Cuts roundup

NFL teams have trimmed their roster to the 53-man limit. Here is a breakdown of the day's moves ...

AFC East

Edwards' emergence means Nall is expendable
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Veteran quarterback Craig Nall was among 20 players who were released by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday to determine their 53-player season-opening roster. The Bills also placed veteran Al Wallace on the reserve-injured list. * More ... *

Dolphins let go of two veterans
MIAMI -- Fullback Cory Schlesinger and wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim were among 22 players cut Saturday by the Miami Dolphins, who had 13 rookies make their 53-man roster. Schlesinger had been expected to start after being acquired as a free agent in the offseason. * More ... *

Jets keep four tight ends
The New York Jets released 22 players today to reach the maximum NFL roster limit of 53. The team ended up keeping 4 tight ends, and also kept backup QB Marques Tuiasosopo. * More ... *

Seymour placed on PUP list
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots activated tight end David Thomas off the PUP list and announced the release of 21 players. The team also placed defensive lineman Richard Seymour on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and placed rookie linebacker Oscar Lua on the reserve/injured list. * More ... *

AFC North

Bengals cut Johnson, make trade for backup QB
CINCINNATI -- No. 2 quarterback Doug Johnson was released Saturday by the Cincinnati Bengals, who replaced him by getting Ryan Fitzpatrick from the St. Louis Rams for a conditional draft pick. Johnson was dumped a day after he threw a pair of interceptions in a 14-6 preseason loss to Indianapolis. * More ... *

Browns dump Dorsey; CB Baxter makes team
BEREA, Ohio -- Cornerback Gary Baxter made the roster and gets to continue his attempt to make history and return from a pair of torn patellar tendons suffered Oct. 22 in a game vs. Denver.

Backup quarterback Ken Dorsey wasn't as fortunate, losing out to Derek Anderson, as the team's third quarterback on the roster. Dorsey was a valuable mentor to rookie Brady Quinn during the preseason. * More ... *

Ravens keep Heisman Trophy winner
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith made the Baltimore Ravens' final roster Saturday as the team's third-string quarterback.

The former Ohio State star was not among the 20 players released as the defending AFC North champions cut the roster down to the mandatory 53-man limit. * More ... *

Steelers get Rossum
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers today released 23 players and made a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in order to trim their roster to the NFL's league minimum of 53 players.

Additionally, the Steelers traded a 2008 conditional draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons for return specialist/cornerback Allen Rossum. Rossum, a 2005 Pro Bowl selection as a special teams returner, holds the Falcons record for career punt return yards (1,723), career kickoff return yards (5,489) and career punt returns for touchdowns (2). **More ...**

AFC South

Cuts leave Colts thin at RB
INDIANAPOLIS -- DeDe Dorsey was one of the final players cut, leaving Indianapolis with Canadian Football League veteran Kenton Keith behind Joseph Addai at running back. * More ... *

Leftwich released
JACKSONVILLE -- The Jacksonville Jaguars today released 19 players including quarterback Byron Leftwich, traded RB Alvin Pearman, and placed two players -– DE James Wyche (groin) and WR Mike Walker (knee) on injured reserve. The other veterans included in today's cuts were G Dan Connolly, S Jamaal Fudge, LB Nick Greisen, DT Seth Payne, WR Charles Sharon, CB Bruce Thornton and CB Dee Webb. * More ... *

Texans release McCardell, Lundy
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans released 20 players on Friday, including Keenan McCardell, Chad Stanley, the only punter in franchise history, and quarterback Jared Zabransky, who helped lead Boise State to a thrilling 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

The Texans also released second-year running back Wali Lundy, their starter a year ago, and veteran defensive backs Tyrone Poole and Dexter McCleon. * More ... *

Titans cut starting safety, QB Rattay
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans released starting free safety Lamont Thompson and quarterback Tim Rattay among 20 players waived Saturday, choosing for now to go with Vince Young and his backup Kerry Collins. * More ... *

AFC West

Chargers release 15, place Race on IR
SAN DIEGO -- The Chargers' 53-man roster is settled after the club waived 15 players, including three veterans Saturday, and placed rookie running back Germaine Race on "Reserve-Injured."

Those informed of their release Saturday included safety Tra Battle, center Mark Bihl, running back Eldra Buckley, wide receivers Greg Camarillo and Mark Simmons, defensive ends Andre Coleman, Keith Grennan and Derreck Robinson, safety Bhawoh Jue, offensive tackles Cory Lekkerkerker and Tony Pape, defensive tackle Louis Leonard and linebackers Antwan Applewhite, Nick Roach and Jyles Tucker. * More ... *

Chiefs Place Holmes on NFI
Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Saturday that the club has made 21 transactions in order to comply with today's NFL mandatory roster cutdown to 53 players.

Kansas City placed RB Priest Holmes on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List (NFI). **More ...**

Raiders cut third-round pick Moses, Crockett and Darius
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Veteran safety Donovin Darius was among those players cut by the Raiders on Saturday. Veteran fullback Zack Crockett and third-round pick Quentin Moses were also released. **More ...**

Broncos cut starting FB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Kyle Johnson, a starter at fullback from the second half of 2004 onwards, was the biggest name among the 21 Broncos who were released by the club as the team trimmed its ranks to 53 players at the roster deadline Saturday. **More ...**

NFC East

Cowboys cut veteran CB Glenn
IRVING, Texas -- Veteran cornerback Aaron Glenn's contract was by the Dallas Cowboys, who also put kicker Martin Gramatica on injured reserve.

