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Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores a TD in Saints’ win

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in overtime Sunday.

He rushed 9 yards for his score in the opening quarter. He also caught a pass for 7 yards.

Also for the Saints, safety Roman Harper had two tackles. Dallas Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had four tackles.

Results of other former Crimson Tide players Sunday:

–The San Diego Chargers beat the New York Jets 27-17 as linebacker Jarret Johnson had five tackles. For a report about Greg McElroy‘s first career NFL start for the Jets, click here,

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

–Cleveland running back Trent Richardson finished with 53 yards on nine carries in a 34-12 loss to Denver, but he was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Reports say X-rays were taken to look for a possible break, but tests came back negative.

Richardson also finished with 15 receiving yards on three catches. He has 950 rushing yards, which is a Cleveland rookie record. Jim Brown had 942 in 1957.

Browns rookie fullback Brad Smelley had his first NFL catch for 3 yards.

–Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles and noseguard Terrence Cody added one in the Ravens’ 33-14 win over the New York Giants.

–Kansas City cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and defended a pass as the Chiefs lost 20-13 to Indianapolis.

–Buffalo defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and a pair of sacks as the Bills lost 24-10 to Miami. He has 5.5 sacks for the season.

–Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 13-10 as Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had a pair of tackles.

–Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson defended two passes and made four tackles as the Texans lost 23-6 to Minnesota.

–New England edged Jacksonville 23-16 as linebacker Dont’a Hightower had six tackles, including a sack. He also defended a pass. Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick had a tackle and defended a pass.

–Tampa Bay defensive back Mark Barron had eight tackles, including one behind the line, in the Bucs’ 28-13 loss to St. Louis.

–The Philadelphia Eagles fell 27-20 to Washington as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had four tackles, including one for loss.

–On Saturday night, Atlanta receiver Julio Jones had seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. That gives him 76 receptions for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season.

Don Hutson has the most receiving yardage (1,211) and receiving touchdowns (17) by a former Alabama player, both in 1942 for Green Bay when he was the NFL most valuable player. Ozzie Newsome has the most catches with 89 in 1983 and 1984.

Note: We will update with the rest of the games later.

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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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Colt McCoy still feels 2010 hit from Marcell Dareus

While at Alabama, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) delivered a hit on Colt McCoy that the quarterback still is feeling. (AP photo by Bill Wippert)

Marcell Dareus’ hit on Colt McCoy more than two years ago in the BCS National Championship Game is still affecting the former Texas quarterback.

Dareus slammed into McCoy in the first quarter of Alabama’s 37-21 win over the Longhorns in January 2010. McCoy left the game with a severly pinched nerve in the shoulder and didn’t return.

Now a third-year quarterback with the Cleveland Browns, McCoy recently told the Plain Dealer that his arm is feeling stronger than it has since he suffered the injury. He told the newspaper that orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews told him then that it could take years to heal completely.

“He told me, ‘You can play, but this could be a two- to three-year ultimate recovery where you feel completely 100 percent,’ ” McCoy said. “And I think I’ve almost reached that point where the ball is coming out sharp. I’m pretty accurate. I’m putting the ball where I want to put it. My teammates have been saying I’m on point.

“It’s a combination of nearing the point where Dr. Andrews said I’d feel really good, and I’m seeing things quicker.”

Dareus is now a defensive lineman with the Buffalo Bills.

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How ex-Tide players did in NFL action Friday night

Former Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a sack in NFL preseason action Friday night.

Dareus’ Bills lost 36-14 to Minnesota, but Dareus got his lone tackle of the game when he sacked Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on the third play of the game. The play lost 3 yards.

Mark Anderson, also with the Bills, had one tackle.

The New Orleans Saints lost 26-24 to Jacksonville as a trio of ex-Tide stars compiled statistics. Mark Ingram rushed five times for 13 yards for the Saints and gained 13 yards with a pass reception. Defensive backs Roman Harper and Marquis Johnson each had one tackle.

For the Tampa Bay Bucs in a 30-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Mark Barron and Wallace Gilberry each had one tackle. Barron also was credited with defending one pass. I know that always sounds so silly — as if he only bothered to play defense for one pass play. The stat means he kept one pass from being completed.

In the Baltimore Ravens’ 27-12 loss to Detroit, Chavis Williams had two tackles and Terrence Cody made one.

Oakland (linebacker Rolando McClain) and Arizona (safety Rashad Johnson) played later Friday night. Arizona won 31-27, and Johnson had three tackles while McClain had two.

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Ex-Tide star excited about Bills’ defensive line

AP photo by David Duprey
The Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus (99) puts a move on the Bills’ Sam Young (71) during training camp Sunday.

Marcell Dareus is entering his second season with the Buffalo Bills, and he’s upbeat about this year’s defensive line.

Dareus was the subject of one of my favorite lines of the 2010 season. After Dareus’ dominating performance in that year’s Capital One Bowl win over Michigan State, Michael Rosenberg of the Lansing State Journal wrote: “It is hard to pinpoint exactly when this Capital One Bowl started going poorly for Michigan State, but it was probably the moment when Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus was born.”

Anyway, here’s the link to the story about Dareus and the Bills: bit.ly/OxFCPA (This links to a subscription website, but this story is free for everyone.)

