During the month of September, Ruud recorded a league-leading 51 tackles, along with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two passes defensed and one interception.
In Week 1 at Seattle (9/9), Ruud tallied a 12 tackles and recovered one fumble. The following week against New Orleans (9/16), Ruud was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after he posted a career-high 16 tackles, a career-high two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in the Buccaneers 31-14 victory over the Saints.
In Week 3 against St. Louis (9/23), Ruud recorded his first career interception and finished the contest with 15 tackles and one pass defensed as the Buccaneers defeated the Rams 24-3. In his final game of the month, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles, and added one forced fumble and one pass defensed in a 20-7 victory at Carolina (9/30).
Ruud's honor marks the seventh time in team history that a Buccaneer has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month. LB Derrick Brooks (November 2000 and October 2002), DE Simeon Rice (December 2001 and November 2002) and DT Warren Sapp (September 1997 and September 1999) each earned the honor twice in their careers.