Pro Career: Originally entered the NFL when he signed with the Carolina Panthers on 4/29/05 as a rookie free agent. Released by the Panthers on 9/4/05 before being re-signed to the practice squad on 9/5/05. Released by Carolina on 9/3/06 before signing with the Ravens practice squad on 9/7/06. Released by the Ravens on 9/12/06 and signed to the Redskins practice squad on 10/3/06. Re-signed with Washington on 2/5/07 before signing a three-year contract with Washington on 3/5/10 as a restricted free agent. Signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/13/13 as an unrestricted free agent.
2014: After being named a special teams captain for the second straight year with the Cardinals and the fifth consecutive season overall (Redskins, 2010-12), played in all 16 games and was fourth on the team with seven special teams tackles … also had six tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, two QB pressures and two QB hits on defense … had one special teams tackle @ Den (10/5) … played on special teams and saw first action of the season on defense vs. Was (10/12); marked his 100th career game … collected one special teams tackle @ Oak (10/19) … recorded season-high three tackles in just five snaps on defense @ Dal (11/2) … had one special teams tackle vs. StL (11/9) … assisted on one tackle and had a QB pressure and a QB hit on defense while adding one special teams tackle @ Sea (11/23) … recorded his first sack as a Cardinal when he took down Matt Ryan for a three-yard loss in the second quarter @ Atl (11/30); also had two tackles, including one for loss, a QB pressure and a special teams tackle … had one QB hit and a special teams tackle vs. KC (12/7) … notched one special teams tackle vs. Sea (12/21) … played on defense and special teams in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).
2013: Started first three games before suffering a season-ending foot injury … totaled seven tackles, one pass defensed, three QB pressures and a QB hit … chosen as a special teams captain prior to the season; marked fourth straight year he was selected a team captain (2010-12 with the Redskins) … recorded four tackles, one pass defensed and one QB pressure @ StL (9/8); made first start since 2010 season finale with the Redskins … had one tackle, two QB pressures and one QB hit vs. Det (9/15) … collected two tackles @ NO (9/22); left the game in the first half with a foot injury … placed on injured reserve (foot) on 9/23.
2012: Appeared in all 16 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season and also saw action in the team’s Wild Card matchup against the Seahawks … earned his first career selection to the Pro Bowl after being voted in as the NFC’s special teams representative ... served as the Redskins’ special teams captain for the third straight year and won the team’s Media Good Guy award for the second consecutive season ... recorded 32 tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks on defense and added a team and career-high 31 special teams tackles ... appeared on special teams in a season-opening win @ NO (9/9) ... totaled three special teams tackles and saw action at MLB @ StL (9/16) ... recorded two special teams tackles in win @ TB (9/30) and vs. Atl (10/7) ... saw significant action at LB and on special teams vs. Min (10/14), posting five tackles, a career-high 1.5 sacks, four QB hits and a fumble recovery that resulted in a Redskins TD on the following play; given a game ball for his effort ... tallied four tackles in reserve LB role @ NYG (10/21) ... tallied one tackle and a QB hit vs. Car (11/4) ... recorded a tackle for loss and two QB hurries in a win vs. Phi (11/18) ... had two tackles on defense and added two special teams stops in a Thanksgiving Day win @ Dal (11/22) ... registered one solo tackle in a win vs. NYG (12/3) on Monday Night Football ... had two tackles in a win vs. Bal (12/9) ... posted one solo defensive tackle and several big special teams hits in a win @ Cle (12/16) ... tallied six tackles and a sack in a win @ Phi (12/23) ... recorded two tackles in a win vs. Dal (12/30) that clinched a division title and playoff berth for the Redskins ... had three tackles (two solo) in the Wild Card Round vs. Sea (1/6/13).
2011: Appeared in all 16 games and led the team with 21 special teams tackles … named a special teams captain for the second consecutive season … recipient of the Redskins Walter Payton Man of the Year award and Media Good Guy award … named to USA Today All-Joe Team … saw action on special teams and recorded one tackle in the season opener vs. NYG (9/11) … saw action at LB and on special teams vs. Ari (9/18) … saw action on special teams @ Dal (9/26) and recorded one solo tackle … had one special teams tackle @ Car (10/23) … posted two special teams tackles @ Buf (10/30) … saw action on special teams and recorded one tackle in each of the next three games: @ Mia (11/13), vs. Dal (11/20) and @ Sea (11/27) … recorded one special teams tackle vs. NE (12/11) … Saw action at LB and on special teams @ NYG (12/18) and recorded one solo tackle … played on special teams in each of the final two games: vs. Min (12/24) and @ Phi (1/1/12).
