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Happy Birthday - June 17: Crossley, Haynesworth, Schwenk

On June 17 we send Happy Birthday wishes to rising sophomore rower Courtney Crossley, former Vols football star and long time NFL player Albert Haynesworth and former Olympic swimmer and Tennessee product Tripp Schwenk, who won a silver medal in the 1996 Games in Atlanta.  




Happy Birthday - June 17: Crossley, Haynesworth, Schwenk

On June 17 we send Happy Birthday wishes to rising sophomore rower Courtney Crossley, former Vols football star and long time NFL player Albert Haynesworth and former Olympic swimmer and Tennessee product Tripp Schwenk, who won a silver medal in the 1996 Games in Atlanta.  




Happy Birthday - June 17: Ashley Harris, Albert Haynesworth

On June 17, we celebrate the birthdays of former Lady Vol track & field sprinter Ashley Harris as well as longtime NFLer and former Vol defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.



Happy Birthday - June 17: Harris, Haynesworth, Schwenk.

On June 17, we wish Happy Birthday to senior sprinter Ashley Harris, former Vols football star and longtime NFLer  Albert Haynesworth and former Olympic swimmer and Tennessee product Tripp Schwenk, who won a silver medal in the 1996 Games in Atlanta. 

Ashley Harris

Vols In NFL Update (1/2)

Here's a look at former Vols who were in action on the final day of the NFL regular-season. 

Miami downed the New York Jets, 19-17 as two former Vols had huge games. Kevin Burnett had a game-best 14 tackles while Marvin Mitchell had the game-clinching interception with a 55-yard return for Miami. Mitchell also made five tackles. Tony McDaniel had two stops for the Dolphins.

Green Bay won a shootout with Detroit, 45-41 as Chad Clifton (hamstring/back) returned to action as the Packers starting left tackle. Scott Wells also continued to start at center for Green Bay as the Packers piled up 550 yards of offense. 

New Orleans thumped Carolina, 45-17 as three former Vols played for the Saints. Robert Meachem had two catches for 30 yards. Jabari Greer made three tackles in a start while Aubrayo Franklin started at nose tackle, but had no tackles. With the Panthers, Omar Gaither  was inactive. 

New England rallied to blow out Buffalo, 49-21 as Jerod Mayo made seven tackles and had a pass defended. Shaun Ellis started on the defensive line at left end, but had no tackles. 

Philadelphia handled Washington, 34-10 as Donte' Stallworth had a catch for eight yards with the Redskins. 

Tennessee edged Houston, 23-22 as Arian Foster was inactive for the Texans as he sit to gain rest before the playoffs. Jason Allen had two tackles for Houston. 

Chicago beat Minnesota, 17-13. Anthony Herrera continued to start for the Vikings at right guard. 

San Francisco topped St. Louis, 34-27 as Parys Haralson started at outside linebacker and made a tackle along with a quarterback hurry. 

San Diego got by Oakland, 38-26 despite a 101-yard game from Denarius Moore of the Raiders. It was Moore's third 100-yard game of the season, this time on three catches. John Henderson was inactive with the knee injury. 

Arizona beat Seattle, 23-20 as Dan Williams was sidelined with an elbow injury for the Cardinals. 

Atlanta crushed Tampa Bay, 45-24. Albert Haynesworth had three tackles and a pass defended for the Buccaneers. Luke Stocker played as a reserve for the Bucs.

Pittsburgh edged Cleveland, 13-9 as Ramon Foster started at right guard with the Steelers. With the Browns, Montario Hardesty had two rushes for minus-2 yards. 

- In punting showcase, Kansas City battled Denver to a 7-3 win. Britton Colquitt of the Chiefs had eight punts for a 47.1 average with four punts inside the 20-yard line. With the Broncos, Dustin Colquitt had nine punts for a 44.7 average with five inside the 20. Robert Ayers had three tackles including a 5-yard sack and a quarterback hurry. 

Baltimore won at Cincinnati, 24-16 as Morgan Cox snapped 11 times on kicks and punts for the Ravens. Gibril WIlson played on defense with the Bengals, but had no tackles. 

- In the Sunday night game, the Giants beat the Cowboys, 31-14 to win the NFC East.  Deon Grant made five tackles with the Giants. Jason Witten had seven catches for 69 yards for Dallas in the finale. 

Vols In NFL Update (12/18)

In Saturday's NFL game pitting the Cowboys and Buccaneers, three former Vols were in action. Dallas topped Tampa Bay, 31-15.

