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Tom Nelson
DB #26
Height:
5-11
Weight:
200
College:
Illinois State
Hometown:
Hoffman Estates, Ill
Experience:
3
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 24 36 29 7 0 0 2 1 0 2 -- 2
2011 PHI 4 2 2 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CIN 8 9 7 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CIN 12 25 20 5 0 -- 2 1 0 2 2 2

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Waived by Carolina (8/30/14)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/27/14)...Waived by Chicago (8/30/13)...Signed as a free agent by Chicago (1/30/13)...Waived/injury settlement by Philadelphia (8/31/12)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left ankle by Philadelphia (8/28/12)...Waived/injured by Philadelphia (8/27/12)...Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia (12/5/11)...Waived by Cincinnati (8/27/11)...Placed on reserve/non-football illness by Cincinnati (12/14/10)...Activated from the physically unable to perform list by Cincinnati (10/22/10)...Placed on the physically unable to perform list with an injured left knee by Cincinnati (8/30/10)....Declared physically unable to perform by Cincinnati (7/29/10)...Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Cincinnati (5/1/09).

GP/GS
Career (24/3) [0/0]; 2011 (4/0); 2010 (8/0); 2009 (12/3) [0/0].

2013
Attended training camp with Chicago and was waived in the final roster cutdown (8/30).

2012
Attended training camp with Philadelphia and was waived/injury settlement (8/31)...Suffered a sprained left ankle in a preseason game at New England (8/20).

2011
Played in the last four games for Philadelphia after being signed as a free agent (12/5)...Logged five special teams tackles...Attended training camp with Cincinnati and was waived during the preseason (8/27).

2010
Spent the first five games on the physically unable to perform list for Cincinnati while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee...Played in the next eight games before being placed on the reserve/non-football injury list (12/14)...Posted six tackles...Collected two tackles on special teams in addition to recovering an onside kick by the Bengals at Indianapolis (11/14).

2009
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Cincinnati (5/1)...One of two undrafted rookies to make the Bengals' opening day roster...Played in 12 games with three starts and was inactive for four games...Registered 23 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed...Tallied four special teams tackles...Started the last three games at free safety in place on an injured Chris Crocker...POSTSEASON: Inactive for AFC Wild Card versus the New York Jets (1/9)...At Cleveland (10/4): Made NFL debut on special teams...Vs. Detroit (12/6): Victimized Lions quarterback Matt Stafford for first career interception...At Minnesota (12/13): Compiled a career-high six tackles...At San Diego (12/20): Made first career start...Responded with four tackles...At New York Jets (1/3): Sustained a left knee injury.

COLLEGE
Started all 46 games played at Illinois State...Totaled 266 tackles, seven interceptions, 22 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...Averaged 22.8 yards on 84 kickoffs for 1,912 yards and 10.8 yards on 34 punt returns for 366 yards...2008 (Sr.): Second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference choice as a return specialist...Started 11 games...Led the Redbirds with 81 tackles to go along with one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...Finished first in the conference in punt returns with an average of 15.6 yards on 17 returns for 265 yards with one touchdown and third in kickoff returns with an average of 24.7 yards on 28 returns for 692 yards with one touchdown...2007 (Jr.): Second-team All-Gateway Football Conference selection as a defensive back...Started 11 games...Produced 86 tackles, a team-leading two interceptions and three passes defensed...2006 (So.): Second-team All-Gateway Football Conference choice as a defensive back...Started 13 games...Ranked first on the team with four interceptions and 10 passes defensed in addition to gathering 42 tackles...2005 (Fr.): Gateway Football Conference defensive newcomer of the year...Started 11 games...Notched 57 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while pacing the team with six passes defensed.

PERSONAL
Attended Hersey HS in Arlington Heights, Ill.
TRANSACTIONS
Waived by Carolina (8/30/14)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/27/14)...Waived by Chicago (8/30/13)...Signed as a free agent by Chicago (1/30/13)...Waived/injury settlement by Philadelphia (8/31/12)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured left ankle by Philadelphia (8/28/12)...Waived/injured by Philadelphia (8/27/12)...Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia (12/5/11)...Waived by Cincinnati (8/27/11)...Placed on reserve/non-football illness by Cincinnati (12/14/10)...Activated from the physically unable to perform list by Cincinnati (10/22/10)...Placed on the physically unable to perform list with an injured left knee by Cincinnati (8/30/10)....Declared physically unable to perform by Cincinnati (7/29/10)...Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Cincinnati (5/1/09).

GP/GS
Career (24/3) [0/0]; 2011 (4/0); 2010 (8/0); 2009 (12/3) [0/0].

2013
Attended training camp with Chicago and was waived in the final roster cutdown (8/30).

2012
Attended training camp with Philadelphia and was waived/injury settlement (8/31)...Suffered a sprained left ankle in a preseason game at New England (8/20).

2011
Played in the last four games for Philadelphia after being signed as a free agent (12/5)...Logged five special teams tackles...Attended training camp with Cincinnati and was waived during the preseason (8/27).

2010
Spent the first five games on the physically unable to perform list for Cincinnati while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee...Played in the next eight games before being placed on the reserve/non-football injury list (12/14)...Posted six tackles...Collected two tackles on special teams in addition to recovering an onside kick by the Bengals at Indianapolis (11/14).

2009
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Cincinnati (5/1)...One of two undrafted rookies to make the Bengals' opening day roster...Played in 12 games with three starts and was inactive for four games...Registered 23 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed...Tallied four special teams tackles...Started the last three games at free safety in place on an injured Chris Crocker...POSTSEASON: Inactive for AFC Wild Card versus the New York Jets (1/9)...At Cleveland (10/4): Made NFL debut on special teams...Vs. Detroit (12/6): Victimized Lions quarterback Matt Stafford for first career interception...At Minnesota (12/13): Compiled a career-high six tackles...At San Diego (12/20): Made first career start...Responded with four tackles...At New York Jets (1/3): Sustained a left knee injury.

COLLEGE
Started all 46 games played at Illinois State...Totaled 266 tackles, seven interceptions, 22 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...Averaged 22.8 yards on 84 kickoffs for 1,912 yards and 10.8 yards on 34 punt returns for 366 yards...2008 (Sr.): Second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference choice as a return specialist...Started 11 games...Led the Redbirds with 81 tackles to go along with one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...Finished first in the conference in punt returns with an average of 15.6 yards on 17 returns for 265 yards with one touchdown and third in kickoff returns with an average of 24.7 yards on 28 returns for 692 yards with one touchdown...2007 (Jr.): Second-team All-Gateway Football Conference selection as a defensive back...Started 11 games...Produced 86 tackles, a team-leading two interceptions and three passes defensed...2006 (So.): Second-team All-Gateway Football Conference choice as a defensive back...Started 13 games...Ranked first on the team with four interceptions and 10 passes defensed in addition to gathering 42 tackles...2005 (Fr.): Gateway Football Conference defensive newcomer of the year...Started 11 games...Notched 57 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while pacing the team with six passes defensed.

PERSONAL
Attended Hersey HS in Arlington Heights, Ill.
 

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