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Cats in the NFL: A Streak ends for Wesley Woodyard

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Since joining the Tennesse Titans in 2014, Wesley Woodyard has played every game. A streak of 77 games. On Sunday, Woodyard’s streak would end due to a shoulder injury.

In his absence, the Titans would fall to the Bills 13-12, making them 3-2 on the year.

Luckily, for Woodyard and the Titans, they play in arguably the weakest division in football, and they still hold someplace with a 3-2 record. If they can hurdle the big obstacle in the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Titans might just weasel their way into the playoffs, but they must get their rushing attack going to kick-start their offense.

Jim Matthews/USA TODAY NETWORKIt’s been a struggle for my 2-2-1 Packers this year, and the same goes for Randall Cobb who missed this week again with a bum hamstring.

Cobb is expected to play on Monday night against the San Fransisco 49ers.

Lord, please help the Packers on defense.

Avery Williamson

While the Jets are still trying to mold their offense around rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, and with inconsistency from Isiah Crowell, it’s been a stop-start kind of season for the Jets.

But, Avery Williamson continues to be a standout on the New York Jets defense. Coming off a stellar performance last week, Williamson led the Jets with nine tackles in New York’s 34-16 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Williamson and the 2-3 Jets will take on the Indianapolis Colts at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Corey Peters

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The Arizona Cardinals finally got their first win of the season against the injury-ridden San Fransisco 49ers on Sunday. In the victory, Corey Peters tallied three tackles.

The Cardinals will take on a tough Vikings team; a team ho has had a rollercoaster of a season. Who knows which Minnesota team will show up next week?

Bud Dupree

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It’s been a rough year for the Steelers. With their issues with Leveon Bell, struggling defense, and an aging Ben Roethlisberger, it hasn’t exactly been the season the black and yellow were hoping. However, Pittsburgh dominated the struggling Falcons on Sunday in a 41-17 blowout.

In that blowout, Bud Dupree racked up three tackles.

The Steelers will look to get their first division win against the Bengals on Sunday, and we all know how intense that game can get. You guys might want to tune in for that one at 1:00.

Za’Darius Smith

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Before Sunday’s game against the Ravens, the Browns hadn’t won on a Sunday since week 14 of the 2015 season.

Sunday’s loss was no fault to Za’Darius Smith and the Ravens defense, as they were two seconds away from holding Cleveland to nine points through 70 minutes of football. Ultimately the Browns would drill a field goal in overtime to beat the Ravens 12-9.

In the loss, Smith had six tackles and had half the sack.

Danny Trevathan

Bye Week.


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Larry Warford surprised by last-minute invite to the Pro Bowl

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Larry Warford was a last-minute addition to the Pro Bowl, but he doesn’t care at all.

Warford was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl when the rosters were announced, but he never thought he would actually end up in Orlando.

That was until the Philadelphia Eagles made the Super Bowl and Eagles’ lineman Brandon Brooks’ Pro Bowl spot would become available.

“The game ended and I was sitting on my friend’s coach chillin’ and I saw a call from New Orleans,” Warford told The Times-Picayune. “I didn’t know who it was so I didn’t answer it. I was like ‘Whatever, I’ll answer it later.'”

Thankfully for Warford, the caller left a voicemail.

“Hey Larry, this is Khai (Harley) from the Saints. I was calling you about the Pro Bowl and if you wanted to go.’ I got off the phone and I was like, ‘Wait! What?!?!?!’ I was like OK. … I had to pack up everything real quick and I was on a plane.”

“It was so last minute and I wasn’t prepared at all,” Warford said. “I’m here now and I’m excited to be here.”

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Warford became the seventh New Orleans Saints player to make this year’s Pro Bowl. Although he was the only player from his team to be added last-minute, Warford doesn’t mind at all.

“I don’t get into that,” Warford said on his Pro Bowl snub. “Whoever votes, that’s what they voted. I don’t look too much into that. I felt like all of my guys are deserving to be here for sure. They played lights out and had a really successful season. As far as all that snub stuff? Whatever. I’m just playing for my team.”

