Steelers cut six

<b>PITTSBURGH - </b>The Steelers had a draft-able grade on outside linebacker Nick McNeil, and were happy to sign him as a rookie free agent after the seventh round, however McNeil of Western Carolina didn't play up to the grade and the Steelers cut him Friday, along with five others.

The Steelers now have 78 players on their roster and must cut down to at least 71 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. They have six NFL Europe exemptions.

Also cut Friday along with McNeil were defensive end Anthony Herron, offensive tackle Morgan Pears, fullback Darryl Kennedy, offensive guard Josh Parrish and safety Janssen Patton.

Herron is a third-year player who was signed after camp had begun. Pears is a one-year veteran who spent time on the Steelers' practice squad last season. Kennedy, Parrish and Patton, as well as McNeil, were all rookie free agents.

The Steelers will return to their South Side practice facility Saturday to resume practice. The Steelers host the Carolina Panthers in their final preseason game on Thursday at Heinz Field at 6:30 p.m.

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