By Brendan Stiles
The final week of the 2012 NFL preseason begins Thursday. After teams had to trim rosters down to 75 players by Aug. 27, there currently remain 38 former Iowa football players listed on NFL rosters. A pair of undrafted rookies were let go as former linebacker Tyler Nielsen was among those cut by the Minnesota Vikings and former punter Eric Guthrie was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Below is a list of this week’s preseason games in the NFL, including which former Iowa players are with which teams. For those in Eastern Iowa, KGAN-TV (CBS affiliate) will carry the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason game on Thursday against the Houston Texans, while KFXA-TV (Fox affiliate) will provide coverage of the Chicago Bears’ preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, also on Thursday.
In addition, there are three nationally televised preseason games this week including Thursday’s contest on NFL Network between the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers, which features a total of five former Hawkeye players.
Wednesday, Aug. 29:
New England at NY Giants, 6 p.m. (NFL Network) — Patriots: Jeff Tarpinian, Markus Zusevics (reserve/non-football injury list), Brad Herman (IR); Giants: Tyler Sash
Tampa Bay at Washington, 6 p.m. — Buccaneers: Dallas Clark, Adrian Clayborn; Redskins: Jordan Bernstine, Adam Gettis
Miami at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30:
Atlanta at Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m. — Falcons: Jonathan Babineaux
NY Jets at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. — Jets: Shonn Greene, Matt Kroul; Eagles: Marvin McNutt, Julian Vandervelde
Buffalo at Detroit, 6 p.m. — Bills: Scott Chandler; Lions: Ryan Donahue, Riley Reiff, Amari Spievey
Kansas City at Green Bay, 6 p.m. (NFL Network) — Chiefs: Rob Bruggeman, Tony Moeaki, Ricky Stanzi; Packers: Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels
Minnesota at Houston, 6 p.m. (KGAN-TV) — Vikings: Christian Ballard, Chad Greenway, Allen Reisner; Texans: Mitch King
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 6 p.m. — Bengals: Shaun Prater (IR); Colts: Seth Olsen, Pat Angerer (injured), A.J. Edds (IR)
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. — Panthers: Charles Godfrey
Baltimore at St. Louis, 6 p.m. — Ravens: Sean Considine, Marshal Yanda; Rams: Bradley Fletcher, Bryan Mattison
New Orleans at Tennessee, 6 p.m. — Titans: Karl Klug
Chicago at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m. (KFXA-TV)
San Diego at San Francisco, 9 p.m. — Chargers: Nate Kaeding
Oakland at Seattle, 9 p.m. — Raiders: Brandon Myers
Denver at Arizona, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
*All times listed are Central Standard Time