Louisville has 22 former players on NFL rosters, including five players on the injured reserve to start the season

The University of Louisville football program has 22 former players listed on NFL teams to start the 2016 season. The season starts on Thursday night as the teams have cut their rosters down to the 53 players on the active roster.

Fans of Louisville Cardinals football program have a lot of guys to root for this season in the NFL.

The Cardinals have 22 former players on opening-day rosters for the NFL. The season will start on Thursday night as teams have cut their rosters down to 53 players.

Among the active players on NFL rosters is former U of L defensive end Greg Scruggs, who has converted during the offseason to tight end. He's joined on the Chicago Bears roster by former U of L wide receiver Josh Bellamy.

The Cardinals have three players on the Buffalo Bills roster - Preston Brown, Eric Wood and John Miller - and four on the New York Jets roster - Lorenzo Mauldin, Calvin Pryor, Bilal Powell, and Breno Giacomini.

Here's a list of all the former Cardinals on rosters:

Cleveland - Gary Barnidge, tight end

Chicago - Josh Bellamy, wide receiver; Greg Scruggs, tight end

Buffalo - Preston Brown, linebacker; John Miller, offensive line; Eric Wood, offensive line.

Los Angeles - Jamon Brown, offensive line.

Tennessee - Harry Douglas, wide receiver.

Baltimore - Elvis Dumervil, linebacker.

Minnesota - Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback (injured reserve); B.J. Dubose, defensive end (injured reserve).

New York Jets - Lorenzo Mauldin, linebacker; Calvin Pryor, safety; Bilal Powell, running back; Breno Giacomini, offensive line (physically unable to perform).

Miami - DeVante Parker, wide receiver.

Pittsburgh - Eli Rogers, wide receiver; William Gay, cornerback.

New Orleans - Sheldon Rankins, defensive line.

Jacksonville - James Sample, safety (injured reserve).

Philadelphia - Marcus Smith, outside linebacker.

New York Giants - Byron Stingily, offensive line (injured reserve).

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