Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Friday that backup safety Jeron Johnson (Boise State) would not be able to play in Sunday's marquee game against the 49ers because of a hamstring injury he suffered in last Sunday's game at Carolina.
Bucs running back Doug Martin (Boise State) was held to 65 yards on 24 carries in Week 1 as the Jets stacked the box with defenders. "If I was the defensive coordinator, I'd do that also," guard Davin Joseph told the Tampa Bay Times. "That's going to be the reality of the next 15 games; they're going to try to stop Doug Martin." Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said his offense has to do a better job of spreading the ball around. "We have to throw and catch," Schiano said. "We missed open guys, and then we dropped some passes. We have to protect better. ... If people are going to do that (focus on Martin), you're going to have to be able to throw the ball effectively, consistently, accurately and move the ball down the field."
Ed Reed was the Texans' biggest signing in the offseason. Reed, one of the top safeties in the NFL in the past 10 years, will eventually move into the starting spot at free safety. But for now, he is being limited by a hip injury. And that's providing Shiloh Keo (Idaho) with a chance to get ample playing time. "Shiloh will start (Sunday)," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "If Ed plays, it will be a certain percentage of plays. There will obviously be a play count on him when he plays."
If there was any doubt that NFL players with Idaho ties are becoming more commonplace, consider this: Boise State has players two-deep at one position. Nate Potter started the second half of last season at left tackle, but he was beaten out in training camp by veteran Levi Brown, who returned from a season-long injury. So Potter has been switched to guard. "My O-line coaches just came to me and said, 'You're moving. You're playing guard today,' " said Potter, recalling how he got the news a couple weeks ago. "I'm like, 'OK, that's fine.' You don't ask why. I'm in no position to ask why." And the player Potter will be backing up at guard? Former Boise State standout Daryn Colledge.
Compiled by Chris Langrill