Jason Witten had four catches for 77 yards with Dallas.

With Tampa Bay on defense, Albert Haynesworth had five tackles.

Rookie Luke Stocker had his ninth catch of the season, for four yards with the Bucs. 

Vols In NFL Update (12/12)

It was another busy weekend for former Vols in the NFL. Jerod Mayo had his second interception in as many weeks -- the first two of his career -- to save the game for the Patriots. Donte' Stallworth had his biggest game of the season for the Redskins. Here's a look at the former Vols.

The Patriots held on for a 34-27 win in Washington as Jerod Mayo intercepted Rex Grossman on a deflection with 20 seconds left to thwart the Redskins' rally (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). Mayo had a team-best nine tackles along with a quarterback hurry and a pass defended. Shaun Ellis had three tackles for New England. With the Redskins, Donte' Stallworth had four catches for 96 yards including a 51-yard catch (WATCH HIGHLIGHT).

Texans clinched a playoff spot with a 20-19 comeback win at Cincinnati. Arian Foster had 15 carries for 41 rushing yards along with four catches for 33 yards. On defense, Jason Allen had a tackle and pass defended for Houston. Gibril Wilson played for the Bengals, but had no tackles. 

Jacksonville handled Tampa Bay, 41-14. With the Bucs, Albert Haynesworth had a tackle and quarterback hurry while Luke Stocker didn't have a catch as a back-up tight end. 

New Orleans rallied to beat Tennessee, 22-17 in a return to the Volunteer state for several former Vols. Robert Meachem had a catch for 15 yards with the Saints. On defense, Jabari Greer had three tackles and a pass defended. Aubrayo Franklin also had a tackle.

Philadelphia beat Miami, 26-10 as three former Vols played on defense for the Dolphins. Kevin Burnett had four tackles including a TFL, Tony McDaniel had two tackles including a 10-yard sack and a quarterback hurry and Marvin Mitchell saw action, but had no stops. 

The Jets blew out Kansas City, 37-10. With the Chiefs, Dustin Colquitt had seven punts for a 51.3 average with three punts inside the 20-yard line and a 61-yard long. 

Atlanta topped Carolina, 31-23 as Omar Gaither had a tackle with the Panthers. 

Arizona edged San Francisco, 21-19, with the 49ers Parys Haralson had a tackle for loss. 

Ravens kept the Colts winless, winning 24-10 as Morgan Cox, who was featured on last week snapped on seven punts and kicks fo Baltimore. 

Lions topped the Vikings, 34-28 and Anthony Herrera, who started at right guard for Minnesota.

Denver and Tim Tebow had another late rally to win, 13-10 in OT against Chicago. With the Broncos, Robert Ayers had three tackles. Britton Colquitt punted eight times for a 45.4 average with three inside the 20-yard line for Denver.

Green Bay stayed perfect with a 46-16 beating of Oakland with Scott Wells starting at center for the Packers. With Oakland, John Henderson had a tackle and two passes defended. Denarius Moore is still out with a foot injury. 

- In the Sunday night game, the New York Giants blocked a field goal to hold on for a 37-34 win over Dallas. Deon Grant had three tackles and a fumble recovery ( WATCH HIGHLIGHT) for the Giants.  With the Cowboys, Jason Witten had three catches for 12 yards. 

Vols In NFL Update (12/5)

It was a another big weekend for former Vols in the NFL including Kevin Burnett of the Miami Dolphins, who had an interception return for a touchdown; Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, who had 111 rushing yards and TD as well as Robert Meachem of the New Orleans Saints, who had 119 receiving yards and a TD.

Miami routed Oakland, 34-14 as Kevin Burnett scored his third-career touchdown with an interception return for a 34-yard TD (Watch the video: Burnett pick 6). Burnett finished with four tackles including a sack for eight yards, a TFL and a quarterback hurry. Fellow former Vols on defense, Marvin Mitchell made two tackles and Tony McDaniel had a stop. With the Raiders, John Henderson had a season-best seven tackles and a quarterback hurry. Denarius Moore continued to be sidelined with a foot/ankle injury. 

Houston continued to roll, beating Atlanta 17-10 as Arian Foster gained 152 total yards with 111 rushing and 41 receiving. He also scored his eighth TD of the season (Watch: Foster's 1-yard TD run). Jason Allen had his fourth interception of the season (Watch: Allen gives Ryan his second INT) as he had two passes defended along with two tackles for Houston.

