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Tide in the NFL: Ingram has most productive game of year

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram tries to get past Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans. (AP photo by Bill Feig)

It wasn’t much, but New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram put together his most productive game of the year in Monday night’s 28-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Alabama standout rushed for 44 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 23 yards. The combined 67 yards are a season high. He had 53 against the Carolina Panthers in the second game of the year — all rushing.

Against Philadelphia, Ingram had a 23-yard run and a 16-yard pass reception. Safety Roman Harper, also a former Alabama standout, contributed six tackles for New Orleans.

For Philadelphia, middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had six tackles, including Ingram twice. Ryans also played at Alabama.

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Tide’s Barrett Jones receives another academic honor

Alabama center Barrett Jones was the 2011 SEC scholar-athlete of the year.

Alabama center Barrett Jones has received another award for athletics and academics. The guy has received so many, he’s going to need a U-haul to take them all home to Germantown, Tenn.

This time, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame has named Jones one of 15 NFF National Scholar-Athletes. The 15 honorees also are finalists for the Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Each of the 15 finalists will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The group will be recognized at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 4, where the Campbell Trophy winner will be announced.

“This is a great honor and I appreciate all the National Football Foundation does to promote the game of college football,” Jones said in a news release. “We have had some great people recognized with this award at Alabama and it is a privilege just to be mentioned with guys like DeMeco Ryans and Greg McElroy.

“There are many people who have helped me with my athletic and academic career who deserve to be thanked, starting with my parents, Coach (Nick) Saban, the assistant coaches, and the support staff we have here. I appreciate all our academic support team has done and all of the guidance I’ve received from our professors at Alabama. You have a great opportunity to become the best person, student and football player you can because of that support. I’ve been blessed and I’m honored to represent our University.”

Jones is the only three-time Academic All-American in the history of Alabama football. He was the 2011 SEC scholar-athlete of the year. He carries a 4.0 GPA and already has received his degree in accounting. Jones is scheduled to complete his masters in accounting in December.

Alabama’s NFF scholar-athlete award winners
1971: Johnny Musso
1974: Randy Hall
1979: Steadman Shealy
2005: DeMeco Ryans
2010: Greg McElroy

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Tide in the NFL: Barron gets interception, Richardson hurt

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) finished with 37 rushing yards and hurt his ribs. (AP photo by Tony Dejak)

Detroit receiver Nate Burleson is tackled by Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59), who finished with 13 stops. (AP photo by Andre L. Smith of The Wilmington News-Journal)

Tampa Bay rookie safety Mark Barron pulled off his first career interception Sunday in a 38-10 win over Kansas City.

The Chiefs had driven to the Bucs’ 16 in the first quarter, but Barron intercepted a Brady Quinn pass and returned it 12 yards. In addition, he made a team-high eight tackles, including two behind the line.

Barron’s former Alabama teammate, Trent Richardson, was hurt in Cleveland’s 34-24 win over Cincinnati. The rookie running back took a helmet to the side early in the game.

He rushed for 37 yards on 14 carries for the Browns and caught a pair of passes for 17 more yards, but spent much of the second half on the bench. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland is reporting Richardson will have an MRI exam on his ribs Monday.

“I took a shot, but I’ll be back,” Richardson told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “I’ll be ready for next week.”

Other performances by former Alabama players:

–Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry sacked Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden for a 9-yard loss.

–Kansas City cornerback Javier Arenas returned two punts for 11 yards and made a tackle.

–Atlanta beat Oakland 23-20 as Falcons receiver Julio Jones had four catches for 65 yards. For the Raiders, middle linebacker Rolando McClain made three tackles, including one behind the line.

–Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had three tackles as the Buffalo Bills beat Arizona 19-16 in overtime. For the Cardinals, defensive back Rashad Johnson had a tackle.

–Baltimore Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw set a season-high with six tackles in a 31-29 win over Dallas. Nose tackle Terrence Cody added three tackles.

–Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans made 13 tackles in Philadelphia’s 26-23 loss to Detroit. Three of his stops were for lost yardage.

–Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson had two tackles, but his Texans fell 42-24 to Green Bay.

–The New Orleans Saints (Mark Ingram and Roman Harper) had a bye this week, and the San Diego Chargers (Le’Ron McClain and Jarret Johnson) will play Monday night against Denver.

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Tide in the NFL: Trent sets Browns rookie mark

Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw (91) battles with Kansas City guard Ryan Lilja (65) to recover a fumble. Upshaw won the race. (AP photo by Colin E. Braley)

Cleveland’s Trent Richardson rushes past Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara (20) for a touchdown during the first quarter. (AP photo by Kathy Willens)

Trent Richardson scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter of the Cleveland Browns’ 41-27 loss Sunday to the New York Giants, setting a team record in the process.

Richardson has scored a rushing touchdown in four straight games now, and no rookie in franchise history can match that, not even Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who led the NFL in rushing (942 yards) and rushing touchdowns (nine) during his rookie season in 1957.

This gives Richardson five touchdowns for the season. He entered today’s game tied for second in the NFL in touchdowns. As has happened often this season, the Browns trailed the whole second half and threw a lot in an attempt to catch up. As a result, Richardson carried the ball only 17 times for 81 yards, with 67 of those yards coming before intermission. He gained 47 receiving yards on five catches.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan congratulates wide receiver Julio Jones of Alabama on his touchdown. (AP photo by Susan Walsh)

–Saints safety Roman Harper had a big game in New Orleans’ 31-24 win over San Diego. He had six tackles, including one for a loss, and three passes defended. In addition, he intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned in 41 yards to set up a field goal.

