NFL: Nicholas has 13 tackles for Falcons
Busy weekend for Bulls in the NFL, so wanted to do a quick roundup before we get to last batch of notes and observations from Saturday's Bulls win against Florida Atlantic. Of the seven USF alums who played Sunday, only one (Philadelphia's Nate Allen) lost, while Mike Jenkins had the weekend off with Dallas.
Huge game for Stephen Nicholas, who got his first start of the season for Atlanta and responded with a team-high 13 tackles, jumping back in the starting lineup with rookie Sean Weatherspoon out for the Falcons. His strong play earned him a sidebar in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Allen had another interception -- his third in four NFL games, tying for the league lead among all players -- and got to pick off Donovan McNabb in his return to Philadelphia. Allen returned the pick 16 yards and had three tackles as well, and former Bulls running back Chad Simpson played for Washington but didn't tally any statistics.
Rookies George Selvie and Jerome Murphy both contributed in the Rams' win against Seattle, with Selvie getting his first NFL sacks (well, sharing one with Chris Long) as one of two tackles and a hurry. Murphy helped St. Louis have a 55-yard net punt, dropping the Seahawks return man for a 3-yard loss after a 52-yard punt -- that was his only tackle.
Linebacker Kion Wilson, making his NFL debut after three weeks on the Chargers' practice squad, had a special-teams tackle on San Diego's second kickoff in a rout of Arizona. San Diego has allowed three returns on touchdowns in its first three games, so they're counting on Wilson to bolster their coverage units.
Jason Pierre-Paul looked to have an interception in the Giants' domination of Chicago, but his pick was negated by a roughing-the-passer penalty. New York piled up 10 sacks against the Bears, but JPP wasn't able to get any of those. And finally, Browns receiver Carlton Mitchell was inactive for the fourth week in a row -- there are some references in Cleveland papers to him having a head injury, but it's not listed as a concussion.