It was a quiet Week 8 in the NFL with many of your Oklahoma Sooners on byes. While no former stars found the end zone, Bengals running back Joe Mixon finished with 11 carries for 18 yards in a 24-23 win over the Colts but more importantly caught three passes for 91 yards, with most of them coming on this 67-yard dash that almost found the end zone.
There also may be some beef building between the former Sooner star and one of the NFL’s best in Steelers rusher Le’Veon Bell. After last week’s loss against Pittsburgh, Mixon aired out his frustrations over his lack of touches by comparing himself to the Steelers’ star.
It has not played out too well. Le’Veon clapped back.
As Adam Stites of SB Nation points out in this article, Joe has, indeed, seemingly begun adopting Bell’s first down celebration as well as his style. Hmm...
And as if this couldn’t get any better, Mixon’s teammate — the always classy Vontaze Burfict — has now weighed in, too.
Oh boy. Nothing could go wrong here.
Now, on to other Sooners.
Dolphins wideout Kenny Stills caught five passes on 10 targets for 65 yards on Thursday night’s miserable shutout loss at Baltimore. Ravens starting safety Tony Jefferson recorded three tackles and a couple of quarterback hits in the big 40-0 win.
Stacy McGee recorded one tackle in Washington’s loss against the Cowboys. Washington’s All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams didn’t play due to a knee injury that’s beginning to grow more worrisome as the season wears on. Big Trent is hoping to hold off on having surgery until after the season, but things seem to be wearing on the NFL’s best left tackle.
OL Trent Williams will need knee surgery after the season is over. He's hoping to the delay the surgery as much as possible. pic.twitter.com/ZB325ZTBTU— Redskins SPORTalk (@SPORTalkSkins) October 22, 2017
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post gave us a more detailed perspective from the former Sooner star:
For Trent Williams, playing Sunday just wasn't possible, and surgery is "like a black cloud hanging over my head." https://t.co/5Ohayzbqzj— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) October 30, 2017
Ugh. Get well, big fella.
These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
Blake Bell (TE- Vikings), Jordan Evans (LB – Bengals), James Hanna (TE – Cowboys) *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), *Jordan Phillips (DT - Dolphins), Samaje Perine (RB - Washington), *Daryl Williams (RG - Panthers), *Tress Way (P - Washington), Damien Williams (RB - Dolphins), James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)
The following Sooners were inactive, on bye weeks or did not play in Week 8:
Dominique Alexander (LB - Browns, IR), Sam Bradford (QB – Vikings), Aaron Colvin (CB - Jaguars, Bye Week), Jermaine Gresham (TE - Cardinals, Bye Week), Landry Jones (QB - Steelers), David King (DE - Titans, Bye Week), DeMarco Murray (RB – Titans, Bye Week), Corey Nelson (LB - Broncos), Adrian Peterson (RB - Cardinals, Bye Week), Aaron Ripkowski (FB – Packers, Bye Week), Sterling Shepard (WR – Giants, Bye Week), Donald Stephenson (RT - Broncos), Charles Tapper (DE - Cowboys, IR), Dede Westbrook (WR - Jaguars, IR), *Trent Williams (LT - Washington)