ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS/The Sports Xchange) – Training season turns into the dreaded cutting season this week in the National Football League.
The first mandatory roster reduction, from 90 to 75 players, is Tuesday. That’s two days before all teams play their fourth, and final, preseason game.
The Broncos announced a round of cuts on Monday and running back Kapri Bibbs wasn’t among the players released.
In his third training camp with the Broncos, Bibbs led the Broncos in carries and yardage this preseason after two games, and he ripped off some dazzling runs in training camp practices.
However, he is in a fight with Ronnie Hillman that could end with only one of the two getting a spot behind starter C.J. Anderson and rookie Devontae Booker. Bibbs had five carries for 11 yards Saturday against the Rams.
On Saturday (Sept. 3, by 4 p.m. EDT), teams make the more difficult decisions, cutting the roster down to the final 53 players.
Also on Sept. 3, teams must designate if a player is going to begin the season on the physically unable to perform/non-football injury list, putting him out for at least the first six weeks of the regular season. (These players don’t count against the 53.)
On Sunday, teams can establish their 10-man practice squad.