A pretty busy week, actually, for Auburn alums playing pro football. You had some good performances, some guys getting more action on the field, one former Tiger changing teams and another going on injured reserve. Auburn media relations guru Taylor Bryan helps recap the weekend.
Jerraud Powers, DB, Indianapolis Colts: Placed on injured reserve on Nov. 13 with a toe injury. He finishes the 2012 season with 40 tackles and one interception in eight starts. Powers has started all 42 games in his career and registered 210 tackles with six interceptions in four seasons. The Colts are 6-3 on the year, after Thursday’s 27-10 win at Jacksonville.
Pat Sims, DT, Cincinnati Bengals: Made his return from the PUP list in dramatic fashion with his first career interception to go with two tackles in the Bengals’ 31-13 win over the New York Giants. A five-year veteran, Sims has played in 53 games with 23 starts. He missed the first eight games of the season due to injury.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Completed 21-of-36 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-14 loss to Denver. Newton has thrown for 2,143 yards with eight touchdowns and rushed for 354 yards with four scores in his second season after being drafted with the top overall pick in 2011. Newton has 47 total touchdowns in 25 career games.
Devin Aromashodu, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Set up a touchdown with a 31-yard reception in the third quarter of Minnesota’s 34-24 win over the Lions. The catch is his longest of the season. Aromashodu has 11 receptions for 182 yards this season, his fifth in the NFL and second with the Vikings. He has totaled 78 catches for 1,193 in his career.
Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit Lions: Season-high four tackles and a sack on Sunday as he made his third start of the season. The sack was his first since week one. The 13th overall pick in 2011, Fairley has played in 19 games with three starts in two seasons with the Lions. He has 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his sophomore season.
Pat Lee, DB, Detroit Lions: Did not play in week 10 for Oakland before being waived and subsequently claimed by Detroit. Lee played in eight games this season for the Raiders before being waived. He has recorded 30 tackles with four break-ups, one interception and one forced fumble.
Rob Bironas, PK, Tennessee Titans: Connected on three field goals and four extra points as the Titans trounced Miami 37-3. Bironas has hit 16-of-19 field goals this season. He has hit on 86.1 percent of his attempts in eight seasons.
Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, Tennessee Titans: Started his eighth game of the season and recorded two tackles and his first sack of the season. Marks has played in 45 games in his four-year career with 20 starts. He has totaled 79 tackles and 2.5 sacks during his tenure.
Josh Bynes, LB, Baltimore Ravens: Recorded one stop in Baltimore’s 55-20 defeat of Oakland. Bynes has played in three games and totaled two tackles in 2012. He has played in four games in his two-year career as a reserve linebacker with Baltimore.
Ben Grubbs, OG, New Orleans Saints: Kept his streak of starts going at nine in 2012 as the Saints handed Atlanta its first loss of 2012, 31-27. Grubbs has played in 83 games in his six-year career with 79 starts. He has started in every game he has played since 2008.
Will Herring, LB, New Orleans Saints: Did not record any statistics, but saw time at linebacker and on special teams. Herring has totaled 128 tackles in his six-year career and has 10 total stops (seven solo) this season.
Carlos Rogers, DB, San Francisco 49ers: Started at corner for the 49ers and had six tackles in a 24-24 tie with the Rams, the first in the NFL since 2008. In his eighth season after being drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in 2005, Rogers has 32 tackles in 2012. He’s started all but three of the 91 games he played in since 2006 and was a 2011 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.
Jay Ratliff, DT, Dallas Cowboys: Totaled two tackles in his fifth start of the season at defensive tackle as the Cowboys defeated Philadelphia, 38-23. Ratliff is in his eighth season, all with Dallas. He has started 83 games with 224 tackles and 27.0 sacks.
Jason Campbell, QB, Chicago Bears: Played the second half in relief of starter Jay Cutler and completed 11-of-19 passes for 94 yards in a torrential downpour as the Bears fell to Houston, 13-6. Campbell has played in four games in his sixth NFL season after being selected in the first round by Washington in 2005. He has passed for more than 14,000 yards in his career with 74 touchdowns.
Neiko Thorpe, DB, Kansas City Chiefs: Saw action in his second game of the season after being activated from the practice squad. Other snaps were week five against Baltimore. Thorpe is in his first year in the league after signing as an undrafted free agent over the summer.