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Nov. 2, 2015 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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IRISH IN THE PROS force and being in the right place, help- ing guys get lined up." The safety position next to Smith is much less stable, with a group of rotating players that includes former Irish cornerback Robert Blanton, last year's starter. But after moving around so much early in his collegiate career, Smith has become a mainstay at the game's highest level. NFL NOTES For games played Oct. 8‑12 • Jacksonville Jaguars safety Sergio Brown (2006‑09) recorded two tackles in a 38‑31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. • Denver Broncos safety David Bruton (2005‑08) notched one tackle and one pass deflection in a 16‑10 win over the Oakland Raiders. • Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (2009‑12) caught eight passes for 90 yards and two touch‑ downs in a 27‑24 overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He has five scores in as many games. • Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Fasano (2002‑05) played in a 14‑13 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but did not record any statistics. • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (2008‑11) caught one pass for 15 yards in a 42‑17 win over the Detroit Lions. • Lions wide receiver TJ Jones (2010‑13) registered one reception for 11 yards in the 25‑point defeat to the Cardinals. He has returned six punts for a total of 59 yards (9.8 yards per attempt) in three games. • Baltimore Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis‑ Moore (2008‑12) played in a 33‑30 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns, but did not record any statistics. • Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas (2011‑13) ap‑ peared in his team's 42‑17 demolition of the Lions, but did not record any statistics for the fifth straight game. • Lions running back Theo Riddick (2009‑12) caught 10 passes for 53 yards and one touchdown in the loss to the Cardinals. • Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (2007‑09) con‑ tributed eight receptions for 74 yards, but lost a fumble, in the loss to the Cardinals. • San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o (2009‑12) recorded eight tackles in a 24‑20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. On the game‑winning touch‑ down run by running back Le'Veon Bell as time ex‑ pired, Te'o made an initial hit on Bell that the running back broke through before reaching the end zone. • Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck (2001‑04) is expected to miss at least a few games with a shoulder injury. According to, the organization fears it is a torn pectoral. • Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (2011‑13) recorded four tackles in the last‑second triumph over the Chargers. • San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ian Wil‑ liams (2007‑10) notched four tackles in a 30‑27 loss to the New York Giants. • Buffalo Bills running back Cierre Wood (2009‑12) was placed on injured reserve after suffering a sea‑ son‑ending knee injury in a 14‑13 win over the Ten‑ nessee Titans. Wood carried the ball twice for three yards and caught a pass for negative‑six yards prior to the injury. ✦ Moving or flying south for the winter? DON'T MISS AN ISSUE OF Let our customer service department know your new address! Call us at 1-800-421-7751 or email

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