Originally created 08/31/99

NFL roundup: Tough day for Georgia alums



Tough day for Georgia alums

Cut-down time is fast approaching for NFL teams, and Monday was a day to forget for a number of former Georgia players.

The Indianapolis Colts waived defensive back Kirby Smart, the St. Louis Rams waived wide receiver Tony Small and the New York Jets cut loose Jermaine Wiggins, who played tight end for the Bulldogs but was listed as a fullback with the Jets.

Georgia's Corey Allen was cut by the Atlanta Falcons last week.

Falcons cut roster to 62

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons on Monday released seven players, including third-year safety Chris Bayne, and placed rookie center Todd McClure on injured reserve to trim their roster to 62 players.

The NFL-mandatory roster cutdown to 65 players is Tuesday.

In addition to Bayne, the Falcons waived fifth-year defensive tackle Bob Kuberski, eighth-year cornerback Rod Smith and fifth year wide receiver J.T. Thomas. Also cut were first-year wide receiver Octavus Barnes and rookie free agents, tackle Cornell Green and linebacker Lamont Green.

Bayne spent two seasons with the Falcons after making the team as a seventh round draft pick out of Fresno State in 1997, seeing action primarily on special teams.

McClure, a seventh round draft pick from Louisiana State, will miss the entire season after being placed on the injured reserve list. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice on July 30.

PANTHERS:

North Augusta's Matt Campbell, out with a left knee injury, returned to practice on Monday who returned to practice Monday and is expected to start in Thursday's final preseason game against New England.