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NFL #ProDucks: Week 17
Release Date: 01/05/2016
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By Nathan Krueger

The NFL playoff field is set, and 12 of the 33 #ProDucks are on postseason-bound teams. Throughout the 2015-16 regular season, #ProDucks have accounted for 20 passing touchdowns, 16 rushing touchdowns, nine receiving touchdowns, 467 tackles, nine sacks and eight interceptions. 

In total, 33 #ProDucks are on 20 NFL rosters, with 25 on 53-man rosters (20 active in Week 17), two on the practice squad, three on the Reserved/Injured list, one on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, one on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness and one suspended for the season.

  • TE Ed Dickson caught two passes for no yards as the Panthers completed just the seventh 15-win season in NFL history with a 38-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers (15-1) locked up the top seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughtout the playoffs with the victory. Carolina will watch the first round of the playoffs from home and will meet the lowest remaining seed at home in the divisional round. Dickson has appeared in all 16 games for the Panthers this season, catching 17 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
  • RB Jonathan Stewart was inactive for the third straight week after suffering a foot injury. Stewart, a Pro Bowl selection for the first time this season who rushed for 989 yards and six touchdowns on 242 carries, is expected to be a full-go for the Panthers in the playoffs. Stewart has also caught 16 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Hroniss Grasu was inactive for the Bears' 24-20 loss to the Detroit Lions. Grasu, a third-round pick by the Bears this season, started eight games at center as a rookie.
  • OL Kyle Long started at right tackle. Long started all 16 games at right tackle for the Bears this season after moving to the position from right guard in the preseason. Long has missed just one regular season game in his three seasons with the Bears.
  • H-B/OT Jake Fisher was active and served as the H-back and lead blocker in the Bengals' 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals fully committed to Fisher's new role prior to the game, giving him jersey No. 44. With Fisher more involved in the run game, the Bengals rushed for 145 yards, their biggest output on the ground in over two months. Cincinnati (12-4) is the No. 3 seed in the AFC bracket and will host its division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers at home in the first round of the playoffs.  
  • CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu did not play in the Browns’ 28-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ekpre-Olomu is currently on Cleveland's Active/Non-Football Injury list and did not play this season. The Browns fired Head Coach Mike Pettine after the loss and earned the No. 2 pick in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft after a 3-13 season.
  • DB Terrance Mitchell made five solo tackles and recorded his first career sack in the Cowboys' 34-23 loss to the Washington Redskins. Mitchell was active for eight games this season, five with the Chicago Bears and three with the Cowboys, and made 13 tackles with one interception, one sack and one forced fumble.
  • OT Darrion Weems is on the Cowboys’ practice squad.
  • T.J. Ward made three solo tackles as the Broncos (12-4) locked up the top seed and home field advantage in the AFC in the playoffs with a 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers. Ward totaled 61 tackles, 50 solo, with two sacks and two forced fumbles in the regular season. The Broncos will face the lowest remaining seed in the AFC bracket in the divisional round after their first-round bye.
  • DT Haloti Ngata made one solo tackle, a sack, in the Lions' 24-20 win over the Chicago Bears. Ngata made 24 tackles, 15 solo, and had 2.5 sacks and three passes defensed in 14 games in his first season with the Lions (7-9).
  • Eddie Pleasant was active but did not record any statistics as the Texans (9-7) clinched the AFC South division title with a 30-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Houston will face the Kansas City Chiefs at home in the first round of the playoffs. Pleasant has appeared in all 16 games this season, making 36 tackles with two interceptions, six passes defensed and half a sack.
  • OLB Tony Washington Jr. was recently added to the Texans' practice squad injured list. Initially signed as an undrafted free agent, Washington had a strong preseason camp prior to injury and did not appear in any games in 2015.
  • RB/WR De’Anthony Thomas was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list after missing the team's previous five games and will not appear in the postseason. Thomas appeared in 10 games this season, making 17 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. On special teams, Thomas returned 29 punts for 227 yards and six kickoffs for 138 yards. The Chiefs (11-5) beat the Oakland Raiders, 23-17, for their franchise-record tenth straight victory after a 1-5 start. Kansas City is the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff field and will travel to Houston to face the Texans in the first round of the postseason. 
  • LB Spencer Paysinger was active but did not record any statistics in the Dolphins' 20-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Paysinger made 25 tackles in 14 games with the Dolphins this season.
  • DE Dion Jordan was suspended for the 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
  • TE Brandon Williams is on the Dolphins' Reserve/Injured list. Williams was active for six games this season, two for the Carolina Panthers and four for the Dolphins, but did not make a reception.
