NFL Hawaii Tracker: Several players bitten by injury errors



The injury virus hit Hawaii players hard during the 2021 NFL season.

On Saturday, Marcus Mariota was added to injury reserve by the Las Vegas Raiders after sustaining a quad injury during Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens, meaning he will miss at least three games. Punahou alum and Houston Texans kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn was also put into the injured reserve prior to the start of the regular season.

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On Sunday, two Saint-Louis alumni were towed away in separate games. Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Tyson Alualu broke his ankle in the first quarter of a 26-17 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, while Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, shot a shot in the first quarter of a 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Ribs shot bills.

Alualu’s season is in all likelihood over. In the meantime, Tagovailoa will have an MRI done on Monday to see what his next steps are.

Here are how other players with Hawaiian relationships fared in Week 2 of the NFL season, including a reunion between former high school teammates:


Bradlee Anae, Defensive end, Dallas Cowboys (Kahuku): Anae had a tackle in a 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He then traded jerseys with fellow Kahuku alum and lay-native Alohi Gilman.

DeForest Buckner, Defensive Lineman, Indianapolis Colts (Punahou): Buckner had four tackles, two quarterback hits, and a pass deflection in a 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Alohi Gilman, Safety, Los Angeles Chargers (Kahuku): Gilman had a career high with six tackles (three solos) in a 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Kamu Grugier-Hill, Linebacker, Houston Texans (Kamehameha): Grugier-Hill nine tackles and three tackles for the loss, both of which were game highs. The Texans fell 31-21 against the Cleveland Browns, however. Grugier-Hill did not take part in training on Friday due to illness, but showed an excellent performance on Sunday.

Nate Herbig, Guard, Philadelphia Eagles (Saint Louis): Herbig saw action at the right guard following an injury to Brandon Brooks in a 17-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Marcus Kemp, Recipient, Kansas City Chiefs (University of Hawaii): Kemp saw action in two offensive candid shots in a 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Netane Muti, Guardian, Denver Broncos (Leilehua): Muti started in a 23-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars as protection for the Broncos.

Sammis Reyes, Tight End, Washington Football Team (University of Hawaii): Reyes was deemed inactive prior to a 30-29 win over the New York Giants.

Rigoberto Sanchez, Punter, Colts (University of Hawaii): Sanchez hit two punts for a total of 85 yards in a 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Isaac Seumalo, Offensive Lineman, Philadelphia Eagles (born in Hawaii): Seumalo started on the left in a 17:11 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins (Saint Louis): Tagovailoa suffered a rib injury in a 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter and will have an MRI on Monday to see how much time to miss. On Sunday, he completed only one of his four passes for 13 yards before being carted off the field.


Rico Bussey, Recipient, Pittsburgh Steelers (University of Hawaii)

Rojesterman Farris, Cornerback, Denver Broncos (University of Hawaii)

Tray from Henderson, Safety, Cincinnati Bengals (University of Hawaii)

Jahlani Tavai, Linebacker, New England Patriots (University of Hawaii)

Breiden Fehoko, Defensive Tackle, Los Angeles Chargers (Farrington)

Keith Kirkwood, Recipient, Carolina Panthers (University of Hawaii)


Trevor Davis, Recipient (University of Hawaii)

Hercules Mata’afa, Defensive Tackle (Lahainaluna)

Kamalei Correa, Linebacker (Saint Louis)

Leo Koloamatangi, Offensive Lineman (University of Hawaii)

Cole McDonald, Quarterback, Toronto Argonauts (CFL) (University of Hawaii)

Jordan Ta’amu, Quarterback (Pearl City)

Manti Te’o, Linebacker (Punahou)

JoJo Ward, Recipient (University of Hawaii)


Ka’imi Fairbairn, Kicker, Houston Texans (Punahou)

Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders (Saint Louis)

John Ursua, Recipient, Seattle Seahawks (University of Hawaii)


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