Idaho connections in the NFL: Oct. 27

October 27, 2013 

MARTIN HOPES TO RETURN THIS SEASON

Most reports initially indicated that Bucs running back Doug Martin (Boise State) was out for the season after he injured his shoulder in Week 7 against the Falcons. But Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Buccaneers are aiming to have Martin back in the lineup for Tampa Bay's Monday night contest against the Dolphins on Nov. 11. The plan is to have Martin work to strengthen his shoulder, where he reportedly has a torn labrum, in hopes of avoiding surgery that would bring his season to an end. Martin will also wear a harness on the shoulder in hopes of preventing further injury.

• Panthers tight end Richie Brockel (Boise State) caught his first pass of the season Thursday night, a 12-yard reception in the red zone.

• Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge (Boise State) is listed as questionable with a back injury this week.

• Veteran Saints tight end Ben Watson and rookie Josh Hill (Idaho State) are likely to see their roles expanded as Jimmy Graham battles through a foot injury. “That’s kind of what we’re set up to do,” Hill said. “Ben is a great player and we’re just going to step up in spots that they put us in and do what we have to do.”

• Huffingtonpost.com compiled a list of underpaid players who are outperforming their contracts and included 49ers guard Mike Iupati (Idaho). The San Jose Mercury News reported that Iupati is among the players who the franchise feels are a “top priority” to re-sign.

• ESPN reported that Bengals safety George Iloka (Boise State) lost his appeal of a fine he received for a hit on Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, but the fine was reduced from $15,000 to $10,000.

• Former Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher thinks Shea McClellin (Boise State) might be better-suited for a move to linebacker. Urlacher said during a Chicago radio show last week that McClellin, a 2012 first-round pick, might be miscast in Chicago’s 4-3 defense. “It’s looking like it more and more right now,” said Urlacher, an analyst on Fox Sports 1. “He’s definitely a good athlete. He gets off the football. He can run. He can hit, and all that good stuff. But I see him maybe as a Sam linebacker, a 3-4 outside guy the more I watch him play. The more you watch him play, he’s built for the outside linebacker position, I think.”

Compiled by Chris Langrill

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