NFL Nation: cuts 83009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks released defensive tackle Kevin Brown, fullback Dan Curran, linebacker Shane Simmons and tight end John Tereshinski as the NFL's 75-man roster deadline approaches. Teams have until Tuesday to comply with the limit.

None of the four players released was considered likely to challenge for a spot.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers have released receiver Mark Bradford, receiver Chris Francies, kicker Alex Romero, cornerback Carlos Thomas and cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels. The team announced the cuts.

Much bigger decisions loom when the team trims to 53 players by Sept. 5.

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Washington Redskins released linebacker Alfred Fincher, cornerback Michael Grant, defensive tackle Michael Marquardt, wide receiver Marques Hagans and offensive tackle Devin Clark on Sunday. Fincher, a solid special teams player for the Skins, was the most surprising name on the list. Coach Jim Zorn explained the decision following practice Sunday.

"I don't want to take anything away from Fincher because he's worked really hard, and he has improved," Zorn said. "But to us there was kind of a ceiling there on him compared to some of the other guys that are coming on. Now he may have been more seasoned, but sometimes with a younger guy there is a potential there that you like -- a speed or a flash that I think coaches are looking at that kind of give those guys a little bit longer look. Al, in all fairness, he was here a year ago, and the other guys are doing as well as he, so we decided that maybe they'll have a higher ceiling."

Zorn also said that defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed Sunday's practice due to stomach issues. He said that running back Clinton Portis will not play Thursday in Jacksonville, but indicated some of the others starters would be in the game. It sounds like we're going to see a whole lot of Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel in this game. If I had to guess right now, I think Zorn's leaning toward Daniel as the third quarterback.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Tom Brady's shoulder must really be passable.

Kevin O'Connell, on the other hand, is not.

ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the New England Patriots informed O'Connell they've released him.

 
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  The Patriots drafted quarterback Kevin O'Connell last year in the third round.

O'Connell has had a lousy preseason, completing 12 of 26 passes for 108 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a 25.8 passer rating.

But the move is curious on many levels:

  • Brady hurt his throwing shoulder two days ago. Releasing O'Connell underscores the belief Brady will be fine to open the regular season, but the minor injury had to be a reminder of how the backup always is one play away from taking over the offense.
  • Giving up on a highly drafted quarterback so soon is rare. The Patriots drafted O'Connell out of San Diego State in the third round last year, making him the 94th overall selection. Sixteen months later, he's unemployed.
  • The Patriots can't be comfortable with Andrew Walter yet. The Oakland Raiders cut Walter four weeks ago, and the Patriots picked him up a few days later to push O'Connell. Walter has thrown only nine passes this preseason and none over the past two games. He played only one series Friday night against the Washington Redskins, handing off twice. Walter has completed 5 of 9 passes for 62 yards.
  • The other quarterback on the depth chart is unproven, although undrafted rookie Brian Hoyer has had a decent preseason. He has completed 11 of 19 passes for 112 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Atlanta Falcons got a jump on Tuesday's deadline for cutting rosters to 75 players when they released three players Sunday afternoon.

Defensive tackles Jason Jefferson and Tywain Myles and long-snapper Robert Shiver were released. Jefferson's the only one remotely close to a surprise because he did appear in 13 games for the Falcons last year, but the team upgraded at defensive tackle in the offseason, particularly by drafting Peria Jerry in the first round.

All rosters have to be down to 75 players Tuesday. The final cut to 53 players has to be reported to the league office by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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