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NFL Roster Cuts 2017: Deadline, rules, waiver wire, practice squad, and more

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Everything you need to know about the NFL cuts deadline.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced the first wave of their 2017 NFL roster cuts yet and there are 70 players remaining. The Eagles will soon need to trim their roster down to 53 players in preparation for the 2017 NFL regular season.

Bleeding Green Nation's cut-down day coverage has already begun (follow along here). Here's some basic information on today's events.

When is the cut deadline?

All 32 NFL teams are required to be at the 53-man limit by 4:00 PM ET today, Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Will that Eagles’ original 53-man roster be the one we see next week against the Washington Redskins?

For the most part, yes, but not entirely. The Eagles still might continue to tweak the roster after the deadline depending on cuts around the league. The Eagles might claim a player on waivers, like they did with Bryce Treggs/Terrence Brooks/Kamu Grugier-Hill last year, and release players who originally made the team in order to make room for the waiver claims. You also can’t rule out the Eagles making a trade at any time when Howie Roseman is in charge.

What about the practice squad?

BGN will have much more detail on the practice squad later, but for now, know that the Eagles can sign up to 10 players to a practice squad that doesn't count against the 53-man roster. These 10 players are typically young NFL players with little experience. In order to get to the practice squad, a player must clear waivers. After he clears waivers, he becomes a free agent, and then can sign with the practice squad.

Note that players on the practice squad can be signed by any other team at any time. The only catch is that the team that signs him will have to keep him on their active roster for at least three weeks.

Teams can start to form their practice squad after 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, Sept. 3.

What is the NFL waiver wire and how does it work?

In short, a player who gets cut and has less than four years of service time is placed on waivers. All 31 other teams can place a claim on the player and add him to their 53-man roster. If the player goes unclaimed through waivers, they are free to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent. The waiver wire order is identical to the 2017 NFL Draft order, so the Eagles will have the 12th claim on any cuts that take place. Teams with the worse records own the highest waiver claim priority.

The waiver period for the weekend ends at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Where can I find full coverage of the Eagles cuts?

You can (CLICK HERE) for our entire cuts coverage. Also be on the lookout for our daily cut tracker posts.