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Nine to Watch vs. Oakland

Nine to Watch vs. Oakland

For as many as 704 current NFL players, the descent begins soon. On September 1, teams are required to pare their rosters down from 75 to 53. Teams can designate up to eight players to their practice squads the next day, which means that a maximum of 256 will survive that particular purgatory.

For hundreds of young men with football dreams, there's nothing but limbo. Not even an NFL Europa to hope for anymore. For all the players on the bubble, this fourth and final preseason game - the "most meaningless" according to most pundits – is, in fact, an emotionally brutal battle for survival. One last chance to add to a strong training camp and save your career; one last...

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