Steelers Begin Roster Cuts; Place Rookie T Jerald Hawkins On IR

The Pittsburgh Steelers will need to have their active roster down to 75 players by Tuesday and on Sunday the team announced several transactions that leave them with only a few more cuts to make.

For starters, rookie tackle Jerald Hawkins was placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured list and quarterback Dustin Vaughan was waived injured.

Hawkins, the Steelers fourth-round draft pick this year out of LSU, suffered a shoulder injury a few weeks ago. Vaughan, on the other hand, suffered a fractured thumb late in the Steelers second preseason game during a sack. He’ll revert to the team’s Reserve/Injured list after clearing waivers.

Waived outright on Sunday were punter Will Monday, linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, linebacker Mike Reilly, wide receiver Levi Norwood, tight end Michael Cooper, wide receiver Issac Blakeney, defensive end Giorgio Newberry, cornerback Julian Whigham, and defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith.

Zumwalt, a sixth-round pick in 2014, never had a real shot at a roster spot this year and was even moved to outside linebacker during training camp and the preseason.

The Steelers must trim their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m.