Spartans in the NFL (Week 12)
Wide receiver Plaxico Burress returned to the NFL last week when Pittsburgh signed the former Spartan to fill in for the injured Antonio Brown.
Burress, as you may recall, played in the Steel City from 2000-04 where he rolled up 261 catches, for over 41-hundred yards and 22 touchdowns.
Plax played on Sunday and was targeted two times. However, he did not record a catch.
That wasn't the only Spartan splash the Steelers made last week when they signed Brian Hoyer as a backup for Charlie Batch. The 37-year old Batch played poorly in Pittsburgh's 20-14 loss on Sunday, throwing 3 interceptions. Batch is the third string QB and was pressed into action due to injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich.
Hoyer may be summoned to play this week if Roethlishberger is not ready to go. I imagine he may also be viewed as a long term option as the number two quarterback.
TOP SPARTAN PERFORMERSPlaxico Burress WR (PIT) - Burress made his return to the NFL last week when he was signed by the Steelers. He was targeted twice but did not make a reception in Pittsburgh's 20-14 defeat to Cleveland.
Season Totals: 0 Receptions
Kellen Davis TE (CHI) - 1 reception for 15 yards in Chicago's 28-10 win over Minnesota.
Season Totals: 14 catches, 185 yards, 2 TD.
Brandon Fields P (MIA) - 5 punts, 45.0 yard average, including two inside the 20, in Miami's 24-21 victory over Seattle.
Season Totals: 56 punts, 50.5 avg., 20 inside 20, 3 tackles
Brian Hoyer QB (PIT) - DNP in Pittsburgh's 20-14 loss to Cleveland on Sunday.
Season Totals: Has not played.
Keshawn Martin WR (HOU) - Caught 2 passes for 17 yards and 1 carry for 17 yards in Houston's 34-31 victory at Detroit on Thanksgiving. He also returned 5 kicks for 121 yards (long of 30 yards) and returned 3 punts for 10 yards (long of 7 yards).
Season Totals: 9 receptions, 89 yards, 1 TD. 4 carries, 42 yards. 12 punt returns, 148 yards. 20 kickoff returns, 493 yards.
Domata Peko DT (CIN) - 2 tackles in Cincinnati's 34-10 victory over Oakland.
Season Totals: 36 tackles, including 1.5 sack.
Kevin Vickerson DT (DEN) - 2 tackles in Denver's 17-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Season Totals: 32 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Jerel Worthy DT (GB) - Recorded 1 tackle in Green Bay's 38-10 loss to the New York Giants.
Season Totals: 10 tackles, including 2 sacks.
OTHER SPARTANS IN THE NFL
Garrett Celek TE (SF) - Did not make a reception, but saw the field on special teams in San Fran's 31-21 victory over New Orleans.
Season Totals: 2 receptions - 10 yards
Kyle Cook C (CIN) - Injured Reserve
Kirk Cousins QB (WSH) - DNP in Washington's 38-31 Thanksgiving day victory in Dallas.
Season Totals: 5-for-9, 111, 1 TD, 2 INT
Greg Jones LB (Jac) - Recorded one tackle in Jacksonville's 24-19 victory over Tennessee.
Season Totals: 2 tackles
Brandon McKinney DT (IND) - Will miss the season with ACL tear
Javon Ringer RB (TEN) - Was placed on injured reserve last week.
Season Totals: 2 rushes, 14 yards. 3 receptions, 12 yards.
Trenton Robinson FS (SF) - DNP in San Francisco's 31-21 victory at New Orleans.
Eric Smith S (NYJ) - 3 tackles in the Jets' 49-19 defeat to New England.
Season Totals: 10 total tackles, 1 INT.
Drew Stanton QB (IND) - DNP, in Indy's 20-13 win over Buffalo.