Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron with five catches, Hurst plays and Trubisky sits

By R.L. Bynum

After an unexpected week off for his Pittsburgh Steelers because of COVID-19, Eric Ebron was back at it Sunday with a season-high five catches for the second consecutive game to highlight the efforts of former UNC players in the NFL in Week 5.

The Steelers tight end’s five catches came on six targets for 43 yards. He fumbled, which the Steelers lost, after a 12-yard fourth-quarter reception. The pass in which quarterback Ben Rothlisberger targeted him that Ebron didn’t catch was initially ruled intercepted but reversed and ruled an incompletion.

The Associated Press wrote last week about how Ebron, played 77% of the Steelers’ offensive snaps, never stops talking and is loud and proud.

This week marked the season debut of New Orleans Saints offensive tackle James Hurst, who was suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s PED policy. He was put on the active roster Monday.

Hurst played for five offensive snaps and six special-teams snaps. In all five of his offensive snaps, he reported in as tackle eligible and was the Saints’ sixth lineman. Those plays gained a total of 10 yards with one pass incompletion.

Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston had a tackle, including one for a loss, and two assists in their 23-16 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

As expected, the Chicago Bears started Nick Foles at quarterback in their 20-19 victory Thursday over the Tampa Bay Bucs and Mitch Trubisky didn’t play in the game.

How Tar Heels did during Week 5

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