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Maurice Hurst strip-sacks Baker Mayfield, more Michigan alumni notes for NFL Week 4

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With the Raiders down 28-14, Hurst forced a fumble, leading to a 45-42 Oakland victory. Also, the list of injured Wolverines is growing.

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Maurice Hurst, Jr. seemed set for first-round money until NFL scouts questioned his heart.

Not his relentless drive, mind you, but his literal beating heart. During combine physicals this spring, doctors discovered a heart condition during an irregular electrocardiogram (EKG). Hurst was promptly sent home as a precaution.

The long-projected first-rounder tumbled down draft boards until Oakland snagged him at the No. 140 pick in the fifth round. A frustrated Hurst relayed the following message on the phone to head coach Jon Gruden:

“This is going to be a great day for the Oakland Raiders.”

Four weeks into the NFL season, the early returns prove him right.

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The strip-sack of No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield sparked the Raiders to come back from down 14 to outlast the Cleveland Browns 45-42 in overtime.

Hurst continues to burst into opposing backfields, already garnering two sacks for the Silver and Black. He has seven total tackles and a pass deflection to go with several other pressures.

This puts him on pace for eight sacks as an interior lineman in his rookie season. For context, he had five sacks as a Wolverine in 2017. Pro Football Focus graded him at an All-Pro level for Sunday’s effort.

Hey, NFL. Maybe don’t question his heart.


In other alumni news, the list of injured Wolverines is growing by the week. As reported here, Denver tight end Jake Butt tore his ACL just weeks after recovering from a tear on his other knee.

Last Wednesday, the Cincinnati Bengals reported defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow also sustained an ACL tear, ending his 2018 campaign. NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport confirmed:

It’s like there’s a new show called the Walking Wounded, and they’re only casting Wolverines. Here’s the other injured alums:

  • Seattle Seahawks safety Delano Hill (hamstring), recently activated
  • Seahawks receiver Amara Darboh (hip and clavicle), out for season
  • Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen), out for another week
  • Green Bay Packers linebacker Jake Ryan (ACL), out for season

As Butt exits for 2018, teammate Dymonte Thomas returned from an abdominal ailment for Monday night’s home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

OTHER NOTES

While Graham didn’t record a sack, Lewan came away with good things to say.

Graham tallied four tackles with 1.5 for loss in a 26-23 defeat in Nashville.

  • Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton made three tackles, including a TFL, in a last-minute 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.

His teammate Jourdan Lewis still barely sees the field. This is sparking continued trade rumors, as Jerry Jones and management are putting out feelers for their 2017 third-round pick.

  • Seattle defensive end Frank Clark chipped in two tackles with one for loss, as the Seahawks topped the Arizona Cardinals 20-17 Sunday afternoon in Phoenix.
  • Cleveland’s Jabrill Peppers produced exclusively on special teams Sunday, returning four kicks for 64 yards. He mustered one yard on a lone punt return.
  • In the same game, Oakland cornerback Leon Hall had two solo tackles.
  • In the game of the week between Minnesota and the Los Angeles Rams, a few of Brady Hoke’s former players contributed.

Vikings punter Matt Wile booted four punts for 159 yards (39.9 avg), and placed one inside the 20-yard line. He now ranks in the top-10 in the league in that category with eight.

Linebacker Ben Gedeon only played two snaps in order for Minnesota to deal with the up-tempo passing game led by Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

Rams defensive back Blake Countess, who transferred to Auburn for his senior season, returned two kicks for 53 yards (long of 27).

A week after a 16-point loss to the Lions, Brady came out firing against the previously undefeated Dolphins — owned by Michigan alumnus Stephen Ross.

He completed 23-of-35 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns, though also two picks. Miami came into the game allowing only 17 points a game. Behind Brady, New England beat that mark by three touchdowns.