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Vols In NFL Gameday (12/23)

As we hit the penultimate week of the NFL regular-season, check out former Vols in action on Dec. 23

1 p.m. Games

The Cowboys host the Saints  - Game Center
The game that features three former Vols Jason Witten of Dallas will be on the opposite sidelines from CB Jabari Greer and DE Turk McBride. Witten (97 catches) is just six receptions shy of the all-time NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end. Tony Gonzalez set the record with 102 catches in 2004 for Kansas City. 


Dallas' Jason Witten needs six catches in two games to break the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Carolina welcomes Oakland - Game Center
WR Denarius Moore and LB Omar Gaither return to the Southeast region with the Raiders and a match-up at the Panthers. Gaither will take on his former team, check out this story focused on Gaither and his return.



Bills at Dolphins - Game Center
LB Kevin Burnett and DT Tony McDaniel of Miami welcome OL Chris Scott, who was signed by the Bills a few weeks ago.
Patriots look to rebound against woeful Jaguars

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh - Game Center
In an AFC Central battle lineman Ramon Foster and the Steelers take on cornerback Jason Allen and his Bengals. Foster will move from right guard, where he has started all season to left guard, due to the injury to Willie Colon. 

Patriots in Jacksonville - Game Center
LB Jerod Mayo and his Patriots head south to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars.



Chiefs host Colts - Game Center
DB Eric Berry and punter Dustin Colquitt host the surprising Colts.
- Kansas City Star: Berry has come on strong

Rams at Buccaneers - Game Center
TE Luke Stocker and Tampa Bay host center Scott Wells and St. Louis, as Wells is back in action after missing much of the early season with injury.
Wells has been in the news for his off-the field activities. Check out this story: Scott Wells Adopts 3 Children From Uganda
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San Diego at Jets - Game Center
WR Robert Meachem and DL Aubrayo Franklin with the Chargers cross the country to play the Jets on Sunday.

Vikings at Texans - Game Center
Former Vols face off as RB Arian Foster and Houston welcome LB Marvin Mitchell and Minnesota. Two of the top backs in the NFL face-off. 

4 p.m. Games

Cleveland at Denver - Game Center
The biggest match-up in terms of former Vols, showcases six former Vols. QB Peyton Manning, punter Britton Colquitt, DL Robert Ayers and DL Malik Jackson host RB Montario Hardesty and OL Jarrod Shaw. 
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning
 Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, left, speaks with defensive lineman Malik Jackson during practice under the bubble Wednesday at Dove Valley. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)



Cardinals host Bears - Game Center
DL Dan Williams and Arizona welcome Chicago. Williams has been sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Ravens vs. Giants - Game Center
Long snapper Morgan Cox and Baltimore host the defending Super Bowl champions.

8:20 p.m. Game

49ers at Seahawks - Game Center
The Sunday night matchup sees Seattle host San Francisco. Former Vol Parys Haralson is on injured reserve and will not play with the 49ers. 

Vols In NFL Wrap Up (12/11)

Week 14 is over and done with after a 42-14 New England win over Houston in Monday Night Football.

In his return to the NFL, Donte' Stallworth hauled in a 63 yard TD on his first catch of 2012 to help the Patriots extend their lead and go on to the victory. Jerod Mayo notched a team-high seven tackles, as he still leads the AFC with 125 this season and is third in the NFL behind Luke Kuechly of Carolina and Chad Greenway of Minnesota.

Arian Foster also notched a TD, his 16th of the season and NFL-leading 14th rushing TD. It was the 49th of his career and he has recorded a TD in 12 of 13 games this season.

Find out how the rest of the NFL Vols did below:

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

vs. Dallas

L, 19-20

1 special teams tackle

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

1 tackle, for loss

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

at Cleveland

L, 7-30

Started at SS,

4 tackles 1 pass def.

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

at San Francisco

L, 13-27

Started at LOLB, 3 tackles

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

2 punts, 44.5 avg.

both I-20

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

at Cleveland

L, 7-30

7 punts, 48.0 avg.

