Spartans In The NFL: Regular-Season Wrap-Up
Four former MSU players, representing three different teams (Denver, Houston and San Francisco), will be in action during this weekend's NFL Divisional Playoffs (Jan. 12-13).
Jan. 12, 2013
Edwin Baker, running back | San Diego Chargers
2012 Season: Rookie spent 14 games on the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster . . . listed as inactive for the final two regular-season games (Week 16 at New York Jets and Week 17 vs. Oakland).
Plaxico Burress, wide receiver | Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 Season: Eleventh-year pro saw action in four games, including three starts . . . caught three passes for 42 yards (14.0 avg.) . . . had two catches for 24 yards in Week 17 vs. Cleveland, including a 12-yard touchdown grab . . . Career Highlights: Has started 138 of 148 career games . . . his career totals include 553 receptions for 8,499 yards (15.4 avg.) and 64 TDs . . . has four career 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007) . . . ranks among the NFL's active career leaders in TD receptions (tied for sixth), receiving yards (13th) and receptions (15th).
Garrett Celek, tight end | San Francisco 49ers
2012 Season: Rookie appeared in the last 13 regular-season games . . . had four receptions for 51 yards (12.8 avg.) . . . caught two passes for 41 yards (20.5 avg) in Week 16 at Seattle, including a season-long 35-yard grab . . . has compiled 155 production points on special teams.
Kyle Cook, center | Cincinnati Bengals
2012 Season: Fifth-year pro started AFC Wild Card game at Houston (Jan. 5, 2013) . . . appeared in four games, including starts in the last two regular-season games (Week 16 at Pittsburgh and Week 17 vs. Baltimore) . . . missed the first 12 games of the 2012 season with an ankle injury . . . Career Highlights: Has started 50 of 57 career games.
Kirk Cousins, quarterback | Washington Redskins
2012 Season: Rookie made his NFL playoff debut Jan. 6, 2012, vs. Seattle when starter Robert Griffin III left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and connected on 3-of-10 passes for 31 yards against the Seahawks . . . appeared in three regular-season games, including one start . . . completed 33-of-48 throws (.688) for 466 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions . . . also carried three times for 22 yards (7.3 avg.) . . . recorded a 38-21 win in his first career start in Week 15 at Cleveland, hitting 26-of-37 passes for 329 yards, two TDs and one interception . . . connected with Leonard Hankerson for scoring plays of 54 and 2 yards against the Browns . . . came off the bench to lead Washington to a 31-28 overtime victory over Baltimore in Week 14 . . . completed his only two pass attempts for 26 yards against the Ravens . . . his 11-yard TD toss to Pierre Garcon and 2-point run on a quarterback draw tied the game at 28 with 29 seconds left . . . went 5-of-9 for 111 yards, including a 77-yard TD strike to Santana Moss, and two interceptions in Week 5 vs. Atlanta.
Kellen Davis, tight end | Chicago Bears
2012 Season: Fifth-year pro started 15 of 16 games . . . set career highs for receptions (19) and receiving yards (229) . . . also had two TD receptions . . . caught at least one pass in 11 of 16 games . . . had three catches for 25 yards in Week 14 at Minnesota . . . had three receptions for 62 yards in Week 4 at Dallas . . . Career Highlights: Has started 35 of 80 career games . . . his career totals include 47 receptions for 529 yards (11.3 avg.) and 11 touchdowns.
Brandon Fields, punter | Miami Dolphins
2012 Season: Sixth-year pro led the NFL with his 50.2-yard punting average and ranked sixth in the league in his 41.2-yard net punting average . . . his 50.2-yard punting average is the third-highest single-season total in NFL history . . . tied for sixth in the AFC and tied for 11th in the NFL with 29 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . produced a season-long 67-yard punt in Week 10 vs. Tennessee . . . averaged 53.3 yards on six punts in Week 8 at New York Jets, including four placed inside the 20 . . . averaged 53.8 yards on six punts in Week 6 vs. St. Louis . . . averaged 58.8 yards on four punts in Week 3 vs. New York Jets . . . averaged 53.2 yards on six punts in Week 2 vs. Oakland, including four kicks inside the 20 . . . Career Highlights: Has appeared in 96 career games . . . has averaged 46.4 yards on 451 career punts (20,942), including 151 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . his 46.4-yard career average ranks second in NFL history (minimum: 250 punts).
Greg Jones, linebacker | Jacksonville Jaguars
2012 Season: Second-year pro signed with Jacksonville in mid-November and appeared in six games before suffering a season-ending leg injury . . . credited with four total tackles . . . Career Highlights: Started five of 16 games and recorded 31 tackles as a rookie with (Super Bowl XLVI Champion) New York Giants in 2011.
