Idaho connections in the NFL: Nov. 10

November 10, 2013 


• The way Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Idaho State) sees it, breaking in young players is a way of life in a difficult profession.

“It’s part of football,” Dietrich-Smith said. “You don’t just walk in here and expect them to hand you the keys to the Ferrari. It’s a tough game. It’s a man’s sport, built for men. If you can’t handle it, don’t play it.”

ª “It just depends on when you came in,” Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (Idaho State) said. “Reasonable back in the day? Yeah. I mean, I’ve heard of worse. I’ve heard of less. It depends. That’s usually how it is. But usually it’s a rite of passage you go through, so as a rookie from a football standpoint you go through stuff, and that’s what kind of brings you together as a team.”

• “I don’t really know what happened in Miami, but you got to put some fault on both ways,” said Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Boise State). “As a man, when you come into work, you got to stand up for yourself at some point. This is a different kind of place to be. This is a different kind of atmosphere to work in and I think as a man, you come in here and you kind of earn your respect. Nothing should be given to you. It’s hard to get in this locker room.”


Defensive end Billy Winn (Boise State) returned to action last week after missing five games with a leg injury. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Winn had been sidelined with a quadriceps injury that lingered longer than expected. The second-year lineman registered two tackles against Baltimore.


Defensive end Shea McClellin (Boise State) had three sacks in Monday night’s win over the Packers, but he’s doubtful to play Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury in practice.

“On a personal level, I feel bad for him if he doesn’t play because he really had a good game last week,” coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Tribune. “And he was moving in the right direction, so certainly disappointed for him.”

Compiled by Chris Langrill

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