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Cutdown day: Giants cut Tyree; Bills dump Rhodes

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Saturday was the deadline for all 32 NFL teams to cut their rosters down to 53 men. Check out the moves each squad made. David Tyree has gone from Super Bowl hero to a receiver out of a job. He was released by the New York Giants in a move confirmed Saturday by his agents, Mark and Michael Clouser. Tyree missed last season after failing to come all the way back from offseason knee surgery. The 29-year-old wide receiver battled minor groin, hamstring and knee injuries in training camp this year and played in only two preseason games, missing the last two. "My experience here has been nothing short of a dream and obviously to be placed in the team history and sports history, where do you go from here?" Tyree said earlier in the week when asked about his six years with the Giants. "At the same time, my love for this game has not died out yet and I really feel like I still have something great to add on to my career, legacy or whatever word you want to put after that." A sixth-round draft pick out of Syracuse, Tyree only had 54 catches for 650 yards and four touchdowns with New York. His biggest contributions always came on special teams, which earned him a Pro Bowl berth in 2005. Eli Manning called Tyree a true professional. "He has been a great teammate, a great friend of mine since I have gotten here," Manning said Friday. "Honestly, I will always have a special place in my heart, not only because of the play he made in the Super Bowl, but just the person he is and the friend he has been for me." Tyree made one of the most remarkable catches in Super Bowl history some 19 months ago when the Giants defeated the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. With the Giants trailing 14-10 late in the fourth quarter, Tyree hauled in a 32-yard pass from Manning, pinning the ball against his helmet as defender Rodney Harrison yanked him to the ground. The play set up Manning's winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. Tyree also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Manning earlier in the game, which was his first touchdown catch of the season. Coming into the Super Bowl, he had caught four passes all season. More on the Giants...

Other moves

Bears: The Chicago Bears have activated cornerback Charles Tillman from the physically unable to perform list, making him eligible to play in the season-opener at Green Bay. Tillman missed training camp and did not appear in any of the four preseason games after undergoing back surgery. His health is key for a team that struggled against the pass last season and is trying to get back to the playoffs after missing out the past two years. Besides activating Tillman, the Bears waived 16 players while terminating three veterans' contracts and placing three on injured reserve to reach the 53-man roster limit by Saturday's deadline. Among the players they waived were wide receiver Brandon Rideau, who failed to make Chicago's season-opening roster for the fourth straight year after losing a competition with Rashied Davis and Devin Aromashodu. Former Northwestern star Brett Basanez also got waived, leaving the Bears with two quarterbacks - Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie. More on the Bears... Bengals: Linebacker Darryl Blackstock and safety Marvin White have been cut by the Cincinnati Bengals as part of moves to reach the 53-man roster limit. The Bengals also put receiver Antonio Chatman on injured reserve Saturday with an ankle injury, ending his season. Blackstock started four games last season and played in eight others. He was suspended four games by the NFL for using a nutritional supplement that contained a banned substance. White was fourth-round draft pick in 2007 who started 14 games the last two years. He started 10 games last season before tearing ligaments in his right knee Nov. 30. Bills: The Bills parted ways with running back Dominic Rhodes on Saturday, even with featured running back Marshawn Lynch suspended for the first three games of the season.

