Steelers release veteran OL Scott

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Jonathan Scott was the starting left tackle when the Steelers opened the season against the Baltimore Ravens last year. Now the veteran is looking for a new job after the Steelers released him Thursday afternoon, five days before training camp opens in Latrobe.

Scott, a former fifth-round draft choice from the University of Texas, started 14 of the 28 games in which he played for the Steelers in 2010 and '11. He started the first four games last season before being replaced by Max Starks.

Scott became expendable when the team decided to re-sign Starks to a one-year contract earlier this week.

Starks will compete with rookie Mike Adams for the starting left tackle job. Marcus Gilbert will be the starting right tackle.

Scott started nine games in 2010 after Starks had a season-ending neck injury. Scott started at left tackle in all three playoff games, including the Super Bowl XLV loss to the Packers.

The Steelers will enter training camp with three other players capable of playing tackle. Veteran Trai Essex, the most versatile lineman on the roster, can play all three line spots. Kyle Jolly and Chris Scott, both second-year players, will compete for a roster spot as well. Jolly spent the '10 season on the practice squad and Chris Scott played in two games last season.

Jonathan Scott previously played for Buffalo and Detroit before coming to the Steelers.


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