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Badgers in the NFL: Nick Toon, Peter Konz released; Jared Abbrederis returns to practice

Four former Badgers were released by NFL teams, while one returned to the field Tuesday.

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It's one of the hardest days of the year for the NFL, when teams have to begin cutting down rosters down to 75 -- and then later before the regular season begins, down to 53.

Unfortunately, some former Wisconsin Badgers were among those released on Tuesday:

In good news, wide receiver Jared Abbrederis returned to practice for the Packers on Tuesday. Abbrederis suffered a concussion on the first day of training camp and had been sidelined since then. He'll play in his first football game since the Capital One Bowl in Jan. 2014. Abbrederis spoke with reporters, with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Cohen detailing the former Wisconsin walk-ons answers to the media, especially with his most recent injury:
(On the concussion influencing his future in football) "I think you've got to be 100 percent confident with how you feel, your body. Because if you're not, then you're not going to be able to play at this level just because you can't have any doubts. I think the organization here did a really good job turning over every stone and things like that so I can have my confidence. With a knee or anything like that, if you don't have confidence in your knee you can't play. It's the same with any injury. You've just got to be confident. They did a really good job turning over every stone, and I have full confidence right now."