4 I-20

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

at Washington

L, 28-31

Snapped on all punts and kicks

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

at New England

L, 14-42

Started at RB,

15 att. 46 yds. 1 TD

4 rec. 39 yds

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

vs. San Diego

L, 24-34

Started at RG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

at Pittsburgh

W, 34-24

1 tackle

Omar Gaither

LB

Oakland

vs. Denver

L, 13-26

1 tackle

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

at NY Giants

L, 27-52

Started at LCB,

5 tackles, 1 pass def.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

vs. Miami

W, 27-13

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

vs. Kansas City

W, 30-7

Leading Rusher

10 att. 52 yds.

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

Played, no stats

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

26-of-36 for 310 yds.

1 TD 1 INT

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

vs. Houston

W, 42-14

Started at LB,

game-high 7 tackles,

1 TFL, 2 QBH

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

at NY Giants

L, 27-52

Not active

Jacques McClendon

OL

Atlanta

at Carolina

L, 20-30

Practice Squad

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

at San Francisco

L, 13-27

1 tackle

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

at Pittsburgh

W, 34-24

Played, no stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

vs. Chicago

W, 21-14

1 special teams tackle

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

vs. Denver

L, 13-26

4 rec. 43 yds

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

vs. Atlanta

W, 30-20

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Buffalo

vs. St. Louis

L, 12-15

Not active

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

vs. Kansas City

W, 30-7

Not active

Donte Stallworth

WR

New England

vs. Houston

W, 42-14

1 rec. 63 yds TD

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

vs. Philadelphia

L, 21-23

Started at TE,

targeted twice

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

at Buffalo

W, 15-12

Started at C

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

at Seattle

L, 0-58

Started at NT,

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

at Cincinnati

W, 20-19

Team-high 4 rec 62 yds


Vols In NFL Wrap Up (12/3)

Twenty-fourNFL Vols were in action in Week 13 of the regular season.

Take a look at how they did.

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

at San Diego

W, 20-13

Not active

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

Not active

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

vs. Carolina

W, 27-21

Started at SS, 1 tackle

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

vs. New England

L, 16-23

Started at LB,

game-high 11 tackles,

1 TFL

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

5 punts, 44.8 avg.

3 I-20 Long-55

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

vs. Carolina

W, 27-21

3 punts, 42.7 avg.

2 I-20 Long-55

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

vs. Pittsburgh

L, 20-23

Snapped on all punts and kicks

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

at Tennessee

W, 24-10

Started at RB,

14 rush 38 yds. 1 TD

 5 rec. 15 yds.

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

at Baltimore

W, 23-20

Started at RG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

vs. Cincinnati

L, 13-20

Not active

Omar Gaither

LB

Oakland

vs. Cleveland

L, 17-20

Started at MLB,

2 tackles

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

at Atlanta

L, 13-23

Started at LCB,

2 tackles 1 pass def.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

at St. Louis

L, 13-16

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

at Oakland

W, 20-17

5 rush, 39 yds.

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

Played, no stats

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

27-of-38 for 242 yds.

3 TDs 1 INT

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

at Miami

W, 23-16

Started at LB, 6 tackles,

1 sack-8 yds. 1 FF

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

at Atlanta

L, 13-23

2 QBH

Jacques McClendon

OL

Pittsburgh

at Baltimore

W, 23-20

Practice Squad

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

vs. New England

L, 16-23

1 tackle, 1 pass def.

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

vs. Cincinnati

L, 13-20

Played, no stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

at Green Bay

L, 14-23

1 special teams tackle

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

vs. Cleveland

L, 17-20

Started at WR

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

at Kansas City

L, 21-27

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Tampa Bay

at Denver

L, 23-31

Practice Squad

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

at Oakland

W, 20-17

Not active

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

at Denver

L, 23-31

Started at TE

2 rec, 19 yards

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

vs. San Francisco

W, 16-13

Started at C

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

at NY Jets

L, 6-7

Started at NT

career-high 10 tackles

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

vs. Philadelphia

W, 38-33

Started at TE,

team-high 6 rec. 108 yds.


