NFL Cougar Highlights: Week One

IT’S AN OUT with the old, in with the new kind of year for Cougars in the NFL, as two Wazzu veterans with a combined 21 years of professional experience are not on opening day rosters. Balancing out that loss, however, is the addition of two rookie Cougs to the league, one as a starter, the other as a practice squad addition.

For the first time since 2000 kicker Rian Lindell is without a professional home. It’s too soon to throw in the towel on Lindell, though. The Vancouver, Wash. native recently tried out with Tennessee. He wasn’t signed by the Titans, but could be some club’s quick fix for an injured or inconsistent kicker.

Safety Eric Frampton, considered to be one of the league’s top special teams performers for most of his seven NFL years, is also homeless and in all likelihood has seen his professional career come to an end.

Arizona made Deone Bucannon its first-round pick in last spring's NFL draft, and he hasn’t disappointed. The hard-hitting safety posted 23 tackles through four preseason games.

Following a strong camp with Green Bay, tackle John Fullington was a final cut by the Packers, but was quickly signed to San Francisco’s practice squad.

Another Coug who cut his training camp teeth this summer was kicker Andrew Furney. The Burlington native performed well enough to turn some NFL heads and, like Lindell, may find himself employed before season’s end. He tried out with Denver just over a week ago, but was not signed by the club.

Here’s how the NFL Cougs performed in the opening week of the regular season:

Husain Abdullah, S, Kansas City, 6th season: Posted three solo tackles and one QB hit in the Chiefs’ 26-10 loss to Tennessee.

Deone Bucannon, S, Arizona, Rookie: Tallied five solo tackles, including one tackle for a loss, in the Cardinals' 18-17 defeat of San Diego on Monday.

Jed Collins, FB, Detroit, 5th season: No recorded stats from the Lions’ 35-14 victory against the New York Giants on Monday.

John Fullington, T, San Francisco, rookie: Did not play; assigned to the 49ers’ practice squad.

Brandon Gibson, WR, Miami, 6th season: The Puyallup native caught one pass for 9 yards in the Dolphins’ 33-20 win against New England.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets, 5th season: Carried the ball 10 times for 102 yards—including a 71-yard touchdown run—in the Jets’ 19-14 defeat of Oakland.

Travis Long, LB, Philadelphia, 1st year: Did not play; on injured reserve.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Tennessee, 6th season: The Tacoma native posted three tackles ( 2 solo, 1 tackle for a loss) and defensed a pass in the Titans’ win against KC.

Jeff Tuel, QB, Buffalo, 2nd season: Did not play; assigned to the Bills’ practice squad.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago, 2nd season: Did not play; on injured reserve with a designation to return.

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