Alabama Football: Tide Players In The NFL

November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) and outside linebacker Mike Peterson (53) during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Ivory, Ingram provides boost for Saints offense

“I felt like I can contribute no matter what the situation,” Ingram said. “It was good to just finally get an opportunity to prove myself and get some work so I can help contribute to the team and help the team win.”

Mark Anderson suffers setback

Buffalo Bills starting defensive end Mark Anderson could miss another three weeks after having a setback recovering from left knee surgery. Coach Chan Gailey said Monday that team doctors haven’t ruled out Anderson requiring what he called another “procedure.” If that happens, Gailey said Anderson would miss about three weeks.

Javier Arenas: ‘It’s a very, very good opportunity’

The Chiefs made the surprise move in the secondary, which means the next man up philosophy in the NFL now falls on Arenas to step into it. The former Alabama product says that he’s ready for it. “That’s not my job to look at and evaluate,” said Arenas. “If it was, I wouldn’t be playing the position I’m playing. They called me to go out there and start and start at corner. I’m excited about it, I’m ready to fulfill that opportunity. And that’s the only thing I can worry about.”

Kickin’ back with Bucs safety Mark Barron

We’ve been talking a lot about Doug Martin’s nickname (Muscle Hamster). Do you have a nickname? Barron: “I’ve had a few. The Red Barron is one. Gerald (McCoy) came up with a little nickname for me. It’s S.K. It stands for Silent Killer. In college, some people called me Silent Assassin, too.”

Julio Jones returns from leg injury

Atlanta receiver Julio Jones injured his leg during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, causing him to miss much of the first half before returning in the third quarter. It was not immediately clear how Jones was hurt, and team officials did not offer any specifics about the injury, which occurred in the first quarter.

Dont’a Hightower offers higher versatility

“Given the week that he had to recover, he’s going to be even that much better,” defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. “It’s good to have him out there. Obviously, we’re able to change some things up and keep teams guessing on us.”

Marcell Dareus having a sophomore slump?

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft showed promise in his rookie season. But Dareus hasn’t made many big plays for Buffalo’s 31st-ranked defense. Dareus has 16 tackles and two sacks in eight games. Most pertinent for Dareus, Buffalo also is 31st against the run, allowing 169.5 rushing yards per game.

Richardson, Weeden will determine fate of 2012 Browns draft

Richardson’s inability to deliver a steady flow of juice was a big reason the season disappeared amid a 1-6 start. In five of those seven games, Richardson totaled 67 carries for 158 yards, a 2.38 per-carry average that was below even the Travis Prentice line. Knee and rib issues were factors. Richardson’s last two games (227 yards, 4.6 yards a carry) were signs he is getting his act together. He vows “the real Trent” will appear after the bye.

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