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NFL teams made a series of roster moves to get their numbers down to the required 75 players by the Monday afternoon deadline, including putting players on IR and the PUP list. What are the rules governing those various roster tools used by teams?
The first thing that was keeping Kenny Britt from playing for the Tennessee Titans this season is no longer an issue, as the wide receiver has been removed from the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Now, the fourth-year player must wait to hear from the NFL office about whether he will face a suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Britt missed the majority of the 2011-12 season after tearing both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee last September, but has been rehabbing towards his return. Now that he's off the PUP list, as Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports, he's presumably able to resume activities, according to doctors, and will begin practicing with the team. However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will likely have something to say about that.
Britt was arrested for driving under the influence in July, marking the eighth run-in with the law during an NFL career that has spanned less than four years. The former first-round draft pick was warned by Goodell about his behavior last year during a visit with the commissioner related to another incident.
A suspension would obviously derail Britt's hopes of playing, but Titans fans can at least be glad that the receiver is physically ready to play whenever Goodell says he can.
Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and a trio of kickers headline Monday's NFL cuts. Can any of those players help teams in need?
The Green Bay Packers have placed linebacker Desmond Bishop on injured reserve as part of their roster cuts to get down the league-mandated 75 players, according to Monday's team press release. The Packers also placed five other players on IR, added two to the physically unable to perform list, and released two others.
Bishop, who suffered a torn hamstring in Green Bay's preseason opener, has been a key component in the Packers' defense for the past two seasons, during which time he averaged 83 tackles and four sacks. Tight end Andrew Quarless, who has also seen plenty of playing time in the past couple of years, was one of the two players to be added to the PUP list. In 23 games and five starts as a Packer, Quarless has hauled in 24 passes for 274 yards and a TD. Defensive end Jarius Wynn is another notable name on the list, as the fourth-year pro was released following a season in which he accumulated 13 tackles and three sacks while appearing in all 16 games.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media following the announcement, and seemed stressed about the whole ordeal:
"People don't really realize I know, I didn't as an assistant. I didn't appreciate what goes into making decisions. There is a lot of conversation, and you just hope you are making the right decision as you go about it. So this is the worst time of year, I think, for every head coach. I know it is for me personally."
Tight end DeMarco Cosby, guard Ray Dominguez, defensive end Johnny Jones, running back Du'ane Bennett and wide receiver Shaky Smithson were the other five players placed on IR, while linebacker Frank Zombo ended up on the PUP list and fullback Jon Hoese was released.
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The Washington Redskins have cut their roster down to 75 players. The NFL had a 4 p.m. ET deadline to get each team's roster within the 75-man limit, forcing head coach Mike Shanahan and the coaching staff to make some tough decisions.
Here is a look at the players released on Monday afternoon. The team previously cut nine players earlier in the day.
RB Antwon Bailey
OL Chris Campbell
RB Lennon Creer
QB Jonathan Crompton
WR Sam Kirkland
WR Lance Lewis (Waived-Injured)
LB Monte Lewis
G Nick Martinez
TE Beau Reliford
CB Morgan Trent (Waived with Injury Settlement)
All NFL teams have until 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 1 to trim their rosters down to 53 players.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a handful of roster moves on Monday afternoon, including cutting 10 players as the Bucs trimmed their roster down to 75.
Wide receivers Ed Gant and Greg Ellingson, running back De'Anthony Curtis, long-snapper Andrew DePaola, tight end Collin Franklin, punter Eric Guthrie, tackle Mike Ingersoll, linebacker Brian Smith, safety Tramain Thomas and cornerback Marquese Wheaton were cut by Greg Schiano on Monday, as the Buccaneers had to trim their roster to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET.
Da'Quan Bowers was placed on the reserve physically unable to perform (PUP) list as well, helping Tampa Bay get its roster down to 75 players.
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A few notable names were among Monday's cuts, including wide receivers Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth. Both players signed with the Patriots this offseason after playing for the Redskins in 2011. The decision to release Gaffney may come as somewhat of a surprise as he saw time with New England's first team offense during training camp.
On the defensive side, New England released 11-year veteran Gerard Warren. Warren spent the last two seasons in New England, playing in 12 games last year. The team also released Tim Bulman and Ross Ventrone.
