NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Eight

WHILE THE STOCK of Arizona's second-year dollar linebacker, Deone Bucannon, and Cleveland's rookie defensive lineman, Xavier Cooper, continues to ascend this season, the same can’t be said for fellow Washington State alum—and current Tennessee d-end—Ropati Pitoitua.

After appearing in an average of 14-plus games over the previous four seasons, Pitoitua, now in his seventh NFL season, has played in just three games this season. Sunday saw the Tacoma native again declared a non-injury scratch for the Titans’ 20-6 loss to Houston.

Elsewhere, Bucannon tallied five solo stops and a QB hit in the Browns’ 34-20 win over Cooper ’s Browns. The Cleveland rookie made one solo tackle.

Here’s how the rest of the NFL Cougs performed in week eight.

Husain Abdullah, FS, Kansas City, 7th season: Posted five solo tackles and one pass defense in the Chiefs’ 45-10 drubbing of Detroit.

John Fullington, G, Arizona, 1st season: Did not play; on injured reserve.

Brandon Gibson, WR, New England, 7th season: Did not play; on injured reserve.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets, 6th season: Slowed by a bum quad since week seven, gained just 17 yards on 15 carries in the Jets’ 34-20 loss to Oakland; also caught three passes for 24 yards, while being targeted five times.

Travis Long, LB, Philadelphia, 2nd year: Did not play; on injured reserve.

Vince Mayle, WR, Dallas, rookie: Did not play; assigned to the practice squad.

Jeff Tuel, QB, Jacksonville, 3rd season: Did not play; assigned to Jaguars practice squad.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago, 3rd season: Was targeted just three times and caught one pass for 14 yards in the Bears’ 23-20 fall to Minnesota.

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