Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Christian Miller among Alabama’s NFL cuts

Neither Ha Ha Clinton-Dix nor Christian Miller played during the 2020 NFL season. And as of Tuesday, neither has a team to play for in 2021 either.

NFL teams were required to reduce their 80-player preseason rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 on Tuesday, and the 32 clubs took nearly 800 players off their active rosters, including 20 Alabama alumni.

The San Francisco 49ers released Clinton-Dix, and the Carolina Panthers waived Miller.

A safety, Clinton-Dix had been released by the Dallas Cowboys one year ago, and the six-year veteran and one-time Pro Bowler did not find another place to play in 2020. Clinton-Dix was a late addition to the 49ers’ training-camp roster, coming aboard on Aug. 11, and he completed the preseason by intercepting a pass in San Francisco’s 34-10 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

An edge rusher, Miller took the opt-out in the NFL’s plan to play the 2020 season during the coronavirus pandemic. Miller had joined the Panthers as a fourth-round choice in the 2019 NFL Draft and played in seven games as a rookie.

The complete list of former Alabama players who lost their active-roster spots on Tuesday includes:

· Outside linebacker Ryan Anderson was released by the New York Giants. Anderson joined the Giants as a free agent this offseason after four years with the Washington Football Team. On Saturday, the NFL suspended Anderson for the first six games of the 2021 season for violating the league’s Policy and Program on Performance-Enhancing Substances.

· Cornerback Tony Brown was waived by the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown played in 13 games with one start for the Bengals in 2020.

· Safety Shyheim Carter was waived by the Houston Texans. Carter left the Alabama staff for another shot at the NFL and had a preseason interception.

· Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was released by the San Francisco 49ers. A six-year NFL veteran and a Pro Bowl selection in 2016, Clinton-Dix was trying to come back after not playing in 2020.

· Guard Lester Cotton was waived by the Las Vegas Raiders. Cotton played in one game over the previous seasons with the Raiders, but he had started every preseason game at left guard this month.

· Wide receiver Gehrig Dieter was released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Dieter has been with the Chiefs for four seasons, spending most of that time on the practice squad. He’s played in 10 regular-season games and caught two passes.

· Running back BJ Emmons was waived by the Las Vegas Raiders. An undrafted rookie, Emmons ran for 90 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in the preseason.

· Running back Derrick Gore was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs. Gore was the Chiefs’ leading rusher in the preseason with 86 yards on 18 carries, and he also caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

· Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was placed on injured reserve by the Carolina Panthers. Fletcher’s 2021 season is over unless he is released with an injury settlement, which would make him a free agent able to sign with any team when healthy again. Fletcher joined the Panthers in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on May 1, but he was limping with a hip injury at practice on Tuesday.

· Tight end Miller Forristall was waived by the Tennessee Titans. Forristall was an undrafted rookie.

· Outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings was placed on injured reserve by the New England Patriots. A third-round draft choice who started four games as a rookie in 2020, Jennings did not play in the preseason for the Patriots this month. Jennings’ 2021 season is over unless he is released with an injury settlement, which would make him a free agent able to sign with any team when healthy again.

· Safety Jared Mayden was waived by the San Francisco 49ers. Mayden played in two games for the 49ers last season as an undrafted rookie.

· Defensive end Christian Miller was waived by the Carolina Panthers. A fourth-round choice in the 2019 NFL Draft, Miller opted out of the 2020 season.

· Linebacker Dylan Moses was placed on reserve/non-football injury by the Jacksonville Jaguars. An undrafted rookie, Moses did not practice during training camp after having offseason knee surgery. Players on NFI must be inactive for the first six weeks of the season. The Jaguars then would have a five-week window to return Moses to practice.

· Center Ross Pierschbacher was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles. A fifth-round choice of the Washington Football Team in 2019, Pierschbacher played in five games for Washington in 2019 and three for Philadelphia in 2020.

· Cornerback Aaron Robinson was placed on reserve/physically unable to perform by the New York Giants. A third-round choice from UCF on April 30, Robinson has not practiced with the Giants. Players on PUP must be inactive for the first six weeks of the season. The Giants then would have a five-week window to return Robinson to practice.

· Punter JK Scott was waived by the Green Bay Packers. Scott had been the Packers’ punter for three seasons, but he was let go after Green Bay traded for Corey Bojorquez, the NFL’s leading punter in 2020.

· Cornerback Saivion Smith was waived by the Denver Broncos. Smith got a late start with Denver, joining the Broncos on Aug. 4 after being released by the Seattle Seahawks. Smith played in the XFL and in six games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.

· Nose tackle Damion Square was released by the New Orleans Saints. Square has played in 75 consecutive NFL games, but he had only been with the Saints since Friday after being released by the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 19.

· Fullback Carl Tucker was waived by the Miami Dolphins. A tight end in 2020 at Alabama, Tucker was trying to make Miami’s roster as an undrafted fullback.

Players placed on waivers can be claimed by any NFL team through 3 p.m. CDT Wednesday with priority following the order of the first round of the 2021 draft (before any trades were made). But unlike the draft, the priority order is kept in place for each claim, so the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hold the No. 1 waiver priority, will be awarded any players that they claim.

Waived players who are not claimed will become free agents on Wednesday afternoon.

Players released on Tuesday became free agents immediately and can sign with any team.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.


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