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NFL locals: Former Utes safety Eric Weddle in concussion protocol but hopeful for Week 2 vs. Saints (+Week 1 highlights)

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib (21) and free safety Eric Weddle (32) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Eric Weddle has delivered plenty of punishing hits during his 13-year NFL career.

On Sunday, the former Ute safety was on the receiving end of one during his first regular-season game with the Los Angels Rams.

Late in the second quarter of the Rams’ 30-27 win over Carolina, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey tried to hurdle Weddle on a pass play. McCaffrey’s knee connected forcefully with Weddle’s helmet, and the safety was bloodied by the play and had to be carted off the field.

Weddle, who had six tackles before the injury, did not return to the game with what the Rams called a head laceration. The Athletic’s Joe Person reported McCaffrey said he went to the L.A. locker room to check on Weddle.

Weddle took to Twitter to provide an update for fans.

The family man also shared a photo of his victory ice cream, a tradition in the Weddle household.

Rams coach Sean McVay provided an update on Weddle when meeting with reporters Monday.

“He was feeling good today. He has to go through the standard operating procedure as far as the concussion protocol,” McVay said. “He didn’t have any symptoms today, but he has to go through that process and that’s something we’ll have updates on as the week progresses.”

The coach is also hopeful Weddle will be available for the team’s Week 2 home matchup against New Orleans, a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game.

“I think we’re hopeful,” McVay said about Weddle’s Week 2 availability. “You respect the process that this concussion protocol entails. It’s always a positive sign when a player is asymptomatic, but there’s a lot of tests that he has to go through to get the thumbs-up to go. You always have to have those contingency plans in place. I think we’re hopeful he’ll be able to check out, but he has to go through all that.”

Here’s a look at how each of the Utah ties on active NFL rosters performed during the first week of the 2019 NFL season:

PACKERS 10, BEARS 3

Green Bay

  • Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Had two tackles, including a special teams stop, while playing 23 defensive snaps and 14 on special teams.
  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Had five carries for 0 yards and two receptions for 15 yards, as well as a special teams tackle, while playing 26 offensive snaps and 13 on special teams.

Chicago

  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Played nine special teams snaps.

RAMS 30, PANTHERS 27

Los Angeles

  • JoJo Natson, WR/PR, Utah State: Had two punt returns for 19 yards, including a 16-yard return, while playing 10 special teams snaps.
  • Eric Weddle, FS, Utah: Started at free safety and had six tackles, including a pair of solo stops, while playing 26 defensive snaps before leaving the game in the second quarter after taking a knee to the helmet when Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey hurdled him.

Carolina

  • Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State and Jordan High: Played six special teams snaps.

TITANS 43, BROWNS 13

Tennessee

  • LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah: Played four defensive snaps and 16 on special teams.

Cleveland

  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Not active for game.

CHIEFS 40, JAGUARS 26

Kansas City

  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Had a special teams tackle while playing 12 defensive snaps and 22 on special teams.
  • Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State: Had one reception for 3 yards while playing two offensive snaps and nine on special teams.

Jacksonville

  • No locals on active roster

RAVENS 59, DOLPHINS 10

Baltimore

  • No locals on active roster

Miami

  • Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had a team-high 11 tackles, including nine solo stops and a third-down tackle that prevented a first down, while playing a team-high tying 72 defensive snaps.

VIKINGS 28, FALCONS 12

Minnesota

  • No locals on roster

Atlanta

  • No locals on roster

BILLS 17, JETS 16

Buffalo

  • Maurice Alexander, LB, Utah State: Had one special teams tackle while playing 16 special teams snaps.
  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Started at cornerback and had three solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass deflection in the end zone — helping Buffalo keep New York from scoring on the drive — while playing 33 defensive snaps and four on special teams.
  • Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: Started at defensive tackle and had one tackle while playing 30 defensive snaps and three on special teams.