2010: Played in 16 games and made a career-high 12 starts after moving from the defensive line to OLB during the offseason … named a team captain on special teams for the first time in his career … set a career-high with 62 tackles (35 solo) and also totaled 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble … led the team with 20 special teams tackles, surpassing the total he accumulated during his first three NFL seasons combined (15) … saw action at OLB and on special teams vs. Dal (9/12), recording one tackle and two QB pressures while helping the defense hold the Cowboys offense to seven points; also had one special teams tackle … played OLB and on special teams vs. Hou (9/19), registering two tackles, a sack and three special teams tackles; sack came when he took down QB Matt Schaub on a 3rd-n-9 play in the second quarter, forcing a Texans punt … saw action at OLB and on special teams @ StL (9/26), totaling four tackles, a special teams tackle and a fumble recovery on a kickoff, which led to a Washington TD on the next play … made his first career start at LB @ Phi (10/3) and totaled five tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed; also saw action on special teams where he had three tackles … started at LB vs. GB (10/10) and had five tackles and half a sack; was responsible for the coverage which prevented Aaron Rogers from completing his pass attempt on fourth down from the 1-yard line; part of defense that held the Packers to just 13 points, the team’s lowest output in 38 regular season games … opened the game at OLB vs. Ind (10/17) and totaled four tackles, a forced fumble and three special teams tackles … started at OLB @ Det (10/31) and had three tackles and a QB pressure … started @ Ten (11/21) and forced a fumble on Titans QB Vince Young, which was recovered by the Redskins … started at OLB vs. Min (11/28) and recorded six tackles while helping hold QB Brett Favre to just 172 yards passing and no TDs … received the start @ NYG (12/5) and totaled a career-high eight tackles … tallied four tackles, a tackle for a loss and had one pass defensed @ Jax (12/26); helped limit the Jaguars, who entered the game third in the NFL with 151.4 rushing yards per game, to just 78 yards on the ground … started the season finale vs. NYG (1/2/11) and totaled three tackles (two solo) and a QB pressure, helping hold the Giants to only 82 rushing yards on the day.
2009: Appeared in all 16 games while seeing action on the defensive line and on special teams … tallied 22 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 12 special teams tackles … posted one tackle and recovered his first career fumble in the season opener @ NYG (9/13); fumble recovery came in the second quarter with the Giants leading 10-0 and driving in Washington territory for another score … finished with a season-high three tackles and a pass defensed vs. KC (10/18) … recorded one tackle and the first forced fumble of his career when he knocked the ball loose from RB Correll Buckhalter vs. Den (11/15) … registered his first sack of the season when he took down QB JaMarcus Russell for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter @ Oak (12/13) … tallied four tackles and took down QB Eli Manning for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter on Monday Night Football @ NYG (12/21); gave him sacks in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
2008: Saw action in 15 games and finished the season with 17 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and three special teams tackles before ending the season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury … registered seven tackles and posted his first career sack when he took down QB Matt Hasselbeck @ Sea (11/23) … over the final four games of the season: vs. NYG (11/30), @ Bal (12/7), @ Cin (12/14) and @ Phi (12/21), recorded 19 tackles, a sack and two passes defensed … sustained a hamstring injury against the Eagles and was placed on injured reserve on 12/24.
2007: Appeared in 13 games (one start) and one postseason game, playing along the offensive line, defensive line and on special teams … totaled four tackles on the season … inactive for the first three games of the season … made his first career start in a two-TE formation vs. Phi (11/11).
College: Attended the University of California where he was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection … as a senior in 2004, earned honorable mention All-Pac 10 honors after starting all 12 games at DT for the nation’s second-ranked defense, contributing to a Bears run defense that gave up just 82.5 yards per game, the best total for the team since 1968 … totaled 28 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two passes defensed … as a junior in 2003, was the recipient of the Bick Muller Award, given to the team’s most valuable defensive lineman … collected 33 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery … as a sophomore in 2002, earned honorable mention All-Pac 10 honors after collecting 25 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery … earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001 after tallying 24 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Personal: Attended St. Mary’s (Berkeley, CA) High School where he finished his senior season with 120 tackles, 17 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles … selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2004 … National Alliance of African American Athletes’ Watkins Award Finalist in 2001 (NAAAA.com) … elected to NFLPA Executive Committee in 2014 … along with his wife, Manjanique, the couple have two daughters and a son … Legal Studies major.