It's been a tough break for Hoos in the NFL in Week 14. It might be easier to list the 'Hoos who are still healthy rather than the ones who took a rough beating. All in all, three former Virginia players were relegated to injured reserve, while the status of one of Virginia's greatest tight ends remains in limbo.
Vikings' rookie cornerback Chris Cook was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. Cook has been plagued with injuries all season, limited to playing only six games (starting five) because of meniscus tears in both knees. Cook had been drafted by the Vikings with the 34th pick overall in this year's draft.
Cowboys' wide receiver Kevin Ogletree was also placed on injured reserve this year due to a season-ending injury to his right big toe. Ogletree had moved into the rotation after Dez Bryant was placed on IR for a broken leg.
Steelers' tight end and Super Bowl champion Heath Miller is still on the sidelines after taking a heavy hit to the helmet by Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain on December 5. Miller had suffered a concussion (McClain was fined $40,000) and has so far missed one game. Miller missed practice this week due to post-concussion, exercise-related headaches, and it remains to be seen whether Miller will see any action this Sunday against the Jets.
This week also saw Giants linebacker Clint Sintim get placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Giants' 21-3 win over the Vikings following the blizzard. Sintim had played in all 13 games this season and was third on the special teams with nine tackles (six solo).