Houston Texans cornerback Jason Allen celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFL football game in Houston December 4, 2011.

New England kept the Colts winless with a 31-24 victory as Jerod Mayo had his first interception of his career (Watch: Mayo picks Orlovsky) along with seven tackles and two quarterback hurries. Shaun Ellis played for the Pats, but had no stats. 

Carolina handled Tampa Bay, 38-19 as Albet Haynesworth started for the Bucs at defensive tackle and made a tackle. Luke Stocker also played for Tampa Bay, but had no stats. Omar Gaither continues to be sidelined with a knee injury for the Panthers. 

Denver edged Minnesota, 35-32, on a late field goal. Robert Ayers had two tackles in a start on the defensive line for the Broncos. Britton Colquitt punted six times for a 48.8 average with three punts inside the 20-yard line. Anthony Herrera continued to start for the Vikings at right guard.

Pittsburgh crushed Cincinnati, 35-7 as Ramon Foster started at right guard for the Steelers. With the Bengals, Gibril Wilson had two tackles. 

New York Jets rallied late to beat Washington, 34-19. Donte Stallworth had a catch for 14 yards with the Redskins. 

Baltimore beat Cleveland, 24-10 as Vols saw action on both sides. Morgan Cox snapped nine times on punts and kicks for the Ravens. Montario Hardesty (calf injury) returned to action with the Browns, but played just three snaps and had no stats. 

Green Bay stayed perfect at 12-0 with a 38-35 win in New York. Scott Wells started at center again for the Packers but Chad Clifton continued to be sidelined, as he is now out with a back injury. With the Giants, Deon Grant made two tackles including a TFL. 

Arizona won in overtime vs. Dallas, 19-13. Jason Witten had five catches for 47 yards for the Cowboys. Dan Williams is sidelined with the Cardinals with a broken arm.

San Francisco blanked St. Louis, 26-0 as starting outside linebacker Parys Haralson had a tackle and a quarterback hurry for the 49ers.  

Kansas City battled Chicago in a 10-3 win as Dustin Colquitt punted 11 times for a 40.6 average with the winning Chiefs. 

- In the Sunday night game, New Orleans marched past Detroit, 31-17. Robert Meachem had two fantastic catches as he had three receptions for 119 yards including a 67-yard TD catch. (Watch highlights: WK 13 Can't-Miss Play: Meachem 67-yard TD, Meachem 38-yard reception). On defense: Jabari Greer had six tackles and TFL and Aubrayo Franklin had a tackle for a TFL. 

Vols In NFL Update (11/28)

Here's a look at how former Vols in action on Sunday did in the NFL:

Houston handled Jacksonville, 20-13 as Arian Foster had 65 rushing yards on 22 carries including a 1-yard TD rush (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). He also had seven catches for 24 yards. Jason Allen had three tackles on defense for the Texans.

Cincinnati narrowed beat Cleveland, 23-20 as Gibril Wilson had two tackles for the Bengals. Montario Hardesty, who has been sidelined with a calf injury, was active for the Browns, but did not play on Sunday.

Titans beat Tampa Bay, 23-17 as two former Vols played for the Bucs. Albert Haynesworth continued to make an impact with Tampa Bay, as he had four tackles including two TFLs. Rookie tight end Luke Stocker also saw action, making a catch that was called back on a penalty.

Washington got by the Seahawks, 23-17 as Donte Stallworth played as a reserve receiver for the Redskins, but had no catches. 

Oakland won 25-20 over Chicago as John Henderson racked up four tackles for the Raiders. Rookie Denarius Moore was sidelined with a right foot injury. 

New England routed Philadelphia, 38-20 as Jerod Mayo made three tackles including a TFL for the Patriots. Shaun Ellis also played for the Pats, but had no tackles. 

Denver beat San Diego on an overtime field goal, 16-13 by Matt Prater as former Vols Britton Colquitt was the holder for the Broncos. Colquitt also punted nine times for a 43.4 average with three punts inside the 20-yard line. Robery Ayers made three tackles for Denver. 

Carolina topped Indianapolis, 27-19 as Omar Gaither was also inactive with a knee injury after a few big games with the Panthers.

Arizona edged St. Louis, 23-20. Former Vol Dan Williams missed his first game with a broken left arm, suffered last week vs. San Francsico. 

Atlanta beat Minnesota, 24-14 as Anthony Herrera missed the game for the Vikings with a left knee injury.

