We've started to have the first of the real cuts trickling down, and so far, aside from Kahlil Bell in Chicago, none have been surprising. It's not so much that Bell was a critical piece of the Bears offense, just that it was sudden and mostly driven by cash, not by ability.
What else is happening around the league? Let's find out.
Justin Rogers starts us off at Mlive.com with a report on some players who are unlikely to be playing this Thursday including Chris Houston, Bill Bentley and Kevin Smith. Oddly enough, those guys are all projected starters. Huh, funny how that works.
Rogers also has a good article on the difficulties the Lions face trying to cut down the roster to 53.
Finally, Carlos Monarrez writes in the Free Press that quarterback Matt Stafford is not saying if he will play in the last preseason game and that his hand is fine.
Let me remove the mystery—he won't be playing.
Bob McGinn talks about the team placing Desmond Bishop on injured reserve and ending his season, as well as some other roster moves over at the Journal-Sentinel.
Here at B/R, Bob Fox talks about which Packers rookies are impressing the least so far.
Over at the Star-Tribune, Kent Youngblood has some practice notes including Adrian Peterson seeing the first contact of his year in practice. Players aren't trying to blow him up, but people won't get cut for hitting him now.
B/R and Daily Norseman contributor Arif Hasan gives you some players to watch who might be on the roster bubble. It's a good piece even if he doesn't talk nice about my man Audie Cole.
OK, he's MORE than fair to Cole, who has some questions.
ESPNChicago's Jeff Dickerson talks up some roster bubble players for the Bears.
Finally, the Sun Times' Rick Morrissey says that while once there was tremendous optimism about the Bears, now things are less certain.
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