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NFL Roster Cuts Week Has Arrived

Over the course of the next five days, NFL rosters will shrink from 90 to 53 players.

The first round of cuts will take place on Tuesday, as teams are required to get down to 80 players by 4 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 30. This will give teams 10 less players going into the final week of the preseason.

After the final games of this year's preseason are finished, cuts will start happening at a much more rapid pace. Teams have to work to get down to 53 players by the close of business on Saturday, and you can expect the moves to start leaking out for the Detroit Lions late on Friday/early on Saturday.

In a normal year teams would be going from 75 to 53 players during the final round of roster cuts. Since training camp rosters were expanded to 90 players this year, teams will initially cut down to 80 players. This leaves a lot of tough decisions to be made later this week, as the Lions will have to part ways with 27 players on Saturday.

In total, 37 players will be released by the Lions and every other NFL team this week, meaning a lot of players are about to become free agents.