John Timu knows the stress of this weekend on NFL players as well as anyone.
The inside linebacker was one of as many as 1,184 NFL players who lost their jobs this weekend as teams cut their 90-man training camp rosters to the regular-season limit of 53.
Some of this weekend’s cuts will fall into a practice-squad safety net, as Timu did in years past. Some will latch on to other teams. But others will find themselves in early retirement, the newest examples of how quickly an NFL career can come and go.
The NFL Players Association said that over the last seven years the average career length of players who had accrued seasons — being on a roster for six games in a given...