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Sep 1, 2014

NFL News: Notable roster cuts from Saturday

By on 8:57 AM

With the deadline for NFL teams to trim down to the 53-man roster, several notable players have been released. Now, front offices will be scouring this new crop of freshly cut players. Here are some of the intriguing names that were let go:

Champ Bailey - Saints: Bailey has had an outstanding career, but this may be the end. He was beat out by undrafted rookie, Brian Dixon. Not a good sign. Still, he could wind up on an NFL roster at some point this year if injuries strike.

Stephen Hill - Jets: A second-round pick in 2012, Hill was a huge disappointment in New York. He boasted immense talent before the draft, but was unable to deliver on the field. At the time, the Jets traded up to select him just two picks ahead of Bears WR Alshon Jeffery.

Michael Sam - Rams: The talk of the offseason, Sam was given every opportunity to snag a roster spot in St. Louis, but came away empty. Even head coach Jeff Fisher was "pulling for him" to make the team, but it was a long shot from the beginning. In fact, the Rams four players (including Sam) drafted in the seventh-round were cut, as well as their sixth rounder.

Alex Henery - Eagles: The Eagles have cut the very talented Henery, who has been their kicker the last few years.

Jerel Worthy - Patriots: The Patriots had just acquired Worthy from the Packers for a conditional pick a few weeks back. Apparently, he wasn't worthy of a roster spot. He was a former second-round pick of Green Bay.

Nate Burleson - Browns: The Browns are desperate for starting receivers after Josh Gordon's year-long suspension. That should tell you everything you need to know about Burleson if he cannot make Cleveland's roster.

Daniel Thomas - Miami: Another former second-round pick became unneeded, especially after the offseason signing of Knowshon Moreno.

Mikel Leshoure - Lions: Leshoure came into the league out of Illinois with high expectations, but has never lived up to them. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will get the carries in Detroit.

Kevin Vickerson - Broncos: In somewhat of a surprise, the Broncos have released Vickerson -- their starting defensive tackle of the past two seasons. The front office must be believers in the depth and youth at the position.

Kelvin Sheppard - Colts: Acquired from Buffalo last year for Jerry Hughes, Sheppard has also been released. Another bad trade for the Colts as Hughes may be getting some Pro-Bowl consideration this season.

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