The Cleveland Browns waived/injured defensive ends Marcus Benard and Auston English, and defensive back Antwuan Reed, as they trimmed their roster down to the league-mandated 75 players on Monday, according to Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com. Cleveland also placed linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Chris Gocong on injured reserve, and added defensive tackle Phil Taylor to the physically unable to perform list.
Benard was injured in Friday's 27-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, dislocating his elbow in the third quarter. He led the Browns in sacks during the 2010 season with 7.5, while appearing in 15 games. Meanwhile, English is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and had been on the practice field every day until being held out on Monday. Reed, who suffered a leg injury in practice on Aug. 20, rounds out the list of waived players. All three could be retained by the Browns and placed on IR if they clear waivers. They could also agree to a settlement and become free agents.
The San Francisco 49ers had to cut a dozen players today to meet the 75-man roster limit as stipulated by the NFL. Niners Nation compiled a list of the players cut. The unfortunate victims include fullback Cameron Bell, defensive tackle Patrick Butrym, defensive backs Ben Hannula and Cory Nelms, wide receiver Joe Hastings, defensive end Matthew Masifilo, cornerback Deante Purvis, tight end Joe Sawyer, offensive lineman Jason Slowey, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, and wide receiver Brian Tyms.
NFL roster cuts are mandated by league-wide limits, which state that all teams must be down to 75 players by Monday at 4 p.m. ET. The next set of roster cuts should begin at the conclusion of the preseason. There the 49ers must figure out which players they must cut or assign to the practice squad to ensure the team meets the 53-man roster limit before the beginning of the NFL regular season.
The St. Louis Rams cut 13 players Monday afternoon as they trimmed their roster from 90 to 75 players. The biggest name cut from the roster was wide receiver Danario Alexander, who was talented but has been hampered with a hamstring injury throughout training camp.
Along with Alexander, the Rams cut ties with the following players:
FB Todd Anderson,
DT John Gill
WR Brandyn Harvey
LB Noah Keller
LS Travis Tripucka.
In addition to the players that were released, the Rams placed defensive tackle Trevor Laws was on injured reserve.
The Miami Dolphins made their final round of cuts on Monday, trimming the roster down to the mandatory 75 players. There was a 4 p.m. deadline set by the NFL to have the rosters in accordance with league rules.
The most notable cut was wide receiver Julius Pruitt. The folks over at SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider, believed Pruitt had a good shot at making the roster due to strong special teams play. With the speedy receiver no longer in the mix, Miami has 10 players remaining to possibly see playing time at wideout.
Eric Steinbach, a guard, was placed on the retirement list. Jonas Gray was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, although it was for a non-football injury. The other players cut included tight end Les Brown, cornerback Marcus Brown, cornerback Trenton Hughes, safety Tyrell Johnson, linebacker Josh Linam, tailback Jerome Messam, defensive end Jacquies Smith and cornerback Jonathan Wade.
The Detroit Lions placed running back Jahvid Best on the physically unable to perform list Monday, as the team made its final roster moves to adhere to the NFL's 75-player roster deadline. Best, who's still recovering from a major concussion suffered last season, can return after the first six games of the season.
To get to the 75 players, the Lions also put rookie conerback Chris Greenwood on the PUP list, placed offensive linemen Bill Nagy and Jonathan Scott on injured reserve and released wide receiver Dominique Curray and safety Isaac Madison.
Greenwood missed all of training camp after having abdominal surgery, while Nagy was recovering from an ankle injury. Scott was placed on IR after hurting his knee early in training camp.
For the second straight season, Nick Folk has earned the job as the New York Jets place kicker. The depth chart news was made official Monday when the team cut Josh Brown. Head coach Rex Ryan and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff made the decision on Brown, who was released by the St. Louis Rams this winter and will now need to find another team.
For most of training camp, Brown pushed Folk hard but just like last season, when Nick Novak was given a chance to earn a Jets' roster spot, the former Arizona Wildcats outperformed his opponent. Folk cemented his starting role after making all three of his attempts in Sunday's 17-12 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Brown went 1-for-2.
