|Mike Tomlin made his cuts, but there are more moves to come for the Steelers. (US Presswire)|
The Pittsburgh Steelers reached 53 players on their roster Friday, with an asterisk -- subject to change. Rookie OG David DeCastro is expected to go on Injured Reserve on Monday, so that means Trai Essex could well be re-signed hours after being cut. He and punter Jeremy Kapinos were the mild surprises among Friday's moves. And there remains soft spots elsewhere on the roster. For one, running back Rashard Mendenhall (ACL surgery) won't be ready to play until late September at the earliest. With six of 10 linebackers healthy after preseason, something's got to give there, as well.
QB (3) –- Ben Roethlisberger (9th year, Miami of Ohio), Byron Leftwich (10th year, Marshall), Charlie Batch (15th year, Eastern Michigan).
RB (5) –- Rashard Mendenhall (5th year, Illinois), Isaac Redman (3rd year, Towson State), Jonathon Dwyer (3rd year, Georgia Tech), Baron Batch (1st year, Texas Tech), Chris Rainey (rookie, Florida).
FB (1) –- Will Johnson (first year, West Virginia)
WR (4) –- Mike Wallace (4th year, Mississippi), Antonio Brown (3rd year, Central Michigan), Emmanuel Sanders (3rd year, SMU), Jerricho Cotchery (9th year, North Carolina State)
TE (3*) –- Heath Miller (8th year, Virginia), Leonard Pope (7th year, Georgia), David Paulson (rookie, Oregon), Weslye Saunders* (2nd year, South Carolina)
OT (4) –- Max Starks (9th year, Florida), Marcus Gilbert (2nd year, Florida), Mike Adams (rookie, Ohio State), Kelvin Beachum (rookie, SMU)
OG (3) –- Willie Colon (7th year, Hofstra), Ramon Foster (4th year, Tennessee), David DeCastro# (rookie, Stanford)
C (2) –- Maurkice Pouncey (3rd year, Florida), Doug Legursky (4th year, Marshall)
DE (4) –- Brett Keisel (11th year, BYU), Ziggy Hood (4th year, Missouri), Cameron Heyward (2nd year, Ohio State), Al Woods (3rd year, LSU)
NT (3) –p- Casey Hampton (11th year, Texas), Steve McLendon (3rd year, Troy), Ta'amu Alameda (rookie, Washington)
OLB (6) –- LaMarr Woodley (6th year, Michigan), Chris Carter (2nd year, Fresno State), Brandon Johnson (6th year, Louisville), Adrian Robinson (rookie, Temple), James Harrison (9th year, Kent State), Jason Worilds (3rd year, Virginia Tech)
ILB (3) –- Larry Foote (11th year, Michigan), Lawrence Timmons (6th year, Florida State), Stevenson Sylvester (3rd, Utah)
CB (4) –- Ike Taylor (10th year, Louisiana-Lafayette), Keenan Lewis (4th, Oregon State), Cortez Allen (2nd year, Citadel), Curtis Brown (2nd year, Texas)
S (5) –- Troy Polamalu (10th year, USC), Ryan Clark (11th year, LSU), Ryan Mundy (4th year, WVU), Will Allen (9th year, Ohio State), Robert Golden (rookie, Arizona)
ST (3) -- K Shaun Suisham (8th year, Bowling Green), P Drew Butler (rookie, Georgia) LS Greg Warren (8th year, North Carolina)
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