NFL Leading Foster

- Foster finished his trip to Tennessee with just 38 yards on 14 rushes and a touchdown. He also made five catches for 15 yards.

- He continues to add to his season total and stands at 1,102 for the year, fourth in the NFL and first in the AFC.

- Foster also leads the NFL with 13 rushing TDs (15 overall), is 1st in rush attempts (23.6/game), and 2nd in yards/game with 91.8 (1st in AFC).

- Foster registered either a rushing or receiving TD in 11 straight games (Jan. 7, 2012-Nov. 11, 2012), which tied for the second longest streak since 2001 (LaDainian Tomlinson 18 games from 2004-05).

- After recording 110 yards on 28 carries against Jacksonville Sunday, Sept. 16, Foster became the Houston Texans' all-time leading rusher. passing Domanick Davis who had 3,195 rushing yards for the franchise from 2003-05.

- Foster continues to add to his lifetime total, upping his rushing yards to 4,199 after his effort at Tennessee.

 

Extra Mayo, Please

- Adding six tackles to his total last week against the Dolphins, Jerod Mayo continued to add to his AFC leading tackle total (118). His 118 tackles currently rank second in the NFL (Chad Greenway of Minnesota-123) and are first in the AFC by a large margin (Jerrell Freeman-107).

- Mayo went over the century mark against Buffalo on Nov. 18 to mark the  fourth time in his five year NFL career he has registered at least 100 tackles. 

 

Witten Moves Into Top-25

- With his team leading six catches for 108 yards against Philadelphia on Sunday Night football, former Vol and current Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten moved into 25th place on the all-time NFL career receptions list passing current Texan Andre Johnson.

- Witten is just 30 catches away from 23rd place currently held by Henry Ellard and Keyshawn Johnson.

- When Witten registered seven catches for 51 yards against Atlanta on Nov. 4 and in doing so became the Cowboys' all-time reception leader, passing Michael Irvin (750). Witten currently has 784 career receptions in 10 seasons with Dallas.

- In a tough loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 28, Jason Witten broke his own Cowboys receiving record and set a league record for tight ends with 18 catches for 167 yards. Only Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens and Tom Fears have ever caught as many or more passes at any position.

- With his second catch against Seattle (Sept. 16) Witten became the third tight end in NFL history with 700 career catches. In 10 seasons, Witten has 762 total receptions.

- Witten is also the second player in Cowboys history to reach 700 catches, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin (750).

 

All-Time NFL Receptions by Tight Ends

Player   Team(s)               Years     Receptions

Tony Gonzalez  Kansas City, Atlanta        1997-pres.           1,222

Shannon Sharpe               Denver, Baltimore           1990-2003            815

Jason Witten      Dallas    2003-pres.           784

Ozzie Newsome               Cleveland            1978-90                662

Antonio Gates   San Diego            2003-pres.           625

 

All-Time NFL Active Receptions Leaders

Player   Team(s)               Years     Receptions

(2) Tony Gonzalez            Kansas City, Atlanta        1997-pres.           1,218

(9) Randy Moss Minn, Oak, NE, Tenn, SF               1998-pres.           973

(11) Reggie Wayne          Indianapolis        2001-pres.           950

(25) Jason Witten             Dallas    2003-pres.           784

()- All-Time Receptions List

 

Career Best For Williams

- Dan Williams, who has moved into a starting role for Arizona this season, put up career best numbers against the New York Jets on Dec. 2.

- Williams notched 10 tackles, the first time he hit the double-digit mark, but the Cardinals fell 7-6 to the Jets.

- The third year nose tackle is just three tackles off of his season-best 27 recorded during his rookie season in 15 games.