- In the Sunday night game, Pittsburgh edged Kansas City, 13-9 as Ramon Foster started at right guard for the Steelers. Dustin Colquitt had three punts for a 37.3 average for the Chiefs.

- On Monday night night, the Saints with four former Vols host the Giants and Deon Grant. 

Vols In The NFL (11/14)

It was another big day for former Vol Arian Foster, who gained 186 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns for the Texans against Tampa Bay. The Bucs debuted Albert Haynesworth, who piled up a season-best five tackles. Here's a look at the former Vols in action in the NFL on Sunday.

Houston handled Tampa Bay 37-9 as Foster ran for 84 yards on 17 carries including a 5-yard TD run while also making four catches for 102 yards with a 78-yard scoring grab. On defense, Jason Allen made two tackles and had two passes defended for the Texans. With the Bucs, Haynesworth started at defensive tackle and made five stops and blocked an extra point just seconds into the game. Luke Stocker started at tight end, but had no catches for Tampa Bay. Watch all the highlights here: GameDay: Texans vs. Bucs.

Miami won its second in a row, 20-9, beating Washington. Four former Vols played on defense for the Dolphins: Kevin Burnett made seven tackles and had a pass defended, Marvin Mitchell made a tackle, Jonathan Wade and Tony McDaniel also played but had no stats. 

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati, 24-17 as Ramon Foster continued to start for the Steelers are right guard. Gibril Wilson had a season-best five tackles for the Bengals. 

Dallas throttled Buffalo, 44-7 as Jason Witten had five catches for 37 yards for the Cowboys.

Arizona won at Philadelphia, 21-17 as Dan Williams started at defensive end for the Cardinals, but had no tackles. 

- The Saints beat Atlanta in a wild OT game, 26-23 as Robert Meachem had two catches for 69 yards including a 33-yard touchdown reception (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). On defense, Jabari Greer had three tackles and pass defended. Aubrayo Franklin started at nose tackle, but had no tackles. Turk McBride was inactive with ankle injury. 

- In the battle of punting Colquitts, Denver topped Kansas City, 17-10 as Britton punted seven times for a 39.7 average with four punts inside the 20 for the Broncos, Dustin also had seven punts for a 40.4 average with three inside 20 with a long of 67. On defense, Robert Ayers had two tackles for Denver. 

Carolina fell to Tennessee, 30-3 as Omar Gaither had 10 tackles for the Panthers.

Baltimore suffered a 22-17 loss to Seattle as Morgan Cox snapped nine times on punts and kicks for the Ravens. 

San Francisco pulled out a 27-20 win over the Giants as Parys Haralson started at outside linebacker and made two tackles. Deon Grant started at corner for New York and had a tackle. 

St. Louis edged Cleveland 13-12 as Montario Hardesty missed another game with a calf injury. 

- On Sunday night, two Vols started for New England as the Patriots beat the Jets,, 37-16 as Jarod Mayo made five tackles including a TFL and Shaun Ellis started but had no tackles. 

Vols In NFL Update (9/12-13)

With the first weekend of regular-season NFL action coming to a close, here is a look at former Vols in the pros from Sunday and Monday's action.

- The big news of the weekend in terms of former Vols is another injury story. Eric Berry suffered a torn ACL in a 41-7 loss to the Bills. Read about it here: Chiefs prepare for life without Berry, who has torn ACL and watch video of if: Chiefs lose Berry. With Kansas City, punter Dustin Colquitt punted eight times for a 36.6 average. David Martin had no stats for the Bills. 

- In the 49ers 33-17 win over the Seahawks, Parys Haralson had a huge game with four tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Check out his sack/forced fumbles: WATCH HIGHLIGHTWATCH HIGHLIGHT. Read more about Haralson in the San Francisco Chronicle: 49ers' Parys Haralson just gets the job done.

- The Sunday night thriller saw the Jets comeback to beat the Cowboys, 27-24. With his new contract in place Jason Witten had six catches for 110 yards for Dallas. Check out his 64-yard reception: WATCH HIGHLIGHT.

- In a game that could have pitted two of the Vols most prominent products, the Texans handled the Colts, 34-7. Both the Colts' Peyton Manning (surgery) and Houston's Arian Foster (hamstring) were sidelined. Foster's status for next week is stil unknown. The only active alum in the game, Jason Allen had two tackles for Houston.

- In the Ravens' 35-7 win over the Steelers, Morgan Cox snapped 10 times on Ravens kicks and punts. With the Steelers, both linemen Chris Scott and Ramon Foster were in active.

