Lions finalize roster

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

First Frank Ferrara was cut from a scene in The Sopranos. Now the defensive lineman has been cut by the B.C. Lions.

Ferrara, a New York-based stuntman in the offseason, was among 10 players dropped when the Lions announced their 46-player roster Saturday.

Head coach and general manager Wally Buono opted to keep Aaron Hunt, who arrived early in training camp.

"They're both good football players," Buono said. "Aaron Hunt is better in what we're asking him to do." A Denver Broncos' sixth-round pick in 2003, Hunt's older brother Reggie is a Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker.

"It was probably the toughest camp I've been around" Hunt said.

Offensive lineman Rob Murphy, who played 15 games during stints with five NFL teams, made the cut.

"The guys are a little bit smaller and quicker," Murphy said. "I'm just excited to start this new venture."

Quarterbacks Dave Dickenson, Jarious Jackson and Buck Pierce are healthy, so Buono cut rookie Tyler Emmert. Sophomore defensive back Tony Tiller was the odd man out of an improved secondary.

Others released include running back Eddie Linscomb, offensive linemen Carl Gourges and Belton Johnson, linebacker Dave Lowry, and receivers Anthony Jones, Aaron Krepps and Wiley King. The Lions shifted receivers Chris Bush and Josh Boden, cornerback Markeith Knowlton, slotback Mike Lindstrom, offensive lineman Lorne Plante and defensive lineman Whitney Bell to the practice roster.


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