Pro Career: Originally selected by the Raiders in the third round (71st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent on 3/15/13 and re-signed with Arizona on 3/13/14, agreeing to a two-year contract.
2014: Played in eight games with seven starts, missing eight games on IR/designated to return with a knee injury … recorded 24 tackles, three tackles for loss and four QB pressures … collected two unassisted tackles, including one for loss vs. SD (9/8) … registered four tackles and a QB pressure @ NYG (9/14) … recorded two tackles and one QB pressure vs. SF (9/21) … posted a season-high five tackles and a QB pressure @ Den (10/5) … placed on injured reserve/designated to return (knee) on 10/7 … activated on 12/5 … had three unassisted tackles, including two for loss vs. KC (12/7) … started and recorded four tackles and a QB pressure @ StL (12/11) … had two tackles vs. Sea (12/21) … collected two tackles @ SF (12/28) … recorded one tackle for loss in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).
2013: Played in all 16 games for the fourth time in his career and made 12 starts in his first season at LB … registered a career-high 62 tackles … led the team with a career-best three fumble recoveries, including one he returned for his first career TD, and had one forced fumble … recorded three sacks, nine tackles for loss, 14 QB pressures, seven QB hits and one pass defensed … in his Cardinals debut, tipped a Sam Bradford pass in the third quarter that Dan Williams intercepted and returned two yards for a TD @ StL (9/8); also had three tackles, including one for loss … collected three tackles vs. Det (9/15) … posted two tackles and one QB pressure @ NO (9/22) … made his first start as a Cardinal and had four tackles, including one for loss @ TB (9/29); recovered a Mike Glennon fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Jay Feely FG and had one QB hit … recorded four tackles, one QB pressure and one QB hit vs. Car (10/6) … notched five tackles and recorded his first sack as a Cardinal in the second quarter vs. Sea (10/17); forced a Russell Wilson fumble on the sack that Calais Campbell recovered to help set up a TD; recovered a Wilson fumble in the third quarter that led to a FG; marked his first career game with both a forced fumble and fumble recovery; also had one QB pressure and one QB hit … collected four tackles and one QB pressure vs. Atl (10/27) … scored his first career TD when he recovered Case Keenum’s fumble after John Abraham’s strip sack on the first play of the game and returned it six yards for a score vs. Hou (11/10); TD came just 14 seconds into the game, marking the fastest TD in franchise history dating back to the 1970 merger (non-kickoff return); marked his first TD since he returned an INT for a TD during his senior year at Norwich (CT) Free Academy; totaled four tackles, two QB pressures and one QB hit … collected five tackles and one QB pressure @ Jax (11/17) … recorded four tackles and one QB pressure vs. Ind (11/24) … sacked Nick Foles for a 13-yard loss on third down in the third quarter to force a punt @ Phi (12/1); tied his career high with eight tackles, including a team-leading four tackles for loss, and added two QB pressures … collected three tackles and a QB pressure vs. StL (12/8) … sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick for a three-yard loss in the fourth quarter @ Ten (12/15); totaled four tackles, including one for loss, and had one QB hit … recorded four tackles, including one for loss, and had one QB pressure and one QB hit @ Sea (12/22) … totaled five tackles, including one for loss, and added two QB pressures and a QB hit vs. SF (12/29).
2012: Returned from a shoulder injury to start all 16 games for the first time in his career … totaled 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 14 QB hits, and 11 QB pressures on the season … finished second on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss … shared a sack of Philip Rivers with teammate Dave Tollefson to force a punt in season opener vs. SD (9/10) … recorded his first full sack of the season @ Mia (9/16), beating Jake Long to take down Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter … recorded three tackles for loss and sacked Matt Ryan in the second quarter @ Atl (10/14); also caused a Ryan INT in the first half with a QB pressure … posted a tackle for loss vs. Jax (10/21) … helped force an INT with a QB pressure on Brady Quinn in the first quarter and had one tackle for loss @ KC (10/28) … totaled three QB pressures vs. TB (11/4) … had a tackle for loss on Vonta Leach on a screen pass @ Bal (11/11) … picked up his final sack of the season @ Cin (11/25), bringing down Andy Dalton in the third quarter to force a three-and-out … helped Raiders post one of the best defensive games in franchise history in 15-0 win vs. KC (12/16); marked Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years; limited Chiefs to 119 total yards, the fewest allowed by the Raiders since 1975, and matched a franchise record by allowing just 10 rushing yards.
