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Rivera's Panthers are still undefeated and Rodgers' Packers are on a two-game winning streak. Unfortunately, some more Cal players are dealing with injuries now. Find out who and much more about what happened during week 14 of the NFL season.

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Lorenzo Alexander: LB, Oakland Raiders (6-7)

Alexander played, but did not make any tackles as the Raiders pulled off a comeback 15-12 victory on the road against the Denver Broncos.

Tyson Alualu: DE, Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8)

In what may come as a bit of a surprise, Alualu did not catch a pass this week! He did make one tackle and a pass breakup, though, as the Jaguars demolished the Indianapolis Colts 51-16.

The Jaguars are now just one game behind first place in the AFC South.

C.J. Anderson: RB, Denver Broncos (10-3)

Anderson missed the Broncos' matchup with the Raiders this past week due to injury. Here is a bit of info about the injury from Sports World Report:

Anderson missed the game against the Oakland Raiders and his hole on the field was felt. Ronnie Hillman got the start and it simply was not enough to help get the offense moving. According to the Denver Post, Anderson is still nursing an ankle injury which has the Broncos looking at outside options. Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that Trent Richardson came in for a workout for the team, but he is not being looked at as an option in 2015. Renck reports that Richardson is being viewed as an option for a futures contract that will allow him to not count against the team's 90-man roster. That should give fans some hope that Anderson might be available in Week 15.

Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8)

Anger punted the ball five times for an average of 45.6 yards (44.2 net). His longest punt was 53 yards, which makes this 12 out of 13 games this season that he has tallied a punt of 50 yards or more.

Deandre Coleman: DT, Miami Dolphins (5-8)

Coleman was signed from the Dolphins' practice squad during this past week and made his season debut during their 31-24 loss to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Coleman did not notch any statistics, though.

Chris Conte: S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)

Conte totaled five tackles as the Buccaneers took a 24-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints which was extremely detrimental to their chances of securing a wildcard spot in the playoffs.

Conte has 75 tackles this season.

Brian de la Puente: OL, Washington Redskins (6-7)

De la Puente did not record any statistics during their 24-21 win against the Chicago Bears, their first road win this season.

DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (6-7)

Jackson caught two passes for 43 yards during the game against the Bears. Jackson has 20 catches through seven games this season. Jackson injured his knee during the game, but is expected to play this week against the Bills.

"It’s all right," Jackson said, via CSN Washington. "It’s a little sore and banged up a little bit. But it’s nothing too serious that would keep me out. I played through it."

Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (10-3)

Jones caught six passes for 61 yards as the Bengals lost 33-20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The six receptions have moved Jones to 53 catches this season, which establishes a new career-high for receptions in a season.

Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (6-7)

Jordan notched one tackle, one tackle for a loss, one QB hit and one pressure during their win against the Bucs.

Mychal Kendricks: LB, Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)

Kendricks led the way for the Eagles defense with eight tackles and one tackle for a loss as they vanquished the Buffalo Bills 23-20 to keep pace with the Redskins and Giants.

L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (4-9)

The Cowboys 28-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers meant Ladouceur has now played in 171 consecutive games.

Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (8-5)

Lynch was inactive due to injury again, but the Seahawks managed to beat the Baltimore Ravens 35-6. Thomas Rawls broke his ankle during this game, so the Seahawks will be hoping to get Lynch back sooner rather than later, though there is no timetable for his return.

From Seattle Pi:

Speaking in his Monday press conference, Carroll said "it's best" that Lynch continue to rehab from abdominal surgery away from the team facility until he's ready to practice, but Carroll didn't have a timetable for Lynch's return.

"He's going to be continuing to rehab, and he's going to be rehabbing off-site until he's ready to get back and start practicing," Carroll said from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. "We don't have a timeline on that."

Lynch underwent surgery in Philadelphia on Nov. 25 and had been recovering away from the team before spending some time at the VMAC last week.

"He went through a big surgery," Carroll said. "He's got a lot to get through, and he's got to get past that, whatever impact that's had, and then he's got to get back into shape and get going."

Speaking in his Monday press conference, Carroll said "it's best" that Lynch continue to rehab from abdominal surgery away from the team facility until he's ready to practice, but Carroll didn't have a timetable for Lynch's return.

"He's going to be continuing to rehab, and he's going to be rehabbing off-site until he's ready to get back and start practicing," Carroll said from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. "We don't have a timeline on that."

