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WILDCATS IN THE NFL: Week 16

BracketCat takes a look at how former Kansas State Wildcats performed in Week 16 of the 2014 NFL season.

Corenlius Lucas made his second start of the season Sunday, this time at right tackle.
Corenlius Lucas made his second start of the season Sunday, this time at right tackle.
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This is a feature in which I track the progress of former Wildcats greats such as Darren Sproles and Jordy Nelson in the ranks of professional football.

For now, I shall restrict it to National Football League performances until I get the hang of it, but expanding it to other professional leagues such as the Canadian Football League and Arena Football is a future possibility.

Per a reader's suggestion, I have re-ordered these players by position and listed the inactive players at the bottom. I hope that helps people to find the performances they're seeking more easily.

Offense

Cornelius Lucas

OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014

An undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman, Lucas made his second start of the season — this time at right tackle — in Detroit's 20-14 win Sunday at Chicago.

Lucas has played in 14 games this year for the Lions, who are tied with Green Bay for the top mark in the NFC North at 11-4. The Lions and Packers will play for the division title Sunday in Green Bay.

Jordy Nelson

WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008

Nelson, a seventh-year veteran, hauled in nine receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 20-3 win Sunday at Tampa Bay.

The victory set up a winner-take-all game against Detroit for the NFC North Division — both teams are 11-4 entering this week's game in Green Bay.

A career 56-game starter, Nelson carded his seventh 100-yard game of the season. He now has career highs in receptions (92) and yards (1,433), while he has 13 touchdowns in 2014, just two shy of his career high.

He ranks second in the league in touchdowns, is fourth in yards and is tied for seventh in receptions. In his seven-year career, Nelson has 394 receptions for 6,023 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Darren Sproles

RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005

Sproles, a 10th-year pro, tallied 77 all-purpose yards Saturday in Philadelphia's 27-24 loss at Washington. The running back carded 24 rushing yards on four carries, 43 yards on six catches and 10 yards on punt returns.

Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles has 324 rushing yards and five touchdowns, 364 receiving yards, and a 13.3-yard average on punt returns.

He also has racked up 16,698 career all-purpose yards to rank 16th in NFL history. The Eagles dropped to 9-6 and sit in second place in the NFC East.

Defense

Terence Newman

CB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 1998 to 2002
Drafted by the Cowboys in 2003

Newman, a 12-year NFL veteran, came away with seven tackles and a pass breakup in Cincinnati's 37-28 home win Monday night over Denver.

A career 172-game starter, the cornerback has 743 career tackles and 148 career passes defended, including season totals of 74 and 15, respectively. The Bengals hold a half-game lead in the AFC North at 10-4-1.

Justin Tuggle

LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013

Tuggle, a second-year linebacker, played in Houston's 25-13 victory Sunday over Baltimore, but did not have any stats.

In 15 games this season, the former undrafted rookie free agent has 38 tackles to improve his two-year career total to 52. The Texans now are 8-7.

Reggie Walker

LB — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2005 to 2008
Drafted by the Cardinals in 2009

Walker, a sixth-year pro, played in San Diego's 38-35 overtime victory Saturday at San Francisco, but did not record any statistics.

In his second season in San Diego, Walker has 12 tackles for the 9-6 Chargers, who are second in the AFC West.

Inactive

Arthur Brown

LB — Baltimore Ravens
K-Stater from 2010 to 2012
Drafted by the Ravens in 2013

Brown, a second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, was inactive for Baltimore's 25-13 loss Sunday at Houston.

Brown has played in three games this season for the 9-6 Ravens, who are third in the AFC North.

Bryce Brown

RB — Buffalo Bills
K-Stater from 2010 to 2011
Drafted by the Eagles in 2012

A seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, Brown was inactive for the Bills' 26-24 loss Sunday at Oakland.

In seven games this year, Brown has 126 rushing yards on 36 attempts, while he has hauled in 16 receptions for 176 yards. Buffalo is tied for second in the AFC East at 8-7.

Jeromey Clary

OL — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2002 to 2005
Drafted by the Chargers in 2006

Clary, an eighth-year offensive lineman for San Diego, remains on the Chargers' physically unable to perform list.

San Diego won an overtime game, 38-35, on Saturday night at San Francisco to improve to 9-6.

Chris Harper

WR — New York Giants
K-Stater from 2010 to 2012
Drafted by the Seahawks in 2013

Harper, a 2013 draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks, is on the practice squad for the New York Giants. The Giants won Sunday at St. Louis, 37-27, to improve to 6-9.

Emmanuel Lamur

LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012

An undrafted rookie free-agent signee in 2012, Lamur was inactive for Cincinnati's 37-28 victory Monday night over Denver.

A 13-game starter in 2014, the linebacker has 89 tackles this season to go along with seven passes defended and two interceptions. The Bengals hold a half-game lead in the AFC North with a 10-4-1 record.

Tavon Rooks

OL — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2012 to 2013
Drafted by the Saints in 2014

A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Rooks is on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad. The Saints fell at home to Atlanta on Sunday, 30-14, to drop to 6-9.

Daniel Thomas

RB — Miami Dolphins
K-Stater from 2009 to 2010
Drafted by the Dolphins in 2011

Thomas, a 2011 draft pick by Miami who was cut and then re-signed by the Dolphins this year, was inactive for Miami's 37-35 home win Sunday over Minnesota.

In 11 games this year, the fourth-year back has 167 rushing yards on 43 carries and 120 receiving yards on 12 catches for the 8-7 Dolphins.

Ty Zimmerman

S — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2010 to 2013
Signed by the Saints in 2014

Zimmerman, an undrafted rookie free-agent signee by the New Orleans Saints, is on injured reserve for the 2014 season. New Orleans fell at home to Atlanta on Sunday, 30-14, to see its record drop to 6-9.