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How the Cougs in the NFL fared in Week 13

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It was a fairly tame NFL weekend for the Cougars playing at the next level on Sunday. Xavier Cooper, Joe Dahl and Deone Bucannon were either out injured or didn’t see the field this week. All told, the Cougs combined for a pair of tackles and a kick return.

Let’s see how they all fared individually in Week 13.

Deone Bucannon - Arizona Cardinals - Linebacker/Safety

Bucannon was inactive the Cardinals a week after suffering a leg injury. The only thing that has kept Bucannon down this season are ankle issues.

Xavier Cooper - New York Jets - Defensive Line

Cooper was active, but did not play a snap on Sunday.

Joe Dahl - Detroit Lions - Offensive Line

Dahl is on injured reserve for the Lions.

Shalom Luani - Oakland Raiders - Safety

Luani recorded one tackle on special teams.

Vince Mayle - Baltimore Ravens - Tight End

Mayle didn’t record an offensive snap, but did return a kickoff 29 yards. Mayle has had a strong season on special teams coverage, and now added a solid return to his stat sheet. He’s still yet to catch a pass this season.

Destiny Vaeao - Philadelphia Eagles - Defensive End

Vaeao recorded one tackle during Philadelphia’s loss to the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.

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