 


Vols In NFL Wrap Up (10/9)

Week five of the NFL Regular Season is officially done after Arian Foster put up 152 yards against the NY Jets to help the Texans remain undefeated with a 23-17 win on Monday Night Football.

Foster's 168 all-purpose yards (152 rushing, 16 receiving) helped him become the third fastest player in NFL history to reach 5,000 yards from scrimmage, netting the milestone in 40 games. Only Edgerrin James (36 games) and Eric Dickerson (39 games) reached the milestone faster.

Foster hit 5,000 yards from scrimmage mark on an 8-yard rush in the fourth quarter. Foster also recorded a rushing TD in the game, and has now recorded at least one TD in each game this season. He leads the league in rushing TDs (5) and ranks second in total rushing yards (532) and yards/game (106.4) behind Jamaal Charles.

Fastest to 5,000 yards from Scrimmage

Player

Team(s)

Year (Gms)

Rush Yds.

Rec. Yds.

Edgerrin James

Indianapolis

2001 (36)

3,677

1,323

Eric Dickerson

Los Angeles

1985 (39)

4,355

645

Arian Foster

Houston

2012 (40)

3,626

1,374


Now let's look at the rest of the NFL Vols.

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

vs. Miami

L, 13-17

Not Active

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

at New England

L, 21-31

Played, no stats

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

vs. Baltimore

L, 6-9

Started at SS, 5 tackles

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

at Cincinnati

W, 17-13

Started at LB, 7 tackles,

0.5 sack for 3.5 yards,

QB Hit

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

at New England

L, 21-31

3 punts, 45.7 avg. 2 I-20

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

vs. Miami

L, 6-9

5 punts, 47.2 avg. 3 I-20

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

at Kansas City

W, 9-6

Snapped on all punts and

 kicks including Ravens'

GW FG

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

at NY Jets

W, 23-17

Started at RB, 29-152 yds.

1 TD

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

vs. Philadelphia

W, 16-14

Started at RG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

at New Orleans

L, 24-31

3 tackles

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

vs. San Diego

W, 31-24

Started at LCB, 1 Pass. Def.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

vs. Buffalo

W, 45-3

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

at NY Giants

L, 27-41

Did not play

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

at New England

L, 21-31

1 tackle

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

at New England

L, 21-31

31-for-44 345 yds.
3 TDs 0 INT

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

vs. Denver

W, 31-21

Started at LB, game-high

13 tackles, 1 sack

for 7 yard loss

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

vs. San Diego

W, 31-24

Not Active

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

at Cincinnati

W, 17-13

Made return with

2 tackles, FR

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

at New Orleans

L, 24-31

Started at WR, 3 rec.

67 yds. 2 TDs

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

vs. Tennessee

W, 30-7

Not Active

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

Bye Week



Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

vs. Seattle

L, 12-16

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Green Bay

at Indianapolis

L, 27-30

Practice Squad

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

at NY Giants

L, 27-41

Practice Squad

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

Bye Week



Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

vs. Arizona

W, 17-3

Injured Reserve

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

at St. Louis

L, 3-17

Started at NT, 3 tackles

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

Bye Week





Foster's 13-yd. TD - http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000078702/Foster-13-yd-TD

Foster's 46-yd. run
- http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap1000000078646/Foster-46-yd-run

Pats-Broncos Highlights
- http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000077939/Broncos-vs-Patriots-highlights

Tony McDaniel Fumble Recovery
- http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000077939/Broncos-vs-Patriots-highlights

Robert Meachem TDs
44 yds - http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap1000000078110/Meachem-44-yard-TD-catch
15 yds - http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000077946/Meachem-15-yard-TD-catch


Vols In NFL Saturday Night Football (8/25)

On Friday night, 14 Vols took part in NFL games, Saturday brings five more professional games featuring 11 more NFL Vols.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins Game Center
The No. 1 draft pick vs. the No. 2 draft pick as the Colts (1-1) and the Redskins (1-1) face off at 4 p.m. on the NFL Network. Also taking part is former Vol Jonathan Crompton as he vies for a back up role behind Robert Griffin III for the Redskins.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills Game Center
Ramon Foster, Chris Scott and the Steelers (1-1) shuffle off to Buffalo to take on the Bills (0-2) in a 7 p.m. meeting. Foster got the start for the Steelers at right tackle in week two of the preseason while Scott saw action as a reserve.

Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders Game Center
Jacques McClendon and the Detroit Lions (1-1) head to Oakland for a meeting with Denarius Moore and the Raiders (0-2) that will kick off at 7 p.m.

Last time out, McClendon came on in relief on the offensive line, however, Moore was not active as he is rehabbing a hamstring injury.

Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints Game Center
Arian Foster, Omar Gaither and the Houston Texans travel to New Orleans to square off with Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the New Orleans Saints in an 8 p.m. battle on CBS.

In week two, Foster earned the start at running back, leading all rushers with 10 carries for 46 yards also making three catches for 16 yards. Gaither saw his first action as a Texan and registered two tackles, one for loss.

Neither Greer nor McBride saw action last time out for the Saints. Greer is coming back from a sports hernia.

Best of New Orleans: Preview: Saints-Texans as good as it gets in preseason
NOLA.com: New Orleans Saints injury update: Darren Sproles, Turk McBride

St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys Game Center
The final game of the night is a meeting between Scott Wells and the St. Louis Rams and Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys. Both Vols missed game time last week.

CBSSports.com: Witten (spleen) making good progress
STLToday.com: Rams get Wells, two others back on field




Happy Birthday - Aug. 24: NFL Star Arian Foster

On Aug. 24, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols tailback and NFL All-Pro running back Arian Foster, who turns 26 years old. 


Vols In NFL Sunday Night Football (8/19)

Lots of big stats for the NFL Vols last night.

  • Arian Foster had 10 carries for 46 yards as the Texans defeated the 49ers 20-9.
  • Dustin Colquitt had four punts for a 51.0 yd./punt average while Eric Berry led all tacklers with five tackles but the Chiefs feell 31-17 to the Rams.
  • Robert Meachem had one catch for seven yards, his first catch as a Charger while Aubrayo Franklin tallied two tackles as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Cowboys 28-20.
  • Peyton Manning finished the game on 16-for-23 passing for 177 yards but had two INTs while Britton Colquitt booted six punts for a 45.7 avg. with a long of 69 yards.
  • Also for the Broncos, Robert Ays picked up a tackle while Malik Jackson had a huge five yard sack against former NC State/Wisconsin QB Russel Wilson, but the Broncos fell 30-10.

San Francisco 49ers' Chris Culliver, left, hangs onto the shirttail of Houston Texans' Arian Foster (23) in the first quarter an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Photo: David J. Phillip, Associated Press / SF


Tonight, Ramon Foster, Chris Scott and the Steelers will face off against the Colts in some Sunday Night Football airing on NBC at 8 p.m. at Heinz Field.

The Colts are coming off of a 38-3 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 while the Steelers fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in the final minutes of the game, 24-23.

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CBSSports.com: Steelers: What to watch for in preseason game No. 2 vs. Colts



Vols In NFL Saturday Night Football (8/18)

Saturday night football features 16 Vols in six different games starting with a nationally televised game on NFL Network featuring Met Life Stadium's inhabitants, the New York Giants and New York Jets.

New York Giants vs. New York Jets Game Center
Matt Simms is the lone representative for the Vols in this game. Simms did not see any game action last week as the New York Jets (0-1) took on the Bengals.

Yahoo Sports: New York Jets use garbage cans to improve their passing  (Matt Simms)

Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears Game Center
Jonathan Crompton and the Washington Redskins (1-0) will head to Chicago to take on the Bears (0-1) at Soldier Field with an 8 p.m. start.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans Game Center
Parys Haralson and the 49ers (1-0) head to Houston to take on Arian Foster, Omar Gaither and the Texans (1-0) at Reliant Stadium.



