With the preseason over and Pittsburgh’s Week 1 match up against the New England Patriots just five days away, the team had to trim its roster down to 53 players.
The Steelers announced through a team-issued release that they have released the following players:
running backs Josh Harris and Jawon Chisholm, defensive linemen Matt Conrath, Ethan Hemer and Mike Thornton, safeties Jordan Dangerfield, Alden Darby and Gerod Holliman, offensive linemen Reese Dismukes, B.J. Finney and Doug Legursey, cornerbacks Kevin Fogg and B.W. Webb, linebackers L.J. Fort, Shayon Green and Howard Jones, and wide receivers Shakin Phillips and Jarrod West.
In addition to the cuts, the team also placed offensive linemen Kevin Palmer and Mitchell Van Dyk on the team’s waived/injured list.
The Steelers also signed free agent cornerback Ross Cockrell, a Duke University graduate who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft by the Buffalo Bills, to a one-year contract.
Although the roster is trimmed down to 53, expect the Steelers to make a few additional moves over the next few days, as DeAngelo Williams is the only true running back on the team’s roster. Also, the Steelers will likely bring in another linemen once Maurkice Pouncey is placed on short-term injured reserved.