Wildcats in the NFL – Week 15

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2015 season, k-statesports.com will recap the week for the 11 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.

Arthur Brown, LB – Baltimore Ravens
A third-year linebacker for Baltimore, Brown played in the Ravens’ 34-14 home loss to Kansas City on Sunday but did not record any statistics. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 31 career games and made 17 tackles. Baltimore fell to 4-10 this year.

Bryce Brown, RB – Seattle Seahawks
Brown, a fourth-year player who has signed with Seattle three different times this season, played for the first time in the Seahawks’ 30-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday. The running back carded 43 yards on nine attempts, including a long of 18 yards. Spending parts of three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and now Seattle, Brown has 1,047 career rushing yards and six touchdowns on 235 carries. Seattle clinched a playoff spot with the win as the Seahawks improved to 9-5 and currently hold the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Highlight: 18-yd Run

Randall Evans, DB – Philadelphia Eagles
Evans, a 2015 sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia, is on the Eagles’ practice squad. Philadelphia fell to Arizona on Sunday night, 40-17, to fall to 6-8, but the Eagles remain just one game out of first place in the NFC East.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent, Finney is on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. The Steelers earned their third-straight win on Sunday with a 34-27 victory over Denver, a win that pushed Pittsburgh’s record to 9-5. Sitting two games out of first place in the AFC North, the Steelers currently occupy the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, Lamur came away with a pair of special teams tackles in the Bengals’ 24-14 win at San Francisco on Sunday. In three-plus years, Lamur has 149 tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions. Cincinnati, which has already clinched a playoff spot at 11-3, holds a two-game lead in the AFC North and can wrap up the division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win next Monday night at Denver.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, a third-round selection in this year’s draft, caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in addition to returning a punt five yards and averaging 22.8 yards on four kickoffs returns in Seattle’s 30-13 home win over Cleveland on Sunday. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native has 46 catches for 595 yards and six touchdowns this season – tied for the most receiving touchdowns this year among rookies – while he has 25 catches for 335 yards and five scores in the last five weeks alone. One of just two rookies in NFL history with five-plus receiving touchdowns in addition to touchdowns via punt and kickoff returns (Gale Sayers, 1965), Lockett ranks third in the NFL in total kickoff-return yards (746) and third in average among players with 25 or more returns (25.7). He is also fourth in all-purpose yards (1,574). Seattle clinched a playoff spot with the win as the Seahawks improved to 9-5 and currently hold the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Highlights: TD Catch | Seahawks Radio Call

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signee last year, played in Detroit’s 35-27 win at New Orleans on Monday night. Lucas has played in 13 games this year after playing in 15 contests a year ago. With the win, the Lions improved to 5-9.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, a Pro Bowler in 2014, is on injured reserve for the entire 2015 season after suffering an injury during the preseason. In his seven-year career, Nelson has totaled 400 receptions for 6,109 yards and 49 touchdowns, including 98 catches, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. The Packers won at Oakland, 30-20, on Sunday to secure a playoff spot, while they hold a one-game lead in the NFC North with a 10-4 record.

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Newman, a 13-year veteran and first-year member of the Minnesota Vikings, recorded a team-high eight tackles in the Vikings 38-17 home win over Chicago on Sunday. Newman, who has made 186 career starts in 188 games, has 794 career tackles, two sacks, 158 passes defended and 40 interceptions. The Vikings are now 9-5 on the year and currently hold the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia EaglesSproles, an 11th-year pro, carded 37 all-purpose yards in Philadelphia’s 40-17 loss to Arizona on Sunday night. Sproles now has 17,794 career all-purpose yards to rank 11th in NFL history while he remains second among active players. He is 374 all-purpose yards away from tying Herschel Walker for 10th all-time. The Eagles dropped to 6-8 on the year to fall into second place and are a game out of first place with two games left.

Justin Tuggle, LB – Houston Texans
Tuggle, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Houston prior to the 2013 season, was inactive for the Texans’ 16-10 win at Indianapolis on Sunday, Houston’s first-ever win at the Colts. In his two-plus year career, Tuggle has made 71 tackles, two passes defended and one interception. Houston took over first place in the AFC South at 7-7, one game ahead of the Colts.

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