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Irish In The NFL: Week 8 Recap

Here's a roundup up performances by Notre Dame alumni in Week 8 of the NFL Season:

• On Oct. 22 Jonas Gray practiced for the first time with the Miami Dolphins. Gray, who signed as rookie undrafted free agent with the Dolphins and was placed on the physically unable to perform list while rehabbing a knee injury that cost him the final two games of his Notre Dame career last season, has three weeks to prove he’s back to 100 percent. Miami must evaluate the running back in that span and either release him, place him on the 53-man active roster, the practice squad or injured reserve.

Miami’s active and practice rosters are full, which includes halfbacks Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller and fullback Jorvorskie Lane. The organization would have to release one of those players to make room for Gray.

• Running back Ryan Grant’s return to the NFL after spending months in free-agency limbo was brief. Grant, who signed a one-year deal with Washington in late September, was cut on Oct. 23, the same day the Redskins brought back Keiland Williams. Grant carried the ball once for five yards in a 24-17 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 7.

• Miami tight end Anthony Fasano had one reception for four yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins’ 30-9 victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 28. The win moved Miami to 4-3 this season. Fasano upped his total to 23 catches for 180 yards and three scores.

• Arizona rookie receiver Michael Floyd had his biggest game of the year on Oct. 29 in a Monday Night Football showdown with San Francisco. Floyd caught a season-high five passes for 36 yards in the 24-3 loss to the 49ers. He has 13 receptions for 127 yards and one touchdown this year for the Cardinals, which started the year 4-0 but have since dropped their last four contests.

• Minnesota tight end John Carlson did not play last week against Tampa Bay because of concussion-like symptoms. In his first year with the Vikings, Carlson has started four of seven games played and has just three receptions for eight yards.

• The Indianapolis Colts elevated practice player Robert Hughes to the active roster on Oct. 29. The 5-11, 235-pound running back was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011, was waived a few months later in September and re-signed to the Bears practice squad in December. He was signed by Tampa Bay last April before being cut in late August. Hughes was picked up by Tampa Bay in September, waived eight days later and signed with the Colts on Oct. 10.

• Philadelphia defensive tackle Derek Landri was bumped from his starting position on Oct. 28 for first-round draft pick Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State), who has logged more minutes than Landri so far this season even as a reserve through eight weeks. Cox registered five tackles and deflected a pass in the Eagles’ 30-17 loss to Atlanta and remained at the top of the depth chart heading into Week 9.

• After starting the last two games for an injured and ineffective Matt Cassel, Kansas City quarterback Brady Quinn was knocked out of the game early against Oakland with a concussion. The Chiefs lost to Tampa Bay on Oct. 14, 38-10, and to the Raiders, 26-16. Cassel was expected to start on Nov. 1 versus San Diego. In his two starts, Quinn completed 24 of 42 passes for 181 yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns.

• Vikings rookie safety Harrison Smith nearly doubled his previous game-high for tackles on Oct. 25 in the loss to Tampa Bay. Smith registered 13 stops in a defeat that dropped Minnesota to 5-3 overall this season. He has 45 stops and an interception return for a touchdown through the first half of the year.

• Seattle receiver Golden Tate hauled in a season-high seven catches for 64 yards in a 28-24 loss to the Detroit Lions. Tate has 20 receptions for 255 yards and three touchdowns for the 4-4 Seahawks.

• Indianapolis safety Tom Zbikowski finished with four tackles in a 19-13 win over Tennessee. The Colts have won their last two games and improved to 4-3. Zbikowski improved his total to 23 stops in seven starts.

Name (Years At Notre Dame) Pos. Current Team
Armando Allen (2007-10) RB Chicago Bears
Jordan Black (1999-2002) OT Washington Redskins
Robert Blanton (2008-11) DB Minnesota Vikings
Sergio Brown (2006-09) S Indianapolis Colts
David Bruton (2005-08) S Denver Broncos
John Carlson (2003-07) TE Minnesota Vikings
Jimmy Clausen (2007-09) QB Carolina Panthers
Jeff Faine (1999-2002) C Cincinnati Bengals
Anthony Fasano (2002-05) TE Miami Dolphins
Darius Fleming* (2008-11) LB San Francisco 49ers
Michael Floyd (2008-11) WR Arizona Cardinals
Jonas Gray (2008-11) RB Miami Dolphins
Ryan Harris (2003-06) OT Houston Texans
Robert Hughes (2007-10) RB Indianapolis Colts
J.J. Jansen (2004-07) LS Carolina Panthers
Derek Landri (2002-06) DT Philadelphia Eagles
Trevor Laws* (2003-07) DT St. Louis Rams
Kyle McCarthy* (2005-09) S Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Olsen (2006-09) OL New Orleans Saints
Brady Quinn (2003-06) QB Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Robinson (2008-11) OG Cincinnati Bengals
Kyle Rudolph (2008-10) TE Minnesota Vikings
Harrison Smith (2007-11) S Minnesota Vikings
Maurice Stovall (2002-06) WR Jacksonville Jaguars
John Sullivan (2003-07) C Minnesota Vikings
Golden Tate (2007-09) WR Seattle Seahawks
Justin Tuck (2001-04) DE New York Giants
Darrin Walls^ (2006-10) CB New York Jets
Ian Williams (2007-10) DT San Francisco 49ers
Sam Young (2006-09) OT Buffalo Bills
Tom Zbikowski (2003-07) S Indianapolis Colts
^ Practice squad member; * suffered a season-ending injury

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