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Monday, September 06, 2004 

Slicing Through

Every year, the cut-down day to 53 players claims some familar faces. Kansas City released future HOFer K Morten Andersen yesterday, deciding to go with the unproven Lawrence Tynes instead. After a shaky preseason, Green Bay gave up on their Tim Couch experiment; I'm sure someone will sign him as early as today to a short-money, low-risk contract. Two former Packers who may have reached the end of the line also got the ax - Miami cut loose Antonio Freeman and Philadelphia released the recently signed Dorsey Levens, who played too much like his age last week.

In this salary cap age, teams cannot afford to keep high priced veterans with recognizable names (but eroding skills) if they have young players to fill the gap. This year's victims include DE Regan Upshaw (Washington), LB Dwayne Rudd (Oakland), and CB Terrell Buckley (New England).

Injuries have also claimed S Darren Woodson and LB Peter Boulware, both placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list over the weekend. For two teams (Dallas and Baltimore) built on defense, the injuries are problematic to say the least.

And finally, Tampa Bay WR Joe Jurevicius is still out with a back injury. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list and will be out until at least October 24. It's yet another setback for one of the good guys in football.

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