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NFL Week 1: Frankie Luvu, Jalen Thompson lead the way

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The first week of the NFL season wraps up tonight with Monday Night Football, but the Washington State Cougars in the NFL got all of their work in on Sunday. It was a fairly quiet day for the Cougs with a handful sitting out due to injury or current place on the depth chart. Instead, it was a pair of defenders getting the most action.

Andre Dillard, Eagles

Dillard came off the bench on Sunday, having lost a training camp battle for the starting left tackle job. With the Eagles signing starting LT Jordan Mailata to a long-term extension on Saturday, Dillard’s future with the team remains in doubt.

Frankie Luvu, Panthers

Luvu posted a pair of tackles on Sunday, one on defense and the other on special teams. Luvu has carved out a role with the Panthers and should continue to see playing time as the season progresses. He was featured last week in a video by the Panthers as they wrapped up camp.

Gardner Minshew, Eagles

Minshew was inactive on Sunday. He is currently the No. 3 quarterback in Philadelphia behind starter Jalen Hurts and backup Joe Flacco.

Jalen Thompson, Cardinals

Thompson started at free safety for the Cardinals and finished the game with a pair of solo tackles. He did surrender a touchdown in coverage against AJ Brown, but a lot of defensive backs will have that happen this season.

Dezmon Patmon, Colts

Patmon landed on injured reserve with a foot injury, which means he will miss at least three games. Week 1 was the first of those three.

Daniel Ekuale, Patriots

Ekuale landed on the Patriots practice squad after being part of the final roster cut down in Jacksonville. He was not elevated to the active roster this week.

Easop Winston Jr, Saints

Winston Jr. is on the Saints practice squad and was not promoted to the active roster this week. The Saints have a lot of injuries at wide receiver, so Winston could see some action at some point in the near future.

River Cracraft, 49ers

Cracraft is on the 49ers practice squad and was not promoted to the active roster this week.

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Football:

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USC visits the Palouse for the first time since 2017 when it plays its 2021 road opener against Washington State on FOX this Saturday afternoon.

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Washington State will play its third consecutive home game to start the season at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against USC at Gesa Field in Pullman.

Soccer:

Area roundup: WSU soccer pitches road shutout | Sports | dnews.com
The Washington State women's soccer team got off to a hot start and finished strong as the Cougars beat the Kansas Jayhawks 3-0 in a nonconference game Sunday at Rock Chalk Park.

Kansas soccer blown out by Washington State in one-sided affair | Sports | kansan.com
Kansas (4-3-1) played host to the Washington State Cougars (4-1-1) Sunday afternoon as the Jayhawks looked to build on their impressive homestand. A 4-1 win over Cincinnati improved KU to four wins on the season coming into Sunday’s matchup.

Kansas ended up falling 3-0 to Washington State at Rock Chalk Park.