Panthers Must Cut Roster to 80 Tomorrow

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 25: Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has his work cut out for him in making the Panthers cut down decisions

The first roster cut down of the preseason is due tomorrow August 30th, 2011. Unlike previous years the first cut down will be to 80 players, not the usual 75:

Aug 29, 2011 - The final 53-man rosters for NFL teams must be set by Sept. 3 this year, following an Aug. 30 deadline to pare rosters down to 80 players. The 80-man limit is slightly larger than the 75-man limitation of previous seasons, giving more players an extended shot at making final rosters.

This also allows more players to be available to play in the often useless 4th preseason game...i.e. less risk to starters and 2nd stringers.

I think Steve Reed makes a good call via Twitter in saying the Panthers will get there partially through placing some injured players on IR:

Steve Reed
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