Brian Hoyer, quarterback | Arizona Cardinals
2012 Season: Fourth-year pro saw action in two games for the Arizona Cardinals . . . completed 30-of-53 throws (.566) for 330 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions . . . earned his first career start in Week 17 regular-season finale at San Francisco . . . connected on 19-of-34 passes for 225 yards, one TD and one interception against the 49ers . . . saw his first action of the 2012 season in Week 16 vs. Chicago and hit 11-of-19 passes for 105 yards and one interception . . . claimed off waivers by Arizona on Dec. 10 . . . previously signed with Pittsburgh on Nov. 20 and spent two games on the active roster . . . Career Highlights: Has appeared in 15 career games . . . his career passing totals: 57 of 96 (.594) for 616 yards, two TDs and three interceptions . . . spent three seasons as Tom Brady's backup in New England (2009-11).
Keshawn Martin, wide receiver | Houston Texans
2012 Season: Rookie had three touches for 30 yards (one rush for 16 yards and two punt returns for 14 yards) in AFC Wild Card game vs. Cincinnati (Jan. 5, 2013) . . . appeared in all 16 regular-season games, including one start . . . accounted for 1,146 all-purpose yards on 67 touches (17.1 yards per play) . . . had 10 receptions for 85 yards (8.5 avg.) . . . rushed four times for 53 yards (13.3 avg.) . . . returned 31 kickoffs for 741 yards (23.9 avg.) . . . ranked ninth in the AFC and 17th in the NFL in kickoff returns (23.9 avg.) . . . returned 22 punts for 267 yards (12.1 avg.) . . . ranked fifth in the NFL in punt returns (12.1 avg.) . . . had breakout game in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville, scoring his first career touchdown on a 9-yard grab in the first quarter, returning a kickoff 54 yards in the second quarter and a punt 71 yards in the fourth quarter.
Ogemdi Nwagbuo, defensive tackle | Detroit Lions
2012 Season: Fourth-year pro signed to the 53-man roster on Dec. 19 following Nick Fairley's season-ending injury . . . made his only appearance in Week 17 regular-season finale vs. Chicago . . . listed as inactive for Week 16 game vs. Atlanta . . . Career Highlights: Has started six of 36 career games . . . his career totals include 44 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Domata Peko, defensive lineman | Cincinnati Bengals
2012 Season: Seventh-year pro started AFC Wild Card game at Houston (Jan. 5, 2013) and registered four tackles . . . started all 16 regular-season games . . . recorded 53 total tackles, including two sacks, and three passes defended . . . led the Bengal defensive line in tackles and ranked fifth on the team overall . . . matched his season high with six stops in Week 17 vs. Baltimore . . . also produced six tackles in Week 6 at Cleveland . . . Career Highlights: Has started 92 of 107 career games . . . his career totals include 346 tackles, 9.5 sacks, eight passes defended and three fumble recoveries . . . has paced the Bengal defensive tackle in three of the last four seasons.
Javon Ringer, running back | Tennessee Titans
2012 Season: Fourth-year pro spent the last five games on injured reserve (knee) . . . saw action in two regular-season games . . . carried two times for 14 yards (7.0 avg.) in Week 4 at Houston . . . caught three passes for 12 yards (4.0 avg.) in Week 5 at Minnesota . . . Career Highlights: Has appeared in 37 career games . . . his career totals include 120 carries for 486 yards (4.1 avg.) and three touchdowns . . . also has 38 career receptions for 243 yards (6.4 avg.).
Trenton Robinson, safety | San Francisco 49ers
2012 Season: Rookie appeared in the first three games of the regular season . . . listed as inactive for the last 13 games . . . credited with one special teams tackle and 40 production points.
Eric Smith, safety | New York Jets
2012 Season: Seventh-year pro saw action in 12 regular-season games, including two starting assignments . . . credited with 16 total tackles and four passes defended . . . recorded a season-high four tackles in Week 17 at Buffalo . . . his only interception of the 2012 season came in Week 11 at St. Louis . . . Career Highlights: Has started 36 of 96 career games . . . his career totals include 306 tackles, six interceptions, 27 passes defended and four fumble recoveries.
Drew Stanton, quarterback | Indianapolis Colts
2012 Season: Fifth-year pro served as Andrew Luck's backup . . . Career Highlights: Has started four of 12 career games . . . has completed 104-of-187 career passes (.556) for 1,158 yards, five touchdowns and nine interceptions . . . has rushed 30 times for 166 yards (5.5 avg.) and two TDs . . . has two career 200-yard passing games.
Kevin Vickerson, defensive tackle | Denver Broncos
2012 Season: Seventh-year pro set career highs for games played (16) and starts (14) . . . recorded 40 total tackles, including two sacks . . . helped anchored a Bronco defensive unit that ranked third in the NFL against the run, allowing only 91.1 yards per game . . . Denver also tied Houston for the fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (5) during the regular season . . . Career Highlights: Has started 32 of 60 career games . . . his career totals include 131 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one interception, eight passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Jerel Worthy, defensive tackle | Green Bay Packers
2012 Season: Sidelined for Green Bay's 2013 playoff run after suffering a knee injury in the Week 17 regular-season finale at Minnesota . . . rookie appeared in 14 games, including four starts . . . credited with 14 total tackles, including 2.5 sacks . . . recorded three tackles and forced a fumble in Week 15 at Chicago . . . posted three stops, including a sack, in Week 6 at Houston . . . produced three tackles, including a sack, in his first career start in Week 2 vs. Chicago.