NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Nine

FORGET ABOUT THE Sports Illustrated cover jinx, players should really look to avoid a teammate’s praise if they want to keep their fortunes trending upward. Just ask New York Jets running back Chris Ivory.

The former Cougar was dubbed “the best running back in the league” by teammate Brandon Marshall just over three weeks ago. Since that time, Ivory has been held to under 50 yards for three consecutive weeks.

Ivory gained just 26 yards on 23 carries in the Jets’ 28-23 win against Jacksonville on Sunday. It wasn’t all bad, though: Two of those yards accounted for 2 touchdowns. He also caught three passes on 3 targets for 22 yards.

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

Husain Abdullah, FS, Kansas City, 7th season: Did not play; bye week. Note: Husain and brother Hamza were in Pullman to see the Cougs defeat ASU on Saturday.

Deone Bucannon, LB, Arizona, 2nd season: Did not play; bye week.

Xavier Cooper, DL, Cleveland, rookie: No recorded stats from the Browns’ 31-10 fall to Cincinnati.

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.

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.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Tennessee, 7th season: The Tacoma native was a healthy scratch from the Titans’ 34-28 win against New Orleans.

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

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago, 3rd season: Caught just one pass on 3 targets for 15 yards in the Bears’ 22-19 victory against San Diego on Monday.

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