MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2019 season, k-statesports.com recaps the action for the 12 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Deante Burton, DB – Dallas Cowboys
Burton, a member of the Colts practice squad for over a month, was signed to the Dallas Cowboys’ active roster on November 20. He has suited up the last three games, including last Thursday when he played on 10 special teams plays in the Cowboys’ 31-24 loss at Chicago. Dallas is now 6-7 on the year to sit in a tie for first in the NFC East, and the Cowboys host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Pittsburgh in 2015, saw time on six offensive snaps and five special teams plays in Pittsburgh’s 23-17 win at Arizona. The Steelers improved to 8-5 this year to currently hold the second Wild Card spot in the AFC Playoffs, and they host Buffalo – which holds the first Wild Card spot – on Sunday night.
Elijah Lee, LB – San Francisco 49ers
Lee, a native of Blue Springs, Missouri, was in for 28 special teams plays to help San Francisco win a 48-46 shootout on a last second field goal at New Orleans. The victory improved to 49ers to an NFC West-leading 11-2 record, and they host Atlanta on Sunday.
Tyler Lockett, WR – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, in his fifth NFL season, tallied four receptions for 43 yards among his 60 offensive plays in Seattle’s 28-12 loss at the Los Angeles Rams. The defeat dropped the Seahawks into second place in the NFC West at 10-3, a record good enough to currently hold the first Wild Card spot in the NFC Playoffs. Seattle travels to face Carolina on Sunday.
Cornelius Lucas, OL – Chicago Bears
Lucas, a fifth-year veteran, made his fifth start of the season and 13th of his career when he lined up at right tackle and played on all 73 offensive snaps in Chicago’s 31-24 Thursday-night win over Dallas. The Bears improved to 7-6 on the year prior to traveling to face Green Bay on Sunday.
Byron Pringle, WR – Kansas City Chiefs
Pringle, an undrafted rookie free agent prior to the 2018 season, made a 14-yard reception on his lone offensive play of the day in addition to seeing time on 18 special teams plays in Kansas City’s 23-16 win at New England. With the win, the 9-4 Chiefs clinched the AFC West and currently hold the No. 3 seed in the AFC Playoffs. Kansas City hosts Denver on Sunday.
D.J. Reed, DB – San Francisco 49ers
Reed, a fifth-round pick by San Francisco in last year’s draft, made one tackle among his six defensive snaps and also played on nine special teams plays in the 49ers’ 48-46 win at New Orleans. The victory improved San Francisco to 11-2 to lead the NFC West, and the 49ers host Atlanta on Sunday.
Dalton Risner, OL – Denver Broncos
Risner, a second-round selection, played on all 59 offensive snaps in Denver’s 38-24 home win over Houston. Risner has seen time on 830 of the Broncos’ 831 offensive snaps this year. Winners of two-straight and three of its last five, 5-8 Denver travels to face Kansas City on Sunday.
Duke Shelley, DB – Chicago Bears
Shelley, a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, saw action on a pair of defensive snaps and five special teams plays in Chicago’s 31-24 Thursday-night win over Dallas. The Bears improved to 7-6 this season and travel to face Green Bay on Sunday.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles, in his 15th NFL season, was placed on injured reserve on November 15. The Olathe, Kansas, native ranks fifth in NFL history and first among active players in career all-purpose yards (19,696). Philadelphia defeated the New York Giants, 23-17, on Monday night to improve to 6-7 and jump into a tie for first place in the NFC East. The Eagles travel to face Washington on Sunday.
Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair started his 61st-consecutive game and fifth this season at center, helping Chicago earn a 31-24 Thursday-night win over Dallas. Whitehair played on all 73 offensive snaps as the Abilene, Kansas, native pushed his season snap total to 861. Chicago, now 7-6 on the season, travels to face Green Bay on Sunday.
Jordan Willis, DE – New York Jets
Willis, who began his third NFL season with Cincinnati this year but was waived and quickly claimed by the Jets, saw time on 22 defensive snaps and six special teams plays in New York’s narrow 22-21 win over Miami. The Jets improved to 5-8 on the season prior to traveling to face Baltimore on Thursday night.
Source: Kansas State Sports