Idaho connections in the NFL: Nov. 3

November 2, 2013 

PETTIS GETS IN THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN

Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis (Boise State) hosted his second annual Halloween Hangout and Costume Contest last week in St. Louis. The event allowed 50 elementary schoolchildren to enjoy a free lunch with Pettis and the opportunity to play games with Pettis and other Rams players. The bash featured prizes awarded to the best-dressed guests.“I hosted my first Halloween Hangout last fall, and it was so much fun I couldn’t wait to have it again,” Pettis told stlouisrams.com.

• Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (Idaho State) said he is excited to still be a member of the team after Tuesday's trade deadline. Allen said there are no hard feelings about the Vikings engaging in trade talks. The Vikings had conversations with a number of teams about the five-time Pro Bowler, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but nothing materialized before the deadline Tuesday afternoon.

• Vikings defensive tackle Chase Baker (Boise State) likely will be active for the first time since the season opener with starter Fred Evans sidelined with a knee injury.

• Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson (Boise State) is listed as out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. Another former Bronco, running back Doug Martin, will miss the game for Tampa Bay as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

• Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he will continue to use a platoon system at strong safety, with veteran Quintin Mikell (Boise State) and undrafted rookie Robert Lester expected to share reps Sunday against the Falcons.

• ESPN.com had some fun with members of the Lions recently, asking players whether they preferred cake or steak. “Nothing better than a steak dinner with some mashed potatoes and a couple green things on the side,” quarterback Kellen Moore (Boise State) said. The reporter then asked if that was typical fare at Boise State. “No, we were not one of those programs that had the nice filet mignon every day, no,” Moore said. “Not at all. Usually once a week, pregame meal, you got the good steak.”

Compiled by Chris Langrill

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