WVU in the NFL: Week 15
For the second straight week, Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley came up with an interception that helped the team to another win in the playoff hunt.
Worley intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass in the second quarter of a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday and finished as the team’s second-leading tackler with seven. The second-year pro played all 70 defensive snaps for the Panthers in the win and now has two interceptions this season to go along with 52 tackles.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin played 58 out of 65 possible defensive snaps and racked up two tackles and a pass deflection in a 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, bringing his season total to 51 tackles on the year.
Irvin, a 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, is planning to return to Morgantown in the spring to complete his undergraduate degree according to West Virginia Wire and The Players’ Tribune.
Irvin’s teammate, Raiders safety Karl Joseph, played 63 snaps in the loss and registered six total tackles to bring his season total to 74 which currently ranks third on the team.
Eagles linebacker Najee Goode played eight snaps on defense and 21 on special teams and made one tackle in the team’s 34-29 victory over the New York Giants. Eagles wide receiver Shelton Gibson played eight snaps on special teams, but didn’t record a statistic in his fourth straight game on the active roster.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Eagles rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas was inactive for Sunday’s win in order to make room for linebacker Bryan Braman, who was signed by the Eagles last Tuesday to contribute on special teams.
Joining Douglas on the inactive list was running back Wendell Smallwood, who missed his fifth straight game due to the team's depth and talent at running back.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims received no carries during the team’s 24-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Monday night, but caught each of his four targets for six yards. Sims is up to 30 receptions this season for 224 yards and one touchdown to go along with 89 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Buccaneers safety Keith Tandy and defensive lineman Will Clarke combined for six total tackles in the loss. Tandy currently has 15 combined tackles on the season and Clarke has 11.
Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski played 52 of the defense’s 63 snaps and tied for a team-high eight tackles in a 20-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Saturday. Kwiatkoski’s eight tackles are the most he’s had in a single game since he racked up nine in a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 12.
For the Lions, offensive lineman Don Barclay provided much-needed depth to an offensive line that has recently been plagued by injuries and played 31 snaps at right guard. The Lions averaged more than four yards per carry in the win and quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 75 percent of his passes.
Tennessee Titans offensive guard Quinton Spain started his 12th game of the season, but the team gained just total 90 rushing yards and averaged 3.2 yards per carry in a 25-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Los Angeles Rams Wide receiver Tavon Austin carried the ball a season-high 10 times for 44 yards in a 42-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks. His 44 rushing yards are the most he’s had in a single game this season since he gained 48 in a win over the Cowboys on Oct. 1. Austin has 246 rushing yards on 55 carries for one touchdown this season and his averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
On the other side of the field, Seahawks linebacker Terence Garvin started at weakside linebacker in place of K.J. Wright, who was out with a concussion. The fifth-year pro played in 96 percent of the defense’s snaps and was the team’s second-leading tackler, finishing with a career-high nine tackles and one pass deflection in the loss.
Former West Virginia offensive lineman Mark Glowinski was released by the Seahawks Saturday, but was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. The third-year pro started 19 games for the Seahawks and has played in 36 NFL games since he was drafted in the fourth round by Seattle in 2015.