Irish In The Pros: NFL Week Three

September 27, 2017 Corey Bodden, Staff Writer

Week three of the NFL season is in the books.

Here is a look at how former Irish stars fared this past week in the NFL and in MLB as well.

Former Irish safety Matthias Farley attempting to tackle former Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer this past Sunday.
AP/Darron Cummings


• Tyler Eifert (2009-12), TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Missed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers while recovering from a back injury. Per ESPN, he is expected to “miss multiple weeks.”

• Anthony Fasano (2002-05), TE, Miami Dolphins: Did not catch a pass in Miami’s 20-6 loss to the New York Jets.

• Michael Floyd (2008-11), WR, Minnesota Vikings: Suspended for the first four games of 2017 by the NFL due to his DUI arrest in December and subsequent 24-day jail stint.

• Will Fuller (2013-15), WR, Houston Texans: Began the year as Houston’s No. 2 receiver … Showed improvement early in training camp, but suffered a broken collarbone Aug. 2 that was expected to sideline him until late October or early November. Fuller could play in week four against the Tennessee Titans.

• J.J. Jansen (2004-07), LS, Carolina Panthers: Will once again handle all the team’s long snapping duties in 2017.

• TJ Jones (2010-13), WR, Detroit Lions: Caught three passes for a career-high and team-high 63 yards in a 30-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

• DeShone Kizer (2014-16), QB, Cleveland Browns: Completed 22 of 47 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Also, threw three interceptions. Tied for the team-high in rushing yards with 44 and added a touchdown on seven carries

• Ben Koyack (2011-14), TE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Did not record a catch in Jacksonville’s 44-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens in London.

• Nick Martin (2011-15), OL, Houston Texans: Again played every offensive snap for the Texans in a 36-33 loss to the New England Patriots.

• Zack Martin (2009-13), OL, Dallas Cowboys: Again played every offensive snap for the Cowboys in their 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

• Troy Niklas (2011-13), TE, Arizona Cardinals: Registered one catch for 10 yards in Arizona’s 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

• C.J. Prosise (2012-15), RB, Seattle Seahawks: Rushed for nine yards on four carries while catching three passes for 65 yards in a 33-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

• Theo Riddick (2009-12), RB, Detroit Lions: Recorded three catches for 39 yards in a 30-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

• Kyle Rudolph (2008-10), TE, Minnesota Vikings: Caught one pass for four yards in a 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

• Ronnie Stanley (2012-15), OT, Baltimore Ravens: Started at left tackle in Baltimore’s 44-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

• John Sullivan (2003-07), C, Los Angeles Rams: Got the start, but played 48 percent of the offensive snaps in 41-39 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

• Golden Tate (2007-09), WR, Detroit Lions: Caught a team-high seven passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in a 30-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

• Sam Young (2006-09), OT, Miami Dolphins: Did not play in Miami’s 20-6 loss to the New York Jets.


• Sheldon Day (2012-15), DL, Jacksonville Jaguars: Did not record a tackle in Jacksonville’s 44-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens in London.

• Matthias Farley (2011-15), DB, Indianapolis Colts: Registered three tackles in a 31-28 win over the Cleveland Browns.

• Cole Luke (2013-16), CB, Carolina Panthers: Placed on injury reserve with an ankle injury to make room for an offensive line signing.

• Romeo Okwara (2012-15), DE, New York Giants: Recorded a tackle in a 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

• James Onwualu (2013-16), LB, Los Angeles Chargers: Did not record a tackle in 19 snaps, per, on special teams in the Chargers 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

• Isaac Rochell (2013-16), DT, Los Angeles Chargers: Rochell was waived last week by the Chargers to make room on the 53-man roster. He has signed with the team's practice squad.

• KeiVarae Russell (2012-15), CB, Cincinnati Bengals: Was inactive with a hamstring injury for Cincinnati’s 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

• Harrison Smith (2007-11), S, Minnesota Vikings: Notched a team-high nine tackles in a 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

• Jaylon Smith (2013-15), LB, Dallas Cowboys: Continued his strong play recording seven total tackles in a 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

• Manti Te’o (2009-12), LB, New Orleans Saints: Recorded five total tackles in a 34-13 win over the Carolina Panthers.

• Stephon Tuitt (2011-13), DE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Did not play in Pittsburgh’s 23-17 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears.

• Ishaq Williams (2011-14), DE, New York Giants: On season-ending injured reserve.


• John Axford (Played at Notre Dame from 2002-05), RHP, Free Agent: Was released by the Oakland A’s Aug. 1, and had yet to hook on with another team … Struggled in 22 relief appearances, notching a 0-1 record and 6.43 ERA … Recorded 21 strikeouts in 21 innings, but also allowed 44 base runners (27 hits and 17 walks).

• Trey Mancini (2011-13), 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Seen action in 143 of the Orioles’ contests … Hitting .293 with 63 runs scored, 24 home runs and 78 RBIs.

• David Phelps (2006-08), RHP, Seattle Mariners: Was traded to the Mariners July 20, with three prospects going to the Miami Marlins … For the season, had made 54 relief appearances while registering a 4-5 record with 21 holds, 62 strikeouts and a 3.40 ERA in 55.2 innings.

• A.J. Pollock (2007-10), OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Has played in 107 games… Hitting .264 with 70 runs scored, 13 homers, 48 RBI and 19 stolen bases.

• Jeff Samardzija (2003-06), RHP, San Francisco Giants: Currently holds an 9-15 record with a 4.51 ERA in his first 31 starts of the season … Whiffed 201 batters in 201.2 innings of work. Has made 19 quality starts.


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