- The Bengals downed the Browns, 27-17 in the battle of Ohio. Gibril Wilson of Cincinnati had a tackle. With Cleveland, Montario Hardesty had five rushes for 18 yards. Rookie lineman Jarrod Shaw is on the practice squad for the Browns. 

- The Lions beat the Buccaneers 27-20. With Detroit lineman Jacques McClendon was inactive after joining the Lions last week. Luke Stocker made his NFL and had one pass thrown his way that was incomplete. 

- The Cardinals rallied to beat Cam Newton and the Panthers, 28-21. Dan Williams had four tackles for Arizona.  Omar Gaither did not have a stop for Carolina. 

- The Redskins beat the Giants, 28-14 as Deon Grant had four tackles for New York. Donte' Stallworth was inactive for Washington.

- On Monday night, the Patriots downed the Dolphins, 38-24. Jerod Mayo had five tackles for New England. In their Pats' debuts Albert Haynesworth had two stops and Shaun Ellis made a tackle. For Miami, Kevin Burnett had three tackles in his debut with the Phins. Tony McDaniel suffered a hand injury in the first half and was out for the remainder of the game. 

- The last game of the weekend saw the Raiders stop the Broncos, 23-20. With Oakland John Henderson had a tackle. Rookie Denarius Moore played but had not stats for the Raiders in his pro debut. With Denver, Robert Ayers had two stops and punter Britton Colquitt kicked four times for a 31.3 average including a 65-yard long. 

Ex-Vols Ellis & Haynesworth Featured On has a great story on former Vols teammates Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis, read it here: Haynesworth: 'Time for sleeping giant to awake'

Here is the start ... 

 Shaun Ellis knew the giant long before he began his slumber.

Ellis and Albert Haynesworth were teammates at the University of Tennessee and, though their paths diverged at the pro level, the two kept in close contact. As Haynesworth navigated two turbulent seasons with the Washington Redskins, Ellis simply told his friend to keep his head high.

Neither Ellis nor Haynesworth dreamed of being reunited in New England this season and that's part of what has made their experience here so fulfilling already for both players. And Ellis, who knows Haynesworth maybe better than anyone else in the Patriots' locker room, said he can already see a difference in his friend.

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AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaPatriots defensive lineman Shaun Ellis, a college teammate of Albert Haynesworth's, is looking forward to a college reuinion in opposing teams' backfields.

"One thing about Albert, he's going to be Albert; he's always going to be himself," said Ellis. "But I definitely see the Albert I saw back in college here in New England."

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Vols In The NFL Update (9/2)

Most of the final weekend of action in the NFL Preseason took place on Thursday night. Here's a look at how some former Vols in the league performed last night.

- The Redskins beat the Bucs, 29-24. Donte' Stallworth had the biggest night for a former Vol with five catches for 80 yards including a game-winning 41-yard TD reception. Watch the video. With Tampa Bay, Jonathan Crompton saw his most playing time with 12 completions on 22 attempts for 149 yards with a TD and an INT. 

- Three former Vols played for the Patriots as New England lost to the New York Giants, 18-17. Albert Haynesworth (3 tackles) and Shaun Ellis ( 1 tackle for a sack) made their Pats' debuts. Jerod Mayo also had a tackle. With the Giants, Deon Grant made three tackles. 

- The Packers beat the Chiefs, 20-19 as Eric Berry had three tackles for KC. Punter Dustin Colquitt punted four times for a 30.8 average. 

- In the Bengals' 17-13 loss to the Colts, Jonathan Wade made three tackles and Gibirl Wilson had two stops for Cincinnati. 

- The Dolphins beat the Cowboys, 17-3. With Miami, Marvin Mitchell made five tackles and  Tony McDaniel had a tackle. 

- The Arizona Cardinals stopped the Denver Broncos, 26-7. Britton Colquitt punted seven times for Denver for a 41.0 average. 

Vols In The NFL Update (8/19)

The two NFL games last night, featuring lots of action for former Vols. 

The Patriots knocked off the Buccaneers, 31-14. Jerod Mayo made a triumphant debut in the preseason with five tackles, two sacks for 17 yards and two passes defended. Fellow former Vols Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth did not play for New England. With the Bucs, Jonathan Crompton and Nick Reveiz saw time, but had not stats. Luke Stocker is still nursing an injury and didn't play for Tampa Bay. 

