Veterans with Super Bowl rings, draft picks and preseason fairy tales were among those Steelers coach Mike Tomlin released yesterday as he pared his roster to 53.
Tomlin declined to reveal his cuts publicly, but the Post-Gazette has identified some of the most important ones. Tomlin said he will not officially place anyone on waivers until he has to today, thus preventing other teams from getting a full day's jump on evaluating his cuts. Trades could be involved, too.
Running backs Carey Davis, Justin Vincent and rookie Isaac Redman, linebacker Bruce Davis and veteran cornerback Anthony Madison were among the players who were informed of their release yesterday.
Also among the 22 players who were waived is former Penn State center A.Q. Shipley, a Moon High School graduate and one of the team's seventh-round draft choices. Shipley said he was told the Steelers will try to sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
One local player who made it is safety Ryan Mundy, who played at Woodland Hills High School, Michigan and West Virginia. Tomlin confirmed that Mundy and kick-returner Stefan Logan sealed their positions on the 53-man roster with their performances in the final preseason game Thursday night in Carolina.
Shipley is the one of two draft choices who did not make the 53-man roster. The other is defensive end Sonny Harris, a seventh-round pick who also was cut.
Redman, from Bowie State in Maryland, led the team with three touchdowns and 145 yards rushing in the preseason and was the star of two live goal-line drills in training camp.
Carey Davis, who started 11 of the 34 games in which he appeared the past two seasons, will be waived injured by the team. He did not play in the 21-10 victory at Carolina.
Bruce Davis was a third-round draft choice in 2008 from UCLA, where he had 251/2 sacks in his last two years as a defensive end.
Among other cuts were former Penn State defensive tackle Scott Paxson and inside linebacker Donovan Woods, both of whom spent time on the 53-man roster last season.
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