The league previously had mulled the idea of one big roster purge - from 90 to 53 - by Sept. 3, but the massive amount of players available in free agency, and the amount of those who would have to clear waivers, would have been complicated, to say the least.
Typically, the first cut is down to 75, but the lack of a true off-season made that difficult as well.
Like many teams, the Steelers got to work early on this, trimming five players from the roster, while placing RB Baron Batch on the team's Injured Reserved list. Those cut were TE Vaughn Charlton, WRs Kenneth Moore and Eric Greenwood, cornerback Kevin Dockery, while TE Miguel Chavis was waived/injured.
Batch is protected on the Steelers roster, but Chavis can be picked up by another team via waivers. If not, he reverts to the Steelers' IR. Chavis tore a pectoral muscle in Saturday's 34-16 win over Atlanta.
Four more players will be released by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to get the roster to 80. The deadline to cut rosters down to 53 is 4 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 3.
It doesn't appear as if any big name Steelers are in danger of being cut, but as any smart team would, they'll assess cuts by the rest of the league and see if any would improve the Steelers' roster.
Based on the performance in Saturday's shellacking of of Atlanta, and Week 2's whipping of Philadelphia, though, the Steelers should be confident with what they have.