Week 9 of the NFL season occurred this past weekend, and former Hawkeyes sure made their presence felt across the league. A couple accounted for touchdowns, a few put quarterbacks on their backs, and one made his first career tackle! Unfortunately, just like in Week 8, this past weekend of professional football came with a cost, as a few Hawks have caught the injury bug.
After departing from Kansas City’s Week 8 contest against the Broncos with bruised ribs, Anthony Hitchens made his return to the gridiron in Week 9 against the Browns and looked like his usual self while playing 69% of KC’s defensive snaps. Hitchens led all tacklers with eight tackles (all solo) in the Chiefs’ 37-21 victory over Cleveland. Here’s a nice little story about Hitch playing through the injury.
In that same game, rookie Ben Niemann finally found his way onto the stat sheet, recording one tackle – the first of his career. Congrats, Ben!
On the other side of the ball, Christian Kirksey made three tackles before exiting the game with a hamstring injury.
In Denver’s 19-17 loss to Houston, Josey Jewell played 77% of the Broncos’ defensive snaps and garnered three tackles, including a big for loss. He was starting in place of Brandon Marshall, who has been out with an injury
With C.J. Beathard sidelined with a wrist injury, undrafted free agent Nick Mullens got the start for the San Francisco 49ers, and George Kittle did not miss a beat. The second-year tight end corralled four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Check out this insane catch by Kittle for 71 yards!
And for good measure, here’s his touchdown:
KIND OF BURYING THE LEDE HERE. Desmond King made a few tackles OH YEAH AND HAD A PICK SIX BECAUSE HE’S DESMOND. KING.
Mike Daniels also had a productive game for the Packers, finishing his night with two tackles and a sack.
In that same game the Bills didn’t try winning, James Daniels earned a start for the second consecutive week, this time at left guard. He made a key block that helped spring Jordan Howard for a touchdown here.
In bad news that is also decent news, Bryan Bulaga left Sunday night’s game with a knee injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious and he might not even miss a game.
#Packers OT Bryan Bulaga did not finish last night’s game, but source said his knee is going to be fine. No structural damage, and he could even play this week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2018
And in bad news that’s just bad, Brandon Scherff will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Ouch.
Gruden says G Brandon Scherff (torn pectoral), G Shawn Lauvao (torn ACL) and WR Paul Richardson Jr. (AC joint) will all have surgery and miss the remainder of the 2018 season.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 5, 2018