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22 players will be cut from the Carolina Panthers' active roster on Friday, August 31.
That means there are 25 players fighting for the final three roster spots and there are several big names who may not make the final cut.
Jimmy Clausen could—and should—be playing his final game in a Panthers uniform against the Steelers.
Armanti Edwards could be about to play his last game in an NFL uniform.
Safeties Sherrod Martin, Jordan Pugh and Reggie Smith, along with cornerbacks Darius Butler and Captain Munnerlyn, are all vulnerable in the secondary, though all five could potentially make the team.
Tauren Poole and Armond Smith are fighting for the third running back position behind Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.
Wide receivers Lamont Bryant and Jared Green are auditioning for practice squad positions and Seyi Ajirotutu needs to step up his play if he hopes to make an impact on the Panthers' offense this season.
Fortunately for Ajirotutu and newcomer Louis Murphy, would-be starter David Gettis will spend the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Rookie defensive tackle, Nate Chandler, could also benefit from a player at his position missing time during the regular season with Andre Neblett serving a four-game suspension to start the year after failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs.
The starters may be resting on the sidelines at Heinz Field on Thursday night, but there are plenty of players to watch for on the bubble.
If you can speak intelligently to the guys at work about the 50th man to make the roster and can name the Panthers' practice squad players, you may just get that promotion you applied for last week.