Aug 9, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; NFL shield logo on the 50 yard line before the game of the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Every head coach and executive of an NFL team has some tough decisions to make over the next few days, as they decide which players deserve to be on the final 53-man roster, or even latch on with a spot on the practice squad.
The NFL’s roster cutdown process is one of the most nerve-racking times for players on a roster bubble, as they can end the dreams for fringe rookies hoping to breakthrough into the greatest football league in the world, and can also signal the end of careers for some veterans.
Below is a timeline of key NFL events that will occur over the next week:
Aug. 31, 6 p.m. ET: Teams reduce rosters to max of 53
Sept. 1, noon ET: Claiming period for players placed on waivers during final roster reduction expires
Sept. 1, noon ET: Teams can begin establishing an 8-player practice squad
Sept. 4, 4 p.m. ET: Deadline for teams to comply with change in salary cap accounting rules
Once that last date has come, the rosters are set and we know at least who will be playing where for the regular-season opener.