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August 9, 2008
TCP Update: Cats in NFL
Several former Kentucky standouts saw action in NFL exhibition play on Saturday night.
Jared Lorenzen and Jacob Tamme hooked up for a pair of touchdown passes in the Indianapolis Colts' 23-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Lorenzen, who is battling for a spot on the Colts' roster after spending last season as a backup with the world champion New York Giants, completed 12 of 23 passes for a team-high 117 yards. Both of his competitors for a roster spot behind All-Pro Peyton Manning -- Jim Sorgi and Quinn Gray -- threw interceptions against the Panthers.
The "Hefty Lefty" also had a 24-yard run for Indianapolis.
Tamme, a rookie tight end, led the Colts with five receptions for 57 yards and scoring plays of 9 and 14 yards from Lorenzen in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, in Houston, Shane Boyd's Texans squared off against a trio of former Cats on the Denver Broncos.
Seeking a backup quarterback job with the Texans, Boyd completed four of five passes for 25 yards and also carried the ball four times for 28 yards.
Wesley Woodyard, who signed with Denver as a free agent linebacker, led the team with eight tackles. After leaving San Diego for Denver in the off-season, Marlon McCree had three tackles at safety. Another former UK star, defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, sat out of Saturday's game with a sore knee. He signed with Denver in the off-season after spending the last five years with the New York Jets.
Rookie wide receiver Steve Johnson traveled to Washington with the Buffalo Bills and caught two passes for seven yards. Fellow rookie wideout Keenan Burton saw action in the St. Louis Rams' game against Tennessee, but did not catch a pass.
On Thursday night, running back Artose Pinner had 14 yards rushing on five carries and caught one pass for 12 yards in the Detroit Lions' game against the New York Giants. Andre Woodson did not see action at quarterback for the reigning champs.