One Cat is out for the year, while another lands a starting gig…for now
Myron Pryor, DT, New England – Last week, Myron left the Patriots game with an injury. In beating the Chargers, he injured his shoulder and has now been placed on the season-ending IR list. This is absolutely terrible news. We’ve already had on former Kentucky NFL guy see his season end before it could really get going, and now there’s another. Couple the injuries with the unfortunately fact that quite a few Cats got cut already, and it looks like the negative omen on the UK football team has extended to its professional alumni.
Alfonso Smith, RB, Arizona – 13-10 loss to SEA – 17 carries, 54 yds…This was one of the bright spots for UK guys on the weekend. Fonzo was picked back up from the Cardinals practice squad due to Beanie Wells’ injury. Chester Taylor had been brought in to be a veteran back up, which caused Smith to be cut. But like all ex-significant-others do, the Cards came graveling back to Smith when they needed an actual starter for Sunday and not a banged up veteran. Fonzo got the featured back role Sunday and didn’t do bad at all. Wells’ injury will be the kicker in how long Smith gets this opportunity, but, for now, he has a chance to make the most of it.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay – 27-17 win over CHI– 1 rec, 13 yds…0 kickoff returns…5 punt return, 7 yd avg…No huge numbers to see here from, arguably, the second biggest star Cat in the league right now (behind Stevie).
Tim Masthay, Punter, Green Bay – 27-17 win over CHI – 6 punts, 33.2 yd avg, 1 inside 20…A little surprised that Green Bay punted 6 times in this game, but it was on the road. Tim is a boss.
Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo – 34-31 win against NE – 8 rec, 94 yds, 1 TD…What more can we say…Stevie goes out and gets numbers that mirror last weeks almost exactly and beats the Fightin’ Tom Brady Bang Swoops. Awesome. Fantasy owners around America were probably hoping he’d get 6 more yards to break the century mark, but they can’t complain about his production this season so far. There was discussion about Buffalo needing to shell out a ton of money to keep Stevie around next year because of his success. Johnson downplayed these concerns on Twitter, but as Drew Franklin said, one thing is for sure: Stevie is about to get loot. Also, the Bills are one of only two undefeated teams. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
Wesley Woodyard, LB, Denver – 17-14 loss to TEN – 6 tackles, 3 asst – Wes did his weekly head hunting and got some good hits in. Unfortunately, his team went for a late 4th and 1 and got stuffed. Wes was not happy and had this to say after the game…
“The locker room right now is sick to our stomach. We let one get away that we know we had a chance to win and that we should have won, so it hurts.”
John Conner, RB, New York Jets – 24-34 loss to OAK – 1 rush, 3 yds…Nothing special to see here. Jets choked this game away, Antonio Cromartie made more mistakes than he has babies, Michael Bush got TD, and McFadden looked like a beast. I’d still pay money to hear John Conner say, “Hasta la vista, baby,” though.
Glenn Pakulak, Punter, Oakland – 34-24 win over NYJ – no stats…So Glenn doesn’t get much playing time these days, it seems. Probably because he’s too busy being a badass on Most Eligible Dallas. And by badass, I mean reality star. Usually, I call those people idiots, but I’ll let it slide because he went to UK. Tune in to see him cuddle with his ex-girlfriend Rebecca. If she turns out to be Rebecca Black, I’ll bet the show airs on Fridays.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis – 20-23 loss to PIT – no stats…Tamme did see a few snaps as a sub, but did not record a stat of any kind. That’s okay, because he’s still getting paid and working under one of the best tight ends of all time, Dallas Clark. Even Clark isn’t seeing huge numbers without Manning, though. Here’s to hoping Manning makes a speedy recovery and that Tamme can one day catch a few more passes from him before Peyton has to lay the pads up for good.
Corey Peters, DT, Atlanta – 13-16 loss to TB – 1 tackle…Corey started this game and made it into the state book this week. We’ve had a good string of DTs at UK, and his success and rise to being a starter should be used as a recruiting tool. I’d like to see Jeremy Jarmon and Ricky Lumpkin get back onto a team just to prove it a bit more.
***Non-UK Bonus*** This Bengals fan is doing it right.