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FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez first reported the move earlier Saturday. In appearing in four of Buffalo's five preseason games, Rhodes had 19 carries for 64 yards and added four catches for 21 yards. Rhodes also returned four kickoffs for 87 yards and one lost fumble. Read more... Aside from Rhodes, the only other notable player released was veteran offensive lineman Kirk Chambers, who had been a versatile backup capable of filling in at tackle and guard. As expected, second-year receiver James Hardy was placed on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list after spending the entire preseason on PUP after having knee surgery in December. Under NFL rules, the second-round pick out of Indiana will have an opportunity to start practicing after Week 6 to determine whether he will be activated. More on the Bills... Broncos: Defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday has signed a one-year contract with Denver, FOXSports.com has learned. Financial terms weren't immediately available. An 11-year NFL veteran, Holliday played the last two sea sons with the Dolphins. He started 15 games in 2008 but was released in March after refusing to accept a pay cut. Holliday drew interest from New England last month but didn't sign. Read more... Browns: Browns running back Jamal Lewis survived and was not among the 23 cuts made by first-year Cleveland coach Eric Mangini. Lewis, who has already eclipsed 10,000 career yards, was believed to be in danger of missing the Browns' opening-week roster. But the 30-year-old will open the season as Cleveland's starting running back after Mangini trimmed his roster before Saturday's deadline. The Browns did cut linebacker Beau Bell, a fourth-round pick in 2008, and terminated the contract of wide receiver David Patten, who won three Super Bowl titles with New England. Mangini is expected to make other moves in the next few days after checking transactions by other teams. Cleveland's roster is at 52, one under the NFL limit. More on the Browns... Buccaneers: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut kicker Matt Bryant and settled on entering the regular season with four quarterbacks Saturday. Neither decision was a surprise. Bryant was released even though his 83.1 field goal percentage in four seasons is the best in franchise history. He injured his right hamstring in practice last month and did not kick in the preseason. Mike Nugent, signed as a free agent during the offseason, handled all of the kicking duties in preseason and made 6 of 9 field goals. More on the Buccaneers... Cardinals: Former starting tight end Leonard Pope and four-year Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco were among 21 players cut by Arizona to reach the NFL's 53-man limit. Others released by the team on Friday included offensive tackle Oliver Ross. Pope, a 6-foot-8 third-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2006, played in 42 games and started 25 in three seasons with the Cardinals, including eight last year. He has 48 career catches but only nine in 13 games last season. Francisco, a standout on special teams, played in 53 games over four seasons after making the club as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2005. More on the Cardinals... Chargers: Right guard Kynan Forney, who was the frontrunner to start a few weeks ago, was one of 21 players released by the San Diego Chargers on Saturday to set their 53-man roster. Forney signed to a two-year, $4.8 million contract extension in the offseason, but missed time due to a neck injury and eventually fell behind rookie Louis Vasquez. Backup nose tackle Ian Scott also was released, leaving little experienced depth at that position. Veteran running back Michael Bennett earned a roster spot with an outstanding preseason, leaving the Chargers with four running backs and two fullbacks. Chiefs: Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas has been released by the Kansas City Chiefs after failing to appear in any preseason games. The 36-year-old Thomas was released Saturday along with 12 other players. The fifth-round pick by Miami in 1996 signed with the Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent after playing last season with Dallas. The Chiefs were counting on his veteran presence to help smooth the transition to a 3-4 defense under first-year head coach Todd Haley. But Thomas was injured early in training camp and never returned. The Chiefs never specified his injury. Other players cut included Bernard Pollard, who started the past two years at safety, and veteran wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Guard Colin Brown was placed on injured reserve. Colts: The Indianapolis Colts waived rookie defensive tackle Terrance Taylor and running back Mike Hart on Saturday. Taylor was a fourth-round pick in April. Hart, Michigan's career rushing leader, was a sixth-round pick in 2008. Of the 22 players released in the cutdown, seven were drafted since 2006. Offensive linemen Jaimie Thomas and Steve Justice, who started games last season as rookies, were both released. Other former draft picks released were defensive end Marcus Howard, cornerback Dante Hughes and offensive lineman Michael Toudouze. The Colts did not place Bob Sanders, the 2007 NFL defensive player of the year, on the physically unable to perform list. That means Sanders is not expected to miss the first