The Denver Broncos must trim their roster from 75 players to 53 players by 2 p.m. MT today. Because safety T.J. Ward (suspension) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (suspension) will not start the season on the team's active roster, Denver only has to make 20 cuts. The team may also make a few trades, as Montee Ball and at least one inside linebacker appear to be in the trading block.
[Related: 53-man roster and 10-man practice squad projection]
You can follow all of Denver's moves with our live cut tracker here.
After the Broncos reach the final 53 for the active roster, they will begin building their 10-man practice squad. The team can begin signing players to the practice squad at 10 a.m MT on Sunday. Below, find everything you need to know about NFL practice squad rules, eligibility, salary, and some candidates for the Broncos.
How many players on the practice squad?
Ten. In year's past it was eight, but the NFL increased it to 10 in 2014.
What players are eligible for the practice squad?
In order to be eligible for the practice squad, players must meet one of the following requirements:
- Have no prior Accrued Seasons in the NFL (An accrued season is six or more games on the active roster);
- Have one prior Accrued Season in which the player was on the 45-man active roster for no more than 8 games;
- Each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of 2 Practice Squad players who have earned no more than 2 accrued seasons of free agency credit;
- If served two seasons on a practice squad, are eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player's employment.
- A player has served one season on the practice squad if he is on the practice squad for at least 6 games. The rule previously required 3 games on the practice squad roster.