Released by Carolina (3/5/10)...Signed to contract extension by Carolina (12/29/07)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/2/07)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (4/20/06)...Released by Green Bay (3/2/06)... Selected by Green Bay in the fourth round (98th overall) of the NFL Draft (4/16/00).
Career (145/127) [7/7]; 2009 (14/11); 2008 (16/16) [1/1]; 2007 (16/10); 2006 (15/10); 2005 (9/6); 2004 (14/14) [1/1]; 2003 (16/16) [2/2]; 2002 (16/16) [1/1]; 2001 (16/16) [2/2]; 2000 (13/12).
Started all 16 games...Recorded 62 tackles, one sack, one interception, two quarterback pressures and two passes defensed...Saw action on special teams and contributed four tackles...At San Diego (9/7): Sacked Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers for a six-yard loss in the third quarter...Vs. Kansas City (10/5): Contributed to defensive effort that recorded the fourth regular season shutout in team history, while limiting Chiefs to 127 total yards...Vs. Detroit (11/16): Intercepted Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper in the first quarter...First interception since 2003 season at Chicago (9/29/03)...NFC Divisional Plaoyffs Vs. Arizona (1/10): Started at strongside linebacker and recorded five tackles.
Played in all 16 games with 10 starts for Carolina...Collected 49 tackles, two quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and five passes defensed...Tied with defensive tackle Damione Lewis for the team lead with 3.5 sacks...Made 100th career start in the season finale at Tampa Bay (12/30)...Key member of defense that finished the season 11th in the NFL in yards per play and fourth in rushing yards per attempt...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in seven contests...contributed nine special teams tackles...Vs. Indianapolis (10/28): Forced fumble by Colts tight end Ben Utecht in the second quarter that was recovered by safety Chris Harris...Vs. Atlanta (11/11): Sacked Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter...Vs. San Francisco (12/2): Shared a sack of 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer with defensive tackle Kris Jenkins in the second quarter...Vs. Seattle (12/16): Dropped Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for an 11-yard sack in the third quarter...At Tampa Bay (12/30): Sacked Buccaneers quarterback Luke McCown for an 11-yard loss in the first quarter...Left contest in the second half with an ankle injury.
Played in 15 games with 10 starts and was inactive for one contest...Totaled 68 tackles, one quarterback pressure and three passes defensed...Efforts contributed to defense that allowed only 3,000 net passing yards, which rank as the second-fewest ever surrendered in team history behind the team record of 2,993 given up in 2002...Key member of defensive unit that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game...Helped unit rank 11th in the League in rushing yards per game, third in third-down efficiency and seventh in sacks per pass play...41 sacks by defense is the fourth-highest amount in team history...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in nine contests...Inactive with an injured right knee versus Atlanta (9/10)...Vs. New Orleans (10/1): Made his first start of the season at weakside linebacker...Vs. Dallas (10/29): Posted a season-high nine tackles.
Returned to strongside linebacker after playing the previous two seasons at weakside linebacker for Green Bay...Appeared in nine games with six starts and was inactive for seven contests...Generated 45 tackles, one fumble recovery and four special teams stops...Limited by injuries in both knees...Suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during training camp (8/8), forcing him to be inactive for the first two regular season games...Sustained a sprained MCL in his right knee at Carolina (10/3) that sidelined him for the next four contests and at Chicago (12/4)...Vs. Tampa Bay (9/25): Reached the 500-career tackle plateau with four tackles...At Philadelphia (11/27): Recovered a fumble by Eagles running back Lamar Gordon...Vs. Detroit (12/11): Stopped Lions quarterback Jeff Garcia for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the one yard-line.
Started 14 games at weakside linebacker and was inactive for two contests...Ranked second on the team with 116 tackles...Marked third consecutive season with more than 100 tackles...Had one sack, two passes defensed and one blocked kick...Inactive versus Detroit (12/12) and versus Jacksonville (12/19) with an injured kidney...Ended streak of 62 straight starts, the longest by a Packers linebacker since John Anderson made 77 in a row from 1981-1986...POSTSEASON: Started NFC Wild Card versus Minnesota (1/9)...Contributed five tackles...Vs. Chicago (9/19): Brought down Bears quarterback Rex Grossman for one sack...Vs. New York Giants (10/3): Led the Packers with a single-game best 19 tackles...Vs. Tennessee (10/11): Blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt by Titans kicker Gary Anderson...Represented first career blocked kick...At Philadelphia (12/5): Suffered a kidney contusion, which caused him to be inactive for the next two games.
