NFL Cuts: Trimming the Pittsburgh Steelers Roster Down To 53 Men

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts to a play while playing the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 23-20.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Today is one of the biggest days in the NFL, for many of the men who live at the bottom of the NFL rosters.

Though there is an occasional big-name cut, most of the players who do not make the final roster are players you probably wouldn't know.

Even still, the players who DO make the bottom of the roster, still will not get a lot of playing time.

That makes the decisions no less important, and the feeling of the players that are let go, hurt no less.

I believe that (per the Browns' Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald said it best.

Wright: "Just watched a lot of players bag up their stuff and walk out the building," Wright tweeted (edited for clarity). "Definitely an emotional day. We all put in work. Hurts to see them go."

Wright added that when the Browns cut McDonald and Gerard Lawson, "I lost my two best friends...Truly it hurts me."

Former Brown Brandon McDonald tweeted after finding out about his release, (also courtesy of PFT) "The new journey begins," McDonald tweeted. "Thanks to all. Peace and many many many blessings to all".

But the NFL is a business, and the rules must be followed. Teams have until 6:00 p.m. EDT to have their rosters to the 53-man limit.

Here are the Steelers' moves to this point, please check back for the remainder of the day for all of the Steelers' roster moves.

TE - Eugene Bright

OG - Dorian Brooks

OT - Kyle Jolly

WR - Brandon London

TE - Seah McHugh

DT - Scott Paxson

LS - Matt Stewart

S - Justin Thornton

RB - Justin Vincent

LB - Renauld Williams

C - Justin Hartwig

CB - Joe Burnett

LB - Patrick Bailey

S - Da'Mon Cromartie Smith

WR - Tyler Grisham

DE - Sonny Harris

KR - Stefan Logan

DT - Steve McLendon

RB - Frank Summers

G - Craig Urbik

DT - Doug Worthington

This leaves the Steelers current roster at 53.  There will sitll be changes to the roster, based on players from other teams the Steelers decide to sign.. 

Interesting notes from around the NFL:

Miami Dolphins Release Pat White:

The Miami Dolphins have cut former West Virginia quarterback Pat White.  White was released because he told the Dolphins that he did not want to play receiver. The Dolphins had selected White in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

White had stated prior to the 2009 Draft that his dream was always to play for his favorite team growing up, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He had said at that time, that he would play any position the Steelers asked him to play, knowing he would not unseat Ben Roethlisberger as the starter.

If the Steelers decide to put Byron Leftwich on the Injured Reserve list, would the Steelers consider signing White as an emergency QB, and still use him in some packages?

Willie Parker Released:

The Washington Redskins have released former Steeler Willie Parker.  It should come as no shock that Parker was released, due to the depth the Redskins already have in their backfield.

Is there a chance the Steelers bring back Willie Parker?


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