Steelers roster cuts: team releases Baron Batch, Stevenson Sylvester and 9 others

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers wasted no time trimming their roster in lieu of Tuesday's deadline requiring teams to reduce their rosters from 90 to 75 players.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their first round of roster cuts Sunday, according to the team's official website. Those released were:

RB Baron Batch

LB Stevenson Sylvester

OT D'Anthony Batiste

OT Mike Farrell

WR David Gilreath

WR Tyler Shaw

WR J.D. Woods

CB Ryan Steed

RB Jeremy Wright

QB John Parker Wilson

TE Peter Tuitupou

The team also waived/injured guard Justin Cheadle and DeMarcus Van Dyke who both suffered 'significant' hamstring injuries during training camp practices.  Inside linebacker Sean Spence was added to the team's regular season PUP list.  Rookie defensive end Nicholas Williams was added to the reserve/injured list.

With Spence on the regular season PUP, the Steelers will receive a roster exemption for the beginning of the season until he is determined ready to return or placed on IR with N. Williams.  Cheadle and Van Dyke will revert back to the Steelers IR list should they clear waivers.

NFL teams were required to have their 90 man off-season rosters trimmed down to 75 by 4 PM ET on Tuesday, August 27th.  Rosters then must be further reduced to 53 on August 31st by 6 PM ET.  However, the Steelers, like most other teams, wasted no time making their initial round of decisions after playing their third preseason game Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

By releasing players early, the unemployed will have the opportunity to find new jobs with new teams before final roster decisions have to be made.

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