The Denver Broncos officially trimmed their roster down to 75 players on Monday afternoon, as veteran long snapper Lonie Paxton joined a list of 13 names cut loose by the team in their latest round of roster adjustments.
Paxton, who won three Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots playing with Tom Brady, never once missed a game for the Broncos from 2009-2011. He was ultimately released by the organization in order to reach the NFL-mandated limit of 75, while the other 12 players let go, including former Michigan State wide receiver Mark Dell and former Alabama cornerback Ramzee Robinson, were all placed on waivers.
The Broncos also cut ties with five undrafted rookies from the 2012 class on Monday, as Elliot Coffey, Anthony Miller, Anthony Perkins, Mike Remmers and Austin Wuebbels were among the large group placed on waivers. The team will still need to cut down to 53 men in the coming days, but it's clear that the release of Paxton comes as quite a shock considering his track record as a proven NFL veteran.
The Carolina Panthers announced the release of 12 players on Monday through a series of Tweets from the team's official accounts. The cuts included veteran kicker Olindo Mare as well as former University of South Carolina star Eric Norwood:
Wallace and Adams were both undrafted, while Norwood was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 Draft that didn't pan out as the team transitioned to a 3-4 and moved the former linebacker to defensive end. According to Cat Scratch Reader, Rowells' dismissal means that the Panthers plan on making rookie Tauren Poole their third option at running back.
Mare was signed to a $12 million deal last season but missed two crucial field goals in the fourth quarter of two eventual Panther losses. Throughout camp he trailed former CFL kicker Justin Medlock, which ultimately sealed his fate.
For more on the Carolina Panthers, be sure to check out SB Nation's Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.
The Tennessee Titans have sliced down their roster to 75 players, parting ways with quarterback Nick Stephens and a trio of young receivers, among others. With Jake Locker taking over behind center in his second year, veterans Matt Hasselbeck and Rusty Smith will likely constitute the backup depth, leaving Stephens as the odd man out. The former Tennessee Vol never posed a serious threat to Smith during camp, and told the Nashville Tennessean he had no hard feelings about the move.
Here's a complete list of the players cut by Tennessee over the weekend, courtesy of Music City Miracles:
QB: Nick Stephens
RB: Herb Donaldson
TE: Joey Haynos
OL Jonathon Palmer
K William Batson
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The Buffalo Bills have made their required cuts to get down to the 75-player roster limit. To get their active roster to 75, the Bills cut nine players on Sunday and also placed tight end Mike Caussin on the physically unable to perform list.
The nine players cut by Buffalo are:
WR Derek Session
TE Fendi Onobun
DT Jay Ross
LB Danny Batten
CB Prince Miller
Buffalo is coming off of a 38-7 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday. The Bills have one more preseason game, Thursday against the Lions before they kick off the 2012 regular season on September 9, on the road against the New York Jets.
For more on the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.
The Philadelphia Eagles have waived wide receiver Jamel Hamler on Monday, which brings the club's roster to the mandatory 75 player limit. Coming into the day, the club needed to make four roster moves prior to the 4 p.m., ET deadline to bring the roster to 75.
In addition, the Eagles also placed Jason Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list and have placed Mike Patterson on the reserve/non-illness list. Both players will be eligible to resume practicing between Weeks 6 and 9, with Patterson having a legitimate chance to play this season. Peters, on the other hand, will likely be placed on IR when he comes off the list.
The club also placed guard Mike Gibson on IR with a minor injury to his hip flexor.
Previous cuts included the following players:
- Elvis Akpla, Wide Receiver
- Wade Bonner, Safety
- Xavier Brown, Defensive End
- Brian Hernandez, Wide Receiver
- McKay Jacobson, Wide Receiver
- Tiger Jones, Wide Receiver
- Alfred McCullough, Guard
- Tom Nelson, Defensive Back
- Kevin Thomas, Corner Back
- Thomas Welch, Offensive Tackle
- Cliff Harris, Corner Back
Philadelphia has until Friday night at 9 p.m., ET to trim the roster from 75 to 53 players for the regular season roster.
The Indianapolis Colts made a handful of roster moves Monday, as wide receiver Griff Whalen, tackle George Foster and cornerback Brandon McKinney were placed on injured reserve, and nose tackle Josh Chapman and guard Justin Anderson were put on the physically unable to perform list.
