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Dan Connor
ILB #55
Height:
6-2
Weight:
241
College:
Penn State
Hometown:
Wallingford, Pa.
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 62 216 147 69 1 0 2 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 CAR 5 2 1 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 NYG 1 2 1 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 DAL 14 56 32 24 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CAR 15 75 54 21 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CAR 8 47 33 14 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CAR 16 30 22 8 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CAR 3 4 4 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (11/13/13)...Waived from injured reserve by the New York Giants (11/4/13)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured neck by the New York Giants (9/12/13)...Signed as a free agent by the New York Giants (3/16/13)...Released by Dallas (3/11/13)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Dallas (3/16/12)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left hip by Carolina (11/9/10)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left knee by Carolina (9/23/08)...Selected in the third round (74th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/27/08).

GP/GS
Career (62/27) [0/0]; 2013 (6/0) [0/0]; 2012 (14/8); 2011 (15/11); 2010 (8/8); 2009 (16/0); 2008 (3/0).

2013
Played in six games and was inactive for two games with the New York Giants and Carolina...Posted two tackles on defense to go along with two special teams tackles...Signed as a free agent by New York (3/16) after being released by Dallas (3/11)...Played in the season opener at Dallas (9/8) and made two tackles...Suffered a neck injury in the second quarter and was placed on injured reserve (9/12)...Waived from injured reserve by the Giants (11/4)...Signed as a free agent by the Panthers (11/13) and notched two special teams tackles in five games...Inactive for two games...POSTSEASON: Inactive for NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12).

2012
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Dallas (3/16)...Played in 14 games with eight starts...Made five starts at middle linebacker and three at weakside linebacker...Recorded 58 tackles and one pass defensed...Added three special teams tackles...Inactive at Atlanta (11/4) and at Philadelphia (11/11) with a neck injury.

2011
Played in 15 games with 11 starts for Carolina...Inactive with an injured shoulder at Detroit (11/20)...Finished third on the team with 87 tackles in addition to forcing one fumble...Accounted for three special teams tackles...Became the Panthers starting middle linebacker in Week 2 following a season-ending injury to Jon Beason in the opener at Arizona (9/11)...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Caused a fumble by Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow...Takeaway led to a touchdown.

2010
Started eight games at middle linebacker...Missed final eight games after injuring left hip versus New Orleans (11/7) and being placed on injured reserve (11/9)...Produced 60 tackles, one sack, four quarterback pressures and one pass defensed...Ranked third on the team in tackles at the time of his injury...Contributed to defense that ranked seventh in the NFL in average yards per play...At New York Giants (9/12): Corralled first career sack, dropping Giants quarterback Eli Manning for a five-yard loss...Vs. Chicago (10/10): Racked up a single-game career-high 14 tackles...Vs. New Orleans (11/8): Suffered a bone chip in his left hip while making a tackle in the first half.

2009
Played in all 16 games, seeing action as a reserve linebacker...Posted 19 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery...Led the team with 14 special teams tackles...Contributed to defense that finished fourth in the NFL in pass defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense and recorded 18 takeaways in the final six games...At New England (12/13): Saw most extensive action of the season after Na'il Diggs was injured...Gathered a season-high 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.

2008
Played in three games, appearing primarily on special teams, before suffering a season-ending left knee injury at Minnesota (9/21)...Posted four special teams tackles...Placed on injured reserve by Carolina (9/23).

COLLEGE
Played in 45 games with 37 starts at Penn State...Set a school record with 419 career tackles...Collected at least 10 tackles in 20 games... Posted 14 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one safety...2007 (Sr.): Won the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player... Finalist for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker...Semi-finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Rotary Lombardi Award...First-team All-American...First-team All-Big 10 choice...Started all 13 games at middle linebacker for the Nittany Lions...Amassed a career-high and team-leading 145 tackles, the second-highest single-season total in school history...Registered 6.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and six passes defensed...Gathered a single-game best 18 tackles versus Ohio State and at Temple...2006 (Jr.): Second-team All-American...Second-team All-Big 10 Conference selection...Finalist for the Bednarik Award, won by teammate Paul Posluszny...Started all 13 games at outside linebacker...Finished second on the team with 113 tackles...Produced five sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two passes defensed...Recorded a safety on a sack versus Illinois...2005 (So.): Played in nine games with seven starts...Compiled 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and eight passes defensed... Returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown at Illinois...2004 (Fr.): Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News...Played in 10 games with four starts...Ranked second on the team with 85 tackles...Notched one sack and one interception.