You can watch Warford in his first Pro Bowl on ESPN at 2:50 pm ET.

 


Josh Forrest promoted from Seattle Seahawks practice squad

 

The Seattle Seahawks promoted Josh Forrest off the practice squad on Tuesday after placing LB Tre Madden who was put on injured reserve.

Forrest spent his rookie season with the Los Angeles Rams before landing on IR in November. Forrest appeared in 10 games for the Rams, starting four, and recording nine tackles. Forrest was waived/injured by the Rams prior to the start of the season and later released, and then signed to Seattle’s practice squad last month.

The Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 22-16 on Thursday Night Football.

Best of luck to Josh in his career in Seattle!


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Cats in the NFL Week Five Recap

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Joe Flacco threw for over 200 yards on the way to a 30-17 win against the Oakland Raiders as the Ravens finally got it going offensively after a slow start to the season. Za’Darius Smith continues to produce in the league as the defensive end recorded four tackles in the team’s win.

In his second week back from a chest injury Randall Cobb had a solid game with 4 catches for 29 yards as the Packers scored 20 points in the 4th quarter on their way to a 35-31 win.

Cobb’s biggest highlight from Sunday’s win might be his touchdown celebration with teammates Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson as they created their own bob-sledding team:

Avery Williamson led the Titans in tackles with 7 in the team’s 16-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Titans defense bounced back after giving up 57 points to the Texans but their offense could not produce points with Marcus Mariota sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Wesley Woodyard also played well as the veteran recorded 5 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the loss to the Dolphins. The Titans will try to get back on track next week as they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.

Bud Dupree had just one tackle in the Steelers 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of Sunday’s more surprising outcomes. Ben Roethlisberger had one of the worst outings of his career as he threw 5 interceptions, the former Super Bowl champion has struggled for much of the season as the Steelers record falls to 3-2.

Corey Peters recorded just one tackle as the Cardinals were blown out by Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz threw for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns on the way to a 34-7 win.


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Mark Stoops will preview the season on the SEC Coaches Teleconference

Today is the first SEC Coaches Teleconference of the season, which means Mark Stoops and the league’s coaches will chat with their favorite reporters for ten minutes each around lunchtime. With Nick Roush on the road, I’ll be tuned in to hear if there are any updates on Kentucky’s preparations for Southern Miss and also to see if I can understand anything Ed Orgeron says.

Not enough updates for you? Defensive coordinator Matt House will address reporters following UK’s practice tonight, so stay tuned.

The KSR Crew leaves for Hattiesburg

After today’s show, Matt, Ryan, Nick Roush, and Perrin Johnson will pile into the ole KSR mobile and head south towards Hattiesburg for Saturday’s season opener. That’s a ways away, so they’ll stop in Birmingham tonight, so if you’re in the area, give them recs. I’ve already made Nick Roush well aware of the best beer in the world, Good People IPA, whose taproom is right downtown.

Today’s “Something Good”: Animals being rescued from Hurricane Harvey flooding

By now you’ve seen countless videos and pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which crippled Houston and southeast Texas. Over the last five days, Houston has received almost 50″ of rain, which is more than our area averages in an entire year. The damage is devastating, but the stories of people teaming up to rescue others are inspiring. As an animal lover, the footage of people rescuing pets affects me most, and this compilation from TIME will hit you right in the feels:

If you missed it in the post below this one, last night, John Calipari announced that Kentucky Basketball will host a disaster-relief telethon with WKYT on Sunday to raise money for Harvey victims. We should find out more details in the coming days. Houston native and current Memphis Grizzly Andrew Harrison also issued a plea for donations on behalf of the American Red Cross:

Want to do something to help? Click here or text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

Watch the Southern Miss Game in the Woodford Reserve Club

Don’t get CBS Sports Network? Or, do you just want to watch the Southern Miss game with some diehard Kentucky fans? The Fayette County UK Alumni Club is hosting a watch party this Saturday at the Woodford Reserve Club at Kroger Field. You can watch the game on over 25 flat screens and two large projector screens inside the Woodford Reserve Club – or head out to the patio and watch it on the two stadium scoreboards. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and kickoff from Hattiesburg is at 4 p.m. 

