The dreaded â€œcut weekâ€ arrived last week, as all 32 teams cut down their rosters to the magical number of 53. â€œCut weekâ€ was not
kind to Spartan alumni, as ten former MSU players were released. Another player was put on the injured reserve, bringing the number of Spartans on active NFL rosters to 13. But there is hope for the men who were shown the door this pastÂ week: many squads will be looking for players after the first week of play, which is certain to bring numerous injuries. In the meantime, all of the action from â€œcut weekâ€ is summed up below.
The ten Spartans who were cut, and the teams that cut them are listed below:
FB Todd Anderson, Rams
RB Edwin Baker, Chargers (Added to San Diegoâ€™s practice squad one day later)
WR B.J. Cunningham, Dolphins (Added to the Eaglesâ€™ practice squad on Saturday)
WR Mark Dell, Broncos
QB Brian Hoyer, Patriots
LB Greg Jones, Giants
DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Panthers
CB Chris Rucker, Colts
CB Ross Weaver, Lions (Added to Detroitâ€™s practice squad one day later)
LT D.J. Young, Cardinals
Garrett Celek and Trenton Robinson helped the 49ers roll to a 35-3 victory over the Chargers. Celek hauled in three passes for 54 yards, including a three yard touchdown catch. Robinson started at safety, notching a tackle, pass defensed, and a fumble recovery. For San Diego, running
back Edwin Baker had four rushes for nine yards.
Kirk Cousins was brilliant for the Redskins as he started in place of Washingtonâ€™s darling quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Cousins completed 15 of 27 passes for 222 yards and an interception. He also added an eleven yard rush in the 30-3 blowout of the Buccaneers
Starting tight end Kellen Davis sat idle for the Bears, as Chicago beat the Browns 28-20.
The Titans gave Javon Ringer the nod at running back for the teamâ€™s final preseason game, a matchup with the Saints. Ringer carried
the ball six times for seventeen yards in Tennesseeâ€™s 10-6 win.
Bengalsâ€™ defensive tackle Domata Peko battled the Coltsâ€™ offensive line while Cincinnati center Kyle Cook cheered him on from the sidelines, but quarterback Drew Stanton and the Colts prevailed, 20-16. Peko recorded one tackle and Stanton completed all three of his passes for a total
of 43 yards.
Brandon Fields was again busy for the Dolphins in Miamiâ€™s fourth loss of the offseason, a 30-13 drubbing delivered by the Cowboys. Fields punted six times for a 50 yard average, pinning Dallas inside their own twenty yard line twice. The Spartan punter also had one special teams
tackle in the game.
Jerel Worthy got the start at defensive end for the Packers in Green Bayâ€™s 24-3 demolishing of the Chiefs. Worthy tallied one tackle and two assists on the day.
On the injury front:Â Brandon McKinney was placed on the injured reserve by the Colts, as the defensive tackle suffered a torn ACL in week three of the preseason, effectively ending his season.
Safety Eric Smith could miss the Jetsâ€™ regular season opener next Sunday. The veteran, a key piece of Rex Ryanâ€™s secondary, is struggling with a hip injury. As Ryan told the New York Post: â€œHe's fighting through it. We'll see if he can go against Buffalo but all things considered he might be our biggest question mark right