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Cal in the NFL: Chris Harper is unbeaten too, joins Ron Rivera on the list of Cal reps

Get ready for more injuries and a ton of "played but did not record any statistics" for the Cal representatives in the NFL this week. Seriously, though, what is up with all of the serious injuries to Cal players this season?

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Records and stats are through Week 11 of the NFL season.

Lorenzo Alexander: LB, Oakland Raiders (4-6)

Alexander made a rare appearance on the stat sheet with a tackle against the Detroit Lions. The Raiders lost the game 18-13 and appear to have lost all forward momentum they gained a few weeks back.

Tyson Alualu: DE, Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)

Alualu also made just one tackle during the Jags' 19-13 win against the Tennessee Titans. Gus Bradley's young team has now won 3 of their last four games.

These runs they go on every year when they start terribly makes you wonder why the switch doesn't flip on for them at the start of the season.

C.J. Anderson: HB, Denver Broncos (8-2)

Anderson carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards during the Broncos' 17-15 win against the surprisingly competitive Chicago Bears (tip of the cap to John Fox ... I guess that is what good coaching looks like. Sorry for the rant: I'm a Cowboys fan and I'm stunned when I see good coaching).

Mass Live believes Anderson could play a key role for the Broncos if they hope to defeat the New England Patriots this Sunday.

Because of Denver's inexperience at quarterback, and because of New England's utter lack of healthy wide receivers, both teams may rely heavily on the ground game.

"They always say a quarterback's best friend is a great running game, and it's true," Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler said Wednesday. "It opens up a lot of things. It opens up keepers. It opens up play pass and things of that nature. The offensive line did a tremendous job last Sunday, the backs found the holes and they got vertical."

In Week 11, CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman combined for 161 yards on 33 carries, helping to take the pressure off of Osweiler in his first career start. The team's 170 rushing yards were its best of the season. While Manning operated primarily out of the shotgun, Osweiler was able to play under center a week ago. In such an alignment, the Broncos are able to better execute the outside zone run, and therefore they're able to hold linebackers and sell playaction. According to The Denver Post, Osweiler was under center on 88 percent of his snaps versus the Bears. For once, the Broncos had a balanced offense

Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)

Anger averaged 48 yards on four punts (44.3 net) with his longest punt being 59 yards. That was his ninth punt of 50 yards or more this season.

Chris Conte: S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)

Conte fell one tackle shy of his career-high mark of 11 while adding an interception and one pass breakup as the Bucs destroyed the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17.

Brian De La Puente: OL, Washington Redskins (4-6)

De La Puente did not play during the Redskins' 44-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Justin Forsett: RB, Baltimore Ravens (3-7)

Forsett carried the ball four times for just 26 yards before suffering a broken arm which will keep him out for the rest of the season. The Ravens beat the St. Louis Rams 16-13.

Forsett will finish the season with 151 carries for 641 yards and two touchdowns.

From The Baltimore Sun:

Justin Forsett's broken right arm, as gruesome as it was to watch the injury happen, shouldn't limit his long-term role with the Ravens.

The 2014 Pro Bowl running back appeared to be on his way to a great performance when St. Louis Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald threw him to the ground and caused his right arm to break from the impact during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 Ravens win over St. Louis.

Forsett tweeted that he was having surgery Monday afternoon, and coach John Harbaugh said that while he hasn’t been given a prognosis, he doesn’t expect Forsett to miss more than this season.

"My assumption is that … bones heal pretty quickly, so I’m sure he’ll be back in the offseason lifting weights and training," Harbaugh said. "I would expect Justin back next year full-speed, ready to go. He’s under contract, and a big part of what we’re doing going forward."

Get well soon, Justin!

Chris Harper: WR, New England Patriots (10-0)

Harper returned to the Patriots active gameday squad in an effort, I'm convinced, to make last week's Cal in the NFL headline irrelevant.

Harper played and did not record any statistics during the Patriots' 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Harper could see an increased role in the offense this week with the Patriots' injuries at wide receiver piling up.

DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (4-6)

Jackson caught eight passes for 87 yards and his first touchdown of the season.

Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)

The Bengals lost their second straight game in a 34-31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Jones caught four passes for 60 yards.

On the season, Jones has 39 receptions for 515 yards and three touchdowns.

Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (4-6)

Jordan and the Saints were on a bye week.

Mychal Kendricks: LB, Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)

Kendricks notched five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and one forced fumble during another embarrassing loss for the Eagles.

L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Ladouceur played in his 167th straight game as the Cowboys found a win behind the return of Tony Romo after two months on the sideline with a broken collarbone.

Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (5-5)

Lynch was inactive during Seattle's 29-13 win against the San Francisco 49ers. Beast Mode had surgery for a hernia and will be out for a while. Here is what Pete Carroll had to say about his recovery time, from the Seattle Times:

"The doctor was very optimistic about a quick recovery, and that could mean within three or four weeks, or something like that, there’s a chance," Carroll said.

Get well soon, Marshawn!

Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (2-8)

Mack and the Browns were on a bye this past week.

Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (4-6)

McCain played, but did not record any stats during the Dolphins' loss to the Cowboys.

Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (5-5)

Mebane started against the 49ers, but did not record any statistics.

Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (10-0)

River led his team to a dominant win against the Redskins and are 10-0 for the first time in team history.

Here is video of his post-game press conference and locker room speech.

Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (7-3)

Rodgers completed less than 50% of his passes (16-34) for 212 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 30-13 to move into a first place tie atop the NFC North. Here are the game highlights for Rodgers.

Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (7-3)

Rodgers caught three passes for seven yards.

Mitchell Schwartz: OT, Cleveland Browns (2-8)

Schwartz and the Browns were on a bye.

Craig Stevens: TE, Tennessee Titans (2-8)

Stevens made the start for the Titans, but did not record any stats during their loss to the Jaguars.

Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (4-6)

Sundberg played, but did not record any stats.

Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (5-5)

Vereen and the GIants were on a bye this past week.

Steve Williams: CB, San Diego Chargers (2-8)

Williams played and did not record any statistics as the Chargers lost another rough game 33-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs.