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Multiple former Wildcats released from NFL teams

By The Mercury

A handful of former Kansas State football players were cut this week ahead of a 3 p.m. Tuesday deadline to trim NFL rosters down to 75 players.

One of the more surprising cuts was Washington Redskins’ linebacker Rob Jackson. The former defensive lineman spent six seasons with the Redskins and made 15 career starts, but he missed the first four games last season after testing positive for a banned substance.

Jackson had 71 tackles, 7.5 sacks and five interceptions in his six seasons. He had just three tackles in three preseason games prior to his release.

Running back William Powell will also be looking for a new team after getting cut by the Houston Texans.

Powell played in 13 games and made one start for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, but he’s yet to stick with a team since. He averaged less than 2.5 yards per carry in two preseason games with the Texans.

Wide receiver Chris Harper will be looking for his fourth team after getting cut by the Green Bay Packers. Harper was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and then assigned to the practice squad. He was then signed by the San Francisco 49ers before being waived a few weeks into the season. The Packers signed him and he made limited appearances in special teams coverage.

Harper played in three games this preseason and made five catches for 89 yards.

A pair of K-State rookies were also released. Safety Ty Zimmerman was cut by the New Orleans Saints after missing the last two preseason games with an undisclosed injury. Although some reports have the Saints possibly assigning Zimmerman to injured reserve. The Junction City product had five tackles in his preseason debut for the Saints.

Receiver Tramaine Thompson was released after appearing in just two of the Atlanta Falcons’ three games and making one catch for 13 yards.

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