Former BYU Cougar Ezekiel Ansah highlighted the efforts of local players with ties to the state of Utah in Week 13 of the NFL season.

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Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Detroit Lions (BYU)

Ansah was a standout for the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. The former Cougar logged two sacks and three solo tackles, two of them for a loss, in Detroit's 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (Utah/Snow College/Hunter HS)

Asiata had a solo special teams tackle in Minnesota's 23-20 overtime win over the Chicago Bears.

Zane Beadles, OL, Denver Broncos (Utah/Hillcrest HS)

Beadles started at left guard in Denver's 35-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jarrett Bush, DB, Green Bay Packers (Utah State)

Bush had a tackle in Green Bay's 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

Will Davis, DB, Miami Dolphins (Utah State)

Davis had a solo tackle in Miami's 23-3 win over the New York Jets.

John Denney, DL, Miami Dolphins (BYU)

Denney handled long-snapping duties and had a tackle in Miami's 23-3 win over the New York Jets.

Loni Fangupo, DL, Pittsburgh Steelers (BYU)

Fangupo did not record a stat in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving Day.

Jordan Gross, OL, Carolina Panthers (Utah)

Gross started at left tackle in Carolina’s 27-6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stanley Havili, RB, Indianapolis Colts (USC/Cottonwood HS)

Havili had three receptions for 25 yards and a special teams tackle in his team's 22-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Brett Keisel, DL, Pittsburgh Steelers (BYU/Snow College)

Keisel left Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens early due to injury. He did not record a stat.

Paul Kruger, LB, Cleveland Browns (Utah/Timpanogos HS)

Kruger had two tackles, one of them solo, in Cleveland's 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Star Lotulelei, DL, Carolina Panthers (Utah/Snow College/Bingham HS)

Lotulelei had three solo tackles in Carolina's 27-6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brice McCain, DB, Houston Texans (Utah)

McCain had four solo tackles in Houston's 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots.

Paul McQuistan, OL, Seattle Seahawks (Weber State)

McQuistan started at left guard in Seattle's 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Koa Misi, LB, Miami Dolphins (Utah)

Misi had three solo tackles, one for a loss, and a sack in Miami's 23-3 win over the New York Jets.

Haloti Ngata, DL, Baltimore Ravens (Oregon/Highland HS)

Ngata had two tackles, one of them solo, in Baltimore's 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stephen Paea, DL, Chicago Bears (Oregon State/Snow College/Timpview HS)

Paea had one tackle, assisted in a sack, and defended a pass in Chicago's 23-20 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Donald Penn, OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Utah State)

Penn started at left tackle in Tampa Bay's 27-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

David Reed, WR, Indianapolis Colts (Utah)

Reed was released by the Colts prior to the team's 22-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Caleb Schlauderaff, OL, New York Jets (Utah)

Schlauderaff was listed as the backup center in New York's 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Derrick Shelby, DE, Miami Dolphins (Utah)

Shelby had a tackle in Miami's 23-3 win over the New York Jets.

Sealver Siliga, DT, New England Patriots (Copper Hills HS/Utah)

Siliga was promoted from the practice squad prior to New England's 34-31 win over the Houston Texans. He had two tackles, one of them solo, in the win.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (Utah)

Smith had 26-42 passing for 293 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Kansas City's 35-28 loss to the Denver Broncos. He also ran the ball four times for 46 yards.

Sean Smith, DB, Kansas City Chiefs (Utah)

Smith had five solo tackles and defended a pass in Kansas City's 35-28 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers (Utah)

Smith had three receptions for 51 yards in Carolina's 27-6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Paul Soliai, DL, Miami Dolphins (Utah)

Soliai had one solo tackle in Miami's 23-3 win over the New York Jets.

Brad Sorensen, QB, San Diego Chargers (Southern Utah)

Sorensen was listed as the third-string quarterback in San Diego's 17-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

RJ Stanford, DB, Miami Dolphins (Utah)

Stanford had a solo tackle in his team's 23-3 win over the New York Jets.

Robert Turbin, RB, Seattle Seahawks (Utah State)

Turbin had 11 rushes for 34 yards in Seattle's 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks (Utah State)

Wagner led his team with 11 tackles, four of them solo, in Seattle's 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints. He also defended a pass.

Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers (Utah)

Weddle had seven tackles, one of them solo and defended a pass in San Diego's 17-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He also intercepted a pass.