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Sunday, August 29, 2010
NFC West teams getting jump on cuts

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

NFC West teams are making roster moves before the 75-man limit takes effect Tuesday.

Making the moves between the third exhibition game and the next practice prevents affected players from suffering injuries while still on the roster, in which case the team could be responsible for all or part of the players' salaries.

The St. Louis Rams will get to 76 players by placing receiver Donnie Avery on injured reserve and releasing three players: running back Joe McCoy, guard Joe Gibbs and cornerback Marcus Brown.

The San Francisco 49ers were already at only 78 players when they announced moves getting them to 75: receiver Bakari Grant and cornerback Patrick Stoudamire were waived, while linebacker Brandon Long was waived/injured.

The chart shows NFC West roster counts by position after the Rams' and 49ers' moves. Teams must reduce to 53 players by Saturday.