Tar Heels in NFL: Sylvester Williams makes season debut, Holcomb returns and Bernard gets more carries

One Tar Heel returned from an injury, another got more carries Sunday because of an injury to his teammate and a third made a huge tackle in his season debut.

Defensive end Sylvester Williams, who the Denver Broncos signed to their practice squad on Oct. 3 after Drew Lock’s injury, was activated and made his season debut. He played seven snaps (12% of the team’s defensive snaps) in their 18-12 victory at New England and tackled quarterback Cam Newton to stop a 2-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.

This marks a return to Denver, which drafted him in 2013. He started 48 games for the Broncos in four seasons and started for the Super Bowl champions that beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 on Feb. 7, 2016.

Williams signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2017 and played for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and the Chargers the last two seasons.

After missing four games with a knee injury, Washington linebacker Cole Holcomb played in its 20-19 road loss to the New York Giants and had five tackles and one assist.

A foot injury to Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon meant Gio Bernard was counted on more during Sunday’s 31-27 loss at Indianapolis. After getting only four carries in the first five games, Bernard had eight rushes for 15 yards and a touchdown, his first score of the season, in addition to three receptions for 13 yards.

Carolina Panthers defensive back Tre Boston had five tackles and three assists in their 23-16 home loss to Chicago in which Mitch Trubisky again didn’t play.

How Tar Heels did in Week 6

PlayerTeamPositionRoster statusTeam’s resultWeek 6 statisticsSeason statistics
Tre BostonPanthersFSActive23-16 loss vs. Chi5 tackles, 3 assists19 tackles; 11 assists, 1 forced, 1 recovered fumble, 1 TFL
Gio BernardBengalsRBActive31-27 loss at Ind8 carries, 15 yards, 1 TD; 3 targets, 3 receptions, 13 yds12 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD; 9 catches for 115 yards
Eric EbronSteelersTEActive38-7 win vs Cle2 catches on 4 targets for 9 yards, one OPI16 catches for 165 yards and 1 TD
Cole HolcombWashingtonLBActive20-19 loss at NYGStarted, 5 tackles, 1 assist6 tackle, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 special-teams tackle
Robert QuinnBearsLBActive23-16 win at CarStarted, had 1 assist2 tackles, 1 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovered fumble
Sylvester WilliamsBroncosDLActive18-12 win at NEPlayed 7 snaps; 1 tackle on 2-point conversion try1 tackle on 2-point conversion attempt
M.J. StewartBrownsCBActive38-7 loss at Pit2 special teams tackles4 tackles, 1 solo, 2 special teams tackles
Mack HollinsDolphinsWRActive24-0 win vs. NYJNo statistics1 tackle
Mitch TrubiskyBearsQBActive23-16 win at CarDid not play51-86, 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 87.4 passer rating
Charlie HeckTexansOTActive42-36 OT loss at TenNot active for the gameInactive for all six games
Jason StrowbridgeDolphinsDEActive24-0 win vs. NYJNot active for the gameInactive for all six games
James HurstSaintsOTActiveDidn’t play5 offensive snaps, 6 special-team snaps
Sylvester WilliamsBroncosDLActive18-12 win at NEPlayed 7 snaps; 1 tackle on 2-point conversion tryNo statistics
Andre SmithBillsLBActive26-17 loss vs KCDid not playPlayed in 2 games, no statistics
Ryan SwitzerBrownsWRPractice squad
Aaron CrawfordRavensDTPractice squad
Kareem MartinLionsOLBPractice squad
William Sweet49ersOTPractice squad
T.J. LoganBucsRBInjured reserve; out for season with leg injury
Myles DornVikingsFSInjured reserve
Jalen DaltonSaintsTDInjured reserve; triceps injury
Russell BodineLionsCOpted out

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