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Several UFL Players Inked by NFL Teams

Dec 3, 2009 – 5:26 PM
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Anthony Olivieri

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Shane BoydThe UFL announced Thursday that 10 of its current or former players, including California Redwoods quarterback Shane Boyd (right), were signed to the active rosters or practice squads of NFL teams.

Boyd, who struggled to hold the starting job with the Redwoods, was inked to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.

Las Vegas Locomotives running back DeDe Dorsey, the MVP of the UFL's inaugural Championship Game, was among seven additional players invited to work out for NFL clubs.

"Less than a week after the conclusion of our 'Premiere' season, NFL clubs have shown interest in almost 20 UFL players," commissioner Michael Huyghue said. "These signings further illustrate the overall quality of play in the UFL and the talent of these players, who if given the opportunity, can compete in the NFL. We wish our players the best of luck with their new teams in the NFL."

Defensive back Michael Grant (Cleveland Browns), linebacker Quinton Culberson (Carolina Panthers) and kicker Matt Bryant (Atlanta Falcons) all were signed from the Florida Tuskers, who went 6-0 in the regular season before suffering a 20-17 overtime loss to the Locos in the UFL title game.

Besides Boyd, quarterback Tyler Palko, who was on the Redwoods' preseason roster, was signed from California to the Pittsburgh Steelers' active roster. The Steelers have had injuries at quarterback, with starter Ben Roethlisberger missing last week's loss to the Baltimore Ravens and backup Charlie Batch lost for the season with a left wrist injury.

Tight end Jake Nordin was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad from the Locos, the lone player to be inked from the UFL champions.

Fullback Charles Ali (Baltimore Ravens), offensive lineman Christian Gaddis (Buffalo Bills), defensive back Paul Pratt (Lions' practice squad) and offensive lineman Jason Watkins (Bills' practice squad) were signed off the winless New York Sentinels.

Along with Dorsey, tackle Jeremy Parquet (Locos), wide receiver Taye Biddle (Tuskers), defensive back DeJuan Tribble (Tuskers), kicker Graham Gano (Locos), punter Danny Baugher (Locos) and defensive back Matteral Richardson (Sentinels) have earned workouts with NFL clubs.

The four-team UFL played its first-ever season without much fanfare and in front of sparse crowds. League officials, however, have said that the UFL is in good financial standing, allowing it to add two more teams and debut a 10-game schedule next season.
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