The Colts also announced the following players have been waived: CB
The moves came before the NFL's 4 p.m. roster cut deadline, which forces all teams to be down to 75 players.
On Saturday, McKinney suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Colts' 30-17 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins. Whalen was also injured in the loss, as he re-injured a foot that caused him to miss a majority of training camp.
Meanwhile, Chapman and Anderson were both Colts' selections in the 2012 NFL Draft. Chapman, a University of Alabama product, was the Colts fifth-round selection, while Anderson, from the University of Georgia, was taken in the seventh round.
For more on the Colts roster moves, visit the SB Nation blog Stampede Blue.
The New Orleans Saints will retain only two quarterbacks on their roster as they cut the roster down to 75 players. Quarterback Luke McCown was released from the team. Defensive tackle Remi Ayodele was also cut from the team after working mainly with the third team in training camp.
Ayodele had spent three seasons with the Saints from 2008 until 2010, before he signed with the Minnesota Vikings before the 2011 season. Ayodele re-signed with the Saints in May after being released by the Vikings.
Other players that were cut from the Saints roster include wide receivers Marques Clark, Kevin Hardy and Derek Moye, offensive linemen Hutch Eckerson, Paul Fenaroli and Brian Folkerts, cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Cord Parks, tight end Jake Byrne, defensive tackle Swanson Miller, defensive end Donavan Robinson and safety Johnny Thomas.
Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson will be back with the franchise for the 21st straight season. Hanson, who has been Detroit's kicker since1992, was competing in camp with undrafted free agent Derek Dimke and has won that battle. The Lions announced Monday that they cut Demke along with nine others as they move towards a 75-man roster.
Hanson, a career 83 percent kicker, went 24-29 last season, only missing from outside of 40 yards. Thanks to Detroit's high-powered offense, Hanson's 126 points in 2011 was the second-highest total of his career and the most since the 1993 season.
The other players released by Detroit are FB James Bryant, WR Jarrett Dillard, RB Stephfon Green, S Sean Jones, G Jacques McClendon, LB Slade Norris, G J.C. Oram, DT Bobby Skinner and WR Terrence Toliver.
Defensive tackle Chris Canty and tight end Travis Beckum were placed on the physically unable to perform list, while offensive lineman Brandon Mosley was placed on season-ending injury reserve. Cornerback Antwaun Molden's contract was terminated, and the team waived 11 players:
The team also waived 11 players, including three with NFL experience: tight end Ryan Purvis, defensive tackle Carlton Powell and defensive back Chris Horton. Also waived were wide receivers Julian Talley and Brandon Collins, tight end Christian Hopkins, defensive backs Brandon Bing and Jojo Nicolas, running back Joe Martinek, tackle Joel Reinders and defensive tackle Oren Wilson.
The Giants will have to trim the roster from 75 to 53 by 9 p.m. ET Friday.
The Raiders moves include waiving linebacker Korey Bosworth, defensive end Mason Brodine, defensive end Wayne Dorsey, safety Aaron Henry, cornerback Terrail Lambert, wide receiver Thomas Mayo, wide receiever DeAundre Muhammad, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero, safety Chaz Powell and fullback Manase Tonga. Additionally, Oakland waived-injured FB Rashawn Jackson and lineman Ed Wang.
Their roster will now remain at 75 players until Friday, when the league mandates that they be trimmed down to the final 53 man unit before the season opener. Oakland has one more exhibition game to determine who goes and who stays on Thursday, when they head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.
The Raiders open the season Sept. 10 as the second billing on Monday Night Football at home against the San Diego Chargers.
For more Raiders news and roster updates, head on over to Silver and Black Pride.
After trading for Tavaris Jackson on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills decided to release Vince Young on Monday morning, according to Young himself. The move will help Buffalo get to 75 players before the deadline of 4 p.m. ET.
Young looked promising early in his career with the Titans, leading them to the AFC playoffs in 2007. Unfortunately, his career started to derail with a knee injury and subsequent benching by then-Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher the following season.
Young now hits the open market looking for another chance to catch on with a team looking for some quarterback help. At 29 years old, it's certainly not out of the question for the ex-Longhorn.