Lynch underwent surgery in Philadelphia on Nov. 25 and had been recovering away from the team before spending some time at the VMAC last week.

"He went through a big surgery," Carroll said. "He's got a lot to get through, and he's got to get past that, whatever impact that's had, and then he's got to get back into shape and get going."

Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (3-10)

Mack has now started all 13 games this season. The Browns stomped the San Francisco 49ers 24-10 to attain a rare victory.

Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (5-8)

McCain played in his seventh game this season, but did not notch any statistics.

Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (8-5)

Mebane totaled three tackles to contribute to their winning effort against the Ravens.

Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (13-0)

Rivera's Panthers destroyed the Atlanta Falcons 38-0 to maintain their undefeated season.

Rivera's team is undefeated this season, but made the playoffs last season despite having a losing record. As his Panthers prepare to face the Giants, a team with a chance at winning the NFC East despite a poor record, Rivera offered his thoughts on the subject, courtesy of NJ.com:

"You've got nothing to apologize for. This is about winning your division," a fired-up Rivera said Wednesday during a conference call with New York-area reporters, acknowledging it is a subject he is passionate about.

"There is a reason you have divisions. It's so you continue to keep the excitement for the fans. Because you are in that division, it doesn't mean that every year is going to be a down year. This just happens to be a down year for the NFC East. But if a team gets hot and gets on a roll like we did last year, you can make some noise in the playoffs, which we did. I was (defensive coordinator with the 2007 Chargers) on an 8-8 team that went into the playoffs, and nobody gave us a chance. We ended up winning in the first round."

Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (9-4)

Rodgers completed 22 of 35 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers took down the Cowboys. He also totaled 27 rushing yards on three carries. Here is his 13-yard touchdown pass to James Starks.

The Washington Post has a story on Rodgers and how close he was to being done with football after high school.

But Rodgers is the subject of Rigsbee’s favorite story, the one he told as he stopped the cart near the end zone: Over in that corner, he said, is where a skinny kid — taking advantage of raw talent, a nurturing environment and, perhaps most important, a few favors — nailed his Division I audition and became Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback whose fearlessness would make him a future Super Bowl champion and NFL most valuable player.

Before his single season at Butte, this imperfect campus near nothing in particular, Rodgers figured his football career was finished. He was too thin, too reckless on the field; after his senior season at Pleasant Valley High in nearby Chico, no Division I program offered Rodgers a scholarship. Illinois wanted him to walk on, and California — where Rodgers would go on to become a star before the Packers made him their first-round draft pick in 2005 — never so much as scouted him.

Rodgers, intelligent and skilled but undersized for college football at 5 feet 10 and 165 pounds, considered playing baseball or maybe attending law school. But then Rigsbee, a Butte lifer always looking for ways to improve his program and campus, walked through his neighborhood to the Rodgers home and sold Aaron and his family on one last season under the — well, there are no lights at Butte’s football stadium. But anyway, it was a chance nonetheless to play with teammates who, like the school itself, need a little fixing up. And who knows what will come next? At Butte they have a saying: "Start here, go anywhere."

This is just a snippet of the story, so you should give it a read. It's very interesting.

Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (9-4)

Rodgers caught a three-yard touchdown pass, his only reception of the game. He now has seven touchdowns this season.

Richard Rodgers Sr.: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Carolina Panthers (13-0)

Rodgers Sr and the Panthers maintained their undefeated season by thrashing the Falcons.

Jeremy Ross: WR/RET, Oakland Raiders (6-7)

Ross totaled two kick returns for 48 yards and three punt returns for 29 yards, including a 32-yard kick return and a 22-yard punt return.

Mitchell Schwartz: T, Cleveland Browns (3-10)

Schwartz made it 61 for 61 as far as games started during his career with the Browns.

Craig Stevens: TE, Tennessee Titans (3-10)

Stevens started for the 9th time in 12 games this season, but did not record any stats as the Titans lost 30-8 to the New York Jets.

Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (6-7)

Sundberg played in his 13th game this season.

Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (6-7)

Vereen's first season with the Giants just has not worked out as either party hope before the season. During their win against the Dolphins, Vereen caught one pass for 10 yards and carried the ball once for zero rushing yards.

Steve Williams: CB, San Diego Chargers (3-10)

Williams started for just the second time in 12 games, but did not record any stats during the Chargers 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Williams left the game with an injury.