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Rebels in the NFL

Ole Miss has 20 former football players on NFL rosters. The Daily Mississippian’s Camal Petro gives an update on how they have done through the first 12 weeks of the season.

Brandon Bolden – RB – New England Patriots
In Bolden’s rookie season, he has 234 yards on 43 attempts and two touchdowns. Bolden was suspended earlier this season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.  
BenJarvus Green-Elis – RB – Cincinnati Bengals
In his first season for the Bengals, Green-Ellis has recorded 767 yards on 201 carries and five touchdowns. However, he has fumbled the ball three times this season, the only fumbles of his five-year career. 
Greg Hardy – DE – Carolina Panthers
In his third and best season to date, Hardy has seven sacks, which is three more than last season, and 40 tackles. 
John Jerry – OG – Miami Dolphins 
Jerry has started in all 11 games this season. He has 24 starts in 36 games played in his three-year career. 
Peria Jerry – DT – Atlanta Falcons
In his fourth season with the Falcons, Jerry has started nine games and tallied eight tackles. He missed last week’s game with a quadriceps injury. 
Kendrick Lewis – FS – Kansas City Chiefs
Lewis has 18 tackles and no takeaways this season, and he left the game last weekend with a shoulder injury. Lewis had offseason shoulder surgery and missed time earlier in the season with the injury. 
Eli Manning – QB – New York Giants
Manning has passed for 15 touchdowns this season, pushing his career total to 200 last weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Manning now holds the Giants’ franchise record for passing touchdowns, having passed Phil Simms’ 199.
Bobby Massie – OT – Arizona Cardinals
In his rookie season, Massie has started in all 11 games for the Cardinals. 
Dexter McCluster – WR/RB – Kansas City Chiefs
McCluster continues to be a factor in a struggling Chiefs’ offense, recording 38 receptions for 334 receiving yards. McCluster left the game against the Denver Broncos last weekend with a neck injury and is being evaluated this week. 
Michael Oher– OT – Baltimore Ravens
Oher has started every game for the Ravens since entering the league in 2009. He continues to anchor the left of the offensive line. 
Ashlee Palmer – LB – Detroit Lions
Palmer has totaled 19 tackles on the season with one forced fumble in 11 games of action, which includes two starts. 
Jermey Parnell – OT – Dallas Cowboys
Parnell has played in all 11 games this season and received his first start of the year on Thanksgiving Day. 
Jerrell Powe – DT – Kansas City Chiefs
Powe has seen action in seven games this season, tallying five tackles, four of which are for a loss.
Jamarca Sanford – SS – Minnesota Vikings
Sanford is third on the team with 54 tackles and has forced four fumbles on the season. He has started in eight of the 11 games this season. 
Chris Spencer – OL – Chicago Bears
In his second season with the Bears, Spencer has started only three games this season. He left the game last weekend against the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury. 
Bradley Sowell – OL – Indianapolis Colts
Sowell has played in eight games this season.
Micheal Spurlock – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
After starting the season with the San Diego Chargers, Spurlock has found a new home in Jacksonville. He has returned six kickoffs for 118 yards and has 14 receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. 
Cassius Vaughn – DB – Indianapolis Colts
Vaughn has totaled 32 tackles this season in 11 games, which includes six starts.
Mike Wallace – WR – Pittsburg Steelers
After back-to-back 1,000 receiving seasons, Wallace has 47 receptions for 572 yards. Last weekend, he caught one pass for nine yards. 
Patrick Willis – LB – San Francisco 49ers
Willis continues to lead the best scoring defense in the NFL, totaling 89 tackles — second on the team — a forced fumble and an interception.