Here are stories on Mayo:
- Boston Herald: LB Jerod Mayo gets around
- Boston Globe: Mayo wreaks havoc

In the Steelers 24-14 win over the Eagles. With Pittsburgh, Ramon Foster started at left guard while Chris Scott played as a reserve lineman. He was injured early in the game, but returned to action. Gerald Jones was the story of the game for the Eagles as he had two touchdown receptions (14, 7 yards) as part of his three catches for 36 yards. 

Here are some stories on Jones
- Philadelphia WR Jones Makes Statement
- Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia: Eagles Update (mentions Jones)

Former Vols In NFL Action Tonight

The NFL Preseason continues tonight with pair of games including a good number of former Vols. 

At 7:30 p.m., the New England Patriots play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Both teams feature three former UT players, but several won't play. The lone Patriot to see action will likely be Jerod Mayo. Fellow Pats Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis (hip) are not expected to see action. Mayo should play his first game, read about it here: Brady, Mayo Highlight Patriots' Marquee Names Who Should Play.

With the Bucs, the three former Vols are all at different stages of camp, which could determine their playing time. Draft pick Luke Stocker has been sidelined with a hip injury and is easing back into practice. "It's been extremely frustrating," Stocker told the St. Petersburg Times. "I got here and, with the lockout, I never really had an opportunity to meet the coaches or be with my teammates. I didn't get a chance to show what I can do. Then, in the first practice I get hurt and I have to sit out. Rookie Nick Reveiz could see action along with recent signee quarterback Jonathan Crompton.

Then at 8 p.m., on FOX check out Eagles at the Steelers with former Vols on both sides. Rookie Gerald Jones is looking make an impact as a free agent with Philadelphia. He had a catch for 18 yards in the preseason opener. 

With Pittsburgh, lineman Ramon Foster and Chris Scott will back in action. has a story that mentions Foster being in a battle for the starting right guard spot. Scott is also vying for time according to this story from the Examiner

Vols In The NFL Update (8/12)

The NFL Preseason got underway last night with five games. Here's a quick look at how the former Vols did.

- The Cardinals with former Vol Dan Williams (1 tackle) topped the Raiders 24-18. In Oakland's side, rookie Denarius Moore had a big game in his first NFL action. The receiver had a team-high three catches for 37 yards, returned a kickoff for 18 yards, had two punt returns for eight yards and made a special teams tackle. WATCH Moore's first reception. John Henderson had a tackle for the Raiders as well.

   Here are some articles mentioning Moore's big game: Raiders rookie receiver Moore continues to impressReviewing the Raiders' opener

(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

- In the Cowboys' 24-23 win over the Broncos Jason Witten had an early 6-yard catch for Dallas. With Denver, Britton Colquitt boomed four punts for 47.8 with a long of 54. Robert Ayers started at left defensive end, but didn't make any tackles. 

- In the Eagles' 13-6 win over the Ravens, rookie Gerald Jones had an 18-yard catch late in the third quarter for Philly. Morgan Cox snapped on three punts for Baltimore. 

- The Seahawks downed the Chargers 24-17. San Diego's Kelley Washington had a special teams tackle, but did not make a catch. Eric Young played some back-up tackle for the Bolts.

- In the Patriots' 47-12 thumping of the Jaguars, the trio of Shaun Ellis, Albert Haynesworth and Jerod Mayo didn't play. 

Longtime Jet Shaun Ellis Signs With Patriots

Former Vols star and 1999 First-Team All-SEC selection Shaun Ellis is changing allegiances in the AFC East as the defensive end signed with the New England Patriots after 11 years with the rival New York Jets. With Ellis joining the Pats, they now have three former Vols stars along with Jerod Mayo and Albert Haynesworth.

Read various stories on the signing:
- Anderson Independent: Shaun Ellis signs with Patriots

Former Vols Star Mayo Emerging As Leader With Patriots

Check out this feature on about former Vols star Jerod Mayo: Mayo emerging as veteran leader

Now in his fourth season, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo took a leadership role by coordinating player workouts during the NFL lockout. 

"It's my fourth year in the league. But at the same time I feel like I've learned enough over these past few years to really hand down some information to those guys, and that's what I'm going to try to do." 

The Boston Herald also has a short piece on Mayo and his new Patriots teammate, another former Vol Albert Haynesworth.

Haynesworth Traded To Patriots

Former Vols star Albert Haynesworth has been traded to the New England Patriots. Here are various stories on the move.