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NFL Announces 2024 Key Dates, Procedures for Roster Cut-Down, Trade Deadline

The NFL has announced key dates for the 2024 season, including roster cut-down to 53 players and the trade deadline.

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An NFL football lays on the field at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of Steelers vs. Ravens on Jan. 1, 2023 in Baltimore. (Mitchell Northam / Steelers Now)

The NFL announced key dates for the 2024 regular season on Thursday, including the process for the roster cut down to 53 players at the end of training camp, and the trade deadline later this fall.

This year, as the NFL has done in recent years, the roster cut down will happen in one fell swoop, with league rosters reduced from 90 players to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

The Steelers play their final preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Detroit against the Lions, so they may make some of their cuts before the deadline, but they will not be mandated to do so. The NFL has gone back and forth between stepped-down cuts and one big jump in years past. The current process allows full rosters for all three preseason games.

For the first time this year, two players will can be placed on the injured reserve list before the Aug. 24 and still be designated to return during the season. Previously, any player added to the IR before the cut-down day was required to miss the entire season. Those players will count against the club’s eight-player maximum number of (10 including the postseason) returns from injured reserve list.

The NFL also announced the new for 2024 trade deadline date will be Nov. 5. That came after a Steelers-led proposal to move the deadline back one week was passed earlier this offseason. The trade deadline had previously been the Tuesday after Week 8, but the Steelers successfully argued that a post-Week 9 deadline is a better fit for a 17-week season.

Other teams had proposed to move the deadline back two weeks, so it may not stay in early November for long. Last year’s trade deadline was Oct. 31. 

NFL KEY DATES FOR 2024 SEASON

Aug. 1 Hall of Fame Game, Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears, Canton, Ohio
Aug. 8-11 First preseason weekend
Aug. 15-18 Second preseason weekend
Aug. 22-25 Third preseason weekend
Aug. 27 Mandatory roster cut-down to 53 players, 4 p.m.
Sept. 5 NFL Kickoff, Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 5 Trade deadline, 4 p.m.
Jan. 5 End of the regular season
Jan. 11-13 Wild Card weekend
Jan. 18-19 Divisional playoffs
Jan. 26 AFC and NFC Championship Games
Feb. 2 2025 Pro Bowl Games, TBD
Feb. 9 Super Bowl LIX, New Orleans, La.