six games of the year. Cowboys: Jesse Holley won Michael Irvin's reality TV show, then made the Dallas Cowboys winners in their preseason finale by returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes. His luck ran out when the Cowboys set their roster. Holley, fellow dreadlocked receiver Isaiah Stanback and quarterback Rudy Carpenter were among 22 players cut by the Cowboys on Saturday. Dallas also put rookie linebacker Stephen Hodge on injured reserve, leaving the roster at 52 —; one shy of the maximum, which means an addition is coming. Holley and Stanback became expendable because of the strong performance by Kevin Ogletree, who gave up his final season of eligibility at Virginia only to go undrafted. He was the lone rookie free agent to make the club. More on the Cowboys... Dolphins: The Miami Dolphins placed defensive end Matt Roth on the reserved/non-football injury list Saturday. Roth has missed the entire preseason because of injury. By placing him on the non-football list, the Dolphins could use him after the sixth game of the season. The Dolphins also waived six other players, trying to get to the NFL's 53-man roster deadline. More on the Dolphins ... Eagles: The Eagles placed quarterback Michael Vick on the exempt/commissioner's permission list on Saturday and cut 17 players to get to the mandatory 53-man limit. The Vick move allowed Philadelphia to keep A.J. Feeley as their No. 3 quarterback. He has been the subject of trade rumors. Vick will not be reinstated until the third game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. He can't practice with the team until he is placed on the roster. "We can do that at any time," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said. "We could put him on as soon as tomorrow, or up until the third week. And he can do anything with the team, attend meetings, everything, except practice." Among the veterans cut were defensive tackle Dan Klecko, tight end Matt Schobel, fullback Kyle Eckel, linebackers Tank Daniels and Matt Wilhem, cornerback Trae Williams and running back Lorenzo Booker. More on the Eagles... Falcons: Veteran receiver Robert Ferguson and quarterback D.J. Shockley, a local favorite, were among 13 players cut by the Atlanta Falcons. The cuts leave rookie John Parker Wilson of Alabama as the No. 3 quarterback behind Matt Ryan and Chris Redman. The Falcons also cut rookie defensive tackle Vance Walker, a seventh-round draft pick from Georgia Tech. Shockley, from the University of Georgia, was the No. 3 quarterback last season. The Falcons also cut another former Georgia player, running back Thomas Brown. Also cut were receivers Aaron Kelly and Troy Bergeron, offensive linemen Jose Valdez and Michael Butterworth, linebackers Jamie Winborn and Robert James, defensive end Maurice Lucas, cornerback William Middleton and tight end Jason Rader. 49ers: Veteran cornerback Eric Green is the odd-man out in a deep and experienced San Francisco secondary, and was among 20 players cut by the 49ers on Saturday to get their roster down to 53. Receiver Jason Hill won a spot by beating out Dominique Zeigler, who didn't make the team a day after injuring his ankle in the 49ers' final preseason game at San Diego. Running back Kory Sheets, who signed in April as a free agent and was expected to make the team as a third-stringer behind Frank Gore and Glen Coffee, also was waived. Tight end Bear Pascoe, a sixth-round selection this year out of Fresno State, was the lone draft pick to be cut. San Francisco also cut tight end Joe Jon Finley and might go looking for a blocking tight end before the season starts. Jaguars: The Jacksonville Jaguars have cut right tackle Tony Pashos and cornerback Brian Williams, both former starters. Both players signed lucrative free-agent contracts in recent years, but were beaten out by rookies during the preseason. Pashos started 31 games the last two years. He struggled last season, though, and the Jaguars drafted offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton with their top two picks. Pashos moved to guard in Thursday night's preseason finale and played well, but Jacksonville asked him to play for less money and he refused, his agent said Saturday. Williams started 45 games the last three years, but was behind rookie Derek Cox this fall and too expensive to keep as a nickel back. Jets: Running back Danny Woodhead has made the New York Jets' 53-man roster after the team made its final cuts. Fullback Jehuu Caulcrick and linebacker Kenwin Cummings are among the 19 players cut by coach Rex Ryan on Saturday. Wide receiver Aundrae Allison has been placed on injured reserve. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Woodhead made a strong case to make the team after running for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason finale against Philadelphia on Thursday night. Already a fan favorite, the former NCAA career rushing leader spent last season on injured reserve because of a knee injury. Other notable cuts were: tight ends Kevin Brock, Kareem Brown and Jack Simmons, wide receiver Marcus Henry and offensive lineman Stanley Daniels. More on the Jets... Lions: The Detroit Lions have set their roster with 53 players they hope can help them win a game for the first time since 2007. Detroit released the following offensive players Saturday night: quarterback Brooks Bollinger, guard Milford Brown, tackle Lydon Murtha, center Dan Gerberry, tight ends Carson Butler and Dan Gronkowski, running