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Undrafted Rookies Make Their Mark

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Kurt Warner, quarterback, St. Louis Rams, in 1999. (Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Kurt Warner, quarterback, St. Louis Rams, in 1999. (Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — More undrafted rookies have made NFL rosters this season than in any year since 2003.

They did so despite the 4½-month lockout that was expected to limit their chances. With no offseason workouts, minicamps or training sessions in which they could be evaluated by coaching staffs, players not selected in April’s draft were expected to be longer shots than usual.

Yet 58 undrafted free agents have made teams as of Wednesday. More roster movement is possible, even likely before the season kicks off in full Sunday. Last year, with no lockout, 57 were on rosters when the season began.

Chicago has the most, five, followed by Dallas, Indianapolis and Seattle with four each. Arizona, Tennessee and Oakland have none.

Copyright Associated Press

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