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Steelers release nine players

The Steelers made their first wave of cuts on Saturday, releasing nine players as they prepare to get down to the 53-man roster.

Among those released are tight end Marcus Baugh, running back Tony Brooks-James, cornerback Shakur Brown, defensive tackle T.J. Carter, wide receiver Anthony Johnson, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, offensive guard Malcolm Pridgeon, wide receiver Mathew Sexton and safety Lamont Wade.

All teams must be at the mandatory 53-man roster by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The team will also be able to sign a total of 16 players to the practice squad on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The Steelers kick off the 2021 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m.