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NFL Week 3 Wrap-Up

September 25, 2007

What’s this? A timely round up of the weekend of NFL action on this blog?? It can’t be! It is, enjoy:

Dallas Cowboys 34
Chicago Bears 10

Ruben Brown started the game but left in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. When Brown left there was only around 10 minutes left and Chicago was down 17 points, so he may have been held out just as a precaution. We’ll update his status as the week goes on.

Lousaka Polite was inactive for the game, unless you include divulging secrets about the opposing team’s offense as being active. I do count that as active.

New York Giants 24
Washington Redskins 17

HB Blades saw his regular action on special teams, picking up an assist, but also got some action with the game on the line in the 4th quarter, making a solo tackle on a first down. Unfortunately the next play went for the game winning touchdown. HB fininshed with one solo tackle and one assist.

Carolina Panthers 27
Atlanta Falcons 20

Nick Goings held onto his kick returning duties for one more wee, but only returned the opening kickoff for 20 yards. He also added a solo tackle on kick coverage later in the game.

Cleveland Browns 24
Oakland Raiders 26

Darnell Dinkins picked up a solo tackle on kick coverage, his only real action of the day.

Arizona Cardinals 23
Baltimore Ravens 26

Larry Fitzgerald had 5 catches for 85 yards, but had a very costly fumble in the 3rd quarter. Everyone is saying that Leinart is still the starter in Arizona, but I’m not sure Fitz should be wishing for that. In the first half Leinart was able to get one ball to Fitz for 13 yards, in the second half Warner got him 4 balls for 72 yards.

Gerald Hayes added 11 tackles (9 solo) and continued his solid play inside for the Cardinals.

Miami Dolphins 28
New York Jets 21

Darrelle Revis got his 3rd start of his NFL career, which I guess is less newsworthy everyday because he’ll probably be starting in New York for a long time, and had 8 tackles (7 solo). That puts him at an average of 7 tackles (6 solo) per game, which would keep him over 100 tackles on the year. With as much as the Jets defense is on the field, he has an excellent shot at that mark.

Indianapolis Colts 30
Houston Texans 24

Clint Session played again on special teams, but only added an offsides penalty on a kick off.

San Francisco 16
Pittsburgh 37

Shawntae Spencer had 2 solo tackles and a pass defensed in his nickel back role.

Andy Lee was again busy against the Steelers, with 5 punts for a pretty amazing 57 yard average. That included 2 punts inside the 20, so he was definitely booming some of those punts, with a long of 66 on the day.

Minnesota Vikings 10
Kansas City Chiefs 13

Kris Wilson got his 3rd NFL start at fullback and had 3 catches for 13 yards. They did throw deep to him twice but were incomplete both times. It’s nice to see them trying to get him mismatches down the field, because we all know that Kris can be a deep threat at times.

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Ruben Brown Does Not Throw Up

September 20, 2007

At least not on purpose before games. This is a weird story I found via LionBackers.com while searching for some info on Brown not participating in practice on Wednesday. (It doesn’t seem serious, might just be giving the vet some rest during the week. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that most Wednesdays or Thursdays for the rest of the season.)

Apparently while with the Buffalo Bills Brown watched Jim Kelly and Glenn Parker force themselves to throw up before every game:

Ruben Brown was a wide-eyed Buffalo Bills rookie in 1995 when he heard the sounds of retching in the locker room bathroom before a game.

Brown figured one or two of his teammates were battling a case of nerves, or perhaps a tainted helping from the pregame buffet.

It turned out Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and offensive lineman Glenn Parker were forcing themselves to throw up.

“If they didn’t puke before a game, they didn’t feel right about going out there,” Brown said.

That is pretty sick. Who knew NFL players have eating disorders.

NFL Week 2 Wrap-Up

September 20, 2007

OK this is extremely late, but it’s just been a really hectic week.

Indianapolis Colts 22
Tennessee Titans 20

Clint Session saw action on special teams, in what I believe was his first time on the field for a regular season game. He got his name in the gamebook about as quickly as possible, assisting on a tackle on the opening kickoff. Unfortunately that’s the last we heard from him. At least his team is 2-0.

