NFL Turk Not Kind to Pro Dawgs

Five former Georgia Bulldogs were affected by Sunday's 4 PM deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters to 53 players. <b>UPDATE 9-4-2001</b>: <b>Jevaris Johnson</b> has signed with the Falcons as a member of their practice squad. Johnson was released last week after missing all of training camp with an injured knee. Cornerback <b>Jeff Harris</b> was waived off the injured reserve list by the Dolphins. Harris has battled knee injuries since being drafted in 2000.

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The most notable cut was Falcons quarterback Eric Zeier, who lost his battle with former Florida quarterback Doug Johnson for the third string role behind starter Eric Chandler and rookie Mike Vick. Others released include first-year offensive tackle Paul Snellings (Falcons), rookie running back Brett Millican (Colts) and first-year defensive tackle Brandon Miller (Colts). Fullback Larry Bowie was placed on injured reserve after partially tearing his ACL in the Rams' final preseason game on Friday night.

Zeier's release brought a sad ending to his homecoming to Georgia. The Falcons acquired Zeier in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 6, 2001 for an undisclosed draft choice. During his career at Georgia, Zeier passed for 11,153 yards, 67 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. Zeier was a third-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1995. The Falcons traded up for the first pick of the 2001 NFL Draft and selected Virginia Tech star Vick, who eventually won the backup position during training camp. The Browns or Panthers

Snellings, a defensive tackle at Georgia, has bounced around several NFL teams while attempting to make an opening day roster. Snellings has been a member of the Colts, Browns, Rams and Eagles after finishing at UGA in 1998.

Miller, an undrafted free agent who made the Colts roster in 2000, did not survive this final cut as the Colts signed another defensive tackle Mike Wells to a large contract during the offseason. Miller dressed out for two games during the 2000 season but did not see any game action.

Millican, another undrafted free agent, played well during the preseason but Dominic Rhodes, another free agent rookie, won the backup role to star Edgerrin James. Millican rushed for 101 yards on 35 carries in four preseason games. The Colts could add him to their practice squad after Monday. They decided to retain only two running backs on their final roster.

Bowie, who has missed the past two seasons due to injuries, was attempting to make the Rams' final roster after being released by the New England Patriots in July.


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