Wildcats in the NFL – Week 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2016 season, k-statesports.com will recap the action for the 10 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.

Arthur Brown, LB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Brown, a fourth-year linebacker who is in his first season with the Jaguars, was in for 25 special teams plays during Jacksonville’s 28-21 loss at Buffalo on Sunday. A former second-round pick, Brown has played in 45 career games and made 20 tackles. The Jaguars have lost six-straight games since a two-game winning streak to start the month of October, falling to 2-9 on the year. The Jaguars host Denver this Sunday.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, Finney played on five offensive snaps and one special teams play in Pittsburgh’s 28-7 Thanksgiving-night win at Indianapolis. Finney, a native of Andale, Kansas, has seen time in nine games this year, which includes a start at guard against Kansas City. The Steelers have followed a four-game losing streak with two-straight wins to improve to 6-5 this year, good for a first-place tie in the AFC North. The Steelers host the New York Giants this Sunday.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB – New England Patriots
Gronkowski is in his third stint on New England’s practice squad this year after entering the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with Buffalo and playing for the Bills in Week 1. The Patriots earned a 22-17 win at the New York Jets on Sunday to continue to hold a two-game lead in the AFC East at 9-2. New England hosts Los Angeles this Sunday.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur, a fifth-year linebacker, saw action on eight special teams play in Minnesota’s 16-13 loss at Detroit on Thanksgiving. A first-year player for the Vikings who spent his first four NFL seasons in Cincinnati, Lamur has 157 career tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his career. The Vikings fell to 6-5 with the loss, a game back of Detroit in the NFC North standings. Minnesota hosts Dallas this Thursday night.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, a second-year pro, had one rush for nine yards and returned a kickoff 15 yards but was shutout on the receiving end in Seattle’s 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay this past Sunday. A nominee for the 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, Lockett has 23 catches for 325 yards this year to go along with a 9.5-yard punt return average and a 24.9-yard kickoff return average, the latter ranking sixth in the league. Despite the loss, the Seahawks are still in first place in the NFC West with a 7-3-1 record and host Carolina this Sunday night.

Highlight: 9-yd rush

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
A third-year offensive lineman, Lucas was inactive for Detroit’s 16-13 Thanksgiving Day win over Minnesota in a battle for first place in the NFC North. Lucas was an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014 who has played in 34 career games with six starts. The Lions hold a 7-4 record and travels to face New Orleans this Sunday.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A ninth-year pro, Nelson hauled in eight passes for 91 yards in a 27-13 Green Bay victory at Philadelphia on Monday night. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season, Nelson has 61 receptions for 754 yards and nine touchdowns this year. His nine receiving scores rank third in the NFL. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks fifth in Green Bay history in career catches (461), while he is sixth in yards (6,863) and fourth in touchdowns (58). The win snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the Packers to 5-6 on the year, two games behind first-place Detroit. Green Bay hosts Houston this Sunday.

Highlights: Game Highlights | Postgame Interview

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Newman, a 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, was inactive for the Vikings’ 16-13 Thanksgiving Day loss at Detroit. A native of Salina, Kansas, who is a nominee for the NFL’s 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, has played in 199 career games with 195 starts. He has totaled 828 tackles in his career to go along with two sacks, 166 passes defended and 41 interceptions. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Minnesota dropped into second place in the NFC North with a 6-5 record and hosts Dallas on Thursday night.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
A 12th-year veteran, Sproles caught five passes for 48 yards and rushed three times for six yards in Philadelphia’s 27-13 home loss to Green Bay on Monday night. In 11 games this season, the 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominee has accounted for 325 yards on the ground to go along with 352 receiving yards and a 14.1-yard punt return average, which ranks fourth in the NFL. Sproles remains in eighth place all-time in NFL history in all-purpose yards, a mark that now stands at 18,811 yards. He is 106 yards behind current Baltimore Raven wide receiver Steve Smith for seventh place. Philadelphia fell below .500 for the first time this year as the Eagles are at 5-6 prior to traveling to Cincinnati this Sunday.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair, a second-round pick in this year’s draft, started his 11th game of the year and was in for all 80 offensive snaps in Chicago’s 27-21 home loss to Tennessee this past Sunday. Chicago is now 2-9 on the season and hosts San Francisco on Sunday.