The Cowboys cut ties with wide receivers Raymond Radway and David Little, offensive linemen Levy Adcock and Tyrone Novikoff, cornerback C.J. Wilson, running back Javarris Williams, tight end Henry Flaherty, and kicker Delbert Alvarado.
Offensive lineman Kevin Kowalski was placed on the reserve PUP list, and will miss at least the first six games of the season.
The Cowboys also announced that wide receiver Donavon Kemp and Caleb McSurdy were waived/injured. Provided Kemp and McSurdy clear waivers, they will both revert to injured reserve.
The Cowboys still have one more roster move to make to get down to the 75 player league mandate by 3 p.m. on Monday.
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NFL teams are making their first round of roster cuts on Monday. Which players out there will be snapped up by other teams?
The deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters down to 75 players is fast approaching, and the Chicago Bears cut 10 players Monday to help reach that number, Larry Mayer of chicagobears.com reports.
In addition to the 10 cuts, Chicago also placed Brandon Hardin on injured reserve and Johnny Knox on the physically unable to perform list. Hardin was a third-round pick out of Oregon State in April's NFL Draft. He was lost for the season with a neck injury sustained in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins. Knox is still recovering from a spinal injury suffered last December.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune says the reported cuts bring the roster down to 76, but there may be another one on the way:
The Jacksonville Jaguars trimmed their roster down to 75 players on Monday, but didn't really cut anyone to do so. Instead, the team just moved around some injured players on the roster.
Fullback Brock Bolen (knee) was waived/injured, and he will also go on injured reserved if he clears waivers.
The Jaguars also shifted John Chick (knee) and linebacker Clint Session (concussion) from the active PUP to the reserve PUP so they did not count among the 75 players on the roster.
The next step for Jacksonville will be getting the roster down to 53 players before the team begins the regular season.
Stallworth was looking for his second tour of duty with New England after being a part of its undefeated (regular) season back in 2007. However, Bill Belichick decided to let him go after seeing what the 31-year-old receiver had left in the tank during the preseason.
Stallworth has bounced around some in his career since breaking in with the New Orleans Saints back in 2002. The Tennessee product played in the Big Easy for four seasons before being a member of five different teams in as many years including the Philadelphia Eagles, Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins.
Also on Monday, New England cut fullback Spencer Larsen, per Aaron Wilson. Defensive end Tim Bulman was let go as well in an effort to trim the roster down to 75 players before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made their first round of cuts to start whittling the roster on Monday.
None of the names above are a big surprise, although Hrapmann was showing that he could compete for the job with a perfect preseason to this point.
With those players being released, the Steelers have the squad down to the mandated 75 players before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Of course, Pittsburgh could release another player or two from the team if someone gets cut that Mike Tomlin and co. have interest in.
Rackers came in to camp with the opportunity to compete with Graham Gano for the starting job, but wasn't able to do enough to impress head coach Mike Shanahan.
Whether or not Rackers will get another chance remains unclear. The 36-year-old played the bulk of his solid career for the Arizona Cardinals after breaking in with the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2000.
He's spent the last two seasons with the Houston Texans, where he showed consistency and a strong leg. In those campaigns, Rackers hit an impressive nine field goals of 50 or more yards.
This move comes just one day after the Baltimore Ravens released ex-Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff. Teams now have good options to mull over if they need a solid placekicker now or due to injury in the future.
The deadline for teams to cut their roster down to 75 players comes on Monday at 4 p.m. (ET). The current roster limit is 90 players which means there will be 400-plus players out on the open market as teams cut their way to 75 players. Many teams have started the process of releasing the necessary players. You can track those cuts here.
The next step after the Monday deadline will be looking forward to a Friday deadline to cut down to 53 players. Every NFL team will play their final preseason game on Wednesday or Thursday of this week and then make nearly two dozen roster cuts by Friday night.
The deadline to cut down from 75 to 53 players is Friday night at 9 p.m. (ET). That means more than 1,100 players will hit free agency between last weekend and next weekend. Not only will teams be releasing players to hit the roster limit but they'll also be signing players that other teams have released.