Houston Texans 34
Carolina Panthers 21

Nick Goings got his action returning kicks Sunday. He had 5 returns for 101 yards, for a nice 20 yard average and a long of 29. Pretty good day. Oh wait, there was that fumble. Some Carolina fans (by some I mean most fans on Carolina message boards) are blaming Nick for a large part of the loss. I think that’s overreaction, but here’s what happened. After their first possession of the second half Houston went up 24-14. Goings takes the kick and the Panthers are looking to answer and stay in the game. Instead he fumbles and it’s ran in for a touchdown by Houston…31-14…ballgame. Houston seemed to be moving the ball well on Carolina anyways, and there’s no way to say Carolina could have gotten back to within three on that drive…but Nick looks like the goat in Carolina.

San Francisco 49ers 17
St Louis Rams 14

Shawntae Spencer had another pretty decent game as the nickel back for the 49ers, with 4 tackles and a pass defensed.

Of course as punter for the 49ers, everyday is a busy day. Andy Lee had 8 punts and put 4 of them inside the 20 with only one touchback. He averaged over 41 yards per punt, and he was obviously placing a good number of those punts so he wasn’t just booming away.

Cincinnatti Bengals 45
Cleveland Browns 51

First of all, this game was awesome…love seeing the Bengals lose to the Browns. Darnell Dinkins played on special teams and finished with two tackles, one solo. He also returned a kick as an up man for 11 yards.

Seattle Seahawks 20
Arizona Cardinals 23

Larry Fitzgerald had a pretty active day catching the football but still didn’t get in the end zone. He finished with 7 catches for 87 yards, giving him over 21 yards per catch.

Gerald Hayes had a decent day as well with 7 tackles, 6 of them being solos. He didn’t get creditfor a forced fumble in the official stats, but anyone watching knows Hayes made one of the biggest plays of the game. With the game tied and less than two minutes to play Hayes disrupted a handoff in the backfield that led to a fumble and the Cardinals getting the ball at the Seahawk 36. That set up Neil Rackers for the game winning field goal. The one knock on Hayes is that he isn’t in the backfield much and doesn’t get sacks. Hopefully we see a lot more plays out of Hayes like that this season.

Kansas City Chiefs 10
Chicago Bears 20

Ruben Brown had a typical day for a lineman – only in the stats when things go bad. He picked up a holding penalty in the fourth and had a tackl when Chicago was intercepted earlier in the game.

Kris Wilson got his second NFL start at fullback  for the Chiefs, and it went better than his first game. He ended up with 4 catches for 34 yards. And no fumbles. Was still a weird day for Kris though, as after the first half of play he had 2 catches for 35 yards, including a catch and run for 31 yards. In the second half he had 2 catches for -1 yards.

New York Jets 13
Baltimore Ravens 20

Darrelle Revis got his second NFL start in as many games for the Jets. He finished nicely with 6 tackles, 5 solo and 2 passes defensed.

Hank Poteat also saw playing time for the Jets, but had no tackles.

Good News for Two Panthers

September 14, 2007

Some good news on the injury front from yesterday…

According to the Chicago-Sun Times, Ruben Brown practiced yesterday and is expected to start on Sunday. He was originally listed as doubtful.

49ers.com is reporting that Shawntae Spencer also participated in all of practice Thursday and that would lead you to believe he will also be available on Sunday. He was originally listed as probable.

News & Notes – Brown, Spencer, Palko

September 13, 2007

Just a few small items to wrap up, none really needing their own post.

Chicago Bear Ruben Brown has not practiced this week because of a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable for week 2.

Shawntae Spencer did not practice Wednesday with an elbow injury, but is listed as probably for Sunday.

Tyler Palko was signed back to the Saints practice squad after being released from their 53 man roster  on Tuesday.

NFL Week 1 Wrap-Up

September 11, 2007

Each week here at PITP we will be recapping all of the games that Panther Alumns took part in. Let’s get moving on week one after the jump

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Ruben Brown Heading to Hawaii

January 26, 2007

Looks like this is going to be pretty much Ruben Brown week until the Super Bowl is over…More good news for Ruben and his Hall of Fame chances that we mentioned yesterday, as he was named to the Pro Bowl to replace injured shawn Andrews this morning:

Chicago Bears left guard Ruben Brown Thursday was named to his ninth NFL Pro Bowl.

The 12-year veteran replaces Philadelphia’s Shawn Andrews, who will miss the game after suffering a neck injury in the Eagles’ Jan. 13 playoff loss to New Orleans.

