The Kansas City Chiefs trimmed their roster from 90 to 75 players in the past few days, including the release of WR Junior Hemingway and OT Tavon Rooks on Tuesday. The Chiefs also placed QB Tyler Bray on Reserve / NFI and placed LB Justin March on IR.
They'll be trimming a lot more this weekend. The Chiefs will cut their roster from 75 all the way down to the final 53 players by Saturday's 3 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) deadline. That means there are a lot of nervous Chiefs players sweating it out.
The Chiefs will be playing the Rams on Thursday night, which will be the final opportunity for those trying to make the roster to show what they have. Sometime after that, the Chiefs will make their cuts.
Some of the cuts will be obvious. If you're a third team player who wasn't able to catch the eye of the coaches, you probably know the turk will come calling your name. There are also a number of players who are right on the bubble. A good performance on Thursday could push them over the edge, or a bad performance could sink them.
The Chiefs will also be using up some of these roster spots on injured reserve spots. If there is anyone with a major injury then the Chiefs can place them on IR, which would immediately end their season. There's also the PUP list (Dontari Poe) or perhaps the short-term IR designation that could be used. Those won't count against the 53-man roster.
Also of note on cut down weekend is that every other team is making cuts as well. That means there will be a LOT of players on the market for the Chiefs to sign. Back in 2013, they used their top waiver wire spot to claim seven players on that weekend. They won't claim that many this time around but there will probably be at least one player they do claim from another team. It seems there always is.
The Chiefs will then be creating their 10-man practice squad on Sunday so some of the players that are cut will be coming back to the practice squad.
It should be a fun few days as we prepare for cut down weekend.