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Sun Devils in the NFL: Suggs, Baltimore beat up on Steelers, Osweiler loses top target

Here is your update for Sun Devils in the NFL from Week 9.

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ASU alma mater take a bye in Week 9

Seven teams were on a bye in week nine, including the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals. This meant a large portion of the ASU alma mater that normally fill this column, including the likes of Brock Osweiler, Vontaze Burfict and D.J. Foster, were on the practice field as opposed to playing in meaningful games.

Suggs beats up on Big Ben and the Steelers

Terrell Suggs missed the Ravens' week seven loss to the Jets with a torn biceps muscle and used the team's bye to recover, but he knew that there were very few injuries that could hold him back from the chance to hit Ben Roethlisberger.

Suggs and Roethlisberger renewed their rivalry on Sunday when the Ravens beat the Steelers 21-14 in a defensive battle. Leading up to the game Roethlisberger was unsure if he was going to play coming off of surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but Suggs told ESPN "He’ll play. I know he will. He won’t want to miss me."

This is a similar position that Suggs is in, who was injured on October 16 against the New York Giants. While that type of injury can be season-ending in some, if not most, circumstances, Suggs said he is feeling good and expects to play against the Steelers.

Suggs has more career regular-season sacks against the Steelers (14½) than all but one other NFL team (Cleveland). He’s had five more sacks against them in the postseason.

At age 34, Suggs is no longer the dominant player who accumulated a team-record 111½ career sacks in 14 seasons with the Ravens defense. Nonetheless, he still leads the team with five sacks and is part of the reason Roethlisberger has struggled recently against the Ravens. This is what you saw on Sunday, Suggs didn’t have mesmerizing stats, 2 tackles 1 for a loss, but he was constantly in Roethlisberger’s face the entire game.

Rookies

Name/Position/Number

Team

Selected

Standing

This Week's Stats

Christian Westerman, OG - No. 63

Cincinnati Bengals

5th round, 24th pick

Second-team right guard

BYE

D.J. Foster, RB - No. 27

New England Patriots

undrafted

Third-team running back

BYE

Other Alumni on Active Rosters

Name/Position/Number

Team

Years at ASU

Standing

This Week's Stats

Lawrence Guy, DT - No. 93

Baltimore Ravens

2008-10

Starting defensive end

1 tackle

Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55

Baltimore Ravens

2000-02

Starting outside linebacker

5 tackles, 1 sack

Will Sutton, DT - No. 93

Chicago Bears

2009-13

Second-team nose tackle

BYE

Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 55

Cincinnati Bengals

2009-11

Suspended

BYE

Marcus Hardison, DL - No. 91

Cincinnati Bengals

2013-14

Placed on injured-reserve (Sep. 3)

BYE

Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23

Green Bay Packers

2013-14

Starting left cornerback

Injured Reserve

Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17

Houston Texans

2009-11

Starting quarterback

BYE

Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11

Houston Texans

2013-14

Second-team left wide receiver

BYE

Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77

Washington

2005-09

Starting left guard

N/A

Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19

Washington

2011-12

Second-team left wide receiver; starting KO RET

N/A

Notes

The Texans spent week 9 trying to get as healthy and as ready as they can for the second half of their season. While they needed this week to get healthy, not everyone is ready to go as the Texans get ready to face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Wide receiver Jaelen Strong, who left the Texans week 8 win over the Lions with an ankle, is expected to miss a month.

https://twitter.com/espn975/status/796080604211216384

Strong has reeled in 14 passes for 131 yards this year for the Texans.