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Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL: Week 11 Roundup

Eleven Hawkeye players were on a bye for Week 11.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

A plethora of ex-Hawkeyes were on byes in Week 11, with off weeks for Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, and San Francisco accounting for gameday breaks for 11 former Iowa players.

One of those players, George Kittle, is on a historic pace for the 49ers with 50 receptions for 775 yards this season this season. Kittle can become just the second tight end in franchise history with 70 receptions, and he’s on pace for the highest receiving yardage total for the team since Terrell Owens’s 1,300 in 2002. That’s pretty good company.

On the field, Anthony Hitchens returned to action for the Chiefs after missing last week’s game with a rib injury. He tallied six tackles in Kansas City’s 54-51 video game shootout loss to the Rams.

Hitchens’ return relegated Ben Niemann to a substitute role after he started in his absence last week. Niemann had one tackle.

Josey Jewell made his third consecutive start for the Broncos on Sunday, collecting five tackles with one pass defensed in their 23-22 win over the Chargers. Desmond King had two tackles and returned three kicks for 70 yards in the Los Angeles defeat.

Bryan Bulaga’s blocking on this play helped create enough time for Aaron Rodgers find to connect with Robert Tonyan for a 54-yard touchdown pass against the Seahawks, though the Packers lost 27-24.

Also for Green Bay, Josh Jackson recorded two tackles, while Mike Daniels could miss multiple weeks of action after exiting the loss with a foot injury.

Baltimore right guard Marshal Yanda was involved in one of the most bizarre controversies we’ve seen in the NFL in a while. Some thought Yanda appeared to spit on Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict following a fourth-quarter skirmish, though the Ravens denied that he did so in what ended up a 24-21 win.

Elsewhere, James Daniels seemed to upset some Hawkeye fans when he shouted out his high school as opposed to the University of Iowa during Sunday night football’s starting lineup introductions. Daniels, who played 100% of offensive snaps for the fourth straight game, and the Bears beat Minnesota, 25-20.

Jaleel Johnson recorded his first career forced fumble and tackle for a loss in the Vikings’ loss. Come for the video footage, stay for the French tweets.

Meanwhile, left tackle Riley Reiff struggled to do something many offensive linemen have struggled to do this season — block Khalil Mack. Better luck next week.