Rookie overload

PITTSBURGH – After Saturday's cuts, the Steelers have eight draft picks on the team, the most during Kevin Colbert's 11-year reign as director of football operations. ...

The Steelers were able to keep all of their picks except seventh-rounder Doug Worthington, a defensive end who could be called back to the practice squad by the start of next week.

Worthington, or any other player eligible for the practice squad, must first clear league waivers. They then have the option to choose from among interested teams.

The Steelers also have a ninth draft pick, offensive tackle Chris Scott, on the Physically Unable to Perform list for at least the next six weeks.

Coach Mike Tomlin kept those rookies and was still able to keep injured quarterback Byron Leftwich, along with Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch.

Suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn't count among the roster count.

Those cut Saturday were: LB Patrick Bailey, CB Joe Burnett, S Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, WR Tyler Grisham, DE Sunny Harris, C Justin Hartwig, KR Stefan Logan, NT Steve McLendon, RB Frank Summers, OG Kraig Urbik, and Worthington.

Cut Friday were: TE Eugene Bright, OG Dorian Brooks, OT Kyle Jolly, WR Brandon London, TE Sean McHugh, DT Scott Paxson, LS Matt Stewart, S Justin Thornton, RB Justin Vincent, and LB Renauld Williams.

The only starter from last season's team to be cut was Hartwig, who lost his roster spot to first-round draft pick Maurkice Pouncey and swing backup Doug Legursky.

Logan was the only other role player cut. Last season's kick returner lost his job, most likely, to rookie WR Antonio Brown.

The other rookies to make the team are OLB Jason Worilds, WR Emmanuel Sanders, OLB Thaddeus Gibson, CB Crezdon Butler, ILB Stevenson Sylvester, and RB Jonathan Dwyer.

Aside from the three quarterbacks, the Steelers' 53-man roster includes four running backs, three tight ends, six wide receivers, nine offensive linemen, six defensive linemen, nine linebackers, 10 defensive backs, a punter, a long-snapper and a kicker. Included in that group are two legitimate punt gunners, CB Anthony Madison and WR Arnaz Battle.

The Steelers begin preparations Monday for their opener Sept. 12 against the visiting Atlanta Falcons.

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