Former University of Kentucky standout Avery Williamson, now a rookie linebacker with the Tennessee Titans, made his first NFL start on Sunday.
While his numbers were solid — seven tackles and two passes defensed — Williamson was extremely disappointed in the outcome of the game.
The Titans led 28-10 at halftime before the Cleveland Browns rallied for a 29-28 victory in Nashville.
"Words can't express how mad I am right now," Williamson told The Tennessean newspaper. "We can't blame anybody but ourselves. ...
"We've got to step up, we've got to step up. We can't blame everything on the refs. It's tough."
On the plus side for Williamson, he wore the coach-to-player earpiece for the Titans, taking over for veteran teammate and fellow ex-Cat Wesley Woodyard, The Tennessean reported. Williamson was on the field for the vast majority of the team's snaps.
"It's a big responsibility and the coach is putting a lot on me, but I have got to respond and get better each week," he told the newspaper. "I felt good having the pressure on me, and I feel like I wanted to be the guy to make the play out there. It was a big-time game and it was good experience for me, so it will help me out.
"I feel like I've made big strides," he said. "I've just got to keep on improving."
■ Woodyard was held to two tackles Sunday.
Asked after the game by an ESPN reporter why no one on the Titans seemed "pissed off" after the loss, Woodyard responded: "Don't say that, man. Why would you say nobody's pissed off? I'm pissed off. How about that?"
Trevathan back on field
Danny Trevathan made his season debut for the Denver Broncos in Sunday's 41-20 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. The former UK linebacker, who had been out since early in the preseason with a leg injury, had a team-best seven tackles.
Asked how he would grade his first game back, Trevathan said it was a "B." "I feel like I could have made a few more plays," he said.
Trevathan said he was a little over anxious early.
"It was my first game back, he said. "I was trying to do too much."
He said the team made strides with its performance.
"We could be great," Trevathan said. "We gotta put together four quarters."
■ Jacob Tamme (Boyle County, UK) had one catch for 17 yards and had two tackles on special teams for the Broncos.
■ Stevie Johnson (UK) caught a touchdown pass for the second straight week in the the San Francisco 49ers' 22-17 win against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.
Johnson's 9-yard TD was his only reception.
■ Former Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey had six carries for 21 yards, including a 9-yard TD run, in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 37-31 overtime loss at New Orleans. Rainey also had three catches for 21 yards.
■ Defensive tackle Corey Peters had two solo tackles in the Atlanta Falcons' 30-20 loss to the New York Giants.
■ Preston Brown (U of L), a rookie with the Buffalo Bills, had three tackles in a 17-14 win at Detroit. He had averaged 11 the past three games.
■ Elvis Dumervil (U of L) had one tackle and two QB hits in the Baltimore Ravens' 20-13 loss at Indianapolis.
■ Mike Mitchell (Highlands) had three solo tackles in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 17-9 win at Jacksonville.
William Gay (U of L) added two tackles and two passes defensed for Pittsburgh.