Patriots brace for roster trims

Updated: August 26, 2012, 5:07 PM ET
By Field Yates | Special to ESPNBoston.com

As the first of two deadline days for roster cutdowns draw near, New England Patriots players understand what is at stake, while remaining focused on what is within their control.

By 4 p.m. ET Monday, the Patriots will have to decrease their roster to 75 players, down 10 from their current total of 85. Just four days later, by Friday night at 9, the team will finalize its 53-man roster heading into the regular season.

Cornerback Devin McCourty, who hasn't had to deal ...

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