It's a busy time in the NFL, a mini-free agency if you will.
The Seattle Seahawks announced a wave of roster cuts on Sunday, as they prepare to whittle the team down to 75 players in anticipation of Monday's deadline.
The roster now sits at 77 players, as 12 players were waived. Wide receiver Terrell Owens, who is 38 years old, headlined the group as his comeback bid came up a bit short. Owens last played in an NFL game in 2010.
The following players were also waived or terminated by the Seahawks:
Linebacker Jameson Konz
Defensive end Pep Levingston
Cornerbacks Roy Lewis, Donny Lisowski and Ron Parker
Tight end Cameron Morrah
Wide receiver Phil Bates
Offensive tackles Edawn Coughman and Alex Barron
Offensive guard Deuce Lutui
Running back Tyrell Sutton
There were a few surprises in these roster cuts. Coach Pete Carroll and the rest of his staff must be really sold on youngsters like J.R. Sweezy to cut veterans like Lutui and Barron.
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The Kansas City Chiefs have released 14 players to get down to the 75-man roster limit ahead of Monday's deadline. The Chiefs' cuts didn't include any major surprises and they will need to get down to 53 players by Friday night.
Here are all 14 players cut by the Chiefs:
FB Shane Bannon
TE Tim Biere
LB Caleb Campbell
OL Justin Cheadle
DB Dominique Ellis
DB Jean Fanor
LB Dexter Heyman
OL Cam Holland
WR Jeremy Horne
DE Ethan Johnson
WR Brandon Kinnie
WR Zeke Markshausen
K Matt Szymanski
WR Aaron Weaver
Not all of these players will be gone forever. Some of them will be on the Chiefs practice squad when they begin to create it after next week.
Horne was the most experienced player on the list. Campbell and Bannon were both considered possibilities for the active roster. Bannon was listed No. 1 on the Chiefs most recent depth chart at fullback.
The next round of cuts to 53 players comes on Friday night.
In a somewhat unexpected move, the Baltimore Ravens announced the release of veteran kicker Billy Cundiff on Sunday afternoon. The team has decided to go with rookie free agent Justin Tucker just two years after Cundiff landed in the Pro Bowl wearing a Ravens uniform.
Despite all of the kicker's success in Baltimore, Cundiff will presumably be remembered most by fans for missing a 32-yard, game-tying field goal in last season's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. Few kickers have performed better than Cundiff during the regular season, but that kick is a big part of his legacy.
Beyond the fact that Tucker comes at a cheaper price, the rookie impressed Ravens coaches with his showing during training camp. Head coach John Harbaugh insisted to reporters that Cundiff also performed well when announcing the move, but Tucker was 5-of-5 during the preseason and made two kicks of longer than 50 yards.
A 22-year-old that went undrafted out of Texas, Tucker put up strong numbers in college. Over two years with the Longhorns, he made 40-of-48 kicks, good for a 83 percent success rate.
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Owens, who was signed with Seattle at the beginning of August, said he was no longer a member of the team on his Twitter feed.
I'm no longer a Seahawk. I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I'm truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver.— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) August 26, 2012
Owens did have two receptions for 41 yards in Seattle's third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but was unable to impress coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks management enough to overcome a reported deficit in performance in practice against fellow wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
In the Seahawks' second preseason game, quarterback Matt Flynn targeted Owens five times, but completed none of them. Many of the incompletions were a result of Owens dropping the ball, including a bomb that should have gone for a 46-yard touchdown toss. Instead, the ball went through Owens' hands.
For more Seattle Seahawks coverage, visit Field Gulls.
Former Oregon standout cornerback Cliff Harris has been waived by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Svitek, a six-year NFL veteran who started ten games for Atlanta at left tackle, will miss the 2012-13 season due to a an upper arm injury sustained in practice, the details of which are not yet available. This means that Sam Baker will undoubtedly see the lion's share of work at that position unless Atlanta can pick up a serviceable left tackle as Baker's backup over the next few weeks.
By Aug. 31, the Falcons will again cut their roster, this time to the final 53 players, as per NFL regulations.
NFL teams are required to cut their rosters down to 75 players by Monday, but after losing a preseason game 12-10 to the San Diego Chargers on Friday night, the Minnesota Vikings wasted no time, releasing 15 players from their roster on Saturday afternoon.
