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Knights In The NFL – Week 12

Each week Double G Sports recaps the NFL performances by former Rutgers Scarlet Knights players.

Week 12 in the NFL saw a bunch of former Rutgers Scarlet Knights return to the area. None performed better than Jacksonville Jaguars safety Courtney Greene. With his 11 tackles effort, Greene is our well deserving Knight of the Week. He also recorded a pass deflection in Jacksonville’s 24-20 loss to the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium. Greene, who was making his sixth straight start, now has 62 tackles this year.

Greene’s teammate Tiquan Underwood was inactive for Jacksonville but offensive lineman Kevin Haslam did play. Across the field, New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara was once again inactive due to a foot injury.

Brian Leonard and Clark Harris also returned to the area as the Cincinnati Bengals traveled to East Rutherford to take on the New York Jets on Thanksgiving. Leonard did not have a rushing attempt but caught two passes for a total of three yards. Harris handled the long snapping duties for Cincinnati.

New York Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman was inactive this week. The Jets won the game 26-10.

The New England Patriots also had a Thanksgiving day game, which means Devin McCourty was in action. The rookie cornerback recorded seven tackles, two pass deflections, and grabbed two interceptions in New England’s 45-24 win over the Detroit Lions. McCourty returned one of his interceptions back 50 yards. He now has 61 tackles this season.

Kenny Britt missed Tennessee’s 20-0 loss to the Houston Texans as he remains inactive due to a hamstring injury. Britt’s teammate, Jason McCourty recorded five tackles for the Titans.

Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their 17-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Zuttah watched the back he used to block for in this contest. Ray Rice carried the ball 20 times for Baltimore and gained 85 yards. He also caught seven passes for 47 yards in the Raven’s win.

Long snapper Ryan Neill is on injured reserve for the San Diego Chargers but his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night by a score of 36-14.

Part of the Colts struggles are due to defensive captain Gary Brackett remaining inactive due to a tow injury. Defensive lineman Eric Foster did play for the Colts and recorded two tackles and a sack in the loss.

Nate Jones recorded six tackles but the Denver Broncos fell to the St. Louis Rams by a score of 36-33.  Gary Gibson made the start on the Rams defensive line but did not record any stats. Gibson has started all 11 games this season.

On Monday Night Football, rookie offensive lineman Anthony Davis and the San Francisco 49ers topped the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 27-6. Davis has started every game this season for the 49ers.

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