Last time out Foster rushed for 11 yards on one carry against the Panthers. Gaither did not see playing time after signing with the Texans the night before.

Sacramento Bee: Houston Texans Star Arian Foster and Kroger Southwest Kick Off Season
KHOU: Texans sign veteran LB Omar Gaither
CBSSports.com: 49ers notebook: LB Aldon Smith no longer using a cane

Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams Game Center
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) head to St. Louis to take on the Rams (0-1) and Scott Wells in an 8 p.m. contest.

Last time out, Berry saw action for the first time since his knee injury making one tackle against the Cardinals. Dustin Colquitt handled three punts for an average of 37.3 yards/punt.



New York Times: Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 NFL Season Preview
Atlanta Black Star: Chief Eric Berry's Family Helps In His Knee Rehab

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
The Denver Broncos (1-0) boast four Vols, Roberty Ayres, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning. Manning will make his debut at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium against the Seahawks (1-0) starting at 9 p.m.

ESPN: Broncos' Jason Hunter suffers triceps tear
New York Daily News: Myers: Peyton set for second act
Denver Post: Peyton Manning to play more for Broncos in second preseason game

Attendance at Broncos summer practices averages nearly 3,000 per day as Manningmania easily replaces Tebowmania as source for Denver excitement. Photo by AP


Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers Game Center
Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys head to San Diego to take on Aubrayo Franklin, Nick Guess and Robert Meachem on their home turf of Qualcomm Stadium in a 9 p.m. nationally televised game on NFL Network.

Last time out, Witten came out of the game after recording two catches for six yards. Later in the week it was reported that Witten lacerated his spleen and will more than likely not see any time tonight. Robert Meachem picked up a tackle for the Chargers, but no catches, in their victory over Green Bay

ESPN: Nobody to blame for Jason Witten injury
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Injured Witten likely done for rest of preseason
Yahoo Sports: Juggernaut Index No. 14: The San Diego Chargers
Chargers.com: Chargers Thrilled With Addition of Explosive Meachem



Vols In NFL Update (8/15)

Time for the midweek recap of Vols in the NFL Update.

Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys edged out Denarius Moore and the Oakland Raiders 3-0 in Monday Night Football. Witten finished the game with two catches for six yards while Moore didn't see any action.

ESPN Box Score: Dallas 3, Oakland 0

ESPN: Jerry Jones held breath on Jason Witten hit
Pro Football Talk: Witten out at least for rest of preseason with spleen injury
Yahoo Sports: Denarius Moore: (Hamstring) Sits Out Monday

ESPN: Foster, Love, Parker in Disney's 'TRYathlon'
CBSSports.com: Chiefs' Berry fights back from ACL to find rightful spot as a top safety
NOLA.com: New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer has no timetable but is eager to return
USA Today: Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey feed off each other in practice
Panthers.com: Poole makes splash in preseason debut
HeraldOnline.com: Tempers flaring in Panthers camp means it's time to play other teams


Berry's best writing has not been signing his autograph, but expressing himself in verse. (US Presswire)
Eric Berry signs autographs for the fans post practice

UT's Arian Foster & Candace Parker In Disney XD's TRYathlon

Two former Tennessee stars are part of Disney XD's TRYathlon, which begins on August 13. Football player and current Houston Texan Arian Foster along with basketball Olympian and member of the Los Angeles Sparks Candace Parker will compete with Disney stars and lucky fans in the TRYathlon. Foster coaches the Green Team called Kickin' It. Parker will be coaching the Red Team, known as the Lab Rats. Check out a preview and sneak peak heres: 

Vols In NFL Update (8/12)

Saturday night featured the clash of former Vol running backs as Arian Foster and the Houston Texans and Tauren Poole and the Carolina Panthers met in Charlotte for their first preseason games of 2012.

Houston Texans 26, Carolina Panthers 13

Foster had just one carry on the night for an 11 yard gain.

