NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Twelve

DESPITE MISSING ON two field goal attempts, Rian Lindell's three-pointer during the first quarter on Sunday proved to be the difference in Tampa Bay's 24-21 victory against Detroit.

Lindell's pair of misses—from 35 and 50 yards—was uncharacteristic of his 2013 campaign. The Washington State alum had not split the uprights just three times this season before today's miscues. Nevertheless, his 38-yarder to open scoring insured the Bucs their third consecutive victory after beginning the season with 8 straight losses.

ADDING INSULT TO injury—literally—was the ankle injury sustained by New York Jet running back Chris Ivory in a 19-3 loss to Baltimore. The injury came on his first carry of the game, but he still had eight additional carries. The extent of the injury is not known pending an MRI.

And on a positive note, Ivory's former teammate, New Orleans Saints fullback Jed Collins, has been appointed Special Olympics Louisiana Ambassador. The old Coug has been volunteering with the Special Olympics for over a year as an honorary coach at state events and participating in several fundraisers.

Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week 12:

Husain Abdullah, CB, Kansas City, 5th season: Posted two special teams tackles in the Chiefs' 41-38 loss to San Diego.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 5th season: Ran the ball once for no gain in the Saints' 17-13 Thursday night win against Atlanta.

Brandon Gibson, WR, Miami, 5th season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve due to a torn patella suffered in week 8.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets, 4th season: Ran the ball nine times for 35 yards in the Jets 19-3 loss to Baltimore.

Rian Lindell, K, Tampa Bay, 14th season: The Vancouver native was true on three extra-point attempts, but made just one of 3 field goal tries in the Bucs' 24-21 defeat of Detroit.

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

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Tennessee, 5th season: The Tacoma native assisted on two tackles in the Titans' 23-19 win against Oakland.

Jeff Tuel, QB, Buffalo, Rookie: Did not play; bye week.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago, Rookie: Declared inactive for the Bears' 42-21 loss to St. Louis.

Cougar Great Steve Gleason will be the subject of an hour-long documentary Tuesday on "A Football Life," a weekly show on the NFL Network.

The show airs at 6 p.m. At 7, a half-hour program, "A Football Life: Backstory," provides more information about Gleason's inspiring life.

Gleason, a Spokane native, was an uncommonly popular player with the Cougars and the NFL's New Orleans Saints. He has fought courageously against ALS – "Lou Gehrig's disease" – since being diagnosed with the incurable neurological disease.

"My life is not easy," Gleason has said, "but it's awesome."

Gleason's climb up a mountain in Peru is featured in the NFL Network program. Interviews are conducted with such people as former Saints teammates Drew Brees and Scott Fujita and members of Gleason's immediate family: mother Gail (an academic advisor in the WSU Athletic Department), father Mike and younger brother Kyle.

Replays of "A Football Life" episodes run 24 hours a day on the NFL Mobile app at

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