The Cowboys also cut 20 other players, including rookie quarterbacks Matt Moore and Richard Bartel, to get their roster to the mandatory 53 players. All eight players drafted in April made the team, including rookie kicker Nick Folk. * More ... *

Former Olympic skier cut
PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Bloom fared better on the slopes than a football field. The two-time Olympic skier was among 22 players cut by the Philadelphia Eagles to reach the 53-man roster limit on Saturday. A fifth-round draft pick in 2006, Bloom never played a down in the regular season. * More ... *

Giants place Demps on IR
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lawrence Tynes has beaten free agent Josh Huston for the New York Giants' kicking job for the moment and safety Will Demps was placed on injured reserve in a pair of surprising moves as the team trimmed its roster on Saturday. * More ... *

Redskins part ways with veteran DE
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins cut 11th-year defensive end Renaldo Wynn on Saturday, completing a preseason purge in which the team said a surprising goodbye to three well-liked veteran leaders.

Wynn followed linebacker Lemar Marshall and defensive tackle Joe Salave'a out the door as the Redskins sought to improve a defense that ranked 31st in the league last season. * More ... *

NFC North

Bears cut Leak, put Bazuin on IR
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Bears on Saturday reached the NFL's mandatory 53-man roster limit by cutting 19 players and placing second-round draft pick Dan Bazuin and fullback Quadtrine Hill on injured reserve.

Chicago waived the following players: Running back Josh Allen, wide receivers David Ball and Drisan James, defensive ends Copeland Bryan and Chris Frome, defensive tackles Tory Collins and Antonio Garay, safety Tyler Everett, cornerbacks Greg Fassitt and Tim Mixon, quarterback Chris Leak, tackle Mark LeVoir, tight ends Fontel Mines and Brett Pierce, guard Anthony Oakley, guard Tyler Reed, safety Andrew Shanle and linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler. **More ...**

Lions release Mr. Irrelevant
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have activated RB Kevin Jones off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. The team also placed G Frank Davis on the Reserve/Injured list and released 21 players. The Lions also released Ramzee Robinson, who was the final pick in April's draft. **More ...**

Packers trim roster, trade for RB
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers released 20 players, placed three on injured reserve and traded for another player Saturday.

The Packers acquired running back Ryan Grant from the New York Giants for an undisclosed future draft pick. Grant, a graduate of Notre Dame, spent the 2005 season on the Giants' practice squad and the 2006 season on injured reserve. **More ...**

Vikings cut WR McMullen, RB Pinner
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings released 22 players on Saturday to reduce their roster to the regular-season limit of 53, including two fifth-year veterans: receiver Billy McMullen and running back Artose Pinner. * More ... *

NFC South

TE gets hurt in preseason finale, then gets cut
TAMPA, Fla. -- Paris Warren played well in the preseason but his dislocated ankle in the finale while scoring the game-winning TD caused him to get cut.

Saturday's cuts definitely included some more points of interest. The Buccaneers kept four quarterbacks, for instance, and seven of the 10 players they drafted last April. * More ... *

Falcons trade Rossum, cut Cundiff
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons traded cornerback Allen Rossum to the Steelers for an undisclosed draft pick on cut day and chose kicker Matt Prater over veteran Billy Cundiff. * More ... *

Panthers release Shelton
CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers cut running back Eric Shelton, a former second-round draft pick out of Louisville in 2005, as part of 22 roster moves Saturday to reach the mandatory NFL limit of 53 players.

In his two previous seasons with the Panthers, Shelton carried just eight times for 23 yards and never established himself as the dominant power runner the team hoped he'd become. * More ... *

Fourth-round pick let go by Saints
NEW ORLEANS -- Running back Antonio Pittman, the Saints' fourth-round draft choice, was among 12 players cut by New Orleans on Saturday.

Quarterback Tyler Palko was also cut, although he appeared to be a strong candidate for the team's practice squad should he clear waivers. * More ... *

NFC West

49ers trim roster to 53
The San Francisco 49ers made their final cuts on Saturday, waiving 13 players and placing two on injured reserve to get down to the 53-man roster. * More ... *

Rookie Davis among 21 players cut by Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Rookie linebacker Buster Davis was among 21 players cut Friday as the Arizona Cardinals reduced their roster to the 53-man limit. Davis was Arizona's third-round draft pick out of Florida State and was signed to a three-year, $1.7 million contract. * More ... *

Rams cut 11, including Denzel Washington's son
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams cut 11 players on Friday, including sixth-round draft pick Ken Shackelford and running back J.D. Washington, the son of actor Denzel Washington. Shackelford, an offensive tackle from Georgia, was the 190th player selected in last April's draft. * More *

Tubbs placed on IR
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks placed Marcus Tubbs on injured reserve Saturday, meaning they have lost the hard-luck defensive tackle for the season.

Tubbs left the field on the back of a motorized cart with a right knee injury during the Seahawks' 19-14 exhibition win over Oakland on Thursday. * More *

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