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Nov. 16, 2015 Issue

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IRISH IN THE PROS ers Oct. 18, Floyd nearly scored a second touchdown — but it was negated by a controversial offensive pass interference call. Another close call came in the third quarter when he was unable to get two feet — the requirement for a catch in the NFL — in bounds. "I thought I had it," Floyd told report- ers. "We practice the sideline drill each and every day, and I thought I slid my left foot in there." Floyd's best professional season came in 2013, when he registered 65 receptions for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. He added six scores the following season. Now, he is a critical piece for a Cardi- nals squad hoping to win the franchise's first Super Bowl. NFL NOTES For games played Oct. 29-Nov. 5 • Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (2009-12) caught four passes for 39 yards in a 16-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Four days later in a 31-10 win versus Cleveland, he caught five passes for 53 yards and three touchdowns — giving him an NFL high nine TD for the 8-0 Bengals. He also tied Bob Trumpy's team record nine TD by a tight end, set in 1969. • Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Fasano (2002- 05) recorded one reception for nine yards in a 20-6 loss to the Houston Texans. • Miami Dolphins running back Jonas Gray (2008- 11) registered two carries for one yard and four receptions for 50 yards in a 36-7 loss to his former team, the New England Patriots. • Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas (2011-13) scored for the first two times in his career on two catches for 12 yards in the team's 34-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. • Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (2009-12) carried five times for 17 yards and had six receptions for 30 yards in a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. • San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Trevor Rob- inson (2008-11) started for the fifth straight game in a 29-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. • Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (2008- 10) snared two receptions for 22 yards in a 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears. • Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (2007-11) recorded seven tackles in the win over the Bears. • Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (2007-09) amassed six receptions for 59 yards in a 45-10 loss to the Chiefs. • San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o (2009- 12) missed his third straight game due to injury in a 29-26 loss to the Ravens. • Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (2011-13) sat out the team's 16-10 loss to the Bengals due to an ankle injury. • New York Jets cornerback Darrin Walls (2006-10) made two tackles in a 34-20 loss to Oakland. • San Diego Chargers center Chris Watt (2009-13) played in a 29-26 loss to the Ravens, but did not start. He is working his way back after missing two games due to injury. • San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ian Williams (2007-10) recorded six tackles in a 27-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams. • The players that played but did not record any statistics in week eight include Minnesota Vikings de- fensive back Robert Blanton (2008-11), Denver Bron- cos safety David Bruton (2005-08), Detroit Lions wide receiver TJ Jones (2010-13), Baltimore Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (2008-12) and Tennessee Titans defensive back Cody Riggs (2014). NBA NOTES Through Nov. 5 • New York Knicks guard Jerian Grant (2010-15) aver- aged 8.0 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in the first five contests of his professional career. He scored a career-high 12 points in a 94-84 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Nov. 2. • Fellow rookie Pat Connaughton (2011-15) of the Portland Trail Blazers scored five points in three min- utes during a 110-92 loss to the Phoenix Suns Oct. 30, but did not appear in the other four games. ✦

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