Canadians make the cut

Canadians make the cut

Fifteen Canadians will start the 2012 season on NFL rosters.

The Dallas Cowboys (rookie defensive end Tyrone Crawford and veteran long snapper L.P. Ladouceur) and Denver Broncos (offensive linemen Orlando Franklin and Philip Blake) lead the way with two Canadians each.

One third of the Canadian players on NFL rosters this season played college football in the Canadian university (CIS) system: Cory Greenwood (Concordia), Akiem Hicks (Regina), Israel Idonije (Manitoba), Vaughn Martin (Western) and Jon Ryan(Regina).

Three additional Canadians participated in training camps but were recently released: O.J. Atogwe (released by Philadelphia), Austin Pasztor (released by Minnesota) and Joel Reinders (released by New York Giants).

Canadians in the NFL (2012):

Christo Bilukidi, DT, Oakland Raiders

Philip Blake, C, Denver Broncos

Nate Burleson, WE, Detroit Lions

Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Tyrone Crawford, DE, Dallas Cowboys

Orlando Franklin, OT, Denver Broncos

Cory Greenwood (CIS Concordia Stingers), LB, Kansas City Chiefs

Akiem Nicks (CIS Regina Rams), DT, New Orleans Saints

Israel Idonije (CIS Manitoba Bisons), DT, Chicago Bears

L.P. Ladouceur, Long Snapper, Dallas Cowboys

Vaughn Martin (CIS Western Mustangs), DT, San Diego Chargers

Jon Ryan (CIS Regina Rams), P, Seattle Seahawks

Shaun Suisham, K, Pittsburgh Steelers

Danny Watkins, OT, Philadelphia Eagles

Jamaal Westerman, DE, Arizona Cardinals