Open Thread: Cut-Down Day For The Cincinnati Bengals (And The NFL)

Aug 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis watches from the sidelines during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeated Cincinnati 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Cincinnati Bengals and the rest of the NFL have to reduce their maximum roster to 53 players by 9 PM (eastern) on Friday. This is your open thread to talk about it.

There also have been a number of notable cuts made by other squads that are eye-openers and could be of interest to the Bengals. Click the jump and see who they are and feel free to discuss those too. We've been updating the list throughout the day and will continue to do so as more cuts come out.

The Redskins Have released running back Tim Hightower.

The Patriots have released wide receiver Deion Branch, in his second stint with the club. He's had a successful career and is looking to land somewhere else.

The Patriots have also released backup quarterback, Brian Hoyer.

There are conflicting reports as to the status of New England center Dan Koppen. Many sources say that he was released, while others say that the team is dangling him out there for a trade.

The Eagles have waived cornerback, Joselio Hanson. The team has also waived 2012 sixth-round guard, Brandon Washington.

Philadelphia has also released veteran safety A.J. Otogwe and rookie safety Philip Thomas.

Former Bengals backup quarterback, Jordan Palmer has been released by the Jaguars.

The Rams have released former top-ten pick, Vernon Gholston.

The Eagles have waived rookie wide receiver, Marvin McNutt.

Philadelphia, seemingly dismantling their roster, reportedly has defensive end Daryl Tapp on the trade block.

Dan Gronkowski, brother of the Patriots' Rob, was cut by the Browns.

The Browns have also released safety David Sims.

Former University of Cincinnati wide receiver, Mardy Gilyard, was cut by the Eagles.

The Browns have released backup quarterback, Seneca Wallace.

Green Bay will be releasing veteran offensive lineman, Reggie Wells.

The Browns have cut productive tight end, Evan Moore.

The Ravens have waived Anthony Allen.

The Dolphins have cut two young wide receivers in Clyde Gates and Roberto Wallace.

The Bills have cut defensive lineman, Dwan Edwards.

Former Bengals cornerback David Jones was released by the Redskins. That Reggie Nelson trade looks better by the day, doesn't it?

The Browns have released cornerback James Dockery.

The Eagles are also shopping backup quarterback Mike Kafka for a trade. UPDATE: The Eagles could not find any takers for Kafka and he was released.

The Rams released fullback Ovie Mughelli.

The Texans have waived running back, Johnathan Grimes.

The Detroit Lions have waived cornerback Alphonso Smith.

The Panthers have cut former highly-drafted cornerback, Darius Butler.

The Saints have waived longtime NFL kicker, John Kasay, in favor of Garrett Hartley.

The 49ers have waived running back Rock Cartwright.

The Giants have released running back D.J. Ware. The Jets might have interest in him.

The Steelers have released offensive lineman Trai Essex and placed injured third round rookie linebacker Sean Spence on IR.

Pittsburgh also released rookie wide receiver Marquis Maze, a former national champion with Alabama.

The Broncos have released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence.

The Cardinals not only have named John Skelton as their starting quarterback, but they have also released veteran interior offensive lineman, Ross Hochstein.

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