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Sun Devils in the NFL: Strong told to practice better, Sutton makes second start of the year

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Your weekly update on how every former Sun Devil currently in the NFL is doing.

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Sutton starts for Chicago

For the second week in a row, Will Sutton was named the starter for the Chicago Bears at defensive tackle. He also led all defensive linemen in snaps (42) during the game for the second consecutive week. He came away with two tackles (one solo) in the team's 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Sutton is expected to start once again this weekend, as regular starter Jeremiah Ratliff has one game remaining on a three-game suspension.

Bill O'Brien says Jaelen Strong must 'practice better.'

The former ASU receiver didn't see the field at all in the Houston Texans' first game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and was made completely unavailable from the team's second game as he was ruled inactive.

Strong had a very up-and-down preseason, and despite being a third-round pick, he remains listed behind the likes of Deandre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts III and Nate Washington on the depth chart.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien previously said during the offeseason that he felt Strong needed to improve his conditioning. On Monday, O'Brien said that in order for him to see the field any time soon, he must 'practice better.'

We'll see if Strong can make the necessary adjustments and work his way into his head coach's graces after seeing no action through the first two weeks.

Hardison out with undisclosed knee injury.

Here is's excerpt regarding Marcus Hardison's situation:

"The Bengals should be fairly healthy going into Sunday after everyone other than rookie defensive tackle Marcus Hardison was able to practice Friday. Hardison continues to be held out with an undisclosed knee injury. He'll almost certainly miss Sunday, and the fact that the Bengals haven't divulged any more information about his injury means there's no timetable as to when he'll return."

The article went on to later explain that the injury is most likely not one that will sideline Hardison for the entirety of the season.


Name/Position/Number Team Selected Standing This Week's Statistics
Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23 Green Bay Packers Rd 1, Pick 30 Second-team left cornerback 1 pass defended in 27-17 win vs. Seattle Seahawks
Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11 Houston Texans Rd 3, Pick 70 Second-team wide receiver No. 2 Inactive
Jamil Douglas, OG - No. 75 Miami Dolphins Rd 4, Pick 114 Starting right guard N/A in 23-20 win vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcus Hardison, DT - No. 91 Cincinnati Bengals Rd 4, Pick 135 Third-team right defensive tackle Inactive

Other Alumni on Active Rosters

Baltimore Ravens: Lawrence Guy, DE - No. 67: 4 tackles (3 solo) in 37-33 loss vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Chicago Bears: Will Sutton, DT - No. 93: made second straight start. 2 tackles (1 solo) in 48-23 loss vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

Dallas CowboysDavon Coleman, DT - No. 60: was active this week against the Philadelphia Eagles after being inactive in Week 1. No stats recorded.

Denver BroncosBrock Osweiler, QB - No. 17: no stats recorded; Omar Bolden, SS - No. 31: no stats recorded

Washington: Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19: 1 kickoff return for 23 yards in 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams; Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77: listed as starting left guard.

Alumni Placed on Injured Reserve/PUP List

Baltimore Ravens: Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55: suffered torn Achilles injury in opening game of the season. Out for year.

Cincinnati BengalsVontaze Burfict, LB - No. 55: began year on reserve/physically-unable-to-play list.

Denver BroncosKyle Williams, WR - No. 15sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon on August 1.

Kansas City ChiefsPaul Fanaika, OG - No. 74was placed on injured reserve just days before the start of the season.