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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Sooners in the NFL – Week 2

It was a bittersweet week for some of your Sooners in the NFL.

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NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Bradford was outstanding in his first start for the 2-0 Vikings in a 17-14 Sunday Night Football win against the Packers.

After just two weeks in Norv Turner’s offense in Minnesota, Sammy B looks to be in a decent spot to finally succeed, and capped this otherwise disastrous weekend for OU fans with a promising first performance that made the Sooner Nation proud.

Unfortunately, his teammate, Adrian Peterson, suffered a different fate on Sunday evening. AD struggled to find space all night against an aggressive Packers defense, gaining only 19 yards on 12 attempts before suffering another disheartening knee injury in the third quarter.

Originally feared to be an ACL, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said there’s no official timetable right now on Peterson’s return, as a torn meniscus recovery time varies greatly depending on how severe (partial or full) the tear.

Titans running back DeMarco Murray enjoyed another solid afternoon in a win against the Lions, with 12 carries for 89 yards and a game-high seven receptions for 56 yards. With the dynamic and productive skill set of Murray leading the way, the Titans offense continues to become one of the more exciting in the league.

Speaking of excitement, Sterling Shepard went off again for the Giants, finishing with eight receptions for a game-high 117 yards, in a win against the Saints. Check out all his catches from yesterday.

Jordan Phillips continues to make an impact on the Dolphins defensive line, earning a start this week in a loss to the Pats. Kenny Stills looks to get back on track for Miami as well after a horrid Week 1, and rebounded with two receptions for 29 yards and this touchdown:

Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham had no receptions in a blowout win, in which defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the other side amassed three tackles for the Bucs. Gresham’s teammate, safety Tony Jefferson, continues his assault on opposing offenses, with 11 tackles, a game-high for the second consecutive week. Jefferson and the Arizona defense had a field day against quarterback Jameis Winston, turning the Bucs’ offense over five times total, including a recovered fumble by Jefferson.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson celebrates a recovered fumble in a dominating defensive performance against the Buccaneers.
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49ers tight end Blake Bell got on the board this week, catching a pass for six yards in a loss against the Panthers, while Stacy McGee registered three tackles and a sack in another start at defensive tackle for the Raiders in a loss to the Falcons.

Lane Johnson is starting again at right tackle tonight for the Eagles against the Bears on Monday Night Football as he continues to await the NFL’s decision on his suspension, which according to reports could come any day now.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

(*denotes starter)

Dominique Alexander (LB - Browns), Chris Chester (RG - Falcons), Corey Nelson (LB – Broncos), Aaron Ripkowski (FB - Packers), *Donald Stephenson (RT - Broncos), *Tress Way (P - Washington), *Trent Williams (LT - Washington), Daryl Williams (OT - Panthers), James Winchester (WR/ST - Chiefs)

The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 2:

Devante Bond (LB - Bucs), James Hanna (TE - Cowboys), Gabe Ikard (C - Bills), Landry Jones (QB - Steelers), Charles Tapper (DE - Cowboys), Damien Williams (RB – Dolphins), Aaron Colvin, (CB - Jaguars, suspension)

As the Sooner Nation continues to forget a rough and rainy September weekend, the one glimmer of light was seeing Sam Bradford smiling on Sunday night and looking like the Heisman winner we all remember.

Sam’s post-game presser: