Monday: The Redskins play Pittsburgh in a preseason game at FedEx Field.
Saturday: After a week of practice at Redskins Park, preseason game No. 3 will be played against the Buffalo Bills. This is considered the most important preseason game as the starters will play extended time.
Aug. 27: By 4 p.m., the Redskins must cut their roster from 90 players to 75. There are unlikely to be any surprises in this cut, as it will mostly be non-drafted rookies.
Aug. 29: Final preseason game at Tampa Bay. This is traditionally a backups-only affair.
Aug. 31: The final cut day. The Redskins must cut their roster to 53 players. The final decisions are the toughest ones, as big names and highly touted rookies occasionally find themselves on the bubble. At this time, injured players may be moved to the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means they don’t count against the 53-man roster, but can’t play until Week 7.
Sept. 1: Teams have 24 hours after final cuts to claim players who were cut by other teams. They are allocated based on waiver priority, a system that factors in record from the previous season and how many players a team has claimed.
Sept. 1: After the waiver system is completed, teams may establish a “practice squad” of eight players to assist with workouts during the season. Practice squad players may be signed to any other team’s active roster at any time.
Sept. 2: Training camp has officially ended, and the first regular practice week begins.
Sept. 4: All teams must be in compliance with the salary cap by this date.
Sept. 5: Season opener: Baltimore at Denver.
Sept. 9: Washington opens its season at home against Philadelphia