By Jay Skurski
Here’s a look at how the Western New Yorkers and University at Buffalo graduates currently playing in the NFL did in Week 11, and how they've done so far this season.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: The Niagara Falls native was the feature back for the Packers on Sunday against Detroit, carrying the ball 25 times for 74 yards in a 24-20 win at Detroit. For the season, the 26-year-old Starks has 48 rushes for 154 yards and two receptions for 15 yards in four games (one start). He missed the first five games of the year because of a turf toe injury for the 7-3 Packers. Up next: at New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: "Gronk" is expected to miss between four to eight weeks after having surgery Monday to repair a broken left forearm he suffered in Sunday's 59-24 win over Indianapolis. What made the injury worse was it came blocking on an extra point, New England's 59th of the game. Gronkowski had two touchdown catches among his seven catches for 137 yards against the Colts, becoming the first tight end in NFL history to record at least 10 TD catches in three straight seasons. Gronkowski has 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 TDs this week. He'll be out Thanksgiving night when the Patriots play at the New York Jets (8:20 p.m., NBC).
Doug Worthington, DT, Washington Redskins: The Buffalo native has appeared in two games for Washington this season, making a pair of tackles in Week Four. He’s been inactive the past five games. Worthington joined the Redskins’ active roster from their practice squad prior to Week Three. Up next: at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Brett Kern, P, Tennessee Titans: On bye in Week 11. The Grand Island native is averaging 48.2 yards per punt, with a net average of 42.6 on 46 punts for the 4-6 Titans. Up next: at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Corey Graham, DB, Baltimore Ravens: The sixth-year pro from Buffalo had a breakout game for the Ravens on Sunday night, making eight tackles, an interception and three passes defensed in a 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Graham made his second straight start with Jimmy Smith out because of injury. For the season, Graham has 25 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and three passes defensed for the 8-2 Ravens. Up next: at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buffalo native has started all 10 games this season for the Bucs, with 34 catches for 597 yards and five touchdowns. Williams finished with three catches for 29 yards on nine targets in Sunday’s 27-21 overtime win over Carolina for the 6-4 Buccaneers. Up next: vs. Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver Broncos: Has appeared in all 10 games for the 7-3 Broncos, making his first career catch for Denver in Week Three against Houston. Did not record any statistics in Denver's 30-23 win over San Diego in Week 11. Up next: at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Josh Thomas, CB, Carolina Panthers: Made three tackles and defended two passes for the Panthers in a 27-21 overtime home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas has played in all 10 games of the season for the 2-8 Panthers, making 20 tackles and one fumble recovery. Up next: at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Trevor Scott, LB, New England Patriots: Got back in the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury, making one tackle in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Has five tackles on the season. Up next: at New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. Thursday.
Note: UB graduate Jamey Richard is on injured reserve for the Patriots.