The first set of roster cuts for the NFL’s 2016 season are coming. The league allows teams during the offseason and through the first two weeks of the preseason to carry up to 90 players on the roster. The league then drops the roster limit to 75 players after the third preseason game. After the fourth preseason game, teams will again have to cut players as the roster limit decreases to the regular season 53-man roster limit.
This year, the cuts down to the 75-man limit will have to occur by 4pm ET Tuesday, August 30.
The league will then lower the limit again to 53-man on 4pm ET on September 3. That deadline also includes teams moving players from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list and the Active/Non-Football Injury lists (the preseason version of those lists) to the Reserve version of the lists, which will then lead to the players missing at least six weeks of the season.
Starting on September 4, after the released players have cleared waivers, teams will be allowed to form 10-man practice squads.
The regular season will begin on Thursday, September 8, with the majority of Week 1 being played on Sunday, September 11.