backs Aveion Cason and Tristan Davis, and receivers Keary Colbert, Dane Looker and John Standeford. Defensive players that were cut included: linebackers Rufus Alexander, Spenser Smith and Zack Follett, tackles Shaun Smith and Chuck Darby, end Sean Conover, and defensive backs Calvin Lowry, Ramzee Robinson and Stuart Schweigert. Kicker Billy Cundiff also was let go. Packers: Quarterback Brian Brohm, wide receiver Ruvell Martin and running back Tyrell Sutton were among 18 players cut by the Green Bay Packers to meet the NFL-mandated 53-player roster limit Saturday. Brohm, a second-round draft pick last year who once was considered a potential franchise quarterback during his college career at Louisville, could be a candidate for the Packers' practice squad if he is not picked up by another team. Oft-injured defensive end Justin Harrell was among the four players placed on injured reserve. Green Bay also made a trade Saturday afternoon, sending offensive lineman Tony Moll to the Baltimore Ravens for defensive back Derrick Martin. More on the Packers... Panthers: The rules said the Carolina Panthers had to cut to 53 players. They didn't stop there. Ready to pluck players off the waiver wire to fill a glaring need at defensive tackle, the Panthers reduced their roster to 51 players on Saturday. The moves included putting third-round pick Corvey Irvin on injured reserve and waiving fellow defensive tackle Marlon Favorite. "We just decided that we were going to have two spots there and look to fill them," general manager Marty Hurney said. Hurney revealed Irvin tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee in Thursday's preseason finale against Pittsburgh. He was expected to provide depth at a position where the Panthers have few options. More on the Panthers... Patriots: The New England Patriots reached the NFL's 53-man roster limit on Saturday by cutting 10 players and placing three on season-ending injured reserve, including linebacker Shawn Crable. The moves on Saturday were first announced on the team's Twitter account. The team was also made two trades involving tight ends, sending David Thomas to the New Orleans Saints for a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 and acquiring Michael Matthews from the New York Giants for a conditional pick. The team released specialist Ray Ventrone, who has appeared in 17 games, 15 of them last year, with six special teams tackles. Also released were defensive linemen Titus Adams and Darryl Richard; offensive linemen Ryan O'Callaghan and Wesley Britt; defensive backs Herana-Daze Jones and Jamar Love; tight end Alex Smith, receiver Terrence Nunn and linebacker Paris Lenon. More on the Patriots... Raiders: Quarterback Jeff Garcia, who was signed by Oakland in the offseason to push JaMarcus Russell and serve as a mentor to the former No. 1 overall draft pick, was among 22 players let go by the Raiders on Saturday. The decision to release Garcia means Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye will head into the regular season as Russell's backups. Garcia, who has 116 starts in 10 NFL seasons, signed a one-year contract with Oakland in April and acknowledged then the idea of being a backup was tough to handle, which may have factored into the team's decision to release the 39-year-old quarterback. "There was some talk about how he would fit but the best way for me to approach it is the other two played so well and we are committed to JaMarcus as our starter," coach Tom Cable said. "Whether or not (Garcia) was comfortable in a role as a backup, it is what it is." More on the Raiders... Rams: The St. Louis Rams cut wide receiver Ronald Curry on Saturday. Curry has 193 catches for 2,347 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven years, all with the Raiders. FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez first reported the move. The Rams also placed defensive tackle Adam Carriker and defensive end Eric Moore on injured reserve and cut running back Antonio Pittman along with 18 other players to get to the mandatory 53-man roster limit. Carriker and Moore were injured in the preseason finale Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Carriker hurt a shoulder and Moore a hand. The Rams waived Pittman, the backup behind Steven Jackson last season, and running back Chris Ogbonnaya, a seventh-round draft pick this year, and guard Roy Schuening, a fifth-rounder last year. More on the Rams... Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens cut their roster down to the league limit of 53 players, and also traded defensive back Derrick Martin to the Green Bay Packers for offensive lineman Tony Moll. The Ravens also informed kicker Steve Hauschka that he's the new starting kicker as he replaces Matt Stover. Moll has started 11 games at right guard and seven games at right tackle. His addition should solidify the team's depth on the offensive line. More on the Ravens... Redskins: The winner between the ex-Heisman Trophy contenders battling for the Washington Redskins third-string quarterback job? Try "none of the above." The Redskins placed Colt Brennan on injured reserve with hip and hamstring injuries, and his competition for the job, Chase Daniel, was one of the final cuts Saturday as the team reduced its roster to 53 for the regular season. Kicker Shaun Suisham was one of the survivors, getting a chance to stick for another season after fending off a challenge from Dave Rayner. It was a competition