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#ProBison Update: NDSU within the NFL – Week 16

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Rookie Brayden Thomas made his NFL debut, and quarterback Carson Wentz returned to motion, headlining the Week 16 slate for former North Dakota State football players within the NFL.
 
Thomas had spent his entire rookie season on the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad before being activated to play of their Christmas Day game vs. Denver. The Bismarck, N.D., native logged 18 snaps for the Rams of their 51-14 blowout victory.
 
Wentz got here off the bench within the fourth quarter to finish 12-of-16 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown for Washington. He has since been named the Commanders’ starting quarterback for Week 17 vs. Cleveland.
 
Rookie receiver Christian Watson made a season-high six receptions – all in the primary half – for Green Bay, and offensive linemen Cordell Volson and Billy Turner each earned starts and played every snap for his or her respective teams.
 
There are 14 former Bison football players currently on NFL rosters – 13 on energetic rosters and one on a practice squad.
 
Brayden Thomas
Team: Los Angeles Rams (#40)
1st Season, Edge
Week 16: Made his NFL debut, playing 18 snaps within the Rams’ 51-14 win over the Denver Broncos … Activated from the Rams’ practice squad to the energetic roster on Dec. 24 … Had been on the Rams’ practice squad since prior to the season opener.
 
Cordell Volson
Team: Cincinnati Bengals (#67)
1st Season, Offensive Line
Week 16: Began at left guard and played all 83 offensive snaps within the Bengals’ 22-18 win over Recent England … Has began all 15 games and played every offensive snap this season as a rookie … Bengals won their seventh straight game to enhance to 11-4.
 
Billy Turner
Team: Denver Broncos (#57)
ninth Season, Offensive Line
Week 16: Began and played all 67 offensive snaps within the Broncos’ loss to the Rams … Has played in 6 games this season with 5 starts, battling two stints with injuries.
 
Christian Watson
Team: Green Bay Packers (#9)
1st Season, Wide Receiver
Week 16: Made 6 catches for 49 yards within the Packers’ 26-20 win at Miami, despite not playing within the 2nd half … Earned the beginning and played 25 snaps in the first half … Has totaled 35 receptions for 496 yards in 12 games during his rookie season, scoring 9 touchdowns.
 
Carson Wentz
Team: Washington Commanders (#11)
seventh Season, Quarterback
Week 16: Saw his first motion since suffering a broken finger in October … Accomplished 12-of-16 passes for 123 yards and 1 touchdown in Washington’s loss to the 49ers, playing only within the 4th quarter … Named the Commanders’ starting quarterback for Week 17 vs. Cleveland … Activated from injured reserve on Dec 12.
 
Chris Board
Team: Detroit Lions (#49)
fifth Season, Linebacker
Week 16: Recorded 1 tackle in Detroit’s 37-23 loss at Carolina … Played 33 total snaps in the sport – 26 on special teams and seven on defense … Has played in all 15 games for the Lions this season.  
 
Derrek Tuszka
Team: Los Angeles Chargers (#59)
third Season, Linebacker
Week 16: Made 1 tackle within the Chargers’ 20-3 victory over the Indianapolis Colts to clinch a playoff berth … Played 26 total snaps in the sport – 18 on special teams and eight on defense … Has appeared in 13 games this season.
 
Jabril Cox
Team: Dallas Cowboys (#14)
2nd Season, Linebacker
Week 16: Played 23 snaps on special teams within the Cowboys’ 40-34 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
Easton Stick
Team: Los Angeles Chargers (#2)
4th Season, Quarterback
Week 16: Healthy inactive for the Chargers’ 20-3 win over the Colts on Monday Night Football, clinching a playoff berth.
 
Dillon Radunz
Team: Tennessee Titans (#75)
2nd Season, Offensive Line
Week 16: Suffered a torn ACL on Dec. 18 and was placed on the injured reserve list on Dec. 21 … Played in 11 games this season with 4 starts … Has played 23 games in his first two NFL seasons.
 
Ben Ellefson
Team: Minnesota Vikings (#82)
third Season, Tight End
Placed on the injured reserve list on Dec. 7, for the 2nd time this season … Has played in 4 games this season.
 
Trey Lance
Team: San Francisco 49ers (#5)
2nd Season, Quarterback
Placed on injured reserve list on Sept. 19 following surgery on a broken ankle … Began the primary 2 games of the season before suffering the injury.
 
Joe Haeg
Team: Cleveland Browns (#59)
seventh Season, Offensive Line
Placed on injured reserve list on Oct. 29 because of a concussion.
 
Zack Johnson
Team: Tennessee Titans practice squad (#68)
third Season, Offensive Line
Week 16: Released from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad on Dec. 20 … Signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad on Dec. 21.
 
Josh Babicz
Team: Released from the Green Bay Packers practice squad on Nov. 25.
1st Season, Tight End
 
Darrius Shepherd
Team: Released from the Denver Broncos practice squad on Oct. 11 … Drafted by the St. Louis Battlehawks within the XFL Draft for Spring 2023.
4th Season, Wide Receiver
 

 
This Week’s Games
 
Thursday, Dec. 29
 

  • Dallas Cowboys (Cox) at Tennessee Titans, 7:15 p.m. CT on Amazon Prime Video

 
Sunday, Jan. 1

  • Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Board), Noon CT on Fox
  • Denver Broncos (Turner) at Kansas City Chiefs, Noon CT on CBS
  • Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders (Wentz), Noon CT on Fox
  • Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (Watson), 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS
  • Los Angeles Rams (Thomas) at Los Angeles Chargers (Tuszka, Stick), 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS

 
Monday, Jan. 2

  • Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals (Volson), 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and ABC
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