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) prepares to hand off to Arian Foster (23) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Photo: Mike McCarn / AP
Matt Schaub hands off to Arian Foster

Poole netted his first touchdown in a Panthers uniform on a one yard rush which you can see here! (NFL.com) The rookie finished as the leading rusher for the Panthers with four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

The Carolina fans have already begun the Poole cheers.
Carolina Panthers' Tauren Poole (33) runs the ball as Houston Texans' Tim Jamison chases during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Photo: Bob Leverone / AP     RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATE CROP - Carolina Panthers' Tauren Poole (33), bottom, scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of a NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Photo: Bob Leverone / AP
Poole picking up some yardage (left). Poole (bottom) scores his first NFL TD (right)

Omar Gaither, picked up by the Texans on Friday, did not see game action. He came to the Texans after playing 2011 in Carolina.

Vols In NFL Update (8/11)

Here's a look at former Vols did in the NFL on Friday night:

- The Bucs beat the Dolphins, 20-7 in a Florida battle. Second-year TE Luke Stocker had a catch for 14 yards for Tampa Bay. With Miami, Jonathan Wade made four tackles and had a pass defended while Tony McDaniel had a stop. Kevin Burnett was sidelined late with an injury.
  

- Eric Berry returned to action with the Chiefs in a 27-17 win over Arizona. Berry had a tackle as he started at strong safety. Dustin Colquitt punted three times for the Chiefs for a 37.3 average with two punts inside the 20. With the Cardinals, Dan Williams had a tackle.

- The 49ers topped Minnesota, 17-6. Parys Haralson made two tackles including a half-sack. In his debut with San Francisco, Marvin Mitchell had four tackles, TFL and a forced fumble for the Vikings.

- In the Browns 19-17 win over Detroit, Montario Hardesty had four carries for 16 yards. Jarrod Shaw also saw action on the offensive line for Cleveland. With Detroit, Jacques McClendon played as a reserve offensive lineman.

- The Bengals downed the Jets, 17-6. None of UT's products played as Matt Simms did not see action as a back-up QB with New York. Jason Allen missed the game for Cincinnati with an injury.

- On Saturday, rookie Tauren Poole makes his NFL debut with the Carolina Panthers as he takes on star tailback and former Vol Arian Foster with the Houston Texans at 7 p.m. The game airs on NFL Network.

- In other NFL news related to Vols, Omar Gaither has signed with the Houston Texans.  Here are a few stories: Texans place Keyaron Fox on IR, sign Omar Gaither and Texans sign veteran linebacker Omar Gaither.

Vols In NFL Update (8/8)

Time for the mid-week edition of Vols in the NFL.

Peyton Manning to see action on the field for the first time since the 2010 Playoffs; A different perspective on Arian Foster's veganism; Robert Meachem working to develop connection with Rivers in San Diego and more.


ESPN: Peyton Manning has Broncos abuzz
Brush News Tribune via Denver Post: Broncos likely to get Peyton Manning 10-12 plays in preseason vs. Bears
Houston Chronicle: Foster's veganism is food for thought for Texans
ESPN: Play of the day: Tony Romo threads needle to Jason Witten
North County Times: CHARGERS: Meachem working to build connection with Rivers
Comcast SportsNet: Stallworth's perspective on the greatness of Brady, Brees


http://s3.amazonaws.com/newscloud-production/newscloudcms/2012/08/502029cd7fd0dc1ae7005d2d/photos/2075360/original.jpg?1344285189b       Robert Meachem

Vols In NFL Update (7/31)

As training camp continues, continue to read about former Tennessee Vols who are currently on NFL rosters.

