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Two COC products cut by NFL teams

Another former COC player, Jason Pierre-Paul, gets activated from Giants’ injury

Posted: August 26, 2013 11:04 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2013 11:04 p.m.

Former College of the Canyons player Troy Nolan, shown with the Houston Texans, was cut Monday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Two former College of the Canyons players received word of their release from NFL teams on Monday as the first wave of roster cuts began a day early.

All 32 teams in the league must trim their rosters from a maximum of 90 players down to 75 by 1 p.m. Pacific Time Tuesday.

Teams must name their final 53-man regular season rosters by Saturday.

Much of the roster trimming began Monday, and that included former COC Cougar Troy Nolan, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 26-year-old strong safety played parts of the last three seasons with three different teams and had already been signed, released and signed again by the Bucs within the last month.

The other COC product let go Monday was Minnesota Vikings defensive end Marquis Jackson.

Minnesota signed Jackson as an undrafted rookie free agent in April.

On the positive side for locals, the New York Giants activated defensive end and former COC player Jason Pierre-Paul from the physically unable to perform list. Paul had disk surgery on his back in June, and it’s uncertain if he will be ready for the season opener at the Cowboys in less than two weeks.

“I’m not playing any preseason games and I don’t even know about the Dallas game,” Pierre-Paul said.

“I just want try to get better and test it out and see how it is taking on double teams and all that. Right now, there’s nothing to be said about whether I’m going to play come the opener.”

Other notable cuts on Monday included Washington Redskins wide receiver Donte Stallworth along with receiver Braylon Edwards and former USC running back Joe McKnight, both of the New York Jets.


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