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Injuries slowing former Wildcats

By The Mercury

The long grind of the NFL season has started to get to a number of former Kansas State players.

While New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is probable to return from an ankle injury tonight against Seattle, others haven’t been so lucky.

Running back Daniel Thomas was inactive for the Miami Dolphins’ 23-3 win over the New York Jets. Thomas suffered a season-ending injury last week against the Carolina Panthers.

Joining him as inactive was Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman, benched since suffering a concussion in his Vikings debut. Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was placed on the season-ending injury reserve list before the season started. The Tennessee Titans also made linebacker Zac Diles inactive.

Those who did play, varied in their levels of productivity. Rob Jackson had four tackles for the Washington Redskins in a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants. After missing much of the season due to suspension, Jackson has nine tackles, two sacks and an interception.

Bryce Brown had five carries for four yards in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Former All-American defensive back Terence Newman had one tackle in the Bengals’ 17-10 win over the San Diego Chargers. Chargers linebacker Reggie Walker had six tackles.

Justin Tuggle had one tackle for the Houston Texans in a 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots.

In Thanksgiving day action, Jordy Nelson had two catches for 14 yards as the Green Bay Packers lost 40-10. Nelson’s stats have dipped since quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hurt, but he still has 63 catches for 961 yards and seven touchdowns.

Packers wide receiver Chris Harper was inactive for the game.

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