Former Tar Heels Bruce Carter and Gerald Sensabaugh returned to the Carolinas this weekend, as the Dallas Cowboys visited the Carolina Panthers. Carter, from Havelock, North Carolina, totaled five tackles from his linebacker position, three of which were unassisted while one went for a loss. Sensabaugh, a Tennessee native but Tar Heel collegian, also made five stops on the day, three of which were solo stops. The Cowboys defeated the Panthers 19-14. On the year, Carter has 32 tackles and a pass defended, while Sensabaugh has 17 tackles in the secondary.
Other former Tar Heels in action this weekend include:
Marvin Austin, NY Giants - Austin made two stops on the day, both of them unassisted, in the Giants 27-23 win over the Redskins. The third year pro now has four tackles in five games on the year.
Connor Barth, Tampa Bay - Barth converted all four extra point attempts, but missed his second kick in as many weeks as his 42 yard attempt was wide left. Barth has made 10 of 12 field goals on the year, including a career long of 57 yards.
Zach Brown, Tennessee - The rookie linebacker logged three more tackles in a 35-34 win in Buffalo. Two of his tackles were unassisted, while one was made behind the line of scrimmage.
Quinton Coples, NY Jets - The rookie defensive end followed up last week's impressive performance by turning in another solid week. He made three stops along the line, all of which were solo tackles. He now has 13 tackles and two sacks on the season.
Shaun Draughn, Kansas City - Draughn and the Chiefs had a week seven bye and will return to action next week against Oakland. The second year tailback is having a breakout season, totaling 170 yards on the ground, 112 yards through the air, and 195 yards in the return game on the year.
Vonnie Holliday, Arizona - Holliday recorded one tackle from his defensive end position, as the Cardinals defense held the Vikings to a mere 43 passing yards. However, Arizona fell to Minnesota 21-14.
Greg Little, Cleveland - The third year wide receiver hauled in six of the seven balls thrown his way for a total of 52 yards. One of his receptions was a circus catch in the back of the end zone, giving Little his second touchdown on the year.
Michael McAdoo, Baltimore - The Ravens placed McAdoo on injured reserved for the season following Achilles surgery.
Hakeem Nicks, NY Giants - In his second game back from injury, Nicks hauled in five passes for 53 yards, with a long of 21. He had the ball thrown his way 10 times, second most on the team. Nicks also recorded a tackle in the contest, his first of the year.
Julius Peppers, Chicago - Peppers and the Bears look to improve to 5-1 on the year as they host the Lions on Monday Night Football.
Robert Quinn, St. Louis - Quinn continues to wreak havoc along the defensive line, registering his seventh sack on the season as the Rams dropped a 30-20 decision to the Packers. On the day he totaled three hits on the quarterback and also defended a pass.
Garrett Reynolds, Atlanta - The Falcons had a bye week and remained the only undefeated team in the league at 6-0. They will look to improve on this record when they travel to Philadelphia next Sunday.
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay - Saturday and the Green Bay offensive line gave quarterback Aaron Rodgers enough time to complete 30 of 37 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns. They also paved the way for 70 yards on the ground as the Packers beat the Rams 30-20.
Da'Norris Searcy, Buffalo - The third year safety contributed to a secondary that held the Titans to 193 yards and one touchdown through the air. However, the Bills dropped the contest 35-34.
Brandon Tate, Cincinnati - Tate hauled in one reception for three yards, but did most of his damage in the return game. He handled three kick returns and totaled 109 yards for a hefty 36.3 yard average. He had a long return of 45 yards.
Ryan Taylor, Green Bay - The special teams ace was active again, seeing time in the Packers' victory over the Rams.
Cam Thomas, San Diego - Thomas and the Chargers also had a bye this week and will return to action next weekend against the Browns.
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh - The veteran long snapper saw the Steelers' kicking game convert all three field goals and their lone extra point attempt in a 24-17 win on Sunday night. Pittsburgh also averaged 40 yards per punt.
Johnny White, Green Bay - After being waived by the Buffalo Bills, White was picked up by the Packers this week. However, the running back was listed as inactive for the Packers' contest.
TJ Yates, Houston - Yates continued his back-up duties as the Houston Texans defeated the Ravens 43-13. The win improves Houston to 6-1 on the year.