NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Fifteen
HANSON: Another record-setting kick
HANSON: Another record-setting kick Managing Editor
Posted Dec 15, 2008

IT SEEMS LIKE every week of the 2008 NFL season, Detroit Lion kicker Jason Hanson rewrites the record book. This past Sunday was no exception, as the Washington State great booted his forty-first field goal of 50 yards or longer, more than any kicker in NFL history.

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

Hamza Abdullah, S, Cleveland, 4th season :Declared a healthy scratch for the Browns’ Monday night fall to Philly.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, rookie: Recorded one solo tackle and one assist on special teams for the Vikings in their win against Arizona.

Alex Brink, QB, Houston, rookie: Did not play; assigned to the Texans’ practice squad.

Mkristo Bruce, DE, Jacksonville, 2nd season: No recorded stats from Jags’ win against Green Bay.

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

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 5th season : The Spokane native notched six solo stops and one assist in the Falcons’ defeat of Tampa Bay.

Jed Collins, TE/FB, Cleveland, rookie: Did not play; reassigned to Browns’ practice squad.

Devard Darling, WR, Kansas City, 5th season : Caught two passes for 27 yards and one special teams tackle in Chiefs’ loss to San Diego.

Jason David, CB, New Orleans, 5th season: Posted one solo tackle and assisted on another in Saints’ overtime loss to Chicago on Thursday.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 2nd season : Tallied one solo special teams tackle in Vikings’ defeat of Arizona.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 17th season : The Spokane native was true on two field goal attempts and one PAT in Lions’ loss to the Counterfeit Colts. His 51 yard field goal was his 41st three-pointer of 50 yards or longer of his career, a new NFL record. His 8 field goals of 50 yards and over this season also ties the mark previously held by Morten Anderson. Hanson is 8 of 8 on such attempts this season; Anderson was 8 of 9. Oh, and he passed kicker Norm Johnson for seventh place on the league’s all-time scoring list.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland, 3rd season : The Ghost was declared inactive for the Browns’ Monday night matchup due to a rib injury. At least now Romeo has an legitimate excuse for not playing him.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, 2nd season: Caught two passes for 14 yards and tallied one special teams tackle in 49ers’ loss at Miami.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 9th season : Was perfect on three extra-point attempts and 2 field goal tries (long of 48 yards) in Bills’ fall to the Jets.

Rob Meier, DE/DT, Jacksonville, 9th season: Posted one solo tackle in Jags’ defeat of Green Bay.

Karl Paymah, CB, Denver, 4th season : No recorded stats from Broncos’ loss to Carolina.

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

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 6th season : Posted two solo stops and returned a fumble 32 yards in Seahawks’ win against St. Louis.

Cory Withrow, C, St. Louis, 10th season : Declared inactive for Rams’ loss to Seattle.

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