The Steelers have announced their first ten cuts. There were few true surprises, but a couple of notable names got visits from the Turk.
Those hitting the waiver wire are:
Eugene Bright, tight end
Dorian Brooks, guard
Kyle Jolly, offensive tackle
Brandon London, wide receiver
Scott Paxon, defensive tackle
Matt Stewart, long snapper,
Justin Thornton, safety,
Renauld Williams, linebacker
Justin Vincent, running back
None of the above players have spent (significant) time on the Steelers active roster, although Sean Paxon and Justin Vincent spent time on the Steelers 2009 practice squad. (Paxton also made an appearance on the regular season roster in 2008, and was on previous practice squads.)
There was, however, one former starter cut and that was tight end/fullback Sean McHugh. The Steelers picked McHugh off of the waiver wire in 2008 after he was released from Detroit, and by virtue of that fact, McHugh left a team that would finish 0-16, and started for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
The Steelers announced these moves this afternoon on their website.
Behind the Steel Curtain is referencing a tweet attributed to Kraig Urbik’s agent, which informs us that the Steelers have advised him that the Steelers 2009 third round pick has been released. (Hats off to BTSC by the way, they beat the Post Gazette, Tribune Review, and ESPN to the punch in getting this information on the web.)
The Steelers had high hopes for Urbik as did I. Urbik was one of the six players cited here on Steel Curtain Rising that the Steelers needed to develop at St. Vincents this summer.
Urbik did not dress at all during the Steelers 2009 season, so he is eligible to join the Steelers practice squad should no other team pick him up.
The Steelers must make an additional 10 more cuts to get down to the league-mandated 53 man roster.