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Which Alabama player will have the best NFL career?

The headline says what needs saying.

Nick Saban shows acting skills at pro day

It wasn’t as high profile as his role in “The Blind Side,” but Nick Saban did some acting at pro day this afternoon. The NFL Network had Marcell Dareus wearing a helmet cam for some of his workouts and they wanted to capture interaction with Saban.

Check out the video of Dareus a stunt double capturing a few takes of a supposed handshake with Saban. Sorry to ruin the magic for you, but this is how it is really done sometimes. It was just a funny scene I couldn’t resist passing along.

Mark Barron to make an announcement tomorrow

Still trying to find out what he’ll be saying, but Alabama’s All-American safety Mark Barron will make some sort of announcement on Saturday.

Presumably, it will be about his NFL future. Will he stay or go remains to be answered. No leaks just yet.

Saturday is the deadline for juniors to announce their intentions for the draft. They have a few days to change their minds before the Jan. 18 cutoff to withdraw their names.

Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Marcell Dareus already announced they’d enter the draft instead of playing a final season in Tuscaloosa.

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Three go pro, one stays, others on fence

There are several ways of attacking the news that came out of the announcement made less than an hour ago. The last posting was done on my phone so there wasn’t much time or ability to write much more. Here are the bullet points.

  • Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Marcell Dareus are heading to the NFL.
  • Dont’a Hightower is sticking around for at least one more year. He has two seasons of eligibility left after receiving a medical redshirt in 2009.
  • Nick Saban referenced it and some of the players did to. This might not be over. Saban said there were still juniors weighing options. Hightower said Mark Barron is still making up his mind.
  • The player who left who struggled the most with his decision was Jones. He said the decision wasn’t made until last night.
  • Ingram said he told Saban his decision on Monday.
  • Dareus said he made up his mind a few weeks ago.

News conference scheduled for Friday in Tuscaloosa

Pardon me if you don’t like reading between the lines, but it appears as if some answers will be given tomorrow about the future of a few key Alabama football players.

UA media relations just announced a “media availability” at noon involving “Alabama head coach Nick Saban and select members of the Crimson Tide football team.”

Which members remains the mystery. For now.

Juniors Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Marcell Dareus, Dont’a Hightower and Mark Barron have all been listed as potential first-round NFL picks.

If you’re asking for a prediction, the first three on the list are much more likely to take the leap than the next two.

Four from Alabama named AP All-American

The next round of All-Americans was released this morning and Alabama had four members on the Associated Press team.

Julio Jones and Mark Barron made the second teams while Barrett Jones and Marcell Dareus were on the third teams.

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Dareus: Richardson 'a worm' to tackle

I know this quote was in my notebook that ran in today’s paper, but I wanted to pass it along to anyone who didn’t see it.

The delivery was the best part so if I had video or audio of Marcell Dareus’ description of tackling Trent Richardson, it would be here.

Since I don’t, please settle for this.

“He’s such a worm,” the defensive end said. “He’s a little powerhouse. It’s like trying to tackle a little stump. He’ll hit the hole so hard, then you grab him and he’ll find some way to wiggle out. For him to be so thick, he can still wiggle a little bit. Once you get a good grasp on him, all the wiggling stops. It’s tough, but there’s ways of getting him down.”

Catch you fine folks in the state of Louisiana.

Miss. State's Bell remembered around SEC

The sudden and tragic passing of Mississippi State’s Nick Bell is the kind of story nobody wants to write. Coming out of Bessemer, Bell was a star on the rise and even started a few games in Starkville this season before an aggressive form of cancer claimed his life yesterday.

(Read more from The Birmingham News here and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger here).

This morning’s SEC coaches teleconference included several questions about the tragedy. Nick Saban said he remembered recruiting Bell.

“You always feel horrible when a young, bright person that has such a future a head of him in so many ways in terms of the things they can do in their life, sorta all gets cut short,” Saban said.

Crimson Tide defensive end Marcell Dareus was friends with Bell from back home and he released the following statement through UA media relations Tuesday:

Nick was a great friend and a great person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time. I love his family and if there is anything I can do to help them out, I plan to be there for them.

He was a great all-around guy and was someone I knew would be a good friend right off the bat. When we were both in Birmingham or when he was in Tuscaloosa, we would always hang out. He is a guy that everyone liked and you always felt comfortable around.

Nick was just a great, down-home person that made everyone around him happy. He will be missed and I will always remember him as a great friend.

 

Saban not talking about Dareus, stuttering

Nick Saban faced a few questions Monday about the Yahoo Sports report that indicated then-North Carolina assistant John Blake tried to direct Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus towards agent Gary Wichard.

He said he was unaware of these allegations and then grew tired of the topic.

“I don’t know anything about this. I haven’t thought about it. It’s not important to me. I’m worried about South Carolina. So if you want to talk about that, we’ll talk about that. But I’m not going to talk about that any more.”

Then it got interesting. Saban even threw in a shout out to his home state.

“I guess I’m not stuttering. Do I stutter? I’m not very clear on how I articulate. Maybe I need to go back to West Virginia and get some more hillbilly slang and maybe everyone will understand a little better.”