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WILDCATS IN THE NFL: Week 13

BracketCat takes a look at how former Kansas State Wildcats performed in Week 13 of the 2014 NFL season.

Terence Newman had possibly his best game of the season Sunday in a narrow 14-13 win at Tampa Bay. The cornerback recorded five tackles, an interception and two passes defended. In a one-point win, plays such as those are HUGE.
Terence Newman had possibly his best game of the season Sunday in a narrow 14-13 win at Tampa Bay. The cornerback recorded five tackles, an interception and two passes defended. In a one-point win, plays such as those are HUGE.
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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

Bryce Brown

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

Brown, a seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, carried three times for 11 yards in the Bills' 26-10 home victory Sunday over Cleveland.

Brown pushed his season rushing total to 95 yards on 29 attempts, while he also has hauled in seven receptions for 57 yards. Buffalo improved to 7-5 with the win and is tied for second in the AFC East.

Cornelius Lucas

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

Lucas, an undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman, made his first career start at left tackle in Detroit's 34-17 Thanksgiving Day win over Chicago. He has played in 11 games this year for the Lions, who improved to 8-4.

Jordy Nelson

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

A seventh-year veteran, Nelson carded two receptions for 53 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, in Green Bay's 26-21 home victory Sunday against New England. The Packers lead the NFC North at 9-3.

A career 53-game starter, Nelson has topped the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his career, including a second straight season, as he has 70 receptions for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014.

He is tied for third in the league in touchdowns, while he ranks seventh in yards and 10th in receptions. In his seven-year career, Nelson has 372 receptions for 5,709 yards and 46 touchdowns.

Darren Sproles

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

A 10th-year pro, Sproles accounted for 64 all-purpose yards in the Eagles' 33-10 Thanksgiving Day win at Dallas.

The running back carded 19 yards on three receptions, ran for 13 yards on his lone carry of the day and returned three punts for 32 yards.

Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles has 295 rushing yards and five touchdowns, 313 receiving yards, and a 14.5-yard average on punt returns. He also has racked up 16,607 career all-purpose yards to rank 16th in NFL history. The Eagles improved to an NFC East-best 9-3 record with the win.

Daniel Thomas

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

A 2011 draft pick by Miami who was cut and then re-signed by the Dolphins this year, Thomas rushed once for 5 yards and caught a 3-yard pass in Miami's 16-13 comeback win Monday night at the New York Jets.

In nine games this year, the fourth-year back has 162 rushing yards on 41 carries and 100 receiving yards on 10 catches for the 7-5 Dolphins, who are tied for second in the AFC East.

Defense

Zac Diles

LB — Cleveland Browns
K-Stater from 2005 to 2006
Drafted by the Texans in 2007

In his second game this season for Cleveland, Diles recorded a tackle in the Browns' 26-10 loss Sunday at Buffalo.

Diles, who also has played for Houston this year, and the Browns fell to 7-5 and sit a in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC North.

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 carded five tackles — including a tackle for loss — in Cincinnati's narrow 14-13 win Sunday at Tampa Bay.

The starting strongside linebacker now has 84 stops this season to go along with seven passes defended and two interceptions. The Bengals lead the AFC North with an 8-3-1 record.

Terence Newman

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

A 12-year NFL veteran, Newman carded his 170th career start as Cincinnati escaped Tampa Bay with a 14-13 victory. The cornerback recorded five tackles, an interception and two passes defended in the win.

Newman now has 729 career tackles and 145 career passes defended, including season totals of 60 and 12, respectively. The Bengals improved to an AFC North-leading 8-3-1 record with the win.

Justin Tuggle

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

A second-year linebacker, Tuggle earned the start. The former undrafted rookie free agent came away with one tackle in Houston's 45-21 win Sunday over Tennessee. The Texans evened their record at 6-6.

In 12 games this season, Tuggle has 38 tackles to improve his two-year career total to 52.

Reggie Walker

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

A sixth-year pro, Walker recorded one tackle in San Diego's 34-33 come-from-behind win Sunday at Baltimore.

In his second season in San Diego, Walker has 12 tackles for the 8-4 Chargers.

Inactive

Arthur Brown

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

A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown was inactive for the Ravens' 34-33 home loss Sunday to San Diego. Brown has played in two games this season for the 7-5 Ravens.

Jeromey Clary

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

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

San Diego scored 14 points in the final three minutes at Baltimore to escape with a 34-33 win, which pushed the Chargers' record to 8-4.

Tavon Rooks

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

Rooks, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, is on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad. The Saints won at Pittsburgh on Sunday, 35-32, to improve to 5-7 and tie for the NFC South lead.

Ty Zimmerman

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

An undrafted rookie free-agent signee by the New Orleans Saints, Zimmerman is on injured reserve for 2014.

New Orleans won a 35-32 contest Sunday at Pittsburgh to see its record improve to 5-7 and move into a tie for the NFC South lead.