The cost is $20 for alumni association members, $25 for non-members, $10 for children 17 and under and includes admission to the event along with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Concessions and a full bar will be available for guests to purchase additional food and drink during the game. All proceeds will go directly to the Fayette County UK Alumni Club Scholarship Fund to support local students attending UK. Head to www.ukalumni.net/fayettegamewatch2017 for more information.

Double Take of the Day: Randall Cobb with facial hair

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No, we have not flashed back to the 70s. Even so, Randall can pull it off.

Show topic of the day: Hattiesburg prep and more food bracket

Tune in to hear the guys prepare for their trip to Hattiesburg and tackle more of the food bracket one hour from now.


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Larry Warford looks good in gold and black

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Former Kentucky offensive lineman Larry Warford spent his first four years in the NFL as a Detroit Lion before signing with the New Orleans Saints in early March.

Warford had offers from six other teams, but said signing with New Orleans was an easy decision.

“This is definitely where I wanted to be,” Warford told The Times-Picayune in March. “Just being here for the last day I’m excited I did — really happy.”

The 25-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Saints worth $34 million with $17 million guaranteed.

Warford will not only be protecting Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, but also Adrian Peterson. The Saints signed a two-year deal with Peterson in April.

Warford, who wore the #75 for the Lions, will return to wearing the number #67, the number he wore during his time at Kentucky.

Since I will be living in Baton Rouge this upcoming school year, I will have to get to a Saints game and cheer on the former Cat.


Steelers teammate on Bud Dupree: A “different species”

 

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Bud Dupree will be playing tonight for a chance to play in the AFC Championship game next weekend, but people around Pittsburgh are still talking about his hit on Dolphins QB Matt Moore, last weekend for which he was fined 18k.

This week, a reporter asked teammate Ryan Shazier what makes Dupress so successful, his response was that Dupree is a “different species”, according to Steelers Depot’s Alex Kozora.

“People underestimate his closing speed,” Shazier said via Steelers.com. “There are a lot of guys on this team who are a lot faster than they look on film. When you just see him in person, it’s ridiculous. The only way to know how fast Bud is pretty much playing with him or going to the Combine and playing with him.”

“He’s a species man. He’s a huge person. Fast, guy who is really blessed with the talents and all the things he’s able to do.”

As I said earlier, I’m a big fan of the Cowboys and would love nothing less than to see a Cowboys vs. Steelers Super Bowl.

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NFL Cats: Week 17 Edition

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The final week of the NFL regular season is upon us. Love it or hate it, this week offers plenty of “win and you’re in” type games, with a heavy side of ‘meaningless’ matchups to fill your NFL quota for the day.

Bud Dupree and the Pittsburgh Steelers have already clinched the AFC North division. Randall Cobb and Larry Warford will square off in a ‘winner takes all’ NFC north matchup.

 

Here is when you can catch former Cats in action today:

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Bud Dupree: LB, 2nd season

2016 season stats: 17 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks

Week 17: versus Cleveland, Kickoff: 1:00PM

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Za’Darius Smith: LB, 2nd season

Week 17: at Cincinnati Bengals, Kickoff: 1:00PM

2016 season stats: 17 combined tackles,1 sack

 

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Avery Williamson: LB, 3rd season 

2016 season stats: 96 comined tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception

Wesley Woodyard: LB, 9th season

2016 season stats: 51 combined tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception

Week 17: versus Houston Texans, Kickoff: 1:00PM

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Corey Peters: DT , 7th season

Week 17: at Los Angeles Rams, Kickoff: 4:25PM

2016 season stats: 20 combined tackles

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Larry Warford: G, 4th season

Week 17: versus Green Bay Packers, Kickoff: 8:30PM

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Randall CobbWR, 6th season

2016 season stats: 60 receptions, 610 yards, 4 Touchdowns

Week 17 at Detroit Lions, Kickoff: 8:30PM

 

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NFL Cats: Week 4 Schedule

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After tomorrow’s Monday night game, we will be a quarter of the way through the NFL season.

