The Pro ‘Canes continued to impress in week eight of the NFL. Let’s have a look.
– Broncos’ RB Willis McGahee ran wild against the Saints defense in Denver’s 34-14 win. The former ‘Cane amassed 122 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries.
– Saints’ LB and bounty scandal participant Jonathan Vilma returned to the starting line-up. Vilma’s return wasn’t enough to slow down Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ potent offense. Following New Orleans loss, Vilma told The Washington Post, “I felt a little rusty, especially with the new defense, getting used to some of the new guys on the team and not being around them. I didn’t get a chance to participate in OTAs or training camp or preseason, so for me this is a crash course in everything – the new defense, the new guys, playing, getting into shape.”
– Saints’ TE Jimmy Graham also returned to the New Orleans offense. The Miami alum suffered an ankle injury in week 5 against Tampa Bay. In his return, Graham caught 5 balls for 63 yards and one touchdown.
– Giants S Antrel Rolle was examined for a concussion following New York’s win over Dallas. In an attempted pass break-up, Rolle landed on his head during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Head coach Tom Coughlin told ESPN, “he hit his head hard on the ground.” New York was without fellow S Kenny Phillips who suffered an MCL injury.
– Colts’ WR Reggie Wayne continues to prove that he is among the NFL’s elite. The former ‘Canes had 7 receptions for 91 yards.
– Dolphins’ rookie DE Olivier Vernon is beginning to make a name for himself. In Miami’s 30-9 win over the Jets, Vernon recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, resulting in a touchdown. He was also responsible for a blocked field goal.
– Redskins’ WR Santana Moss scored on a two-yard pass from QB Robert Griffin III during Washington’s 27-12 loss against Pittsburgh. Following the game, Skins’ WR Leonard Hankerson told ESPN, “I guess it was just a bad day for us. We didn’t make those [big] plays.”
– In Monday nights San Fran vs. Arizona game, the Hurricanes will be represented by LB Tavares Gooden (49ers), RB Frank Gore (49ers), DE Calais Campbell (Cardinals), WR LaRon Byrd (Cardinals) and RB Javarris James (Cardinals).