Selected by Cincinnati Bengals as first of two second-round selections (77th overall) in 2008 NFL Draft, April 27, 2008...Signed first contract, July 28, 2008...Placed on injured reserve (ankle) by Bengals, Dec. 7, 2011...Re-signed by Bengals as unrestricted free agent, March 26, 2012...Placed on reserve/physically unable to perform (hamstring), Aug. 31, 2012...Returned to practice, October 31, 2012...Activated from reserve/PUP, Nov. 9, 2012...Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 14, 2013.
At a glance
CAREER: Productive veteran interior defensive lineman signed by Raiders as unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013…Has logged 61 career games with 23 starts (including postseason) and has 138 career stops, including 5 sacks...Opened 2012 season on Physically Unable to Perform list...Made quick impact after returning, logging first career INT in his first game back…Was regular in D-line rotation for Bengals when healthy since joining Cincinnati as 2008 third-round draft pick...Return to active status coincided with start of Bengals’ 7-1 run over final eight games in ’12.
2012: Opened training camp on Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, due to hamstring injury that predated opening of training camp ... Assigned to Reserve/PUP on Aug. 31...Returned to practice Oct. 31 on a roster exemption, and signed to active roster on Nov. 9...Played in Games 9-16, logging 21 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble... (11/11) vs. NYG: Made season debut, logging 2 tackles, and had an interception of Eli Manning at the Giants 18, setting up a Bengals TD…(11/25) vs. Oak: logged 3 tackles Nov. 25…12/13 at Phi.: Posted 1 tackle and a forced fumble…(12/23) at Pit.: Recorded personal season-high 6 tackles in playoff-clinching win at Pittsburgh, including stop of HB Rashard Mendenhall for a 2-yard loss on a third down, forcing a punt…(12/30) vs. Bal: Had 5 tackles…Postseason: (1/5/13) at Hou.: Recorded 4 tackles in Wild Card playoff contest.
2011: Played in Games 1-11, including a start Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis...Logged 28 tackles with one sack...Inactive for Game 12, Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, due to ankle injury suffered Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland...Returned to practice the week following Pittsburgh game, but suffered a different ankle injury in practice on Dec. 1...Placed Dec. 7 on Reserve/Injured list...Had five tackles on Sept. 18 at Denver...Three tackles Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, including five-yard sack of Blaine Gabbert in first quarter...Line-leading four tackles Nov. 6 at Tennessee...Two tackles Nov. 20 at Baltimore, including third-down stop of RB Ray Rice for no gain in fourth quarter, forcing a punt.
2010: Played in 14 games, with eight starts, and had 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass defensed and nine pressures...In Sept. 19 win vs. Baltimore, had fourth-quarter pass deflection that resulted in an INT by LB Brandon Johnson...Started as injury replacement Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, recording a line-leading six tackles (one for loss)...Five tackles Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, including eight-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger...Four tackles Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland, including eight-yard sack of Colt McCoy.
2009: Played every regular-season game with three starts as Bengals claimed AFC North title, but was placed on Reserve/Injured for Wild Card playoff vs. Jets due to right forearm fracture suffered in regular-season finale at Jets...On Sept. 20 at Green Bay, recovered fumble by HB Ryan Grant at Bengals’ 38 in third quarter, returning ball to offense for TD drive that put Bengals ahead to stay at 28-21...On Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh, had a shared sack of Ben Roethlisberger in fourth quarter that forced Steelers to punt prior to offense’s game-winning TD drive...Team-high three QB pressures Oct. 18 vs. Houston.
2008: Played in Bengals’ last 11 games as a rookie and started six of the last seven as injuries depleted line depth...Had 50 tackles, including three for losses, with one sack and five QB pressures...Inactive for Games 1-5, due in part to a preseason turf toe injury... Made NFL debut Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets and posted seven tackles, including one for loss...On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, logged first NFL sack when he dropped David Garrard for two-yard loss.
COLLEGE: Played three seasons (2004 and ’06-07) at Auburn, entering NFL Draft after junior season...First-team All-SEC choice by Associated Press in 2007, despite playing most of year with cast to protect left hand fracture...Key force inside for ’07 club that ranked sixth nationally in fewest points allowed (16.9) and average net yards allowed (197.9)...Recorded 4.5 sacks as junior…Missed the 2005 season, absent from the team due to family obligations…Public administration major.
PERSONAL: Earned Florida Class 5A all-state honors as a senior at Dillard High School in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he was named to PrepStar All-America team as a senior...Also played prep basketball and helped lead team to state championship as a junior…Youngest among 10 children in his family.
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