To comply with NFL regulations, the Steelers made four moves today to trim their roster down to the required 75 players. The most notable move was the team placing prized free agent signing tight end Ladarius Green on the Physically Unable to Perform list which prevents Green from practicing or joining the active roster until after week six of the NFL season.
The Steelers released three other players as well: safety Jacob Hagen, defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler and cornerback Kevin White. Those three would have been longshots to make the roster, but the loss of Green for a significant portion of the season puts added pressure on inexperienced tight ends Jesse James and Xavier Grimble.
Speaking to the media today, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin praised those two saying in part, "I'm excited about where they're headed, and I'm excited about some of the things they've been able to accomplish from a developmental standpoint, to this point. But it's reasonable to expect those guys to continue to get better, even as we get into the journey."
The Steelers will have a busy week of roster moves as all NFL teams have until 4 p.m. on Saturday September 3 to reduce their rosters to 53 players.