It's a rough time of the year for NFL players and coaches. More than 600 players lost jobs on Saturday afternoon when rosters needed to be cut down to 53 men. We have the complete list of cuts updated live here, and will use this column as a running list of the most notable names that have been released in the latest cut down:
Reggie Wayne: The former Colt had less than a cup of coffee with the Patriots. Wayne asked to be released, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source close to the wideout. The potential Hall of Famer signed with New England in late August and recorded two catches in two preseason games. It will be interesting to see if Wayne decides to hang it up.
Darnell Dockett: This was a stunner because the 49ers gave him $2 million guaranteed when they signed the longtime Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman in the offseason. To essentially flush that money down the toilet is a strong statement from San Francisco that it believes Dockett's career is over. An underrated starter for much of his career, Dockett should have an on-air career or one as a professional tweeter if he's no longer playing football.
Devon Still: The defensive tackle won the hearts of people everywhere last season as we followed his daughter Leah's battle with cancer, which went into remission in March. Still should get a look from other teams looking to shore up their depth on the defensive line after being cut by Cincy on Saturday.
Charles James, Kourtnei Brown and EZ Nwachukwu: It's always tough to see Hard Knocks favorites get released. These are especially painful. James, arguably the MVP of the show, contributed at running back and defensive back. James gained a fan base, including reporter Erin Andrews, with his passionate play during games and practices.
Brown made a number of big plays in the preseason, and it was touching to see how much a game ball meant to him after a preseason touchdown. But his up-and-down play ultimately got him released from a sixth different NFL team.
Nwachukwu was a likable presence throughout the show, especially when he was visiting NASA. He could be a candidate for the practice squad.