There is only one week left in the NFL regular season, and while there are plenty of Buckeyes whose season will end next Sunday, there are a good number of former players who still have a shot at the Super Bowl. Week 17 will complete the playoff puzzle, but some teams have already clinched a playoff berth.
The Jets and Steelers are fighting for one spot, with New York carrying a one-game lead after their surprising upset of the Patriots in Week 15. The Steelers fell to the Ravens, and once again, football doesn't make sense. This final week will serve as the last chance for teams to catch a bid to the postseason.
Buckeyes in the playoffs
Clinched a playoff berth:
- Carolina Panthers (Philly Brown, Ted Ginn Jr, Kurt Coleman, Andrew Norwell)
- Cincinnati Bengals (A.J. Hawk, Mike Nugent)
- Green Bay Packers (Corey Linsley)
- New England Patriots (Nate Ebner)
Still with a chance:
- Houston Texans (John Simon)
- Indianapolis Colts (Jack Mewhort)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (Michael Bennett)
- New York Jets (Nick Mangold)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (Mike Adams, Will Allen, Cameron Heyward, Ryan Shazier)
Bucs call up Evan Spencer
Spencer was drafted by Washington in the sixth round, with a phone call from his brother -- a scout for the team -- but was released due to injury ahead of final roster cuts. He was picked up the Buccaneers -- whose running backs coach is Spencer's father -- and has spent the better part of the regular season on the practice squad.
Just days before Christmas, Spencer got the call that he would be signed to the active roster for the remainder of the season. Filling a need with receiver Vincent Jackson being sidelined, Spencer was inactive his first week against the Bears.
"We've been looking at him for a long time, on the (practice) squad," Smith said. "He's got good size. He can catch. He's a tough guy, good speed. That's why we moved him up. We put guys on we think eventually deserve to move up. It's good to see guys like that get that opportunity."
Terrelle Pryor inactive for Cleveland
Despite having played in two games, the quarterback turned wideout had zero receptions and rushed for -1 yards. With the postseason no longer on the table for the Browns, the team went another direction in Week 15, and left Pryor a healthy scratch against the Kansas City Chiefs. Without Pryor, the Browns lost in the last minutes against Kansas City.