Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/20/14

The NFL is a brutal sports league.  Not just in the sense that players being able to hit and tackle each other at will, and resulting to some horrific injuries. No, it’s the most brutal league because of roster cuts too.  Dreams are made on the days after the draft when undrafted free agents are snapped up.  They are then crushed like a bug in August when teams start trimming their rosters down to the required 53. But it’s not all undrafted free agents who get cut during this time.  Many veterans are also shown the door for various reasons, usually injury related.  The difference is that veterans usually have a better chance of being resigned by another team. This week marks the start of the major roster cuts.  Teams have until 4pm ET on Tuesday to cut their rosters down to at least 75 players.  Already,  some big names have been released. KR/PR Josh Cribbs – Oakland Raiders Josh Cribbs is probably the biggest name released so far.  Cribbs was once an elite kick return specialist for the Cleveland Browns   But his knee injury never fully healed.  As a result he’s lost some of his speed. LB Aaron Curry – New York Giants Aaron Curry was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft.  Dubbed the “safest pick in the draft” he failed to live up to his expectations making only 39 starts and notching 5.5 sacks in five years in the NFL.  This is partly because he’s not very good and partly because he has bad knees. K Dan Carpenter – Arizona Cardinals. Dan Carpenter was signed by the Arizona Cardinals last week.  One practice and one preseason game later, he was shown the door.  Carpenter was signed to give some competition to beleaguered kicker Jay Feely.  The competition obviously didn’t work out. S Kenny Phillips – Philadelphia Eagles Kenny Phillips is another player to suffer the curse of having knee issues.   Phillips started 41 games for the New York Giants and was a Pro Bowl-caliber safety. RB Joe McKnight – New York Jets The New York Jets don’t have a very stable running back corps but they clear;y felt that they could o without 2010 fourth round pick Joe McKnight.  McKnight has disappointed since entering the league and has had questions about his commitment to football. Photo: Matthew Emmons / US PRESSWIRE TE Visanthe Shiancoe – Baltimore Ravens The Ravens have lost Dennis Pitta for the season.  So it makes sense that they would add some depth to their tight end corps.  That depth came in the shape of Visanthe Shiancoe.  Shiancoe was signed a mere month ago.  He has now been released. Follow us on Twitter! @DownAndDistance @Praetorian_SK The post Who are the biggest cuts so far? appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Darren Sproles' role is growing for the Eagles

Barkley, Reggie Miller condemn Indiana religious freedom bill

Metta World Peace interested in coaching at St John's

Knicks want Marc Gasol, do they know what they’re asking for?

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Russell Wilson to suit up for Texas Rangers Saturday

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

WWE unveils Ultimate Warrior statue

WATCH: Tom Brady jumps off tall cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

Angels remove Josh Hamilton banner from front of stadium

Elite Eight preview: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.