NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Eight

A SEASON THAT was on track to be a career-year for Miami Dolphin receiver Brandon Gibson was derailed Sunday, as the Washington State great suffered what appears to be a season-ending knee injury.

The injury is thought to be a torn patella tendon, which occurred when Gibson leapt for a high pass from Dolphin QB Ryan Tannehill and awkwardly landed on his left knee. The ill-fated play happened in the first quarter of Miami's 27-17 loss to New England. Just minutes earlier he'd given the Dolphins an early lead by scoring the game's first touchdown, a four-yard reception.

Gibson was on pace for 77 catches this season, far surpassing his career-best of 53 set in 2010 as a St. Louis Ram. He's made 30 catches for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns through 7 games this season.

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

Husain Abdullah, CB, Kansas City, 5th season: Posted two solo tackles in the undefeated Chiefs' 23-17 win against Cleveland.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 5th season: Caught one pass for 8 yards in the Saints' 35-17 victory against Buffalo.

Brandon Gibson, WR, Miami, 5th season: The Puyallup native was targeted twice and caught a four yard touchdown before leaving the game with a knee injury.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets, 4th season: Carried the ball six times for 11 yards in the Jets' 49-9 fall to Cincinnati.

Rian Lindell, K, Tampa Bay, 14th season: The Vancouver native was perfect on two field goal attempts (long of 48 yards) and 1 extra point try in the winless Bucs 31-13 fall to Carolina.

Travis Long, LB, Philadelphia, 1st year: Did not play; assigned to the Eagles' practice squad.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Tennessee, 5th season: Did not play; bye week.

Jeff Tuel, QB, Buffalo, Rookie: No recorded stats from the Bills' 35-17 loss to New Orleans, but entered the game for one series as starter Thaddeus Lewis shook off a particularly hard hit. Tuel beat out recent signee Matt Flynn and was officially renamed the teams' number two quarterback this past week.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago, Rookie: Did not play; bye week.


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