New Orleans running back Mark Ingram carried five times for 16 yards. For San Diego, linebacker Jarret Johnson had three stops, including one for loss.

–For this afternoon’s Denver-New England game, the Patriots declared injured linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring) inactive. New England won 31-21.

–Buffalo defensive lineman Marcell Dareus recovered a fumble and made two tackles, while fellow defensive lineman Mark Anderson added three stops. The Bills still lost 45-3 to San Francisco.

–Wide receiver Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 94 yards and had one rushing attempt for a yard as the Falcons beat Washington 24-17. Jones caught an 18-yard touchdown pass early in the final period. He also made a 29-yard reception to put the Falcons in position for the winning touchdown.

–Baltimore beat Kansas City 9-6. The Ravens’ Courtney Upshaw had two tackles and a fumble recovery, while teammate Terrence Cody had a pair of stops. The Chiefs’ Javier Arenas has a tackle and four punt returns for 8 yards.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had a tackle in Cincinnati’s 17-13 loss to Miami.

–Linebacker DeMeco Ryans made a season-high 12 tackles as Philadelphia lost to Pittsburgh 16-14.

–In Thursday’s game, Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson had a pair of tackles as Arizona fell to St. Louis 17-3.

–Oakland (Rolando McClain) and Tampa Bay (Mark Barron) had a bye week. On Monday night, Houston (Kareem Jackson and Antoine Caldwell) will face the New York Jets (Greg McElroy).

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Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores, Dareus has a sack

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron, right, lays out New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks as the Bucs’ Brandon McDonald (33) looks on. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus (99) celebrates his sack with Jarius Byrd (31) against the Chiefs. (AP photo by Gary Wiepert)

The Buffalo Bills scored a 35-17 win over Kansas City today as the team paid tribute to former Alabama player Marcell Dareus.

Dareus, a second-year defensive tackle, played after traveling to Birmingham this past week to mourn the death of his brother. Dareus’ younger brother, Simeon Gilmore, was one of three people killed during a burglary in Pelham on Sunday.

“He’s going through a rough time, but he felt responsibilities here,” Kyle Williams told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “He always picks our team up and we’re glad that he’s back.”

Dareus played with a shoulder injury, but still had two tackles, a sack and two stops behind the line. Another former Alabama defensive lineman, Mark Anderson, had three tackles for the Bills, including one behind the line.

“The team rallied up around me. This is my release from whatever is going on in the outside world,” Dareus told reporters. “I focused in on the football field and took everything else out of my head.”

For Kansas City, ex-Crimson Tide defensive back Javier Arenas had three tackles, returned three punts for 40 yards and ran back two kickoffs for 40 yards.

They weren’t the only former Alabama standouts to shine today. New Orleans lost 35-27 to Carolina but Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Saints defensive back Roman Harper of Alabama had three tackles.

Arizona beat New England 20-18 as safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle. For the Patriots, linebacker Dont’a Hightower managed five stops, including one behind the line.

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had 10 tackles and defended two passes, but the Bucs fell 41-34 to the New York Giants.

Philadelphia beat Baltimore as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a big day. He made seven tackles, one sack for a 13-yard loss and two stops behind the line. In addition, he intercepted a pass, although he didn’t gain any yards on the return. Still, it set up a touchdown.

For the Ravens, linebacker Courtney Upshaw had six tackles, including one behind the line.

Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain had two tackles in Oakland’s 35-13 loss to Miami.

Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain rushed for 19 yards on two carries as San Diego beat Tennessee 38-10. Also for the Chargers, linebacker Jarret Johnson had a tackle.

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Ex-Tide players in Monday NFL game

Former Alabama player DeMeco Ryans, a star under Dennis Franchione and Mike Shula, had five tackles as the Philadelphia Eagles scored a 27-17 win over New England in Monday night NFL exhibition action.

For the Patriots, rookie linebacker Dont’a Hightower started and made one tackle.

Another former Alabama player, Eagles left guard Evan Mathis, offered afterward to take the blame for quarterback Michael Vick getting hurt, even though it was a player who was being blocked by another lineman who laid into Vick’s ribs.

Mathis lost control of his man, which forced Vick to step into another area and get hit by linebacker Jermaine Cunningham.

“Completely my fault,” Mathis told Philadelphia Comcast afterward. “It’s something that can’t happen. Something we’ve got to work out. Fortunately, Michael is not too seriously injured, but it’s very concerning. It’s our job to keep him safe. To keep him off the turf. When the quarterback takes a hit and is laying on the ground, you feel it.”

In more former Alabama player news, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick passed his physical exam as expected and was activated. Kirkpatrick broke a bone in his knee almost a month ago.

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NFL news on some former Tiders

Here are some links with news of five former Alabama players in the NFL:

DeMeco Ryans, Philadelphia Eagles

Marquis Johnson, New Orleans Saints

Courtney Upshaw, Terrence Cody, Baltimore Ravens.

–In addition, Greg McElroy is mentioned toward the end of an ESPN.com blog about the New York Jets, discussing Sunday’s practice: “This might have been QB Greg McElroy’s best practice of camp. He hit WR Wes Kemp on a 47-yard post route (beautiful throw) and he showed good arm strength on a nice sideline completion to [Bilal] Powell, who beat LB Demario Davis.”

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