Two veterans were among those released by the Steelers Sunday as they reduced their roster to 75 players.
Backup inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester and halfback Baron Batch were released and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, who was on their 53-man roster last season, was waived injured.
Sean Spence, who spent all of his rookie season in 2012 on injured reserve, was placed on the reserve physically-unable-to-perform list. Guard Justin Cheadle, injured in training camp, also was waived injured.
Defensive end Nick Williams, a seventh-round draft pick this year, was placed on injured reserve.
Quarterback John Parker Wilson also was released, which likely means rookie Landry Jones will be the No. 3 quarterback.
Others released were offensive tackles D'Anthony Batiste and Shady Side Academy and Penn State alum Mike Farrell, receivers David Gilreath, Tyler Shaw and J.D. Woods, tight end Peter Tuitupou and halfback Jeremy Wright.
The Steelers must trim the roster to 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday, the number each team is permitted to carry during the season.Steelers - breaking - artarchitecture