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Badgers in the NFL, Week 12: Tolzien time!

Scott Tolzien gets his first Indy start, Russell Wilson struggles and Joe Thomas continues to be a mainstay.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Past highlights, notes and posts about Wisconsin Badgers in the NFL can be found here, while a complete list of former Badgers currently on active NFL rosters can be found here.

Scott Tolzien, Indianapolis Colts quarterback

Playing in place of injured starter Andrew Luck, Tolzien got his third career start and first as a member of the Colts on Thanksgiving. He completed 22 of 36 passes for 205 yards, including two interceptions and a touchdown:

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback

Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense struggled in the team’s 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday. The quarterback went 17 of 33 for 151 yards and two interceptions. He didn’t throw a touchdown and was sacked six times, a season high.

On a more positive note, Wilson celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday:

Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns left tackle

You won’t find a much more reliable player in the NFL than Joe Thomas. The Wisconsin alum and Brookfield native was reported to have passed 10,000 consecutive career snaps on Sunday:

Later in the day, however, Pro Football Talk reported that the Browns have Thomas’s iron-man streak at just over 9,600. Regardless, not missing a single snap over nine-plus NFL seasons is incredible.

Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles Rams tight end

The sixth-year tight end grabbed four passes for 51 yards and this touchdown, the team’s third in the first half against the New Orleans Saints:

The score was Kendricks’s second of the season and he now ranks third on the team in catches and receiving yards.

Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers running back

Gordon continued to make his way toward his first 1,000-yard season as he rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries, with a long of 19. Sunday marked the third time in the last four games that Gordon has gained four yards or more per carry. He added four catches for 19 yards.

Other notes and highlights:

  • New England Patriots running back James White didn’t get any carries Sunday, but caught four passes for 22 yards. He now sits at 487 yards from scrimmage this season, a career high.
  • Punter Brad Nortman continued his strong 2016 campaign for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He punted six times, landing two inside the 20-yard line.
  • Rookie wide receiver and former UW walk-on Alex Erickson returned four kicks for a total of 25 yards and one punt for 11 yards, but his Cincinnati Bengals lost 19-14 to Rick Wagner’s Baltimore Ravens.
  • New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas tallied four tackles in the team’s 27-13 win over Jacksonville.
  • Defensive tackle Beau Allen recorded a tackle on Monday Night Football for Philadelphia. He also saw work as the team’s goal-line fullback.
  • Joe Schobert recorded one tackle for the Cleveland Browns.
  • Offensive lineman Ryan Groy made his second consecutive start for the Buffalo Bills. The team wrote a little about Groy last week; the post includes some quotes from Groy about former Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad.
  • ICYMI, J.J. Watt wrote an article on The Player’s Tribune about his injury struggles of the past year.