2011: Started the first three games of the year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury … totaled seven tackles and one sack … recorded his only sack of the season in opener @ Den (9/12), taking down Kyle Orton in the fourth quarter … had one tackle vs. NYJ (9/25) before leaving with a shoulder injury … inactive for three games and then placed on injured reserve (shoulder) on 10/19.
2010: Played in all 16 games with eight starts … tied for second on the team with a career-high 7.0 sacks … recorded 56 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed … had a sack of Vince Young in season opener @ Ten (9/12) … recorded his second sack of the season when he took down Derek Anderson @ Ari (9/26) … sacked Philip Rivers and forced a fumble that teammate Lamarr Houston recovered vs. SD (10/10) … collected a sack for the second consecutive game @ SF (10/17), taking down Alex Smith in the second quarter … sacked Matt Hasselbeck on a third down to force a FG vs. Sea (10/31) … forced a fumble by Ronnie Brown in the first quarter vs. Mia (11/28) … split a sack with teammate Kamerion Wimbley in the first quarter @ Jax (12/12) … set career highs with 1.5 sacks and eight tackles vs. Den (12/19), sharing a sack with Tommy Kelly in the first quarter and then sacking Tim Tebow on the Broncos final offensive play to seal a 39-23 win.
2009: Saw action in all 16 games and made two starts as a rookie … named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team … tied for third on the team with four sacks and totaled 29 tackles, including 10 for loss, and one fumble recovery … made NFL debut playing at defensive end and on special teams vs. SD (9/14) … recovered a Steve Slaton fumble to set up a Raiders FG in the first quarter @ Hou (10/4) … recorded his first career sack when he took down Philip Rivers on a 2nd-n-goal in the fourth quarter that helped force a FG attempt @ SD (11/1) … made his first career start vs. KC (11/15) and had a sack of Matt Cassel in the fourth quarter … started for the second time @ Pit (12/6) … sacked Jason Campbell in the third quarter vs. Was (12/13) … collected a sack for the second straight game when he brought down Kyle Orton in the first quarter @ Den (12/20) … had two tackles for loss @ Cle (12/27).
College: Played in 50 games with 46 starts at Wisconsin … overcame an ACL injury as a freshman to start the final 39 games of his career and help his class compile a 40-11 record and four consecutive bowl berths … totaled 174 tackles (109 solo), 15.5 sacks, 22 QB pressures, and 41.5 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth on the school’s all-time list … was honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior in ’08 … earned team’s Jay Seiler Coaches Appreciation Award after starting all 13 games and recording 40 tackles, four sacks, and eight tackles for loss despite suffering a right fibula fracture in spring camp … earned second-team all-conference honors and was voted team’s defensive MVP as a junior … started all 13 games and ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 19th nationally with 18 tackles for loss while also setting career highs with 60 tackles and five sacks … named second-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore when he had 35 tackles, four sacks, and eight tackles for loss … earned honorable mention all-conference and first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and ESPN.com after totaling 39 tackles and 2.5 sacks in ’05 … started the season opener as a true freshman and played in 11 games with seven starts before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.
Personal: Attended Norwich (CT) Free Academy where he was named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and New Haven Register all-state team as a senior … earned all-conference and all-area honors in each of his final three season … also was a three-time letter winner in basketball and lettered twice in track … majored in Sociology.