In the opening game of the 2012 season, Bruce Carter tallied five tackles and Gerald Sensabaugh added three of his own to lead the Dallas Cowboys over Hakeem Nicks and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-17. Nicks hauled in four catches for 38 yards. On Sunday, Shaun Draughn recorded his first career touchdown along with 29 yards on six carries in a losing effort for the Chiefs.
Other former Tar Heels on NFL rosters this week included the following:
Marvin Austin, NY Giants - The second-year pro was listed as inactive for the opening game of the year with a back injury.
Connor Barth, Tampa Bay - The Bucs' kicker was perfect on Sunday, connecting on three field goals and his only extra point opportunity in a 16-10 win over Carolina.
Zach Brown, Tennessee - In his first game as a professional, Brown tallied three tackles including one for a loss in the Titans' 34-13 loss to the Patriots.
Quinton Coples, New York Jets - The 16th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft registered one tackle in his debut.
Vonnie Holliday, Arizona - On his 16th opening day in the NFL, Holliday was in on one tackle in the Cardinals' 20-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Greg Little, Cleveland - The receiver was targeted four times but failed to connect with new Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. Little also recorded two tackles following Cleveland turnovers.
Michael McAdoo, Baltimore - The Ravens placed McAdoo on injured reserved for the season following Achilles surgery.
Julius Peppers, Chicago - The second overall pick in the 2002 draft recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble while anchoring the Bears defensive line in a 41-21 win over the Colts.
Robert Quinn, St. Louis - Quinn stuffed the stat sheet with three total tackles, including a sack, to go along with two additional hits on the quarterback in a losing effort in Detroit.
Garrett Reynolds, Atlanta - In his second season as starting right guard, Reynolds and the offensive line allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for three touchdowns and run for another in the Falcons' 40-24 win in Kansas City.
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay - In his first game in Green Bay, the five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection anchored an offensive line that permitted quarterback Aaron Rodgers to throw for 303 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to San Francisco.
Da'Norris Searcy, Buffalo - The third-year safety tallied two total tackles in the Bills' 48-28 loss to the Jets.
Brandon Tate, Cincinnati - Tate and the Cincinnati Bengals will take on Baltimore in the first Monday Night Football contest of the year.
Ryan Taylor, Green Bay - A key for the Packers' special teams, Taylor saw action in a 30-22 loss to the 49ers.
Cam Thomas, San Diego - Thomas and the Chargers will travel to Oakland for the second of two opening weekend Monday Night Football contests.
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh - Veteran long snapper helped the Steelers convert two field goals and an extra point, while netting over 45 yards per punt.
TJ Yates, Houston - One year removed from leading the Texans to the post-season, Yates resumed his backup duties with the return of Houston quarterback Matt Schaub.