PERSONAL
Attended Strath Haven HS in Wallingford, Pa....Majored in crime, law and justice at Penn State.

TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (11/13/13)...Waived from injured reserve by the New York Giants (11/4/13)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured neck by the New York Giants (9/12/13)...Signed as a free agent by the New York Giants (3/16/13)...Released by Dallas (3/11/13)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Dallas (3/16/12)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left hip by Carolina (11/9/10)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left knee by Carolina (9/23/08)...Selected in the third round (74th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/27/08).

GP/GS
Career (62/27) [0/0]; 2013 (6/0) [0/0]; 2012 (14/8); 2011 (15/11); 2010 (8/8); 2009 (16/0); 2008 (3/0).

2013
Played in six games and was inactive for two games with the New York Giants and Carolina...Posted two tackles on defense to go along with two special teams tackles...Signed as a free agent by New York (3/16) after being released by Dallas (3/11)...Played in the season opener at Dallas (9/8) and made two tackles...Suffered a neck injury in the second quarter and was placed on injured reserve (9/12)...Waived from injured reserve by the Giants (11/4)...Signed as a free agent by the Panthers (11/13) and notched two special teams tackles in five games...Inactive for two games...POSTSEASON: Inactive for NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12).

2012
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Dallas (3/16)...Played in 14 games with eight starts...Made five starts at middle linebacker and three at weakside linebacker...Recorded 58 tackles and one pass defensed...Added three special teams tackles...Inactive at Atlanta (11/4) and at Philadelphia (11/11) with a neck injury.

2011
Played in 15 games with 11 starts for Carolina...Inactive with an injured shoulder at Detroit (11/20)...Finished third on the team with 87 tackles in addition to forcing one fumble...Accounted for three special teams tackles...Became the Panthers starting middle linebacker in Week 2 following a season-ending injury to Jon Beason in the opener at Arizona (9/11)...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Caused a fumble by Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow...Takeaway led to a touchdown.

2010
Started eight games at middle linebacker...Missed final eight games after injuring left hip versus New Orleans (11/7) and being placed on injured reserve (11/9)...Produced 60 tackles, one sack, four quarterback pressures and one pass defensed...Ranked third on the team in tackles at the time of his injury...Contributed to defense that ranked seventh in the NFL in average yards per play...At New York Giants (9/12): Corralled first career sack, dropping Giants quarterback Eli Manning for a five-yard loss...Vs. Chicago (10/10): Racked up a single-game career-high 14 tackles...Vs. New Orleans (11/8): Suffered a bone chip in his left hip while making a tackle in the first half.

2009
Played in all 16 games, seeing action as a reserve linebacker...Posted 19 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery...Led the team with 14 special teams tackles...Contributed to defense that finished fourth in the NFL in pass defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense and recorded 18 takeaways in the final six games...At New England (12/13): Saw most extensive action of the season after Na'il Diggs was injured...Gathered a season-high 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.

2008
Played in three games, appearing primarily on special teams, before suffering a season-ending left knee injury at Minnesota (9/21)...Posted four special teams tackles...Placed on injured reserve by Carolina (9/23).

COLLEGE
Played in 45 games with 37 starts at Penn State...Set a school record with 419 career tackles...Collected at least 10 tackles in 20 games... Posted 14 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one safety...2007 (Sr.): Won the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player... Finalist for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker...Semi-finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Rotary Lombardi Award...First-team All-American...First-team All-Big 10 choice...Started all 13 games at middle linebacker for the Nittany Lions...Amassed a career-high and team-leading 145 tackles, the second-highest single-season total in school history...Registered 6.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and six passes defensed...Gathered a single-game best 18 tackles versus Ohio State and at Temple...2006 (Jr.): Second-team All-American...Second-team All-Big 10 Conference selection...Finalist for the Bednarik Award, won by teammate Paul Posluszny...Started all 13 games at outside linebacker...Finished second on the team with 113 tackles...Produced five sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two passes defensed...Recorded a safety on a sack versus Illinois...2005 (So.): Played in nine games with seven starts...Compiled 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and eight passes defensed... Returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown at Illinois...2004 (Fr.): Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News...Played in 10 games with four starts...Ranked second on the team with 85 tackles...Notched one sack and one interception.

PERSONAL
Attended Strath Haven HS in Wallingford, Pa....Majored in crime, law and justice at Penn State.

 

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