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Irish In The NFL: Preseason Recap

Name (Years At Notre Dame) NFL Season Pos. Current Team

Victor Abiamiri (2003-06) 6th year, DT Free Agent
Missed the 2011 season for Philadelphia after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during training camp, and has yet to find a new team.

Armando Allen (2007-10) 2nd RB Chicago Bears
Had four carries for three yards and one catch for no yards in the Bears’ first two preseason contests.

Arnaz Battle (1998-2001) 11th WR Free Agent
Served as special teams captain for Pittsburgh in 2011, but was released on Feb. 8 and has yet to hook on with a new team.

Robert Blanton (2008-11) 1st DB Minnesota Vikings
The fifth-round draft pick did not record any stats in the Vikings’ first two preseason games.

Sergio Brown (2006-09) 4th S New England Patriots
The fourth-year pro did not post any stats in the Patriots’ opening two preseason contests.

David Bruton (2005-08) 4th S Denver Broncos
Making his mark as a special teamer this preseason, deflected a pair of punts while making four tackles in two preseason games.

John Carlson (2003-07) 5th TE Minnesota Vikings
A year after a torn labrum suffered in preseason sidelined him for the entire 2011 campaign, he has battled a knee injury (MCL sprain) in training camp and has not caught a pass during the preseason through two games.

Jimmy Clausen (2007-09) 3rd QB Carolina Panthers
Currently third on the depth chart behind Cam Newton and veteran Derek Anderson. Completed 7 of 14 passes for 53 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, and was sacked six times, in Carolina’s first two preseason games.

Taylor Dever (2007-11) 1st OT Free Agent
Signed an undrafted free agent deal with Dallas on April 28 and was waived over the summer. He was picked up by San Diego on June 12 but left the team a week later for unknown reasons.

Jeff Faine (1999-2002) 10th C Free Agent
Started all 15 games in which he appeared last year before being released by Tampa Bay, but has yet to sign with another franchise.

Anthony Fasano (2002-05) 7th TE Miami Dolphins
Hauled in four catches for 37 yards in the Dolphins’ first two preseason contests.

Darius Fleming (2008-11) 1st LB San Francisco 49ers
Drafted in the fifth round (139th overall), but tore his ACL in rookie minicamp.

Michael Floyd (2008-11) 1st WR Arizona Cardinals
The first-rounder (13th overall) had two receptions for 18 yards through three preseason games.

Ryan Grant (2001-04) 7th RB Free Agent
Started 14 games and posted 142 carries for 592 yards and two touchdowns in 2011, but he surprisingly remains unsigned.

Jonas Gray (2008-11) 1st RB Miami Dolphins
Signed undrafted free agent deal on April 28 and is finishing the final stages of rehab after missing the end of last season with Notre Dame with a torn ACL.

Ryan Harris (2003-06) 5th OT Denver Broncos
Joined the Broncos after being released by Philadelphia in training camp and not playing in 2011. Started one of Denver’s two preseason contests to date.

J.J. Jansen (2004-07) 5th LS Carolina Panthers
Served as long snapper in all 16 games for Carolina last year, and is in line for those same duties in 2012.

Ethan Johnson (2008-11) 1st DE Kansas City Chiefs
Inked an undrafted rookie free agent deal with Kansas City on April 28. Did not record any stats in the Chiefs’ first two preseason games.

Terrail Lambert (2004-08) 4th CB Oakland Raiders
Spent the majority of last year on New Orleans’ practice squad before being cut and hooking on with the Raiders. Posted three stops in Oakland’s first two preseason contests.

Derek Landri (2002-06) 6th DT Philadelphia Eagles
Produced four tackles in Philadelphia’s first two preseason games.

Trevor Laws (2003-07) 5th DT St. Louis Rams
In his first season with the Rams after appearing in 57 games for Philadelphia in four years. Did not post any stats in St. Louis’ first two preseason games.

Mark LeVoir (2001-05) 7th OT Free Agent
Played in three games for Baltimore and four with St. Louis last year, but has yet to find a team for 2012.

Kyle McCarthy (2005-09) 3rd S Kansas City Chiefs
Promoted to Denver’s active roster on Nov. 28 and released at the end of the year. A knee injury in late July will force him to miss the entire 2012 season in Kansas City.

Eric Olsen (2006-09) 3rd OL New Orleans Saints
Joined the Saints prior to the 2011 playoffs, and has seen action in each of the team’s first three preseason games.

Brady Quinn (2003-06) 6th QB Kansas City Chiefs
Fighting for the No. 2 spot with the Chiefs. Connected on 12 of 19 throws for 151 yards with one TD and one pick in Kansas City’s first two preseason games.

Trevor Robinson (2008-11) 1st OG Cincinnati Bengals
Signed an undrafted rookie free agent contract with Cincinnati on April 28. Has played in both of the Bengals’ preseason games to date.

Kyle Rudolph (2008-10) 2nd TE Minnesota Vikings
Made three catches for 29 yards in Minnesota’s first two preseason contests.

Brian Smith (2007-10) 2nd LB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Joined Tampa Bay after playing in two games for Cleveland last year. Did not record any stats in the Bucs’ first two preseason games.

Harrison Smith (2007-11) 1st S Minnesota Vikings
The first-round pick is vying for a starting job with a strong training camp performance. Made three stops and defended a pass in the Vikings’ first two preseason games.

Maurice Stovall (2002-05) 7th WR Detroit Lions
Caught two passes for 35 yards in the Lions’ opening two preseason contests.

John Sullivan (2003-07) 5th C Minnesota Vikings
Entrenched as the Vikings’ starting center after signing a five-year extension in December. Started both of Minnesota’s preseason games to date.

Golden Tate (2007-09) 3rd WR Seattle Seahawks
Had two receptions for 13 yards in Seattle’s first two preseason contests.

Justin Tuck (2001-04) 8th DE New York Giants
Registered three tackles and 0.5 sacks in two preseason outings for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Darrin Walls (2006-10) 2nd CB Atlanta Falcons
Recorded six tackles and defended one pass in Atlanta’s first two preseason games, but recently experienced a soft tissue injury on his upper leg.

Ian Williams (2007-10) 2nd DT San Francisco 49ers
Made three tackles in the 49ers’ first two preseason games.

Sam Young (2006-09) 3rd OT Buffalo Bills
Played in both of Buffalo’s preseason contests to date.

Tom Zbikowski (2003-07) 5th S Indianapolis Colts
Signed with the Colts in the offseason and has contributed three tackles in two preseason games.

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