The third week of the NFL preseason is about to begin, meaning the end is near for nearly 1,200 players around the league. Soon, teams will cut their roster from 90 to 75 players before ultimately getting down to 53 players. With the first game of the 2012 NFL season taking place a day earlier than usual (the season begins on Wednesday, Sept. 5), the roster cut dates have been moved up as well. Here's a look at the upcoming schedule for the NFL:
Monday, Aug. 27 (4 p.m. ET): Deadline for teams to cut their rosters down to a maximum of 75 players.
Friday, Aug. 31 (9 p.m. ET): Deadline for teams to cut their rosters down to a maximum of 53 players.
Saturday, Sept. 1 (12 p.m. ET): Claiming period for players let go during the final round of cuts ends. Also, teams can start establishing their eight-man practice squad.
Those are the important dates for roster moves before the season. Here are some notable dates coming up over the course of the 2012 season:
Sept 25: Waiver claim priority becomes based on 2012 season standings instead of end of 2011 standings.
Oct. 16: Fall NFL meeting takes place in Chicago, Illinois.
Oct. 16: Players who enter the regular season on the PUP list can begin practicing. Teams have 21 days to activate these players. If not activated during the 21-day period, players will be out for the remainder of the season.
Oct. 16 (4 p.m. ET): Trade deadline for the 2012 season. Originally, the plan was for the trade deadline to be moved back two weeks, but the NFLPA did not approve the change.