Nittany Lions in the NFL - Week Eight

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Nov. 3, 2009

With 28 Nittany Lions on National Football League rosters, Penn State is well represented in the professional ranks. Each week throughout the year,, will provide updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats. Information on each player's activities, status, and contributions from week eight of the 2009 season is listed below.

Anthony Adams (1999-02), DT, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears 30, Cleveland Browns 6
Adams came off the bench to see time in the Bears' defensive line rotation, making one tackle.

Jay Alford (2003-06), DT, New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles 40, New York Giants 17
Alford was placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He will miss the entire 2009 season.

Levi Brown (2003-06), OT, Arizona Cardinals
Carolina Panthers 34, Arizona Cardinals 21
Brown was part of an offensive unit that gained 320 total yards, including 226 through the air, and tallied 23 first downs in a losing effort. The Cardinals are ranked eighth in the NFL in yards per game, averaging 263.3.

Deon Butler (2005-08), WR, Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys 38, Seattle Seahawks 17
Butler played but did not have a reception in the Seahawks' loss to Dallas. Penn State's all-time leading receiver has been keeping a rookie diary for The Seattle Times and it makes for a very interesting and entertaining read. Check it out

Kerry Collins (1992-94), QB, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 13
Collins served as the designated back-up for starting quarterback Vince Young and did not see game action in Tennessee's first win of the 2009 season.

Dan Connor (2004-07), LB, Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers 34, Arizona Cardinals 21
Connor continues to make an impact on the Carolina special teams, making two tackles.



Bobby Engram (1991, 1993-95), WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Engram has five catches for 61 yards, with a long of 18 through his first seven games with the Chiefs.

John Gilmore (1999-01), TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gilmore has one catch for nine yards this season.

Robbie Gould (2001-04), K, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears 30, Cleveland Browns 6
Gould was 3-for-3 in field goals on the day, connecting on consecutive kicks of 37, 29, and 32 yards to provide the Bears with an early 9-0 lead. He also hit on all three of his PAT attempts.

Tamba Hali (2002-05), DE, Kansas City Chiefs
Hali has started at right outside linebacker in every game this season for the Chiefs, recording 23 tackles and a team-high three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Bryant Johnson (1999-02), WR, Detroit Lions
St. Louis Rams 17, Detroit Lions 10
Johnson started at one of Detroit's wide receiver spots, notching two catches for 43 yards, including a long of 36.

Larry Johnson (1999-02), RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Johnson leads the Chiefs in rushing with 358 yards and has caught 12 passes for 76 yards.

Jeremy Kapinos (2003-06), P, Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings 38, Green Bay Packers 26
Kapinos punted five times for 216 yards, a 43.2 average, with a long of 52, and place one kick inside the 20-yard line.

Jimmy Kennedy (1999-02), DT, Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings 38, Green Bay Packers 26
Kennedy saw action along the Vikings' defensive line, registering one assisted tackle and a quarterback hit.

Justin King (2005-07), CB, St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams 17, Detroit Lions 10
King, recovered from a groin injury that sidelined him last week, saw playing time as a reserve defensive back but did not have any stats.

Aaron Maybin (2007-08), DE, Buffalo Bills
Houston Texans 31, Buffalo Bills 10
Maybin had two tackles (one solo) in a reserve defensive end role.

Sean McHugh (2000-03), TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
McHugh is on the Steelers' injured list after sustaining a knee injury in the preseason and will be out for the season.

Kareem McKenzie (1997-00), OT, New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles 40, New York Giants 17
After being inactive for last week's match-up with the Cardinals due to a groin injury, McKenzie was back at his right tackle spot for Sunday's game with Philadelphia. Despite the loss, the Giants gained 356 yards of total offense.

Rich Ohrnberger (2006-08), OG, New England Patriots
Ohrnberger was designated as inactive for the game. He remains listed as the second team right guard on the Patriots' depth chart.

Paul Posluszny (2003-06), LB, Buffalo Bills
Houston Texans 31, Buffalo Bills 10
Posluszny had nine tackles (5 solos), a quarterback hit, and a forced fumble in the loss to Houston.

Michael Robinson (2002-05), RB, San Francisco 49ers
Indianapolis Colts 18, San Francisco 14
Robinson returned five kickoffs for 99 yards (19.8), with a long of 26. He also recorded one special teams tackle. The former All-Big Ten quarterback periodically hosts a video segment on the 49ers website called "The Robinson Report." Go to and click on the link under the Media Gallery tab to check out his work.

Lydell Sargeant (2005-08), Buffalo Bills
Houston Texans 31, Buffalo Bills 10
Sargeant suffered a knee injury in the preseason and was placed on the Bills' injured reserve list.

Bryan Scott (1999-02), S, Buffalo Bills
<Houston Texans 31, Buffalo Bills 10
Scott, the Bills' starting strong safety, was inactive for the fifth straight game, sidelined by a high ankle sprain suffered in week three. He has a clean bill of health and will practice this week.

Tim Shaw (2002, 2004-06), LB, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears 30, Cleveland Browns 6
For the first time since joining the Bears, Shaw did not record tackle in special teams action.

A.Q. Shipley (2005-08), C, Pittsburgh Steelers
Shipley, a seventh round draft choice of Pittsburgh in April's NFL draft, is a member of the Steelers' practice squad.

Tony Stewart (1997-00), TE, Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers 24, Oakland Raiders 16
Stewart was designated inactive for the game.

Cameron Wake (2000, 2002-04), LB, Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins 30, New York Jets 25
Wake contributed primarily on special teams in the Dolphins' key intra-divisional win, making one assisted tackle.

Derrick Williams (2005-08), WR, Detroit Lions
St. Louis Rams 17, Detroit Lions 10
Williams returned three kicks for 66 yards, a 22.0 average, with a long of 24.


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