It has been a rough week for rookie athletes that used to play in Wisconsin and athletes that currently play in Wisconsin and their respective lower bodies. Jabari Parker tore his ACL and is out for the rest of the season for the Milwaukee Bucks and defensive rookie of the year candidate Chris Borland is likely out for the rest of the year with an ankle injury. Strangely, it appears the injury occurred on this interception return while he was trying to block Russell Wilson. Despite missing the second half of the 49ers game, Borland still led the team in tackles with six. For the season the tackling robot will end with 107 stops, two picks, a fumble recovery and a sack. Borland should still garner serious consideration for the DROY award considering the fact that he compiled all of these stats in what amounts to half a season.
Sorry to lead off with that bummer, but there was also good, non-injury related news for Badgers in the NFL! The Niners played division rival Seattle in a low-scoring slugfest and the Seahawks clawed their way to victory behind Wilson and O'Brien Schofield (and a few others, but they didn't go to Wisconsin so buzz off). Schofield had four tackles for the vaunted Seahawk defense, while Wilson passed for 168 yards and a touchdown (a bad pick too) and ran for 27 yards on five carries. The loss actually eliminates the Niners from the playoffs, all the more reason that Borland is probably done for the year.
I have run out of ways to describe how awesome J.J. Watt is. There aren't enough adjectives in the English language. You know how Eskimos have one million words for snow? I think we, as a society, need to make up more words for how Watt plays football. He had six tackles, two sacks, two QB hits and a pass defended on Sunday for the Texans in a brutal loss (for their playoff chances) to the Colts. Although Watt has 16.5 sacks on the season, he'd best watch his back because there are young, hungry players coming up through the ranks to take his job.
DeAndre Levy continued his Pro Bowl caliber season with 11 tackles and one TFL for the NFC North division leading Lions. He has 132 total tackles on the season, good for third in the league.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels had one of his best games of the season on Sunday. Seeing a personal season high nine targets, Daniels hauled in four passes for 62 yards and a score, his fourth of the season.
Jim Leonhard racked up six tackles for the Browns in their embarrassing showing against the Bengals, and despite playing on the same team as Johnny Manziel I still kind of thought Leonhard would come away with a pick.
Jonathan Casillas notched two stops for the Patriots and Nick Toon continued his last season emergence for the Saints to the tune *nudges you to see if you're still reading* of four catches (on four targets) for 43 yards.
I'm pretty sure neither the Eagles nor the Cowboys played this week, but if they did Chris Maragos had a tackle for the Birds, Nick Hayden had one for the 'Boys and Travis Frederick and company kept Tony Romo upright for most of the game while paving the way for two DeMarco Murray touchdowns. Again, pretty sure none of this happened though.