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Buckeyes in the NFL
By Scott Dame

Beanie Wells battled through knee injuries and opposing defenses to lead the Arizona Cardinals in carries, rushing yards and touchdowns this season.

Among NFL leaders, Wells ranked 14th in carries with 242 and rushing yards with 1,047 and tied for eighth with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Wells also set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game during Arizona’s 23-20 win against the Rams in Week 12. Wells netted 228 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. The previous mark was set by LeShon Johnson in 1996.

Wells, who played at Akron Garfield High School, played in only 14 games. He had swelling in his knee and was held out in Week 3. An injury to his right knee led to head coach Ken Whisenhunt deactivating him for Arizona’s season finale as well.

James Laurinaitis finished his season with 142 tackles, three sacks, seven passes defensed and two interceptions. He ranked eighth in the league in tackles, trailing Washington’s London Fletcher by 24.

Laurinaitis, who played at Wayzata (Minn.) High School, started all 16 games for the Rams and easily led the team in tackles, with 51 more than second-place Quintin Mikell.

Wells and Laurinaitis are your Buckeyes in the NFL for the 2011-2012 season.

Below is a complete list of all former Buckeyes who play in the NFL and their Week 17 stats.

Player, Position, Team Week 17 NFL Stats Season-to-date stats
Will Allen, DB, Steelers 1 tackle Played in 16 games starting 0. 9 tackles.
Jake Ballard, TE, Giants none Played in 14 games starting 13. 38 catches for 604 yards & 4 TDs.Injured - knee.
Alex Boone, T, 49ers none Played in 16 games starting 0.
Justin Boren, G, Ravens none Signed to Ravens practice squad in September.
Bryant Browning, G, Panthers none Played in 1 game starting 0. Placed on injured reserve in Dec.
Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Lions none Played in 16 games starting 3. 29 tackles, 1 pass defensed& 1 INT returned for TD (34).
Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Raiders none Played in 4 games starting 1. 8 tackles & 2 passes defensed.Placed on injured reserve in Nov.
Maurice Clarett, RB, Free Agent none Signed by Omaha Nighthawks of UFL.
Adrian Clarke, OG, Free Agent none Signed by Florida Tuskers of UFL.
Nate Clements, CB, Bengals 1 tackle Played in 15 games starting 15. 55 tackles, 1 sack, 12 passes defensed,2 INTs & 2 forced fumbles. 
Kurt Coleman, FS, Eagles none Played in 15 games starting 13. 78 tackles, 5 passes defensed,4 INT & 1 forced fumble. Placed on injured reserve in Dec.
Jim Cordle, C, Giants none Played in 9 games starting 0. Activated from practice squad in Oct.
Na’il Diggs, LB, Chargers 2 tackles  Played in 13 games starting 0. 40 tackles & 1 pass defensed.
Chris Gamble, CB, Panthers 5 tackles  Played in 15 games starting 15. 45 tackles, 12 passes defensed & 3 INTs.
Vernon Gholston, DE, Free Agent none Cut by Bears in September.
Thaddeus Gibson, DE, Bears none Played in 2 games starting 0. Activated from practice squad in Dec.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, 49ers none Played in 14 games starting 3. 8 rushes for 68 yards. 19 catches for 220 yards. 28 kickoff returns for 700 yards & 1 TD (102).38 punt returns for 404 yards & 1 TD (55). Injured - ankle.
Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Colts none Played in 8 games starting 0. 
Larry Grant, ILB, 49ers 1 tackle Played in 16 games starting 3. 39 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 passes defensed & 1 forced fumble.
Roy Hall, WR, Free Agent none Released by Colts last season. Signed by Omaha Nighthawks of UFL.
Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins 2 catches for 16 yards Played in 16 games starting 10. 35 catches for 549 yards & 1 TD.
Ben Hartsock, TE, Panthers none Played in 15 games starting 2.
A.J. Hawk, ILB, Packers 4 tackles  Played in 14 games starting 14. 84 tackles, 1.5 sacks & 3 passes defensed. 
Cameron Heyward, DE, Steelers none Played in 16 games starting 0. 11 tackles, 1 pass defensed, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble & 1 blocked FG.
