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Northwestern in the NFL, Week 8: Lancaster makes big play, Walker returns strong, and more

Former Wildcats had great days all around the league this past Sunday.

NFL: OCT 20 Texans at Colts Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Despite the ‘Cats being unable (again) to add a notch to the win column on Saturday, plenty of former NU players made their presence felt at the pro level on Sunday. Here’s how they all fared in Week 8 of the 2019 season.

Dean Lowry - DE, Green Bay Packers

Taking on the Pat Mahomes-less Chiefs this week, the former fourth-round pick was able to record two assisted tackles. While they let Kansas City backup QB Matt Moore throw for 267 yards and two TDs, Green Bay’s defense still did enough to take a 31-24 win.

Tyler Lancaster - DT, Green Bay Packers

While playing in a season-low 11 defensive snaps, Lancaster was still able to record 2 solo tackles and a huge, game-changing forced and recovered fumble in the second half. Along with Lowry, the DL tandem continues to make plays for the Packers.

Danny Vitale - FB, Green Bay Packers

While Vitale was unable to record a carry or reception this week, he still made his presence felt out of the backfield. The former superback executed a key block to clear the way for a Jamaal Williams TD.

As he later pointed out on Twitter, he also recorded three special teams tackles.

Anthony Walker Jr. - LB, Indianapolis Colts

In his second game back from injury, Walker added five solo and two assisted tackles to his season totals. After a quiet game last week, Walker looks to be returning to form quickly as a defensive leader for the colts, helping them take a 15-13 win over Denver.

Sherrick McManis - DB, Chicago Bears

After his active status was in question due to a head injury suffered in week 6, McManis was cleared to practice Friday. He played in 17 special teams snaps and recorded no stats while the Bears once again fell victim to inept kicking.

Austin Carr - WR, New Orleans Saints

The third-year receiver was able to record his first reception this year, picking up nine yards while doing so. After getting no targets from week 3 to week 6, his targets and snap counts have both increased the past two weeks, hinting that the Saints may try to be working him into the offense more. New Orleans takes an easy win against the Cardinals, 31-9.

Joe Jones - LB, Denver Broncos

Jones only saw action on special teams this Sunday, as the Broncos fell to the Colts 13-15.

Ifeadi Odenigbo - DE, Minnesota Vikings

While he only saw the field seven times, Odenigbo was very efficient Thursday night. The former 7th-rounder recorded a solo tackle and his second career sack against the Redskins as Minnesota won 19-9. Hey, maybe he should be getting some more playing time!

Odenigbo also had the chance to come back to Ryan Field this week for homecoming, spending some time with former QB Clayton Thorson.

Justin Jackson - RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Jackson was once again ruled out this week due to an early-season calf injury. When he does return, he’ll add to a very good backfield led by Melvin Gordon III and Austin Ekeler.

Tyrell Sutton - RB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)

The 11-year vet had his worst game of the year so far in his fourth week with the Tiger-Cats, only recording five yards on three carries and seven yards on one reception as Hamilton defeated Montreal.

Practice Squad Members: Nate Hall, LB, Buffalo Bills; Clayton Thorson, QB, Dallas Cowboys; Blake Hance, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars; Montre Hartage, S, Miami Dolphins

*New York Jets QB Trevor Siemian is out for the year after having season-ending surgery on his ankle.

*After returning to practice last week, Packers S Ibraheim Campbell is eligible for two more weeks of practice before the team must decide to add him to the 53-man roster or place him on season-long injury reserve, per PUP rules.

*Giants TE Garrett Dickerson was waived on Oct. 22nd. He is currently a free agent.

*Finally (wow, this is a lot of asterisks) we will begin providing updates on Northwestern’s XFL player alums after the NFL season ends and theirs is set to begin.