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ND in the NFL: Michigan Week

| Monday, September 1, 2014

NFL teams have cut down to 53-man rosters, but 31 former Irish players remain on NFL teams, and four signed with practice squads.

Ten former Domers didn’t make the cut: running back Cierre Wood (Ravens), center Trevor Robinson (Cincinnati Bengals), defensive lineman Kona Schwenke (Kansas City Chiefs), offensive lineman Braxston Cave (New England Patriots), running back Jonas Gray (Patriots), running back George Atkinson III (Oakland Raiders), offensive lineman Eric Olsen (Tennessee Titans), linebacker Dan Fox (New York Giants), cornerback Bennett Jackson (Giants) and quarterback Brady Quinn (Miami Dolphins).

Quinn was released just two weeks after the Dolphins signed him but will join Fox Sports as an analyst, the network announced on Twitter.

Gray, Atkinson, Fox and Jackson were signed to 10-man practice squads.

Gray turned in a strong season but found himself behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen in New England’s backfield. He was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad.

Atkinson earned a spot on Oakland’s practice team. In the Raiders’ final preseason game on Thursday, a 41-31 win over the Seahawks, Atkinson rushed for a game-high 63 yards on eight carries, with a long of 26. Atkinson’s performance likely spurred his selection for Oakland’s practice team.

The Giants picked up both Fox and Jackson for their practice squad. In New York’s 16-13 win over the Patriots on Thursday, Jackson recorded four tackles, fifth on the team and matching his total from the previous three preseason games combined. Fox had three tackles.

Additional Notes

Linebacker Manti Te’o returned to practice Monday with the San Diego Chargers after spraining his foot against the Seahawks on Aug. 15.

Receiver Golden Tate, along with several other Lions starters, sat out of Detroit’s 23-0 win over the Buffalo Bills. Tate racked up 91 receiving yards and one touchdown on eight receptions during the preseason.

Defensive end Justin Tuck was listed as inactive for the Raiders’ final preseason game.

Tight end Tyler Eifert sat out the Bengals’ 35-7 win over the Colts on Thursday, nursing a shoulder injury.


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