Rice Football is well represented on 2020 NFL rosters. Here’s the latest from the NFL Owls in action in Week 12.
There are former Rice football players scattered across the NFL. Stay tuned each week for their game results and notables from each player.
Week 12 results
Pittsburgh (Boswell, McDonald) def. Baltimore, 19-14
New York Giants def. Cincinnati (Covington), 19-17
Cleveland (Sendejo) def. Jacksonville, 27-25
Houston (Gaines) def. Detroit (Fox), 41-25
New Orleans def. Denver (Anderson, Callahan), 31-3
49ers (Walter) def. Los Angeles Rams, 23-20
Calvin Anderson – OT, Broncos
After making a spot start in Week 9 against the Raiders, Anderson has spent his time on special teams over the past two weeks. He only played one snap in Week 12 when the quarterback-less Broncos were held to just one field goal attempt. The Broncos visit the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in Week 13.
Vance McDonald – TE, Steelers
McDonald returned to action for the first time after being activated from the COVID-19 list prior to the team’s Wednesday game against the Ravens. The Steelers host the Washington Football Team in Week 13.
Austin Walter – RB, 49ers
Walter was active on special teams in the 49ers Week 12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He didn’t return any kicks, but played 13 snaps, his second-most this season. The 49ers host the Bills on Monday Night Football in Week 13.
Luke Willson – TE, Ravens
Willson signed to the Baltimore practice squad a few weeks ago when tight end Nick Boyle went down with a knee injury. He made his debut with the Ravens on Wednesday afternoon. He was targeted twice in the passing game but not catch any passes and also saw some special teams action.
Defense and Special Teams
Chris Boswell – K, Steelers
Boswell made both of his field goal attempts on Wednesday and one of two extra points. The Steelers host the Washington Football Team in Week 13.
Bryce Callahan – CB, Broncos
The Saints more or less grounded the ball against the Broncos in Week 12, completing nine passes compared to 44 rush attempts. Callahan had two tackles before being ruled out during the game with a foot injury. The Broncos visit the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in Week 13. Recent reports indicated Callahan will miss some time, but won’t be done for the season.
Christian Covington – DL, Bengals
Covington had four tackles in the Bengals’ Week 12 loss to the Giants. The team visits the Dolphins in Week 13.
Jack Fox – P, Lions
Fox had a strong Thanksgiving performance for the Lions, despite the loss. He punted three times, pinning the Texans inside the 20 twice including a long of 50 yards. The Lions visit the Bears in Week 13.
Phillip Gaines – CB, Texans
Gaines’ time in the defensive secondary has been limited over the last few weeks, but he’s remained a fixture on the Texans’ special teams. He saw all of his Thanksgiving action on that front, playing eight snaps in the win over the Lions. The Texans host the Colts in Week 13.
Andrew Sendejo – Saf, Browns
Sendejo has started every game for the Browns so far this season, playing every single defensive snap in nine of 11 contests, including the Browns’ Week 12 win over the Jaguars, in which he had one tackle and his first official pass deflection of the season. The Browns visit the Titans in Week 13.
More Owls in the NFL
From practice squads to current free agents, there are others Owls on the cusp of returning to active rosters. Find more detail on current contractual agreements and former Rice football players waiting for their next opportunity here.