Gradkowski earns AFC player honor

Dec. 9, 2009 at 6:27 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The perennial backup, in his fourth season from Toledo, threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes -- two to rookie Louis Murphy -- in last Sunday's 27-24 win over the Steelers at Pittsburgh, his home town.

In all, he completed 20-of-33 passes for 308 yards in his second start ahead of Jamarcus Russell, earning his first POW honor in the first game by a Raider signal-caller with three scoring passes in the fourth quarter since Ken Stabler against New Orleans on Dec. 12, 1979.

He was joined by Jacksonville linebacker Justin Durant (Defense) and Miami place-kicker Dan Carpenter (Special Teams).

Durant compiled one interception, one sack and eight tackles in a 23-18 win over Houston.

Carpenter kicked a 41-yard game-winning field goal with 62 seconds remaining in the Dolphins' 22-21 victory against New England.

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