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NFL notes: Woodyard laments costly penalty; Lumpkin gets 1st QB sack; Trevathan injured again

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) was tripped up by Raiders  defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin (93) during the second half. 
It was the first quarterback sack of Lumpkin's career.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) was tripped up by Raiders defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin (93) during the second half. It was the first quarterback sack of Lumpkin's career. AP

Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard blamed himself for a personal foul that kept alive the New York Jets' drive for the go-ahead touchdown in Tennessee's 16-11 loss in Nashville. The Titans (2-12) dropped their eighth straight and 11th in 12 games in the worst skid since 1994 when these were the Houston Oilers.

Woodyard's penalty came after the Jets had thrown incomplete on third-and-15. The 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct kept alive the Jets' drive, and Chris Ivory capped it with a 1-yard TD run with 3:09 left. The 2-point conversion failed, but the 16-11 lead held up.

Woodyard, who starred at Kentucky, told reporters that he didn't say anything that warranted a personal foul. He said he only stood over Eric Decker — perhaps too long — after he thought their drive had been halted.

"He caught the ball, fell on the ground, I stood over him and he got up and pushed me," Woodyard told the Tennessean. "I didn't say anything. I didn't provoke him to do anything.

"I really can't say much. It's just something that was called. I feel like I cost my team, even though I didn't do anything. I got pushed in the face."

Woodyard finished with three tackles and rookie Avery Williamson, also out of UK, had four.

■ Another former Wildcat, fullback John Conner, had a 9-yard TD catch from Geno Smith for the Jets. ... George Wilson (Paducah Tilghman) led the Titans with nine tackles.

Lumpkin records 1st sack

Former University of Kentucky standout Ricky Lumpkin had five tackles, including the first quarterback sack of his NFL career, in the Oakland Raiders' 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Four of Lumpkin's tackles were solo.

He was disappointed that the Raiders gave up 21 points in the decisive third quarter.

"That third quarter was just shocking," Lumpkin said. "Look at what we did in the first half. We thought, 'Let's just keep it up.' We came out in the second half and didn't do anything we wanted to do as a team."

Cobb reaches milestone

Former Kentucky star Randall Cobb has 1,000-plus receiving yards for the first time in his NFL career. He had seven catches for 96 yards and three carries for 15 yards in the Green Bay Packers' surprising 21-13 loss at Buffalo.

The team had seven dropped passes in the game.

"There's nothing you can pinpoint and look at," Cobb said. "It's not like we're out there trying to drop the ball."

The Packers' five-game winning streak was stopped.

"Our goal is right in front of us," Cobb said of the team reaching the playoffs. "There's no reason for us to panic, anybody to panic."

Trevathan sidelined again

Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan continued to have trouble staying on the field. Back from his second leg injury of the season, the former UK standout hurt his knee in a win against the Chargers.

"I didn't feel like it (was bad) when I first injured it," Trevathan said. "I don't want to say it's OK. Need an MRI. I am hopeful."

Other highlights

■ Former U of L standout Harry Douglas had 10 catches for 131 yards in the Falcons' 27-20 loss to the Steelers. ... Fellow ex-Card William Gay returned an interception 52 yards for a TD for Pittsburgh. He had eight tackles.

■ Ex-UK standout Alfonso Smith subbed for injured running backs Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde and had four carries for six yards in the 49ers' 17-7 loss at Seattle.

■ Teddy Bridgewater (U of L) threw one TD pass and two interceptions in the Vikings' 19-17 loss to the Lions. ... Minnesota's Charles Johnson (Lloyd Memorial) had five catches for 72 yards.

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