As the final week of the NFL preseason approaches, rosters are beginning to tighten. Teams must reduce their active list to a maximum of 75 players by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, and get down to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. The deadlines will invite an increased volume of trades and the release of aging veterans.
Some teams with a surplus of players at key positions, such as the Eagles and Packers, have tough decisions ahead. Others, like the Colts, are attempting to finalize their starting lineups. So, what’s the latest on these teams and their players? Check back often as we update below with the latest scoops on transactions, injury news and rumors.
• Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones needs surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left ankle, reports the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones injured his ankle in a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 29. Jones is a possible candidate for the short-term injured reserve list.
• The Cleveland Browns are still unsure as to when Johnny Manziel will be able to throw again. Manziel has been experiencing soreness in his elbow and has been sidelined for over a week, but he says he does not need surgery, reports ESPN.
• Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso has tendonitis in his left knee, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Last year, he had the same knee surgically repaired after sustaining a torn ligament. The linebacker has not played this preseason, but is expected to play on Thursday's game against the New York Jets.