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Ravens add former Bison OL Johnson to practice squad, Chargers claim Tuszka

Former NDSU offensive lineman Zack Johnson added to Baltimore Ravens practice squad.

Former North Dakota State offensive lineman Zack Johnson, center, has been added to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.
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FARGO — Former North Dakota State offensive lineman Zack Johnson has been added to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, the team announced earlier this week.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Johnson went undrafted in 2020, but has spent time with the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos. Johnson was on the Denver practice squad a season ago.

Johnson was a three-year starter for the Bison and made 46 consecutive starts over his final three seasons. The Bison currently have 16 former players with NFL teams after Johnson was added to the Baltimore practice squad.

Johnson was a two-time All-American for the Bison.

The Los Angeles Chargers claimed former Bison defensive end Derrek Tuszka off waivers, the team announced this week. The 6-foot-5, 246-pound Tuszka was a seventh-round draft pick by the Broncos in 2020.


Tuszka most recently played for the Tennessee Titans and made his first career NFL start in Week 3. He finished his NDSU career with 29.5 sacks, which ranked fifth in program history.

Tuszka has played in 25 games during his NFL career, including one start. He has two career sacks.

Johnson and Tuszka both started for the 2019 NDSU national championship team, which posted a 16-0 record.

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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