NFL Cougar Highlights: Week One
DEVARD DARLING (AP photo) Managing Editor
Posted Sep 8, 2008

NOT TO SAY opening week of NFL play for Washington State alums was uneventful—Erik Coleman did shine in his Falcon debut and Devard Darling had one mighty big catch in his KC coming out party—but when a Rian Lindell fumble recovery is our feature highlight…

Here’s how all of the NFL Cougars performed in week 1:

Hamza Abdullah, S, Denver, 4th season :Posted one tackle in Broncos’ drubbing of Oakland.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, rookie:No stats from Vikings’ fall to Green Bay.

Mkristo Bruce, DE, Jacksonville, 2nd season:Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Michael Bumpus, WR, Seattle, rookie: Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 5th season : Notched six solo stops in Falcons’ victory against Detroit.

Jed Collins, FB, Philidelphia, rookie: Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Devard Darling, WR, Kansas City, 5th season : Caught one pass for 68 yards in Chiefs’ loss to New England.

Jason David, CB, New Orleans, 5th season: Did not play in Saints win against Tampa Bay.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 2nd season : No stats from Vikings’ loss to Green Bay.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 17th season : Perfect on all three extra-point tries, but made on field goal attempts in Lions’ fall to Atlanta.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland, 3rd season : No stats from Browns’ loss to Dallas.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, 2nd season: No stats from 49ers loss to Arizona.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 9th season : Accounted for 10 points in the Bills defeat of Seattle, connecting on 2 of 3 field goal attempts (from 35 and 38 yards; a 52 yard try was blocked) and 4 of 4 extra-point tries. Also recovered a fumble that led to a Buffalo touchdown.

Rob Meier, DE/DT, Jacksonville, 9th season: Posted two tackles and one assist in Jags’ fall to Tennessee.

Karl Paymah, CB, Denver, 4th season : No stats from Broncos win against the Raiders, but unfortunately was the cover man on both Oakland touchdowns.

Ropati Pitoitua, DT, New York Jets, rookie:Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 6th season : Post four solo tackles and assisted in another in Seahawk loss to Buffalo.

Cory Withrow, C/G, San Diego, 9th season : Placed on injured reserve following hamstring injury in final preseason game; season over.

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