- NFL News:Peyton Manning tries to quiet arm strength concerns
- ESPN The Magazine: You're not the boss of me (Arian Foster)
- ESPN: Expectations high for Criner and Moore
- Nashua Telegraph: Stallworth takes long way back to Patriots
- KCChiefs.com: Camp Notebook: Eric Berry barely skips a beat
- NOLA.com: Saints are down two starting cornerbacks after Jabari Greer pulls groin
- ESPN: 2008 top draft picks (Jerod Mayo)

   Kansas City Chiefs & former Tennessee Volunteers safety Eric Berry (29) hits Anquan Boldin of the Ravens

Vols In NFL Update (7/30)

It's Monday and that means it is time for another Vols in the NFL Update. After a weekend full of training camp, many former Tennessee Vols have Monday off to rest. While they are recovering, take a look at what they have been up to.

- Denver Post: Woody Paige: Peyton Manning new leader of Broncos' arms race
- ESPN: Arian Foster and a unicorn
- Houston Chronicle: New vegan Arian Foster looks in great shape
- Tuscon Citizen: Broken arm motivates Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams
- ESPN Boston: Stallworth happy to lend a hand
- Wichita Eagle: Chiefs' ACL club gets through first day OK (Eric Berry)
- NOLA.com: New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer turns in play of the day
- Forth Worth Star Telegram: Jason Witten, Cowboys teammates proud to sign for the military
- Comcast SportsNet New England: Hightower quickly learning the Patriot Way (Jerod Mayo)
- NorthJersey.com: School's in session for former Don Bosco QB Matt Simms
- Akron Beacon Journal: Browns: Montario Hardesty finally healthy

 browns30   Matt Simms of Franklin Lakes, a former star quarterback for Don Bosco, walking off Jets' practice field Sunday.

Vols In NFL Update (7/26)

Arian Foster Ranked 25 on NFL Top 100

Former Vols running back Arian Foster was named No. 25 on the NFL's list of Top 100 players of 2012, as the NFL Network's weekly show revealed players 21-30 on Wednesday night.

Over the last two seasons, Foster leads the NFL with 4,061 yards from scrimmage, 30 touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 2,840 rushing yards.

Other Vols on the NFL Top 100 list include Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (50) and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (75).


Foster Moves Onto Round 2 Of Madden '13 Cover Vote Tourney

VOTE HERE!

Former Tennessee and current Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has moved onto the second round of the Madden '13 Cover Vote Tournament, defeating the New York Jets' Tim Tebow by a count of 54 to 46 percent.

The third-seeded Foster is now up against six-seed Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in the second round. Fans can vote for Foster from now until next Wednesday (April 4) at the above link.

The third-seeded Foster was one of the original 32 selected for the ESPN.com-hosted tournament, which ends April 25.

Produced annually by EA Sports, the cover athlete of the popular Madden '13 video game will be determined by fan vote for the second consecutive year.

Help Vote Arian Foster On Madden '13 Cover!


Former Tennessee running back Arian Foster is one of 32 NFL players eligible to be selected for the cover of the Madden NFL '13 video game. Produced annually by EA Sports, the cover athlete will be determined by fan vote for the second consecutive year.

From now until March 28, fans can vote for No. 3 seed Arian Foster to move past former Florida Gator and the newest member of the New York Jets, Tim Tebow, onto the second round at the above link. 

Hosted by ESPN.com, the five-round tournament lasts until April 25.

Foster Officially Signs Long-Term Deal With Texans

The Houston Texans have signed All-Pro RB Arian Foster to a long-term contract, it was announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. 


Since becoming a full-time starter in 2010, Foster has led the NFL in rushing yards per game (97.9), rushing touchdowns (26), scrimmage yards (4,061), scrimmage yards per game (140.0) and touchdowns from scrimmage (30). He also leads all NFL running backs in that time with 42.1 yards per game receiving and 10 receptions of 25 yards or longer, including a pair of 78-yard touchdown receptions in 2011.

Foster's rise from an undrafted college free agent out of Tennessee in 2009 to an All-Pro running back and two-time Pro Bowler is well-documented. He began his rookie season on the Texans' practice squad, was signed to the active roster on Nov. 17, 2009, and made his first career start in the 2009 season finale against New England.

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