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Boilermakers in the NFL: Week 2

How did past Boilers perform in the second week?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2 in the NFL wrapped up last night as the nation saw the Bengals take down the Steelers in Cincinnati. The third week kicks off Thursday with Dennis Kelly (and Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy and those other guys) welcoming the Chiefs to Philadelphia.

DE Cliff Avril (Seahawks) - Avril returned from a hamstring injury and made his season debut, notching a sack and pass deflection in the Seahawks defensive dismantling of the 49ers.

QB Drew Brees (Saints) - Brees passed for 322 yards but struggled a bit, throwing two interceptions before leading the Saints down the field for a game winning score. With 1:06 left in the 4th, the Saints took over on their own 37. Brees completed three straight passes, taking the Saints to the Tampa Bay 9-yard line and setting up a 27-yard winning field goal. Brees also threw for a score in the first quarter, hooking up with Jimmy Graham for a 56-yard touchdown.

C Nick Hardwick (Chargers) - The Chargers held on against the Eagles for a 33-30 victory. Hardwick also picked up an endorsement for butt wipes.

TE Dustin Keller (Dolphins) - Injured Reserve

OT Dennis Kelly (Eagles) - Kelly returned to full practice on Monday for the first time since injuring his back.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan (Redskins) -The Redskins defense got torn up once again, giving up 38 to the Packers, but Kerrigan remains one of the few bright spots in the nation's capital. He picked up five tackles and a pair of sacks.

DE Mike Neal (Packers) - On the flip side, Neal was on the winning side of Sunday's Redskins/Packers game. Neal had his first career (including college) interception and also recorded two tackles.

LB Rob Ninkovich (Patriots) - Ninkovich and the Patriots met the Jets in last week's Thursday night game, pulling out a 13-10 victory. Ninkovich had six tackles and two tackles for loss.

G Uche Nwaneri (Jaguars) - Chad Henne was sacked five times and the Jaguars rushed for 34 yards as the Jaguars lost to the Raiders.

QB Kyle Orton (Cowboys) - Orton remained on the sideline Sunday, but the Twitter robots think "Kyle Orton is now a Kansas City Chief."

T Michael Otto (Titans) - Otto remains the backup left tackle.

QB Curtis Painter (Giants) - Adam Schefter wonders if the Giants benched David Wilson for two fumbles, shouldn't they think about benching Eli for throwing seven interception in two games?  Well, Adam... Curtis Painter Career Stats.

DE Shaun Phillips (Broncos) - Phillips had a much quieter second game, recording just one tackle. He does however have 14 career sacks against the Broncos' next opponent, the Oakland Raiders.

DB Bernard Pollard (Titans) - Pollard grabbed an interception and added nine tackles in an overtime loss to the Texans.

HB Kory Sheets (Saskatchewan Roughriders) - Sheets is out this week's game after suffering a sprained knee. Sheets still leads the CFL in rushing with 1,222 yards but only picked up eight yards on four carries before leaving last week's game. Assuming Sheets misses Sunday, he'll have to rush for roughly 141 yards in each of his remaining six games to break the CFL record of 2,065 yards.

DT Kawann Short (Panthers) - Short recorded three tackles in the Panthers loss to the Bills. He was in E.J. Manuel's face all day and led the Panthers with three quarterback hits.

DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) - Spencer returned for the Cowboy's second game and recorded two tackles in 34 defensive plays. Spencer reported soreness in his knee after Sunday's game but plans to play in Week 3.

Once again, if I missed anyone, let me know in the comments below.