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Ameer Abdullah has ditched the red non contact jersey he’s worn since the start of training camp.

After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, the Detroit Lions had eased the former Husker running back into action. But on Aug. 20, Abdullah was in team colors and ready for full activity. He did not play in either of the Lions’ first two preseason games, but he’s set to take the field Saturday against the Ravens.

“If I’m allowed to play, (my goal is) just to play a clean game,” Abdullah said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I missed a lot of valuable snaps so to get in there and to just be with the guys who’ve been playing for a couple weeks now is what I’m asked to do and that’s what I need to do.”

Abdullah isn’t the only former Husker that’s back from injury.

Buffalo’s Richie Incognito returned to the field Monday after missing most of camp with a rib injury. His teammates joked during practice that Incognito had been relegated to the third team, but Incognito will resume his starting role on the Bills’ line as he gets back to 100 percent.

“You know, any time you get hurt in camp and you’re taking some time off, guys are on you and they’ve been on me nonstop,” Incognito said to the Buffalo News. “So, it’s good to be back and quiet down all that chatter. I felt good. The ribs felt good, everything felt good. It’s good to be back out here with the boys. Now it’s my time to get in the best playing shape possible.”

Dallas Cowboys rookie Maliek Collins is expected to see his first NFL action Thursday. He came off the physically unable to perform list last week after recovering from a broken foot he sustained in May. Collins did not play against the Dolphins on Friday but should be out there Thursday in Seattle.

And he’ll have a big opportunity to impress. Starting defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford is likely out for the rest of the preseason with a concussion, so Collins should get some first team reps in his debut.

Rex Burkhead had a big game Thursday against the Lions in his preseason debut. After missing the opener, he had a game high 42 rushing yards on four carries while sharing the team high with three catches for 31 yards. He also played some special teams, recording a tackle and even returning a kickoff.

Burkhead is still behind Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard in the RB pecking order, but he showed in the last game he can still carve out a role.

“It’s a good problem to have because he is so talented it gives you another weapon,” Bengals RB coach Kyle Caskey said to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “With the running back situation it’s hard to say we are going to take one of those two guys off the field. But he’s fully capable if he ever gets a chance which he proved the other night in Detroit.”

Burkhead also took some time after the game to trade autographed jerseys with Abdullah, his former Husker backfield mate.

Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh also made his return from a minor injury that held him out of the preseason opener. He had one tackle against Dallas.

On the flip side of injury news, Jets WR Quincy Enunwa suffered a concussion early in the game against Washington. He’s currently working through the concussion protocol before he can return. Enunwa had two catches for 69 yards in New York’s preseason opener as he aims to solidify his spot as the third receiver.

The Seattle Seahawks placed Stanley Jean Baptiste on injured reserve after he injured his shoulder in the first week of the preseason. He joins another former Husker DB, Mo Seisay, on IR with the Seahawks.

A trio of former Husker offensive linemen are earning high marks through the first two weeks of the preseason.

Spencer Long again started at left guard for the Washington Redskins while also spending time at center. He’s locked in a battle with Shawn Lauvao at LG, but Long’s versatility has made him an intriguing option at both positions.

According to the Washington Post, “The two have rotated at the position during practices, but neither has managed to pull ahead of the other. It seems like Lauvao will wind up taking this job, with Long serving as the backup both at left guard and center. Long played a lot at center on Friday, and in the eyes of coaches and officials remains ahead of (third string center) Austin Reiter.”

Brent Qvale also got a start at right tackle for the New York Jets against Washington on Friday. He split first team reps evenly with Ben Ijalana. Those two are battling in place of presumed starter Breno Giacomini, who’s currently on the PUP list with no return in sight yet. Jets media expect either Qvale or Ijalana to start the season opener, assuming Giacomini won’t be healthy by then.

Ravens rookie Alex Lewis likely won’t land a starting job this season, but some injuries ahead of him have provided him opportunities to shine so far. Fellow rookie Ronnie Stanley went down with an injury during camp, so Lewis stepped in as the first team left tackle. Left guard John Urschel has also been hurt at times, so Lewis has also played there.

“I’m just trying to get on the field and do what they ask,” said Lewis, according to ESPN. “You got to come in as a rookie, keep your head down and listen to the vets.”

He’s also earned some praise from his coaches.

“The nice thing about Alex is he doesn’t get fazed,” said head coach John Harbaugh. “It isn’t too big for him. He has played in a lot of big football games.”

Added offensive line coach Juan Castillo: “I will tell you this Alex Lewis is going to be a starter in the NFL. I think he can start at guard one day, or he can even start at tackle.”

Zaire Anderson continued his red hot start to the preseason for the Denver Broncos. After recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown in the opener, Anderson forced two fumbles Saturday against the 49ers. Through two preseason games, Anderson has recorded four tackles, a quarterback hit, a pass deflection, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

“It’s important to me just because I want to show the organization and the people upstairs that I can play,” Anderson told the Broncos official website, “and I can be a guy they can count on this year.”

Also with the Broncos, Jared Crick has moved into a starting role. A season ending injury to Vance Walker elevated Crick to first team defensive end, and he started against the 49ers. “He understands our defense,” Denver coach Gary Kubiak said, according to the Denver Post. “So he’s fit in very quickly. Obviously he’ll move up the ladder now. That’s why we brought him in.”

Daimion Stafford has mostly been a special teams contributor during his three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but he’s starting to inch closer to a bigger role on defense. Stafford has been getting some first team looks at strong safety and was even one of the team’s two captains for their last preseason game.

“He’s playing well,” said Titans coach Mike Mularkey, according to Titan Insider. “They’re all competitions. Every one of these guys is competing right now and we’re still in training camp. Again, I think the thing you guys are seeing, and I hope our team is seeing, is that if you play at a consistent level and make plays you’ll get your opportunities, and that’s the way it should be.”
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