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Pro Blue: Roster deadline day

With the first NFL game of the season on Thursday, teams are finalizing their 53-man rosters

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Update (12:54 p.m. ET):

At least one Michigan alum is factoring into the post-deadline day waiver wire. Field Yates, an NFL insider for ESPN is reporting that former Wolverine WR Amara Darboh has been claimed by the New England Patriots.

The original article appears below.

In addition to yesterday being the first big day of the college football season, it was also deadline day for NFL rosters. Pro clubs can have up to 90 players on their rosters during the pre-season, meaning they cut nearly half of the players in camp before the start of Week 1.

First up, Jake Rudock. Rudock was a victim of the Detroit Lions’ cutting their roster down to the required 53 players. The Lions decided to carry Matt Cassel as their backup QB to start the season. However, this isn’t Rudock’s first go-around on cut day. The Lions have placed him on their practice squad in the past, after he passed through waivers.

Former Michigan FB Henry Poggi was also on the wrong side of the cut line in deadline day roster moves, as the New England Patriots decided to go in a different direction at fullback. However, Poggi saw a fair bit of playing time during the preseason so I suspect someone claims him for a practice squad.

On the right side of the cut line was Joe Kerridge, who seems to be the last FB standing in Green Bay. The Packers cut Aaron Ripkowski, leaving Kerridge in possession of the starting role there.