Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books and several Badgers took the field. For week one and two performances, along with other Badgers NFL news, click here. A complete list of Badgers on NFL rosters can be found here.
Editor’s note: This story was written before J.J. Watt’s latest injury news was revealed. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night that Watt has reinjured his back and will be out for an extended period of team—perhaps the remainder of the season. Unfortunate news for the sixth-year defensive end, who was pursuing his fourth NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Through three games with the Houston Texans this season, Watt recorded eight tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback
Wilson completed 15 of 23 for 243 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks’ blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers. However, he suffered a sprained MCL in the third quarter on this play:
The fifth-year quarterback played only one more snap, but both he and head coach Pete Carroll say he should be “good to go” for this Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers running back
After going his entire rookie campaign without a touchdown, Gordon scored for the third consecutive week to open his second season. He rushed for just 35 yards on 16 carries in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but added four catches for 43 yards.
Jonathan Casillas, New York Giants linebacker
Casillas recorded nine tackles in New York’s loss to its NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins. The linebacker leads the team in tackles through three games.
Brad Nortman, Jacksonville Jaguars punter
The first-year Jaguar and fifth-year pro continued his strong season, downing two more punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Nortman has been especially effective at home:
Brad Nortman pins the Ravens at their 6 with 49 punt. That's three punts at EverBank Field for Nortman this season -- all downed inside 10.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) September 25, 2016
Other notes and highlights:
- Chargers fullback Derek Watt recorded his first catch as a professional on Sunday, a 6-yard pass from quarterback Phillip Rivers. Watt also worked on special teams.
- One week after being inactive for the Seahawks, Tanner McEvoy saw action on special teams and offense.
- Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson did not play on offense, but returned a punt for four yards in a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
- Offensive lineman Kraig Urbik played 22 snaps for the Miami Dolphins after starting center Anthony Steen went out with an injury in the fourth quarter.
- The Atlanta Falcons signed outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield on Thursday. Schofield started 10 games for the team a season ago.