When Are First Cuts? Important Dates and Upcoming NFL Schedule

Nov 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cheerleaders perform during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Here are some important dates for the NFL Schedule that are coming up. First cuts will be a week from today on August 27th. Rosters will go down from 90 to 75. Then on August 31, rosters will go down to 53.

Here is the list of dates via NFL:

August 27 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players
on the Active List.

August 28 — All tryouts on this date and for the remainder of the season must be reported to the League
office.

August 29 — Final Preseason Games.

August 31 — Prior to 6:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the
Active/Inactive List.

August 31 — Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of
Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of
the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/NonFootball Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade
contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

September 1 — Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00
p.m., New York time.

September 1 — Beginning at 12:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight players
by signing free agents who do not have an Accrued Season of free agency credit or who were
on the 46-player Active List for less than nine regular season games during each of any
Accrued Seasons. A player cannot serve on the Practice Squad for more than three seasons.

September 1 — Final day of preseason training camp for all clubs, as defined in CBA Article 23, Section 9.

September 3 — After 4:00 p.m., New York time, a club is permitted to place a player on Reserve/Injured as
“Designated for Return.”

September 4 — At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts,
tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each Club’s 2013 Salary Cap, in
anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.

September 5 — At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL Clubs.

Topics: Nfl Offseason, San Diego Chargers

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Do we have over 75 guys for the first cuts? seems like we don;t but what do I know.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I think we have like 90 guys right now. Not sure though.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      we have around 90 guys on the roster right now

  • Cgoodness13

    I wonder how hard it is for the raiders to get a cheer team with all the hags that live in Oakland …..they probably just pickup the leftovers from San Fran

  • FitzWilly

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    Start your engines :)

  • Gunnar Martin

    So what happens if a team doesn’t get something done by a specific deadline? Is it just a fine or something?

    • FitzWilly
      • Gunnar Martin

        I know I saw that!! He’s getting the recognition he deserves, and has a pretty darn good chance of making the team. Just thinking about the possibility is making me smile. I think all he needs to make the final cuts is to get one big run. That would be the deal breaker. Or I guess he could just keep doing what he’s doing. Pound that rock Fozzy!!

        What a stud.

        • jamfed

          He should take Richard Goodman’s spot…

          • Gunnar Martin

            Yup. Goody sure hasn’t shown enough so far that he deserves a roster spot this year. He’s looked absolutely dreadful. Maybe Fozzy would be able to take on the returning duties if is kept. Don’t know if anyone else is really qualified to do it…

  • Rob Base

    Way off subject. CB Richard Marshall was released by the phins today what you guys think about our Bolts giving him a shot. He is injury prone though.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      that injury prone thing is what is in question… might have to write a post on it

      • Rob Base

        He played good for the panthers. Do u remember The play when he intercepted a fake field goal flick from the holder to the kicker and running it back for a touchdown.

        • Alter Ego

          107 yard return.

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