Final 53 Set

A half dozen rookies made the team as the Steelers got down to the 53-man roster limit Saturday afternooon with one surprising cut.

The starting right guard in the second and third preseason games, Tony Hills was a surprise cut Saturday afternoon as the Steelers got down to the required 53-man roster.

Cut along with Hills were cornerback Crezdon Butler, tight end John Gilmore, punter Jeremy Kapinos and defensive lineman Jarrett Crittenton.

This group of cuts came on the heels of the previous day's cutdown of 21 players and quarterback Byron Leftwich being placed on injured reserve.

An offensive tackle drafted out of Texas in the fourth round in 2008, Hills spent three uneventful seasons with the Steelers before being moved to guard this training camp. He started the second and third preseason games but the coaching staff was unimpressed and named Doug Legursky the starter for the regular-season opener before he'd even replaced Hills in the fourth preseason game.

Added to the team that appeared in last season's Super Bowl are draft picks 1-5: Cameron Heyward, Marcus Gilbert, Curtis Brown, Cortez Allen and Chris Carter, as well as undrafted free agent Weslye Saunders and free-agent signee Jerricho Cotchery.

Seventh-round draft pick Baron Batch is on injured reserve.

Saunders is the longshot who came through. The Steelers are known for keeping undrafted rookies, and in this case they kept the talented tight end who'd been kicked off his college team, South Carolina, by coach Steve Spurrier.

Saunders will be the Steelers' third tight end. Also on offense, the Steelers have three quarterbacks, four running backs, six wide receivers, three tight ends and nine offensive linemen.

On defense, the Steelers have seven defensive linemen, eight linebackers, six cornerbacks and four safeties.

On special teams, the Steelers kept kicker Shaun Suisham, punter Daniel Sepulveda and long-snapper Greg Warren.


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