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Nittany Lions in the NFL - Week One

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Sept. 11, 2008

With 26 Nittany Lions on National Football League rosters, Penn State is well represented in the professional ranks. Each week throughout the year, www.GoPSUsports.com, will provide updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats. Highlights from week one of the 2008 NFL season include Kareem McKenzie's standout effort against Jason Taylor, Tony Hunt's second career touchdown, and Robbie Gould's perfect kicking performance.

Anthony Adams, DT, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears 29, Indianapolis Colts 13
Adams was listed as inactive for the game.

Jay Alford, DT, New York Giants
New York Giants 16, Washington Redskins 7
Alford saw action as part of the Giants defensive line rotation, as New York began defense of its Super Bowl title.

Levi Brown, OT, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals 23, San Francisco 49ers 13
Brown started at right tackle, paving the way for Edgerrin James' 100-yard game and protecting Kurt Warner as he threw for 197 yards and one touchdown.

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Collins replaced injured starter Vince Young in the fourth quarter and went 2-for-2 for 65 yards, including a 44-yard strike to tight end Bo Scaife, wrapping up an upset win for the Titans. With Young expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks, Collins will assume the starting quarterback role.

Dan Connor, LB, Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers 26, San Diego Chargers 24
Connor played on special teams in his NFL debut, registering one tackle.

Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Buffalo Bills 34, Seattle Seahawks 10
After setting a Seattle record with 94 receptions and leading the team with 1,147 receiving yards in 2007, Engram cracked a bone in his right shoulder on the first play of the preseason and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. He hopes to return to the line-up by week five of the regular season.

 

 

John Gilmore, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20
Gilmore served as a back-up tight end in the Buccaneers' season opener.

Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears 29, Indianapolis Colts 13
Gould was perfect for the game, going 3-for-3 on PAT attempts and 2-for-2 on field goal attempts (41 and 25 yards).

Tamba Hali, DE, Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots 17, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Hali started at right defensive end, totaling six tackles (three solo) and one pass defended.

Tony Hunt, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles 38, St. Louis Rams 3
Hunt made his first career start at fullback, lead blocking for Brian Westbrook's 91-yard, one-touchdown performance. He also rushed for three yards on two carries, including a one-yard touchdown plunge, the second of his NFL career. Hunt also caught one pass for two yards and made one tackle in special teams duty.

Bryant Johnson, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals 23, San Francisco 49ers 13
After leaving the Cardinals to sign with the 49ers during free agency in the offseason, Johnson hauled in three passes for 48 yards, including a long of 31, in his 49er debut.

Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots 17, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Johnson ran for 74 yards on 22 carries, including a long of 22 yards. He also caught one pass for 12 yards.

Joe Jurevicius, WR, Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys 28, Cleveland Browns 10
Jurevicius is currently on the Browns' physically unable to perform list due to knee injury. The earliest he could return to action is week seven.

Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Kennedy saw action on the Jaguar defensive line.

Ethan Kilmer, CB, Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens 17, Cincinnati Bengals 10
Kilmer suffered a thigh injury during the 2008 preseason. He is currently listed on the Bengals' injured reserve.

Justin King, CB, St. Louis Rams
Philadelphia Eagles 38, St. Louis Rams 3
Listed on the injured reserve after tearing a ligament in his left big toe in the Rams' preseason opener.

Calvin Lowry, S, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos 41, Oakland Raiders 14
Lowry was listed as inactive for the game.

Sean McHugh, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Houston Texans 17
McHugh was designated as inactive for the game.

Kareem McKenzie, OT, New York Giants
New York Giants 16, Washington Redskins 7
McKenzie started at right tackle for the Super Bowl champions, helping lead the way for Brandon Jacobs' 116-yard rushing performance. In a showdown with defensive end Jason Taylor, McKenzie shined, holding the six-time Pro Bowler to just two tackles. He earned special recognition by Sports Illustrated's Peter King in his weekly online Monday Morning Quarterback column, writing, "Kareem McKenzie had a really good night blocking for the Giants Thursday."

Scott Paxson, DT, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Houston Texans 17
Paxson is a member of the Steelers' practice squad.

Paul Posluszny


Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills 34, Seattle Seahawks 10
Posluszny started at linebacker, registering six tackles (three solo) and two passes defended while helping hold the potent Seahawk offense to just 275 total yards.

Tyler Reed, G, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears 29, Indianapolis Colts 13
Reed is a member of the Bears' practice squad.

Michael Robinson, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals 23, San Francisco 49ers 13
Robinson assisted on one tackle on special teams.

Bryan Scott, S, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills 34, Seattle Seahawks 10
Scott recorded one tackle on defense and one on special teams. He also forced a Logan Payne fumble in the third quarter that was recovered by Seattle.

Tony Stewart, TE, Oakland Raiders
Denver Broncos 41, Oakland Raiders 14
Stewart served as a back-up tight end in the Raiders' season opener.

Kenny Watson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens 17, Cincinnati Bengals 10
Watson rushed for 13 yards on two carries in limited duty.

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