Six former Tigers still on the field as NFL playoffs begin

Colts' Kavell Conner plays today against Chiefs; Marcus Gilchrist, Crezon Butler, Charlie Whitehurst, Brandon Thompson open Sunday

San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) jumps over cornerback Johnny Patrick (26) after making an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) jumps over cornerback Johnny Patrick (26) after making an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The season continues for a half dozen former Tigers this weekend, as NFL playoffs begin.

Marcus Gilchrist will start at strong safety for the San Diego Chargers on Sunday when they play at Cincinnati in a 1 p.m. game. Also on the Chargers' roster are backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and backup defensive back Crezdon Butler.

Starting at defensive tackle for the Bengals will be Brandon Thompson.

Gilchrist finished up the regular season last week with six solo tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage in San Diego's 27-24 overtime victory over Kansas City.

Gilchrist started all 16 games for the Chargers and has 76 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions, four PBUs, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Butler has three tackles and a forced fumble this season, while Whitehurst has played sparingly behind starter Philip Rivers.

For the Bengals, Thompson has made 23 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, four quarterback-hits, and a PBU bat-down. He started six of the Bengals' 16 regular season games.

Also still alive in the playoffs are Kavell Conner with the Indianapolis Colts and Byron Maxwell with the Seattle Seahawks, who have a first-round bye.

Maxwell ended the season as the Seahawks' starting right cornerback. For the season he has 23 tackles, four interceptions, 12 PBUs, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His interception in Seattle's 27-9 victory over St. Louis last week was his fourth in five games.

Seattle will open the playoffs on Saturday, Jan. 11, against the Green Bay-San Francisco winner winner.

Conner is a reserve linebacker for the Colts, who'll face Kansas City on Saturday in an opening-round game. For the season, he has 14 tackles and seven special teams tackles.

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