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Steelers reduce roster to 53

The Steelers reached the mandatory 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, making all of the moves at once since this is the first year teams were permitted to go from 90 to 53 players at the end of the preseason.

Coach Mike Tomlin said after Thursday night’s preseason finale that the performance of some of the players made the decisions tougher.

“They did their parts in terms of making these moves difficult for us and that’s what you want,” said Tomlin. You want a competitive environment, you want difficult decisions, and I thought the guys did a great job.”

The team terminated vested veterans quarterback Landry Jones and safety Nat Berhe.

The team released the following players: punter Matt Wile, running backs Jarvion Franklin, James Summers and Fitzgerald Toussaint, wide receivers Trey Griffey, Quadree Henderson and Tevin Jones, tight ends Bucky Hodges, Pharoah McKever and Christian Scotland-Williamson, offensive linemen Larson Graham, Patrick Morris, Oni Omoile, R.J. Prince, Jake Rodgers and Chris Schleuger, cornerbacks Brian Allen, Dashaun Phillips, Malik Reaves and Jamar Summers, linebackers Keion Adams, Matt Galambos and Farrington Huguenin, and defensive linemen Parker Cothren, Joshua Frazier, Greg Gilmore, Lavon Hooks, Casey Sayles and Kendal Vickers.

In addition, the team designated several players waived/injured, including wide receivers Damoun Patterson and Marcus Tucker, offensive lineman Joseph Cheek, safety Malik Golden and linebacker Keith Kelsey. The team also placed wide receiver Eli Rogers on the Reserve/PUP List.

The Steelers can sign 10 players to their practice squad, with that being able to be done on Sunday at 12 noon.

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