The players Minnesota released on Saturday are:
G Bridger Buche
RB Derrick Coleman
G Grant Cook
LB Solomon Elimimian
DB Corey Gatewood
OT Levi Horn
DT Anthony Jacobs
WR Kamar Jorden
WR AJ Love
LB Tyler Nielsen
DE Ernest Owusu
DT Tydreke Powell
DB Chris Stroud
WR Kerry Taylor
WR Bryan Walters
The roster will be trimmed again before the regular season, that time down to 53 players.
With the Friday loss to San Diego, the Vikings are now 1-2 in the 2012 preseason. The Vikings return to action on Thursday when they travel to Reliant Stadium to face the Houstan Texans in their fourth and final preseason game.
Minnesota begins the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 9 when the Vikings host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mall of America Field.
The Jets cut former Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Raymond Webber, WR Dexter Jackson, cornerback LeQuan Lewis, safety Marcus Lott, guard Terrence Campbell, long-snapper Derek Chard, and defensive tackle Matt Hardison.
The Jets have the last two weeks of preseason play to cut another 27 players to make it down to the maximum regular season roster size of 53. The Jets still have 11 wide receivers in camp, according to their official depth chart, so expect them to cut five or six more wideouts. In addition, the battle between Matt Simms and Greg McElroy for the third quarterback spot on the roster is ongoing — it's unlikely the Jets keep both of them.
The 24-year-old tight end made waves when the Dolphins signed him solely off of his raw talent, despite the fact he hadn't played football since high school. Brown also got a pretty good run on the HBO reality show Hard Knocks during his short stint with the Dolphins. He was never really a threat to crack the final roster cut, but had the potential skills to make a good practice squad player.
The other surprise according to The Phinsider was defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, who also had raw skills that could eventually translate to a solid backup role. Although they noted he wasn't nearly ready to start or receive regular playing time.
The Dolphins also waived the following players:
The team also announced that running Jonas Gray was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
The Arizona Cardinals began their roster trimming a few days early, waiving 12 players from the team.
NFL teams have to trim roster size from 90 to 75 by next Monday, August 27. None of the players cut were of any surprise.
The Cardinals waived the following players from the team:
In addition, the Cardinals also placed reserve tackle Levi Brown on the injured reserve list, ending his season after he tore his triceps during an exhibition win against the Raiders.
The entire roster must be cut down to 53 players by August 31, the day after the Cardinals close out their preseason with an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.
For more on the Arizona Cardinals preseason, head over to Revenge of the Birds to join the discussion.
With the Monday deadline looming to cut the rosters down to 75 players, the Green Bay Packers released defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove on Friday, according to USA Today's Howard Balzer.
Hargrove signed with the Packers on March 29, but was suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season by the NFL for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal during his time with the Saints in the 2009 NFL season.
In the official press release from the NFL regarding the suspensions, the league claimed that "Hargrove submitted a signed declaration to the league that established not only the existence of the program at the Saints, but also that he knew about and participated in it."
Hargrove was a third-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2004 NFL Draft and stayed with the team for two full seasons before being traded during the 2006 season. He then spent time with the Bills, Saints, Eagles and Seahawks before signing with the Packers.
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Left guard Travelle Wharton, who will undergo ACL surgery in his right knee, was also placed on the season-ending injured reserve list, writes Hobson.
The rest of the roster moves, according to Hobson, were more surprising. Safety Robert Sands will need surgery for a chest injury received in Cincinnati's preseason contest against the Atlanta Falcons, and rookie receiver/cornerback Taveon Rogers will also require surgery after injuring his shoulder in Thursday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Both were placed on injured reserve as well.
Among the other roster-trimming casualties, writes Hobson, were quarterback Tyler Hansen and defensive end Luke Black, both rookies, as well as running back Aaron Brown and guard Matt Murphy. All four were cut from the team outright.
The Bengals roster currently sits at 76, and needs to be dropped down to 75 by Monday, Aug. 27.
Update: Bengals release Kashif Moore to get down to 75.
Cincinnati closes their preseason next Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Indianapolis Colts.
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