The preseason games are over. By the time the Detroit Lions practice Monday, they'll have a pretty good idea of what their team will look like for the season opener on "Monday Night Football" against the New York Giants.
Between now and then, though, are some of the hardest days of the season for players, coaches, general managers and agents as rosters are cut from 75 players to 53, meaning 22 players on each team -- give or take a few due to injured reserve lists -- will be out of jobs. Then comes the second round of angst, when teams scan waiver wires for improvements to the back part of every roster.
This means some players who are cut will end up on a flight almost immediately to a new city at the expense of someone who thought they made an opening day roster. Yet others will never play a down of football again.
So as you hear about cuts in the next 48 to 72 hours, keep all of that in mind.
And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
Observations from Detroit's preseason finale. Kyle Van Noy had surgery Thursday and it continues a disturbing trend for Lions second-round picks. The Lions sat a lot of starters against Buffalo. Position battles you needed to watch Thursday night.
Dominic Raiola remembers cut day his rookie year, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
James Ihedigbo didn't travel to Buffalo with the team to treat a mystery ailment, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Kyle Meinke of MLive.com wonders if Kellen Moore did enough to earn a roster spot.