

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 10th season: Did not play; the Tacoma native was declared inactive for the Seahawks' 58-0 ass-waxing of Arizona due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Zack Williams, G, Carolina, 2nd season: Did not play; assigned to Panthers' development squad.

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