Released by Carolina (3/5/10)...Placed on injured reserve by Carolina with an injured right knee (11/24/09)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/10/08)...Selected by Cincinnati in the third round (96th overall) of the NFL Draft (4/24/04).
Career (89/56) [2/0]; 2009 (10/3); 2008 (15/0) [1/0]; 2007 (16/16); 2006 (16/16); 2005 (16/10) [1/0]; 2004 (16/11).
Played in 15 games, appearing primarily on special teams, and was inactive for one game...Posted seven tackles, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble...Tallied six special teams tackles...At New Orleans (12/28): Forced a fumble by Saints kickoff returner Skyler Green that was recovered by cornerback Dante Wesley and returned 12 yards for a touchdown...NFC Divisional Playoffs Vs. Arizona (1/10): Saw action as reserve linebacker and on special teams.
Started 16 games for Cincinnati...Opened the first eight games at weakside linebacker and the last eight at middle linebacker...Ranked first on the Bengals with a career-high 143 tackles...Marked the third time in four seasons he led the team in tackles...Paced or tied for the team lead in tackles in six games...Registered one sack, two fumble recoveries and five passes defensed...Tallied five special teams tackles...Vs. Baltimore (9/10): Accumulated a season-high 14 tackles...Recovered two fumbles by Ravens quarterback Steve McNair, returning one 34 yards for his first career touchdown...At Kansas City (10/14): Corralled an eight-yard sack of Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard...At Baltimore (11/11): Moved from weakside linebacker to middle linebacker, where he started the final eight games, following injuries to Ahmad Brooks and Caleb Miller...At San Francisco (12/15): Equaled season high of 14 tackles.
Started 16 games for Cincinnati, making 13 starts at weakside linebacker and three at strongside linebacker...Led the Bengals with 132 tackles...Topped or tied for the team lead in tackles in five games...Recorded half a sack, three forced fumbles, one interception and five passes defensed...Accounted for six special teams tackles... Started at strongside linebacker versus New England (10/1), at Tampa Bay (10/15) and versus Carolina (10/22) in place of an injured Rashad Jeanty (foot)...Vs. Cleveland (9/17): Intercepted first career pass, picking off Browns quarterback Charlie Frye, to set up a Bengals touchdown...Vs. San Diego (11/12): Generated a team-leading eight tackles and one forced fumble...At New Orleans (11/19): Compiled a season-high 14 tackles...At Cleveland (11/26): Shared a sack of Frye with defensive end Justin Smith and forced a fumble on the play...Vs. Pittsburgh (12/31): Caused running back Willie Parker to fumble at the Bengals five-yard line and end a Steelers scoring threat.
Played in 16 games with 10 starts for Cincinnati...Made nine starts at strongside linebacker and one at middle linebacker...Finished third on the team with 99 tackles to go along with two forced fumbles and one pass defensed...Led or tied for the team lead in tackles in two games...Notched 72 tackles in the last nine games after logging 27 in the first seven...Added seven special teams tackles... POSTSEASON: Saw action in AFC Wild Card Playoff versus Pittsburgh (1/8)...Responsible for two tackles...At Baltimore (11/6): Stripped the ball from Ravens tight end Todd Heap...Turnover resulted in a Bengals touchdown...At Pittsburgh (12/4): Posted 11 tackles and one forced fumble...Vs. Cleveland (12/11): Started at middle linebacker...Vs. Buffalo (12/24): Collected a season-high 14 tackles.
Drafted in the third round (96th overall) by Cincinnati...Played in 16 games with 11 starts at middle linebacker...Produced a team-leading 133 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed...Contributed nine special teams tackles... Inserted in the starting lineup when Nate Webster suffered a season-ending right knee injury in the third game...Became the third rookie to lead the Bengals in tackles since 1976, joining linebacker James Francis in 1990 and linebacker Takeo Spikes in 1998...Led or tied for the team lead in tackles in six games...Only had nine tackles through the first four games but totaled 124 in the last 12, an average of more than 10 per game...At Cleveland (10/17): Made first NFL start... Responded with five tackles...Recovered a fumble by Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia, leading to a Bengals field goal...At Washington (11/14): Gathered first career sack, dropping Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey for an eight-yard loss...At Pittsburgh (11/21): Amassed a career-best 20 tackles...Sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a six-yard loss...At Philadelphia (1/2): Ended the season with a team-high 14 tackles and one forced fumble.
Played in 47 games with 45 starts for Purdue...Tallied 345 tackles, 8.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions...2003 (Sr.): Honorable mention All-Big 10 selection... Started 13 games...Led the Boilermakers with 102 tackles to go along with 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions...2002 (Jr.): Honorable mention All-Big 10 choice... Earned the team's Pit Bull Award, given to the player best exemplifying tenacity and intense play...Played in 11 games with 10 starts...Recorded 90 tackles and one sack...2001 (So.): Started all 12 games...Won the team's Hammer Award, given to the most outstanding hitter...Produced 82 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions...2000 (Fr.): Played in 11 games with 10 starts...Registered 71 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries...1999: Granted medical redshirt due to a back injury.
Attended Coronado HS in Lubbock, Texas..Graduated from Purdue with a degree in general health science.