NFL Nation: practice squad

John Parker Wilson returns to Falcons

September, 4, 2011
John Parker Wilson is the Atlanta Falcons’ third quarterback after all.

A day after waiving Wilson, the Falcons announced he has been signed to their practice squad. Starter Matt Ryan and backup Chris Redman are the only two quarterbacks on the active roster. Wilson served as the team’s No. 3 quarterback last season, but a change in rules allowing 46 active players on game days this season has prompted more teams to keep only two quarterbacks on the regular roster.

Also signed to Atlanta’s practice squad were safety Rafael Bush, receiver Kevin Cone, receiver Drew Davis, guard Andrew Jackson, linebacker Robert James and tackle Jose Valdez. The Falcons still have one unfilled spot on the practice squad.

Browns' 2011 practice squad

September, 4, 2011
The Cleveland Browns announced their 2011 practice squad.

Here is the six-man group:
The Browns also claimed quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, linebacker Quinton Spears and defensive lineman Emmanuel Stephens off waivers.

Ravens' 2011 practice squad

September, 4, 2011
The Baltimore Ravens announced their 2011 practice squad.

Here is the eight-man group:

Bengals' 2011 practice squad

September, 4, 2011
The Cincinnati Bengals announced their 2011 practice squad.

Here is their seven-man group:
The Bengals also acquired receiver Brandon Tate, center/guard Mike McGlynn and tight end Mickey Shuler off waivers.

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Seahawks, 49ers and Cardinals play their final exhibition games tonight, so we should expect those teams to announce roster cuts Saturday. The Rams, having played Friday night, got a jump on their cuts today. I'm in downtown Seattle and headed for Qwest Field momentarily. The Seahawks and Raiders finish their exhibition seasons there tonight.

NFL teams have until 6 p.m. ET Saturday to comply with the 53-man roster limits. They can begin re-signing players to the practice squad once released players clear waivers Sunday.

Rams eligible for
practice squad
Pos.Probable Status
Brock BerlinQBKeeper
Chris LongDEKeeper
John GrecoOLKeeper
Donnie AveryWRKeeper
Roy SchueningOLKeeper
Chris ChamberlainLBKeeper
David VoboraLBBubble
Derek StanleyWRBubble
C.J. Ah YouDLBubble
Russ WeilFBLikely cut
Marc MagroLBLikely cut
Cortney GrixbyDBWaived
Lance BallRBLikely cut
Nick CleaverTEWaived
Marcus RileyLBWaived
Donovan RaiolaOLWaived
Dustin FryOLLikely cut
Julius WilsonOLLikely cut
Henry SmithDLWaived
Mark LeVoirOLLikely cut
Willie WilliamsDLWaived
Matt CaddellWRWaived
Marques HagansWRWaived

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Rams' released 10 players in anticipation of the 53-man roster limit, which goes into effect Saturday.

I've singled out eight of them on our chart of Rams players with practice-squad eligibility. The eighth and ninth players released, veteran safety Jerome Carter, and cornerback Tanard Davis, have no such eligibility.

Expect the Rams to make their remaining cuts before the 6 p.m. ET deadline Saturday.

The Rams are carrying 66 players once they move Steven Jackson to the active roster from the exempt list.

Die-hard alert: Updated roided-out NFC West rosters here.

Earlier: The chart shows each of the Rams' players with practice-squad eligibility, according to the team.

Practice-squad rules can be confusing, and exceptions sometimes apply to relatively experienced players.

I've categorized each player based on his perceived likelihood of earning a spot on the 53-man roster. Those are rough characterizations. Teams still have not made decisions. It's conceivable that a player listed as a "keeper" could face his release.

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