NFL Cougar Highlights: Week 14

WITH JUST THREE Washington State alums seeing action in week 14, it’s safe to say Ol’ Wazzu’s imprint on the NFL these days consists of a single toe print. Correction: a partial toe print.

Apropos reference, considering it was a foot ailment that kept Chicago’s Marquess Wilson out of the lineup last weekend and has since ended his season. The Bears placed the third year receiver on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday.

Wilson joins a trio of former Cougs—John Fullington, Brandon Gibson, and Travis Long—shelved for the year on IR. His final stat line reads 28 catches on 46 targets for 464 yards and one TD.

Two of the handful—literally—of Cougs currently active on NFL rosters also took a seat on Sunday. Kansas City safety Husain Abdullah missed his second consecutive week due to a concussion suffered two weeks prior and Tennessee defensive tackle Ropati Pitoitua was again a healthy scratch for the Titans.

Even Washington State’s lone representative on an NFL practice squad—quarterback Jeff Tuel—fell to the big league cutting floor. He was released by Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Here’s how the remaining three NFL Cougs performed in week 14.

Deone Bucannon, LB, Arizona, 2nd season: Posted eight tackles (7 solo)—including one tackle for a loss—and recovered a fumble in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win against Minnesota on Thursday.

Xavier Cooper, DL, Cleveland, rookie: Tallied three tackles (2 solo), including a sack assist and a stop for a loss in the Browns’ 24-10 win against San Francisco. He also recorded a QB hit.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets, 6th season: Rushed for 101 yards on 32 carries and caught one pass on 2 targets for another 6 hashes in the Jets’ 30-8 victory against Tennessee.


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