The Steelers pulled a few surprises among their final five cuts today but the only real veteran they released was offensive tackle Tony Hills, as they reduced their roster to 53.
The others were cornerback Crezdon Butler, punter Jeremy Kapinos, tight end John Gilmore and defensive end Jarrett Crittenton.
Hills, a fourth-round draft choice in 2008, started two preseason games at right guard but lost out to Doug Legursky, who will open the season there. Hills previously played tackle but did not play much of it in his previous three seasons.
Butler was a fifth-round pick in 2010. Kapinos filled in for Daniel Sepulveda starting last December after a knee injury and gave him some competition for the job this summer. Gilmore, who played at Penn State, was signed as a free agent early in training camp but lost out to undrafted rookie Weslye Saunders for the third tight end spot. Crittenton is an undrafted rookie.
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