Moved to weakside linebacker from strongside linebacker...Started all 16 games...Amassed a career-high 123 tackles, which stood second on the team...Posted one sack, one forced fumble, two interceptions and eight passes defensed...POSTSEASON: Started both of the Packers playoff contests...Compiled 11 tackles and one sack...At Arizona (9/21): Forced Cardinals running back Emmitt Smith to fumble...At Chicago (9/29): Established a personal best with two interceptions of Bears quarterback Kordell Stewart...Vs. Philadelphia (11/10): Tallied a season-high 13 tackles...Vs. San Francisco (11/23): Sacked 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay...NFC Divisional Playoff at Philadelphia (1/11): Recorded one sack of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb to go along with six tackles.
Started all 16 games at strongside linebacker for Green Bay...Finished second on the team with 111 tackles...Registered a career-high three sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven passes defensed...Added one special teams tackle...POSTSEASON: Started NFC Wild Card versus Atlanta (1/4)...Made five tackles...NFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK/MONTH: Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December...Totaled 37 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and two passes defensed in five games...At New Orleans (9/15): Gathered one sack of Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks...At Chicago (10/7): Collected one sack of Bears quarterback Jim Miller...Vs. Washington (10/20): Dropped Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey for one sack...Fell on a fumbled snap by Ramsey...At Tampa Bay (11/24): Accumulated a season-high 10 tackles...Victimized Buccaneers quarterback Rob Johnson for first career interception and returned it 29 yards, leading to a Packers touchdown...Vs. Chicago (12/1): Recovered a fumble by Bears running back Leon Johnson...At San Francisco (12/15): Ran 33 yards with a lateral from teammate Vonnie Holliday following an interception to set up a Green Bay touchdown...Vs. Buffalo (12/22): Equaled season best of 10 tackles...Responsible for two turnovers...Caused Bills running back Travis Henry to fumble...Intercepted Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
Started all 16 games at strongside linebacker for Green Bay...Produced 92 tackles, two sacks and six passes defensed...POSTSEASON: Started both of the Packers playoff contests...Notched 11 tackles and one sack...Vs. Atlanta (11/18): Took down Falcons quarterback Chris Chandler for first career sack...Vs. Cleveland (12/23): Led the team with a season-high 12 tackles...Posted one sack of Browns quarterback Tim Couch...NFC Divisional Playoff at St. Louis (1/20): Corralled Rams quarterback Kurt Warner for one sack among four tackles.
Selected in the fourth round (98th overall) of the NFL Draft by Green Bay...Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts at strongside linebacker and was inactive for three contests...Recorded 54 tackles, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed...Accounted for one special teams tackle...Became the first rookie to start at linebacker for the Packers since Mark D'Onofrio in 1992...Inactive versus Indianapolis (11/19), at Carolina (11/27) and at Chicago (12/3) with a sprained left ankle...HONORS:Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie...Vs. New York Jets (9/3): Made first NFL start in regular season opener and responded with a season-high six tackles, later matched versus Philadelphia (9/17) and versus San Francisco (10/15)...At Tampa Bay (11/12): Suffered a high left ankle sprain, causing him to be inactive for the next three games...Vs. Detroit (12/10): Scooped up a James Stewart fumble and returned it 52 yards.
Played in 37 games with 26 starts for Ohio State...Tallied 202 tackles, 18 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception...Spent last two years at strongside linebacker after beginning college career as a defensive end...1999 (Sr.): Semi-finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker...Third-team All-America and second-team All-Big Ten selection...Made 12 starts... Led the Buckeyes with 94 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles in addition to recovering one fumble...Recorded a career-high 14 tackles against Wisconsin...1998 (Jr.): Moved from defensive end to linebacker...First-team All-Big Ten choice...Started all 12 games... Finished second on the team with 80 tackles and six sacks...Posted one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, which he returned 47 yards for a touchdown against Illinois...1997 (So.): Appeared in all 13 games with two starts at defensive end...Generated a team-leading six sacks, including three against Minnesota...Registered 28 tackles and one fumble recovery...1996 (Fr.): Redshirted.
Attended Dorsey HS in Los Angeles, Calif....Graduated from Ohio State with a degree in aviation...Spent two days in June 2004 at Naval Air Station Lenmoore and flew a U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet over Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada with Strike Fighter Squadron 125...First name is pronounced NIE-uhl and means "successful one" in Arabic.
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