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WILDCATS IN THE NFL: Week 1

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BracketCat takes a look at how former Kansas State Wildcats performed in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season.

K-State legend Darren Sproles had one of the biggest highlights of Sunday with this 49-yard TD run on 4th-and-1 in the Philadelphia Eagles' 34-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
K-State legend Darren Sproles had one of the biggest highlights of Sunday with this 49-yard TD run on 4th-and-1 in the Philadelphia Eagles' 34-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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This is the debut of a new feature in which I will track the progress of former Wildcats greats such as Darren Sproles in the ranks of professional football.

For now, I shall restrict it to NFL 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.

Arthur Brown

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

A second-round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown was inactive during Baltimore's 23-16 loss at Cincinnati on Sunday. The second-year player made 15 tackles, including half a sack, in 14 games last season.

Bryce Brown

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

Bryce Brown, a seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, was inactive for the Bills' 23-20 overtime victory at Chicago on Sunday.

Jeromey Clary

OL — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2001 to 2005
Drafted by the Chargers in 2006

Clary is on the "physically unable to perform" list for the San Diego Chargers. Clary, who is in his eighth season, has played in 103 career regular-season games. San Diego lost at Arizona, 18-17, on Monday night.

Emmanuel Lamur

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

Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, made his first career NFL start a good one Sunday as he came away with a team-high 11 tackles and carded his first career interception in the Bengals' 23-16 win over Baltimore.

Lamur, who sat out the 2013 season due to injury, had only 19 career tackles in nine games entering this season.

Cornelius Lucas

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

An undrafted rookie free agent who made the 53-man roster for Detroit, Lucas was inactive for the Lions' 35-14 Monday night victory over the New York Giants.

Jordy Nelson

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

Playing in his 90th career game and making his 42nd career start, Nelson hauled in nine receptions for 83 yards in Green Bay's 36-16 loss Sept. 4 at Seattle.

Nelson has accumulated 4,673 career receiving yards on 311 catches with 36 touchdowns.

Terence Newman

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

Newman, a 12-year NFL veteran, made his 114th career start and played in his 146th career game Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 23-16.

Newman had six tackles and batted away a pass. He now has 675 tackles and 134 passes defended in his career.

Tavon Rooks

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

Rooks, a sixth-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints, is on the Saints' practice squad. The Saints lost in overtime, 37-34, at Atlanta on Sunday.

Darren Sproles

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

Beginning his 10th NFL season and his first as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Sproles recorded 147 all-purpose yards — including a 49-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1 — as the Eagles defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 34-17.

Sproles rushed 11 times for 71 yards, caught four passes for 14 yards and returned four punts for a total of 62 yards. His 49-yard rush was the Eagles' first score, but Philadelphia tallied 34 unanswered second-half points.

Justin Tuggle

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

Tuggle, who entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent for Houston last season, made his second career start and played in his 16th career game in the Texans' 17-6 win over Washington on Sunday.

Tuggle made one tackle to give him 15 in his career.

Reggie Walker

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

A sixth-year pro who is in his second season with the Chargers, Walker played in San Diego's 18-17 loss Monday night at Arizona, but did not record any statistics.

Ty Zimmerman

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

Zimmerman, an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the New Orleans Saints, is on injured reserve. The Saints lost in overtime, 37-34, at Atlanta on Sunday.