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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Updated: NFC West roided-out rosters

By Mike Sando

Players on practice squads get very little public attention during the season, but teams sometimes rely on them heavily for depth during the week.

NFC West teams are carrying the maximum eight-man allotments heading into Week 4. My updated 26-column rosters, available for download here, feature players on practice squads and active rosters, plus former players and those on reserve lists.

The charts below break down positional counts for 53-man rosters and practice squads.

The St. Louis Rams have only seven offensive linemen on their 53-man roster, but with three more on the practice squad, they're able to function during the week.

The Seattle Seahawks have only two tight ends on their active roster, but they have three available to them for practice, plus Cameron Morrah, who remains on the physically unable to perform list, and John Carlson, who is on injured reserve. Former tight end Jamison Konz, now one of two defensive linemen on the practice squad, helps numbers at his current position.

A few notes on practice squad players, straight from the collective bargaining agreement:
There are a few more specific rules, but these are the basics.

Bigger numbers for a position on a practice squad usually correspond with smaller numbers on the 53-man roster.