Jermale Hines, DB, Colts none Played in 10 games starting 0. 6 tackles. Signed by Colts off Panthers practice squad in Nov.
Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets none Played in 16 games starting 16. 51 catches for 654 yards & 8 TDs. 3 rushes for 27 yards & 1 fumble.
Ross Homan, LB, Free Agent none Cut by Vikings in September.
Malcolm Jenkins, FS, Saints none Played in 15 games starting 15. 76 tackles, 1 sack, 9 passes defensed,1 forced fumble & 1 fumble returned for a TD (30). Injured - neck.
Michael Jenkins, WR, Vikings none Played in 11 games starting 7. 38 catches for 466 yards,3 TDs & 2 fumbles. Placed on injured reserve in Nov.
Dexter Larimore, DT, Free Agent none Cut by Saints in September.
James Laurinaitis, MLB, Rams 9 tackles Played in 16 games starting 16. 142 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 passes defensed & 2 INTs.
Nick Mangold, C, Jets none Played in 14 games starting 14.
Jake McQuaide, LS, Rams none Played in 16 games starting 0.
Donnie Nickey, FS, Free Agent none Not re-signed by Titans.
Mike Nugent, K, Bengals made 3 of 4 FGs & 1 of 1 XPs. Played in 16 games starting 0. Made 33 of 38 FGs & 33 of 34 XPs.
Shane Olivea, OL, Free Agent none Signed by Virginia Destroyers of UFL.
Aaron Pettrey, K, Free Agent none Released by Bengals last season.
Quinn Pitcock, DT, Free Agent none Cut by Lions in September.
Ryan Pickett, DE, Packers 1 tackle Played in 14 games starting 14. 33 tackles & 2 passes defensed.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders none Played in 1 games starting 0.
Jay Richardson, DE, Free Agent none Not re-signed by Seahawks.
Brian Robiskie, WR, Jaguars none Played in 6 games starting 2. 3 catches for 25 yards.Waived by Browns and signed by Jaguars in Nov. Placed on injured reserve in Dec.
Brian Rolle, LB, Eagles 2 tackles & 1 pass defensed Played in 16 games starting 13. 53 tackles, 1 sack, 4 passes defensed,
1 forced fumble & 1 fumble recovery returned for TD (22).
Robert Rose, DE, Free Agent none Cut by Dolphins in September.
Anderson Russell, DB, Dolphins none Signed to Dolphins practice squad in September.
Brandon Saine, RB, Packers 8 carries for 28 yards, 3 catches for 17 yards Played in 8 games starting 0. 4 tackles.18 rushes for 69 yards & 10 catches for 69 yards.
Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Bears 2 catches for 51 yards Played in 16 games starting 1. 27 catches for 276 yards & 3 TDs. 1 rush for -4 yards.
Darrion Scott, DE, Redskins 1 tackle Played in 7 games starting 0. 4 tackles.
Rob Sims, G, Lions none Played in 16 games starting 16.
Ray Small, WR, Free Agent none Released by Colts last season
Troy Smith, QB, Free Agent none Not re-signed by 49ers. Signed by Omaha Nighthawks of UFL.
Will Smith, DE, Saints 2 tackles Played in 14 games starting 14. 35 tackles, 6.5 sacks,2 passes defensed & 2 forced fumbles.
Austin Spitler, LB, Dolphins none Played in 16 games starting 0. 11 tackles.
Devon Torrence, DB, Free Agent none Cut by Vikings in Sept. Cut by Bengals in Dec.
Mike Vrabel, LB, Chiefs none Retired in July.
Donald Washington, SS, Chiefs 1 pass defensed Played in 12 games starting 3. 25 tackles,2 passes defensed & 1 forced fumble.
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals none Played in 14 games starting 14. 245 rushes for 1047 yards & 10 TDs. 10 catches for 52 yards. 2 fumbles. Injured - knee.
Donte Whitner, SS, 49ers 2 tackles  Played in 15 games starting 15. 62 tackles, 10 passes defensed, 2 INT, 1 forced fumble & 1 fumble recovery.
Matt Wilhelm, LB, Free Agent none Not re-signed by Packers.
Lawrence Wilson, DE, Free Agent none Signed by Las Vegas Locomotives of UFL.
Antoine Winfield, CB, Vikings none Played in 5 games starting 5. 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed, 1 INT & 1 forced fumble. Placed on injured reserve in Nov.
Doug Worthington, DT, Redskins none Played in 0 games starting 0. Signed to active roster in Dec.
Ashton Youboty, CB, Jaguars none Played in 6 games starting 5. 25 tackles, 3 passes defensed, 1 INT & 1 fumble return for TD (38). Placed on injured reserve in Dec.

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