That makes 9 Pro Bowls for Ruben, and if he can add a Super Bowl ring to his resume you have to think he’s got more than a good shot at making the Hall.

Ruben Brown Riding into Miami

January 25, 2007

Ruben BrownThe biggest story we’ve missed since our absence probably has been our panthers in the NFL playoffs. The original count was four (Brown, Rob Petitti, Hank Poteat and Kris Wilson)…but now we’re down to only big Ruben Brown. The 8-time Pro-Bowler finally has his chance to get a Super Bowl ring to cap off a stellar career.

You can expect to see a lot of personal stories on Brown leading up to next weekend, as he is considered the leader of the Bears Offensive line and is a long-time veteran who has been waiting for this chance a long time. We were somewhat surprised though that most of the early stories and notes on Ruben are from the city where he made a name for himself, Buffalo…

From BuffaloBillsInsider:

The Chicago Bears crushed the New Orleans Saints by a score of 39-14 on Sunday in the NFC Championship game, propelling them to the Super Bowl for the first time in two-plus decades. Leading the way offensively for Chicago was offensive guard Ruben Brown, a once-revered Buffalo Bill.

Drafted by the Bills in 1995, Brown went on to play in eight consecutive Pro Bowls for the AFC between 1996-2003. Although many thought Brown was overrated during that time span, it’s become fairly evident he probably wasn’t.

The 34-year-old is simply a winner; he’s the type of leader teams love to have. Just ask quarterback Rex Grossman, who leapt into Brown’s arms after a second-half touchdown pass in Sunday’s game. Or ask running back Thomas Jones, who followed a pulling Brown into the end zone on a first-half scoring scamper.

And the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle:

Ruben Brown, an offensive guard for the Chicago Bears, is headed to Miami after Chicago beat New Orleans Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

The popular Brown, who was drafted by Buffalo in 1995, played in eight consecutive Pro Bowls between 1996 and 2003 with the Bills before moving on to the Bears. Ruben and his family still live in Buffalo.

The D & C added speculation to Ruben’s Hall of Fame chances deep in a notes article this morning:

If the Chicago Bears win Super Bowl XLI, it might put former Buffalo Bills offensive guard Ruben Brown over the top as a future Pro Football Hall of Famer. The voters respect championship rings and Pro Bowl appearances (he had eight with the Bills). He’s still going strong three years after the Bills let him go.

This is just the start to the articles I’m sure, but it’s nice to see a Panther so loved by a city that he doesn’t play for anymore. He must love Buffalo as well, since he still makes his home there.

Sunday NFL Roundup

October 2, 2006

Eight games with former Panthers on the field yesterday, so let’s get right to it:

New Orleans 18
Carolina 21

Nick Goings did play, coming back from his thigh injury, but didn’t get much action. He did get a holding call in the 4th quarter. His biggest play of the game was probably his recovery of an onside kick with less than two minutes left with New Orleans trying to get a chance to tie the game.

Dallas 45
Tennessee 14

Another fullback not seeing much action was

Arizona 10
Atlanta 32

Larry Fitzgerald
Gerald Hayes

Indianapolis 31
New York Jets 28

Kevan Barlow

San Francisco 0
Kansas City 41

Antonio Bryant was part of the overwhelmed San Fran offense, finishing with only two catches for 29 yards on the day. I can’t imagine the loss of Vernon Smith really hurt SF this much, maybe it was just an off day…at least AB and company had better hope so.
Shawntae Spencer
One guy who is always busy when his team gets blown out is the punter.

For KC, Kris Wilson’s only true action was a tackle on a kickoff. KC probably wasn’t throwing the ball much late, but if you can’t get a touch when your team puts up 41 points…that’s probably not a good sign.

Cleveland 24
Oakland 21

Darnell Dinkins

New England 38
Cincinnati 13

Hank Poteat
Seattle 6
Chicago 37

Ruben Brown

Ruben Brown, In His Own Words

September 26, 2006

Ruben Brown

ChicagoSports.com has a feature on Pro-Bowl Guard and Panther alumn Ruben Brown today and it’s a pretty interesting read.

I believe this is supposed to be a “Q&A” type article…but someone forgot to put in the questions. So all we’re reading is the answers, which makes it somewhat confusing but still some good stuff in there. I’ll try to fill in what I think the general questions were.

I usually only take a few lines from an article and then give my observations, but in this case I’m just trying to make the article readable.

Read Ruben’s words after the jump…

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