Some games I’m looking forward to in Week 4:

Bills at Patriots: Kickoff at 1:00PM; What black magic is Belichick going to pull today?

Seahawks at Jets: Kickoff at 1:00PM; Injury ridden, underperforming Seahawks versus the desperate New York Jets.

My game of the week:

Giants at Vikings: Monday, October 3rd, Kickoff at 8:30PM; The wide receiver trio of the Giants is always must-see TV. Add on the two great defenses that the Giants and (especially) the Vikings have, this match-up will be a gridiron battle.

 

Seven former Wildcats will suit up for the National Football League in Week 4.

Here is when you can catch former Cats in action today:

 

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Josh Forrest: LB, Rookie

Week 4: at Arizona Cardinals, Kickoff: 4:25PM

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Za’Darius Smith: LB, 2nd season

Week 4: versus Oakland Raiders, Kickoff: 1:00PM

2016 season stats: 6 combined tackles

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Corey Peters: DT , 7th season

Week 4: versus Los Angeles Rams, Kickoff: 4:25PM

2016 season stats: 4 combined tackles

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Jacob Tamme: TE, 9th season

Week 4: versus Carolina Panthers, Kickoff: 1:00PM

2016 season stats: 14 receptions, 154 yards, 1 touchdown

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Larry Warford: G, 4th season

Week 4: at Chicago Bears, Kickoff: 1:00PM

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Avery Williamson: LB, 3rd season 

2016 season stats: 21 combined tackles, 1 interception

 

Wesley Woodyard: LB, 9th season

2016 season stats: 9 combined tackles

 

Week 4: at Houston Texans, Kickoff: 1:00PM

 

Not playing today:

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Randall CobbWR, 6th season

2016 season stats: 12 receptions, 132 yards, 12 rushing yards

Green Bay Packers on a Bye week

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Danny Trevathan: LB5th season

Sidelined with a thumb injury

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Stevie Johnson: WR, 9th season

Sidelined for 2016 season with knee injury

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Bud Dupree: LB, 2nd season

Sidelined after abdominal surgery in pre-season. Placed on Injured Reserve

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Ronnie Shields: TE, rookie

Placed on Seattle Seahawks Injured Reserve

 

@colleenwag_KSR


Update: Avery Williamson wears cleats despite NFL’s threat to fine

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Earlier this morning, Avery Williamson had planned on not wearing his commemorative cleats that honored the victims of 9/11. The NFL threatened to fine the former Wildcat due to a “uniform violation”.

Despite the NFL’s threats, Avery Williamson opted to wear the cleats after all.

Here is an in-game photo of Williamson and his cleats custom-made by Lexington business, True Blue Customs.

 

Good for Avery for standing up and fighting for a cause; one that every American has been affected by in some shape or form.

PAPD, the police association located in New York City that patrols the World Trade Center, as well as other New York and New Jersey police unions, reached out to the Titans linebacker offering to the pay the fine.

We have not yet heard from the NFL and the consequence that will be handed down to Williamson.

 


NFL Cats: Week 1 Schedule

 

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NFL Sunday is finally back. Final roster cuts have been made, fantasy football lineups have been analyzed and scrutinized. Football fans and Fantasy Footballers alike will gather around for the official start of the 2016 NFL Season.

Here is where you can catch former Cats in action today:

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Randall CobbWR, 6th season

Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars, Kickoff: 1PM

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Josh Forrest: LB, Rookie

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers, Kickoff: Monday, September 12th at 10:20PM

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Winston Guy: S, 4th season

Week 1: versus Detroit Lions, Kickoff: 4:25PM

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Chris Matthews: WR, 3rd season

Za’Darius Smith: LB, 2nd season

Week 1: versus Buffalo Bills, Kickoff: 1PM

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Corey Peters: DT , 7th season

Week 1: versus New England Patriots, Kickoff: 8:30PM

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Jacob Tamme: TE, 9th season

Week 1: versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kickoff: 1PM

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Danny Trevathan: LB5th season

Week 1: at Houston Texans, Kickoff: 1PM

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Larry Warford: G, 4th season

Week 1: at Indianapolis Colts, Kickoff: 4:25PM

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Avery Williamson: LB, 3rd season

Wesley Woodyard: LB, 9th season

Week 1: versus Minnesota Vikings at 1PM

 

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National Football League bans Avery Williamson from wearing honorary 9/11 cleats

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In an attempt to commemorate the victims of 9/11, former Wildcat Avery Williamson planned on wearing custom-made cleats at the Titans’ season opener versus the Vikings today. The game-worn cleats were to be auctioned off with all proceeds going towards Operation Warrior Wishes, an organization used to honor the legacies of heroes and “warriors on the battlefield”.

