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Cleveland Browns Roster Cuts: Browns Are 17 Players Lighter After Saturday Cuts

Cleveland Browns need to begin roster cuts on Tuesday enroute to 53-man roster on Saturday.

With three preseason games in the books, the Cleveland Browns now begin the task of cutting their roster down to 80 by August 30th, before the massive cut to 53 by September 3rd. The Browns play their final preseason game of 2011 on Thursday night in Chicago.

The NFL changed the rules a bit in 2011 following the Lockout. They allowed teams to carry 90 players during Training Camp, then, instead of the normal first cut to 75, allowed teams to keep 5 extra players after Tuesday's first cut until the final cut on Saturday.

More than just rosters, the NFL has also updated their game-day active rosters, going from 45 to 46. This changes essentially ends the era of 'emergency quarterbacks'. In the past, the 3rd quarterback was actually inactive, but could dress in uniform and come into the game in an emergency. Now, teams do not have to name a 3rd quarterback and any quarterback on the active roster can come into the game at any time.

We'll keep you up to date of any roster moves the Browns make over the next several days.

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