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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Some key dates ahead for Pats

By Mike Reiss

A look at some key dates ahead for the Patriots (as noted in the NFL's official Record & Fact book):

July 19 -- Rookies report to training camp
July 25 -- Veterans report to training camp
July 26 -- First public training camp practice
Aug. 7-8 -- Joint practices with Saints at Gillette Stadium
Aug. 9 -- Saints at Patriots preseason game
Aug. 20 -- Eagles at Patriots preseason game
Aug. 24 -- Patriots at Buccaneers preseason game
Aug. 29 -- Patriots at Giants preseason game
August 27 -- Roster cutdown to 75 by 4 p.m. ET
August 31 -- Roster cutdown to 53 by 9 p.m. ET
Sept. 1 -- Practice squad (maximum of 8 players) can be formed at noon ET
Oct. 16 -- First day players on PUP/NFI lists can start practicing
Oct. 16 -- Trading deadline at 4 p.m. ET