  • LB Casey Matthews did not play in the Vikings’ 20-13 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. Matthews is currently on the Reserved/Injured list and did not play this season. The Vikings (11-5) clinched the NFC North with the win and will host the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.
  • RB LaGarrette Blount is on the Reserved/Injured list and will not play in the playoffs after sustaining a hip injury in Week 14. Blount appeared in 12 games for the Patriots this season, rushing for 703 yards and six touchdowns on 165 carries. Blount also caught six passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots (12-4) lost to the Miami Dolphins, 20-10, and will be the No. 2 seed in the AFC in the playoffs and will host the highest remaining seed in the divisional round after a first-round bye.
  • Patrick Chung was active and made six tackles, including four solo and one tackle for loss. Chung is third on the Patriots this season with 85 tackles, 52 solo, and has one forced fumble.
  • Max Unger started at center in the Saints’ 20-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Unger started all 16 games at center this season in his first season with the Saints.
  • FS Jairus Byrd was active but did not record any statistics against the Falcons. Byrd appeared in 13 games this season, making 12 starts, and made 52 tackles with one interception and one sack.
  • Geoff Schwartz is on the Reserve/Injured list. Schwartz made 11 starts at right guard for the Giants this season. The Giants parted ways with head coach Tom Coughlin after the loss, ending the coach's 12-year career with the team.
  • LB Kiko Alonso led the team in tackles for the second consecutive week, totaling nine takedowns with one tackle for loss. In 11 games in his first season with the Eagles, Alonso made 43 tackles, 30 solo, and had one interception. The Eagles (7-9) closed out the regular season with a 35-30 win over the New York Giants. The Eagles let head coach Chip Kelly go earlier in the week.
  • DE Brandon Bair made one solo tackle against the Giants. Bair made 11 tackles, six solo, and had three passes defensed in five games with the Eagles this season.
  • RB Kenjon Barner carried the ball five times for 18 yards and caught five passes for 21 yards. Barner appeared in 10 games for the Eagles, carrying the ball 28 times for 124 yards and catching nine passes for 22 yards. 
  • DE Taylor Hart made two solo tackles against the Giants. Hart made 27 tackles, 12 solo, in 14 games this season. 
  • WR Josh Huff returned one kickoff for 15 yards against the Giants. Huff caught 27 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns and returned 21 kickoffs for 498 yards in 15 games this season.
  • DB Walter Thurmond recovered a fumble and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown against the Giants. The play was originally ruled an interception for Thurmond but was later changed to a strip-sack for Connor Barwin and a fumble recovery for Thurmond. Thurmond led the Eagles with three interceptions this season and finished third on the team with 71 total tackles, including 52 solo and a pair of sacks. 
  • QB Kellen Clemens was active but did not play in the Chargers’ 27-20 loss to the Denver Broncos. Clemens appeared in two games this season, completing 5-of-6 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
  • DL Arik Armstead made one solo tackle in the 49ers' 19-16 overtime win over the St. Louis Rams. Armstead, the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, appeared in all 16 games as a rookie, making 19 tackles, 14 solo, and recording two sacks. The 49ers (4-12) parted ways with head coach Jim Tomsula after the loss. 
  • FB Will Tukuafu started at fullback and caught his first career receiving touchdown, a seven-yard catch-and-run, on his birthday in the Seahawks' 36-6 win at the Arizona Cardinals. Tukuafu has appeared in 14 games this season, carrying the ball four times for one yard and a touchdown and catching the one pass for seven yards and a score. The Seahawks (10-6) will go on the road in the first round of the playoffs to face the Minnesota Vikings and will attempt to make a run at appearing in their third-straight Super Bowl.
  • CB Troy Hill was released by the New England Patriots and picked up by the Rams on Thursday. Hill was inactive for the Rams' 19-16 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Hill has been with the Rams, Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals this season, and has made six tackles in three games.


  • QB Marcus Mariota was inactive in the Titans’ 30-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts after sustaining a knee injury in Week 15. Mariota impressed in 12 games as a rookie, completing 230-of-370 passes for 2,818 yards and 19 touchdowns - a franchise rookie record -  with 10 interceptions. Mariota has also rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries and caught one pass for a 41-yard touchdown. Mariota burst onto the scene in Week 1, passing for 209 yards and four touchdowns, becoming just the second player in NFL history to throw four touchdowns in his NFL debut. Mariota was named the NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance. In Week 8, Mariota returned from a two-week absence to complete 28-of-39 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. The Hawaii native became the first rookie in NFL history to have two games with four or more touchdown passes and no interceptions in a season. Mariota capped his rookie year with a dynamic performance in Week 13, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 250 yards, run for over 100 yards and throw for a touchdown in a game. Mariota completed 20-of-29 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, and added his first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 112 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
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