By Eric Schmidt

As the 32 NFL clubs start releasing players in order to meet tonight’s deadline of having a final 53 man roster, some veteran players will be released. This season is no different than any other season with some surprise moves being made at the 11th hour. It appears that the quarterback situation in Cleveland has been resolved, another veteran has been jettisoned by the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins confusing running back situation has been made a bit clearer.

Several outlets are reporting this afternoon that veteran QB Seneca Wallace has been released by the Cleveland Browns. This news does not surprise me, given Seneca Wallace’s salary heading into the regular season versus Colt McCoy’s cost. Yes, there might have been a rift between McCoy and the team’s  president over the handling of McCoy’s concussion last year, but he understands the offense and comes at a much cheaper price.

Deion Branch has been released by the New England Patriots. Many thought that Branch would land on the final Patriots roster after the team jettisoned Donte Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney earlier this week. What was first looking like a bloated roster at the receiving corps position, now looks a little thin for the Patriots this season.The Patriots also released QB Brian Hoyer.

The Washington Redskins running back situation has been in flux for over two years. That changed a little this afternoon with the team announcing that they released Tim Hightower. Evan Royster and Roy Helu now appear ready to compete for the starting running back situation for the Redskins.

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