The Pittsburgh Steelers wasted little time pairing down their roster to the required 75-man limit on Sunday afternoon. Before announcing the list of cuts, the team did receive some positive news as rookie first-round pick Jarvis Jones was released from the hospital with an initial diagnosis of a deep chest bruise. While there is no timetable released for his return, it is possible that he could be ready for week 1.cuts. The biggest names to get the axe Sunday were running back Baron Batch and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, although both have battled injuries throughout their tenure with the team, they have also logged time on the active roster since being drafted.
In all, the Steelers released 11 players, waived two injured, placed one on the reserve / injured list and transferred one to the regular season PUP list. The 11 players that were released outright were cornerback Ryan Steed, linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, offensive linemen D'Anthony Batiste and Mike Farrell, quarterback John Parker Wilson, running backs Baron Batch and Jeremy Wright, tight end Peter Tuitupou and wide receivers David Gilreath, Tyler Shaw and J.D. Woods.
Offensive guard Justin Cheadle and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke were waived injured after both players suffered significant hamstring injuries during training camp in Latrobe. Both players will receive an injury settlement for their services and could possibly return to the franchise in the future.
Rookie seventh-round pick defensive end Nicholas Williams was placed on the reserve/injured list, ending his season. The small school prospect will now have a season to work in the weight room and improve his craft.
The final move was moving linebacker Sean Spence onto the regular season PUP list, where he will spend the first six weeks of the regular season continuing the rehabilitation of his knee. Spence has been working out on the side and appears to be making tremendous strides with his injured knee. At this point, there is still no definitive timeframe for a return, but it does appear that Spence may be able to beat the odds and return from the 2012 preseason injury that cost him his entire rookie season.
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