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Rough day for Bluegrass quarterbacks

Cutdown day was cruel for quarterbacks from Kentucky.

Just two years after Andre Woodson of Kentucky and Brian Brohm of Louisville were dueling for state bragging rights as the top signal caller, both were released by their NFL teams on Saturday.

Also among players cut Saturday was Hunter Cantwell, who replaced Brohm at Louisville last season and was trying to make the Carolina Panthers' roster as a rookie free agent.

Woodson was among 17 players waived by the New York Giants, as teams met the deadline for trimming their rosters to 53 men in preparation for this week's start of the regular season.

Woodson, drafted by the Giants in the sixth round last year after a record-setting career at Kentucky, spent all but one game on the team's practice squad last season.

Woodson played in three of New York's four pre-season games this summer, completing 18 of 46 passes for 238 yards, with two interceptions and no touchdowns.

Giants Coach Tom Coughlin decided to keep only two quarterbacks, starter Eli Manning and backup David Carr. He said cutting Woodson was difficult because of "how far he has come as a player and as a young man in terms of the way he's grown up and the way he has matured in his development and the quality of player that he is."

Brohm was one of 18 players let go by the Packers on Saturday, a surprising move to some considering Green Bay spent a second-round draft pick on the former Louisville star last year.

Brohm, Green Bay's third-string quarterback last season behind starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Matt Flynn, never played in a regular-season game as a Packer.

Jenkins, Grigsby cut

Former Kentucky defensive tackle Ventrell Jenkins was cut by Cincinnati on Saturday along with 18 other players.

The Bengals also cut linebacker Darryl Blackstock and safety Marvin White and put receiver Antonio Chatman on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

The Vikings cut ex-UK defensive end Otis Grigsby.

Missing the cut

David Tyree has gone from Super Bowl hero to out of a job. Tyree was released by the Giants on Saturday in the final cutdown that also featured a late trade, with backup tight end Michael Matthews, another Super Bowl veteran, being shipped to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick.

Tyree missed last season after injuring his hamstring while coming back from off-season knee surgery. The 29-year-old wide receiver battled minor groin, hamstring and knee injuries in training camp this year and played only two pre-season games, missing the last two.

The winner between the ex-Heisman Trophy contenders battling for the Washington Redskins third-string quarterback job? Try "none of the above."

The Redskins placed Colt Brennan (Hawaii) on injured reserve with hip and hamstring injuries, and his competition for the job, Chase Daniel (Missouri), was one of the final cuts.

Veteran running back Dominic Rhodes was released by the Bills, who continued shaking up their offense a day after firing coordinator Turk Schonert. Former Kentucky wideout Steve Johnson made the cut.

Making the cut

Jamal Lewis hasn't run out of time with the Cleveland Browns.

The veteran running back, who was believed to be in danger of not making the team's opening-week roster, survived cuts on Saturday as Browns first-year coach Eric Mangini released 23 players but declined a chance to name his starting quarterback.

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