Rex Burkhead became the first NFL player to record a touchdown catch and a blocked punt in the same game since 1977. He helped New England to a 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos.
Photo by New England Patriots/David Silverman

#ProBigRed: Huskers in the NFL - Week 10

By Erica Nett

Former Nebraska running backs highlight Week 10 of Huskers in the NFL, as Rex Burkhead, Andy Janovich and Ameer Abdullah each had impressive performances for their teams over the weekend.

Burkhead had 10 rushes for 36 yards for the New England Patriots. Additionally, he had three catches for 27 yards and one touchdown, helping New England cruise to a 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos. On special teams, Burkhead blocked a punt, becoming the first player to have a receiving touchdown and block a punt in the same game since 1977. It was the first blocked punt by a Patriot since 2014. In the same game, Janovich played at fullback and on special teams for the Broncos. He had one rush for three yards and a 10-yard kickoff return. Abdullah started for the Detroit Lions and had 11 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. He also had one catch for three yards in the 38-24 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

On the offensive line Richie Incognito (Buffalo Bills), Brent Qvale (New York Jets) and Spencer Long (Washington Redskins) each played, with Incognito getting the start at left guard.

Cethan Carter played on special teams for the Cincinnati Bengals and recorded one tackle.

On the defensive side, linebackers Lavonte David (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Zaire Anderson (Denver Broncos) and Will Compton (Washington Redskins) each saw action. David started and had eight tackles and recovered a fumble. Anderson played on defense and on special teams, while Compton started, played on special teams and recorded one tackle.

Chicago Bears' cornerback Prince Amukamara started at cornerback and played every defensive snap. He also recorded one tackle. Maliek Collins started at defensive tackle and played on special teams for the Dallas Cowboys.

In the Monday night game, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh started for the Miami Dolphins and had three tackles. 

A complete list of statistics by former Huskers in the NFL is below.

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HUSKERS IN THE AFC

AFC EAST
   
   
      Buffalo Bills (L, 47-10 vs. New Orleans Saints)
OL Richie Incognito: Started at left guard and played every offensive snap
WR Brandon Reilly: Did Not Play (Practice Squad)
   
   

Miami Dolphins (L, 45-21 at Carolina Panthers)
DT Ndamukong Suh: Started at defensive tackle; three tackles

   
   
New England Patriots (W, 41-16 at Denver Broncos)
RB Rex Burkhead: played at running back and on special teams; 10 rushes, 36 yards; three catches, 27 yards, one touchdown; also had one blocked punt
DT Vincent Valentine (Reserve/Injured) 
   
   
New York Jets (L, 15-10 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
OL Brent Qvale: played on offense and special teams 
WR Quincy Enunwa: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured)
   
AFC WEST
   
   

Denver Broncos (L, 41-16 vs. New England Patriots)
LB Zaire Anderson: Played at linebacker and on special teams

FB Andy Janovich: Played at fullback; one rush, three yards; one kickoff return, 10 yards
DE Jared Crick: Did not play (Reserve/Injured)

   
   
Los Angeles Chargers (L, 20-17 at Jacksonville Jaguars)
OL Matt Slauson (Reserve/Injured)
   
AFC NORTH
   
   

Baltimore Ravens (Bye)
P Sam Koch

OL Alex Lewis: Reserve/Injured
WR Kenny Bell: Practice Squad
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: Practice Squad

   
   
Cincinnati Bengals (L, 24-20 at Tennessee Titans)
H-Back Cethan Carter: Played on special teams; recorded on tackle

   

   

HUSKERS IN THE NFC

NFC EAST
   
   
      Dallas Cowboys (L, 27-7 at Atlanta Falcons)
DT Maliek Collins: Started at defensive tackle and played on special teams
DE Randy Gregory: Did Not Play (Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner)
   
   
Philadelphia Eagles (Bye)
LB Nathan Gerry
   
   

Washington Redskins (L, 38-30 vs. Minnesota Vikings)
LB Will Compton: Started at middle linebacker and played on special teams, one tackle
OL Spencer Long: Played 12 snaps on offense at center
TE Niles Paul: Did Not Play (Inactive)
OL Givens Price: Did Not Play (Practice Squad)

   
NFC NORTH
   
   
Chicago Bears (L, 23-16 vs. Green Bay Packers)
CB Prince Amukamara: Started at cornerback and played every defensive snap; recorded one tackle
   
   
Detroit Lions (W, 38-24 at Cleveland Browns)
RB Ameer Abdullah: Started at running back; 11 attempts, 52 yards, one touchdown; one reception, three yards
   
   
Minnesota Vikings (W, 38-30 at Washington Redskins)
OL Jeremiah Sirles: Did not play (Inactive)
   
NFC SOUTH
   
   
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W, 15-10 vs. New York Jets)
LB Lavonte David: Started at linebacker; eight tackles, two tackles for losses, one fumble recovery



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