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NFL roster cuts schedule 2014: When Broncos must make their cuts

Broncos roster cuts 2014: The NFL's schedule for cutting team rosters down to 75 and 53 players and when teams can set their practice squads.

Justin Edmonds

With the third preseason game in the books, we expect the Broncos will start cutting people to trim down their roster to 75 players, as expected by the NFL. Here's the required roster cut schedule as implemented by the NFL.

Tuesday August 26 (First roster cuts)

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the active list.

UpdateThe Broncos reached the 75-man roster limit Monday, a day ahead of the requirement.

Thursday August 28

Denver's final preseason game, at Dallas Cowboys at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

Saturday August 30 (Final roster cuts)

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time (2:00 p.m. Mile High time), clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive List.
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/Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the active list.

Sunday August 31 (Waiver claims and practice squad)

Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.
Beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of ten 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.

Thursday September 4 (NFL opening night)

The Seattle Seahawks hos the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football.

Sunday September 7 (Broncos opening night)

The Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football.