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January 6, 2014

NFL Wolverines: The Playoffs and More

A look at how former Wolverines in the NFL fared in wildcard playoff action. Only a handful remain after Saturday and Sunday play. Plus, former Michigan lineman Jake Long is slated for knee surgery ...

First, with Long. The former Miami Dolphins standout and No. 1 overall pick blew out his knee Dec. 22 and will have his ACL and MCL repaired. He graded out well in his first year as a Ram, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, and the team hasn't ruled out a return in 2015 for training camp.

"At season's end, the Rams averaged a respectable 4.1 yards per carry and had given up 36 sacks, the eighth-lowest total in the league," the Dispatch reported ... "Despite some bad moments against DeMarcus Ware of Dallas and John Abraham of Arizona, new left tackle Jake Long had a good year, but it ended a little early with knee injury in Game 15."

Here's how the former Wolverines in the NFL fared in playoff action.


NFL Wolverines
Player
Position
Team
Played at Michigan
Jason Avant
WR
Philadelphia Eagles
2002-05

Caught five passes for 21 yards in a 26-24 home loss to New Orleans that ousted the Eagles from the playoffs Hauled in 38 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns in 16 regular season games (13 starts) this year.
Tom Brady
QB
New England Patriots
1996-99

Slated to play in a home, AFC Divisional game against Indianapolis this weekend Completed 380 of 628 passes for 4,343 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this year.
Jonathan Goodwin
C
San Francisco 49ers
1999-2001

Started at center in a 23-20, NFC Wildcard win at Green Bay Started all 16 games for the 12-4 49ers in the regular season.
Brandon Graham
LB
Philadelphia Eagles
2006-09

Enjoyed a big game in a 26-24 NFC Wildcard loss to the Saints, notching one tackle, one assist, one sack, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries and a special teams stop Recorded 12 solo tackles, four assists, three special teams stops, three sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and four quarterback hurries in the regular season.
Leon Hall
CB
Cincinnati Bengals
2003-06

Tore his Achilles and was lost for the year in a 27-24, Week Seven win at Detroit, and didn't play in a 27-10 AFC Wildcard loss to San Diego Recorded 14 solo tackles (two for loss), six assists, one interception and six pass break-ups in four-plus games in the regular season, missing two with a hamstring injury, as well.
Junior Hemingway
WR
Kansas City Chiefs
2008-11

Caught two passes for 30 yards in a 45-44, AFC Wildcard loss at Indianapolis Played in 16 games in the regular season, starting two, and hauled in 13 receptions for 125 yards and two scores.
Mario Manningham
WR
San Francisco 49ers
2005-07

Missed the last two games with a knee injury and went back on injured reserve before San Fran's 23-20 win at Arizona in week 17, so missed the 49ers' 23-20 NFC Wildcard win at Green Bay Hauled in nine receptions for 85 yards through six games (three starts) in the regular season after returning from the physically unable to perform list.
Zoltan Mesko
P
Cincinnati Bengals
2006-09

Released by Pittsburgh after Week Eight but signed by the Bengals for the playoffs, where he punted three times, averaging 39.3 per kick (32.7 net) in a 27-10 AFC Wildcard loss to San Diego Punted 34 times, averaging 42.5 per kick and 36.7 net through seven games in the regular season.
Jonas Mouton
LB
San Diego Chargers
2007-10



Suffered an ACL injury in the preseason and went on injured reserve, missing the year, and so missed a 27-10 AFC Wildcard win at Cincinnati.
Craig Roh
DE
Carolina Panthers
2009-12

Spent all 16 weeks of the season on the 12-4 Panthers' practice squad Carolina is still alive and will host San Francisco in an NFC Divisional game next week.
Stephen Schilling
OL
San Diego Chargers
1999-2001


Did not play in a 27-10 AFC Wildcard win at Cincinnati Played in seven games during the regular season.
Martell Webb
TE
Indianapolis Colts
1999-2001


Joined the 11-5 Colts' practice squad Nov. 28 after a short stint on the Detroit Lions' practice squad and remained there through the year The Colts beat Kansas City, 45-44, in an AFC Wildcard game Webb had been released by the Tennessee Titans prior to the regular season.




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