Black Knights in NFL: McNary vs. Mooney

Colts linebacker Josh McNary and Titans fullback Collin Mooney are believed to have made history Sunday becoming the first Army football players to oppose each other in an NFL game.

McNary, a 2011 West Point graduate and the academy’s all-time sack leader, played on 3rd-and-long situations as an inside linebacker in his NFL debut. He was a split-second away from recording his first NFL sack. Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald just got the ball away before McNary could drop him on a blitz. McNary was credited for a quarterback hurry. He laid a wicked blitz on a Titan offensive lineman on Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman’s fumble return. He also played special teams, covering kicks and blocking on the kick and punt-return units.

Mooney caught one pass in the second quarter. He was hit hard in the left knee by Colts safety LaRon Landry on the catch and bounced up trying to pick up some extra yards. Mooney couldn’t make it to the sideline under his own power after the play and was on crutches for the rest of the game.  Jim Wyatt, Titans beat writer for the Tennessean, hinted Monday that Mooney may be out the rest of the season.


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