Steelers Release RB Chad Span, CB Antonio Smith

Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Defensive backs Morris Claiborne (11), Sean Cattouse (10), and Terrence Frederick (15) watch Jamell Fleming (14) do his vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

In wake of the recent NFL Draft, the Steelers have parted ways with two players - CB Antonio Smith and RB Chad Spann.

Spann is the more well known of the two, having been the practice squad call-up in the Steelers' 2012 season of dreams for back-up running backs. After RB Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer were both placed on the IR, and RB Mewelde Moore nursing a knee injury, Spann joined fellow practice squad mate John Clay on the active roster for the 29-23 (OT) loss at Denver.

Smith was picked up during the off-season, after initially joining the NFL with the Browns in 2009. His release could have been prompted by the seventh-round selection of Texas A&M CB Terrence Frederick, a smart zone corner who is most likely a developmental project at this point. After posting a 4.55 40-yard dash time at the Combine, he ran a 4.42 at his pro day.

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