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
|Player||Team||Position||Roster status||Team’s result||Week 6 statistics||Season statistics|
|Tre Boston||Panthers||FS||Active||23-16 loss vs. Chi||5 tackles, 3 assists||19 tackles; 11 assists, 1 forced, 1 recovered fumble, 1 TFL|
|Gio Bernard||Bengals||RB||Active||31-27 loss at Ind||8 carries, 15 yards, 1 TD; 3 targets, 3 receptions, 13 yds||12 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD; 9 catches for 115 yards|
|Eric Ebron||Steelers||TE||Active||38-7 win vs Cle||2 catches on 4 targets for 9 yards, one OPI||16 catches for 165 yards and 1 TD|
|Cole Holcomb||Washington||LB||Active||20-19 loss at NYG||Started, 5 tackles, 1 assist||6 tackle, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 special-teams tackle|
|Robert Quinn||Bears||LB||Active||23-16 win at Car||Started, had 1 assist||2 tackles, 1 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovered fumble|
|Sylvester Williams||Broncos||DL||Active||18-12 win at NE||Played 7 snaps; 1 tackle on 2-point conversion try||1 tackle on 2-point conversion attempt|
|M.J. Stewart||Browns||CB||Active||38-7 loss at Pit||2 special teams tackles||4 tackles, 1 solo, 2 special teams tackles|
|Mack Hollins||Dolphins||WR||Active||24-0 win vs. NYJ||No statistics||1 tackle|
|Mitch Trubisky||Bears||QB||Active||23-16 win at Car||Did not play||51-86, 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 87.4 passer rating|
|Charlie Heck||Texans||OT||Active||42-36 OT loss at Ten||Not active for the game||Inactive for all six games|
|Jason Strowbridge||Dolphins||DE||Active||24-0 win vs. NYJ||Not active for the game||Inactive for all six games|
|James Hurst||Saints||OT||Active||Didn’t play||5 offensive snaps, 6 special-team snaps|
|Sylvester Williams||Broncos||DL||Active||18-12 win at NE||Played 7 snaps; 1 tackle on 2-point conversion try||No statistics|
|Andre Smith||Bills||LB||Active||26-17 loss vs KC||Did not play||Played in 2 games, no statistics|
|Ryan Switzer||Browns||WR||Practice squad|
|Aaron Crawford||Ravens||DT||Practice squad|
|Kareem Martin||Lions||OLB||Practice squad|
|William Sweet||49ers||OT||Practice squad|
|T.J. Logan||Bucs||RB||Injured reserve; out for season with leg injury|
|Myles Dorn||Vikings||FS||Injured reserve|
|Jalen Dalton||Saints||TD||Injured reserve; triceps injury|
|Russell Bodine||Lions||C||Opted out|