Final Cuts Deadline Is Tomorrow… From 75 to 53

By Ernie Padaon

October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) on the field prior to kickoff of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsTime to trim those rosters down from 75 to 53. For the Chargers, it won’t be that difficult to make these decisions. They will be more interested to see what teams around the league do with their rosters. Tomorrow at 3PM, San Diego time, the Chargers must have their roster trimmed down. Expect a lot of the moves to be coming today though.

Here is the rest of the NFL schedule:

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

August 31 — Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories ofActive/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one ofthe following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/NonFootball Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; tradecontract; 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 12:00p.m., New York time.

September 1 — Beginning at 12:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight playersby signing free agents who do not have an Accrued Season of free agency credit or who wereon the 46-player Active List for less than nine regular season games during each of anyAccrued 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, inanticipation 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.