This week, three familiar Ducks from the Chip Kelly era resurfaced in the NFL. Will Murphy rejoined the Eagles, and LaMichael James was active for San Francisco for the first time since suffering a knee injury in preseason play.
Two Ducks were released from practice squads, former DT-turned-OL, Isaac Remington from the Eagles, and WR Rashaan Vaughn from the New York Jets.
Murphy was waived by Chip’s Eagles (along with QB Dennis Dixon) on the final day of cuts, but the Eagles have now had a change of heart, and resigned Murphy. How much he will contribute on game days is uncertain, but the call back to Philly says a lot about the skills of the former Duck receiver and native Oregonian. The Eagles face a huge test Sunday against perhaps the most impressive NFL team so far, the Denver Broncos, led by Peyton Manning.
Last night James got in on the action for the first time in the regular season, as the Niners routed the St. Louis Rams, 35-11. LMJ ended up with a net of zero yards on three carries, but it was good to see him back on the field.
Let’s take a look at how the other NFL Ducks fared last week.
OREGON DUCKS ON NFL ROSTERS (as of Sept. 27)
Atlanta Falcons - Drew Davis, WR (targeted once, 0 rec)
Arizona Cardinals - Kenny Rowe, (PS) OLB
Baltimore Ravens - Ed Dickson, TE (No Stats); Haloti Ngata, DT (3 tackles, 1 sack)
Buffalo Bills - Kiko Alonso, LB (8 tackles, 1 INT); Mark Asper, (PS) OL; Jairus Byrd, S (Did not play)
Carolina Panthers - Kenjon Barner, RB (No stats); Brandon Williams, TE (No stats); Jonathan Stewart, (PUP) RB
Chicago Bears - Kyle Long, OG (Started); Dante Rosario, TE (2 tackles)
Cleveland Browns - T.J. Ward, S (8 tackles, 1 int)
Dallas Cowboys - Darrion Weems, OT (Played)
Houston Texans - Eddie Pleasant, S (Did not play)
Kansas City Chiefs - Geoff Schwartz, OG (Started)
Miami Dolphins - Dion Jordan, DE (2 tackles); Josh Kaddu, LB (No stats)
New England Patriots - LeGarrette Blount, RB (14 carries, 65 yards; 1 kick ret, 24 yards)
New York Giants - Spencer Paysinger, LB (4 tackles)
Philadelphia Eagles - Patrick Chung, S (3 tackles); Brandon Bair, (PS) DE; Jeff Maehl, WR (No stats); Casey Matthews, LB (1 tackle); Isaac Remington, (Released) OL, Will Murphy (Signed to PS)
Pittsburgh Steelers - David Paulson, TE (1 rec, 6 yards)
San Francisco 49ers - LaMichael James, RB 3 carries, 0 yards; Adam Snyder, OG (Started)
Seattle Seahawks - Max Unger, C (Started); Walter Thurmond III, CB (5 tackles)
St. Louis Rams - Kellen Clemens, QB (Did not play)
PS – Practice Squad • RES – Injured Reserve • PUP – Active/Physically Unable to Perform
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