NFL Schedule: Roster Cuts, Deadlines And More

The NFL offseason calendar is in deep, and we're approaching some dates that will help shape and finalize the product that fans will be seeing in the fall. We take a look at those landmarks.

August 5 (today)
Accrual Deadline: Players must report to their teams to get credit for an accrued season.

August 7-9
First Preseason Games: Cowboys @ San Diego Chargers, 8/7, 10pm ET ... And keep in mind Fish will be at this and every Cowboys game, home and away ... And every practice, too!

August 14-18
PS Week #2: Baltimore Ravens @ Dallas Cowboys, 8/16, 7pm ET

August 21-24
PS Week #3: Cowboys @ Miami Dolphins, 8/23, 7pm ET (Dress Rehearsal Game)

August 26
Prior to 4:00 p.m. ET, all clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the active list. This does not include players on Injured Reserve

August 28
PS Week #4: Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys, 8/28, 8pm ET

August 30: Final Roster Cuts
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive List.

Teams with players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options:

Place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non- Football Injury or Illness;
Place on waivers;
Cut or trade the player;
or, Continue to count the player on the active list.

August 31: Waiver claims and Practice Squad designation (8 players)
Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, ET.

September 2 (Designated for Return IR)
After 4:00 p.m., ET, a club is permitted to place a player on Reserve/Injured as "Designated for Return". This means that anyone the team wishes to be given this designation MUST have been part of their original 53 man roster.

September 3: Salary Cap change
At 4:00 p.m., ET, the Top 51 Rule expires. This means that all clubs must be in full adherance to the salary cap for all players on their ledger for the 2014 season. This includes the active roster, IR, injury settlements, dead money, etc. etc.

September 4, 7-8 Kickoff Weekend
Life, as we know it, resumes.

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