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October 01. 2013 12:00AM

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Three former Penn State defenders played key roles in their team’s Week 4 games in the NFL — two of them in victory, one in a loss.

San Francisco linebacker NaVarro Bowman and Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali both had big games as their teams posted victories, while Dallas linebacker Sean Lee was beaten for a key touchdown in a loss.

Bowman had two sacks and a forced fumble as the 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams 35-11 on Thursday night. He also recorded six tackles (five solo).

Hali also had two sacks and a forced fumble as the Chiefs defeated the winless New York Giants 31-7. He also drew two key penalties, forcing a Giant quarterback Eli Manning into an intentional grounding and drawing a holding penalty.

The holding penalty wiped out a first down for the Giants. New York was forced to punt on that series and the Chiefs’ Dexter McCluster returned the punt 89 yards for a touchdown to break open a close game.

Lee had 18 tackles(15 solo) in the Cowboys 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers. He also had an interception that he returned 52 yards for a touchdown.

However, he was beaten for a 52-yard touchdown catch by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.

Here’s a look at how the rest of the Penn Staters in NFL fared in Week 4.

• 49ers linebacker Nate Stupar saw his first action of the year against the Rams. He had three tackles (two solo).

• Arizona Cardinal tackle Levi Brown started his fourth straight game.

• Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin was active for the first time in his NFL career. With Raiders starting QB Terrelle Pryor out with a concussion, McGloin served as the Raiders backup to Matt Flynn in a 24-14 victory over Washington. Raiders defensive lineman Jack Crawford had four tackles (two solo). Stefen Wisniewski started his fourth straight game at center. Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster was active for the first time this season, but did handle the ball.

• Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould was three for three on field goals with a long of 34 yards and converted his extra-point try in the Bears 40-32 loss at Detroit.

• Minnesota Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges saw his first action of the season in a 34-27 victory over Pittsburgh. Hodges had one solo tackle. Fellow Vikings linebacker Michael Mauti had two solo tackles against the Steelers. Pittsburgh receiver Derek Moye played but did not record a catch.

• San Diego Chargers linemen Rich Ohrnberger and Johnnie Troutman both got started their first games of the season in the Chargers 30-21 victory over the Cowboys. Troutman started at left guard for the injured Chad Rinehart while Ohrnberger played in place of the injured Jeromey Clary.

• Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny had nine tackles (eight solo) in the Jaguars 37-3 loss.

• Baltimore Ravens center A.Q. Shipley saw action as a reserve in the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to Buffalo.

• Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still assisted on one tackle in the Bengals’ 17-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

• Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill was inactive for the fourth straight week.

• Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake and defensive lineman Jared Odrick were in action Monday night.

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