August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee (1) punts the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The first cut-down date in the NFL is Aug. 28, and many teams are already getting ahead of the curve by announcing they've released a few players. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Monday, Aug. 27 to trim their rosters from a maximum of 90 to 75.
This may also be true of the Steelers, who play their third preseason game tonight at Buffalo.
The Steelers would likely return from Buffalo in the early hours Sunday, and in that trip, they'd likely have discussed a few of the players who may have had their bubbles burst during the game.
There are likely more than a few players who's fates have already been sealed, and in some cases, teams will announce the release of those players at the first appropriate opportunity.
From there, the final 75 must be pared down to 53 by 9 p.m. Aug. 31 - the night following the Steelers' final preseason game Aug. 30 vs. Carolina.