The National Football League heard of Williamson’s plan and quickly banned him from doing so, saying he would be fined for violating the league’s uniform policy. 

“I don’t want to draw negative attention, so I’m just going to focus on playing the game,” Williamson told The Tennessean on Friday. “Once I heard from them, I didn’t even try to argue anything. I just left it alone. I didn’t want to press the issue.”

The third-year player out of Kentucky had True Blue Customs in Lexington, KY create these nice kicks.

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They feature the words “Never Forget” and “9/11” on the back of each shoe, with the “11” representing the Twin Towers. The NFL requires all teammates wear the same color scheme on their shoes.

So how come these shoes are allowed?

What’s the difference between Williamson’s cleats and Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr’s cleats? This question has riddled me throughout the day.

Regardless of the double-standard the NFL is presenting here, the Titans linebacker has made the best out of the situation. Rather than battling with the league, Williamson has decided to raise more awareness of the cause by maintaining an auction of the cleats, Tennessee Titans game tickets, and organizing a meet-and-greet. All proceeds will remain with Operation Warrior Wishes.

In his most recent interview, Williamson expressed:

“9/11 is a time we can honor those who were lost, but also our service men/woman who were and are heroes,” Williamson said.  “I have a cousin in the Navy and many people in my life that serve this country. These cleats and this auction are a way to show honor,”

Avery Williamson’s story has made waves nation-wide, causing an outrage within a New York police department. 

“The PAPD is the police department that has always patrolled the World Trade Center complex,” Bobby Egbert explained in an email to The Tennesean. “On September 11, 2001, the PAPD lost 37 officers at the World Trade Center, the largest, single loss ever suffered by a police department in the history of American law enforcement. We read, with understandable interest…on Avery Williamson and the NFL’s stance on Avery honoring the September 11th victims. We, along with the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association, are offering to pay any reasonable fine levied by the NFL if Avery chooses to wear his 9/11 cleats.”

Despite the efforts of the PAPD, it sounds like Williamson is leaning towards abiding by the NFL’s wishes and leaving the cleats at home this morning. 

“I got some shoes I got done exactly like the cleats,” Williamson told The Tennessean, “so I’m just going to wear them to the game.”

To get involved or donate to Operations Warriors Cause, click here.

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Steelers Place Bud Dupree on IR

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If you thought this day couldn’t be any worse, think again.

According to multiple sources, the Pittsburgh Steelers have placed linebacker Bud Dupree on injured reserve. Dupree, the 22nd overall pick in 2015, struggled with a groin injury for the majority of this year’s training camp.

The team confirmed that Bud required surgery to repair a torn core muscle, which will keep him out at least 6-8 weeks. Since the 53-man rosters were finalized yesterday, Bud is eligible for the IR list with designation to return.

Hopefully we’ll see Dupree back on the field before December. For the Steelers, Dupree’s absence will definitely hinder their pass rush.


More Cats Cut From NFL Rosters

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NFL teams have until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET  to trim their rosters to 53 players. Unfortunately two former University of Kentucky players were cut today.

The Atlanta Falcons made their first wave of cuts and Cory Johnson was included on that list. Johnson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in May. Johnson’s six tackles and one quarterback sack were not enough in Atlanta’s four preseason games.

Veteran offensive lineman Garry Williams was also waived by the Chicago Bears. Williams spent five seasons with the Carolina Panthers before spending this past season in the Canadian Football League.

Players can be claimed by other NFL teams starting at noon on Sunday. Here’s to hoping Johnson and Williams find another home!