#ProBison Update: NDSU in the NFL – Week 16


Rookie offensive lineman Dillon Radunz made his first pro debut in a win for the Tennessee Titans and highlighted week 16 for former North Dakota State football players in the NFL.

In his 10th game of the season, Radunz fought his way to the start with left tackle and showed an impressive performance against Nick Bosa, Defensive End from San Francisco.

Carson Wentz led the Indianapolis Colts to another win, improving to 9-6 this season and currently holding a playoff spot. On Thursday, December 30th, Darrius Shepherd signed his third year with the Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Squad – his third NFL team since early November.

NDSU has more active NFL players than any other Division I FCS program, with 12 former Bison appearing on the NFL roster this season.

Dillon Radunz
Team: Tennessee Titans (# 75)
NFL season: 1
Week 16: Made his first NFL start, playing all 62 offensive snaps in the Titans’ 20-17 win over San Francisco … has played 10 of 15 games this season.

Carson Wentz
Team: Indianapolis Colts (# 2)
NFL season: 6th
Week 16: Led the Colts to a 22-16 road win over Arizona on Christmas night … Completed 18-of-28 passes for 225 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions … TD-to-INT ratio of 25 to 6 this season … 62 , 8% degree of completion for the year.

Derrek Tuszka
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers (# 48)
NFL season: 2.
Week 16: Registered 2 tackles in the Steelers’ 36-10 loss in Kansas City … Played a total of 41 snaps – 22 on defensive and 19 on special teams … Has played in every game since active list in Week 3 … Now has 11 Tackles recorded in the past 5 weeks.

Joe Haeg
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers (# 71)
NFL season: 6th
Week 16: Has played a total of 31 snaps in the Steelers’ 36-10 loss in Kansas City … 28 snaps on offense and 3 on special teams … has played 10 of 15 games this season.

Trey Lance
Team: San Francisco 49ers (# 5)
NFL season: 1
Week 16: Active but did not play in the 49ers’ 20-17 loss in Tennessee … Has played 5 games this season.

Easton stick
Team: Los Angeles Chargers (# 2)
NFL season: 3.
Week 16: Active and served as a backup quarterback but did not play in the Chargers’ 41-29 loss to Houston.

Chris Board
Team: Baltimore Ravens (# 49)
NFL season: 4th
Week 16: Missed the Ravens week 16 loss on the COVID list … Activated from the COVID list on December 29th … 37 total tackles this season – most in a season in Board’s career.

Billy Turner
Team: Green Bay Packer (# 77)
NFL season: 8th.
Week 16: Missed the Packers’ 24-22 win over Cleveland due to injury … Missed 2nd game this season … Turner had started every game this year and hadn’t missed a single offensive snap by December 12th.

Ben Ellefson
Team: Minnesota Vikings (# 82)
NFL season: 2.
Week 16: Should return to training this week … Put in injured reserve by the Vikings on October 28th … Has played 4 games this season.

Jabril Cox
Team: Dallas Cowboys (# 14)
NFL season: 1
Week 16: Suffered a cruciate ligament injury at week 8 at the end of the season and was placed in injured reserve on November 2nd. Played 7 games this season.

Zack Johnson
Team: Denver Broncos Practice Team (# 68)
NFL season: 2.
Signed November 24th with the Denver Broncos training team… Spent time with the Arizona Cardinals training team earlier this season, playing one game.

Darrius shepherd
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers practice team
NFL season: 3.
Signed December 30th with the Steelers training team … Spent a week with the Minnesota Vikings training team from December 15-21 … Also spent a week with the Arizona Cardinals training team in week 10 of this season.

Games this week

Sunday January 2nd

  • Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens (Board), Midday CT on Fox
  • Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans (Radunz), noon CT on CBS
  • Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (Wentz), noon CT on Fox
  • Houston Texans at the San Francisco 49ers (Lance), 3:05 p.m. CT on CBS
  • Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (Stick), 3:05 p.m. CT on CBS
  • Minnesota Vikings (Ellefson) at Green Bay Packers (Turner), 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC

Monday 3rd January

  • Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (Tuszka, Haeg), 7:15 p.m. CT on ESPN


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