FARGO — The Denver Broncos elevated former North Dakota State defensive end Derrek Tuszka to the team's active roster for the their Monday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced.
The Broncos released Tuszka a little more than a week ago before adding him to their practice squad. Denver selected the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Tuszka in the seventh round of last April's NFL Draft.
Tuszka, from Warner, S.D., helped the Bison to a third consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national title last January in Frisco, Texas. He finished his NDSU career with 29 1/2 sacks in 53 games with 42 tackles for a loss. During his senior season, Tuszka had 13 1/2 sacks.
Tuszka is listed an an outside linebacker on the Broncos roster.
Tuszka is the second Bison player from the 2019 team to make an NFL Week 1 active roster. Former NDSU tight end Ben Ellefson was active for Jacksonville's victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Former Illinois State running back James Robinson also played for the Jaguars in that opening-season victory. Robinson rushed for 62 yards on 16 attempts to lead the Jacksonville ground game. He also caught one pass for 28 yards.
Tuszka and Ellefson both played played in the East-West Shrine Bowl last January a week after NDSU's 28-20 victory against James Madison to win the FCS championship and cap a 16-0 season.
The Bison posted a 45-1 record over the past three seasons with both Tuszka and Ellefson playing key roles in that success.
Tuszka also took part in the NFL Combine, which started near the end of last February, en route to landing a spot with the Broncos. He ranked first among defensive line in the three-cone drill with a time of 6.87 seconds. Tuszka also ranked in the top 10 among defensive lineman for most drills.