As the Pittsburgh Steelers, and every other NFL team, approaches the final week of the preseason, it should start go jog your memory in regards to when teams must trim their roster from 90 to 75. Here are the details on the important dates, and what it could mean for some players just trying to make an NFL roster for 2016.
On Aug. 30 by 4 p.m. ET, teams must trim rosters to 75 players. Usually these cuts are without much intrigue, as it's mostly guys who were signed as camp fodder to begin with. These releases happen two days before the final preseason games for each team, on September 1st.
Two days after that, on September 3rd by 6 p.m. ET, teams make the truly tough decisions, and cut the roster down to the final 53 players. Many times, some big names and surprises come out of this day with new regimes cutting bait with established players who don't fit their schemes and expensive contracts not worth it anymore in certain spots.
Also on Sept. 3rd, teams must designate if a player is going to begin the season on the PUP list, putting them out for the first six weeks of the regular season. However, as in the preseason, these players don't count against the 53.
The next day, Sept. 4th, teams can establish their ten-man practice squad.