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Thirteen Nittany Lions Cut From NFL Rosters Ahead Of 2022 Season

The NFL’s 32 teams were required to trim their rosters down to 53 players by yesterday, August 30, ahead of the 2022 season. The boatload of roster cuts across the league included 13 Penn Staters.

Most notably, Trace McSorley was waived by the Arizona Cardinals. McSorley signed with the Cardinals last November after spending some time with the Baltimore Ravens. After starting all three preseason games for Arizona, it looked like he could crack his way onto the roster, but the Cardinals kept only two quarterbacks.

Tariq Castro-Fields was cut by the San Francisco 49ers after the team picked him at No. 221 overall in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. However, he was claimed by the Washington Commanders on Wednesday and will now aim to settle in there.

Jesse Luketa was another 2022 draft pick that got cut. Despite reportedly making the original 53-man roster, the seventh-round draft pick was waived to make room for cornerback Trayvon Mullen on the roster.

Here’s the full list of Penn Staters who were released prior to Tuesday’s deadline, along with their former teams:

  • Derrick Tangelo — Atlanta Falcons
  • Tariq Castro-Fields — San Francisco 49ers
  • Eric Wilson — Seattle Seahawks
  • John Lovett — Carolina Panthers
  • Daniel Joseph — Buffalo Bills
  • Antonio Valentino — Seattle Seahawks
  • Irvin Charles — New York Jets
  • Dan Chisena — Minnesota Vikings
  • Trace McSorley — Arizona Cardinals
  • Marcus Allen — Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Grant Haley — Los Angeles Rams
  • Michal Menet — Green Bay Packers
  • Jesse Luketa — Arizona Cardinals

These players could still end up on NFL practice squads or even 53-man rosters prior to the season, as there is still a decent amount of roster turnover before every season.

Marcus Allen was released by the Steelers today, but Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reported that it was a “procedural move” and that Allen will return to the team, likely on a reduced salary, once safety Damontae Kazee is placed on injured reserve.

It wasn’t a completely bad day for Penn Staters across the league, though, as several Nittany Lions ended up making their respective rosters. Rasheed Walker will stay with the Green Bay Packers after making the team’s initial roster, and John Reid made the Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man squad, too.

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