We are in the final quarter of the NFL season, and several former Ohio State players will have their chance at the postseason and possibly the Super Bowl. The season has ended early for some and others have been battling injuries most of the season. With three weeks left, this is the final push to show value to their teams, especially for players who have spent time as a free agent in 2015.
Browns woes continue
Wideout Brian Hartline was questionable (hip) heading into Sunday's contest, but was able to rack up 107 yards on eight receptions before being sidelined for the season with a broken collarbone.
#Browns Brian Hartline out for year with broken collarbone, will require surgery— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 13, 2015
The Browns activated Terrelle Pryor on Sunday as a wide receiver and third quarterback on the depth chart. He didn't see much action, but could have an increased role with Hartline out for the year.
Smith's emergence cut short
It took most of the season for rookie Devin Smith to record his first touchdown, and just weeks later, could be looking at missing the rest of the season. Smith went down in Sunday's matchup against the Titans and was carted off the field; he'll have an MRI Monday to assess the damage. His rookie season started with an injury and could end with one, hopefully an offseason to get healthy can set up a successful year two.
Jenkins leading in Philadelphia
Safety Malcolm Jenkins has been a big factor in the Eagles resurgence, all starting with his Week 13 Pick-6 against Tom Brady. He has continued to be a leader for the defense and is often the talking head for the group.
Malcolm Jenkins: "To put two in a row at this time of year in December, we are trying to separate ourselves. We are jockeying for position."— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) December 13, 2015
Plays of the week
Ted Ginn Jr. (x2)
The Carolina Panthers are still undefeated and Ginn played a big role in the team's Week 14 matchup. He was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes from Cam Newton on back-to-back drives. The former Buckeye had 120 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter.
It seems to be a weekly tradition -- Coleman had his seventh interception of the season, and fifth in a row. He is one game away from breaking a franchise-record six games in a row with an interception.
That was Panthers S Kurt Coleman's 7th INT this season, earning him his maximum $250,000 incentives bonus.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 13, 2015
Niners running back Carlos Hyde was placed on the injured reserve list ahead of Sunday's game due to a lingering foot issues.