He was one of the New Orleans Saints’ most popular players in his four years with the team, a bright, personable linebacker who delivered plenty of big hits on his way to Super Bowl XLIV.
On Sunday, though, Scott Fujita was in enemy territory with the Cleveland Browns, and his performance helped the Browns zap the heavily favored Saints 30-17 at the Louisiana Superdome.
Fujita was everywhere. He came up with an early sack and stopped one Saints drive with an interception at the goal line on a poorly thrown pass by Drew Brees. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Fujita finished the game with 11 tackles, a quarterback hurry, a pass defensed and a smile on his face.
“It felt great to come back,” Fujita said. “The last time I was here was when we won the NFC championship game (a 41-38 overtime victory over Minnesota in January). And after this win today, I look at it as this might be the last time I’ll ever come back to the Superdome.”
Steven Jackson became the Rams’ all-time leading rusher during an 18-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that left the seventh-year pro with mixed emotions about the accomplishment.
“It’s bittersweet,” Jackson said after St. Louis blew a 14-point lead. “It’s something that I’ve worked really hard for – a goal that I actually set coming in as a rookie in 2004. So to achieve it, it means a lot. I just really wish that we were able to cap it off with a win.”
He moved ahead of Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, who gained 7,245 yards for the Rams from 1983-87. Jackson stands at 7,324.
NFL gives heads-up
The NFL has sent head coaches lists of their players who were called for two or more unnecessary roughness penalties since 2008 as part of its efforts to cut down on illegal hits.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that NFL executive VP Ray Anderson wanted “to provide an opportunity for the coach to give extra caution to those players to abide by the safety rules.”
Reid picks Vick, again
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid is switching quarterbacks again and said Michael Vick will start Nov. 7 against Indianapolis in the Eagles’ next game after their bye week.
Kevin Kolb threw for 231 yards and was intercepted twice in a 37-19 loss to Tennessee. He also lost a fumble at the Tennessee 3 in the third quarter.