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article imageOp-Ed: NFL — Teams are making cuts to get down to a 53-man roster

By Austin Tyler     Sep 4, 2011 in Sports
With the season opening next week, teams are force to cut an 80-man roster down to 53 by Sunday morning. Some people are expected to be gone, but despite the known players getting cut, there are some surprises.
The Miami Dolphins made headlines after giving former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson another chance, but it did not last long as he was cut today to make space. Johnson did not even get a real chance to show what he could do as he just signed a contract last week.
They also cut corner back Will Allen who had been with the Dolphins since 2006, and recorded 152 solo tackles with 4 sacks and 7 interceptions. Allen started 69 games for the Dolphins, but only played in 6 games last year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars released backup running back Rashad Jennings along with safety Don Carey, who started 10 games last year for the Panthers.
The Carolina Panthers look like they cleaned house with defensive tackles Corvey Irvin and Nick Hayden, running backs Tyrell Sutton and Josh Vaughan, and fullback Tony Fiammetta.
The Panthers also cut wide receivers Wallace Wright, Charly Martin, Darvin Adams and Jamorris Warren; tight end Greg Smith; offensive linemen Ryan Pugh, Jacob Bender and John Gianninoto; defensive linemen Malcolm Tatum, Ugo Chinasa and DelJuan Robinson; linebackers Lawrence Wilson and Sean Ware; cornerbacks Robert McClain, Chevis Jackson, C.J. Wilson and Kendric Burney; safety Michael Greco and kicker Adi Kunalic.
The Dallas Cowboys cut defensive lineman Igor Olshansky, along with starting fullback last year Chris Gronkowski. The Cowboys also let go of some kickers in Shayne Graham and Dave Rayner.
The Chicago Bears told Chester Taylor earlier in the week that he was no longer in the plans, but still wanted him to practice. Today the Bears cut ties with Taylor as they look to get Matt Forte and Marion Barber more carries in a two-back attack.
Taylor had a bit of a bumpy ride as he did not play in the third preseason game at Tennessee and left team headquarters thinking he had been released after a meeting with coach Lovie Smith on Monday. He then played in the game against Cleveland Browns on Thursday for the preseason finale, but only got 27 yards on 10 attempts.
The Bears also cut ties with tight end Desmond Clark and defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. Clark was a stable tight end for the Bears, and is a bit surprising after they lost Greg Olson to the Carolina Panthers this past off-season.
The Cleveland Browns released one of the most
productive quarterbacks in last year’s NFL Combine Jarrett Brown out of West Virginia. Brown was talked about during the combine as having one of the prettiest deep balls, and cold make all the throws. In the end he was stuck as the Brows third option and was let go.
The Indianapolis Colts released three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris was hoping to revive his career in Indianapolis. The Colts let go of eight draft picks from the 2010 NFL Draft.
The St. Louis Rams released a pair of receiver in Donnie Avery and
Mardy Gilyard as they keep Mark Clayton and Danario Alexander.
The Rams also waived defensive backs Tim Atchison and Tae Evans; tight end Demarco Crosby; defensive backs Tae Evans and Jonathan Nelson; defensive tackles Marlon Favorite, John Henderson and Daniel Muir; offensive tackles Kevin Hughes and Ryan McKee; wide receiver Greg Mathews; guard Quinn Ojinnaka; tight end Fendi Onobun; running backs Chase Reynolds and Keith Toston; and defensive end George Selvie.
The Washington Redskins cut quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Matt Gutierrez.
The Detroit Lions release some big manes off their roster like corner back Nathan Vasher and punter Nick Harris.
Wide receiver Derrick Williams was also cut along with linebacker Caleb Campbell, fullback Matt Clapp, running back Ian Johnson, quarterback Zac Robinson, defensive back Ricardo Silva and receiver Tim Toone
The Tennessee Titans released former USC running back Stafon Johnson along with others like receiver Justin Gage, safety Robert Johnson, cornerback Frank Walker, guard Ryan Durand and defensive end Pannel Egboh.
The Atlanta Falcons cut former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson. The Falcons also cut center Brett Romberg, safety Rafael Bush, receivers Kevin Cone and Drew Davis, linebacker Robert James, defense end Emmanuel Stephens and tackle Jose Valdez.
The Cincinnati Bengals third-string quarterback Dan LeFevour as they look to stick with TCU rookie Andy Dalton and veteran Brad Gradkowski.
Green Bay Packers released former Texas Tech standout and third-
string quarterback Graham Harrell. They released a host of other players as well like wide receivers Diondre Borel, Tori Gurley, Kerry Taylor and Chastin West; safeties Anthony Bratton, Anthony Levine and Brandon Underwood; offensive linemen Chris Campbell and Ray Dominguez; nose tackles Chris Donaldson and Jay Ross; linebackers Ricky Elmore, Cardia Jackson and Elijah Joseph; center Sampson Genus; cornerbacks Josh Gordy and Brandian Ross; fullback Jon Hoese; defensive end Eli Joseph; center/guard Nick McDonald; and running backs Dimitri Nance and Brandon Saine.
The Oakland Raiders got rid of one of their quarterbacks in Trent Edwards, but also got rid of former Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard. He was not the only corner they released as the Raiders released three more in Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware, and safety Stevie Brown.
The Houston Texans released a lot of players on offense starting with Running back Chris Ogbonnaya, linebacker Xavier Adibi and defensive tackle Damione Lewis were among the players released by the Texans.
Houston also waived veteran punter Brad Maynard; receivers Dorin Dickerson, Trindon Holliday, Jeff Maehl and Derrick Townsel; running back Javarris Williams; fullback Zac Pauga; offensive tackles Peter Hendrickson and Cole Pemberton; centers Cody Wallace and Howard Barbieri; guard Andrew Gardner; and long snapper Scott Albritton.
Houston also made some defensive cuts as well, defensive ends Scooter Berry and John Graves; nose tackle Guy Miller; safeties Quintin Demps, Shiloh Keo and Torri Williams; and linebackers Mister Alexander, Steven Friday and Stanford Keglar.
The New England Patriots cut Two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather. Meriweather, the 2007 first-round pick has never missed a game, registering 40 regular-season starts. Veteran running back/fullback Sammy Morris was also released by the Patriots on Saturday. Also added to that list was wide receiver Brandon Tate and veteran defensive end Eric Moore.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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