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Former New Hanover Wildcat Jay Ross announced Friday via Twitter he made the Buffalo Bills 53-man roster. The three-year NFL pro and former East Carolina University standout went to the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2010, and after spending two seasons on the practice squad for the Green Bay Packers and Bills, he landed in Buffalo, N.Y.
Ross, a new father, worked mostly with the first-team defense throughout organized team activities and training camp. He saw time during the preseason, mostly as a second stringer to defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus. Ross currently sits second on the depth chart behind Dareus.
The Wilmington native tweeted Friday that he would be returning to the Port City for the weekend to spend time with his family and new daughter before returning to Buffalo to gear up for the New England Patriots on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Hoggard alum Jonathan Cooper, meanwhile, will miss the entire 2013-14 season. The Arizona Cardinals put Cooper, who broke his leg in the third preseason game, on season-ending injured reserve.
“We didn’t feel like it was fair to our football team in case we do have someone who can come back sooner,” Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians said. “We felt like we needed to keep that spot open. As much as we wanted Jon back, the chances of him coming back and getting into football shape weren’t as realistic as we hoped for.”
Cooper was the seventh overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, a standout at UNC-Chapel Hill and a state champion at Hoggard High School.