The Steelers cut the three outside linebackers battling for the fourth spot on the second-team defense. The winner, coach Bill Cowher said early in camp, would be the best special-teams player, but Alonzo Jackson, Dedrick Roper and Andre Frazier were all cut.
The Steelers did keep both of their key coverage players, Chidi Iwuoma and Sean Morey. Morey beat out rookie fourth-round pick Fred Gibson for the final wide receiver job. Gibson is the highest-picked player to be cut as a rookie since Danny Farmer was cut in 2000.
Joining Jackson, Roper, Frazier and Gibson on the cuts list Saturday were quarterback Brian St. Pierre, safety Russell Stuvaints, long-snapper Mike Schneck, tight end Walter Rasby, guard Jim Jones, 7th-round pick defensive end Shaun Nua, center Ben Claxton and defensive end Eric Taylor.
The Steelers can begin stocking their 8-man practice squad with rookies and first-year players Sunday at noon.