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Pokes In the Pros: NFL Week 6

Injuries are mounting, but former Cowboys are stepping up in the NFL.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

As the NFL season approaches the halfway mark, a group of former Oklahoma State Cowboys continue to perform on football’s biggest stage. Let’s check in with the former Pokes.

Lenzy Pipkins (Packers)

Though he hadn’t played in three weeks, Pipkins made his presence felt in Green Bay’s loss to Minnesota. He had six total tackles and a pass defensed in his first meaningful action of the season, though he suffered an injury in the third quarter.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Appleton Post Crescent-USA TODAY Sports

How did Pipkins get to this point? Check out this video montage:

Lane Taylor (Packers)

Green Bay has had injury issues all season, but none is potentially more devastating than Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone and surgery that will likely shelve him for the rest of the year. Taylor will have more on his shoulders in protecting newly-minted Packers starter, third-year backup Brett Hundley. He'll have to overcome a knee injury after he was rolled up on by Hundley in the third quarter and sat out the rest of the game. His status will be updated later in the week.

Vincent Taylor (Dolphins)

Miami shocked just about everyone by taking down last year’s NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, taking advantage of stellar defense that limited Matt Ryan’s vaunted attack. Taylor played a role in that. Though he didn’t record any tackles, Taylor notched a pass defensed coming off the bench.

Emmanuel Ogbah (Browns)

Ogbah made another tackle for winless Cleveland, but the Browns had all sorts of trouble containing Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense. As much as the Browns offense seemingly can’t answer it’s questions, the defense—especially the young, athletic defensive line—may serve as the launchpad to bringing Cleveland back into relevance.

Russell Okung (Chargers)

The Los Angeles Chargers are enjoying a winning streak of sorts. After starting the season 0-4, LA has won its last two contests—the latest, a one-point victory over the Raiders—largely because of the play of QB Philip Rivers, who has benefited from Okung’s protection. Rivers has thrown four touchdowns and only one pick in those two games.

Michael Hunter, Jr. (Giants)

Another surprising victor, the previously winless Giants took down Denver on the road 23-10. Hunter, Jr. played after having the last two weeks off, but he didn’t record any measurables this time.

Tyler Patmon (Jaguars)

Jacksonville faced off against one of the NFL’s highest scoring offenses Sunday and had difficulty keeping the Jared Goff and the Rams in check. Like Hunter, Patmon was on the field but didn’t register any statistics.

Brandon Weeden (Titans)

Most of us believed Weeden would find himself on an NFL roster this season despite being cut by the Houston Texans at the close of the preseason. His age and experience make him a trustworthy option if needed, and the Tennessee Titans came calling following Marcus Mariota’s injury two weeks ago. Weeden has yet to see the field as Mariota returned to action in Monday night’s win over Indianapolis. Regardless, it's good to see Weeden in uniform once again.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant and Dan Bailey had the weekend off amid Dallas’ bye.