Steelers Roster Cuts: Essex Released, Batch Makes Roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut their roster down from 75 players to the league mandated 53 today and here are the roster moves that were made.

Linebacker Sean Spence was place on injured reserve after suffering a season ending knee injury Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Punter Jeremy Kapinos waived injured. Tight end Weslye Saunders was placed on the reserve/suspended list to begin serving his four week suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.

Waived were safety Damon Cromartie-Smith, cornerback Terrence Frederick, cornerback Josh Victorian, linebacker Brandon Hicks, linebacker Marshall McFadden, defensive end Corbin Bryant, defensive end Igbinosun Ikponmwosa, defensive end Jake Stoller, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, running back DuJuan Harris, wide receiver Tyler Beiler, wide receiver Toney Clemons, wide receiver David Gilreath, wide receiver Marquis Maze, wide receiver Derrick Williams, guard Ryan Lee, guard John Malecki and guard Chris Scott.

Trai Essex was released.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I know who was released….now who made it? Can you post a roster?

  • A couple of mild surprises with Gilreath, Clemons and Bryant. I think those three with Johnson probably on the PT if they clear waivers.

  • Bob Francis

    Agreed. Trying to work backwards… based on Dave’s prediction, looks like Essex, T. Frederick and Cromartie-Smith didn’t make it, but A. Robinson, Beachum and Golden did. Is that right?

  • Bob Francis

    Comparing with Dave’s projection, looks like Essex, Frederick and Cromartie-Smith are off with Beachum, Golden and A. Robinson making it. Is that right?

    Gotta hand it to the Steelers for doing a good job replenishing from the “bottom.” This roster has – what? – 4 undrafted rookies on the 53 (if you could Will Johnson).

  • Steve Duncan

    No real surpises. I am guessing they bring Essex or another vet back in a few days.

  • RW

    Is this excluding the practice squad? If so, who makes the PS?

  • SteelSpine

    No surprises other than FA rookies Robert Golden & Robinson made the 53 insteada going to PS. None of these cuts dissapoints me. Of those cuts,the only ones I wanna make sure makes our PS are QB JJohnson, & Ryan Lee IF Lee had a good preseason (I didnt see Lee enough to know so I’m just based on being desperat for OGuards, I’m not one a the RyanLee relativs who all kept posting that he’s the only guy to keep before even seeing him play in preseason). Also Malecki is a mystery man, dunno if he still has eligibility for PS or if he’s just a camp guy the staff will bring in every year just to cut him after camp. Look to bring in a vet OG cut from other teams.