NFL Cuts Rosters to 80, Four Bama Pros Included
NFL teams were tasked with the second round of roster cuts Tuesday afternoon and four former Alabama Crimson Tide players were told the unfortunate news that they would not be with their respective franchises moving forward. Long snapper Carson Tinker was cut by the New York Giants, offensive tackle Andre Smith was cut by the Baltimore Ravens, defensive linemen Damion Square was cut by the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Robert Foster was released with an injury designation.
Foster is the most surprising of this round of cuts for the Bama Pros considering he caught a touchdown in the 3rd quarter of last week's preseason matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.
Foster was waived with an injury designation, meaning that if he clears the waiver wire in the next few days, the Dolphins would be free to sign Foster again. Foster has seen some mild success in his first three seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Football Team.
Foster played four seasons at Alabama where he caught 35 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns.
Damion Square was also handed his walking papers Tuesday. He'd spent his past six seasons with the Chargers after a rookie stint in Philadelphia. He's served mostly in a reserve role but has secured 120 tackles and 6.5 sacks over his career.
Carson Tinker was cut by the New York Giants after serving as the long snapper for the team in 2020. Tinker spent the first five years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013-2018.
As for Andre Smith, the first of Nick Saban's first-round picks was cut by the Baltimore Ravens. The 34-year-old from Birmingham has struggled to stay healthy through his 10-year career but was looking for an opportunity to provide depth on the Ravens' offensive line. Unfortunately, that won't be the case this season.