24 former LSU players in NFL playoff team rosters

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Deion Jones
Falcons linebacker Deion Jones helped Atlanta capture a wild card berth in the NFC (Photo: Stephen Lew).

BATON ROUGE – LSU football will be well represented in the NFL Playoffs as 24 former Tigers are on rosters of teams that made the post season.

LSU has at least one player on 11 of the 12 NFL teams that are still alive in the NFL Playoffs, including a team-high four on the Buffalo Bills roster. The wildcard round of the NFL Playoffs start this weekend with games involving former Tigers taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Falcons-Rams games at 7:15 p.m. CT on Saturday will feature five former Tigers, three for Atlanta and two for Los Angeles. The Falcons roster features linebackers Deion Jones and Duke Riley along with running back Terrence Magee.

Former LSU players on the Rams roster include offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

The early game on Saturday between Kansas City and the Tennessee Titans will feature former Tiger Bennie Logan, who starts on the defensive line for the Chiefs. Offensive guard Dillon Gordon (practice squad) and running back Spencer Ware (injured reserve) are also on the Chiefs roster, but will  be in-active on Saturday.

The Buffalo Bills will have four former LSU players on the field Sunday when they face Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon CT on Sunday. The list of former LSU players on Buffalo’s roster include: defensive tackle Kyle Williams, cornerback Tre’Davious White, long snapper Reid Ferguson and wide receiver Malachi Dupre.

The 3:40 p.m. CT game between the Saints and the Carolina Panthers will include wide receiver Russell Shepard and offensive lineman Trai Turner for Carolina. Delvin Breaux (injured reserve) and wide receiver Travin Dural (practice squad) will both be in-active for New Orleans on Sunday.

Other former Tigers on teams that received a first round bye include: punter Donnie Jones and cornerback Jalen Mills for the Eagles; defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois for the Patriots, offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins and running back Stevan Ridley for the Steelers, and defensive ends Tashawn Bower and Danielle Hunter for the Vikings.

Former LSU Players in NFL Playoffs

Wildcard Round

Saturday, Jan. 6 at 3:35 p.m. CT

Tennessee Titans at Kanas City Chiefs

Chiefs: DT Bennie Logan, OG Dillon Gordon (Practice Squad), RB Spencer Ware (Injured Reserve)
Titians: None

Saturday, Jan. 6, 7:15 p.m. CT
Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams
Falcons: LB Deion Jones, LB Duke Riley, RB Terrence Magee
Rams: DT Michael Brockers, OT Andrew Whitworth

Sunday, Jan. 7, 12:05 p.m. CT

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars
Bills: WR Malachi Dupre, SNP Reid Ferguson, CB Tre’Davious White, DT Kyle Williams
Jaguars: RB Leonard Fournette

Sunday, Jan. 7, 3:40 p.m. CT
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Panthers: WR Russell Shepard, OL Trai Turner
Saints: CB Delvin Breaux (Injured Reserve), WR Travin Dural (Practice Squad)

Divisional Round
Saturday, Jan. 13, 3:35 p.m. CT
TBD at Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles: P Donnie Jones, CB Jalen Mills

Saturday, Jan. 13, 7:15 p.m. CT
TBD at New England Patriots
Patriots: DE Ricky Jean Francois

Sunday, Jan. 14, 12:05 p.m. CT
TBD at Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers: OT Jerald Hawkins, RB Stevan Ridley

Sunday, Jan. 14, 3:40 p.m. CT
TBD at Minnesota Vikings
Vikings: DE Tashawn Bower, DE Danielle Hunter

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