New York

  • Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU and Timpview High: Started at defensive end and had one tackle, stopping a third-down attempt one yard short of a first down, while 31 defensive snaps and 10 on special teams.
  • Harvey Langi, LB, BYU, Utah and Bingham High: Started at outside linebacker and had a pass deflection at the line of scrimmage that led to an interception by teammate Neville Hewitt while playing 25 defensive snaps and 12 on special teams.

EAGLES 32, REDSKINS 27

Philadelphia

  • No locals on active roster

Washington

  • Tony Bergstrom, OL, Utah and Skyline High: Played five special teams snaps.
  • Donald Penn, OT, Utah State: Started at left tackle while playing all 67 offensive snaps for Washington.

CHARGERS 30, COLTS 24

Los Angeles

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Started at cornerback and played five defensive snaps before leaving with a hamstring injury.
  • Sam Tevi, OT, Utah: Started at right tackle and played all 64 offensive snaps for Los Angeles and five on special teams.

Indianapolis

  • No locals on active roster

SEAHAWKS 21, BENGALS 20

Seattle

  • Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Not active for game.
  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah and Brighton High: Played 23 special teams snaps.
  • Marquise Blair, S, Utah: Had a special teams tackle while playing 12 special teams snaps.
  • Bryan Mone, DT, Highland High: Had two tackles while playing 26 defensive snaps and one on special teams.
  • John Ursua, WR, Cedar and Westlake High: Not active for game.
  • Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Started at middle linebacker and had nine tackles, including seven solo stops, while adding two tackles for loss. One tackle for loss came on a third-and-10 play, leading to a Cincinnati punt. Wagner played all 77 defensive snaps for the Seahawks and five on special teams.

Cincinnati

  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State and Fremont High: Started at linebacker and had seven tackles, including two solo stops, while adding a tackle for loss and playing 48 defensive snaps and three on special teams.

CARDINALS 27, LIONS 27

Arizona

  • No locals on active roster

Detroit

  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Had two special teams tackles while playing 29 special teams snaps.

COWBOYS 35, GIANTS 17

Dallas

  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham High: Played nine offensive snaps and three on special teams.
  • Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, Timpview High: Played seven offensive snaps and five on special teams.

New York

  • No locals on roster

49ERS 31, BUCCANEERS 17

San Francisco

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Started at linebacker and forced a fumble that teammate Ronald Blair recovered after the Buccaneers had driven into the San Francisco red zone. He also had a team-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, and a pass deflection on a third-down stop while playing all 70 defensive snaps for the 49ers and one on special teams.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Had two punts for 91 yards — a 45.5-yard average — and served as the team’s kickoff specialist and holder while playing 15 special teams snaps.

Tampa Bay

  • Matt Gay, K, Utah and Orem High: Made a 31-yard field goal and two extra-point attempts while playing four special teams snaps.

PATRIOTS 33, STEELERS 3

New England

  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Not active for game, as he attended the birth of his first child.

Pittsburgh

  • No locals on active roster

SAINTS 30, TEXANS 28

New Orleans

  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial High: Played 18 special teams snaps.
  • Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to bring the Saints within 21-17 in the third quarter. Hill also had two carries for 8 yards while playing 15 offensive snaps and 23 on special teams.
  • Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Started at free safety and made an interception in the third quarter, picking off Houston’s DeShaun Watson on a deep pass in New Orleans territory, a turnover that led to the Saints taking the lead on their next drive. Williams added two tackles, including a solo stop, and had two pass deflections while playing 64 defensive snaps.

Houston

  • No locals on roster

RAIDERS 24, BRONCOS 16

Oakland

  • Jordan Devey, OL, Snow College and American Fork High: Started at left guard while playing all 58 offensive snaps for the Raiders and four on special teams.
  • Andre James, OT, Herriman High: Played four special teams snaps.
  • Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State and BYU: Not active for game.

Denver

  • Garett Bolles, OT, Utah, Snow College and Westlake High: Started at left tackle while playing all 64 offensive snaps for the Broncos and five on special teams.
  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Played one offensive snap and eight on special teams.
  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Had two special teams tackles, including a solo stop, while playing eight offensive snaps and nine on special teams.