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8/30/2014 Michael Flacco, TE The San Diego Chargers have cut 22 players to get down to the 53-man limit, including tight end Michael Flacco, a younger brother of Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.

Analysis: Flacco was an undrafted rookie from New Haven, a Division II school. If his brother wants revenge on the Chargers, he can get it Nov. 30 when San Diego visits Baltimore.
8/30/2014 Greg Little, WR The Oakland Raiders cut receiver Greg Little.

Analysis: Little impressed early in training camp but struggled in recent weeks in practice and exhibition games, leading to his release.
8/30/2014 James Harrison, LB Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, saying the urge to squeeze in one more season no longer competes with the need to stay at home.

Analysis: The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He visited the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week but did not sign a contract. He called the decision "a difficult one" but insisted he has no regrets.
8/30/2014 Jamarca Sanford, S The Minnesota Vikings have placed Sanford on injured reserve.

Analysis: Sanford was drafted in the seventh round in 2009 and has spent the last three seasons as one of the team's starting safeties. His best season came in 2011 when he had 118 tackles and his only two career interceptions. But Sanford missed much of the offseason workouts with injury. Then he injured his quad two weeks ago against Kansas City and had to miss the preseason finale against Tennessee on Thursday night.
8/30/2014 Kurt Coleman, S The Minnesota Vikings have cut veteran safeties Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman and placed Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, leaving them thin at safety as the season opener approaches.

Analysis: The Vikings announced their final cuts Saturday night to get down to the 53-man roster limit. Sanford has spent five seasons with the Vikings and was a starter for the previous three years. But a quadriceps injury two weeks ago landed him on injured reserve.
8/30/2014 Chris Crocker, S The Minnesota Vikings have cut veteran safeties Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman and placed Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, leaving them thin at safety as the season opener approaches.

Analysis: New coach Mike Zimmer brought in Crocker, who he coached in Atlanta and Cincinnati, and signed Coleman to bring more depth to the strong safety beside Harrison Smith. But neither did enough to stick around for the regular season.
8/30/2014 Jonathan Martin, T Martin, who had a tumultuous departure from the Miami Dolphins last October amid a bullying scandal, made the 49ers when the team trimmed its roster to the NFL's 53-man limit on Saturday afternoon.

Analysis: It's uncertain how much time Martin will see this season, though he's likely to be in a backup role.
8/30/2014 Ryan Succop, K Succop's tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs is over.

Analysis: Succop was released on Saturday as the Chiefs trimmed their roster to the NFL's 53-man limit, beaten out for the job by undrafted free agent Cairo Santos in a decision that may have ultimately come down to how much each of them would have been paid.
8/30/2014 Nate Burleson, WR The Browns released Burleson and running backs Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya to get to the 53-player roster limit.

Analysis: Burleson was slowed by a hamstring injury during training camp and missed three preseason games.
8/30/2014 Mario Manningham, WR Manningham isn't going to get a second chance with the New York Giants, and neither is backup quarterback Curtis Painter.

Analysis: The Giants on Saturday placed Manningham on injured reserve along with fellow receiver Trindon Holliday, and released Painter in reducing their roster to the NFL's 53-man limit.
8/30/2014 Robert Meachem, WR The New Orleans Saints have included 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts.

Analysis: The Saints have trimmed 22 players from the roster since Friday to get down to the 53-player regular-season limit by Saturday's deadline.
8/30/2014 Champ Bailey, CB The New Orleans Saints have included Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts.

Analysis: The Saints have trimmed 22 players from the roster since Friday to get down to the 53-player regular-season limit by Saturday's deadline.
8/30/2014 Michael Sam, DE The St. Louis Rams cut Sam on Saturday. He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad.

Analysis: The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers. The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May's draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.
8/30/2014 Dimitri Patterson, CB The New York Jets have released Patterson, ending a bizarre week that began when he left the team before its preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 22.

Analysis: The move Saturday came as the Jets got down to the mandatory 53-player roster limit. Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after he left the team, according to the Jets, and went missing before the preseason game without speaking to anyone in the organization.
8/30/2014 Kyle Orton, QB A person familiar with the deal has confirmed the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign Orton to a one-year contract in addressing a key need behind starter EJ Manuel.

Analysis: The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Saturday because the Bills have not announced the deal. ESPN first reported the agreement Friday night.
8/30/2014 Stephen Hill, WR The New York Jets have waived Hill, parting ways with the 2012 second-round draft pick after two seasons marked by injuries and inconsistent play.

Analysis: Hill was among the Jets' final cuts Saturday as teams got down to the mandatory 53-player limit.
8/30/2014 Ronnie Hillman, RB Cornerback Kayvon Webster and Hillman didn't return with the Denver Broncos from their preseason finale in Dallas on Thursday night after falling ill. Both were taken to a hospital and Webster was kept overnight.

Analysis: The Denver Post first reported the story Saturday. The Broncos confirmed that neither player flew with the team back to Denver but didn't provide any information about the nature of their illnesses.
8/30/2014 Kayvon Webster, CB Webster and running back Ronnie Hillman didn't return with the Denver Broncos from their preseason finale in Dallas on Thursday night after falling ill. Both were taken to a hospital and Webster was kept overnight.

Analysis: The Denver Post first reported the story Saturday. The Broncos confirmed that neither player flew with the team back to Denver but didn't provide any information about the nature of their illnesses.
8/30/2014 Duke Ihenacho, S The Denver Broncos have released nine-year veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and Ihenacho, a starter last season who had nine tackles in the Super Bowl.

Analysis: The Broncos added plenty of depth following their Super Bowl loss to Seattle, and Vickerson and Inhenacho paid the price. Ihenacho was the odd man out in a crowded secondary that features free agent acquisition T.J. Ward at strong safety.
8/30/2014 Kevin Vickerson, DT The Denver Broncos have released Vickerson and third-year safety Duke Ihenacho, a starter last season who had nine tackles in the Super Bowl.

Analysis: The Broncos added plenty of depth following their Super Bowl loss to Seattle, and Vickerson and Inhenacho paid the price.
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