Originally Posted by eriadoc
Well, I found this
So the initial roster is active + all those = 90 players. Active has to be cut to 75 and then 53, but not sure how many spots that leaves for suspended players and the like. Either way, I can't find anything that says unsigned, suspended players serve out their suspensions while unemployed. It would make more sense if they could, but I just can't find anything to confirm that. I had heard that this was not the case, but also cannot confirm that. Seems like they categorize players suspended for less than a year differently, maybe?
EDIT - OK, also found this piece
from Mike Florio, which sheds a little more light on it:
So do we know if Hartmann's eight game suspension came down after he was cut by the Texans, or before? I think the three game suspension came while he was still with the team, but wasn't sure about the latter. Also, it looks like the league uses the suspension mechanism to blackball players at times.
His additional 8 game suspension has been always referred to by the league as an "extension" rather than "addition," thus implying that the penalty is based on action(s) occurring at the time of the first infraction. So it would seem that he would be able to return to playing with a team, previously employed or not, following the completion of the concurrent 11 game suspension.