Originally written August 26, 2013 on Down and Distance:
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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Report: Carson Palmer's nerve injury 'still lingering'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

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!

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

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.