Idaho connections in the NFL: Nov. 17

November 17, 2013 

KUBIAK: KEO’S PLAY HELPED TEAM DECIDE TO WAIVE REED

Texans coach Gary Kubiak returned to his duties last week after suffering a mini-stroke. One of the first things he addressed was the release of safety Ed Reed. He credited the play of Shiloh Keo (Idaho) as part of the reason for the move. “It all gets back to football,” Kubiak said, via the Texans' official website. “Obviously, I know there was lot said and this and that. ... We're playing young guys and we really like the way D.J. (Swearinger) is playing and Shiloh (Keo) is playing. (Reed's) role became diminished, especially the last few weeks.”

• Packers starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Idaho State) said late last week he was unsure if he'll play in Week 11 after spraining his knee in Week 10 against the Eagles. He was listed as probable on Friday’s injury report.

• Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge (Boise State) has played in 121 consecutive games — the second most among active offensive linemen and the most among guards. “It’s not just injuries,” Colledge told azcentral.com. “It’s overcoming stupid things off the field, on the field, in training camp, whatever.”

• Panthers strong safety Quintin Mikell (Boise State) was fined $7,875 for his late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 10-9 win last week. Mikell was penalized for unnecessary roughness. “(Stuff) happens,” Mikell told the Charlotte Observer. “I’ll appeal it, then we’ll go from there and see how it goes.”

• Bears defensive end Shea McClellin (Boise State) attended practices last week, but he did not participate in positional drills. He was listed as doubtful (hamstring) on Friday’s injury report.

• Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (Boise State) doesn’t want to play the numbers game. He was short with reporters when asked if he would give up his No. 20 to newly signed Jet Ed Reed, who has worn the number for 20 years. “Nah, I’m not trying to talk about that,” Wilson said. Pressed a little further, Wilson said, “I’m not going to discuss that with you guys.”

Compiled by Chris Langrill

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