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WVU in the NFL: Week 7

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Smallwood returned to action after missing two straight games with a knee injury.

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Three former Mountaineers saw action in last night’s Monday night matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

Eagles Cornerback Rasul Douglas recorded just one tackle in the team’s 34-24 win over the Redskins.

After failing to record a statistic the past five games, Eagles linebacker Najee Goode started at outside linebacker in place of the injured Mychal Kendricks and racked up five solo tackles, bring his season total to six. Goode struggled early on and failed to cover Redskins running back Chris Thompson as he was left wide open for a 7-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

On the offensive side of the ball, Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood returned to action after missing the last two games with a knee injury. Smallwood rushed for 25 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 14 yards.

Second-year pro Karl Joseph put together another solid performance this past Thursday night for the Oakland Raiders.

Joseph finished the game with four total tackles and one pass defensed. Two of his tackles came on two critical second downs in the fourth quarter, halting two promising drives for the Kansas City Chiefs which set up Oakland’s game-winning drive as Derek Carr found Michael Crabtree for a 2-yard touchdown pass on the game’s final play to give the Raiders a 31-30 win.

Joseph’s fellow teammate Bruce Irvin also played a critical role in Oakland’s win against the Chiefs. Irvin assisted the Raiders defense in slowing down Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce with physicality and aggression. Irvin and the defense hit and bumped Kelce most of the game as he came off the line.

One of the few times Irvin didn’t bump Kelce as he came off the line resulted in Kelce catching a 10-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. On the play, Irvin covered running back C.J. Spiller in the flat. Aside from the touchdown, the Raider defense held Kelce to just four catches for 33 yards. Irvin finished the game with four total tackles.

After gaining no yards on two carries last week, Los Angeles Rams Wide receiver Tavon Austin still saw some limited action, but was more effective, catching both of his targets for 15 yards and carrying the ball three times for 27 yards as the Rams improved to 5-2 with a 33-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims played just 24 snaps on Sunday and carried the ball twice for eight yards to go along with two receptions for seven yards in a 30-27 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Sims has carried the ball just eight times through six games, but has seen more action in the passing game, catching 15 passes for 106 yards this season.

Offensive guard Quinton Spain made his seventh straight start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but suffered a turf toe injury in the team’s 12-9 overtime win against the Cleveland Browns. The Titans have a bye this week which will give Spain a chance to recover from the injury.

Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley assisted on one tackle Sunday in a 17-3 loss to the Chicago Bears, bringing his combined tackle total to 22 on the season.

After missing the past four games with a pectoral injury, Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski dressed for Sunday’s 17-3 win against the Panthers, but didn’t play a single snap.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones missed Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a back injury and his status for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts is unknown.

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