11 former Wildcats make NFL rosters

By The Mercury

Led by 12-year veteran Terence Newman, 11 former Kansas State football players made NFL rosters.

Newman, who spent his first nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, is entering his third year with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Other Wildcats to make NFL rosters include running back Darren Sproles (Philadelphia Eagles), offensive lineman Jeromey Clary (San Diego Chargers), receiver Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers), offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas (Detroit Lions), safety Ty Zimmerman (New Orleans Saints), running back Bryce Brown (Buffalo Bills) and linebackers Arthur Brown (Baltimore Ravens), Emmanuel Lamur (Bengals), Justin Tuggle (Houston Texans) and Reggie Walker (Chargers).

Running back Daniel Thomas was among the roster cut casualties this past weekend, ending his three-year run with the Miami Dolphins. Tight end Jeron Mastrud was cut by the Bears on Saturday.

Sproles is entering his 10th season with his third different team as he was traded to the Eagles this past offseason. K-State’s all-time leading rusher, Sproles spent his first six seasons in San Diego and the next three with the Saints.

Clary, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, is entering his eighth season with the Chargers, but will begin the year on the physically unable to perform list.

Lucas and Zimmerman were both undrafted rookie free agent signings last spring. Zimmerman, however, was placed on injured reserve by the Saints and won’t play this season.

More former Wildcats could find NFL homes this week as teams work to fill out their rosters and practice squads.

The 2014 NFL season begins Thursday, while a full slate a games are scheduled for Sunday.

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