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Four of seven ex-Bison survive first NFL cut

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FARGO -- So far, four former North Dakota State football players have survived the first phase of making the NFL. Three did not.

Running back Tyler Roehl, linebacker Ramon Humber, wide receiver Kole Heckendorf and safety Nick Schommer all have numbers on NFL rosters. Tight end Jerimiah Wurzbacher, fullback Tyler Jangula and defensive end Joe Lardinois did not make the first cut. Roehl leaves Sunday to head back to Seattle for more than a month of organized team activities, which include weight training and meetings. He'll return June 25.

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"Then I'll get two weeks off and hopefully I'll be back out there," he said.

He said he felt good about his performance in the team's mini-camp, held after the NFL Draft in April. Roehl, who was projected as an NFL fullback in pre-draft workouts, is listed as a running back on the Seahawks roster and is No. 34. He was No. 40 at NDSU.

"A little different, but not bad," he said.

Schommer, the seventh-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans, is No. 39.

Humber was given jersey No. 45 with the Indianapolis Colts. He checked in at 5-10 and 232 pounds, up from the 225 pounds he played at last season with the Bison.

Heckendorf is No. 19 on the Green Bay Packers roster.

Wurzbacher was signed by the San Diego Chargers, attended the team's rookie camp and was scheduled to return on Saturday. But he got a call four days ago informing him of his release.

"It didn't turn out the way I expected," Wurzbacher said. "I wanted to get a shot and I got a shot, but the NFL is not for everybody. I've got a degree and I have that to fall back on. Some people make it and some people don't."

Wurzbacher said his agent has been talking with the Cleveland Browns, but he said it's tough to get into a camp right now because teams are paring down their rosters.

Jangula's knee didn't hold up in his bid to make the New Orleans Saints roster. Jangula injured it late in the 2008 season and spent all winter trying to strengthen it.

Lardinois attended the Packers' rookie tryout camp but was not signed.

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