Three undrafted NFL rookies from Western Michigan were unable to make their respective teams' 53-man rosters as organizations made its final cuts on Saturday.
Running back LeVante Bellamy (Denver Broncos) and tight end Giovanni Ricci (Carolina Panthers) were waived on Saturday while Philadelphia Eagles center Luke Juriga was waived Thursday.
Juriga has since cleared waivers and the Eagles intend to sign him to its practice squad on Sunday, according to a report from Eagles beat reporter Mike Kaye at NJ.com.
If Bellamy and Ricci clear waivers, multiple reports have indicated they are strong practice squad candidates for the Broncos and Panthers.
When a player goes on waivers at this time of year in the NFL, that player's contract or NFL rights (such as draft rights) is made available to all other teams for a 24-hour period. Bellamy and Ricci could either be picked up by another team or clear waivers and be eligible to be placed on their originals teams practice squads.
Practice squads in the NFL have increased to 16 players this season due to COVID-19. Teams can begin officially signing players to practice squads starting at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday.
Bellamy signed a three-year, $2,310,000 contract ($60,000 guaranteed) with Denver in the offseason. Juriga signed as a priority free agent with the Eagles for three years and $2,301,000 ($116,000 guaranteed), while Ricci's agreement with the Panthers is a three-year, $2,302,000 ($17,000 guaranteed) deal.
The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10, when the Houston Texans go on the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.