The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
CAREER: Began career as a rotational player on the defensive line, but eventually assumed a starting role in 2009, making 24 of his 26 starts over those two seasons…Had a career season in his first as a regular starter with Indianapolis, posting a career-high 66 tackles and half a sack in 2009 when the team went 14-2 and played in Super Bowl XLIV…Started all three postseason contests that year.
2013: Veteran interior lineman signed as a free agent on 10/9 and contributed immediately along the defensive front...Played in 10 games with one start, recording 14 tackles (11 solo) and one sack...Posted a sack in his first game as a Raider...(10/13) at KC: Inactive after joining the team the week prior to the game...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Made an immediate impact in first game with Raiders, totaling three tackles (two solo) and one sack...Dropped QB Ben Roethlisberger for a 6-yard loss late in the fourth quarter, helping thwart a late comeback attempt...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Posted one solo tackle...(11/10) at NYG: Recorded three tackles (two)...Pressured and hit QB Eli Manning, leading to an interception by CB Tracy Porter that was returned 43 yards for a touchdown...(11/17) at Hou.: Posted one solo tackle before leaving the game due to a knee injury...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Saw limited action at DT...(11/28) at Dal.: Notched one assisted tackle...(12/8) at NYJ: Posted one solo stop...(12/15) vs. KC: Made first start of the season at DT...Recorded a season-high three solo tackles...(12/22) at SD: Notched one solo tackle.
2012: Signed on for a second stint with the Green Bay Packers on March 23, but was later released on Aug. 31 following training camp...Signed with the New York Jets on Oct. 10, where he appeared in three games, recording three tackles prior to his release on Oct. 30.
2011: Signed with the St. Louis Rams as an unrestricted free agent on Jul 31, following the resolution of the NFL lockout in the spring/summer of 2011…Went through training camp and the preseason with St. Louis before being released at the final roster reduction on Sept. 3…Spent the first month of the season out of football, before re-signing with the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 10, rejoining the club he’d spent the previous three seasons as a member of…Saw action in four games during the regular season, making two starts and collecting 11 tackles (eight solo)…Started the last two of the four games before being waived on Nov. 9, and spending the rest of the season without a team…(10/16) at Cin.: Made his 2011 season debut, recording three tackles (two solo)…(10/31) at Ten.: Was promoted to the starting lineup and finished with two tackles (one solo)…(11/6) vs. Atl.: Started for the second-consecutive game and posted a season-high four tackles (three solo).
2010: Entered the season as a full-time starter for the first time in his career, opening the first 14 games of the season at DT before suffering a chest injury in Week 15 and landing on the inactive list for the final two games of the regular season…Returned to start the team’s AFC Wild Card playoff game vs. the N.Y. Jets…Finished the season with 38 tackles (29 solo)…(9/12) at Hou.: Opened the season as the starter at DT, making three tackles (two solo)…(10/10) vs. KC: Finished with two tackles as part of a defense that did not allow a TD for the only time all season and yielded just 261 net yards in what was a 19-9 Colts victory…(11/21) at NE: Tallied a season-high five tackles (four solo).
2009: Enjoyed the most productive season of his career, opening the year as part of the defensive-line rotation before working his way into the starting lineup at RDT in Week 7…Went on to start the ensuing 10 games and post a career-high 66 tackles (54 solo) and a half-sack (the first of his career)…His tackle total was tops among Colts defensive linemen…Also started each of the team’s three playoff contests, helping the franchise secure the AFC Championship and a berth in Super Bowl XLIV…(10/25) at STL: Was elevated into the starting lineup at RDT following the team’s Week 6 bye…Made a splash in his first career start, collecting eight tackles and a half-sack of QB Marc Bulger…(11/29) at Hou. Started and posted a career-high 10 tackles (eight solo)…Postseason: (1/16) at Bal.: Made his postseason debut, starting at RDT and finishing with a team-high seven tackles (five solo). Part of what was a dominant performance by the Colts defense, one that saw them limit Baltimore to just 12 first downs and a field goal in a 20-3 Indianapolis victory…(2/7) vs. NO: Started the game and finished with one solo tackle in what was a hard-fought losing effort.
2008: Participated in the entire offseason workout program, training camp and preseason with Green Bay, but was waived at the final roster reduction on Aug. 30…Claimed off waivers by Indianapolis on Aug. 31…Was a healthy scratch in Weeks 1-5 and Weeks 8-12, but appeared in six games as a reserve for the Colts and registered four tackles and one PD…(10/19) at GB: Made his Colts debut against the Packers at Lambeau Field, but did not record any statistics…(12/7) vs. Cin.: Appeared in the game and recorded two tackles and one PD.
2007: Backup defensive tackle who landed a surprise spot on Green Bay’s roster as an undrafted rookie…Played in three games and was inactive for 13…Also inactive for both playoff contests…Made eight tackles (four solo)…Was inactive for the first 11 games…Saw his first action at Dallas (Nov. 29), playing a handful of snaps on defense…Inactive the next week vs. Oakland (Dec. 9) and at St. Louis (Dec. 16)…Returned to play at Chicago (Dec. 23) and made one solo tackle…(11/29) at Dal.: Made his NFL debut, seeing a handful of snaps on defense, but did not record any statistics…(12/30) vs. Det.: Had a season-high five tackles (three solo).
COLLEGE: A four-year letterman (2003-06) at Kent State, he played in 46 career games, including 45 starts…Began his career at defensive tackle before making the switch to end as a senior…Finished his career with 198 tackles, including 35 stops for loss, 14.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception…Ranks third in school annals in career sacks and seventh in tackles for loss…A four-time recipient of the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman award…Earned All-Mid-American Conference first-team honors as a senior...Started all 12 games in 2006 and totaled 52 tackles, including 11 for loss, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception…Returned the lone INT of his career for a touchdown, vs. Eastern Michigan (Nov. 17)…Started all 11 games at defensive tackle as a junior, earning second-team All-MAC honors with 52 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery…Played in and started all 11 games as a sophomore…Recorded 48 tackles, including eight for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Awarded the Jack Lambert Cup in spring 2004 as the most improved defensive player…Played in all 12 games as a freshman, including 11 starts, deferring the start to a senior in the season finale…In his first collegiate season, finished with 46 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks, and blocked a field goal…Sat out the 2002 season due to NCAA initial eligibility guidelines…Majored in criminal justice.
PERSONAL: Given name Daniel Travanti Muir…Last name is pronounced MYEWR…Born in Washington, D.C.…Married to Kristin and the couple has two sons, Bryson and Brayden…Was a four-year letterman at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md.…Played both defensive tackle and offensive guard…His 96 tackles and 13½ sacks as a senior earned him all-state distinction…Credited with 83 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior in 2000…A two-year letterman in wrestling, he finished second in the state as a junior and third as a senior in the heavyweight division.