with few highlights: The Redskins tried only four field goals in preseason, and Rayner's only attempt was an easy 25-yarder. More on the Redskins... Saints: Quarterback Joey Harrington and veteran defensive end Paul Spicer were among the 22 players cut by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night. The team announced the moves shortly before the NFL's deadline for clubs to trim rosters to the regular-season maximum of 53 players. It was possible, however, that a couple of the players cut would be brought back because the Saints' active roster still included three players - defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith, and kicker Garrett Hartley - who were expected to begin serving four-game suspensions during Week 1 of the regular season. One of those three spots will initially be taken by tight end David Thomas, acquired Saturday in a trade that sent a 2011 seventh-round draft pick to New England. More on the Saints... Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks released one veteran safety to sign another. The Seahawks have inked Lawyer Milloy to a contract after releasing Brian Russell, FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez has learned. Read more... Also, cornerback Marcus Trufant will miss the first six games for Seahawks. Those were the biggest moves the team announced Saturday while trimming its roster to 53 players for the regular season. Trufant, a Pro Bowl selection in 2007, has not practiced since before training camp because of a disk issue in his back. He begins the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones is not on the PUP list even though he recently had his second knee surgery in eight months. That indicates the Seahawks think the 35-year-old can return sooner than six weeks from now. More on the Seahawks... Steelers: Isaac Redman, a non-drafted rookie who was the surprise star of the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp, was among 21 players cut Saturday. Tight end Sean McHugh's season ended when he was placed on the injured reserve list because of a knee injury. He becomes the second player from last season's Super Bowl-winning team to go on injured reserve, joining right guard Darnell Stapleton, who had knee surgery early in training camp. The Steelers, who open the season Thursday against Tennessee, made their cuts Friday but declined to reveal them until Saturday. Coach Mike Tomlin didn't want other NFL teams to learn of the moves a day before making their own cuts. Also released were quarterback Mike Reilly, running backs Carey Davis and Justin Vincent, wide receivers Dallas Baker, Tyler Grisham and Brandon Williams, tight end Dezmond Sherrod, offensive linemen Jason Capizzi, Jeremy Parquet and A.Q. Shipley, defensive linemen Sonny Harris, Steve McClendon and Scott Paxson, linebackers Bruce Davis, Tom Korte, Andy Schantz and Donovan Woods, defensive backs Roy Lewis and Anthony Madison and kicker Piotr Czech. More on the Steelers... Texans: Rex Grossman's performance in Houston's final preseason game not only earned him a spot on the final roster, it gave him a chance to be the Texans' backup quarterback. Grossman missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury. He returned Friday night to throw two touchdown passes in Houston's 27-20 win over Tampa Bay and survive the last round of cuts on Saturday. The Texans released 22 players, including quarterback Alex Brink, to get down to the 53-player limit. Grossman, who led the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2007, was so impressive coach Gary Kubiak says he and Dan Orlovsky are now even in the competition to be Matt Schaub's backup. One of the players released on Saturday was veteran cornerback Deltha O'Neal. He was signed early in camp because of injuries, but didn't progress as Kubiak had hoped. Titans: The Tennessee Titans released linebacker Ryan Fowler on Saturday along with 21 other players in trimming down their roster, cutting loose a player who lost his starting job to Stephen Tulloch during the 2008 season. Fowler was signed in 2007 to a four-year deal worth $11.5 million as the Titans' starting middle linebacker. But the Titans had drafted Tulloch in 2006, and he took over the starting job after a 3-0 start last year that left Fowler shocked at the time because he said he had no warning a change might come. Tulloch missed most of the preseason with an injury. Fowler talked about how much he wanted his starting job back, but harder-hitting and faster Tulloch moved right back into the lineup for the fourth exhibition. More on the Titans... Vikings: Quarterback John David Booty is among the final cuts for the Minnesota Vikings, leaving the team with Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels behind starter Brett Favre. The Vikings announced their final roster Saturday. Booty was in his second season as a developmental quarterback out of USC. He does have practice squad eligibility, so the Vikings could bring him back if another team does not sign him. Booty likely sealed his fate in the preseason finale on Friday night. He threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, a poor throw that enfuriated coach Brad Childress. Cornerback Marcus McCauley, running back Ian Johnson and defensive end Otis Grigsby were also among the 22 players cut by the Vikings. More on the Vikings... The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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