2011 NFL Roster Cuts: Colts Will Trim Roster To 53, Create Practice Squad [UPDATE] John Chick Waived

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell looks on during the first half of an NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Today's the big day.

NFL roster cut downs are finalized today when all teams are required to go from an 80-man roster limit to 53. Most 30 of the league's 32 teams played their final preseason game on Thursday night with two more completing the 2011 preseason schedule on Friday night.

Teams started training camp with a maximum of 90 players on the roster. On August 30th, they cut down to 80 players. Today at 6:00 p.m. Eastern, all teams will be required to get down to 53 players.

This means each team will have 27 players let go in the next 12 hours.

For the Colts, the early stories have Ricardo Mathews cut, and former first round picks Donald Brown and Jerry Hughes on the bubble. We will be updating this story and adding new ones all day. You can also follow us on Twitter: @stampedeblue.

Remember, this is the first cut down to 53. Just because certain players 'survive' today's roster purging does not mean they will be on the team Week One against the Texans. With each team flooding the market with 27 players, the Colts are bound to tinker further with the roster.

UPDATE: Good find by blog Coltsider.com. Sounds like Ollie Ogbu will be cut, but he's been told the team wants to sign him to the practice squad.

UPDATE 2: From Adam Caplan:

Colts DE John Chick was informed he was waived, source said.

Chick outplayed 2010 first rounder Jerry Hughes this preseason. With him gone, it looks lke Jerry Hughes is safe.
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